Alternative Medicine

  • Carrot-Ginger Dressing

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    Created by our friends at Pacific Foods, this unique recipe is an easy way to jazz up an ordinary salad. Makes 12 servings.

    1 cup Pacific Foods Organic Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque

    4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

    1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

    1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce

    1 teaspoon sugar

    ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  • Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad

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    These sweet ‘n’ spicy potatoes make the perfect side dish to accompany any meal. Serves 4.

    2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 -inch pieces

    3 cups cooked chickpeas

    1 large onion, peeled and chopped

    1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)

    1 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)

    2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick liner. Peel and chop sweet potatoes. In a large bowl, add the cooked chickpeas, uncooked sweet potatoes, chopped onion, cinnamon, salt, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Mix well. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and place in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and place into a large bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and stir well to coat. Add additional sea salt if preferred. Source: Angela Liddon, ohsheglows.com

  • Fruit & Nut Bark

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    This easy recipe will satisfy your chocolate craving—with a little fruity crunch. Makes 8 2-ounce servings.

    12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, divided

    ½ cup dried cranberries

    1/3 cup chopped pistachios

    1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

    ¼ cup slivered almonds

    2 teaspoons fresh organic orange zest

    Heat 8 ounces chopped chocolate on the stove until completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted and combined. Pour the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread the mixture into a ¼-inch thick rectangle. Working quickly, sprinkle the cranberries, pistachios, apricots, almonds, and orange zest evenly over the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 minutes to harden. Break or cut the chocolate into pieces. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

  • 6 Ways to Ease Headache Symptoms

    The first week of June is National Headache Awareness Week, so before you reach for prescription meds, consider a more holistic approach to curbing those nasty headaches.

    For a tension headache:

    >> Apply peppermint oil on your hairline.

    >> Make ginger tea by taking ginger root and adding it to boiling water.

  • Wanna Soak Up the Sun?

    Relaxing in the warmth of a summer day not only feels great, but it’s also an excellent way to raise your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed to maintain strong bones. This important nutrient also helps muscles to move, nerves to communicate, and the immune system to fight off infections.

  • Smoothie Central

    These good-for-you green smoothies will taste great, fill you with nutrients, and keep you energized. Pick a recipe, combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Boost it to increase the wellness value or flavor profile of your smoothie.

     

    Kale Sunshine Refresh

    ½ cup soy or almond milk

  • Getting the Language Right

    My present home in Puerto Rico has made news lately with its significant debt problems. The island’s leaders are trying to find solutions. One hears them talking on the radio or TV news or sees them editorializing about the solutions for nuestro pais—“our country.”

    From Medical Industry to a System for Creating Health
    By John Weeks
  • Busting the Most Common Fish Oil Myths

    There are plenty of good reasons to take a fish oil supplement, but if lowering your cholesterol is the ultimate goal, you’re wasting your money.

    What you need to know to reap the benefits
    By Fred Sancilio, PhD
  • Magnesium: The Key to Heart Health

    Recently the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiologists issued a joint statement urging a wider use of cholesterol drugs called “statins” to help prevent America’s No. 1 killer: heart disease.

    By Dennis Goodman, MD, FACC
  • The Green Guide

    I understand how intimidating bunches of kale, chard, and collards can look on those grocery shelves. The only lettuce I ate growing up was some iceberg drowned in Thousand Island.

    How to buy, prepare, store, and cook with leafy greens
    By Dreena Burton