Why I Made The Switch To Ditch The Margarine For Grass-Fed Butter

Posted on October 16th, 2015

Twenty Health Benefits of REAL Butter

1 ~ Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
2 ~ Contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
3 ~ Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
4 ~ Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
5 ~ Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
6 ~ Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
7 ~ Is a very rich source of the vital mineral Selenium.
8 ~ Saturated fats in butter have strong Anti-Tumor and Anti-Cancer properties.
9 ~ Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
10 ~ Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
11 ~ Protects against tooth decay.
12 ~ Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
13 ~ Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
14 ~ Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
15 ~ Is a source of iodine in highly absorbable form.
16 ~ May promote fertility in women.
17 ~ Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our bodies adipose tissue.
18 ~ Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
19 ~ Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
20 ~ Protects against gastrointestinal infections in the very young or the elderly.

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Top 10 Fruits & Veggies for Fall

Posted on October 1st, 2014

It’s official Autumn is here!
With this new season comes beautiful crisp mornings, colorful leaves, warm and delicious seasonal drinks and most importantly a host of wonderful in-season fruits and vegetables you can have fun with in your kitchen.

We often think of spring and summer as the season that produces the most and tastiest but September, October and November also offer a delicious season for fresh, healthy produce.

Our Top 10 In-Season Fall Fruits and Vegetables to Eat Now:

Brussels-Sprouts
1 ~ Brussels Sprouts
Loaded with vitamins A, B and C and an antioxidant
compound called glucosinolates which may help to promote a
process called apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer
cells and may also act as an antioxidant to help the body’s cells
to repair naturally-occurring damage.

How to use:
Try them roasted or pan seared/sautéed. They’re delicious simply with olive oil, salt and pepper or as part of a more elaborate dish like this Pear Brussels Sprouts dish.

Pears 2 ~ Pears
Pears are a high source of fiber, B vitamins, and folate and
minerals like boron that may help the body retain calcium.
Pears contain an antioxidant called quercitin, found mostly in
the skin of the pear, which is part of the larger family of
nutrients called flavonoids that may play a role in cancer
prevention and promoting blood vessel health.

How to use:
Pears a delicious addition to juices.  Can also be baked for a delicious, healthy desert.

Squash 3 ~Squash
Fall’s seasonal squash includes butternut and acorn squash.
Acorn squash contains a source of fiber, beta carotene and
vitamins A and C; whereas butternut squash contains the same
nutrients as acorn, but also contains electrolytes magnesium
and potassium that also help to promote heart and muscle
health.

How to use:
Both butternut and acorn squash can be used in soups, stews, on salads and in main entrees like this Spinach & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash.

Broccoli
4 ~Broccoli
Broccoli is an absolute favorite of mine – it’s loaded with fiber,
vitamin c, folate and some bone-strengthening calcium; and
potent phytonutrients including one called sulforaphane that
may help the body rid itself of damaging pollutants.

 

How to use:
Broccoli can be made in a variety of ways including sautéed, raw, baked, as soup, and even in juices.  Try Broccoli Cilantro Pesto Salad.


Garlic2 5 ~ Garlic
Don’t let the fairly small size of it’s cloves fool you, they’re
packed with anti-cancer compounds including allicin that
contains potent antioxidants, immune-boosting properties that
may help to fight the common cold, and anti-inflammatory
properties thanks to the sulfur-containing compounds.

 

How to use:
Cook with it by adding it to sautés, stews, sauces and by baking or roasting.

Ginger2   6~ Ginger
Ginger is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
properties that are particularly helpful in joint pain. Ginger is
also known to have digestive, anti-nausea and immune-
boosting properties. A powerful compound called gingerol
contributes to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power.

 

How to use:
Use in juices, with hot water as a tea, in smoothies, or in cooking stir fry’s or sautéed vegetables. If you have joint pain, enjoy it in this super anti-inflammatory juice.


Apples1   7 ~ Apples
Apples contain soluble fiber that may help prevent plaque
buildup in the arteries, vitamin C that can help boost
immunity, promote wound healing and quercitin that helps to
combat inflammation and possibly prevent tumor growth.
Apples are part of the “Dirty Dozen Plus”  so seek out locally
grown or organic apples that are less likely to have pesticides.

How to use:
Apples can be used raw on salads, in juices and smoothies and can even be baked for a healthy dessert.

Jalapeno-Pepper   8 ~ Jalapeno Peppers
The heat in jalapeno peppers is provided by the nutrient
capsacin, a nutrient that may help to increase body temperature
and thereby may help to rev metabolism and quell appetite.
Hot peppers are frequently sprayed with pesticides and are part
of the “Dirty Dozen Plus” so go for local or organic jalapeno
peppers when possible.

