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  • Meatless: Drink Your Breakfast

    If you want to inspire your family to make better breakfast choices, you’ve come to the right place. Although many of you admit that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is often skipped. Time constraints, lack of hunger, or busy schedules may be to blame for the day’s missed meal, but it’s never too late to get in the habit of eating breakfast every day.

  • Meatless: Get Juicing

    Whether you want an alternative to your morning coffee, a way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, or a full-body cleanse, juicing could be the solution you’ve been searching for.

  • 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
  • Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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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

  • Best-Selling Produce

    Which ones were really tearing up the produce section in 2013? The numbers are in from Meijer Foods.

    >> Power Greens. Kale showed particularly strong growth along with Brussels sprouts, organic salads, and bagged greens.

    >> Fresh Herbs. Fresh herbs like basil and cilantro were a way to bring out flavor without adding salt.

  • What’s in Your Food?

    I picked up my son from school recently to have lunch with him. We went to the park with our sack lunches. As I watched him pull out his carrot sticks and orange slices, I asked him if anyone in the lunch room had a lunch like him with fruits and vegetables. He said his best friend sometimes had celery in his lunch sack but no one else did.

    Whole foods emphasize what’s in your food, not what isn’t
    By Linda Kopec, ND, MHNE, CNC
  • Fiber First

    Most people know that the dietary choices we make play a huge role in heart health. Eating the right foods can dilate your arteries, reduce inflammation, prevent clotting, and promote circulation. What is less well known is the role of fiber in heart health.

    The unsung hero in heart health
    By Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FAAFP, FACN, CNS