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4 Ways to Get Enough Vitamin L

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 18th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: breathing, Cognitive neuroscience, cooking, emotional health, food, love, meditate, meditating, positivity, self-love, vitamin l, vitamins, Yoga, your yourself

I can remember the days when my multivitamins tasted like candy. It was an absolute pleasure to take those little Flintstone chewables every day in the hope of “growing strong bones,” as my dad used to put it. As I’ve gotten older, taking my daily vitamins is a sweet ritual that I have carried with me. I line them up and remember their purpose as I ingest each one. But this month, my focus has shifted. I’m not as concerned with my calcium supplementation or the millions of strands in my probiotic. I’m now interested in is a much more important vitamin, Vitamin L—Love.

Perfect Pumpkin Recipes

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | October 31st, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: antioxidants, cooking, diet, Halloween dishes, Halloween Pumpkins, jack-o-lantern, Low Calorie, Low-Cal, Mashed Pumpkin, nutrition, pumpkin, Pumpkin Chips, pumpkin hummus, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin puree, Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Seeds, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin yogurt, pumpking yogurt, recipe, roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sara Ryba, the firm

by The FIRM nutrition expert Sara Ryba, R.D., C.D.N.

In past years, I felt bad throwing out our Halloween pumpkins, especially if they were still in good form. So last year I decided to use them for delicious post-Halloween dishes. Pumpkin has an impressive amount of vitamin A and other valuable antioxidants. Plus, it’s low in calories and sugar. Check out the nutrition info below, then enjoy these three pumpkin-themed recipes!

4 Ways to Have a More Peaceful Evening

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | November 27th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Relationships | tags: back, bed, bedtime, body, breath, breathe, car, channel surfing, children, cleaning, cooking, couch, decompress, evening, family, floor, happy, intention, Internet, kids, meditate, meditation, mind, night, parenting, peaceful, pillow, relax, relaxing, rest, sleep, spine, stress, stressful, transitions, TV

Peaceful Evening

In theory, evening is a glorious time of day — a time to eat and spend time with loved ones and then unwind before bed. In reality, though, it’s often a stress fest – feed the kids, put the kids to bed, answer some emails, fall into bed. Or simply lost time – eat whatever, channel surf, cruise the Internet, then look up and wonder how it got to be 11:30 already.

Luckily, it doesn’t take much to transform your evening hours into the respite they ought to be. Here are four of my favorite tips for a peaceful evening. I’d love to hear yours!

Servin’ It Up Family Style

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | March 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: balanced diet, buffet, children, choices, cooking, decision-making, diet, different, dinner, family, family-style dining, father, food, food waste, healthy-eating, kids, kitchen table, manners, meals, mealtime, mother, motherhood, parenting, parents, pasta, patience, portions, recipe, salad, self-esteem, serving, sharing, sugar, supper, try, vegetables, water, water pitcher

Family-Style Dinner

I think it’s safe to say that one of the things we modern-day moms do a bit more than our moms did is baby our kids, especially when it comes to what they eat. Some of this is good, of course. Regulating intake of sugar and processed foods is probably not something best left up to people whose idea of a balanced meal is beef jerky and fruit snacks. But at some point, kids need to learn to make their own good choices, right? When and how we do that is each family’s decision, but for me the food thing was getting ridiculous.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | January 18th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging | tags: cooking, dairy-free, dinner, gaiam cafe, gluten-free, healthy, Indian food, kitchen, recipe, roasted cauliflower with creamy peanut sauce, side dish, spice, vegan, vegetarian

Roasted Cauliflower with Peanut Sauce

We love this healthy, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly spin on Indian food from the Gaiam Cafe: heavy on the veggies and spices, light on the oil and devoid of any animal products. Serve it as a side dish with chickpea masala and creamed spinach for a hearty, Indian-inspired meal.

Serves 4 to 6

Pan-Roasted Broccoli with a Yogurt Fennel Sauce

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 2nd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: broccoli, cooking, easy, fennel, gaiam cafe, Greek yogurt sauce, healthy, kitchen, meal, Mediterranean, pizza, quick, recipe, side dish, spicy, vegetable, vegetarian

Pan-Roasted Broccoli with Yogurt Fennel Sauce

For a  quick-and-easy side dish with a kick, sauté up this healthy Mediterranean broccoli recipe from the Gaiam Café kitchen. For a slightly different take, try adding the broccoli as a topping to pizza before cooking, then drizzle with the yogurt sauce before serving.

Serves 4 to 6

Broccoli ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces

Healthy By Convenience

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: cooking, food, natural food

The other day I was frantically grocery shopping at 6pm, trying to find something nourishing and wholesome I could make for dinner that very night. My idea was stir-fried vegetables over brown rice, but I knew brown rice would take way too long to cook.

Healthy, Hearty Cooking Methods for Fall

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | February 15th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: cooking, fall, healthy, hearty, methods

Just like I’m eager to pull out cashmere sweaters the minute I feel a cool breeze, I’m just as excited to pull out my Dutch oven, my slow cooker and all my recipes for warm, nourishing fall comfort foods. After a summer of grilling, and eating fresh, cool salads, heavier dishes like chili, roasted chicken and braised root vegetables will really hit the spot as the temperature drops.

Must-See Links: The Obamas Hire Green Chef, Climate Change and Your Health

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | January 30th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Conscious Living News, Relationships | tags: cooking, Fitness, food, kids, nutrition, obama, Personal Growth, product reviews, renewable-energy, Yoga

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better.

Green Living

Obamas Hire Green Chef

Fresh Links: The Green Scoop on Obama’s Cabinet, The FIRM Joins Facebook

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | January 23rd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News | tags: cooking, energy, food, government, life, obama, recipes, space, the firm

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better.

Green Living

The Green Scoop on Obama’s Cabinet and Administration Picks