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Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 22, 2014
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Natural Products, Organic, Shopping, Vegan

Every year, since 1981 manufacturers distributors and retail buyers of natural, organic and healthy products converge at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the country.

That first year there were 3,000 attendees and 234 exhibitors. This year more than 2,600 exhibiting companies played to an audience of over 67,000 industry members.

Companies from the US and around the world displayed all manner of food, beverage, supplement, beauty, household and pet products demonstrating the phenomenal growth of the global natural products industry.

Among industry veterans, there were 635 first-time exhibitors.  Many Natural Products Expo West first-time exhibitors are ‘home cooks,’ passionate moms and nutrition-focused athletes who have launched their own products. …read more of Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event here

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Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 7, 2014
File under: Dairy Free, Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and no occasion is more appropriate for making delectable homemade candy for loved ones. While heart-shaped boxes of chocolates line the shelves this time of year, homemade candy is a heartfelt expression of love and friendship.

And have I got a quick and easy drop dead delicious recipe that sets aside all of the tedious “bonbon dipping, temperature checking, double boiler” cooking action so prevalent in traditional candy cookery.

This delightful recipe defies the typical turtle candy making method. Traditional ingredients include heavy cream or evaporated milk, butter, corn syrup and white refined sugar. Oftentimes caramel and pecan halves are covered with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and shortening. Hardens the arteries just thinking about it.

Tasty Tosteds Turtles are a one-bowl wonder that is sure to become a family favorite long after those Valentine Roses have been pressed. …read more of Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine here

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Pumpkin Power Smoothie

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
October 17, 2011
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

The intense orange color of pumpkin is an indication of how rich this winter squash is in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant and provitamin A compound thought to protect cells[1] against free radical damage and strengthen the immune system.[2] [3]

Beta-carotene is the pigment that imparts vibrant color to fruits and vegetables and converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is vital for normal growth and development, vision and proper functioning of the immune system. …read more of Pumpkin Power Smoothie here

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The Dramatic Health Benefits of a Gluten-free Diet

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
April 27, 2011
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating


Food sensitivity is an adverse reaction to a food substance that does not follow the general allergy pattern.

A typical food allergy would be the type of reaction that some people experience when eating certain foods, commonly peanuts, pine nuts or some fruits. This could include swelling of the lips, hives and the inability to breathe due to swelling of the windpipe.

On the other hand, the symptoms of food sensitivities, which can include bloating, excessive gas, fatigue, hives, skin rashes, psoriasis and even migraine headaches are more vague and oftentimes slow to develop. Western physicians for this reason often miss food sensitivity. …read more of The Dramatic Health Benefits of a Gluten-free Diet here

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Quinoa: The New Cool Carb!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
September 6, 2010
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Photo Credit: Joseph A. Garcia

Quinoa (keen-wa) is a delicious and easy to digest grain that has been grown in South America for thousands of years. The Incas revered quinoa for its strong nutritional properties and called it the “food of the gods.”Quinoa is not a true cereal grain and takes its culinary classification among grains such as, amaranth and buckwheat.

Quinoa is gluten-free and while generally referred to as a grain, is in fact a seed that looks a lot like a small, flat sesame seed.

Like soy, quinoa is very high in lysine, an amino acid not often found in vegetables and is an abundant source of complete protein, which means that it contains all nine essential amino acids. This versatile grain is also high in calcium and iron and a good source of phosphorous, vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. …read more of Quinoa: The New Cool Carb! here

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