Food & Recipes

  • In Season: Papaya

    The papaya, aka the pawpaw, is regarded as one of nature’s ultimate nutritional powerhouses. Originally hailing from Mexico and Hawaii, this superfood is an excellent source of antioxidants and contains carotenes; vitamins A, B, and C; folic and pantothenic acid; potassium; magnesium; and fiber.

  • Buzzword: GMO

    Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are genetically engineered plants or animals. These organisms are injected with new gene combinations created using DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These combinations do not naturally occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

    Best Bets for Non-GMO Eaters

  • Raw Foods: Natural Body-Boosters

    Gone are the days when the word raw—in the context of food—conjured up hippy granola images of unpalatable wilted lettuce leaves and dry, warped carrot sticks. The raw food movement has seen a recent surge into mainstream consciousness.

    By Tess Masters AKA The Blender Girl
  • Meatless: Delectable Dips

    A meatless diet doesn’t mean just vegetables all the time—but in the spirit of the backyard BBQ, why not pair some of your healthy favorites with a flavorful dip for a new twist on an old standby? Think nutrient-rich cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes; or, include carrots on your veggie tray for a boost of vitamin A.

  • Focus On: Iodine

    WHAT IT IS: The body uses iodine, a nonmetallic trace element, to create thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland traps iodine from the blood, combines it into thyroid hormones, then stores and releases the hormones into blood circulation as needed by the body. Thyroid hormones help regulate growth, development, metabolism, and reproductive function.

  • Tea for Your: Wrinkles

    If you’re overwhelmed in the beauty section, travel a few aisles over and scour the shelves for white tea extract. Researchers believe white tea may have the highest levels of health-promoting antioxidants.

  • “Key Lime” Pudding

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    SERVES 4

    1/3 cup light agave nectar, plus more to taste

    ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

    2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled

    2 bananas, chopped

    2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

    1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

    Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, until well combined. You may need to stop your machine and scrape down the sides of the container to ensure everything is incorporated evenly. Tweak the sweetener to taste. Divide the pudding among four serving glasses and chill in the fridge for about 3 hours to thicken. Serve the same day, chilled, to avoid oxidation.

    Source: The Blender Girl

  • Ginger Beer

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    SERVES: 4

    ¾ cups brown sugar (packed, you can adjust to taste)

    1 ½ cups fresh ginger (peeled and minced)

    2 quarts filtered, cold water (divided)

    2/3 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)

    1/4 teaspoon yeast (dried champagne)

    Mix sugar, ginger, and 4 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour to steep. Strain syrup through strainer and funnel into 2-liter soda bottle. Add lime juice. Fill with cold water to within 2 inches of top. Cap and cool in refrigerator or ice bath until about 65 degrees. Add yeast. Cap bottle and let stand at room temperature for 2 days, checking bottle pressure intermittently by squeezing it or releasing the cap slightly and briefly. When ginger beer has achieved desired carbonation level, refrigerate. Source: yummly.com

  • Cherry Kiwi Kiss

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    1 cup fresh cherries, pitted

    ½ cup frozen strawberries

    1 kiwi, peeled

    ¾ cup coconut water

    ½ cup ice

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend from low to high until frosty smooth. Source: 365 Vegan Smoothies: Boost Your Health With a Rainbow of Fruits and Veggies by Kathy Patalsky; image: Kathy Patalsky (Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © KATHLEEN PATALSKY, 2013.)

  • Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade

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    SERVES: 4

    6 cups watermelon cubes (seeds removed)

    1/4 cup raspberries

    1 cup water

    1/3 cup sugar

    1/2 cup lemon juice

    Place watermelon, raspberries, and water in container of electric blender, cover and blend until smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Stir in sugar and lemon juice until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Source: watermelon.org