What’s All the Buzz About Cold-Brewed Coffee?

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  “Cold brew is the marriage of ground coffee and cold or room-temperature water left to steep for up to 24 hours, then strained and served over ice. The resulting extraction is all soft edges; a smooth, bright, floral cup of mellow without the bitterness of a hot brew.” —From “Celebrating the Summer of Cold-Brew Coffee and Our Favorite Commercial Versions, ” Bon Appetit magazine The popularity of cold-brew coffee is jumping by leaps and bounds lately. And for good reason: compared with traditional heat-brewed coffee, cold-brewed coffee is easy, tastes better, and is gentler on your body. Heat brewing releases oils and acids from the coffee beans that are hard on your body. But you don’t want to give it up. Coffee is not only rich and delicious, it also has health benefits. According to Mayoclinic.org, “Studies have shown that coffee may have health benefits, including protecting against Parkinson’s … Read More

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Top 5 reasons to buy from your local farmer

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In celebration of our beautiful Earth, let’s talk about the important people that use the Earth’s bounty to nourish us all, our local farmers! Now a days you can get the most bang for your buck by participating in CSA’s or Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA box is a share of crops provided by you local farmer. Here are some of the top reasons to join in your local CSA program. Support a local farmer who is part of the regional economy. Have access to fresh, local food that has been grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Support farms that are growing food sustainably. Get more in touch with seasonality of produce and to make a connection to food and the land. Have access to a variety of vegetables that they may not be able to find in the neighborhood stores. I love the variety of produce … Read More

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5 Ways Your Diet Can Heal the Planet

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Earth Day is an annual wake up call, a chance to become aware of your carbon footprint on the world. I can’t imagine that anyone wants the kind of responsibility that comes with using up more than your share of Earth’s resources. When you buy minutes on your cell phone or you purchase cellular data, you are allotted a certain amount before you override your usage. There is a penalty when you use up more than you paid for. But when it comes to our natural resources, there are no regulations — it is solely up to you to be conscious of your personal impact on the Earth and use your own measure of fairness to determine if you’re using up too many resources. But how can you rectify an over-usage? The answer is — by changing the way you eat. Even 1 day a week. If you are drinking an abundance of … Read More

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Raw Cauliflower Cheesy Popcorn Recipe

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Part of summertime fun is seeing lots of blockbuster movies, having friends over for a swim, and then relaxing in front of the television for a comedy or action-packed flick. Well, I don’t know about you, but when we were little my mother would pop fresh popcorn, place it in a huge bowl in the middle of the room, and we would lay on the floor and munch away with friends and family while we were enjoying our show. Little has changed in my house since I was a kid, and the summertime fun still looks much the same, but with a raw twist: now I make cauliflower “popcorn,” and we are all the better for it. Promise me that  you aren’t still making microwave popcorn … It’s not that I’m passing judgment; I mean, I used to buy the large cases of microwave popcorn from my discount warehouse store … Read More

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The Naked Challenge — Top 10 FAQs

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Dedicating yourself to a raw-food cleanse for 10 days is miraculously transforming. By doing my 10-day Naked Challenge detox, you can free yourself from sleep problems, digestion issues, chronic pain, depression, food addictions, and extra weight. For some people, a raw-food diet can be intimidating. And most of the time, the fear stems from the unknown. So let’s answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Naked Challenge and perhaps shed some light on how 10 days can be the beginning of the rest of your joyful and healthy life. 1. Is the Naked Challenge a juice fast? No. Juicing on the Challenge is highly recommended, but how much you juice is up to you. On the Challenge, you will enjoy juices, smoothies, wraps, soups, and salads. You can drink home-made juice as a snack or as a meal, depending on how much you want to challenge yourself. … Read More

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This is NEAT- Burn fat without exercise

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 Do you wanna hear something NEAT about fat burning? You don’t have to go to the gym, everyday, for hours at a time to burn fat, lean out the body and melt away the excess pounds. First of all, and this is important to know-  70-80% of your body issues come from FOOD.  Not your workout routine. And now, researchers have shown that for non-gym users, melting away fat is as easy changing up your sedentary routine. This is super NEAT. The term NEAT – an acronym for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis – was coined by Dr. James Levine, a Mayo Clinic obesity researcher. NEAT is the energy expended or calories burned for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating, or sports-like exercise. These activities range from gardening and housework to fidgeting, puttering and basically standing instead of sitting as much as possible. Don’t overthink it, we want to keep … Read More

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When is the best time to cleanse?

