Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall Super Foods

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When we think of pumpkins we think of  carving a spooky face into one.  The hassle of scooping out the slimy flesh and seeds and getting our hands sticky comes to mind.  Usually that all goes into the trash and we are left with hollowed out shell that shrinks and collapses before Halloween even arrives.  Good times.  Unless we enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or Christmas, its the only time most of us have ever eaten it.  
Pumpkins are more than just a "pretty face".  They are a nutritional powerhouse and moderately priced superfood.   They are full of vitamins and minerals like: 
Vitamin A and C, which promotes healthy vision and sustaining wellness.
Cancer fighting beta-carotene.
Potassium, which helps balances electrolytes (more than bananas).
Fiber, (3 grams per cup) which fills you up, slows digestion keeping blood sugar level and keeps you feeling fuller.
For a great bonus, SEEDS packed with nutrients and  phytosterols which help protect your heart and immune system.

Here's a easy way to prep a pumpkin. for roasting or mashing etc.  Don't forget to roast the seeds.  There are many ways to enjoy pumpkin, check out: How to cook with Orange Beauties.

You can even get a workout with your pumpkin before cooking it.

You can even grow one at home


Have a great week.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Recommended Reading 10/07/18

Lizzie says, Its "Recommended Reading" time.
Let's get started with an article from Outside Magazine with Dan Buettner on "Life Tips from a Happiness Expert"
Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena has a new formula for success: "Happiness=Success.
Also from Spartan Race, How to Workout in 10 Minutes, you have to be gritty and determined to accomplish it. NO EXCUSES.
Forests are home to a wealth of biodiversity, here are 3 Things You Didn't Know About Trees.
There are over 660 million in the world who do not have access to clean water!  This solar powered postage sized device could change all that.
The Keto Diet is becoming more popular as a way to lose weight. Consuming low carb, high fat, moderate protein, you burn more stored fat for energy.  Mostly related to animal products, there is a vegan alternative: Vegan Keto Diet Guide.
If you haven't heard yet, Turmeric has become a popular remedy for about everything that ails you.  Its benefits are amazing and has been used in Ayurveda medicine, for over 3000 years.  One of the easiest and most beneficial ways to consume turmeric is "Golden Milk"
Everyone loves pizza!  Make your own at home with this easy recipe for whole grain, oil free and vegan pizza dough from Forks Over Knives.
On the post workout or race recovery soreness here is a great article from Athlinks on the benefits of  CBD Oil.  Remember you can get all your CBD oil needs from us at:

That's all for this week. Hope you enjoy my recommendations.

There was no post last week, as Kris and I were enjoying are 27th wedding anniversary in Asheville, NC.  


Have a great week.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Is It Time For A Detox?

With our world growing increasingly toxic, the question is not if you should do a detox; its when.  It's true our bodies are built to naturally eliminate toxins.  The problem, however, is that the effects of modern life: pollution, poor dietary choices, contaminates in our food and water, stress and even a sedentary lifestyle will compromise the body's ability to effectively detox the way it supposed to.  The tragic result of this toxic internal congestion is that we develop diseases, gain weight and lose our natural energy and vitality.

While its true our livers are constantly detoxing our bloodstreams, they are not necessarily coping as well as they could be.  From pesticides and fertilizers in our food, to heavy metals in the skincare products we use and the over-eager medicine prescribing, our wonderful modern world is a bit of a minefield waiting to explode.
Here are a few signs you need a 'detox', even when you think you are healthy and can't figure out why you are:
*Constantly Fatigued. 
This could be a sign your body is working too hard to get rid of the toxins you're pouring into it. If your answer is more coffee or something sweet, you're only making the problem worse.
The intestines get rid of a lot of toxins everyday.  When that is compromised we store up all those toxins.  Allowing them to negatively affect our bodies.  This is related to consuming a lot of processed foods filled with chemicals, pesticides and preservatives.
*Skin Reactions.
Acne, rashes and skin problems may signal a toxic overload.  The skin is our largest organ responsible for detoxification. Get out there and sweat!
*Muscle aches and pains.
Chronic inflammation can be influenced by the environmental toxins we come into contact each and every day. Use only natural skin care products that are free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens and any other potentially toxic ingredients.
*Bad Breath.
Bad breath is often related to digestive issues and can also mean your liver is struggling to get rid of the toxins.

