ecomii food & health alternative blog

ecomii healthy living

Double Your Pleasure With Delightful Apple Upside-Down Cake

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 25, 2016
File under: Dessert, Entertaining, Vegan

The classic pineapple upside-down cake, glazed with pineapple rings and bright red maraschino cherries gained popularity in the early 20th century when canned pineapple was introduced. Tastes have changed over the last hundred years and canned pineapple dotted with uber adulterated maraschino cherries aren’t the kind of ingredients the health conscious cook would bake into a cake.

Upside-down style cakes can be crowned with just about any fresh fruit with delicious results. I like to use fruit that is a bit tart for the brown sugar topping and Granny Smith apples were the inspiration for this recipe. When in season, a pinwheel of nectarines, plums or fresh apricots or are all great choices and a sprinkling of blueberries is always a nice touch. …read more of Double Your Pleasure With Delightful Apple Upside-Down Cake here

Comments (0) Email Link

Yellow Split Pea Soup with Yams and Avocado

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 23, 2016
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Nothing warms the soul like a hearty and satisfying bowl of delicious soup on a cold winter day.  Yellow Split Pea Soup with Yams and Avocado is richly flavorful and a dish that takes comfort food to a whole new level.

Legumes are an indispensable pantry staple in the health conscious cook’s kitchen and can make a hearty pot of soup quick and easy to assemble.

Split peas are field peas that are either yellow or green peas that have been grown specifically for drying. When these peas are hulled and split along the natural seam, they become split peas.

Split peas cook quickly, do not need presoaking and develop a creamy texture when cooked. Split peas are high in protein and fiber and very low in fat and keep well in an airtight container for up to a year.

Yellow split peas are less starchy, milder than the ubiquitous green split peas and are the base for this delightful soup. …read more of Yellow Split Pea Soup with Yams and Avocado here

Comments (0) Email Link

The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer

By Michael Greger M.D.
January 15, 2016
File under: Diet, Health Concerns, Vegan

Acne is an epidemic skin disease of industrialized countries, reaching rates of over 85 percent of teenagers. In nearly half of American men and women, acne continues after adolescence and into the third decade of life.

Acne is considered a disease of Western civilization. In places like Okinawa, Japan, acne is rare or even nonexistent. Acne is not some “physiological” phenomenon of puberty, but may represent “a visible risk indicator pointing to aberrant nutrient signaling promoting chronic epidemic diseases of civilization,” according to a group of German researchers (See video, Saving Lives By Treating Acne With Diet).

What they are saying is that the dairy, junk foods, meat, and egg proteins in Western diets all conspire to raise the activity of the enzyme TOR, contributing to acne and obesity. Therefore, using diet to suppress TOR may not only improve acne, but may also prevent the march to more serious chronic TOR-driven diseases of civilization. …read more of The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer here

Comments (0) Email Link

Luscious Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt ~ High in Protein, Low in Fat

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
January 11, 2016
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan


Bundt cakes get their distinctive shape from the fluted, grooved tube, baking pan similar to the traditional brioche-like gugelhupfk, which is called bundkuchen in northern Germany.

In 1950, bundt cakes became so popular that Nordic Ware trademarked the name, ‘bundt pan.’ In 1966 Pillsbury sponsored a baking contest where a bundt cake won second place and sales really took off after that.

Rich desserts are traditionally made with butter, eggs and milk. These decadent desserts tend to be notoriously high in fat, calories and cholesterol.

There is a better way to produce scrumptious, rich tasting treats. The key is in choosing wholesome, easy to use alternatives to replace eggs, refined sugar, butter and dairy products. …read more of Luscious Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt ~ High in Protein, Low in Fat here

Comments (0) Email Link

Stress Contributes to Post-Holiday Edema and Weight Gain

By Michael Schwartz
January 4, 2016
File under: Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Remedies, Stress Relief

A shocking nine out of ten adult diets in the U.S. contain too much sodium. Most of the sodium in the American diet comes from processed foods such as, pizza and cookies, animal products and restaurant fare… all of which are indulged to excess during the Holidays.

Excess salt creates an imbalance between sodium and potassium and causes the body to retain water.

Water retention (edema), is a serious health problem and directly contributes to obesity. Water retention can have several causes, but generally stems from an imbalance in the potassium – sodium relationship.

Stress can easily disturb this balance and depletes nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. When calcium is depleted, the potassium – sodium ratio is upset, causing water to be retained. …read more of Stress Contributes to Post-Holiday Edema and Weight Gain here

Comments (0) Email Link
« Previous Page  
1 | 2 | .. | 4 | 5 | 6 | .. | 107 | 108
  Next Page »
About this blog

An alternative approach to health, wellness and disease prevention. Marie Oser and her team of bloggers bring you creative natural solutions to issues affecting our health and wellbeing.

About Marie Oser

Subscribe in a reader

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

recent posts
other green blogs
blog categories