Food & Recipes

  • Cheers to the Vine

    There’s nothing like a glass of wine to top off the day, especially with all the varieties to discover. Additionally, relaxing with a glass of your favorite pinot after a busy day might just make you feel good. So what’s so bad about a little indulgence? As it turns out, maybe nothing.

    The Health Benefits of Wine
    By Jennifer Boden
  • 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.

  • Incredibly Edible Edamame Dip

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    MAKES 2 1/2 CUPS

    3 tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil

    2 cups shelled raw edamame beans

    2 cups loosely packed baby spinach

    ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    3 tablespoons tahini

    1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped onion (yellow, white, or Vidalia is good, but not red)

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

    1 teaspoon natural salt

    2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)

    ¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)

    You will need a high-speed blender or food processor. Toss the oil, edamame, spinach, lemon juice, tahini, onion, garlic, cumin, pepper flakes, and salt into your machine and blend on high or process for approximately 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Stop the machine periodically and scrape down the sides of the container to fully incorporate the ingredients. A food processor will give the mixture a coarse consistency, which some people prefer. Tweak flavors to taste. (You may like more lemon juice, garlic, pepper flakes, or salt.) Serve topped with the sesame seeds and parsley, or spread it on sandwiches or wraps. Source: The Blender Girl

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie

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    SERVES 2

    ½ cup filtered water

    ½ teaspoon probiotic powder (optional to offset natural sugar content)

    ½ cup raw unsalted cashews (conventional blenders: soak two hours)

    1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed, ripped into small pieces)

    2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen

    ¼ cup chopped pitted dates (soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes), or 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)

    ½ teaspoon minced ginger (optional)

    Put all of the ingredients into your blender (I like to use a Vitamix) in the order listed and puree for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more kale, sweetener, or ginger).

    Note: With a conventional blender, you’ll get the smoothest consistency if you use maple syrup or chop the dates finely, and be sure to soak those cashews as well. You can quick soak by covering with boiling water for 10 minutes (but this kills the live enzymes) or soak in room temperature water for 2 hours.

    Source: The Blender Girl

  • 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.

  • Picnic Perfect Spinach Hummus Pinwheel Wraps

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    June 18 is International Picnic Day!

    4 cups packed spinach

    ¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water

    1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans

    2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)

    1 tablespoon tahini

    1 clove garlic

    Pinch of fine sea salt

    4 whole grain tortillas

    1 avocado, thinly sliced

    ½ cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced

    1 small red bell pepper, very thinly sliced

    Steam spinach over broth or water. Place spinach, beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt in bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. You should have approximately 2 cups hummus. Spread 1/2 cup hummus on 1 tortilla, leaving about an inch from the edge uncovered. Arrange 1/4 each of sliced avocado, sliced cucumber, and sliced bell pepper on top of hummus and tightly roll up tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas, hummus, avocado, cucumber, and bell pepper. Holding tortillas firmly, carefully cut into 3/4-inch pinwheels and serve. Source: wholefoodsmarket.com