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In Chinese medicine, the liver and gallbladder are the organs and systems associated with spring. With more than 100 different functions, the liver has the ability to re-grow and regenerate itself up to 75%. The liver is similar to vegetation in that it regrows when it is cut, and it is associated with the color green and trees in Chinese medicine. Vitamin D is stored and synthesized in the liver. So the liver, like vegetation, shares a similar photosynthesis function. The liver is associated with the eyes — the eyes process light. The liver and the eyes are open and receptive in the spring months of the Lunar cycle. When our liver is clogged, even vitamin D supplements and sunshine cannot be absorbed. The light of the sun and vitamin D help us to thrive. The gallbladder is like the Earth, the soil that gathers stones. Stones make it impossible … Read More

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Why do I crave Cookies?

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  Specifically, Chocolate chip cookies.  Fresh baked, semi-sweet chocolate chip cookie with crispy edges and gooey insides.  Why am I wanting baked goods?  I don’t eat baked goods.  I’ve been thinking about sweet dough for weeks now.   And then my daughter comes home for dinner one night, and she asks me to make some of my famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for her and her boyfriend.  And, of course my youngest son loves them too.  So, what’s a mom to do?  I do what mom’s do, I start softening the sweet organic pasture butter, measuring the sprouted spelt flour, and sprouted oats, I pour in the Coconut Palm sugar, maple syrup, the organic pasture raised eggs, and mix it all together to oblige my children.    I make a double batch, because, well, quite frankly, I don’t know how to prepare anything in small quantities.  I grew up in a … Read More

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What is in Season for Spring?

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Well, the days are longer and warmer. We feel it in the air. What’s even more evident is what we can see on our table. Just looking at this list makes my mouth water. Remember, when you buy in season you get produce at it’s peak. They contain far more nutrients and have the best flavor. You simply can’t go wrong with that. Whats is in Season for Spring? Apricots Artichokes Asparagus Barbados Cherries Belgian Endive Bitter Melon Broccoli Butter Lettuce Cactus Chayote Squash Cherimoya Chives Collard Greens Corn Fava Beans Fennel Fiddlehead Ferns Green Beans Honeydew Jackfruit Limes Lychee Mango Manoa Lettuce Morel Mushrooms Mustard Greens Oranges Pea Pods Peas Pineapple Purple Asparagus Radicchio Ramps Red Leaf Lettuce Rhubarb Snow Peas Sorrel Spinach Spring Baby Lettuce Strawberries Swiss Chard Vidalia Onions Watercress White Asparagus

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Top 20 signs of sulfur deficiency

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It is sometimes overwhelming when we discover something that may be deficient in our diet, and then we go crazy trying to reboot the system with the magical missing mineral. Don’t fret — many foods have different minerals that cover a lot of bases.  As long as you are eating a diet with a huge variety of produce, grains, and such, you will be covered. But it’s important to check in once in a while to make sure you aren’t forgetting something. Dr. Gabriel Cousens MD, author of Spiritual Nutrition is very adamant about the body’s need for sulfur … “Sulfur connects the spirit and the body, mind to action, thoughts to action, and is the bridge between the worlds of the higher planes and the lower planes. Sulfur deficiency has been associated with depression, irritability, anger, rage, remorse, more emotional reliability, and more fear-based living and hypersensitivity. A normal mind is calmer and you are able … Read More

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