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Heart-nourishing dishes with Chef Audrey

According to the American Heart Association, 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds.  America, our hearts are in trouble.  As usual, protecting your heart comes down to prevention.  We can protect and prevent through what we feed ourselves.  Think of each bite as potentially either taking you closer to heart disease or closer to wellbeing and quality of life.  A no-brainer, right?

Check out Chef Audrey’s (Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe) two recipes that have heart-supporting and protecting ingredients, such as:

  • Cayenne – prevents blood clots and dilates blood vessels, clears artery clogging deposits
  • Reishi – helps lower blood pressure, reduces damage to the cells that line blood vessels, helps reduce cholesterol and insulin resistance
  • Cacao – antioxidants in cacao help keep your blood vessels relaxed, eases blood pressure and helps circulation and reduces inflammation
  • Olive oil – lowers cholesterol and helps lower risk of heart disease overall

Healthy Heart Chocolate Shake

Serves 1

This shake is so fun to make for 2 or even just for yourself.  The maca gets the libido going, the cacao and cayenne, open the capillaries in the body, allowing blood to flow and your awareness to heighten.  Cinnamon helps the body process sugar and also give the shake a lovely flavor and scent J  This is a shake that truly supports the physical and emotional heart.  Both every important! 

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon maca
  • ¼ teaspoon reishi powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (use a little less or more depending on what you desire)
  1. Add all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve with your favorite smoothie toppings.  Some of my favorites are strawberry slices, cacao nibs and hemp seeds.  Enjoy with a full heart!

Szechuan Noodles

Serves 5-6 people

A Vibrant & light dish that is full of flavor as well as different textures and colors.  You eat with your eyes first! Art on a plate that gives you energy and doesn’t weigh you down and supports a healthy heart and healthy body!


  • 1 ½ cups olive oil
  • 1/4 cup wheat free tamari
  • 1/4 cup organic maple syrup or raw honey
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne

Veggies & toppings

  • 6-7 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 6-7 carrots, peeled into noodles
  • 4 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 heads broccoli, chopped small
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup nori shreds
  1. To make your sauce, add all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth
  2. To make your noodles, add all veggies into large bowl and pour over most of your sauce. Mix well with your hands until everything is coated.
  3. When plating, add 2 cups of noodles on each plate and top with a sprinkle of cashews, sesame seeds and nori
  4. Serve with love and enjoy! This is a great dish to enjoy with chop sticks

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Florida woman accused of zipping her boyfriend in suitcase for hours until he died

(CNN) — Sarah Boone called 911 and said her boyfriend got trapped in a suitcase and died during a game of hide-and-seek, according to court records.

The Florida couple had been drinking Chardonnay and doing puzzles Sunday night in their Winter Park apartment, Boone told authorities, when they thought “it would be funny” to hop in a suitcase as a part of the game, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Boone, 42, zipped up Jorge Torres Jr. in the blue suitcase containing a few items for donating. Two of his fingers stuck out, so she assumed he could open it, according to the affidavit.

She went upstairs to bed and thought he’d get himself out of the suitcase and join her, only to wake up Monday and find him still in it and not breathing, the affidavit says.

Boone was arrested Tuesday and faces a second-degree murder charge after investigators determined videos on her phone contradicted her story.

The phone footage shows her mocking her boyfriend as she filmed his cries for help, and telling him it was his punishment for cheating, according to the arrest affidavit.

“I can’t f**king breathe, seriously,” her boyfriend said in the phone video. “That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me,” she responds.

The video shows the victim pushing on the suitcase and trying to get out, the affidavit says. When police showed the video to Boone, she pushed it away halfway through and said she didn’t want to watch it, the affidavit says.

Police searched her iPhone after she signed a waiver and gave verbal and written consent. CNN has reached out to her public defender.

Boone denied intentionally leaving Torres in the suitcase, according to the affidavit.

Boone called police Monday afternoon and said she woke up hours earlier but assumed her boyfriend was on his computer in another room. When she could not find him, she suddenly realized he was still in the suitcase.

“Sarah unzipped the suitcase and found Jorge unresponsive and not breathing,” the affidavit says. “Sarah zipped Jorge in the suitcase to where he could not get out. Jorge begged Sarah repeatedly telling her he could not breathe and Sarah left him in the suitcase … and demonstrated a depraved mind without regard for Jorge’s life.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim near the front door with a laceration on his lip and bruising around his eye.

Boone is being held without bail. No cause of death is listed on the arrest affidavit.