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The Secret to Absoluely Delicious Brussels Sprouts

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
May 8, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Brussels Sprouts look like tightly wrapped little cabbage buds and are part of the cruciferae or mustard family, which includes broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. The cruciferae or cruciferous classification came about because of the four-part flower in the shape of a cross.

Cultivated in ancient Rome, modern Brussels sprouts were first grown in Belgium in the late 16th century near Brussels, hence the name “Brussels” sprouts.

While not really miniature cabbages, Brussels sprouts are a hardy crop and typically the last of the season to be harvested. They can endure deep frost and in fact, exposure to cold prompts the plant to convert starches to sugars and actually improves flavor.

There have been numerous scientific studies regarding the many health benefits associated with consuming Brussels sprouts, with the majority documenting the cancer preventive nature of specific antioxidants and phytochemicals.[1] …read more of The Secret to Absoluely Delicious Brussels Sprouts here

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Reduce Package Waste at the Source, Save Money and Get Healthy

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
April 29, 2013
File under: Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes

Nearly half of all solid waste in the U.S., 44 percent is consumer packaging.

It does not always have to be that way.  Smart choices that we make can go a long way toward reducing waste piling up in landfills. Packaging has increased dramatically over the last 50 years and now makes up the largest share of municipal solid waste (MSW).

Packaging, by its very nature is disposable.  Meant to be tossed away and the first or last thing we do when handing consumer goods.

Certainly, choosing products with less packaging and especially that which is recyclable or compostable can make an important impact.

But can we decrease waste pollution at the source? …read more of Reduce Package Waste at the Source, Save Money and Get Healthy here

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Tasty, Healthful Rice Vinegar

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
April 13, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Vinegar has had a long and venerable history. One of the very first medicines Hippocrates treated patients with was vinegar and it was used as a healing dressing on wounds and infectious sores in Biblical times.

Vinegar can be made from almost anything that contains sugar or starch. There are wine vinegars, white vinegar and fruit and grain vinegars, such as apple cider, raspberry, pomegranate and rice.

Including vinegar regularly in the diet can increase calcium absorption[1], help control blood sugar[2] assist in weight loss[3] [4]and allow the health conscious cook to reduce fat and sodium.

Researchers believe that the amino acids in vinegar are, to some degree responsible for its therapeutic effects. These amino acids help counteract the effects of lactic-acid buildup in the body that can cause irritability, fatigue and tender, aching muscles and can also be a factor in the onset of disease. …read more of Tasty, Healthful Rice Vinegar here

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Garbanzo Beans Shown to Aid in Weight Loss!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 17, 2013
File under: Recipes, Vegan, Weight Control

Garbanzo beans, AKA chickpeas or ceci beans are very low in fat and calories. A terrific source of fiber and protein, just two cups of this hearty legume would satisfy the daily requirement for protein.

Now,  research suggests that eating garbanzo beans can actually help to control your appetite![1] Scientists have found that the fiber benefits of garbanzo beans may go well beyond the benefits of fiber in other foods

In a recent study, participants in two groups were given 28 grams of fiber per day, however the source of the fiber for each group was very different. One group’s dietary fiber came primarily from garbanzo beans, while the second group obtained dietary fiber from entirely different sources.

The garbanzo bean group had better blood fat regulation, including lower levels of LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides. …read more of Garbanzo Beans Shown to Aid in Weight Loss! here

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Art Imitates Life in the Hollywood Film, The Guilt Trip

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 25, 2013
File under: eco-friendly cleaning solutions, Environment, Essential Oils

EarthScents aromatherapy enhanced household cleaning products are safe, effective and planet friendly. So safe, in fact you can drink it!

The Guilt Trip, a new movie starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogin is a comedy film about an inventor who has created an eco-friendly household cleaning product so safe, in fact you can drink it.

Imagine you are Steve and Patricia Hess, the creators of just such a product line and you are out for an evening at the movies. This road trip with a Jewish mother comedy begins and the subplot unfolds as the son makes his product pitch to retailers across the country.

Steve Hess, “It was like us, only without Barbara Streisand. I was really pleased to see that Hollywood is taking note of the terrible risks associated with toxic chemicals common in household cleaning products. I hope the film will help bring attention to this important issue” …read more of Art Imitates Life in the Hollywood Film, The Guilt Trip here

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