Here is a great article from Dr. Will Cole: 16 Signs its Time For a Detox

Here are some suggestions for healthy detoxing:
*Support your liver with  warm lemon water, dandelion tea, eat more parsley and cilantro.
*Drink more water(I Need a Drink   Thirsty?)
*SWEAT! Exercise at least 30 minutes daily. It gets the circulation going, helping move toxins along.
*Get a good daily dose of probiotics (Gut Bomb) like non-dairy yogurts,kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh and miso soup.
*Always brush your teeth, even better use a tongue scrapper while brushing.
*Practice deep breathing.
*Choose clean organic whole foods.  Start with these: FoodsTo Naturally Detox Our Body.

CBD Oil has been shown to help in detoxing the liver along with many other benefits: 4 Natural Remedies to Detox and Heal The Liver.  We offer high quality CBD Oil products at Please check them out.


Have a great week

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Power of Potatoes

September is National Potato Month.
Potatoes are one of the most beloved and most produced foods on the planet.  The humble healthful potato is popular for a number of reasons. They are relatively inexpensive to grow, available year round and are rich in nutrients.  You can easily grow them at home!   Potatoes are tubers that belong to the nightshade family which strangely include tomatoes, eggplants and bell peppers.  With over a hundred edible varieties, they come in an array of colors, sizes, shapes and flavors.  Potatoes are classified as either 'mature' or 'new'.  New potatoes are harvested before fully grown, obviously smaller in size.( New Red potatoes or Purple potatoes)

The History of the Potato

Potatoes originated in the Andean Mountain area of South America where historians believe they have been cultivated for over 7000 years.  They were one of the few crops that could survive the harsh climate.  The Spanish brought them to Europe in the 16th century, but were not widely consumed until farmers discovered they were much easier to grow than wheat and oats.  They also found them to be vitamin-rich and produced more yield per acre.  Potatoes' popularity was greatly aided by Antoine-Augustin Paramentier, a pharmacist by training was imprisoned during the Seven Years War.  He was forced to eat only potatoes and was surprised how he emerged with excellent  health.  He launched a public relations campaign on their benefits, organizing an all-potato dinner for some high society guests, which included Thomas Jefferson.  He was so excited, he brought the "French Fry" back to America.  Now you know!  
Paramentier also persuaded Marie Antoinette and husband Louis XVI to wear potato flowers in her hair and him to adorn his suits.  Finally, he planted acres of potatoes outside Paris so that starving peasants would steal them.

By the 18th century potatoes had become a staple around the world, but in 1845 a potato blight virtually wiped out the entire crop overnight.  The Potato Famine in Ireland was the worst, where 40% of the Irish ate only ate potatoes as their solid food.  Millions died and millions more migrated to America to escape the famine.  America was the last country to adopt it to its cuisine.  We now grow more then 17.1 million pounds per year and consume as much as 126 pounds per person.  
Potatoes are naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free, high in fiber,low in sodium and packed full of vitamins and nutrients.  Andrew "Spud" Taylor  lost 114 lbs eating only potatoes for a year. 

Here's an easy recipe any time of the day:
Fall Breakfast Bowl
1 sweet potato
1 white potato
Cube in 1/2" bite-size pieces.
Lightly cook-until tender- in olive oil with fresh rosemary and sage.
Top with pepitas and dried cranberries or raisins.

The affordable potato(even organic) should always be on your list of healthy food choices.


Have a great week.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

It's Whats For Lunch!

This week's post is two easy healthy recipes.

Creamy Tomato Soup
In a large saucepan heat:
1-28 oz. Trader Joe's Tuscano Marinara Sauce.
3 cups Vegetable broth.
1/2 cup raw cashews.
A handful of fresh basil leaves(10-12).

Divide mixture in half.  Blend half in a high speed blender(Vitamix) along with the raw cashews (this is what will make the soup very creamy) until smooth. Return to saucepan and blend the remaining half in blender. Return to saucepan and keep warm until ready to serve. Chiffonade the fresh basil and sprinkle on top of soup.

Homemade Croutons
Use your day old hard French bread or baguettes to make delicious croutons! 
just cut them into bite size cubes, toss with olive oil and garlic salt. Bake at 350' until brown, approximately 10 minutes flipping once or twice.

Tempeh Vegan "Chicken" Salad
1 package Organic Tempeh.
2 tbsp. olive oil.
3 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
2 tsp lemon juice.
3 tbsp minced onion.
2 stalks minced organic celery.
1 tbsp dried or fresh parsley.
1/2 tsp curry powder.
A dash of cayenne pepper.

