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Lifestyle as Medicine

07

Nov'16

Turmeric Milk: If You Like Chai, Try This

Photography and content by guest author Jacqui Gabel, CARE Nutrition Intern Turmeric Milk If You Like Chai, Try This   You’ve probably heard of turmeric and all of its amazing therapeutic properties, most notably to help manage inflammation. But have you found a way to incorporate this spice into your diet more regularly? Maybe you’re still unsure if you like the taste. By itself, turmeric is astringent, woody, and bitter, and it will stain your favorite wooden spoon an unappetizing shade of dark yellow. When combined with other warming spices, though, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, turmeric blooms and …

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10

Aug'16

How to Blanch Vegetables: A great solution for gardens at their peak and bulk buying produce

How to Blanch Vegetables A great solution for gardens at their peak and bulk buying produce.   Guest Post by CARE Nutrition Intern, Jacqui Gabel Photography: Jacqui Gabel   Problem: Gardens fully producing, overbuying, or just overflowing with vegetables! Tell me if this sounds familiar: I want to eat more vegetables daily, but I tend to buy more than I (or my family) can eat before they spoil, or I come home hungry and forgo adding enough veggies to dinner because I haven’t prepped them in advance. Or, maybe this sounds more familiar right now?  It’s August and my garden, …

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05

Jul'16

Differences Between Flax, Chia, and Hemp Seeds

CARE Member Question: “I have a question about chia, hemp, and flax seeds. What are the unique differences between these and what are the benefits ( pros and cons ) of each?”   Answer: The main difference between flax, chia, and hemp seeds are the ratio of minerals, fatty acids, fiber, and phytonutrients that they contain. The top nutrients that seeds (like flax, hemp, chia and even less glamorized like sunflower and sesame) bring to the party are: minerals, fatty acids, fiber, and phytonutrients (especially polyphenols and lignans). The less glamorized sunflower seed is also a rich source of dietary vitamin …

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20

Jun'16

Product Review: Black Bean Spaghetti – Pasta Becomes a Protein

Product Review: Black Bean Spaghetti Pasta Becomes a Protein!   How Does Pasta Become a Protein? Make it from beans instead of grains. Explore Asian (R) bean-based pastas (black bean spaghetti, edamame spaghetti, and mung bean fettuccine) solve three common nutrition problems: Provides pasta lovers an alternative to carbohydrate-dense, blood sugar raising grain-based pastas Provides another wonderful plant-based protein source Provides an iron source for plant-based diets     Grain-Based Pasta Compared to Bean-Based Pasta (ranges shown between varieties; serving size based on 15 grams of carbohydrate or 1C in CARE) Grain-Based Pasta (whole wheat, rice, quinoa, spelt) Bean-Based Pasta …

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13

Jun'16

Food as Medicine: Coconut Berry Puree

Recipe: Coconut Berry Puree A Delicious Way to Use Food as Medicine   Every ingredient in a Perfectly Produce recipe has a purpose. That purpose is to be a tool that your cells use for all the projects they are responsible for like screening for cancer, repairing DNA, regulating hormones, and moderating inflammation.  These are big purposes.  Everything we eat either has the ability to heal cells and provide tools or to overwhelm and harm cells. It’s your choice – you do have control. Choosing whole, real foods in proper portions – that is using food as medicine.  It is …

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25

May'16

How I Get in the Kitchen When I Don’t Want to be in the Kitchen

How I Get in the Kitchen When I Don’t Want to be in the Kitchen My Trick – Set the Microwave Timer for Just 20 Minutes   Spending time in the kitchen can be a lot like trying to be more active. It’s really hard to get started some days but once I do it’s really hard to stop. Last Sunday was one of those days. It had been a long week of work topped with a birthday on Saturday which left my house completely neglected.  So Sunday was my day to clean.  It was my long over-due ‘house day’ …

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10

May'16

The Benefits of Flaxseed, Dose, and Usage

The Benefits of Flaxseed Hormone Regulation, Digestive Health, Strengthen Immunity, Regulate Detoxification and Inflammation   What Flaxseeds Contain and What Conditions They Affect Flaxseeds are the #1 dietary source of a compound called lignans and a rich source of polyphenols Lignans act as 1) phytoestrogens which help regulate estrogen levels in our bodies (important for hormone-related cancers such as breast and prostate), and are 2) beneficial fiber-like compounds which are important for digestive health (promotes motility and regularity) and immunity (the healthy bacteria in our colons use fibers for fuel – and these healthy bacteria are a part of our …

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02

May'16

Kudzu Root: Why It’s Worth the Search

Kudzu Root Why It’s Worth the Search   Kudzu root is a food thickener (alternative to cornstarch) and source of therapeutic isoflavones. Kudzu root comes in small blocks that dissolve easily in a water. Dissolved kudzu root (2 tablespoons kudzu to 1 tablespoon water) can be added to any dish as a thickening agent.  CARE members, Step 3: Leafy &  Tender Veggies Meal Plan introduces kudzu in the “Fastest Stir-Fry” recipe to create the veggie glaze. I also use kudzu to thicken the sauce in my Sautéed Leek Green recipe. Dissolved kudzu can also be diluted with miso broth or …

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14

Apr'16

Recipe: Sautéed Leek Greens; Too Much Nutrition for the Compost Bin

Cooking Leek Greens   I, admittedly, only recently found out how absolutely surprisingly delicious the dark green tops of leeks are; and how easy to cook!  Leek greens seemed fibrous to me and so I defaulted to using them for stock (or compost).  I knew, just from color alone, that I was discarding beneficial nutrients (and money!).  I made leek soup this past weekend and saved the green tops for testing.  I was amazed that something so simple and tasty had eluded me for this long.  Sorry compost bins – these greens are for us now! Leek greens are much …

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