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Cleanse for the New Year

By Joanne Aponte, ND onJanuary 9, 2019

The new year is the perfect time to cleanse and “wipe your slate clean” so to speak. It is a great way to start the year off right and make a big step forward in achieving whatever health goals you may have. There is… Read More


Top 7 Food Triggers for Migraines

By Sarah Axtell, ND onJanuary 6, 2019

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, you know that they significantly affect quality of life. In fact, the World Health Organization ranks migraines among the world’s most disabling medical illnesses. They can send you straight to bed and may be associated with… Read More


Purple Sweet Potato Mash with Pecans

By Sarah Axtell, ND onJanuary 5, 2019

I often sound like a broken record, advising my patients and my own family to “Eat the colors of the rainbow.” Purple sweet potatoes are an excellent way to include the color purple and thus a hefty dose of antioxidants in your diet. Anthocyanins are… Read More


Simple Stir Fry

By Joanne Aponte, ND onDecember 19, 2018

2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium onion, minced 1 cup zucchini, sliced 3 large carrots, sliced 8 Cremini mushrooms, sliced 1 large green pepper, chopped 2 tbsp wheat free Tamari (Or coconut aminos) Sea salt and pepper to taste Add protein… Read More


One Pan Mexican Quinoa

By Joanne Aponte, ND onDecember 12, 2018

1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno, minced 1 cup quinoa 1 cup vegetable broth 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed. (I like to add more beans!) 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes 1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned… Read More


Spiced Lentil Soup

By Joanne Aponte, ND onDecember 12, 2018

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon curry powder ½ teaspoon dried thyme 1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained 1… Read More


Chocolate Breakfast Pudding

By Joanne Aponte, ND onDecember 12, 2018

This is a great high protein, low carbohydrate breakfast option. It uses non caloric sweeteners and is full or protein and fiber,  making it a great option for those who are trying to lose weight.   2 cups unsweetened coconut or flax milk 1 slightly… Read More


Asian Noodles with Salmon

By Joanne Aponte, ND onNovember 28, 2018

I’m not a huge fan of the taste of salmon, but I really like it in this recipe.  So if you are like me, this recipe is a great way to get more salmon in your diet. Ingredients 8 ounces rice  or… Read More


Eat Alkaline Foods for Better Health

By Joanne Aponte, ND onNovember 28, 2018

Alkaline foods boost your immune system, reduce inflammation and are chock full of anti-aging anti-oxidants. Many of our diets are too high in acidic foods and are not balanced with the health promoting alkaline foods.  One thing you can do to promote better health is to… Read More


The Neti Pot for Clear Sinuses

By Joanne Aponte, ND onNovember 5, 2018

 For those of you who get a sinus infection each year and need to take antibiotics or who suffer from frequent nasal congestion due to allergies, Neti Pots are an excellent way to keep the sinuses clear and you breathing freely! For an acute sinus… Read More


Chicken Chowder (Whole 30)

By Joanne Aponte, ND onNovember 2, 2018

This is a delicious simple meal from the Whole 30.  The Whole 30 is a great resource for recipes, I highly recommend their cookbooks. To get a break from Chicken I often use turkey breast instead. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp… Read More


The Naturopathic Approach to Endometriosis

By Joanne Aponte, ND onOctober 29, 2018

Any woman with endometriosis knows how this disease can negatively impact quality of life. Pain associated with endometriosis can be debilitating. And this condition can greatly reduce chances of achieving pregnancy. The cause of endometriosis is not completely understood. Predisposition may be genetic or… Read More


Is Your Olive Oil Fake? Choosing Quality Oil

By Sarah Axtell, ND onOctober 12, 2018

The consensus is that olive oil is healthy BUT buyer beware! Recent studies show low quality oils, such as soy or canola oil, and artificial coloring are labeled as extra-virgin olive oils to the American public. In the United States, the FDA does not routinely… Read More


Beating Back to School Jitters

By Sarah Axtell, ND onSeptember 6, 2018

Returning back to school after summer vacation can be exciting but also stressful. A change in the routine from Summer to Fall can trigger anxiety, difficulty focusing, and behavioral challenges for some. Here are some ways to beat the back-to-school jitters and optimize your… Read More


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

By Sarah Axtell, ND onSeptember 3, 2018

My daughters, Cece and Lulu, made up this recipe. They make a batch weekly on Sunday, and we store them in the freezer. I find that getting kids involved in cooking leads to a more adventurous, healthy eater. These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites… Read More


