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Easy, Satisfying and Delicious, Lentil Soup is a Nutrition Powerhouse

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
November 6, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Recipes, Vegan


As temperatures descend into winter, a warm pot of soup cooking on the stove is a warm and wonderful welcome home.

Inexpensive, tasty and plentiful, this ancient protein is believed to have originated in Asia. Thought to be one of the first agricultural crops, archeologists have found evidence that lentils were eaten as much as 13,000 years ago.[1]

Lentils are rich in protein and fiber, much of which is heart-healthy soluble fiber, very low in fat and packed with iron, folate, phosphorus and potassium. All of which makes lentils a healthful alternative for meat-eaters.

Lentils are wonderful in stews, salads and homemade veggie burgers.  There are many varieties of lentils with differing characteristics, the most common being brown, green and red. …read more of Easy, Satisfying and Delicious, Lentil Soup is a Nutrition Powerhouse here

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Harvest Festival Fare: Stuffed Acorn Squash

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
October 3, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Sukkot is a harvest festival variously celebrated in late September or early October commemorating the mandated Biblical pilgrimage to the Temple of Jerusalem.

During the week long festival a temporary hut is built in backyards, porches and outside synagogues called a sukkah. This booth like structure has 3 walls topped with branches and is decorated with autumnal, harvest themes.

Sukkot is a joyous holiday and it is common for Jews to eat, sleep and otherwise spend time in the sukkah. …read more of Harvest Festival Fare: Stuffed Acorn Squash here

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Back to School with Ayurveda

By Lissa Coffey
September 12, 2012
File under: Ayurveda, Healthy Eating

How can you make sure your child is getting the most out of hours spent in school? One way is to enhance learning ability with the natural techniques of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic texts describe three aspects of mental ability:
dhi – The power of acquisition or learning
dhriti – The power of retention
smriti – The ability to recall

When these three mental functions are not in balance, either individually or in their coordination with one another learning problems can crop up.

Children who have learning problems often feel like failures in school, which leads to frustration and low self-esteem.

When these three aspects are coordinated the child’s memory is quick and bright. If impurities (ama) are obstructing the channels of communication between these three functions, learning problems as well as behavioral problems can develop.

The high incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the U.S. is a prime example of learning/behavioral issues for millions of children. …read more of Back to School with Ayurveda here

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Tasty Tempeh – The Other Soyfood

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
September 8, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Tofu, along with soymilk are the best known and most widely used of all soyfoods, having become an important part of the health conscious consumer’s dietary regimen. Less known, but very versatile, tempeh is a nourishing and very satisfying soy alternative that can be used in a variety of ways.

Tempeh (tem-pay) is a traditional soyfood with a chewy texture and hearty consistency made using a controlled fermenting process that binds whole soybeans into a rich cake with a nutty, smoky flavor.

Many people who may have digestibility issues with tofu or soymilk find that they can tolerate tempeh quite well. It is thought that the fermentation process increases digestibility and nutrient absorption, not only of protein and minerals like calcium, but also health supporting phytonutrients like genistein and daidzein for which soy is so well known. …read more of Tasty Tempeh – The Other Soyfood here

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Mysterious Mushrooms

By Sherry Brooks
July 17, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

China is on the fast track to catch up to the west in many areas, however one where they prevail is in healthy, healing food. For me, traveling vegan in China was oh-so-easy.

A few days into my visit, I realized that I felt very, very good, which is saying a lot because I eat well and feel great as a rule, but this was even more sublime.

What could it be?  After a few weeks of eating lots of fresh fruits, rice, vegetables and tofu, I isolated two ingredients that showed up often on my plate there, yet rarely at home.

The first was the rice.  At home I eat only brown rice, but it was nowhere to be found in China.  I must say the white rice at almost every meal in China left me feeling light and full of energy.

The second ingredient with the most impact was the mushrooms. The way that they prepare mushrooms was heavenly. …read more of Mysterious Mushrooms here

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