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Go for the Greens!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 25, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes

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Cultivated for more than two thousand years, kale is a nutritional powerhouse! This leafy green vegetable has more dietary value and fewer calories than just about any other vegetable.

One cup of cooked kale contains over 94mg of calcium and more than 1300 percent of the Daily Value of Vitamin K,¹ which has been linked to bone health and a reduced risk of bone fractures.

Kale is rich in vital magnesium, the mineral necessary to fully metabolize calcium, and contains a healthy mix of nutrients that promote strong bones. Kale contains considerable amounts of chlorophyll and is a very good source of Vitamins A and C, folic acid and iron.

Research has shown chlorophyll to be a powerful anti-carcinogen and …read more of Go for the Greens! here

 
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Edamame Succotash

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 23, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes

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What is a nutritious, high protein snack that’s quick to the table, delicious and satisfying?  How about one that contains almost no saturated fat and ZERO cholesterol? Dairy free? Now that we have eliminated beef jerky, cheez doodles, and guacamole……
Give up?

How about edamame?  If you’ve been to a Japanese restaurant or Sushi Bar, you may have already enjoyed this tasty snack. Also known as Green Vegetable Soybeans, these immature soybeans are harvested early and left in the pod.

Delicious lightly salted, and possibly the worlds oldest and healthiest snack food, edamame are as popular in Japan as salted peanuts are in the west.  Edamame is fun to eat. Just thread the steaming pod between your teeth and the tasty sweet beans pop right out, toss the pod and grab another. …read more of Edamame Succotash here

 
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Taking the Waste Out of Take-Out

By Christie Nash ecomii.com
February 18, 2009
File under: Food Waste, Shopping

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Every year, literally thousands of tons of waste are produced by packaging alone. Present estimates show that packaging makes up the largest share of municipal waste.

While many of us have become savvy and plastic-free consumers by bringing our canvas bags to the grocery store and choosing to purchase items without excess packaging, take-out food continues to be one of the greatest offenders this area.

Ordering take-out food often means plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, plastic cutlery, paper napkins, and those small packets of ketchup, soy sauce, and hot sauce.

While we forgive ourselves and indulge in this package-filled activity because most of these products can be recycled, the truth is that Recycle is the third R, and what we really need to be doing is thinking about how we can reduce this excess packaging. Further and more importantly, many of the plastics used for take-out are toxic when heated and can be harmful to our health. …read more of Taking the Waste Out of Take-Out here

 
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My 6 Favorite Over-the-Counter Health Foods

By Andrea Moss ecomii.com
February 16, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Snacks

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As a holistic health counselor, I am always trying to pre-pack my lunches or snacks when I know I’ll be on-the-go. It’s always healthier and generally cheaper than trying to find nutritious options in a local deli or grocery store.

But like most people, I’ll often find myself out and about without my pre-packed snacks by my side. And that’s when I turn to my go-to, tried-and-tested, over-the-counter health food products!

Here are some of my favorite foods that I grab when I find myself hungry and far from home:

1. Avocados: Avocados are filling, nutritious, and delicious. They have monounsaturated fat (the good kind) that actually helps lower cholesterol. …read more of My 6 Favorite Over-the-Counter Health Foods here

 
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Its a Wrap!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 11, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes

Looking for a delicious dish that comes together quickly is loaded with healthful fiber and antioxidants and also helps reduce global warming?

Perhaps reducing the size of your waistline is a priority and you crave a satisfying dish with toothsome crunch that won’t spike cholesterol or pack on the pounds. Wraps are ridiculously easy to make from staples that you probably have on hand.

Spinach Asparagus Wraps are really delicious. All you need are whole grain tortillas, hummus, fresh asparagus, some carrots, baby spinach, and bell pepper. Be sure to read the label, many tortillas are high in fat and some contain lard.

My tortillas of choice are Trader Joe’s Organic Whole Wheat & Corn Flour Tortillas. They are very good, contain 1 gram of fat and they are priced right! …read more of Its a Wrap! here

 
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