Ditch the Wheat, Drop the Weight

By Sarah Axtell, ND onSeptember 3, 2018

Weight loss is more complex than the “calories in, calories out” model. Simply counting calories and working out at the gym often does not cut it. Balancing hormones (thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones) along with reducing inflammation are key factors for effective, sustainable weight… Read More


Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

By Joanne Aponte, ND onSeptember 1, 2018

Turkey Rollups 1 cup Cucumber slices ¼ cup Hummus 3 slices Turkey of chicken 2 small whole grain pitas (or lettuce) – for a gluten free low carb option use collard greens or romaine lettuce for the… Read More


Salad Dressings and Sauces

By Joanne Aponte, ND onAugust 28, 2018

A salad dressing or sauce is a great way to create a delicious meal.  These are healthier alternatives to store bought dressings which use less healthy oils (canola, sunflower, and soybean oil). Use these on salads, over sautéed veggies, with chicken, over rice or quinoa. Read More


Recipes for Summer

By Joanne Aponte, ND onJuly 12, 2018

Here are a couple healthy and delicious recipes to bring to your summer cookouts and picnics. I always brings a vegetable or vegetarian dish to gatherings to counterbalance the typical burgers, hotdogs and buns. This way I know my family will have something healthy to… Read More


7 Common Causes of Brain Fog

By Sarah Axtell, ND onJuly 12, 2018

Do you have difficult focusing? Struggle with poor mental clarity? Worried about your memory or recall? You are likely dealing with brain fog. Brain fog is a sign that something is out of balance. Here are common causes of this all-too-common condition. 1. Blood… Read More


Tips for Easy Digestion and a Happy Tummy

By Joanne Aponte, ND onJuly 12, 2018

Give your digestive tract time to rest. Eat 3 discrete meals per day and 1-2 snacks if needed. Avoid constant snacking and small meals throughout the day. Your digestive tract needs REST in between meals. Stop eating 2-3 hours before bed, and fast for 12… Read More


Grill Responsibly

By Sarah Axtell, ND onJune 30, 2018

While grilling with friends and family in the summertime can be healthy for your soul, it does come with some risks! Exposing food (notably meat) to high temperatures produces cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs have been found to be mutagenic, causing changes to… Read More


Mini Spinach Quinoa Hemp Bites

By Sarah Axtell, ND onMay 18, 2018

I made these Mini Spinach Quinoa Hemp Bites recently, and they were a hit with my kids. I find my kids like patties or individual “bites”- things they can dip in ketchup really! I’m not a huge fan of ketchup due to the sugar… Read More


Improving Mood, Energy and Focus with Rhodiola

By Sarah Axtell, ND onMay 18, 2018

Unfortunately, we cannot vanish stress. It’s part of life- the endless deadlines, the tending to a sick child or parent, relationship woes, etc. But what we can do is adapt  to stress more appropriately with plenty of self-care (exercise, clean diet, meditation) and adaptogenic… Read More


Green Goddess Dressing

By Sarah Axtell, ND onApril 29, 2018

I try to avoid store bought salad dressing. First, they are typically full of inflammatory vegetable oils and sugar. Secondly, they just don’t taste very good. Dress up your salads, roasted or steamed veggies, fish or chicken with this Green Goddess Dressing. It doesn’t… Read More


Why You Should Be Eating Walnuts Daily

By Sarah Axtell, ND onApril 20, 2018

Walnuts are by far my favorite nut. I like them for their dynamic taste and health benefits. Here is why you should be eating walnuts daily: 1. A Healthy Brain. Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which supports brain function. To promote… Read More


Easy Peasy GF Pancakes

By Sarah Axtell, ND onApril 20, 2018

This is a quick and easy pancake (or waffle) recipe using Simple Mills Pancake and Waffle mix. My girls love pancakes, but traditional box mixes are full of empty carbs. The Simple Mills box mix is pretty clean but still not enough protein, fiber… Read More


Collagen for Joint and Skin Care

By Sarah Axtell, ND onApril 19, 2018

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. Production declines with age, leading to wrinkles, weak joint cartilage (osteoarthritis), saggy skin and cracked nails. To Protect Collagen: Minimize exposure to sun! Wear sunscreen and hats. Oral and topical use of antioxidants. Look for skin-care… Read More


