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
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