Cut the tempeh into 1/2 inch cubes. Bring a few inches of water(enough to cover tempeh) to a boil in a pot.  Add the cubed tempeh and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.  Drain all the water.  Heat two tbsp of  olive or coconut oil over medium heat in a large skillet and brown the tempeh on all sides.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Combine the cooled tempeh in a large bowl with the vegan mayonnaise and all other ingredients making sure it is evenly coated.  taste and adjust seasonings to taste.  Enjoy on a bed of lettuce or multi grain toasted bread. 


Have a great week.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Recommended Reading 09/03/18

It's recommended reading time!
First up is some environmental news..we all know that plastic is everywhere, "How much is there?"
Studies show its possible that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish.   Invasive species also ride the plastic flotilla across the oceans creating havoc on native habitats.  Did you know that even flushing used contact lens are adding to the micro plastic problem we are facing?  On the bright side researchers have found a giant deep-sea coral reef 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina.  Named the "Richardson Ridge" it is almost 80 miles long and full of healthy coral. 

For anyone who thinks vegan/plant-based diet followers are weak and have no strength, think again, 34 year old Strongman Patrik Baboumian broke the world yoke carry record: 1214 lbs carried for 32 feet!  You can an interview with Rich Roll here:"Why compassion is his strength"

We've been told we should take an aspirin a day for preventing heart disease, Should we?
What about the information on "hidden dangers of beans, legumes and whole grains because of lectins. Listen to Dr Gregers' take on "The Plant Paradox is Wrong"

For more video pleasure: 5 Nutrition Myths You Might Believe
Food for Thought: Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?

For some real motivation: 31 in 31, transform yourself to be a high performer in life.
Check out "Macka B" on "Health is Wealth"

To end this, something pretty freaky: AI-"bring the dead BACK to life"

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Ginger Benefits

This week's post is all about "Ginger root".   For centuries, ginger has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat colds, stomachaches, nausea and indigestion.   It is treasured in Asian cuisine with its tangy, lemony and spicy taste.  It is a favored go-to herbal remedy for those who believe in natural healing.  Some who are older may remember our Grandmothers giving us ginger-ale when we had a stomachache.   Back then it actually had ginger in it!  In 1982 it beat out Dramamine in a head-to-head test when blindfolded volunteers were spun in a tilted rotating chair.  It is now considered a nontoxic broad-spectrum anti-vomiting agent in countering nausea, vomiting, motion sickness.  It helps to calm the effects of nausea in pregnancy, chemo, radiation and after surgery.  Ginger has its most effects in late winter.  On cold damp days, a steaming hot cup of ginger tea warms your bones and burns up congestion and mucus.  For congestion in the back of your throat, make a syrup of 1/4 tsp each of dry ginger, turmeric and black pepper mixed into 1 tsp of raw honey.  Slowly lick over 15 minutes, repeating up to three times per day.  When you combine ginger with black pepper and dried pippali it forms an Ayuredic formula called "trikatu".   This formula is excellent for eliminating mucus and congestion in the lungs.

Other benefits include;

*Reduces pain from exercise.
*Assists in weight loss.
*Treats anemia (stimulates production of blood cells).
*Helps manages diabetes (combining honey and ginger reduces oxidative stress).
*Helps to prevent liver disease (gingerols helps improves insulin resistance).

You can find fresh ginger in the produce aisle of most all grocery stores.  Make sure it is firm to touch, not dried out or wilted. For a quick pick me up, peel the skin (if not organic), finely chop about a tbsp and steep in hot water for 2-3 minutes, add some honey and enjoy!

For more information on ginger:11 Proven Benefits of Ginger

I recently came across a new YouTube channel that has great health content by a vegan science writer named Mike.  Check out his latest video here: Vegans are Awesome

Have a great week.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

"It's Whats For Dinner" Jackfruit Carnitas

Jackfruit Carnitas

Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world — one fruit can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds and contain hundreds of seeds that are rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron.

The fruit known as a jackfruit is being hailed as a "miracle" crop that could save millions from starvation.  You can follow this link for more information. 
Here's my favorite recipe using jackfruit.  With the right seasonings, you will think you are eating pulled pork!  You can find canned jackfruit at your local Asian Market.


1-2 tbs coconut oil
1 small onion diced
2-- cloves crushed garlic
Homemade spice blend:
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle seasoning
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp lime juice
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tsp Bragg's or Coconut Amino acids

In a large skillet, on medium heat saute onions and crushed garlic.
Stir until onions are clear. Add lime juice, maple syrup and Bragg's.
Drain and rinse jackfruit, break apart and shred fruit ( like pulled pork)
Add spice mix and fruit, stirring to completely for good coverage.
The fruit will start to brown and liquid will dissolve.
Ready to roll into a burrito with black beans and salsa or guacamole. 
Serves well with sweet potato fries.

