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Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 22, 2014
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Natural Products, Organic, Shopping, Vegan

Every year, since 1981 manufacturers distributors and retail buyers of natural, organic and healthy products converge at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the country.

That first year there were 3,000 attendees and 234 exhibitors. This year more than 2,600 exhibiting companies played to an audience of over 67,000 industry members.

Companies from the US and around the world displayed all manner of food, beverage, supplement, beauty, household and pet products demonstrating the phenomenal growth of the global natural products industry.

Among industry veterans, there were 635 first-time exhibitors.  Many Natural Products Expo West first-time exhibitors are ‘home cooks,’ passionate moms and nutrition-focused athletes who have launched their own products. …read more of Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event here

 
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Louisiana Stuffed Potatoes and Cajun Cream Sauce for Mardi Gras

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 1, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Mardi Gras is actually a season that begins with festivities on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany continues through midnight on Fat Tuesday, which always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras is a weeks long celebration of parties, music, picnics, parades and excitement that gives revelers the opportunity to satisfy indulgences before Lent.

When we think of Mardi Gras, loads of plastic beads come to mind. The tradition of parade float riders toss (throwing) trinkets to the crowds began in the 1870s. Throws often include doubloons, beads, cups, stuffed animals, homemade trinkets, toys and more! …read more of Louisiana Stuffed Potatoes and Cajun Cream Sauce for Mardi Gras here

 
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Leaky Gut Syndrome, The Underlying Cause in Many Digestive Issues

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
February 26, 2014
File under: Health Concerns

You may have heard the term “leaky gut” and wondered what it means. Often referred to as increased intestinal permeability, Leaky Gut syndrome occurs when a part of the digestive tract gets damaged. When proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food particles that normally can’t pass into the blood do, it can cause an immune reaction.

If you experience frequent bloating, indigestion, alternating constipation and diarrhea, fatigue, headaches or migraines or weight gain you may have a leaky gut.

One of the functions of the intestines is to digest food, break it down into component parts and then absorb nutrients, while keeping out infectious organisms. …read more of Leaky Gut Syndrome, The Underlying Cause in Many Digestive Issues here

 
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The Dish on Pasta – Healthy Carbs that Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 16, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Recipes, Vegan

 

Pasta has been unjustly criticized in recent years as a leading culprit in the rise of obesity. It has been attacked as a (gasp!) carbohydrate, a food group to be avoided by ill-advised proponents of the Atkins style diet.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. In Italy, where pasta is eaten at least once a day, people enjoy one of the lowest rates of obesity in the world, 8.5 percent as compared to 30.6 percent in the US.

The fact is pasta is a healthy carbohydrate and a central component of the Mediterranean diet, widely considered to be one of the best lifestyles for maintaining a healthy weight.

Unlike wheat used to make bread, pasta is made from durum, a hybrid of wild grasses and an entirely different species with different a type of gluten.  Like kamut, durum is much older than modern bread wheat, which has been domesticated to a far greater degree. …read more of The Dish on Pasta – Healthy Carbs that Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down here

 
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Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 7, 2014
File under: Dairy Free, Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and no occasion is more appropriate for making delectable homemade candy for loved ones. While heart-shaped boxes of chocolates line the shelves this time of year, homemade candy is a heartfelt expression of love and friendship.

And have I got a quick and easy drop dead delicious recipe that sets aside all of the tedious “bonbon dipping, temperature checking, double boiler” cooking action so prevalent in traditional candy cookery.

This delightful recipe defies the typical turtle candy making method. Traditional ingredients include heavy cream or evaporated milk, butter, corn syrup and white refined sugar. Oftentimes caramel and pecan halves are covered with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and shortening. Hardens the arteries just thinking about it.

Tasty Tosteds Turtles are a one-bowl wonder that is sure to become a family favorite long after those Valentine Roses have been pressed. …read more of Make These Luscious Vegan Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine here

 
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