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April 17, 2015

Did you know gelatin is good for you?

By: Leanne Ely   You know those jellied salads your mother and grandmothers used to put on the potluck table? As it turns out, the gelatin that makes those molded salads stand up like they do is extremely healthy for us. Well, without all the sugar that Great Aunt Martha used to add in there… Read more

7 foods to lower inflammation in your body

April 3, 2015

My 7 Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Foods

By: Leanne Ely   While getting regular exercise and reducing the amount of stress in your life are key components to reducing the inflammation in your body, we can also add certain anti-inflammatory foods to our diet, (all the while cutting out sugar and processed food), to optimize our health. The following seven foods are… Read more

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March 10, 2015

What common herb works for smoothies and tea?

By: Leanne Ely   Fresh mint is a common sight in the summertime and today you’re going to get a tip, a trick and a recipe featuring this pretty little leaf! I have mint growing in my garden and let me tell you, when you plant mint, you have mint for life! Really. Mint can… Read more

Strawberry

February 6, 2015

Sweet eats: Strawberries

By: Leanne Ely   Strawberries are one of the most popular berries on the block. Equally delicious eaten right out of hand or tossed into a salad, strawberries are quite versatile fruits. These sweet, red heart-shaped fruits are not only scrumptious, they are also packed with nutrition (as most berries are). One cup of strawberries… Read more

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January 30, 2015

Hungry hungry for mahi mahi

By: Leanne Ely   Do you ever enjoy this ocean predator? Because I think that mahi mahi deserves a place in your kitchen on a regular basis. Also known as dolphinfish (but it’s not a dolphin, don’t worry!) this mild, sweet fish has a very firm flesh that makes cooking it an absolute breeze. Whether… Read more

Avocado

January 23, 2015

Who else “Hass” to have a daily dose of avocado?

By: Leanne Ely   If I could be married to a food, avocado might be the lucky guy. So delicious and healthy, this tree fruit (also known as the Alligator Pear) is not only an incredibly high quality source of fat, but it’s also very versatile. I enjoy avocado on its own with a simple… Read more

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

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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