Our Favorite Multi-Grain Sandwich Bread Recipe (Ever!)

Here’s a whole-wheat, multi-grain sandwich bread recipe for the books: pillowy soft, yet strong enough to hold up to a sandwich full of crunchy veggie goodness; millet and sunflower seeds add a crunch and a wonderfully nutty flavor that is only enhanced when you toast it up and spread it with butter or jam! This bread is ridiculously good, incredibly simple to make, and has quickly become a staple in my house- in fact, we don’t even bother with that bagged store bought stuff anymore! :) Continue reading

Sea Bakin’ Seaweed Snacks – Review

 

Sea Bakin' from The Sea Of Change Trading Co.

Recently, I had the opportunity to try an awesome snack food called Sea Bakin’ from The Sea Of Change Trading Co. Never heard of Sea Bakin’? Neither had I, so you could imagine my curiosity as I opened the box to discover the three flavor varieties inside (with very cool looking packaging I might add!).

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Cultured Food for Life: How to Make and Serve Delicious Probiotic Foods for Better Health and Wellness by Donna Schwenk

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Donna Schwenk explores the world of cultured foods, from kefir to kombucha and beyond. . . 

In CulturedFood For Life, Schwenk discusses the many health benefits of naturally cultured foods, and how they have helped her and her family over the years. She introduces the reader to the many different varieties of cultured foods, as well as giving detailed descriptions and instructions on how to make them yourself. The book includes dozens of recipes to help you incorporate these probiotic powerhouses into your everyday diet.

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Super Easy Basic Granola

For the sake of convenience (and a little curiosity), I bought a popular brand of organic granola the other day and was very disappointed to find that it tasted like glue (you know the flavor I mean, where you have to double check to make sure you didn’t accidentally eat pieces of the box instead of the cereal?). The really frustrating part is knowing how simple it is to make your own granola from scratch, and still some of these companies can’t seem to get it right- even at five times the cost. *SIGH*.

Here’s a fantastic recipe I’ve been using for years to make my own granola. It’s nothing fancy, just think of it as a blank canvas that you can jazz up any way you want. I’ve never really experimented too much with the flavors, but the possibilities are endless. Sweeteners can be interchanged, such as honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc. for different flavors, and you can include as many (or as  few) added ingredients as you’d like. I still really prefer pecans, but (organic) sliced almonds work well too. Add any kind of dried fruit and/or seeds you want, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, delicious, and all-natural breakfast or snack any time- all at a fraction of the price of the boxed stuff (and I guarantee it tastes better, too!). Continue reading

Thyroid Support by LESlabs – Product Review

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According to the American Thyroid Association, one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. Unfortunately, America has one of the highest rates of thyroid disorders in the world, largely due to our farming practices which strip essential minerals from the soil, producing crops with drastically reduced nutrients, and leaving our bodies at risk for deficiencies.

With a history of thyroid disorders in my family, I have been especially interested in learning more about the cause behind this problem, and what can be done to prevent or treat it- and the more I learn about the thyroid gland, the more I realize the significance of the role it plays in our overall health. Continue reading

Iodine – Are you getting enough?

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Kombu, or dried kelp, is often consumed in Japan. Kelp is known for being high in the nutrient iodine. Photo credit: kattebelletje via photopin cc

Initially used as a treatment for goiter, more and more studies are revealing a link between this essential nutrient and the prevention of cancers and other diseases. Continue reading

Beyond the label – Hidden poison in nuts?

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Those nuts in your pantry are harboring a dark secret - Photo credit: elana’s pantry via photopin cc

 

Are the “raw” almonds you purchase at the health food store really raw? Not legally, if you live in the USA, thanks to a mandatory law passed by the USDA in 2007.

In fact, not only are they not raw, they may potentially be treated with a dangerous chemical known as Propylene Oxide. The worst part? This chemical won’t show up on the ingredient list, since it is used in the processing or “pasteurization” and is not considered an actual ingredient. Continue reading

Pear-Apple Crisp with Pecan and Oat Topping

There’s nothing like a warm fruit crisp to brighten up your evening- especially if you top it off with some melty vanilla ice cream.  This recipe is made up of a blend of tart apples and sweet pears, and topped with a crunchy-chewy layer of toasted oats and pecans, and sweetened with Yacon syrup, a natural sweetener and weight loss aid (or you could just use honey- but where’s the fun in that?!) Continue reading

Multi-grain Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas and Pecans

The only thing better than these light, fluffy, whole-grain pancakes is the rich, caramelized banana and pecan sauce that gets drizzled on top! These from-scratch pancakes are every bit as easy to whip up as a boxed mix, and taste WAY better- and because they contain whole grains, they’re good for your health too! Continue reading

Yacon Syrup Review

I’ve always had a sweet tooth- and while I’ve tried to clean up my diet, I’m sure I still eat more refined sugar than I should. I just can’t help it! But recently, thanks to the folks at Quality Encapsulations, I’ve discovered a natural sweetener that is actually good for you! It’s called Yacon Syrup. Continue reading