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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

  • 1 8 oz. pkg. soba noodles (find in Asian aisle)
    3 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
    3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce, or tamari 
    2 tsp ginger, minced
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 jalapeño pepper, diced small
    2 green onions, sliced or diced (include white and green parts)
    1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or use Italian leaf parsley if preferred)

  • 1 small bunch of kale
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 lemon, juiced
    1/2 red onion, diced
    1 1/2 cup sweet white corn, frozen and thawed
    1 14-16 oz. can black beans, rinsed drained
    1/2 cup salsa, jarred or homemade
    1 Tbsp pumpkin or pepita seeds, unsalted
    1/2 cup unsalted Blue corn tortilla chips (baked preferred)

  • 14 sheets Rice Paper sheets (approx.)
    2 Tbsp Aquafaba - liquid from cooked garbanzo beans
    3 Tbsp Tamari - or soy sauce
    3 Tbsp Nooch - short for nutritional yeast
    1/2 Tbsp Maple syrup
    1/2 tsp liquid smoke
    pinch smoked paprika & blk. pepper


    12 cherry tomatoes, halved
    4 green onions, sliced
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    1 1/2 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
    3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

    1/4 cup fresh orange juice (juice of 2 oranges)
    1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
    2 tsp white or yellow miso
    1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 tsp ginger, grated or minced
    2 tsp black or white sesame seeds (optional)

  • Makes about 2 large bowls: 3 small


    3 frozen bananas

    3 medjool dates, soft or softened by soaking & pitted of course

    pinch of salt

    non-dairy milk just to help get the machine going if needed

    fresh or frozen fruit of choice for topping


    Buy Bananas, let them get ripe so there are some brown spots appearing on the peel. Peel, slice and freeze. Using a high speed blender add frozen bananas, dates, salt and blend well, using tiny amounts of non-dairy milk as needed. Blend well and serve immediately.

  • 1 ½ cups or 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

    1 cup pre-cooked & cooled brown rice

    1 cup raw walnuts, chopped (or sub bread crumbs)

    1/3 cup panko or other type bread crumbs (see Asian aisle if not finding)

    ¾ Tbsp BBQ sauce of choice

    2 Tbsp minced onion flakes

    1 Tbsp each: chili powder, cumin powder, smoked paprika & sugar of choice

    ½ tsp salt and pepper or to taste


  • ½ cup cashews, soaked and drained

    1 cup water

    1 lime, zested and juiced

    1 date

    1 tsp each: onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano

    1 Tbsp flax, ground (optional)

    salt and pepper to taste


    Blend well.

  • 3 lbs. potatoes, cooked, cubed – any variety

    3 stalks celery, diced

    3 green onions, sliced

    ¼ cup prepared mustard of choice

    1 snack pack applesauce

    2 Tbsp fresh or dried dill

    salt and pepper to taste.


    Combine all and serve on a bed of greens

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