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Presidents Day: Healthy Ways To Make The Most Of It

Presidents Day: Healthy Ways To Make The Most Of It

Commented Feb 21, 2012 at 14:41:46 in Healthy Living

“At $83/hr, she worked over 223 hours to make that $18531 paycheck.

"A few hours"?”
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How To Make The Perfect Guacamole

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 14:28:06 in Taste

“I'm with you - my preference runs to minimalist guacamole (mayo? disgusting!). I use the florida avocados when appropriately ripe, mix them with a little fresh garlic and lemon juice. Anything more than that hides the flavor of the avocado.”
7 November Superfoods

7 November Superfoods

Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 08:59:59 in Healthy Living

“Sorry - maybe it's a little too early in the morning, but I'm feeling a little ill at the thought of a garlic-scented candle”
Kiwis May Naturally Lower Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Kiwis May Naturally Lower Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 13:22:36 in Healthy Living

“My suggestion for that would be:

2 cups water + 1/4 cup almonds blended together (or two cups almond milk)
1 kiwi (don't even bother removing the skin)
a bunch of beet greens
and, once the rest is fully blended, toss in a frozen (peeled) banana, and blend til it's nice and smooth - like a milkshake
Optionally, add some frozen berries as well.”
7 November Superfoods

7 November Superfoods

Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 11:36:36 in Healthy Living

“I make a frozen shake with bananas, fresh dates, and LOTS of spinach - despite it's color (a lovely emerald green) my kids LOVE it because of the date flavor. Try it!

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/banana-date-shake/264
7 November Superfoods

7 November Superfoods

Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 11:35:08 in Healthy Living

“One of the great things about kale - at least where I live - is that it's invariably organic. I like that.

Try it blended with frozen fruit in homemade Green Smoothies - delicious, convenient, and super-healthy!

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/green-smoothies-the-breakfast-of-champions/163

Jackandcoke on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:57:52

“Any cooking recipes? Steam or boil? With cabbage or Collards? Help!”
7 November Superfoods

7 November Superfoods

Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 11:33:24 in Healthy Living

“Actually, I think parsley may be a superfood. Next to no calories, highly anti-inflammatory, full of vitamins and minerals and protein and fiber...

I guess it depends on how you define 'superfood'”

Conuly on Nov 22, 2011 at 23:40:28

“And it's a common trigger for oral allergy syndrome. Makes my mouth itch!”

I-US on Nov 19, 2011 at 01:56:50

“And parsley imparts such a fresh and earthy flavor to dishes.”

sabelmouse on Nov 18, 2011 at 13:08:44

“and it enhances the taste of many dishes.”
7 November Superfoods

7 November Superfoods

Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 11:31:53 in Healthy Living

“Sauteed with garlic and olive oil sounds good (heck, pretty nearly ANYTHING sauteed with garlic and olive oil would be pretty good, right?), but MY favorite way to use kale - and I go through a LOT of kale - is tossed into a fruit smoothie. I've been drinking green smoothies for breakfast pretty much daily for years, and there may be no easier way to get your 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables (my smoothies have banana, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and a massive amount of kale, or spinach, or parsley, or chard, or dandelion greens, or ...)

Check out my standard recipe, including a complete nutritional breakdown, at

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/green-smoothies-the-breakfast-of-champions/261

They're quick and easy to prepare, and delicious!”

I-US on Nov 19, 2011 at 02:02:54

“Somebody needs to market an organic, non-toxic, sautéed-garlic candle. :-)”
What's The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams?

What's The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams?

Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 00:10:40 in Taste

“So THAT'S why I thought the white ones were sweet potatoes, and the orange ones were yams! Who knew?

I love them (the orange ones), whatever you want to call them. Back when I was going through morning sickness during my first pregnancy, I still remember craving baked yams (ok - orange sweet potatoes) with butter, salt and pepper. I could eat nothing else without feeling ill, but I ate loads of baked yams (sweet potatoes). Probably all that Vitamin A was good for me.”
Kiwis May Naturally Lower Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Kiwis May Naturally Lower Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 23:13:10 in Healthy Living

“Blend them with beet-greens - you won't notice the kiwi-taste anymore :-)”

I-US on Nov 18, 2011 at 13:58:05

“Thank you for the recipe!”

I-US on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:56:48

“Now that sounds like a powerful combination. I love kiwis and beet greens each on their own, but I'm definitely going to have try your suggestion.”
Kiwis May Naturally Lower Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Kiwis May Naturally Lower Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 23:08:30 in Healthy Living

“Hmmm... I love kiwis, and eat them pretty often (not three a day, though), and I have low blood pressure (91 / 58 or thereabouts), but I'm not convinced that the kiwis have anything to do with it. I'd be more likely to assume it was related to my consuming loads of leafy greens, and to the fact that I bike-commute to work year-round (-20C and a blizzard today - challenging, but fun!).

If you don't feel like braving the streets this winter, try green smoothies for breakfast instead :-) Yummy, convenient, and seriously healthy!