For a Jackfruit "Pulled Pork" variation:

Wet sauce:
3 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp tamarind paste or sweet chili sauce 
1/4 cup water
2 tsp maple syrup
Add sauce to cooking fruit and spices and simmer until ready to eat.
Serves well on toasted buns, with coleslaw made with "Vegenaise or Just Mayo".

 For nutritional information see: Jackfruit

Have a great week.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

CBD Oil and Brain Health

Taking care of our brain health is more urgent now than ever.  Every aspect of our lives affects our brain.  The standard american diet (SAD), environmental toxins, lack of exercise, "burning both ends" and poor sleep habits can often lead to chronic illness.  According to the Alzheimer's Association, by the year 2050 the U.S. alone will have 14 million people in need of full time care for Alzheimer's disease.  Additionally, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting 40 million adults.

If you look at the benefits of CBD oil (see last month's post: What Exactly is CBD Oil?), you will find a very long list of health benefits.  I personally have slept better than ever before since taking it,  feeling the results the very first dose.  I wake up feeling rested and with a clear mind.  Everyone we know personally who has used CBD oil has benefited from lower blood pressure, reduction of "hot flashes", muscle spasms, less anxiety etc. This is because it activates the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which can optimize overall health.
Here are some benefits:

Studies have shown that CBD oil has the ability to prevent free radical damage, reduce inflammation and protect our brain cells.  Other studies have demonstrated the role of the cannabinoids in adult neurogenesis which is science-y way of saying "growing new brain cells".

We already know CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, so it's an all around healthy ingredient to add to your wellness routine. 

For  a must listen to podcast on the importance of healthy living and eating, listen to: Dr.'s Dean & Ayesha Sherzai on Optimizing Brain Health, "The Alzheimer's Solution".

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Recommended Reading 08/05/18

It's time for August Recommended Reading.
I hope you all enjoy these selections.

We all know it's very hot outside now.  It is August!  I am outside working in the elements all week long and it can be brutal.  You MUST stay hydrated!  Here is a earlier post on Thirsty?  With climate change being true, we don't want to become a statistic, Heat waves are deadly.

We all want to live longer and healthy.  Most of us have heard about areas around the world where they have the longest living cultures called Blue Zones.  This a great article from Conde Nast Traveller about Blue Zone of Sardinia

Here is a interesting article from Bloomberg on How America Uses Its Land,  the largest area is for pasture/range land and most cropland is for feeding animals.  Yet the area for growing food for us is only the size of Indiana, Illinois and half of Iowa!  Animal agriculture is not sustainable.  Please watch: How Not to Die, by Dr. Michael Greger.  

Want strong bones?  Quit chugging milk!

I know you've had this happen before: Arm fall asleep?

This is very cool!  Puerto Rico could have used this after Hurricane Irma rolled thru. A company, in the U.K. has started producing a rapid roll solar panel.  Check out this video from Renovagen.

I remember my Grandmother making banana creme pie,  Here is a great article on 15 Vegan Vintage Desserts

If you are feeling run down, stressed or pain, check out our CBD oil. "All the health without the high"

Have a great week.
Be kind.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Importance of Nitric Oxide

I'm not talking about Nitrous Oxide or "laughing gas".
Nitric Oxide is a small molecule which is produced by every cell in our body and helps keeps blood vessels healthy and regulates blood pressure.  It also helps in the immune and nervous systems and lessens diseases such as chronic inflammation, cancer, etc.  Nitric oxide is released from the inner layers of cells (endothelium) of our blood vessels. By relaxing the vessels it  keeps them flexible, allowing them to dilate, which boosts blood flow and controls blood pressure.  As we age, our cells produce less nitric oxide, which contributes to higher risk of chronic diseases.  That's why it is important to consume foods high in nitrates.  Recent lab research has shown that nitric oxide is involved in the respiratory system by helping red blood cells to release the oxygen they carry to the body's tissues.  Because it increases blood flow, it delivers more oxygen to our muscles for increased stamina, improving work production, etc.