How to use:
Use small amounts because they can be very hot! Great when added to cooked stir fry’s, sautéed vegetables and even soups.

Pomegranate1   9 ~ Pomegranate
Pomegranates contain the mineral manganese that plays a part
in the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase that helps fight
free radicals in the body along with another anti-cancer
antioxidant compound called punicalagin that may benefit
heart and blood vessels. They’re a good source of  vitamins C, K
and some B vitamins and electrolytes calcium and potassium.

How to use:
Pomegranate seeds are delicious as part of this fall-flavored salad or in a stir fry for some extra crunch.

Sweet-Potato   10~ Sweet potatoes
Last, but certainly not least are these classic fall favorites. Sweet
potatoes are a good source of beta-carotene and manganese that
both contain antioxidant properties, helping the body repair
naturally-occurring damage.  Sweet potatoes are also a good
source of vitamins A and C and fiber.

How to use:
Sweet potatoes are a great addition to any meal whether that’s on a salad, in a juice, in a soup, in a stir fry or even baked on their own like in this Sweet Potato Garlic Mash.

Benefits of Herbs

Posted on May 4th, 2014

You don’t have to be a chef to know that some herbs and spices taste good in certain dishes.  Likewise, you don’t have to be a professional herbalist to use many of these same spices and herbs to treat and prevent illness and disease. There are perhaps hundreds, or at least dozens of medicinal foods and herbs that deserve a place in your kitchen’s herbal medicine cabinet. From calming upset stomachs, slowing the aging process to killing cancer cells, herbs have been shown time and time again to provide
incredible healing powers.

Your kitchen can double as your medicine cabinet, as you’ll often find what you need without having to hit the drug store or the pharmacy. This way, you’ll have your very own healing garden to keep doctor visits to a minimum, and you can sleep soundly knowing that you’re capable of taking your health into your own hands.

Growing herbs in containers or a garden won’t feed your whole family, but it is a great way to start making your own food and developing food sovereignty in a world where the GMO monopoly seems to grow stronger every day.

Turmeric has numerous health benefits and is easy to incorporate in your cooking. The spice can reduce inflammation,
fight depression, cut heart disease and diabetes risk, and has been researched extensively for its ability to beat cancer.
Scientists from around the world have found turmeric to positively impact over 581 different diseases and conditions. It is
one of the most well-researched spices on the planet. While we commonly think of turmeric as the yellow spice in curries,
you can reap it’s medicinal benefits in other ways as well. Golden milk tea or golden milk is one way people from the
Middle East have taken turmeric for ages. Just make sure you know how to optimize turmeric absorption to reap the most benefits.

Ginger is a root. Also like turmeric, the health benefits of ginger are amazing. The herb is particularly good at calming
digestion, but can also fight cancer, inflammation, and boost your immune system. Ginger tea is an elixir that can be used
for colds, sore throats, and upset stomach. Simply simmer some slivers of ginger in water for 5 minutes, cool slightly and
drink. Add a little local honey to supercharge it’s benefits.

Oregano, it’s not just for pizza; oregano has healing qualities that go far beyond its culinary allure. It’s loaded with
vitamin K and manganese, and is packed-full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Research has linked this culinary herb
with weight loss, digestive health, combating foodborne pathogens and relieving pain. Oregano is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal,
and anti-inflammatory. You can grow your own oregano quite easily and then use it fresh or dried, or find oregano oil in
health food stores.

Basil is another culinary herb, with many health benefits as well. Its antibacterial properties make it a contender for
fighting serious infections including listeria monocytogenes, staphylococcus aureus, and E. Coli. The herbs high levels of
the flavonoid zeaxanthin make it a great solution for protecting eye health and preventing age-related macular degeneration.
Also like oregano, basil is easy to grow. Here are some other holy basil benefits.

Sage is often used in meat dishes and in cooking with root vegetables. But sage has many health benefits. Made in a tea,
you can use the herb sage for sore throat relief, to soothe digestion, calm a cough, and even boost memory. One study found
consuming sage can improve scores on memory recall tests. Maybe best of all, you can grow your own.

Turmeric, many benefits of this golden yellow spice are really no secret, unless you haven’t been following natural health
news at all in recent months. It’s a powerful antioxidant, can be used to detox the liver, and even relieves pain. There is
evidence that turmeric can protect against Alzheimer’s disease and even prevent breast cancer. Perhaps the most documented
benefits of turmeric is in its ability to fight cancer cells.

