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Kale, The Queen of Greens

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 22, 2012
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Kale is a leafy green powerhouse that delivers more nutritional value for fewer calories than just about any other food. Thought to have originated in Asia, kale has been cultivated for more than 2000 years and was introduced to Europe around 600 B.C.

Kale has a lively pungent flavor, somewhat like a cross between cabbage and spinach with delicious, peppery notes. A great addition to soup or a sauté, kale can be braised, baked, marinated or blended into a green smoothie.

This richly colored leafy green vegetable can be red, black, purple or green. Curly kale is sweet and mild with ruffled leaves and a fibrous stalk and the most common type found in the produce section.

One of the best sources of vitamins A, C and K, kale is a very good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Just one cup of cooked kale contains more then 1000 percent of the daily value of vitamin K and more than 150 percent of the daily value for vitamin A and beta-carotene. …read more of Kale, The Queen of Greens here

 
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7 Tips to Beat the Holiday Bloat

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
November 18, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Natural Remedies, Weight Control

The Holidays are upon us and once again food, drink and sweets will be plentiful.  The mere presence of these holiday treats in the office can challenge your willpower and lead to bloating, constipation, indigestion and heartburn.

Often this leads to the kitchen-sink mentality. You’ve already done it, so why not throw all vestiges of willpower out the window and continue to indulge, vanishing all hopes of that ‘bikini’ body with each tasty morsel.

Before you resign yourself to Holiday bloating, heartburn and a ten pound weight gain, try these simple tips to keep your taste buds pleased without feeling it in your waist.

1.  Eat first, not last.  When you’re going to holiday parties, never go hungry.  Don’t drink alcohol before you eat.  By eating small, healthy snacks like an apple, carrot sticks or hummus before the event, you will avoid being ravenous when you get there. …read more of 7 Tips to Beat the Holiday Bloat here

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

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
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 ecomii.com
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 ecomii.com
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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