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Grow Your Own Superfood: Kale

By Toni Salter
May 16, 2012
File under: Gardening, Greens, Healthy Eating, Organic

Whenever I sell organic seeds at the farmers’ market, I usually sell out of the typical seasonal vegetable seeds by the end of the day. Lately, however I have been selling all of my kale seeds within the first hour or two.

Why is it that kale has become so popular?

Generally, kale has not been among the most popular of vegetables and most mothers have to nag their children to eat their greens. These days, however there seems to be a real rush on this green vegetable.

Many nutritionists and natural therapists recognize the health value of eating kale. Baby boomers are not prepared to simply accept declining health and the younger ‘green generation’ is becoming more aware of the dangers of a nutrient-poor fast food diet.

 

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Green it is!

The deeper the color, the more beta-carotene and kale has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. Kale provides many health benefits and its dark green color is a good indicator that it is rich in iron, potassium and calcium as well as vitamins A and C.

Kale comes up quickly and is really easy to grow at home. It’s like having a power pack growing right at your backdoor. …read more of Grow Your Own Superfood: Kale here

 
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Finding The Hidden Fat on Food Labels

By Lindsay Nixon
May 10, 2012
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Meal Planning

I am often asked about the fat content of various foods and about the difference between the fat derived from calories and the total fat. It is really so valuable to be able to understand the information in the nutrition facts panel on food labels and how to avoid being fooled by them.

Determining the significance of the fat grams versus the calories from fat is not terribly complicated, if you know where to look. It’s important to pay attention to the serving size usually listed at the top of the nutrition facts and to keep that in mind when looking at the numbers.

You cannot compare foods without understanding the label and knowing the difference between calories from fat and total fat.  This key information will help you to determine whether a food is low fat or not. …read more of Finding The Hidden Fat on Food Labels here

 
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Growing a Stir Fry Garden

By Toni Salter
April 27, 2012
File under: Gardening, Healthy Eating, Produce

The Asian diet is reputed to be one of the healthiest in the world and is primarily plant-based and rich in soyfoods with only a small amount of fish. This wholesome traditional diet is thought to be why many Asian countries avoid the metabolic diseases that are so prevalent in Western societies.[1]

So it is, that we may learn from our Asian friends how to reduce our risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes by adopting their eating patterns. Some naturopaths and nutritionists recommend eating Asian inspired stir-fry because of the number of vitamins and minerals we can obtain from them.

 

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If you look at the typical stir-fry you will see a variety of different vegetables, such as root vegetables, fruiting and leafy vegetables. Unlike the bland Western diet of “meat and three vegetables (oftentimes starchy potatoes), a stir fry can easily contain at least half a dozen or more vegetables, herbs and spices. …read more of Growing a Stir Fry Garden here

 
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Midnight Muncher – Is Night Eating Disorder Devouring You?

By Kristina Diener
April 6, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Weight Control


Binge Benefits

Lorraine, a forty-five year old accountant in Los Angeles had hit the big ‘4-0’ like a lead brick and her metabolism had crashed. “Gone are the days when I was svelte and soignée.”

“I used to be able to eat a bag of Doritos and ranch dip at any hour. Then all of a sudden I began to eat late at night, sometimes midnight, or even one or two in the morning. I couldn’t seem to control myself.”

Midnight Snack Attack or Psychological Warfare?

Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is a rarely recognized and a generally misunderstood disorder. Once delegated to the realm of general eating disorders, this very real problem is now commanding the consideration it deserves. …read more of Midnight Muncher – Is Night Eating Disorder Devouring You? here

 
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Double Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 28, 2012
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Biscotti are delightful twice-baked biscuits with an oblong shape and a crunchy, satisfying texture. Biscotti (Italian for biscuits) are perfect with coffee or tea and a popular item at coffee bars and bookstore cafes.

Thick batter is shaped into a loaf and baked, cooled, sliced and returned to the oven to “toast.” This produces the characteristic not-too-sweet toasted biscuit consistency.

While traditional biscotti are made with almonds and oftentimes a touch of anise, it is not unusual to find biscotti made with everything from dried fruit and pecans, to macadamia nuts and chocolate chips.

My richly flavorful Double Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and make great “dunkers.” Like all my baked goods, these biscotti are made without any added fat and contain just two grams of fat per cookie. …read more of Double Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan! here

 
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