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”

The Truth about Carbs and Weight Gain!

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.

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Summer Salad~ Pasta, Baby Spinach and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet; they provide energy and are necessary for proper organ function. There are two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex.

Simple carbohydrates are created when commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in whole grains that result in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc.

Simple carbohydrates are absorbed and digested very quickly and spike blood sugar causing a rush of energy followed soon after by a crash. This is an unhealthy outcome.

On the other hand, complex carbohydrates release energy slowly and are found in vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains, such as oatmeal and pasta. Unlike simple carbs, these foods are also high in vitamins and minerals.   

Pasta has been criticized in recent years as a leading culprit in the rise of obesity. The fact is that pasta is a healthy carbohydrate and a central component of the Mediterranean diet, widely recommended as an effective regimen for maintaining a healthy weight.

Unlike wheat used to make bread, pasta is made from durum, a hybrid of wild grasses and an entirely different species. Like Kamut, durum is much older than modern wheat and has not been as domesticated. Continue reading “Summer Salad~ Pasta, Baby Spinach and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing”

Glazed Poppy Seed Bundt ~ No Eggs, No Dairy No kidding!

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

Poppy seeds are a lovely addition to cakes and quickbreads, but they don’t just add color and crunch!  Even the small amount sprinkled on a roll contains some niacin and folate and just one teaspoon of poppy seeds supplies measurable amounts of iron, calcium and zinc. Continue reading “Glazed Poppy Seed Bundt ~ No Eggs, No Dairy No kidding!”

Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn Ushers in the Holiday Season

October: falling leaves, cool crisp air and pumpkins.

Winter squash are some of the oldest known vegetables in America. Among these hearty winter vegetables, pumpkins have become symbolic of the season and go hand-in-hand with Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins are a delicious fruit to include in the diet and have a characteristic orange rind with orange flesh that is incredibly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Very nutritious, pumpkin is low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin and carotenes. Continue reading “Antioxidant-Rich Pumpkins, Superfood Symbol of Autumn Ushers in the Holiday Season”

Soymilk Protein Markedly Superior to Cow Milk Protein

Protein is essential for the growth and maintenance of tissues, organs and muscles and the protein in soy is complete protein with all nine essential amino acids.

Soymilk contains complete protein and both soymilk and cow milk contain the about the same amount of protein and each provides all nine essential amino acids, but that is where the similarity ends

While cow milk provides a similar amount of protein, it also contains twice the fat and calories, not to mention 5 grams of unhealthy saturated fat. Continue reading “Soymilk Protein Markedly Superior to Cow Milk Protein”

Buttery Macadamia Nut Oil… Healthier than Olive Oil?

Baby Spinach Salad with Light and Lovely Cilantro Macadamia Dressing

Healthy oils have a number of benefits associated with them, including heart and circulatory system support, skin health and mental function

Olive oil is heart heathy, due to its high concentration of monounsaturated fats that help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. However, olive oil is not the only heart healthy culinary oil with extraordinary health benefits. Continue reading “Buttery Macadamia Nut Oil… Healthier than Olive Oil?”

Green BBQ Tips and 10 Delicious Cruelty-Free and Planet Friendly Recipes

All over America, grills are being readied as backyard chefs are gearing up for another weekend cookout. The summer barbecue season is upon us and  preparing healthful and delicious meals has never been easier!

Choosing a meatless menu can be one of the most important choices you can make for yourself, your family and for the planet. 

Check out our green grilling tips and choose from these delicious dishes made with wholesome and heart-healthy foods that please the palate and satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Continue reading “Green BBQ Tips and 10 Delicious Cruelty-Free and Planet Friendly Recipes”

Number of Vegans in the U.S. Increased 600 Percent!

According to “Top Trends in Prepared Foods 2017,” a report compiled by the research firm Global Data, one of the largest data and insights solution providers in the world, the number of vegans in America has increased 600 percent!

Consumers who identify as vegan has jumped from just one percent in 2014 to six percent of the population in three short years.

The report noted a gradual shift occurring in response to health trends and that consumers perceive an ethical and sustainable lifestyle to be an important part of their wellbeing and wellness. Continue reading “Number of Vegans in the U.S. Increased 600 Percent!”

Plant versus Animal Iron… and the winner is…

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they’re no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because not only do those eating meat-free diets tend to get more fiber, magnesium, and vitamins like A, C, and E, but they also get more iron.

The iron found predominantly in plants is non-heme iron, which isn’t absorbed as well as the heme iron found in blood and muscle, but this may be a good thing. As seen in my video, The Safety of Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron, avoidance of heme iron may be one of the key elements of plant-based protection against metabolic syndrome, and may also be beneficial in lowering the risk from other chronic diseases such as heart disease. Continue reading “Plant versus Animal Iron… and the winner is…”