Oregano, uou might put it on your pizza or in your pasta dishes, but what you probably didn’t realize is how oregano could
be benefiting your health. Oregano and the oil derived from it has been shown to encourage weight loss, promote healthy
digestion, treat sinus infections and even sooth toothaches. It is an anti-bacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal,
anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine herb. And like sage, you can easily grow your own to experience oregano benefits.

Cinnamon, everyone should be getting some cinnamon in their daily diet. This spice is great on everything from desserts to
teas. And it’s good for managing diabetes, promoting a healthy heart, fighting Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer and PMS.

Basil, more and more you can find fresh and actually live basil plants in the grocery store produce section. This isn’t only
good for your salads and pesto sauce, it’s great for your health. Basil can improve circulation, reduce cholesterol oxidation,
reduce inflammation, reduce flatulence and boost immunity. It can also treat stomach cramps, nausea, and headaches. It also has
mild antiseptic properties and can boost appetite. Basil can also be used ground up as a salve for minor cuts and scrapes. This
plant is an annual so you will need to replant it every year.

Ginkgo Biloba is the herb to keep your brain sharp as a tack. It aids in mental alertness while fighting viral and respiratory
infections. It has been called a living fossil with a plant heritage that goes back more than 270 million years. Both the stem
and leaves can be used for their medicinal qualities.

Ma-huang, this Chinese herb is wonderful for boosting mood and reducing fatigue. It has also been known to aid in weight loss
due to appetite suppression.

Red Clover is a wonderful herb that relieves both arthritis symptoms and headaches, red clover has also been used to treat
menopausal symptoms due to its isoflavones compounds. It is a perennial with beautiful pink bursts for flowers.

German Chomomile can provide relief from constipation, anxiety and sleeplessness. It lowers stress and reduces heartburn.
An easy-to-grow plant, chamomile can help treat stress without the need for anti-depressants or sleeping pills.

Lemon Balm, since most disease is eventually an outgrowth of stress, Lemon Balm is also included in this list as a great
stress-reducer. Harnessing medicinal uses, lemon balm is a calming herb that has been used since the Middle Ages. It eases pain,
promotes good sleep and can give someone an appetite back if they’ve lost their desire to eat. It can also treat some venomous
insect bites and stings.

Feverfew is a perennial plant that has been used in European folk remedies for centuries, this flower lives up to its name by
reducing a fever. It is a wonderful herb for migraines as well. It’s said that chewing on the leaves can reduce the symptoms of
arthritis.

Parsley, this herb promotes energy and improves blood circulation. It is good for the stomach, fights kidney infections, bladder
ailments, flatulence, and help with bad breath or even anemia. Parsley is also a diuretic. It has to be replanted every two
years since it is a biennial.

Dong Quai, this Chinese herb can help to restore hormonal balance in the body and improves menstruation. It aids in recovery
from childbirth and supports women throughout their pregnancy. It also aids in nerve pain, headache relief, and strengthening
the blood for those who suffer form heart conditions. Dong Qaui, meaning ‘return to order’.

There are numerous other herbs and spices in your kitchen right now that are great for your health and can double as medicine.
What are your favorite spice-rack healers?

Red Onion – Eat these over yellow onions because they have less sulphur.
Both varieties have antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol, which fight cancer and inflammation and boost immune function. They can also lower your “bad” cholesterol and help reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.

Holy Basil – This plant is also known as tulsi. An antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory plant that has been used to fight cancer and prevent diabetes, holy basil has long been heralded in the ancient Indian ayurvedic medicine.
It’s slightly peppery and is a good addition to stir-fry and spicy soups.

Reishi mushooms – Studies have shown these little mushrooms to be effective at boosting your immune system and fighting cancer. They are known as the “mushrooms of immortality” and can be found dried in supermarkets or Chinese grocery stores. They are good in soups or made into a tea.

Turmeric – Containing curcumin, turmeric is a powerful root that can boost cardiovascular function, enhance your immune system and improve brain function. Because of its superior anti-inflammatory properties, it can also be used as a pain reliever. It’s the curcumin within that’s responsible for all of these benefits.  Cook with it or take it as a supplement.

Can’t Afford Organic? 10 Foods You Can Eat Anyway

Posted on April 8th, 2014

Can’t Afford Organic?  10 Foods You Can Eat Anyway
The safest non-organic fruits and vegetables you can buy.

