nutrition

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Cancer Fighters

    Garlic, leeks, yellow onions, dark green veggies, and cruciferous veggies have been shown to powerfully counteract cancer cell growth, according to a recent study in Food Chemistry. If you need a refresher, cruci­ferous vegetables come from the family Cruciferae (also called Brassicaceae).

  • 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

  • Thai Herbal Medicine

    “Everything is medicine.”

    This motto came from Buddha’s doctor, Jivaka. We believe this should be reinterpreted to fit modern times. Certain manufactured foods available today are so toxic to the system that we would argue they don’t have enough redeeming nutritional or medicinal qualities to offset the dangers of eating them.

    A modern look at a traditional practice
    By C. Pierce Salguero & Nephyr Jacobsen
  • 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

  • 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