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
This summer I upended my life in Boston and settled in Denver, CO. Although there are plenty of cultural differences between Beantown and Rocky Mountain Central, immediately evident was the beautiful weather and high presence of outdoor activities- hiking, picnicking, patio dining, poolside lounging, etc…, which equate to a flourishing industry of farmers markets.
Throughout the drive across country, I mentally checked off the recipes I’ll be able to make with my fresh produce & veggies. Interestingly, I realized that each of these healthy, all-natural, and fresh dishes contains the vitamin folate. But what is the significance of folate? How does it help us function? And which foods can we find it in? In this edition, I provide you with folate-rich recipes that will leave the taste of summer in your mouth and a satiated feeling in your belly.Read More
Mixing up marinades at home is both simple and rewarding. Fresh ingredients create flavors that are zingy, mouth-watering and exciting; the kitchen becomes filled with the refreshing scent of chopped herbs and lemon; and there is no longer a need to squint or put on glasses to scan labels or review tiny ingredient lists on the side of a bottle. Homemade marinades don't have to be works of culinary art either—in fact some of the most basic recipes will add the best flavor. Take this simple herb and lemon marinade for example. With balsamic vinegar, a handful of basil and a squeeze of citrus, it brings a bright, savory flavor to almost any meal.Read More
In the nutritional history books, a 1907 study on cow diets should be invariably described as dry, boring, or even unoriginal. Yet it was this work that set the stage for scientist Elmer McCullum to later discover vitamin A. This, along with his identification of vitamin D, caused McCullum’s name to become timeless in the research community, and the fat soluble vitamin A was critically recognized as essential to the human diet. 1
You may already know why vitamin A is so important...vision, immune function, reproduction, bone formation, and embryonic development, to start. But did you also know that your diet likely consists of two different forms of vitamin A? Read on for the difference between preformed and provitamin A, and information on which one you should consume.Read More
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Some of my favorite memories with my Grandmother are those from our times spent picking raspberries together in my backyard. Maybe it is because of these memories (or perhaps just the fact that raspberries are unbelievably tasty) that I always crave these bright little fruits around this time of year. Lately I've been making Raspberry Butter Bars as a quick and easy way to enjoy this season's berries. Between the perfectly tart raspberries, sweet cherries, slightly bitter walnuts and crisp shaved coconut, the balance of flavor and nutrition in this dessert is just right.
Lounging on the beach yesterday, I reflected on how good the warm sun felt on my skin. Simultaneously, the nutrition geek in me was counting the vitamin D molecules my body was producing. Vitamin D is so unique in its ability to be synthesized by the sun, and requires little dietary consumption compared to the other vitamins. So imagine my surprise when, after returning home and washing off the beach sand, I read that a stunning 75% of Americans are vitamin D-deficient! 1Read More
A few weeks ago I was walking around at our annual town fair when a gourmet dog treat vendor caught my eye. I strolled over and started to survey the table, oogling at the impressive spread of cookies and crackers—some drizzled with icing, some bone shaped, some plain—all made especially for dogs. I grabbed a tiny bag of grain-free treats, decorated with precious little paw stamps and cinched nicely with an orange bow, and brought it to the register. I'm not even going to even tell you how much I paid for those little morsels! Fresh-baked dog goodies certainly come with a price, so lately, I've been making these quick and easy dehydrated chicken liver treats instead. My dog has been very happy about it...and so has my wallet!Read More
The messiest closet in my house is definitely the one that holds all of my favorite natural skin care ingredients. It's bursting with jars of healthy oils, stacks of glass containers, bags of random essential oils, different kinds of tins that I've picked up here or there, and notecards with recipes on them are piled everywhere in between. Somehow I don't think I will ever have enough shelves to contain my ever-growing collection of homemade, organic personal care products. And recently I've added a new favorite to the mix: 100% raw and unrefined shea butter. Here's a little information about this unique skin moisturizer and and a simple DIY recipe for a whipped shea butter lotion that I think you're going to love.
June means it's strawberry season around here. The dainty white flowers that have decorated the maturing strawberry plants throughout the spring have finally started to fade and give way to clusters of small, bright red fruits. In the blink of an eye, there soon will be patches full of ripe juicy strawberries ready for the picking. In honor of this harmonious time of year, I've put together this recipe for strawberry shortcake. It has all of the classic components of the beloved dessert but with a twist. This strawberry shortcake is grain, dairy and refined-sugar free, and still as tasty as ever.
There are certain things that I always look forward to just as the weather begins to get warm. Beach towels are wrestled out of closets, piles of flip flops accumulate at the front door and colorful Adirondack chairs make their first appearance on the lawn. With the long, lazy days of the season stretched out ahead, the very beginning of summer is the ideal time for get-togethers outdoors with family and friends. This cool and sweet real food beverage has become a favorite of mine for such occasions. With just four ingredients, no added sugars and loads of flavor, watermelon "juice" is the perfect addition to any cookout menu.