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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 can black eyed peas, drained
1 can chick peas, drained
2 medium tomatoes, seeded, chopped and drained
4 green onions, sliced fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium green pepper, chopped fine
1/2 cup onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup medium or hot purchased picante sauce

  • Apple Crisp
    Recipe slightly altered from
    serves 6

  • serves 2

    10 oz. frozen mango chunks (approx. 2 cups)
    1 fresh or frozen banana
    1-2 cups non-dairy milk of choice
    1 cup pre-soaked medjool dates in warm/hot water
    2” piece fresh ginger, peeled
    1/2 tsp turmeric or 1 small fresh turmeric root
    1-2 cups ice

  • Serves 4
    Author Melanie McDonald with directions by Jill Keb

    2 lbs. yukon gold potatoes, peeled and roughly chunk-chopped
    1/3 cup aquafaba - the liquid from a can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
    3 Tbsp semolina or superfine cornmeal
    1/2 tsp or more of each: garlic p., onion p., Italian blend, paprika, salt, etc.

  • Vegan Nicoise Salad

    1 cup green beans, blanched, steamed or pan cooked until tender
    2 cups potatoes, pre-cut, cooked and cooled
    1 ripe tomato or handful cherry/grape tomatoes
    1 cup olives, any variety of choice
    2-4 cups lettuce of choice (romaine, bibb, red, etc) torn to pieces
    Additional items: artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, beets, cucumbers, fennel,
       celery, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, etc. etc.

  • 2 baguettes, sliced open and toasted
    1 can white beans of choice: navy, cannellini, etc
    1/2 lemon, juiced
    2 tsp dried herbs of choice
    1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced lengthwise
    1 small red onion, sliced thinly
    1 avocado, sliced thinly
    1 cup greens of choice, such as arugula, spinach, sprouts, etc.

    Toast bread. Drain beans and mash with lemon juice and any additional herbs you may have on hand. Include hot sauce, optional, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread on the bread and pile on remaining ingredients for a filling and delicious meal.

  • Cracker Sandwiches

    1 cup crackers of choice
    1/2 cup hummus variety of choice
    1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced thin
    1/2 red pepper, sliced thin
    Herb of choice to top, optional

    Create little hors d’oeuvres for your office friends with these simple ingredients. Top with fresh veggies for nutrition, color and flavor as you desire.

  • 2-4 Tbsp nut butter of choice
    3-4 Tbsp jelly of choice
    1/4 cup berries such as grapes or strawberries, halved
    2-4 slices bread of choice

    Spread nut butter to outer edges of at least 2 slices of bread. Add jelly and fresh fruit to the interior, leaving 1/2” edge all around for the nut butter to create a seal. Wrap in wax paper and write a little love note.


  • 1/2 cup water
    3 Tbsp soy sauce, tamari or bragg’s
    2 small sweet potatoes or yams peeled and diced, about 2 cups
    1 onion
    2 large carrots, thinly sliced
    2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
    1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
    1 15 ounce canned organic crushed or diced tomatoes
    4 cups vegetable broth or water
    1 15-ounce canned organic garbanzo beans, undrained
    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    3 Tbsp natural peanut butter
    2 tsp curry powder
    4 cups brown rice, cooked

  • This is an old favorite of ours! It's such a great
    way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get fabulous,
    filling, nutrition in as well. Enjoy!

    1 cup leftover brown rice
    2 large sweet potatoes - baked at 350 for one
       hour, and skins removed when cooled
    1+ cup non-dairy milk of choice (such as
         almond or soy or rice milk)
    2 Tbsp pure maple syrup, agave or 1/2 tsp stevia
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 - 1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)

  • Ingredients:
    1 ½ cups oat flour (make your own by blending rolled oats in blender or processor)             
    ½ cup dried cherries or cranberries
    ¼ cup slivered almonds                
    ¼ cup sliced almonds
    ½ cup coconut
    ½ cup rolled oats
    ¼ cup raw millet                    

  • 1/2 package (box) organic mixed greens
    1 large russet potato, pre-baked and chopped bite size
    2 green onions, chopped
    5 grape tomatoes, halved
    1-2 Tbsp oil-free vinaigrette (see recipe below)

    Place all ingredients in a large bowl & toss thoroughly. Add any additional ingredients you have on hand as desired.

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