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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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Local Food for Thought

By Christie Nash ecomii.com
February 9, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Local Farmers

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Throughout summer and fall, you can drive down any country road and come across countless stalls or trucks selling the freshest of seasonal veggies and fruit. Local farmers markets are abundant with fresh herbs, flowers, and free-range chickens.

As the autumn weather rapidly changes to the dark and cold of winter up here, there are more and more “closed” signs on the side of the roads as garden beds and fields are being put to rest for the season.

So, the other day I found myself in the grocery store rooting through a pile of ripe tomatoes under a sign that proudly displayed “Product of Canada,” only to discover that most of the tomatoes actually had little stickers on them that said “made in Mexico.” I felt a little deceived. …read more of Local Food for Thought here

 
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Cold Sesame Noodles — Positively Soysational!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 8, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes

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Cold Sesame Noodles is a spicy appetizer that is sometimes called Szechuan Noodles after the traditionally fiery cuisine of Szechuan Province in Mainland China. While its international reputation for delicious spicy-hot cuisine is well deserved, at least a third of the dishes from this region are not at all spicy.

A popular menu item at Chinese restaurants, Cold Sesame Noodles is a dish that is quick to the table at home. This easy recipe calls for spaghetti or linguini, however you can also use Asian-style Udon noodles or even whole-wheat pasta.

What sets this delicious recipe apart is our use of soynut butter to replace traditional peanut butter, which adds healthful antioxidants and isoflavones. Soynut butter is made from soybeans, a terrific alternative for anyone who is  allergic to peanuts or tree nuts of any kind. And it tastes great! …read more of Cold Sesame Noodles — Positively Soysational! here

 
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Perfect Pumpkin

By Andrea Moss ecomii.com
February 4, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating

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You might only think about bright orange pumpkins when Halloween rolls around, but this nutritionally-packed winter squash shouldn’t be overlooked during the rest of the year.

Pumpkin meat is packed with carotenoids — antioxidants that give them their orange hue and works to fight against free radicals in your body, helping to prevent wrinkles, heart disease, and cancer. Pumpkins also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote eye health. And last but not least, pumpkins are chock full of iron, potassium (electrolytes), zinc, and fiber.

This all adds up to an overlooked squash that is antioxidant-rich, promotes a healthy intestinal track, and helps boost energy levels. …read more of Perfect Pumpkin here

 
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