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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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

5 Tips For Beating Holiday Weight Gain

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This is my absolute favorite time of year- from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve, it’s a time of fun, family, and really, really¬†good food.

Unfortunately, I’ve never been known for having much self-control, especially when it comes to rich, decadent holiday foods. Let’s just say Christmastime is my weight-gaining season- and while I’m not proud of it, I’m not about to become one of those humbugs who deny themselves any pleasure in eating the foods they love most. No way! A few days a year of simple overindulgence never hurt anyone, right? ūüėČ

That being said, I do have a few simple tricks that I’m using this year to help keep my weight in check, and they seem to be helping quite a bit. Continue reading

Favorite Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

My mom’s amazing stuffing (with the much-needed box of Peter Vella in behind)

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving full of fun, family, and good food! I want to apologise to my readers for dropping the ball on the biggest food holiday of the year- I had been planning on sharing photos and recipes from yesterday but lost all sense of reality¬†when my glass stovetop shattered in the middle of cooking our Thanksgiving dinner. (I wholeheartedly don’t recommend GE by the way… *superangryface*). Yet, despite it all, I had a fantastic time with my family sharing laughs and stories, and a hot meal. Isn’t that what it’s all about, anyway?

Well, as I begin my hunt for a new range, I figure it’s time to get back on the proverbial horse and move on. And, like the many millions of Americans today, I find myself with a fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers just bursting with potential (unless of course you’re one of those strange people who don’t like leftovers and throw them all away). Here are some of my favorite ideas for repurposing those leftovers into wonderful new dishes! Continue reading

Secrets To Making A Great Vegetarian Gravy

It is a well-known fact that gravy is one of the six essential food groups, along with cheese, chocolate, bread, coffee, and wine. Or at least it should be.

WHEN I¬†became a vegetarian, I didn’t miss meat at all. The things I missed, and craved, were all the good stuff that went along with it, like gravy. I began to search high and low for the perfect gravy recipe, wondering if I would ever be able to recreate such a fantastic food.¬†But I wasn’t having success.

I kept trying every recipe I could find, recipes with cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, nutritional yeast, and strange ingredients that I wasn’t even sure were vegetarian. I got in deep, and nothing was tasting good. Finally, I made myself stop and think about what I was doing wrong, and a lightbulb turned on. Continue reading

Best Vegetarian Food Sources Of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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When people think of Omega 3’s, usually the first image to come to mind is that of fresh salmon or a tin of smelly sardines, neither of which is a viable option for vegetarian and vegans. So what exactly is an herbivore to do? In this article, I discuss the function and benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, as well as a list of the best vegetarian and vegan food sources. Continue reading

7 Natural Foods That Help Fight Colds & Flu

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It’s that time of year again- the seasons are changing into the cold, rainy autumn weather that’s so typical here in New England. And, just like clockwork, I’ve got a nasty cold. Every fall it’s the same story, so this year I decided to do my research and find out what the best natural food sources are to kick this cold’s butt. Some of the results were surprising, some not so much, but if you’re looking to either fight off or prevent a cold this season, stock up on these foods! Continue reading

8 Quick Tips To Sharpen Your Knife Skills

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#1 Always start with a sharp knife

Though it may sound contradictory, a sharp knife actually lessens the chance of injury. Duller blades force a person to push harder as they slice, increasing the chance for the blade to slip and cut into fingers. To keep blades in tip-top shape, wash by hand immediately after use. Do not leave knives in the sink or place them in the dishwasher. Store them either on a magnetized strip or in a wooden block. Knives stored in a drawer get jostled together, dulling the blades. To learn how to sharpen your kitchen knives, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch? Continue reading

How clean is your food?

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From dirt and fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics, to pathogens spread from shoppers at the grocery store, our food is a lot dirtier that we often imagine it to be. Here are some quick tips to help you clean up your diet -literally! Continue reading