At our house, no holiday spread is complete without a dish of cranberry sauce. Next to buttery heaps of potatoes, earthy green beans and cheerful orange squash dishes, there is something about the deep red of cranberries that is both alluring and dramatic. I love the complex tart flavor that the sauce lends to the meal too; especially when it mingles with the gravy and makes its way into almost every bite on the plate. This simple cranberry sauce variation uses the natural sweetness of pears and honey to replace the refined sugars found in most other recipes.
One of the most popular questions I receive both from readers of this blog, as well as friends and family members is: what is the best antioxidant available? While I usually shy away from silver bullet solutions, when it comes to antioxidants, there really is one that stands out above the rest. The amazingly powerful marine antioxidant called astaxanthin (pronounced asta-zan-thin) is at the top of the list. It’s a front runner in the world of antioxidants - 550 times the antioxidant strength of Vitamin E and 6000 times that of Vitamin C! While astaxanthin has been available for years, recent research has highlighted the properties of this remarkable, naturally-occurring carotenoid and brought it out into the mainstream. Astaxanthin is now gaining clout as a powerful therapeutic tool for vision, skin, pain, inflammation and other chronic ailments.Read More
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As our ancestors discovered years ago, beef livers are nutrient-rich storage depots. Many of us are now re-learning the value of this potent superfood, which is loaded with iron, zinc, B12 and vitamin A. The only problem is that some will just never get past that taste...that texture....that smell. That's why we've worked hard to craft Desiccated Liver products that offer all of the benefits of beef liver in a convenient (and tasteless) supplemental form. As the grass-fed meat movement continues to rise in our country, we have also felt the need to support local farmers and find a premier, US source of beef liver to deliver to our community. We've worked hard to source, research and test a 100% grass-fed beef liver from cattle raised on the pristine pastures of the USA! One of the world's most sacred foods, this liver is offered without artificial iron or other additives. Our Desiccated Liver Gold is from free-range, healthy cattle, completely free of pesticides and antibiotics. Check out how we make each bottle!Read More
Earlier this month I published an interview with fermentation expert Alex Lewin discussing the importance of including fermented foods in a modern diet. In this next conversation we get right down to fermenting specifics, from the top health benefits to the best recipes and essential kitchen items you'll need to get started. Enter Alex...Read More
Eating simply and healthfully isn't always easy on-the-go. Cold leftovers are only appealing for so long, and I don't know about you, but I somehow always manage to forget my spoon or fork on the counter when I am rushing out the door. I can't tell you how many times I've been left stranded at lunch time with a container full of messy food and nothing to eat it with. Oh the drama! That's why I've been loving these simple quinoa bites lately. These tasty little cups can be tossed into lunchboxes, brought to work, used as an appetizer or savored as a side dish for dinner. Best of all there are no utensils required. This is finger food at its finest!Read More
Please welcome my sister Kelsey to the blog. She put together this guest post on how she healed her own acne using real foods!
At the beginning of the year I wrote about my struggles with acne and the whole food solutions that finally worked to heal it. I am back again to share one of my favorite facial cleansers with you. Unlike some of the products you find at the store, this simple homemade cleanser actually does its job; it removes all of that yucky stuff from the skin without harming it.Read More
I’ve always been a life-long learner in my quest for optimal health and wellness. The importance of being able to assimilate nutrients being digested in our stomach and intestines was what I thought was needed to be healthy. That famous expression “heal the gut” was branded into my brain and justifiably so! Yet, while in my sixth decade, it amazes me that I can still discover tidbits of knowledge that I never knew, or if I did know, didn’t make the right “connections”. Although gut health is necessary, it is only part of the story when it comes to digestion.Read More
I recently had the chance to catch up with author, fermentation expert and health strategist, Alex Lewin before he kicks off a busy fall tour of talks and book signings. In part one of the interview we chat about how he first became interested in the traditional food movement and also what motivated him to write Real Food Fermentation—the first ever fully illustrated, step by step guide to creating simple fermented foods at home. Enter Alex...Read More
There is something about the simple act of holding a mug of tea that is healing. From the steam whisking up off the surface to the herbal aromas and warmth created between the hands, the experience of tea time is inherently comforting to the soul. Add to this the health benefits of ingredients like ginger, and tea can be a very powerful medicine for the body as well. This fresh ginger tea can be used to soothe an upset tummy and ease the symptoms of a cold, allergies or the flu. It is also the ideal thing to cozy up with at the end of a long day, especially as the temperatures start to drop and dusk falls earlier with each passing evening.
Ginger is a natural remedy that has been around for centuries. Treatises from China dating as far back as 400 BC are filled with praise for this brilliant yellow botanical. The fragrant, peppery and warming qualities of ginger have made it a coveted spice that is sipped as a popular tea, used in many nutraceuticals, and found in beloved dishes from all around the world. There is also a growing body of scientific literature to support its targeted therapeutic use in preventing and treating modern afflictions as diverse as depression, arthritis and cancer. In this article we'll explore the exact properties that make ginger so healing and review a convenient kitchen tip for peeling fresh ginger so that it can be more easily incorporated into your diet.Read More