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Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

This documentary was one of the first “healthy living” type documentaries we watched. It was a huge eye opener that led to us buying our first juicer. I love this documentary and highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in living a healthier lifestyle […]

Chia Seed

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from a plant that originated in South America. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” According to Dr. Oz, chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that are necessary for the body […]

Sweet Potato Fries with Curried Dip

I always have sweet potatoes on hand, because of their shelf life, flexibility with cooking, and because they’re ridiculously healthy. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins B6 and C, as well as being very high in iron, magnesium and much much more.
 
Making fries is a great way to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet. My four and one-year-old gobble these up faster than lighting, and I just love that it’s such a great alternatives to modern-day french fries.  
 
Just dip them into a divine curried dip, and voila, you have a healthy lunch in a flash! Happy kids, happy tummies, happy momma!
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put Your Aloe Vera To Use

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species which has been used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century AD. Aloe Vera is widely used in the cosmetics and holistic health industries due to its healing and rejuvenating abilities. If you are thinking about introducing a new houseplant […]

Date-alicious Dip

Date-alicious Dip

If you can tolerate dairy, this is a fantastic alternative to a sugar-packed fruit dip. It’s a simple three ingredient fix, that’ll definitely please a crowd. Just serve it with your favorite fruit, or simply enjoy it by the spoonful!           […]

For the Love of Hemp Seeds

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp is thought to be one of the earth’s most nutritious plants. Hemp seeds are an ideal source of protein for vegans and vegetarians, including those who eat a raw diet. Essential fatty acids are abundant in hemp seeds, as are magnesium, iron, potassium, and fiber. Hemp seeds also have a nice supply of vitamin E, which provides antioxidant protection.

Many of you may be aware that there is a stigma surrounding hemp. Let’s discuss this so we have some clarity on the issue before we study further the health benefits of hemp seeds. Though hemp comes from a variety of Cannabis (the plant family that includes marijuana), it contains extremely low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for the “high” from smoking marijuana).  According to the hemp growers industry, industrial hemp grown for food, fuel, and natural fibers contains virtually no THC. The plant is known for being extremely easy to cultivate, with fantastic yields. The market for hemp is worldwide. This should be a farmer’s dream! Unfortunately, the hemp plant, even for culinary and industrial purposes, is still illegal to grow in the United States. There are some instances where it is legal to grow for research purposes, according to recent changes to the Controlled Substances Act. Most organic hemp seeds found on the market in the U.S. are grown in Canada, which has a $ billion/year hemp industry. So, to clarify the issue for you- It is not legal for you to grow hemp in the USA, it is legal for you to buy it, you cannot get “high” by consuming hemp, it is very safe and very healthy. How healthy? Take a look.

Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and do not have to be ground up before using.  The nutritional content of hemp seeds is highest in the raw state.

PUT IT TO USE:

  • Sprinkle hemp seeds over a salad
  • Add as a topping on granola
  • Stir seeds into a smoothie
One Pot Vegetable Rice Soup

One Pot Vegetable Rice Soup

I love soups so much, but I don’t make them very much in the summer, for obvious reasons. But when the clouds rolled in today, and the rain started to fall, I knew that this extremely simple and wholesome soup was just the fix. It’s a […]

Top 6 Reasons to Include Figs in Your Diet

One of my favorite snacks is dried figs. I buy my dried figs at local ethnic grocers, or at Whole Foods.  I also enjoy fresh figs, but these are harder to come by here. There are many varieties of figs, which are grown in warm, […]

Simple Vegetable Stir Fry

Simple Vegetable Stir Fry

Coconut Aminos is created when the coconut tree is tapped. It then produces a very nutrient-rich sap that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is very low glycemic and is an abundant source of amino acids, minerals, vitamin C and more.

It is however quite similar in taste and texture to soy sauce, but I think it tastes much better, and is much better for you. It also surprisingly tastes nothing like coconut.

This extremely easy-to-make stir-fry, made with Coconut Aminos, is great to make when you have a crisper full of vegetables that you just don’t know what to do with. Simply steam some rice, quinoa, or buckwheat soba noodles, top with this tasty vegetable mixture, and you have a healthy dinner in a flash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Oils…What’s All The Hype?

Essential Oils…What’s All The Hype?

Aren’t Essential Oils for Hippies? When I first got married I would look at my husband’s family and think how crazy they were with their tinctures and salves. I could not figure out why on earth they were using those types of things when there […]