Food Friday: Pomegranate Chicken Tacos

Are you looking for a quick yet delicious meal that is still healthy? These pomegranate chicken tacos, aside from the wraps, are prepared in a slow cooker so they can be put together quickly when you get home from work! This recipe is great if you are on an elimination diet, avoiding gluten or just looking for a healthy option. They can be even made paleo if you use plantains to make the wraps or use fresh collard greens. 

I have made these tacos using different variations for a wrap and I have to say using homemade wraps makes the meal! You can find the recipe for brown rice tortillas here. It is so simple! I donโ€™t own a tortilla press but using my hands, a rolling pin or a heavy pot to flatten them works just fine with the flour between two pieces of parchment paper. Leftover chicken can be added to lunches with a kale salad or something along those lines. 

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 1-1.5 lbs organic or local chicken breast, skinless, boneless
  • 1 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 small onion, halved and cut into half-moons
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Tacos:

  • Brown rice tortillas (recipe here) or collard green leaves 
  • thinly sliced napa cabbage or romaine lettuce
  • sliced avocado
  • thin strips of cucumber
  • mayonnaise (vegan if prepared) 
  • broccoli sprouts (optional)

Directions:

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  1. Before work place all the ingredients of the chicken in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 or so hours. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place it on a plate or cutting board. Using two forks, shred the chicken then place it back in the slow cooker and mix it into the cooked onions and juices. Let it cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes more. 
  2. During this time, make the tortillas using brown rice flour or almond flour and tapioca flour (I find this works better than arrowroot). Add more tapioca flour until you can easier form a ball of dough. Continue with recipe from here. Be sure to eat when tortillas are still warm to avoid them breaking too much. 
  3. To assemble the tacos, spread a small amount of mayonnaise on the tortilla. Place a scoop of the shredded chicken into the centre of each tortilla, then add a small handful of greens, a few slices of avocado, a small handful of cucumber and a tbsp broccoli sprouts. Fold in half and enjoy! It gets a little juicy so watch out ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 

Let me know what you think!

In health & happiness, 

Dr. Karen

Probiotics Everywhere - What To Really Look For!

At the end of last year I did a talk to local Holistic Nutritionists and it was mentioned that one of the top trends of 2017 was going to be probiotics. Not just those good gut bugs in general, but adding them to all different types of foods. So I was curious to see what the commercial industry was going to come up with next. What I am seeing lately is probiotics in orange juice! FYI - probiotics are not naturally found in juice. To see a benefit you also want a lot more than the 1 billion found in that cup of juice they are marketing. 

Better ways than this to get your probiotics :)

Better ways than this to get your probiotics :)

I want to shed a little light on probiotics so you have a little more information when those marketing gurus try to direct their product your way. 

Benefits of probiotics:

There are so many strains of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that reside mostly in the large intestine of your gut. More and more research is coming out showing the importance of probiotics on a wide variety of conditions, including all digestive disorders, immune health, anxiety, skin health and even weight loss. In Naturopathic Medicine research is trying to get even more specific in terms of subtypes of strains to treat even more individually. In my practice I prescribe either specific probiotic strains or higher doses of probiotics - 11 billion, 50 billion or even up to 300 billion for issues such as crohns and colitis. Once we have established a healthy community of those good bugs the focus then turns more to food forms of probiotics. These would be naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, yogurt or even sourdough. Naturally fermented I say...not orange juice.  

What to look for:

While I am not saying a little fresh juice is bad, it is actually quite delicious at times, it just shouldn't be your primary way of getting probiotics. Therefore when companies claim their products contain probiotics, ask yourself if it is a naturally fermented food and how many billion are actually in a serving. Focus on adding a tbsp or two of naturally fermented foods as mentioned above to your meals, or for a higher dose look for a probiotic containing 10 billion or more with more than 2 strains. 

If you are having digestive concerns that don't seem to be improving with over the counter probiotics or fermented foods consider coming in for a visit to discuss a more specific treatment plan for you! I am always happy to help. 

In health & happiness, 

Dr. Karen