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Blending is not Juicing

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 14, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Vegan


Blenders are often confused with juicers and many people think that they probably serve the same function. Blenders make delightful smoothies, do a fine job of grinding spices and coffee beans and my personal blender can emulsify tasty salad dressings in a snap. Smoothies, especially green smoothies are a great addition to a healthy diet, however juicing offers a number of different advantages.

A blender is not the best choice for carrots nor will you be able to make a crisp glass of fresh apple juice with it. Blenders produce a smooth beverage with a lot of bulk that can be very filling.  A blender breaks down produce with rapidly rotating blades and the output contains everything that went in, including the fibrous skin, pith and flesh.

Juicing separates the juice from the fiber, creating fresh juice that retains all of the available vitamins, enzymes and nutrients without excessive volume. With freshly extracted juice, a concentrated dose of healthy nutrients enters your bloodstream almost instantaneously and places less stress on your digestive system. Juicing is quick and easy and you can make a glass of fresh, vibrant juice in minutes. …read more of Blending is not Juicing here

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The Silent Epidemic: Magnesium Deficiency

By Jess Lewis-Peltier
December 7, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating


Magnesium deficiency isn’t an issue we hear much about and when asked, most people don’t know a lot about magnesium or the role it plays as an essential mineral in the diet. Magnesium is necessary for literally hundreds of biochemical processes in the body and any deficiency could lead to a number of health issues.

Magnesium deficiency often goes unnoticed because early symptoms are often dismissed as unimportant. If left untreated, however, a magnesium deficiency can potentially lead to severe health conditions so it is important not to disregard the minor symptoms.

The earliest symptoms of a magnesium deficiency are muscular twitches or cramps. Further symptoms include migraine headaches, an inability to sleep properly or increasingly painful periods in women. These symptoms can be so easily dismissed as unimportant or unrelated to mineral deficiency but can have far reaching health implications. …read more of The Silent Epidemic: Magnesium Deficiency here

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Energizing Foods

By Lissa Coffey
November 29, 2010
File under: Ayurveda, Healthy Eating, Organic


In Ayurveda, the kind of food we eat has a huge influence on the amount of energy we have.  To get the most energy from our food, it is important to be mindful of what we purchase and what we choose to eat.

Seven ways to energize:

1.    Fresh fruit and vegetables give us lots of energy right away.  It is important for us to prepare fresh vegetables ourselves for optimal energy. While it may be convenient to buy pre-cut produce in the market, ready-cut fruit and veggies have already lost some of their ‘prana,’ the vital energy that is fresh produce and also in the air we breathe.

2.    Avoid frozen, canned, processed or leftover foods. These foods can make us feel more fatigued. Foods that have been altered with artificial flavorings or preservatives are also more difficult to digest. …read more of Energizing Foods here

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Chia: Ancient Superfood for Modern Day Ailments

By Jess Lewis-Peltier
November 22, 2010
File under: Fitness, Healthy Eating, Seeds


People are often looking for what may be the ultimate ‘superfood.’ Blueberries, goji berries and acai (ah-sigh-ee) are just a few of the antioxidant-rich contenders.

Chia seeds, a superfood that has been increasing in status and popularity lately has come a long way since the sprouting ‘Chia Pet’ novelty of the 1980’s.  That’s right, chia!  Gram for gram, the humble chia seed packs a hefty nutritional punch.

Chia seeds come from the salvia hispanica plant, which is part of the mint family and were highly prized by the Aztecs who revered them as a potent endurance food. …read more of Chia: Ancient Superfood for Modern Day Ailments here

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Comfort Food with a Twist: Shepherd’s Pie Caribbean

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
November 11, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

 Shepherds Pie Caribbean
Photo: Juan Carlo

Comfort foods are typically homestyle meals with cultural or nostalgic significance that can actually perk up your mood. The aroma of a particular dish can transport us back to a time when life seemed less complicated and a hearty family meal was a frequent source of comfort. Comfort foods are most often simple or homey meals that become family favorites and are the hallmark of home cooking.

Shepherd’s Pie is a family style dish that came about as an economical way to make use of leftovers. The traditional English or Irish meat pie is usually made with ground or diced mutton with a few vegetables and rich gravy, topped with mashed potatoes and baked until the potato crust browns. Shepherd’s Pie Caribbean is a delightful fusion of International homestyle classics made with heart-healthy alternatives.

In Shepherd’s Pie Caribbean, our filling has a Latin accent based on the popular Caribbean dish, Picadillo (pick-a-de-o) A favorite in many Spanish speaking countries, Picadillo is usually made with ground beef, pork, or veal with tomatoes and spices that reflect the region. In Cuba it is served with rice and beans and in Mexico Picadillo is used as a stuffing in various dishes. …read more of Comfort Food with a Twist: Shepherd’s Pie Caribbean here

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