What are some good superfoods I can add to my Thanksgiving table?
Everyone looks forward to the big feast on Thanksgiving, where traditional favorite dishes are often not just requested, but expected. It’s a lovely practice to make your family and friends smile thanks to the presence of a particular casserole, or perhaps your “famous” mashed potatoes. (more…)
Can I feed superfoods to my pets?
Once you realize all of the amazing ways that superfoods benefit your own health, it’s only natural to want to share these benefits with your four-legged companions! Sure, it’s easy to just open up a pre-packaged bag of pet food, but that’s not to say that your pet’s “chow du jour” can’t be enhanced a little further! (more…)
Pink frosted cupcakes. Bright green smoothies. Bubbly blue cocktails. Who doesn’t love the lure of vividly colored foods?
Using colors to enhance the visual appeal of our foods is nothing new, but that’s not to say all of our modern applications have been exactly what you’d call a smooth process. Though natural, plant-based dyes have been used for millenniums around the world, it’s synthetic hues that have dominated our modern food industry as an inexpensive (more…)
Can something be high in fat and still healthy?
Be it a freshly delivered pizza or a pint of your favorite (and naughtiest) ice cream, no one is going to argue that high fat foods taste, well, kinda amazing. But how does all that fat effect our body?
Our historical relationship with fat is a little confusing. Once upon a time, high-fat foods were cherished as concentrated stores of energy that could sustain us long-term, (more…)
How do I use cacao beans in recipes?
Cacao is easily one of the most popular superfoods around … and why not? It’s chocolate! Super natural, super nutrient-dense chocolate, that is. Real cacao comes in many forms, such as powder, nibs, and butter … but ALL chocolate and cacao products start with the beans. (more…)
What are some good superfood sources of protein?
No doubt, protein is the one of the biggest topics of conversation when it comes to nutrition. Protein is vital to health and development, contributing to most (if not all) functions in the body, and composing a part of every cell. Out of the 20 amino acids that create a protein, 9 of these are not manufactured by the human body, meaning we must get these so-called “essential” amino acids (more…)
Why is “Non-GMO” important?
As you’ve likely noticed, the conversation surrounding GMO’s continues to increase in volume, and with good reason: GMO’s are one of the single biggest, most important “food issues” in modern times.
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, which can apply to any living being, flora or fauna. In some ways, humans have (more…)
What are some good “brain foods?”
Likely, you’ve heard the claim that eating foods that look like the same parts of the body they’re good for is an easy route to better heath. In the subject of mental health, that food honor goes directly to walnuts, which look amusingly similar to a human brain. Walnuts are indeed a healthy choice, but supporting the brain extends far beyond simply popping a handful of nuts … or a pill: (more…)
Do I have to soak nuts and seeds before eating them?
Many nutritionally-minded cooks recommend soaking nuts and seeds in water -- anywhere from a couple hours, on up to overnight -- as a way to boost nutrient gains. But the soaking nuts phenomenon is a little more nuanced than claiming it as an “always” or “never” type of practice. (more…)
Q: Is it possible to make a workout booster like a gel or energy chew from natural foods and superfoods?
Most of us who are impassioned with sports and fitness either use energy boosters like gels regularly, or at the very least have tried them. At their best, commercial gels are primarily composed of one or two different types of sugar, since the body digests different sugars at various rates, and using multiple sugars like glucose and fructose can provide both short- (more…)
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