Creamy Arugula Soup: Detox in a Bowl

By Sarah Axtell, ND onApril 17, 2018

Arugula is a member of the super-food cruciferous vegetable family. Cruciferous vegetables (think broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and arugula) are among the healthiest vegetables thanks to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxifying properties. We typically think to eat arugula raw in salads, but it is delicious… Read More


Chocolate Collagen Protein Balls

By Sarah Axtell, ND onApril 12, 2018

These make for a quick midday pick-me-up when you are craving something sweet. The collagen powder will help stabilize your blood sugar, keeping you full and energized all afternoon. And not to mention the collagen will do wonders for your hair, skin, and joints. Enjoy!… Read More


Tabouli Quinoa Salad

By Joanne Aponte, ND onMarch 16, 2018

Prepare this in advance for a quick lunch or dinner. Tastes great served cold. Servings: approx. 4 Gluten free, Vegan Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 2 cups vegetable broth or water 1 large (or 2 medium tomatoes), chopped small 1 cucumber, chopped 4 scallions chopped 2… Read More


Telomeres: Markers of Aging

By Sarah Axtell, ND onFebruary 22, 2018

Telomeres are timekeepers in your cells. They are end caps of DNA strands that protect our genetic information. Picture the plastic ends of your shoelaces. In the same way, these plastic ends protect your shoelaces from fraying, telomeres protect genetic information. They allow cells… Read More


Adrenal Fatigue: The Road to Recovery

By Sarah Axtell, ND onFebruary 21, 2018

The adrenal glands are the organs that sit just above the kidneys that regulate stress and energy patterns. The adrenal glands can become impaired after periods of prolonged stress, resulting in a deficiency of important hormones, such as cortisol. This is often referred to as… Read More


Paleo Pad Thai with Chicken

By Sarah Axtell, ND onFebruary 21, 2018

This is a healthy twist on an all-time favorite- Pad Thai. Traditional pad thai is laden with sugar and carbs. This is a guilt-free version that the whole family will enjoy (not spicy so it’s kid-friendly!) Enjoy! Ingredients 4 medium zucchinis, spiralized (time saver-… Read More


Take Care of Your Heart

By Joanne Aponte, ND onFebruary 12, 2018

Heart disease (including stroke and heart attack) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. And it is completely preventable!! Start early and take care of your heart.  You will be doing yourself and your family a favor by incorporating some… Read More


Grapefruit and Arugula Salad with Avocado

By Sarah Axtell, ND onFebruary 11, 2018

“To age well, we must eat well.” This salad is one of the recipes I included in my “Anti-Aging” workshop. It is packed full of antioxidants. The ruby red grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, which promotes collagen production. In addition… Read More


Nourish Your Skin: Creamy Avocado Lime Dip

By Sarah Axtell, ND onFebruary 11, 2018

This dip is a bright lift to a dark and wintry day. Avocados are a great source of healthy monounsaturated fats as well as vitamin E, one of the most important nutrients for the skin, protecting it from oxidative damage. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble… Read More


Best of Milwaukee

By lakesidend onJanuary 17, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Sarah Axtell, ND was named Best Naturopathic Doctor in Milwaukee.  Also, Lakeside Natural Medicine was named Best Alternative Medical Clinic in Milwaukee.  Dr. Joanne Aponte, ND of Lakeside Natural Medicine was a finalist for Best Naturopathic Doctor in… Read More


Parsnip Fries with Rosemary

By Sarah Axtell, ND onJanuary 9, 2018

Try parsnips as a lower carb and more nutrient-dense alternative to potatoes. Parsnips are good source of fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C. Parsnip Fries with Rosemary Ingredients: 2 pounds of parsnips, cut into 3 inch strips 3 tablespoons of avocado oil… Read More


Butternut Squash Pesto with Macadamias

By Sarah Axtell, ND onNovember 5, 2017

Winter squash and pesto are my favorites and this recipe combines them! This dip has so much flavor. I like to put a dollop on my salad in place of dressing or top it over zucchini noodles or “zoodles.”  Or dip raw veggies in it… Read More


Boost Energy and Defy Aging with Mitochondrial Support

By Sarah Axtell, ND onNovember 3, 2017

Mitochondria are the power plants that keep our cells going and perform many of the functions that are vital to health. They are tiny compartments inside our cells that are in essence the “engine” to our lives. Functions of mitochrondria include: Detoxification– mitochondria detoxify… Read More



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