The mineral iron is vital to the proper function of every cell in the human body. Its primary role is to aid in the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Along the way, this superstar nutrient also helps to regulate cell growth, metabolism, and hormone synthesis. Yet despite its essentiality, iron deficiency remains the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide. Suboptimal iron intake has been associated with poor concentration, mood changes, fatigue, digestive problems, and immune system malfunction. The good news is that eating whole foods rich in iron can go a long way in both treating and preventing these problems.Read More
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.
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
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.
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