Here are some foods to boost Nitric Oxide;
*Arugula, This bitter, peppery green is the highest source of nitrates known!
*Beets, beetroots are loaded with nitrates.
*Spinach, want to be strong like Popeye? eat yours fresh!
*Citrus, containing high amounts of Vitamin C, they protect your nitric oxide molecules from free radicals.
*Pomegranate, the polyphenols boost nitric oxide and as a anti-inflammatory it reduces oxidative stress.
*Walnuts, being high in Vitamin E they keep the blood flowing.
*Watermelon,  loaded with the amino acid L-citrulline,  which is ultimately converted into nitric oxide.  The rind is where you find the most amount of l-citrulline.

This is a great video from Dr. Michael Greger on creating your own "V8" juice smoothie for a daily way to boost your nitric oxide production. See: Dr. Greger In The Kitchen

Have a great week.
Be kind.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

What The Heck is Tempeh?

That is the question I get asked most every time I am eating a meal that includes Tempeh.  Most everyone has heard of tofu but not so much of tempeh.  It's only after they sample a bite or two when they say "that's pretty good".  Like tofu, tempeh takes on the flavor of the spices you use when preparing it.  Tempeh is a fermented soybean product that originated in Indonesia.  It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that includes a tempeh "starter" which is a mix of live mold.  The same way kombuchaKimchi or Sauerkraut is fermented.

Tempeh Benefits:

*Rich in probiotics.
*Lowers cholesterol.
*High in protein.
*High in calcium for bone strength. 
*Balances blood sugar.
*Reduces menopause symptoms.

Tempeh is a good source of protein, iron, magnesium, manganese and calcium.  It is also low in carbs and sodium. Being rich in probiotics helps in a strong gut health.  Tempeh can be eaten right from the package, but is a lot more tasty when prepared with that right spices.  Search the blog for recipes using tempeh.  This is one of my favorites: Tempeh Reuben Sandwich or here's an easy quick one.

Tempeh "Chikin" Salad

1 package of organic tempeh.
1 stalk organic celery minced.
1 diced dill pickle.
1/4 cup diced onions.
1 tbs parsley.
1/2 cup vegan mayo.
1 tbs yellow mustard.
1 ts lemon juice.
Salt and pepper.

Cube the tempeh and place in salted boiling water.  Simmer for 10-12 minutes, drain and let cool.
Combine all other ingredients in mixing bowl.  Add cooled tempeh cubes and fold together.
Serve with lettuce, tomatoes on a wrap, pita or by itself.

Image result for trader joe's tempeh

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Be kind.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Love Has No Labels

This week's post is a little different than usual.  There are a lot of crazy things going on in the world.  People need to put their differences aside and come together.   Bob Marley's "One Love"says it all:

One Love! What about the one heart? One Heart!  What about? Let's get together and feel all right, as it was in the beginning. One Love So shall it be in the end. One Heart. All right Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right.  Let's get together and feel all right.

I saw an ad that the NFL and the Ad Council put out in February.  Please watch:

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

What Exactly is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD oil, is helping to relieve many common ailments. The FDA just approved a form of cannabidiol called Epidiolex for childhood epilepsy, transforming the way the medical industry is looking at this natural alternative.  CBD oil helps with ailments such as anxiety, pain, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.  Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid compound that is found in both hemp and marijuana.  The main difference is the level of THC.  THC is the most well-known cannabinoid and is associated with the "high" you get from marijuana.  CBD is derived from the hemp plant has a very low to zero amount of THC and is non-psychoactive, and is legal in all 50 states.

While there are many different positive health benefits of CBD oil, the center of its amazing abilities seems to be it is a very effective natural anti-inflammatory.  Chronic inflammation is the common thread between most of all chronic health problems we face today as a modern society.  Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, digestive issues and hormonal problems are all inflammatory in nature.  Research is showing that anxiety, depression, brain fog, ADD, ADHD and autism are influenced by inflammation.  CBD oil has been shown to calm anxiety naturally without the potential side effects of pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medications.   

Here are a few of the many benefits of CBD:

I lead a very active life working outdoors in extreme weather conditions, both hot and cold.  At the end of the day it takes a while for my body and mind to wind down; therefore at bedtime and throughout the night my muscles twitch, which in turn keeps Kris awake and does not promote a restful sleep for neither one of us.  I began taking CBD oil on Tuesday July 3rd and I have not twitched since!  I wake up rested and with a clear mind. 

After doing some research on this incredible natural alternative, Kris and I are now associates with Hempworx and can now offer you these CBD oil products for both you and your pets.
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Recommended Reading 07/01/18

It is Recommended Reading time!

As we spend more time outside now it is very important to protect our largest organ: Our skin.

