Food Planning Principles

As the school year kicks off, many family schedules shift to a different routine. Here are some meal planning staples to help keep your family eating healthy through the school year and beyond. Paramount Principle: Eat whole, naturally-raised foods. Whenever possible, produce should be organically grown and animal products should be raised on an organic diet without added hormones or antibiotics. It is important to cook foods in a way that is easily digestible and nutritionally beneficial … [Read more...]

Grain-Free Back to School Lunch Ideas

It's back to school time! Help your kids (or yourself) stay energized throughout the day with these grain-free lunch ideas. Click on the blue text to learn more about the recipe. Turkey and cheese coconut wraps Plain whole yogurt topped with honey, seeds, nuts, fruits, etc. Vegetable sticks with ranch or other dressing Berries and other fruits Almond butter and jelly sandwiches using grain free pancakes as the bread. Raw cheeses Hot soup in an insulated thermos Hard … [Read more...]

How Do You Know if You’re Drinking Enough Water?

  Each day, your body regularly releases water through urine and sweat glands - even when you're not purposely working up a sweat. As a result, you have to constantly replenish this fluid. Your water requirement can also vary wildly from day to day depending on a number of factors, such as your activity level and weather conditions. Every body is different, but the body of an average adult is over 60% water. Once your body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, … [Read more...]

Treating Degenerative Diseases

We see more and more conditions that can be termed degenerative in nature. They take hold, worsen and result in a decline in the quality of our lives. These are things such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and more. These preventable diseases grow in number every year. Something they all have in common is inflammation. Most traditional providers tend to treat the symptoms and effects of these diseases. Remember, inflammation is at the heart of these maladies. So we need to begin … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Eat Healthier When Dining Out

  Dining out is fun and a great social outlet. However, it is often difficult to maintain good eating habits if you dine out frequently. Here are a few tips to help you stick to your health goals without having to give up your social life.   1) Read the Menu Before You Go Most menus are available online. Pick out your food before your go to avoid snap decisions at the table.   2) Have a Healthy Snack Before You Arrive If you are hungry upon arrival, you may fill up on the … [Read more...]

Coconut Oil Controversy

A recent report by the American Heart Association named coconut oil as an unhealthy fat with no other redeeming qualities. This claim caused a lot of questioning and concern among those who regularly use coconut oil. Thankfully, the claims made by the American Heart Association can be debunked. Let's take a closer look at the statements and the actual truth behind them. Claim 1: Saturated Fats such as coconut oil lead to cardiovascular disease. Coconut oil is high in medium chain … [Read more...]

How the Right Knife Can Increase Nutrients

Knives have many uses in the kitchen. If you want to get really fancy, the right knife, as well as the right method, can produce the perfect julienne or chiffonade. But there are other things using the right knife can do you may not be aware of - yet. One of the most important is increasing the nutrients foods provide your body. The former preferred method of leafy green processing used by experts was tearing instead of cutting. Tearing was thought to have less tendency to disrupt the cells, … [Read more...]

Summer Food Safety Tips

Mark your calendars! Summer officially begins on Wednesday, June 21. Summer is a season of picnics, pool parties, and outdoor grilling. We want you to keep your food safe this summer so you don't end up with any foodborne illness. Here are a few food safety tips! For the Grill: Use separate cutting boards and utensils for meats/fish and ready to eat items like fruits and vegetables. Never re-use items that have touched raw meat to serve once it has been cooked. Keep meats and … [Read more...]

How to Find Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil is among some of the healthiest fats to incorporate into your diet, and extra virgin olive oil is the most coveted among olive oils. Unfortunately, many of the oils on store shelves today are cut with low-grade vegetable oils, flavored and colored with plant extracts .   According to a report by researchers at UC Davis. "More than two-thirds of common brands of extra-virgin olive oil found in California grocery stores aren't what they claim to be."   In two studies the UC … [Read more...]

5 Food Rules for Earth Day

There are many ways to help protect the planet, but dietary changes are one of the most effective means of reducing our carbon footprint. Did you know that animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions? That's more than the combined exhaust from all transportation! Here are 5 ways to help our planet through dietary changes this Earth day.   1. Look for Green Meat - If possible, source your meat from a local farmer and opt for poultry or livestock that have been … [Read more...]