Sweet Potatoes ~ Sweet potatoes are not only ranked among the lowest in pesticide residue, they’re rich in nutrients like beta carotene.  During the fall season you can find them everywhere.

Kiwi ~ You still need to rinse off your kiwi but that fuzzy little skin helps keep pesticides at bay.

Eggplant ~ It’s unclear why eggplants fare better than other vegetables, though some suspect that its skin, being somewhat dense and slick, it could act as a protective barrier. Whatever it is, it’s working.  Eggplants are among the safer veggies to eat.

Mango’s ~ A thick skin protects the tasty inside of a mango from harmful chemicals.
But you’re not totally in the clear—you should still wash your fruit.

Asparagus ~ Like onions, asparagus just doesn’t attract many pests in the form of insects or disease, so it’s not heavily sprayed with pesticides.

Sweet Peas ~ Thanks to their pod, peas are among the safest conventional produce to eat.

Cabbage ~ Cabbages don’t require much help to grow, so not many chemicals are sprayed on these veggies.

Avocados ~ Like pineapples, avocados also have a rigid skin that avocado lovers don’t eat. You shuck off most pesticide residue simply by discarding the shell.

Pineapple ~ Unlike fruits that have edible skins, pineapples have a tough,  thick skin that protects the fruit inside from harmful pesticides. When you cut and eat a pineapple, the most exposed parts end up in the compost bin.

Onions ~ Less than 1 percent of the samples EWG tested had any pesticides,
making onions a particularly clean crop. Bugs don’t seem terribly interested in feasting on onions, so they aren’t sprayed as heavily with pesticides as some other vegetables.

Three Ingredient Coconut Flour Cookies

Posted on April 8th, 2014

Three Ingredient Coconut Flour Cookies

3 Tbs. Coconut Flour
2 Tbs. Cold Butter
1 Tbs Raw Honey
Pinch of Himalayan Salt

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 365 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor or blend with a pastry blender. The dough will be soft and slightly sticky. Divide into 8 small balls and flatten slightly on the baking sheet.

Bake until the edges are light golden, about 9 minutes. These over bake quickly, so keep an eye on them. Let the cookies cool completely before removing from the baking sheet or they will crumble.Enjoy!

Makes 8 two-bite-sized cookies.

How do I add Organic Coconut Oil into my diet?

Posted on April 8th, 2014

How do I add organic coconut oil into my diet?

Cooking With Organic Coconut Oil ~ This is the most common way people use organic coconut oil. Use organic coconut oil in all your cooking by simply replacing your other cooking oils (like canola, corn or all purpose vegetable oils, which are toxic) with virgin organic coconut oil. You can also bake with organic coconut oil too!

Add Organic Coconut Oil to Smoothies, Yogurt, Soups and Hot Drinks Aside from cooking, you can add organic coconut oil into your smoothies, coffee or tea, yogurt and homemade bone broth. Just make sure to gently melt your organic coconut oil and slowly pour and stir it into your smoothies and yogurt. This will help the organic coconut oil from clumping in your cold goodies! The organic coconut oil will melt when added to hot drinks or soups.

Make Organic Coconut Oil CandyOrganic Coconut Oil candy is by far the most yummy way to enjoy organic coconut oil! Its also a great way to get your kids to eat organic coconut oil too!

Organic Coconut Oil Chocolate Bars
Ingredients:
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup organic coconut oil
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon raw honey, maple syrup or simple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Directions:
Heat organic coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Once it melts add the remaining ingredients. Stir and pour mix over a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in refrigerator for 2-4 hours, or until it is set. Once the chocolate hardens, break it up into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Cough Syrup

Posted on April 8th, 2014

Honey
Honey has powerful anti-viral and anti-microbial properties! In clinical studies, honey has shown to be just as effective in alleviating coughs as over the counter cough medicine. Honey is also known to help alleviate allergies. According to this article, taking a few teaspoons of local raw honey a day prior to pollen season can be effective in boosting your immunity to pollen.

Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is often used in home remedies for a good reason! It is known to help boost the immune system and also has antiviral and antibacterial properties.  Drink lemon juice when you have a stuffy nose as it helps clear sinuses so you can breathe better. 

Organic Coconut Oil
Organic Coconut Oil is rich in antioxidants and contains lauric acid, which is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Organic coconut oil can be used to help prevent colds by boosting the immune system. Once the cold is set in, organic coconut oil can help reduce the length of sickness and can be quite soothing when added to warm honey-lemon water or tea.

Mix these three ingredients together and you have yourself a super immune boosting syrup that will help alleviate coughs and sore throats!