How to Successfully Start Seeds Indoors

Spring is here! Are you ready to grow some fresh, organic herbs, veggies, and flowers? Here are some tips for successful seed starting.   Materials for Starting Seeds: Containers - Either purchased pots or flats or containers you've saved, like egg cartons and yogurt cups. Used pots should be thoroughly cleaned using a scrubbing brush or pad. Potting Mix - Seeds do best in a soilless mix where there are fewer inherent problems than with garden soil Seeds - Your choice. … [Read more...]

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

The Difference between Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate: Dark chocolate contains 50-90% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar, whereas milk chocolate contains anywhere from 10-50% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, milk in some form, and sugar. Though dark chocolate should not contain milk, there may be traces of milk from cross-contamination during processing, as the same machinery is often used to produce milk and dark chocolate. Lower quality chocolates may also add butter fat, vegetable oils, … [Read more...]

Are You Hooked on These Highly Addictive Foods?

  Can't resist a slice - or two or three - of pizza?  You may well be addicted. Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and the New York Obesity Research Center at the Mount Sinai - St. Luke's Hospital in New York observed that addictive foods share common traits with highly addictive drugs. Like other drug problems, they say, "food addiction" is characterized by: Loss of control over consumption; Continued use despite negative … [Read more...]

Beware of GMO Potatoes!

The first-generation genetically engineered (GE) Innate® potato, developed by J.R. Simplot and branded simply as White Russet™, was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2014 and entered the U.S. marketplace in 2015. It is now widespread in the US food supply. The Innate® potato was created using RNA interference (RNAi) technology to inhibit blackspot bruising and browning by reducing levels of asparagine and certain enzymes in the potato. This allows food manufacturers to … [Read more...]

Healthy, Hearty, and Delicious Fall Soups

Warm up on a cool fall night with a pot of satisfying soup. These seasonal soups are comforting, flavorful, and packed with healthy ingredients. Plus, they're easy to make and freezable if you're lucky enough to have leftovers. Sausage, White Bean, Kale Soup A hearty and healthy rustic Tuscan-style soup recipe that is quick to impress and incredibly easy to make, featuring kale, sausage, and white beans.  This recipe has only nine ingredients and 10 minutes to prep! View the Recipe … [Read more...]

5 Tricks for Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween is a time of year for kids to indulge their sweet tooth. That can mean heaps of sugary treats -a scary prospect for parents who want their kids to maintain healthy eating habits. Luckily, there are some simple ways to make sure kids avoid a sugar overload and still have fun with the Halloween haul they bring back. 1. Don't skip dinner. Feeding your children a nutritious meal or snack before parties or trick-or-treating will keep them from being able to fill up on too many … [Read more...]

9 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

If you're in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds. With a wide variety of nutrients, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. Here are their top health benefits. 1.  Heart Healthy Magnesium One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the … [Read more...]

Ways to Improve Your Digestion Naturally

Everyone experiences occasional digestive symptoms such as upset stomach, gas, heartburn, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. However, when these symptoms occur frequently, they can cause major disruptions to your life. Fortunately, diet and lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on your gut health. Here are 12 evidence-based ways to improve your digestion naturally. 1. Eat Real Food Diets high in processed foods have been linked to a higher risk of digestive disorders. Eating a diet … [Read more...]

How to Assemble a Hearty Salad

The wonderful thing about making a salad is that it's a relaxed, stress-free way of cooking, with endless possibilities for customization. Here are some steps to consider to build a great salad every time! 1. Pick your leading vegetables Do you have any vegetables in your fridge that should be used up? If you're going shopping, think about what's cheap, in season and abundant in the shops and markets. Here are some ways to use your principal vegetable: Raw and shaved with a speed peeler … [Read more...]

Cooking With Kale and Chard

Cooking with either kale or Swiss chard is as easy as filling a pot with a little water and a lot of greens and placing it on a heated stove burner. And while there's nothing wrong with that, there are lots more easy and interesting ways to eat these two vegetable powerhouses. Preparation Both vegetables should be washed thoroughly to get rid of any lingering garden soil, then chopped. The easiest way to cut kale is to pull leaves away from the stem, then give the leaves a few crosswise chops. … [Read more...]