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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

A Customer Submitted Article: Minimize your risk of developing skin cancer including melanoma. Things to know about melanoma:

10 Tips To Maximize Nutrition From Today's Nutrient-Depleted Produce

An article by Mike L. Over the past 10,000 years, humans have domesticated many fruits and vegetables and, in the process, leached out the nutrients and increased the sugar and starch levels of many of them. Health writer Jo Robinson has described how it happened in her new book, Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health.

DID YOU KNOW... Celery

DID YOU KNOW… CELERY has been grown and used by humans for over 3000 years. Health Benefits: • The natural organic sodium (salt) in celery is very safe for consumption. In fact, it is essential for the body. Even individuals who are salt-sensitive can safely take the sodium in celery, unlike table salt (iodized sodium) which is harmful for those with high blood pressure. • The health benefits of celery are more than just lowering blood pressure. They also contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds to combat cancer.......

All About Apples ­-- by Jo Robinson

(The following is excerpted from Eating on the Wild Side, by Jo Robinson. Published in June 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. Copyright © 2013 by Jo Robinson. All rights reserved.)


What is this Hollywood beauty trend ‘oil pulling’ all about?

ANSWER: Oil pulling is being touted to flush toxins, fight infection, whiten teeth & make your skin glow. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic practice dating back thousands of years. Natural health experts agree, oil pulling reduces gingivitis by 60% and plaque by 30%.  It draws bacteria, yeast & other toxins out of gum tissue and crevices between teeth.

Healthy Facts Recipes

  • Salad Ingredients:
    4 4 oz. snack cups mandarin oranges or equivalent appr.1 cup (save liquid)
    2 cups each: purple cabbage (shredded or chopped fine), kale (chopped or
       diced) carrots (julienned or diced), celery (sliced)
    1 red pepper, chopped
    1 yellow pepper, chopped
    1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

  • 1 package Spinach Wraps
    1 1 lb.bag frozen hash browns (about 3 cups)
    1 head broccoli florets, chopped
    2 field roast Italian sausage, chopped OR soy chorizo OR BBQ Jackfruit
       OR seasoned tempeh of choice
    2 tsp turmeric
    2 tsp nutritional yeast (nooch)
    2 tsp kosher salt
    2 green onions
    1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced

  • Makes 1 dozen

    1/2 cup aquafaba
    2 Tbsp golden flax seed, ground

    1/2 cup non-dairy vanilla creamer (almond, coconut, etc)
    1/2 cup soft pitted medjool dates (soak to soften if needed)
    1 banana
    2 Tbsp maple syrup
    1 Tbsp vanilla
    2 tsp lemon zest
    2 tsp lemon juice

    1 1/2 cups white/wheat flour of choice
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt

    1 cup blueberries
    Cinnamon sugar for topping (optional)

  • 6 large russet potatoes
    1 14 oz. can/appr. 1 1/2 cups chick peas/garbanzo beans (drained-
       save aquafaba for another recipe)
    1/2 cup non-sweet, non-dairy milk of  choice
    1/4 cup nutritional yeast
    2 tsp. lemon juice
    1 packet Sazon Goya seasoning (for  color and flavor but can substitute)
    2 tsp garlic salt blend such as lawry’s
    1 jar black bean caviar/beans mixed  with salsa/beans mixed with rotel etc.
    2 green onions, sliced
    1/4 cup shredded carrots (optional)
    3 Tbsp black olives, sliced

  • 1 package corn tortillas

    Set your air fryer to 350 degrees. Cut about 5 rounded, stacked tortillas by slicing through the stack twice to create even wedges, that will now resemble the classic large chip shape.

  • 1 cup water
    1/2 cup leftover brown rice, cooked & cooled
    1/2 lemon, juiced
    1/2 avocado
    1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, minced
    1/2 large clove garlic or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    1/2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
    1/2 tsp italian seasoning
    1/2 tsp agave
    1/2 tsp salt

    Blend all well in a blender. Serve on anything, yumm.


  • serves 2

    Kids love these. Add a little veggie cheese to appeal to the masses if you like.

    2 cups instant brown rice, warmed and divided
    1 can veggie chili or southwestern beans, warmed
    2 cups salsa of choice
    4 green onions, chopped
    2 handfuls Corn Chips of choice
    Layer everything in 2 large bowls and serve with corn chips or corn tortillas.


  • 2 med/large sweet potatoes (unpeeled), washed and cut into wedges
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp ground cumin or smoked paprika
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 oz. box silken tofu – firm or extra firm
    1/2 cup date pieces, agave, pure maple syrup, sugar or sweetener of choice
    2 Tbsp cocoa powder
    1 Tbsp instant coffee substitute powder such as roma or cafix (optional)
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    Handful of frozen or fresh berries (optional)

    Blend all in a food processor or blender until creamy-smooth. Serve with berries if desired.

  • 1 large onion, chopped
    1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
    2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
    1 cup any veggies you want: greens, cabbage, zucchini, mushrooms, etc
    1 can lite coconut milk
    1 cup water
    1 can crushed or diced tomatoes or 2/3 fresh, chopped
    2 Tbsp curry powder – Plus – to your taste
    2” piece fresh ginger, grated
    2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
    2 tsp apple cider vinegar, optional
    1 bay leaf
    1 tsp turmeric
    1/2 tsp each: paprika, red pepper flakes, cardamom
    1/4 cloves
    Salt and pepper

  • 2 cans or 3 cups cooked garbanzo beans (aka. chick peas)
    1 cup Queen size green olives (stuffed with pimentos)
    1 clove garlic, optional
    1/4 cup lemon juice, optional
    1/4 cup olive juice
    Salt and pepper to taste
    In a food processor or blender, blend to smooth and creamy. Serve with chips, Bavarian pretzels or use with anything!


  • 2 cups Arugula, spinach or mixed greens of choice
    4 clementines or mandarin oranges, peeled and sectioned
    1 cup fresh raspberries, sliced strawberries, or fresh pomegranate seeds
    2 handfuls of pistachios
    4 Tbsp dressing of choice (optional)

    Combine ingredients for a beautiful, colorful and nutritious salad.


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