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Expo West – Doing Business Naturally

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 12, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Natural Alternatives, Natural Products

Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the country marked 2012, its thirty-first year with a record attendance of over 60,000 industry professionals.

More than 2,000 companies exhibited products that filled more than one million net square feet at the Anaheim Convention Center in southern California.

Once again Expo West proved to be the place to be for buyers and retailers sourcing the latest and greatest in the natural products marketplace and producers looking to connect with distributors and buyers.

Attendees sampled natural, organic and oh-so-green products from around the world in more than 3,000 booths.  All things natural and organic, non-GMO and planet friendly from vegan, raw and gluten-free foods and baked goods to household products, pet supplies, textiles and skin care filled booth after booth. …read more of Expo West – Doing Business Naturally here

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Plant Based Diet Can Cut Your Odds of Needing Medication in Half

By Michael Greger M.D.
March 1, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

The Adventist Health Studies offer some of the best science on the impacts of the plant-based diet on health and longevity.

Based in California, they include both the longest running study of vegetarians in history as well as the largest contingent of vegans.

Most of the attention on the benefits of plant-based eating, thus far have focused on reduced rates of many of the top killers, such as heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

The Adventist Health Study, which began back in 1974 offered insight into how broadly the potential health benefits of consuming a plant-based diet may extend. …read more of Plant Based Diet Can Cut Your Odds of Needing Medication in Half here

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Quick and Creamy Chowder, Plant-Based Comfort on a Cold Night

By Sherry Brooks
February 6, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Recipes, Vegan

It’s been a long day at work and the kids need so much help and love and you just want . . . some comfort food for dinner … something quick, but really satisfying.

There is a way to cook comforting, inexpensive, plant-based chowder – from scratch faster than it would take to have a pizza or Chinese food delivered.

Keep frozen veggies, shelf stable boxes of almond, soy, hemp or flax milk, onions, garlic and olive oil, you will always have the ingredients on hand.

Did you know that frozen vegetables are fully cooked?  Precooked and flash frozen, there is no need to steam or cook them to death.

To preserve optimal nutrition, take a bag of dinner veggies from the freezer in the morning and place it in the refrigerator to preserve nutritive value, while saving time and energy. …read more of Quick and Creamy Chowder, Plant-Based Comfort on a Cold Night here

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Enlightened Super Bowl Chili, Texas Red with a Twist

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
February 2, 2012
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Photo: Juan Carlo

Pizza, salsa and chips are typical Football Munchies, but there’s something special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday.

Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and can be made in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish was born well over a century ago.

Chili Con Carne means pepper with meat, traditionally a dish of well-seasoned beef, slow cooked with chili peppers and other spices. Records discovered by Everrette DeGolyer (1886-1956), a Dallas millionaire and chili enthusiast, indicate that chili was concocted around 1850 by Texas cowboys.   …read more of Enlightened Super Bowl Chili, Texas Red with a Twist here

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Scrumptious Superfood Smoothie

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 19, 2012
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Superfoods are, by definition nutrient dense and calorie sparse. Flax seeds are a bona fide superfood and may look tiny, but they are potent! Flax is an ancient plant and the best plant-based source of omega 3 fatty acids on the planet.

Studies have shown many diverse health benefits associated with omega-3s like reducing the risk of heart disease[1] [2]and stroke and flax contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Great for the heart – Good for digestion!

Flax is very rich in phytoestrogens called lignans, which have been shown in numerous studies, to block hormone-dependent cancers, such as breast[3] and prostate cancer[4]. …read more of Scrumptious Superfood Smoothie here

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