A Fiber-Rich Recipe for the New Year

 Join the tradition by cooking this simple, delicious recipe of black eyed peas and collard greens.  Both are symbolic of money and are thought to bring fortune in the New Year.

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Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens


  • 1 bunch collard greens, thinly chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon oil of choice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


In a large skillet, saute onions and garlic in oil until lightly browned.  Add collard greens and lemon juice, sauté until wilted.  Add black eyed peas, sea salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.  Saute until warmed.

Recipe adapted from Begin Within Nutrition .



  1. Eat more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
  2. Eat greens with every meal
  3. Simplify your diet, master the basics
  4. Drink more water, challenge yourself with a gallon per day
  5. Practice meditation, try this free app

Have a healthy and prosperous New Year!  

Unconventional Meals

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This meal may look unconventional, but when you look deeper you will realize it is healthy, balanced, and full of nutrients.

  • 410 Calories
  • 12g protein
  • 13g fiber
  • 63g carbohydrates
  • 34g sugar (Note: there are 0 added sugars, meaning this contains only natural fruit sugars.)
  • Lots of minerals including calcium and potassium.
  • Lots of vitamins including niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, folate, and  Vitamins A, B6, C, E, K.

Take a look at the full analysis here: NutrientsReport (5)

This meal may look unconventional, but hopefully one day it is the norm.   

Why You Should Eat Seeds Daily

Seeds contain high amounts of fiber.  A diet high in fiber can prevent or reduce-

  • cardiovascular disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • colon cancer
  • hypercholesterolemia
  • diabetes



The best part, seeds can be easily incorporated into your diet.

Flax Seed:


I buy milled flax seed.  A 15 OZ. bag costs less than $10.00 and lasts for ages.  Flax seed has a neutral taste and is ground down, so it can be mixed into virtually any dish.  I enjoy using flax seed when baking and in my smoothies.  Kids love it in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Flax seed also contains high amounts of healthy fat.

Chia Seed:


Chia seed differs from flax seed because it is gelatinous, meaning it expands with moisture.  Because of this, I do not recommend putting chia seed in a smoothie, unless you like a really thick smoothie.  Instead, think of chia seed as salt and sprinkle it on everything.  I especially like chia seed on spaghetti and salads. You can also use chia seed to make your own jam!  Chia seed also contains high amounts of antioxidants.

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