Contrary to belief, "most" sunscreens are not really that good for us: The Truth About Cancer.
With the high cost and/or  lack of of healthcare it is crucial we do anything possible that can helps us live a healthier lifestyle. In this article from Natural News: Meditation, Yoga and Prayer can reduce your healthcare services by 43%.
We all know when changing to a plant-based diet cheese is the hardest food to give up! I did a post on dairy a few years back, see it here for more info.  This article by on OneGreenPlanet shows how the dairy industry is changing their views on plant-based milks: Dairy-free yogurts.  And why does the United States let the Dairy Industry have so much power: Breaking The Dairy Addiction: Dr. Neal Barnard/Rich Roll.  Because of the growing interests in plant-based milks, the dairy industry has a surplus of unsold milk.  So they make cheese out it, and now have  1.39 Billion Pounds of surplus cheese.  Maybe stop producing so much milk and reduce some greenhouse gases?  You can always make your own delicious plant-based, dairy-free cheeses.

Eating healthy is too expensive! I hear that a lot, but it really isn't.  Here are two articles on Eating On a Budget  Eating Plant-based on $50 a Week.  Check out this video from 22 Days Nutrition on eating healthy.  
For a great 4th of July recipe try this  from Chef Chloe:
Chili Lime Street Corn
1 tb vegetable oil
1 lb frozen organic corn or fresh
1 jalapeno seeded and minced
1 ts sea salt
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
 1 tb vegan butter

Sriracha Mayo
1 cup vegan mayo
2 tb ketchup
2 tb agave
2 tb sriracha
1 ts salt
combine all ingredients until smooth

In a large skillet heat oil over med-high heat, add corn, jalapeno and salt.
Stirring for 8 to 10 minutes until corn is nicely charred.
Stir in lime juice, agave and butter. 
 Serve in small bowls or cups.
Top with Sriracha mayo, smoked paprika and pepper.

There are 4200 religions in the world. And while the details vary, the big themes remain the same. Be kind. Help others. Do good...  Joe De Sena

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Greatness of Grapes

The Greatness of Grapes

Grapes were first cultivated in the Middle East over 8000 years ago.  Now over 72 million tons are grown worldwide every year,(producing 7.2 trillion gals of wine!)  They are a very good source of phtyonutrients, mainly phenols and polyphenols and also packed full of vitamins such as; vitamin C, K, a and B6. They are also rich in minerals such as; potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and salt. Being that they are high in fiber and have a high water content, they are the perfect food to eat during the hot summer months.  Throw some in the freezer and enjoy a frozen treat!

Here are a few reasons you should eat grapes:
*Helps cure asthma and migraines.
*Prevents heart attacks and lowers cholesterol levels.
*Strengths bones and helps to prevent osteoporosis.
*Provides relief from constipation and indigestion. 
*Boosts immune system and prevents fatigue.
*Reduces the risk of kidney stones.
*Prevents loss of vision and macular degeneration.
*Improves brain function and prevents Alzheimer's disease ( For an informative podcast on Alzheimer's solution PLEASE listen to)Dr's Dean and Ayesha Sherzai   

A diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables helps in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.  

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Power Cookies


As we go through the work day some of us need a little pick me up.  These "cookies" are just the solution.  The date paste is perfect for a long steady energy release.  These cookies are also high in fiber keeping you full and ready to tackle any situation that comes your way.  They are actually a great "breakfast"cookie and a way to start your day.  

Date Paste Topping:
8-10 pitted dates.
1-tb ground flax seeds.
1-2 tbs almond or peanut butter.
1/8 cup pumpkin, sunflower, hemp or peanuts.
In a food processor, pulse dates into a paste. 
Add flax, nut butter and seeds.
Mix until you have a "ball" of paste.

Breakfast Cookie:
In a bowl:
1 cup of whole wheat flour.
1/2 tsp baking soda.
1/2 tsp sea salt.
1 tb. chia seed.
Blend together.
Preheat oven to 350'
In a second bowl:
1/3 cup vegan butter or melted coconut oil.
2 tbs almond butter.
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract.
1/4 cup your choice:coconut palm sugar, honey, agave syrup or maple syrup.
2 tbs water.
Slowly beat with mixer.
Add dry mixture until you have a cookie batter. Add 1 tb.water if needed.
Form into small thin 2" cookies and bake for 12 minutes.
Let cool.
 Top with date paste.
This makes 12-14 cookies.

Have a great week.
Be kind.