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    • How nutritious is your food.....really?

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    •  2/27/2011 10:15:39 AM
    • Have you ever wondered what the healthiest food on the planet is?  Well Dr. Joel Fuhrman has attempted to answer that quesiton. 

      He has developed a chart ranking foods based on the amount of nutrients in those foods.

      "Not merely vitamins and minerals, but adequate consumption of phytochemicals is essential for proper functioning of the immune system and to enable our body’s detoxification and cellular repair mechanisms that protect us from chronic diseases. "

       

       

       

      So if you still haven't become friends with KALE, COLLARD GREENS, or SWISS CHARD then make a goal of cooking with just one of these this week.

      Your body will thank you!

       

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    • Couscous Pita Pocket

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    •  2/16/2011 12:00:16 PM
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      3 whole wheat pitas, cut in half

      1 cup whole wheat couscous

      1 1/2 cups water, or broth

      1 TBS olive oil

      1 cucumber, finely chopped

      1/2 red pepper, finely chopped

      1 cup of red cabbage, finely chopped

      1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

      1/4 cup parsley, chopped

      2 TBS fresh dill, optional

      2 TBS balsamic vinegar

      juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)

      salt and pepper

      Pesto, hummus, and lettuce for inside the pita

       

       In a large pot bring the water, or broth, to a boil. Turn off the heat, pour in the couscous and the oil and cover with a lid.  Allow the couscous to sit for about 6 minutes.  Remove the lid (but not until the time is up) and fluff the couscous with a fork.  Allow to cool.

       

      Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine the vegetables, herbs, seasonings, lemon juice and vinegar.  When the couscous has slightly cool, add it to the bowl and stir all the ingredients together.

       

      Open one of the pita pockets and spread pesto on one side and hummus on the other.  Add lettuce to the pita and fill with the couscous mixture.

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    • Apple Oat Muffins

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    •  2/10/2011 8:44:25 AM
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      If you haven't discovered PCRM (www.pcrm.org) yet, you need to google them and see all that they do.  It stands for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  They are huge advocates of healthy eating and have even dedicated a website (www.nutritionmd.org) to that cause. This is one of the recipes from PCRM.

      1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
      1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
      1-1/4 cups quick oats or oat bran
      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
      1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
      2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
      2 large apples, finely chopped
      1 12-ounce can apple juice concentrate
      1/2 cup raisins

       

      (Because I told my kids I would make them a "treat", I added 1/2 cup choc. chips and 1/4 cups maple syrup)

      Preheat oven to 325°F.

      In a large bowl, mix the flours, oats, spices, salt, and baking soda. Add the chopped apple along with the apple juice concentrate and raisins. Stir just enough to mix. Spoon batter into nonstick or lightly oil-sprayed muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes, or until tops bounce back when pressed lightly.

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    • 7 Day Vegan Challenge for Oprah

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    •  2/2/2011 1:39:25 PM
    • Being quite "Veganish" myself, I of course tuned into yesterday's show on Oprah.  She and most of her staff agreed to a 7 day challenge to follow a strict Vegan diet: no meat, no cheese, no milk....NO ANIMAL!

       

      I thoroughly enjoyed the show, but I've got to admit that I was somewhat disappointed.  Don't get me wrong, any plug to make people stop and think about what they are eating is definitely a step in the right direction...BUT, I think the show completely left out a HUGE reason to eat a plant-based diet; HEALTH!!!

       

      My journey towards veganism, quite honestly, had nothing to do with cruelty to animals.  Sadly to say, there was a time when I didn't really give two thoughts to the treatment of animals.  The reason I started veering away from meat was from a completely self-centered point of view - because I wanted better health.

       

      I wish that they had focused on that a little bit more.  I am a strong believer that we finally know the cause of many diseases that we suffer from.  It's called BREAKFAST, LUNCH and DINNER. We are in fact eating ourselves to death (not just in terms of quantity, but in they types of food we are eating).  There are many doctors and many clinical studies that are pointing the finger at animal products (along with all the processed junk we eat).

       

      So, yes, it might give us all warm fuzzies to hear Cargill explaining that they don't want their animals to suffer, but this is not why I stopped eating meat.  Cancer, Diabetses and Heart Disease is why I started to eliminate animal products from my diet!

      Which brings me to one other frustration with the show - Cargill.  It was nice to see them open their doors to Oprah's camera crew and allow us to see inside their slaughterhouse.  Which I will admit looked like a nice, clean facility.  However, my problem with their meat is NOT how the cows DIED, but rather, how the cows LIVED

      They showed a 20 second shot of some happy looking cows eating their last meal -that was it.  They did not span out and show us the hundreds of thousands of cows all living on the feeding lot.  They did not show us the disease that is often found on these Concentrated Animal Feeding Organizations (CAFO's).  They did not show us the amount of feces from the cows are mention the catastrophic environmental problems associated with it. They did not show us the hormones that are used to quickly fatten the cows.  They did not mention the antibiotics that are pumped into cows or the prescription of trouble that means for the consumers.  They simply mentioned that they do not want their cows to suffer.  It seems to me that painting a pretty picture is not the same this as giving us the full picture.

       

      Okay, my complaining is done.  Overall, it was nice to see a popular show on National Television bring a least at little more awareness onto an alternate way of eating.

      It was awesome to see the people that lost weight and were feeling better after just a week.  Quite frankly, it was cool to just open it up for discussion.  So far that, my hat goes off to Oprah and her crew.  Good job shedding a little more light on this not-so-wacky world of Veganism!

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