Zinc is one of the most abundant trace minerals in the body. It is a critical structural component of many proteins, and a co-factor to enzymes that are directly involved with cellular function. Nicknamed the “intelligence mineral,” it is most widely known for its contributions to mental development, reproductive function, collagen formation and immune system support. Although severe zinc deficiency is believed to be rare, marginal deficiency, often called dietary zinc deficiency, is actually quite common and estimated to affect 2 billion people worldwide.1 In the United States, experts estimate that dietary zinc deficiency effects up to 30% of the population, depending on age group.2 Finding simple ways to identify and correct zinc deficiency has become increasingly important to medicine, as we continue to unravel just how important this mineral is for healing the human body and mind. Check out this Zinc Taste Test as a simple way to quickly assess your own mineral status and see if zinc deficiency is something you should be looking out for.Read More
Today, most grocery store produce departments are overflowing with displays of plump, colorful fruits and veggies. From bins of red peppers to cartons of sweet blueberries, many of us are fortunate to have a rainbow of produce at our fingertips year-round. However, a recent string of studies has brought the quality of our plant foods into serious question. Crops have shown a shocking decline in nutritional value over past years, leaving nutritionists, food policy advocates and environmentalists scrambling for answers. It may very well be that the recommendation of “five servings of fruits and veggies a day,” is no longer enough.
Please welcome my sister Kelsey to the blog. She put together this guest post on how she healed her own acne using real foods!
I am one of those unlucky folks that dealt with lingering acne well into my twenties. Now I am not just talking about a small pimple here and there, I am talking about moderate acne that created multiple bumps underneath my skin that caused inflammation in my cheeks and forehead. I was embarrassed that I had to deal with such a thing when all my friends had clear skin. I tried so hard to hide the scars and bumps, but despite the layers of makeup that I applied I could never quite do it. Eventually I was unwilling to go out with friends. To some this may seem a little bit silly, but after five years and no luck of successful treatment I was self conscious and tired of it. Luckily, with the help of an integrative dermatologist and my sister, I was able to come up with a supplement regimen that changed my skin for the better. Here are the supplements that immensely helped my skin and overall health.Read More
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Flourless chocolate cake is one of those desserts I've only ever ordered at a bakery or when out to eat. There is something about the rich, fudgy slivers that is just so luxurious and decadent. Whether drizzled with raspberry sauce or dusted with cocoa, flourless chocolate cake has such perfect sophistication, and usually a lavish price tag to match! I have always believed this gourmet dessert to be definitively outside of the realm of possibility for my own humble kitchen. Yet in a random surge of boldness, I was recently inspired to whip up a rendition. The result was indeed the perfect, ooey-gooey, way-too-chocolately dessert that I was hoping for. If you are looking to seriously impress yourself and your guests this season, this recipe is a must-try!
There it was in the back of the fridge: a stack of leftover smoked salmon. As extras from a recent brunch party, the thin black packages were taunting me each time I opened the door. It's not that I don't enjoy smoked salmon, but rather that I happened to be left with a whole lot of it. I had stored some away in the freezer, made the smoked salmon spread from Nourishing Traditions, chowed down on cream cheese roll-ups, and enjoyed slices of it over eggs. But by the time I finished all that, I was looking to try something lighter, more creative, and, well, a bit less fishy. These fresh, flavor-packed bites have been the results of my endeavors. By combining crispy cucumber with a yogurt dip and just a sliver of protein-packed salmon, they make a simple, very tasty, and visually appealing snack or appetizer to feed a crowd.
Pancakes are usually considered a special breakfast in this house. They are a treat reserved for lazy weekend mornings when it doesn't matter if a drip of batter spills down your t-shirt, and there is all the time in the world to procrastinate on washing the pile of dishes in the sink. These simple banana pancakes present an overwhelming exception to this rule however. Made from just five quick real food ingredients, they can be whipped up and plopped on a plate in a jiffy, or even made ahead for the grabbing on-the-go mornings. Created without large amounts of messy flours or easily-spilled sugar, they are a true joy to make and taste just as sweet--even on weekdays.
What's the first thought that comes to mind when you think of water? For many it evokes a sense of wellness, revitalization and purity. Having a source of clean, safe, contaminant free water is so important considering just how many ways we use water on a daily basis. We bathe and shower in it, brush our teeth in it, infuse our stocks and other recipes with it, and rinse our colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables under it. Not to mention, Americans drink 1 billion glasses of water from their taps alone each day.Read More
For many people, chocolate hazelnut spread (popularized as ever-delicious Nutella) brings back gleeful childhood memories. I remember the very first time I tried the stuff- slathered messily over slabs of banana. I ate it right up and licked my fingers in approval. In college, the local cafe I frequented served up hip toasted Nutella sandwiches to ravenous and highly-caffeinated studiers all the time. The rich, creamy spread tasted so captivatingly delicious and frighteningly addictive, I often felt like it should have been forbidden. And to be honest, with a whopping 21 grams of sugar per serving and some questionably sourced added fats, maybe it should have been. I mean, does anyone ever eat just one serving? This homemade hazelnut spread is just as chocolate-y and sumptuous, but with a more satisfying and nutrient-dense spin.Read More
It's been a busy season around here! From working away at sourcing some new products (keep an eye out this winter!) to visiting with our Weston A Price Foundation family at the recent Wise Traditions Conference, we've enjoyed every minute of it. This also means we've also been munching on some hearty autumnal dishes to keep us going through long days. Of all the recipes I've whipped up, I wanted to be sure to share this one with you: it's a delicious stuffed acorn squash brimming with pomegranate and sunflower seeds. An original from my sister, it is the perfect combination of salty and sweet, and was made from all things I already had hanging out in the kitchen.
Reading the labels on household cleaners is just plain scary. “Toxic. May cause severe burns to skin, eyes and mucous membranes. Harmful if swallowed. Can irritate airways. May aggravate asthma and allergies. Wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when using.” Although these phrases are usually typed in an itsy-bitsy font on the very back of the bottle, warnings about the dangers of chemical cleaning products should definitely not be ignored. Consider swapping out store bought cleaners in your home for simpler DIY versions like this all-purpose spray with just 3 ingredients. Homemade cleaners are safer, healthier and way less expensive. Plus, I don’t know about you, but if I can avoid wearing a pair of goggles and a protective suit to keep myself safe every time I scrub the shower, I'm all for it.