It’s that time of year when all things pumpkin are popping up everywhere and my Pumpkin Walnut Brownies are a great choice to usher in the baking season. Moist, delicious and rich in healthful antioxidants these delicious brownies are a heathy tribute to American’s favorite treat!
It is thought that brownies were probably introduced at the beginning of the twentieth century in New England. Brownie recipes traditionally call for lots of fat… often a half cup of butter, four ounces of baking chocolate and four large eggs, all of which contain high levels of saturated fat and of course eggs and butter are also high in cholesterol.
Stir-frying involves quick cooking over high heat in a small amount of oil. Quick cooking in this manner preserves the flavor, color and texture of the food and the vegetables come out slightly crisp with all of their vitamins intact.
When stir-frying you may use a traditional Chinese wok or a heavy gauge 14 inch stir fry pan that has sloping sides of a typical wok. A pan like this is similar in that the heat concentrates at the bottom of the pan and the curved sides allow you to push the ingredients to the side. A stir-fry pan will also feature a long handle for easy maneuvering.
Tasty, healthful, antioxidant rich and vegan… These Strawberry Banana Pancakes are a great way to start the day!
Pancakes have been with us for a very long time. There is evidence of pancake cookery from the Stone Age. Analysis of grinding tools from about 30,000 years ago suggests that pancakes were among the first foods that humans learned to cook.
The ancient Greeks and Romans ate pancakes that were sweetened with honey and in the Elizabethan era, pancakes were a popular breakfast food flavored with spices, rosewater, sherry and apples.
The average American diet, heavy in animal products, requires the production of an extra ton and a half of greenhouse gases compared to a plant based diet.1 A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruit and legumes is environmentally responsible and can help maintain a healthy weight.
In recent years, however many diet books have blamed plant foods, which are high in carbohydrates for the obesity crisis. While the theory persists, health care professionals have advised against low-carbohydrate diets for years.
A study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that consuming a low-carbohydrate diet (less than 47 percent of calories from carbohydrates) is associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight or obese.2 The July 2009 study found that the lowest risk may be in consuming a diet with 47 to 64 percent of calories from carbohydrates. This was not the first study with these findings.
Who doesn’t love a gorgeous glazed bundt cake? The sheer volume of most bundt cakes make the choice all the more worthwhile. This luscious cake is filed with apple chunks and cranberries, topped with a sweet lemon glaze and calls for Fuji apples. Fuji is a variety that is large, firm and crisp, which makes them perfect for baking.
Poppy Seeds add More than Crunch and Color to Baked Goods
Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and dark green leafy vegetables lead the pack. Each of the top five so-called powerhouse fruits and vegetables are greens. If we blend them up in a smoothie, soup or sauce we’re taking food with the most nutrition and breaking cells and dumping that nutrition into the bloodstream.
Chewing is good, but blending is better in terms of digestive efficiency and nutrient absorption.
But, if we take in all that nutrition and it doesn’t all make it down to our colon, might we be starving our microbial selves? Why are intact grains, beans and nuts better than bread, hummus and nut butters?
Khorasan wheat, sometimes called Oriental wheat is an ancient grain and the term Khorasan refers to a region in the northeast of modern-day Iran, ancient Mesopotamia. This actual grain is twice the size of today’s wheat and is known for its rich, nutty flavor
Kamut® has been a registered trademark by Kamut International since 1990, after Bob Quinn, a fourth generation Montana farmer with a PhD in biochemistry spent 10 years cultivating a specific variety of Khorasan wheat. In ancient Egypt, ‘Kamut’ meant ‘wheat, grain and wheaten bread.’ The reason word Kamut could be registered as a trademark was because it belongs to a dead language. Continue reading “Kamut Khorason Wheat, Highly Nutritious and Easier to Digest”
Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.
They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?
Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”
There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out. Continue reading “Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death”
Brown rice is a whole, natural grain with a mild nutty flavor and chewy texture that is rich in fiber and also provides important levels of some key essential minerals.
An excellent source of manganese, brown rice is also a good source of selenium and magnesium. One cup of brown rice contains 88 percent of the Daily Value of manganese, a trace mineral that supports strong bones, thyroid function, a healthy nervous system and normal blood sugar levels.
Selenium is protective against free radical damage and also plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormone. Magnesium helps build and strengthen bones and also relaxes the nerves and muscles.
The plant based lifestyle and its approach to health, wellness and disease prevention is the focus of Marie Oser’s Blog. Marie has been a food and health features writer and newspaper columnist for major metros and national publications and has been promoting the vegan lifestyle since 1990. This blog space is where she and guest bloggers share information, the latest research and creative natural solutions to issues affecting our health and wellbeing. Oh! And of course delicious vegan recipes that are rich in antioxidants, low in fat, high in fiber and entirely dairy and cholesterol free!