Alternative Medicine

  • A Great Tomato Sauce

    Weekly Recipe: 
    This sauce is the perfect way to make your comfort food justifiably healthy.

    2 tablespoons sunflower oil

    1 clove garlic, crushed

    ½ onion, chopped into small cubes

    2 ½ cups water

    12 ½ ounces vine tomatoes, chopped in half

    ¼ teaspoon balsamic vinegar

    ½ teaspoon umeboshi plum purée

    ½-inch fresh red chili (for spice, optional)

    1 ounce basil

    2 tablespoons coconut milk

    Heat sunflower oil in a pan over medium heat; add garlic and onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add ½ cup of the water to onions and garlic; let onions absorb the water then add 1 cup of water. Add tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, plum purée, and the remaining 1 cup of water. Simmer over medium to low heat for 10 minutes. Add chili, half of the basil, and coconut milk. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Add a little extra water if you like a runny sauce; reduce it further if you like a drier and more intense sauce. Source: Reprinted with permission from Honestly Healthy For Life © 2014 by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson, Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. Photography by Lisa Linder.

    Serves 2

  • Are Your Habits Aging You?

    Discover which daily habits could be contributing to signs of aging—including fine lines and wrinkles.

    STOP MULTITASKING: It can cause more stress, releasing free radicals and damaging cells.

    PASS ON SUGAR: Too much can cause dark circles, uneven tone, puffiness, and bigger pores.

  • 5 Myths Behind Your Milk Carton

    We’ve all seen the billboards, commercials, and magazine ads in which celebrities, in the spirit of good health and modern marketing, smile for the camera while sporting their very best milk mustache.

  • Tips to Ditch Your Sugar Habit

    >> Read labels: Sugar sometimes hides behind words such as syrup and anything ending in –ose (such as sucrose).

    >> Choose unsweetened varieties: Almond or soy milk, nut butters, and baking chocolate could all contain sugar, but many brands offer an “unsweetened” option.

  • Fun Food Fact!

    Blueberry leaves—which normally fall to the ground as waste—contain high levels of antioxidant compounds that protect against fungi and bacteria.

  • Asparagus Frittata

    Weekly Recipe: 
    A healthy dose of protein, vitamins, and minerals make this dish great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

    12 to 14 asparagus spears, trimmed and sliced lengthwise

    8 eggs

    3 scallions

    1 ¼ ounces dill

    1 ¼ ounces cilantro

    Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

    4 teaspoons sunflower oil or sunflower seed butter

    1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bring a pan of water to a rolling boil, then boil asparagus for 1 minute; drain and run under cold water. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Thinly slice scallions, roughly chop dill and cilantro, and add all to egg mixture. Season with pink salt. Heat the oil in a nonstick, heavy-bottom, ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Toss sesame seeds in skillet; when they just begin to brown, pour in the egg mixture. Arrange asparagus on top of egg mixture. Place skillet in oven for 15 minutes, or until egg is firm. Source: Reprinted with permission from Honestly Healthy For Life © 2014 by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson, Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. Photography by Lisa Linder.

    Serves 4

  • Binge-Watchers, Beware

    A recent study found that adults who watch more than three hours of TV per day may be twice as likely to die prematurely—from any cause—than those who watch an hour or less. Another interesting fact: Other sedentary activities, such as driving or using a computer, were not associated with the same risk.

  • What Do My Food Labels Mean?

    Here’s what you need to know about date labels before you buy, eat, or toss your food.

    “Sell by date” – tells retailers when they should remove a product from store shelves, but it doesn’t mean that the food is no longer safe to eat.

  • Food Poisoning 101

    Norovirus, salmonella, E. coli: You’ve probably heard of these foodborne illnesses, but would you know if you contracted one? Here’s what you need to know.

  • July 4th

    This Fourth of July, enjoy the explosion of fireworks, but don't let all the treats blow up your diet, says a Kansas State University dietitian.
    Amber Howells, director of the coordinated program in dietetics offered by the hospitality management and dietetics department in the university's College of Human Ecology, says moderation is key.

    Dietitian shares tip to keep the Fourth from adding five to your waistline
    Dick Benson
    July 4th