Kale, Hearty Greens Superfood! Recipe: Torn Kale and Jammin’ Vinaigrette

Torn Kale, Diced Pears, Cranberries and Slivered Almonds with Jammin’ Vinaigrette

Kale has a lively pungent flavor, somewhat like a cross between cabbage and spinach with delicious, peppery notes. This leafy green powerhouse delivers more nutritional value for fewer calories than just about any other food.

One of the best sources of vitamins A, C and K, kale is a very good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Just one cup of cooked kale contains more then 1000 percent of the daily value of vitamin K and more than 150 percent of the daily value for vitamin A and beta-carotene.

Most people are not aware of Vitamin K. Long known for its critical role in blood clotting, vitamin K is also important for forming and maintaining strong bones. 1.  Kale also contains the health-promoting phytonutrients, zeaxanthin and lutein, which promote eye health. 2. Continue reading “Kale, Hearty Greens Superfood! Recipe: Torn Kale and Jammin’ Vinaigrette”

Blending is not Juicing

Blenders are often confused with juicers and many people think that they probably serve the same function. Blenders make delightful smoothies, do a fine job of grinding spices and coffee beans and my personal blender can emulsify tasty salad dressings in a snap. Smoothies, especially green smoothies are a great addition to a healthy diet, however juicing offers a number of different advantages.

A blender is not the best choice for carrots nor will you be able to make a crisp glass of fresh apple juice with it. Blenders produce a smooth beverage with a lot of bulk that can be very filling.  A blender breaks down produce with rapidly rotating blades and the output contains everything that went in, including the fibrous skin, pith and flesh.  It is important to avoid blending to the point where the fibrous structure is broken down.  Continue reading “Blending is not Juicing”

VegTV’S ‘Best of Show’ Expo East

Natural Products Expos provide a marketplace for manufacturers, distributors and retail buyers of natural, organic and healthy products. Exhibitors from across America and around the world display all manner of food, beverage, supplement, beauty, household and pet products.

The sheer number of booths can often test the capacity of even the largest convention centers in the country, demonstrating the amazing growth of the global natural products industry.  Continue reading “VegTV’S ‘Best of Show’ Expo East”

Natural Products Expo West Best of Show 2016

Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, broke industry records again this year!  This annual springtime event grew by 6.9 percent in 2016 hosting more than 77,000 attendees.

Exhibitors from around the country and across the globe came to Anaheim, California to showcase the newest in natural and specialty foods, organic, health and beauty, natural living, supplements and pet products.

Five vast halls of the Anaheim Convention Center were teeming with over 3000 exhibits from more than 1,800 companies and included over 600 first-time exhibitors.

VegTV has been covering what Vogue Magazine aptly called “Fashion Week of Natural Foods” for 15 years and it never disappoints! This is the place to spot trends in food as well as other types of consumer packaged goods. Continue reading “Natural Products Expo West Best of Show 2016”

Nutritious You! Adds Bricks to Clicks

Going vegan is making huge strides these days and raw plant based foods are gaining popularity among fitness aficionados. Eating a large percentage of the diet raw is definitely becoming a ‘thing’ and savvy entrepreneurs have geared up to meet the demand.

Marina Sommers, founder of Nutritious You™ is a holistic health and wellness coach, but she wasn’t always a health food enthusiast. Continue reading “Nutritious You! Adds Bricks to Clicks”

Get Juiced! with Healing Juice Blends

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Does juicing increase vitality, encourage weight loss, strengthen immunity, aid digestion, improve health and actually promote healing?

Health conscious consumers are getting into juicing more and more these days. Proponents of juicing raw fruits and vegetables believe that consuming freshly made juice daily can help prevent serious illness, overcome fatigue and lower cholesterol. Enthusiasts are convinced that juicing raw produce releases highly concentrated nutrients that are absorbed quickly and result in a tremendous energy boost. Blending is Not Juicing

Medical and nutrition professionals encourage Americans to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. That’s a lot of produce. Many with a home juicer often discover that drinking freshly extracted juice is also an easy way to maintain their desired weight. And what’s up with those juice blends credited with special healing properties? Continue reading “Get Juiced! with Healing Juice Blends”