Is it yogurt? Is it milk? No, it’s kefir!

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Healthy Foods Is it yogurt? Is it milk? No, it’s kefir! By: Leanne Ely Shepherds in the Caucasus Mountains discovered that when they carried fresh milk in leather pouches, it would sometimes transform into an effervescent liquid. According to Islamic legend, “kefir grains” were a gift from Mohammed to those Orthodox Christians living in the […]

Squeeze in some selenium

Food For Thought Squeeze in some selenium By: Leanne Ely Minerals are broken down into two different categories: macro minerals and micro minerals (also known as trace minerals). While macro minerals are required in large quantities to keep your cells healthy, micro minerals are needed in very small amounts—usually less than 100 milligrams per day. […]

The importance of magnesium is greater than we thought

Food For Thought The importance of magnesium is greater than we thought By: Leanne Ely Every week I share articles with you that tout the health benefits of all kinds of foods. When I came across an article recently about how the majority of Americans are deficient in a mineral that is more important to […]

Is there BPA on your dinner plate?

Food For Thought Is there BPA on your dinner plate? By: Leanne Ely BPA. We all know it’s bad for us, but urine samples from studies show that roughly 90% of us have this chemical flowing through our systems. We take it in when we eat foods from containers made from BPA. That’s not acceptable, […]

Gingerly approaching the topic of…ginger!

Healthy Foods Gingerly approaching the topic of…ginger! By: Leanne Ely Okay, so there’s no need to cautiously approach ginger as a topic. It’s not like arsenic in rice or eggs causing strokes, but it does make for a cute title, dontcha think? According to folklore, ginger comes straight from the Garden of Eden. I’m not […]

Special Edition: Dr. Wahls on Healthcare

Dinner Diva Special Edition: Dr. Wahls on Healthcare By: Leanne Ely Why are Americans paying more each year for healthcare? I think the explanation can be found in the cornfields of Iowa. When farmers buy seed corn, all the kernels in the bag of seed corn will have essentially the same DNA, the same genetic […]

Here's a light "bulb" idea-Eat more garlic!

Healthy foods Here’s a light “bulb” idea-Eat more garlic! By: Leanne Ely Garlic is a member of the Allium or lily family. You may know some of its relatives: leeks and onions. The same sulfur compounds that are responsible for giving garlic its pungent odor are also to thank for its health-promoting benefits. So, we […]

Eat your veggies! No, I mean it.

Dinner Diva Eat your veggies! No, I mean it. By: Leanne Ely Hands up if you eat the 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies as recommended by the USDA or the 7-10 daily servings recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. I’m not seeing many hands! But the truth is, folks, there’s a reason why the […]

The skinny on fats and oils

Food For Thought The skinny on fats and oils By: Leanne Ely Olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, walnut oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, rice bran oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil . . . there are so many different types of oils staring back at you from the […]

Something to chew on

Dinner Diva Something to chew on By: Leanne Ely You take much care to choose healthy foods that will do your body good and you carefully prepare those foods into delicious meals. Why negate any of that effort by mindlessly stuffing food into your mouth? One thing many of us are guilty of forgetting is […]