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/green-smoothies-the-breakfast-of-champions/259

dahlia97 on Nov 19, 2011 at 00:28:08

“Thanks for the link.
And I love kiwi fruit also, but my limit is 3 per week.”
5 Risky Diet Mistakes Vegetarians Make -- And How You Can Avoid Them

5 Risky Diet Mistakes Vegetarians Make -- And How You Can Avoid Them

Commented May 9, 2013 at 13:02:35 in Healthy Living

“Good article (except that I hate the implication that going vegetarian can be dangerous - if you're currently eating junk, and plan to continue eating junk (minus the dead-animal products), then sure it's not going to be especially healthy, but it's not a lot worse than what you were already doing).

Nice points re: sources of protein, iron, and calcium.

My recommendation for one seriously healthy vegetarian meal that you can have on a daily basis (I have, for years) is homemade green smoothies for breakfast. High in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals - AND wonderfully delicious. Even my kids like them :-)

Here's a recipe I've been enjoying:

naturallyradiant.info/site/green-smoothies-the-breakfast-of-champions/1/”
The Top 10 Ways to Discover Your Unique Gift

The Top 10 Ways to Discover Your Unique Gift

Commented Oct 5, 2012 at 09:34:08 in Healthy Living

“Cool! I just got back from a weekend workshop (Discover Your Genius - http://liveyourgenius.com/) that was all about discovering your unique gifts. Several of the suggestions here were practiced during the workshop, but a few of these would make valuable additions.”
Your Guide to a Healthy and Delicious Thanksgiving Meal

Your Guide to a Healthy and Delicious Thanksgiving Meal

Commented Oct 5, 2012 at 09:24:12 in Canada Living

“That looks like a great recipe - my whole family loves sweet potatoes, and how can you go wrong with fresh ginger and curry?

That said - we'd probably use this for a more everyday recipe. For Thanksgiving, because a few family members are vegetarian, we aim for a recipe that looks and feels special, and can take the place of a turkey. Last year, our roasted stuffed pumpkin (no ginger, but lots of curry spices, including cardamom, one of my favorites) was a real winner - check it out!

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/stuffed-pumpkin/
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Revamped Recipe: Dairy-Free Pumpkin Alfredo With Greens

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 14:16:54 in Home

“That looks FANTASTIC! I don't think I'll try to convince my kids that it's fettucine alfredo, and I may fry the garlic (LOTS of it) in the oil before adding the flour, but that said I may make this tonight - served with a fresh garden salad will make for a nutritious meal, and if I toss in a home-made chocolava cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert, I think everyone will be happy with the meal as a whole :-)”
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Holiday Eating: Smart Swaps

Commented Dec 20, 2011 at 23:29:33 in Black Voices

“That sounds fantastic! And a great way to take advantage of my under-utilized excalibur dehydrator!”
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Holiday Eating: Smart Swaps

Commented Dec 20, 2011 at 00:11:05 in Black Voices

“Since my sister and her husband and my daughter are all vegetarian, the healthy swap I was looking for was a vegetarian alternative to turkey + stuffing (did I mention my sister is also gluten-free?). With less than a week til Christmas, time was getting short.

What I came up with? Stuffed pumpkin (yes, I'll admit to having had a beautiful pumpkin sitting on my coffee-table since mid-October, when my daughter begged me to buy it so we could carve it for Halloween, which we didn't get around to).

Roast pumpkin stuffed with a curried rice/lentil/mushroom stuffing. Made it for supper tonight (wow!)

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/stuffed-pumpkin/263

rawfoodsphd on Dec 20, 2011 at 22:36:30

“Siobhan, I make a raw vegan "christmas croquette" that is soaked almonds and walnuts - then drain and rinse and process with a bit of vegetable broth, fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme) cumin, salt, celery and scallions. Shape into croquettes and either dehydrate or bake in slow oven on parchment paper-covered cookie sheet until outside is dry. Tastes amazingly like stuffing and serve with wild mushroom sauce and cranberry relish. www.rawfusionliving.com
4 Immune-Boosting Myths Busted

4 Immune-Boosting Myths Busted

Commented Nov 23, 2011 at 15:39:59 in Healthy Living

“Good question - I'm fairly certain the -25C last week would have killed any mango trees so unlucky as to find themselves in MY garden :-)”
4 Immune-Boosting Myths Busted

4 Immune-Boosting Myths Busted

Commented Nov 23, 2011 at 15:36:24 in Healthy Living

“"In a blind test using a soy-based drink with similar sensory characteristics as milk, subjects reported the same changes in mucus production as they did with cow's milk. "

Hilarious - they compared cow's milk with soy-milk, and found no substantial difference. But soy is generally accepted to be hugely mucus-forming. Why wouldn't they compare it with something that DOESN'T increase mucus-production?

Almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk...

