The Lowdown on Lima Beans

Since I shared my tasty Lima Bean Taco recipe, I thought I would give you some info about the lowly Lima Bean.  It was named for the capital of Peru, where lima beans have been cultivated for over 7,000 years!  They are sometimes referred to as “butter beans”, but the…

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Alkalinize for Body Balance!

Your amazing body is continually striving for perfect balance!  It will do everything it can to maintain balance….and regain it if things get “out of whack”.  Overall, your body needs to be alkaline…with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5.  Unfortunately, many foods in our diets are acid-forming.  Stress, toxins, and…

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Ch- ch- ch- Chia!

Chia Seeds…..who would have thought there was mega-nutrition in the seeds that sprouted those silly, hairy plants advertised on TV!  Actually, chia seeds have been around for thousands of years.  They were a revered food of the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures.  Chia seeds are packed with plant nutrients with antioxidant properties.  They…

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Become a Protein Warrior!

My diet consists primarily of whole foods…foods as close to their natural state as possible.  So my protein comes from high-quality meat, fish, and poultry; nuts and seeds; nut butters; cheese and yogurt; and plant-based sources (like quinoa).  I don’t often drink my food, but when I do….I have a…

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An Apple A Day

Colonists in the early 1600s planted the first apple trees in America.  Then John Chapman (later known as Johnny Appleseed) came along in the 1800s to plant untold numbers of apple trees over an area of 100,00 square miles!  This common and lowly fruit is a nutrient powerhouse.  Literally having…

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Zucchini Zest

My garden is literally crawling with zucchini squash!  I’ve been using it in my famous zucchini brownies, in zucchini hummus (see this month’s recipe), salsa, stir-fry, and just-plain raw for munching.  Zucchini is easy to grow and highly nutritious!  The skin is thin and edible…if you like.  The seeds are soft…

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The Goodness in Greens

Let’s take a trip down memory lane….back to high school or college biology class.  You’re learning about photosynthesis.  You find out that light from the sun (in the form of electromagnetic energy) is captured by the chlorophyll in green plants.  Mostly red and blue wavelengths are captured.  So why isn’t kale red? …

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