I stopped into my local vitamin store the other day, and my purchases (whole flax seed, fish oil tablets and raw cacao nibs) prompted a comment from the cashier. “What do you do with all of that?” he asked. We fell into a conversation about diet and nutrition and so on. He mentioned that he’d been having a hard time losing 20 pounds, and when I asked him to describe his nutritional regimen, he said he eats a lot of frozen, pre-made meals. And he wasn’t talking about the better-quality, healthy-food-store-type of meals that do tend to be more on the nutritious side. No. This poor guy eats packaged stuff laden with sodium, hydrogenated oils and who knows what else.
It just might be the most unappreciated diet in the world. The DASH Diet is designed to reduce your blood pressure, minimize your risk of heart disease and help you lose weight, according to the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). U.S. News and World Report surveyed health experts about a variety of diets, and they awarded the DASH diet as the best overall in multiple areas. Should you try it? Read on to find out more.
A pile of tender-crisp, steamed green beans makes the perfect side dish for just about any main course. Give yours a citrusy twist with a splash of sweet, tangy orange and lemon juices, plus a zesty kick from freshly ground black pepper and natural sea salt. Quick tip: For freshest flavor, don’t wash green beans until you’re ready to steam them. They’ll keep well in your refrigerator for up to a week.
With summer coming to a close and fall just around the corner, the abundance of fruits and vegetables can be overwhelming. I start to panic a little when I think of saying goodbye to some of my favorite foods until next year! Of course, there’s always canning—but the idea of spending days in the kitchen putting up case after case of tomatoes always seemed a bit “out of my league.” Then I read something about small-batch canning.
Who doesn’t love a mid-week Mexican fiesta? Make yours vegan and gluten free with this creative quesadilla, stuffed with sautéed veggies, dairy-free “cheese” and brown rice (not whole wheat!) tortillas. Don’t worry about deep-frying dangers, either. This festive favorite is lightly browned in heart-friendly olive oil for the perfect crispy coating to all the veggielicious goodness inside.
Fresh is best, but when you’re strapped for cash or want to stock up, frozen fruits and vegetables are a helpful and healthy option. Unlike canned produce, which is processed and may contain added ingredients (i.e. sugar or artificial sweeteners, salt, MSG—yuck!), the stuff you find in the freezer section is picked, blanched and flash frozen—locking in both essential nutrients and ripe-from-the-vine flavor.
Content courtesy of Eva Rodriguez, Vitacost Category Manager
It’s been almost two months since I started my container garden. What began as a seemingly intimidating task has evolved into a relaxing activity that my husband and I now do together on Sunday afternoons. In the beginning I thought gardening was something “lunching ladies” did to pass the time—not an activity a working professional would be able to squeeze into her already-busy routine. However, like most things, if you really want to do it, you will find the time. I am pleasantly surprised at what I’ve been able to accomplish so far.
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