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Clementines

December 19, 2014

What sweet snack can relieve holiday stress?

By: Leanne Ely   I love seeing sweet little clementines all over the place this time of year. These deep orange little citrus fruits are easy to peel and absolutely delicious. I love eating clementines out of hand, and they’re also wonderfully delicious tossed into a green salad. (I adore foods that come in biodegradable… Read more

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December 12, 2014

Which tropical root is full of B-complex vitamins?

By: Leanne Ely   If you’ve been searching the Internet for recipes free of gluten, you have no doubt come upon the mention of arrowroot. Arrowroot is an easily digestible starch used in gluten-free cooking as a stabilizing and thickening ingredient. Arrowroot is grown primarily in the Caribbean Islands, the Philippines, and South America. As… Read more

lunch meat

December 8, 2014

Which vitamin can help reduce the toxicity of nitrates?

By: Leanne Ely   I cringe when I hear of schools serving hotdogs for lunch. And those packaged “lunches” you see in the grocery store containing processed cheese, crackers and luncheon meats? Well, don’t even get me started on those. Most of us know that eating a lot of cured meats and hotdogs is not… Read more

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December 5, 2014

8 surprising uses for cranberries

By: Leanne Ely   Not only are they gorgeous, but cranberries are full of nutrition: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, iron, magnesium and folate. They also contain antioxidants and phenols that can protect you against all kinds of things, including urinary tract infections. Since it’s cranberry season, you should stock up on as many of… Read more

coconut oil

December 2, 2014

What natural eye make up remover tastes great in stir fries?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: COCONUT OIL I’m always touting the benefits of coconut oil (I’m never caught without a big tub… Read more

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November 14, 2014

Where are 90% of a walnut’s antioxidants found?

By: Leanne Ely Walnuts are like nature’s perfect little packaged food. Chock full of healthy fats, antioxidants, protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins, walnuts reign supreme in the kingdom of nuts. Just a quarter cup of walnuts a day is plenty for you to reap their health benefits. And just what sorts of health benefits are… Read more

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November 11, 2014

What prickly plant can boost your magnesium levels?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s artichoke season, so today we’re going to focus on this spiky green veggie. After reading this post, you’re going to have a great tip, a trick and a brand new recipe focusing on this edible flower that grows mainly in California and in the Mediterranean. Though artichokes are sharp and… Read more

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November 7, 2014

By: Leanne Ely   Apples aren’t the only fruits ripening on the trees right now. It’s a great time of year for pears! If the best of pear season has ended where you live, there should still be plenty of fresh pears around, so poke around the farmers’ market next time you’re there. Or even… Read more

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October 31, 2014

Timeless benefits of summer savory

By: Leanne Ely   Savory is a fragrant aromatic herb with two seasons, bringing us winter savory and summer savory. Winter savory is very pungent, making it less popular for cooking than its lighter, more fancy-free cousin, summer savory. Both summer and winter savory have been used medicinally and in cuisine for a couple thousand… Read more

Pumpkin

October 24, 2014

What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?

By: Leanne Ely   Pumpkins are all over the place right now. Readily available across most of North America, pumpkins have become a symbol of autumn and have a starring role in desserts, soups and loaves this time of year. But these gorgeous orange orbs are much more than just a pretty face. Pumpkins, like… Read more