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  • 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
  • Strawberry Cashew Yogurt

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    MAKES 2 SERVINGS

    1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries (about 12) hulled

    1/2 cup soaked cashews

    1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar

    1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Sliced fresh strawberries, for serving (optional)

    Put all the ingredients in a blender and process on medium speed until smooth. Serve with sliced strawberries if desired. Stored in a sealed container in the refrig­erator. Strawberry Cashew Yogurt will keep for three days. Source: Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Corn­bleet, images courtesy of Warren Jefferson

  • Meatless: Nut Cheese Delight

    Though going meatless doesn’t necessarily mean being vegan and raw, it doesn’t hurt to forgo animal products and heat from cooking every once in a while. And that brings us to nut cheese. Typical nut cheeses are made from Brazil nuts, cashews, and macadamia nuts. As the recipe below shows, you can easily use almonds and hazelnuts as well.

  • 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
  • A Million Years of Pistachios

    If you like pistachios you’re in good company: as in the Queen of Sheba, Israel (the man), Babylonian kings, Alexander the Great, and, more recently, the USA Water Polo team.

    A look at the health benefits of one of nature’s greatest nuts
    By Adam Swenson
  • Just Raw: Almond Craze

    The almond is a perfect example of a food best eaten raw due to its nutritional benefits and the plethora of ways to eat this tiny pseudonut. Botanically speaking, almonds are considered seeds, not nuts—they come from the almond tree and are the seed of the drupe fruit. However they are commonly (though inaccurately) referred to as a nut.

    Nut or not, eat your almonds raw
  • Spiced Nut and Seed Mix

    1 tablespoon melted butter
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon agave nectar
    1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup walnuts
    1 cup almonds
    1/2 cup pumpkinseeds
    1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    2 tablespoons flaxseeds

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, olive oil, agave, and spices. Cook on low heat for one minute. Add nuts and seeds; coat well.
    3. Spread in a single layer on baking sheet. Roast 5 minutes, or until nuts are golden.

    nutrition info: 203.4 calories; 17.7 g fat; 2.3 g saturated fat; 3.1 mg cholesterol; 5.9 g protein;
    8.5 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g fiber; 118.9 mg sodium

  • The Beauty Bar: Essential Fatty Acids

    You already know they’re important for good health, but what do essential fatty acids have to do with radiant skin? These polyunsaturated fats (which include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) are essential for staving off inflammation, dryness, and acne, says Valori Treloar, a dermatologist and coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet (Cumberland House Publishing, 2007).

    By Josie Garthwaite
  • Go Nuts

    Turns out it might not be an apple a day that keeps the doc away: A new study in the Journal of Nutrition reports that eating a handful of nuts five or more times a week can reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Reach for almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, and walnuts, says Sari Greaves, RD, a nutritionist in Bedminster, New Jersey.

    By Nicole Duncan
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