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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

  • 1/2 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.

  • 5 cups cooked quinoa
    1 can garbanzo beans (save liquid=aquafaba)
    1 cup carrots, shredded or chopped
    1/2 cup tomato, chopped
    1/2 cup sunflower seeds
    3/4 cup parsley chopped
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup tamari
    1/4 cup aquafaba
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 cup sliced olives (optional)

    Whisk together lemon juice, tamari, aquafaba & garlic. Combine remaining ingredients. Pour liquids over. Mix thoroughly.

  • 1 35oz. can tomatoes –  whole (peeled)
    2 tsp each: Garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning & sugar
    1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
    Pinch crushed red pepper
    2 Tbsp tomato paste
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Blend, heat and serve.

  • 1 12 oz. box silken tofu, firm
    3 Tbsp lemon juice
    1 Tbsp minced onion
    2 tsp each onion powder, garlic powder
    1 tsp each salt & smoked paprika
    1/2 cup frozen spinach – thawed, squeezed to drain & packed
    2 green onions, minced
    1 8 oz. can water chestnuts, diced small
    2 drops liquid smoke (optional)

    Blend tofu, lemon juice, and seasonings and liquid smoke if using. Stir in spinach, onions & water chestnuts. Allow flavors to blend for a few hours to overnight if time allows. Serve with crackers.

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    1/2 cup potatoes, cooked (try canned diced potatoes!)
    1/4 cup water
    2 tsp agave
    2 tsp nutritional yeast (aka. nooch)
    1 clove garlic
    1 tsp dijon mustard
    1 tsp each: basil & oregano

    Combine all in a blender and use generously on salads, veggies, potatoes, etc.


  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced and cut into wedge pieces or 1/2 moons
    1 large shallot or use any type onion, sliced thin or chopped
    1 each: red and green bell pepper, chopped
    1 cup mushrooms, chopped to your preference
    1/2 cup green or black olives, sliced
    1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
    1 14 oz. can cannellini beans - save cooking liquid (aquafaba)
    3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
    1 Tbsp italian seasoning blend - for the bean spread
    1 Tbsp same or slightly varied seasoning blend - for the veggies

  • 6 large russet potatoes
    1 can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
    1/2 - 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice
    1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
    1/4 cup nutritional yeast (aka. nooch)
    3 green onions/scallion, trimmed and sliced (use white and green parts!)
    3 Tbsp capers
    2 Tbsp yellow mustard
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup steel cut instant cooking oats
    1 1/2 cup non sweet non-dairy milk of choice
    1/2 cup water
    2 cups cauliflower, chopped
    1 or 2 tomatoes, chopped
    2 green onions/scallions, chopped
    1 cup greens of choice i.e. baby kale, spinach, etc
    1 cup mushrooms, chopped
    1/2 cup golden raisins - optional
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 Tbsp curry powder plus more if desired - or use other seasonings!

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