I gave up dairy decades ago, and haven't missed it at all (I mean, except for being extremely appreciative about the lack of lower-abdominal pain that is now normal for me).

Get your vitamin D elsewhere (pills are very cheap, and the vitamin D in milk is supplemented anyway, so it's not like its any more 'natural').

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/vitamin-d/264
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4 Secrets to Plant-Based Eating: Active People Edition

Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 09:02:10 in Healthy Living

“Nonetheless, I contend that the 'secret to plant-based eating' should NOT be - make a point of consuming non-plant-based foods on a daily basis.”

Paul108 on Nov 22, 2011 at 02:05:47

“I guess that's the difference between a dietitian and an ideologue.”
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4 Secrets to Plant-Based Eating: Active People Edition

Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 23:23:10 in Healthy Living

“"Eat these foods daily ... Milk" ???

How on earth can she recommend MILK as one of the secrets to plant-based eating?!?

I gave up dairy long before I made the transition to plant-based eating - and my bone-density still tests as above-target. Get your calcium from nuts, seeds, and greens!

Easiest way I've found to get lots of calcium AND greens in my diet is to start drinking green smoothies for breakfast. Nuts, seeds, greens, and fruit make for a delicious, convenient, and super-nutritious meal that's high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals!

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/green-smoothies-the-breakfast-of-champions/261

Paul108 on Nov 18, 2011 at 20:56:35

“Plant-based does not mean only plants, just as meat-based does not mean only meat. It isn't necessary to eliminate dairy. Commercial treatment of cows is horrific, but that is not the only way to treat cows or get milk. However, the vegan militia condemning vegetarian milk drinkers as animal killers prevents such an alternative from growing, IMHO.

It can be really hard to give up milk. I did for a year around 1994, but I felt weak and always hungry. I've been vegetarian since the first week of 1993, no problem. I also have an elderly cow out back who gave milk for nearly a decade from having only one calf, along with several other happy but hungry animals I have to feed right now.”
Office Yoga: Happy Hips

Office Yoga: Happy Hips

Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 23:17:05 in Healthy Living

“Good reminder! Sitting in a chair can definitely lead to tight hips. As, in fact, can running. And cycling. And all of the many things that we do that involve our legs being in line with our bodies. I took up doing a yoga pose when sitting at my desk during the day, and it did amazing things for loosening up my hips!

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/agnistambhasana/260
How to Rev Up Your Mid-Life Metabolism

How to Rev Up Your Mid-Life Metabolism

Commented Nov 9, 2011 at 15:56:45 in Healthy Living

“swimming is very easy on the joints, and can be a great workout - if you're not a great swimmer, try legs-only with a flutter-board. Do 60 laps, and your legs will feel like spaghetti!

Consider hot yoga as well - just pay attention to what your body is telling you, and don't overdo things.”

backwaterbandit on Nov 9, 2011 at 20:49:19

“i would swim everyday, if possible. i live in a rather remote area, 9300 ft. swimming pool is 20 miles away, only open during summer. the hot yoga is another great idea, but again, my location restricts many activities. thanks for the suggestions.”

GOODDOC1 on Nov 9, 2011 at 16:25:55

“Even walking in water is good as a change of pace. It not only burns calories, but the buoyancy cushions impact on the joints. It's great for older, overweight, and disabled individuals.”
How to Rev Up Your Mid-Life Metabolism

How to Rev Up Your Mid-Life Metabolism

Commented Nov 9, 2011 at 15:53:29 in Healthy Living

“I'm with you, onionboy! My first thought when I read the headline was - strength-training. When I read the article, I was getting a little concerned that I was almost all the way through it and had only been told eat more and change up your cardio. Glad they DID mention it on point 3.

I don't have time for the gym, so I'm a big believer in home-based workouts. My favorite for the time-strapped 40-something (me!) is Tabata workouts. In 20 minutes I can get in a super-intense whole-body workout. If I only have 10 minutes, I still do the whole body, just half as much.

Check out a few Tabata workout options at:

http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/high-intensity-training/258

onionboy on Nov 9, 2011 at 16:09:38

“I'm 43. I've been doing weight training for the last 20+ years. Most of that was spent in a gym. Then I moved onto home equipment. Over the last couple of years, dropped the equipment as well. I started doing pushups just about whenever I could, a couple sets of sit ups and pull ups at night. I doubt I spend more than an hour altogether for a week, very likely less. Yet, I've never had more muscle bulk. The problem with lifting weights, and especially the machines, is that they isolate. A push up works muscles all along your body, even your abs. You can mix it up by going incline, decline, use chairs, etc. Whatever your body can handle, or just to shake things up. And the convenience is great. I tell my youngest to go brush his teeth and I'll be up to read him his story, and I can knock out a set of 20-30, and he never knew I was missing.”
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8 Winter Health Excuses, Busted

Commented Nov 9, 2011 at 15:46:15 in Healthy Living

“Yeah - I was wondering where exactly apples are in season in February. Not locally, certainly.”
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