Digestion

10 Healthy Reasons to Eat Apples Everyday

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Blood Sugar Balance, Digestion, Healthy Changes, Just. Eat. Real. Food., Recipes | 0 comments

10 Healthy Reasons to Eat Apples Everyday

The old Welsh proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is grounded in current research. Nutritionally, apples are low in calories, providing only 50 calories per 100 grams. An average apple is about 90 calories, rich in dietary fiber (~ 4 grams of soluble fiber per apple), and contains fair amounts of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, two powerful antioxidants. Apples are a good source of B-Complex vitamins and contain minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium and boron. For your health, here’s 10 reasons why you should be reaching for an apple every day: 1)  Blood Sugar...

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Grammy’s Roasted Maple Acorn Squash

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Blood Sugar Balance, Breakfast, Digestion, Entrees, Essential Fats, Just. Eat. Real. Food., Recipes, Vegetables & Sides | 0 comments

Grammy’s Roasted Maple Acorn Squash

Ahhh, Fall is coming . . . . Crisp mornings, warm days, and cool nights. Leaves turning brilliant colors, the rain coming back to Oregon’s landscape, and WINTER SQUASH reappearing at the market! One of my favorite childhood dinners Mom used to cook was acorn squash baked with spicy sausage, butter and maple syrup. We gobbled them up! And, as I recently found out, this is a recipe passed down from my maternal grandmother. Talk about nourishing traditions! Acorn Squash Nutritional Facts  With its bright yellow-orange flesh, acorn squash is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory...

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Give Us This Day…But I’ll Skip the Bread

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Blood Sugar Balance, Digestion, Hormonal Balance | 0 comments

Give Us This Day…But I’ll Skip the Bread

My student’s used to ask, “If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what two foods would you bring?” My standard answer used to be bread and cheese. But several years ago I started toying with the idea of giving up bread in my diet . . . Crazy idea, huh? Bread is everywhere in our American diet! It’s in some form at e-v-e-r-y meal and given freely at restaurants to tide us over while waiting for the plates to come. A handful of crackers, a piece of toast or half a bagel is an easy snack to grab between meals. In fact, toast slathered in peanut butter or...

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Coconut Water

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Digestion, Hydration | 0 comments

Coconut Water

Coconut water is being marketed as nature’s perfect sports drink. What exactly is it? It is the clear liquid found in the center of a young coconut before it matures. Once mature, the water has solidified to become the coconut’s tasty white flesh. Grown in tropical regions all over the world, coconut water can be drunk directly from the freshly harvested green fruit. Across the US, pasteurized coconut water is becoming more readily available in cans, bottles and tetra packs. Some health food markets also carry green coconuts in the produce department for a “fresh” source of this...

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Beet Kvass

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Beverages, Digestion, Ferments & Preserves | 0 comments

Beet Kvass

When I first heard about a drink made out of soaked beets, I just couldn’t wrap my taste buds around the whole concept. When offered a glass, I puckered up like I was about to sip poison, but I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted earthy, a bit salty, a hint of sour, yet a titch of sweetness and a light effervescence that I wasn’t  expecting. I liked it! The history behind kvass is that the Ukrainians and Russians have been drinking it for over a thousand years – czars and peasants alike. An electrolyte drink, this lacto-fermented beverage could be called the traditional,...

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Beets with Garlic and Fennel

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Condiments & Sauces, Digestion, Ferments & Preserves | 0 comments

Beets with Garlic and Fennel

I planted my beets in February this year and I received a bumper crop! Unfortunately, they began to bolt last week so I knew it was time to harvest them. What to do with a sink full of beets? Ferment them! Fermentation? Like beer? Well, yes, but . . .  You know that yogurt you enjoy? Not only does it taste good, but it has probiotics, good bacteria, which benefit your digestion. That’s fermented milk. Do you realize that every civilization throughout time has had their history of fermented foods and beverages? They had to utilize fermentation for lack of refrigeration. Today, most of...

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Bloom Into Your Best Self

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Detox, Digestion | 0 comments

Bloom Into Your Best Self

Spring flowers are popping bright colors into the landscape everywhere. Reawakened branches are unfurling their tiny buds into intensely green leaves. The long winter is finally over and spring is here! With the warmer temperatures and frequent bursts of sunshine, my body wants to bloom as well!! But there is this underlying feeling of stagnation that I’m experiencing. I think it’s time for a good spring cleaning! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), both the liver and the season of spring are Wood Elements, which symbolize our bodies’ need to be flexible, yet strong, like...

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How To Begin Your Day

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Detox, Digestion, Hydration | 0 comments

How To Begin Your Day

Every morning I squeeze a quarter to one half of an organic lemon in a 16 ounce glass of filtered water (room temperature, warm or hot) and sip it down. While sleeping, our body is on a fast as it repairs and detoxifies. Upon waking, it is in a mild state of dehydration. By drinking lemon water upon rising, you are re-hydrating and re-energizing your body systems allowing you to shift into an enhanced state of health. Read on for the benefits of this morning ritual. The Benefits of Lemon Water Detoxification: Lemon juice is a great cleanser and purifier of the blood, liver and kidneys acting...

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