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Energizing Foods

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

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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 ecomii.com
November 22, 2010
File under: Fitness, Healthy Eating, Seeds

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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 ecomii.com
November 11, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

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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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Luscious Chocolate Pudding: Dairy-Free and Sugar-Free!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 25, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Natural Alternatives, Vegan

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Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Creamy pudding is an easy make-ahead dessert and a favorite among comfort foods, however traditional pudding typically contains lots of calories and fat.

Milk, cream and eggs are common ingredients in the making of rich puddings, custards and cream pie fillings and it is these dairy products that contribute excessive fat, saturated fat, calories and cholesterol.

Can rich desserts like these be made light and healthy? The proof is in this delectable pudding. …read more of Luscious Chocolate Pudding: Dairy-Free and Sugar-Free! here

 
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Great Pumpkin Soup

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 17, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Great Pumpkin Soup is a colorful and rich-tasting soup that is as filling as it is flavorful. A perfect addition to a Halloween party buffet, this lively soup has a majestic pumpkin hue and is hearty enough to serve as an entrée with a salad and crusty baguette.

This easy recipe uses convenient canned pumpkin puree and the grated fresh gingerroot and Mexican stewed tomatoes add an interesting depth of flavor. This is a velvet-textured soup that has such a rich-tasting mouth feel that you may find it hard to believe that it contains no cream or dairy of any kind. Buttery Yukon Gold potatoes are pureed with colorful vegetables to help create a hearty soup with a character somewhat like bisque.

I like to finish my soups with an enriching miso paste, choosing light and flavorful varieties like Mellow White or Mellow Barley. This adds flavor and character to the soup as well as valuable health supporting enzymes thought to be an aid to digestion. …read more of Great Pumpkin Soup here

 
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