Meatless Monday A Review: Mushroom-Nut Burgers Over Greens - Mark Bittman

Mushroom-Nut Burger by Mark Bittman from VB6 Cookbook You don't have to go vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the benefits of adding more plant based foods to you diet. By adding little bits to each meal you will become accustomed to healthier foods and barely notice the change. Really!! Eating more fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, help maintain or lose weight, help with mood and over all sense of well being. Small changes can have a big impact on our health. For example, losing 20% of the size of your waist can reduce your chance of a heart attack by the same amount! Moderation combined with good quality food choices added to an acti

I Like to Move it; I like to move it, move it..

You sang the title when you read it right? I did when I wrote it. I hope you are now smiling and I hope you will feel motiviated to be phy-si-caly fit. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the fourth leading cause of death is physical inactivity! They define physical activity as : “Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure.” Plus, studies from the Annals of Internal Medicine have determined that “Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity.” Meaning that our current sedentary lives increase our risk for diseases, including Type 2 Di

Recipe Review: Spelt Blueberry Muffin -Whole Foods Market

Spelt Blueberry Muffins - Whole Foods Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) Ease: Simple Review: I like having a good muffin recipe to turn to, the kind you can just whip up on a whim, BAM! This is the muffin. This was as easy as using a box mix, but so much better for you. Spelt is a species of wheat and has been cultivated for at least 5000 years, it is considered and "ancient grain". Spelt is also packed with nutrients and though it has gluten, it is often better tolerated. There are a lot of blueberries in this recipe, which really brings out sweetness and provides a nice flavor. If you aren't used to spelt the texture is slightly different from flour, but close. Over all, I would say

Meatless Monday: Orange Soup with Black Salsa - Mark Bittman

We are making an effort to eat more whole food, plant based foods i.e., nuts, legumes, grains, fruits, and veggies, and I have to say we are loving it. After all we've been told "Eat food that rots, just eat it before it does" - Dr. Forrest Shaklee. I have also been reading the Blue Zone book by Dan Buettner and learning about the longest lived people in the world, who eat meat more like a garnish or accompaniment to the main meal. A pretty crazy concept for most Americans. The more we learn the harder it is to deny the benefits of good, real, unprocessed, fresh food. There are so many ways to cook foods, especially vegetables, that no one should be able to say "I don't like veggies". Even i

Grains - Let's get Freekah, baby!

I might lose friends, but here goes. I eat grains! Yep, I said it...I eat grains. I like them too! I like the different tastes, aromas, and textures of all kinds of grains and I think they are good for me! The key is I believe in choosing wisely when I eat grains. I believe in whole grains, ancient grains and a variety of grains; not processed, stripped down, bleached leftover grains. I eat the real deal! The difference goes beyond taste, it is about your health. One of the most common grains is wheat, when you buy wheat, look for the word "whole grain". What's whole grain? In a nut shell (well...kernel) a whole grain means nothing has been stripped away, it includes the bran, endospe

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