nutrition

  • Picnic Perfect Spinach Hummus Pinwheel Wraps

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
    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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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.

  • Add This Spice to Your Life

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    When I think of foods that contain cinnamon, carb-heavy favorites like gooey cinnamon rolls and fresh apple pie are often the first to come to mind.

  • Salty Talk

    The FDA’s recom­mendation for adults is 2,400 mg of sodium per day or less—the equivalent of a tea­spoon of table salt. If a food has 5 percent or less of your daily sodium, it’s a low-so­dium food. If it has 20 percent or greater, it is high in sodium.

    75% of sodium in the American diet comes from packages and restaurant foods

  • Focus On: Multivitamins

    WHAT IT IS:

    Vitamins are organic compounds that our bodies need to function normally. Many Americans don’t get all the requisite vitamins and minerals from our diet—multivitamins are in­tended to correct that. Because our bodies can’t make vitamins, we must get them from an outside source. The best multis are food based, not synthetic.

  • Tapping into the Subtle Human Energy Field

    We all seem to take energy for granted—except, maybe, for those moments spent filling our gas tanks or paying our heating/cooling bills. When it comes to our bodies, however, the only time we may notice our energy level is when it is not up to par.

    Attaining whole health and preventing disease
    By Mark Mincolla, PhD
  • Dragons at Night

    In Thailand, a moonflower blooms after dark, sprouting from the arms of a tall, thin cactus of the genus Hylocereus. It will bloom only for one night. If the flower becomes pollinated, a bizarre looking, distinctly tropical pink fruit will grow. The interior of this fruit will be either white or red and full of seeds—like a kiwi, but more so.

    Health benefits of the hot pink, armor-plated dragonfruit
    By Adam Swenson