healthy food

6 Reasons You Should Plant an Herb Garden

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | May 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: food, foodie, fun recipes, healthy food, herb, herbs, house plants, local food, natural food, organic foods, plants, recipe, recipes, superfood, sustainable food, vegetarian recipes

When I got married, my sister gave me an herb garden planted in a giant galvanized metal tub. At that time in my life, the only plants I’d ever kept alive were a couple scrawny succulents on my dorm room windowsill, and while I already loved to cook, I had no idea what to do with nine varieties of fresh herbs. Needless to say, I was intimidated. The plants died a slow, neglected death, which I rationalized as okay because all the herbs I ever needed were available at the grocery store.
Sixteen years later, I’ve come full circle on the idea of growing my own herbs (although that tub is usually used for keeping beer cold at parties). Now I grow herbs in pots, and here are some good reasons why you should, too.
  1. Cooking with fresh herbs is fun; it feels very “chef-y” to do things like chiffonade.

Do You Spiralize?

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | April 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: easy recipes, food, foodie, fun recipes, healthy food, local food, low calorie recipes, organic foods, recipe, recipes, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian, vegetarian recipe, vegetarianism, veggies

If not, you totally should. Even if you’re not gluten-free, it’s still okay to eat more vegetables. And this is one wicked awesome way to do that.

Try Something New

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | February 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: easy recipes, fish, food, health, healthy food, healthy foods, healthy habits, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, how to eat healthier, local food, natural food, recipe, recipes, salad, womens health

Whether it’s trying a new food or attempting a new recipe, the rewards far outweigh the risks.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve urged my kids to try a new food—a food they claimed to “know its disgusting”—only to hear them say, “Wow mom, I didn’t know delicata squash (or kale, pomegranate, clams) was so not gross! Can I have some more?” Sure, sometimes (as with the pureed broccoli-and parsley salad I foisted on them last night), they confirm it to be disgusting. But they don’t gag, vomit, or die.

5 Foods to Boost Brainpower and Overall Health

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | February 10th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: blueberries, brain, brain health, cinnamon, coffee, coffee beans, health, health benefits, healthy food, healthy-eating, mental-health, rosemary, walnut

Today nearly 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number will more than triple. While studies show that taking up certain hobbies such as bridge, learning a foreign language or doing crossword puzzles, may help decrease your risk for dementia or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, many of us may not have the time to take a Spanish class or schedule a regular bridge game. But, you can stave off memory loss and decrease your risk for develop Alzheimer’s without taking a class – all you have to do is add a few things to your grocery list.

The Advantage of Being a Food Snob

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | December 28th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: easy recipes, food, food ethics, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, holiday, holiday dinner, holiday season, holiday stress, holiday weight gain, holidays, organic foods, recipe, recipes, slow-food

This time of year, people tend to go in one of two directions, eating-wise: Either they double down on their dedication to a healthy diet and forego every sugar cookie, candied pecan, and cheese plate they encounter—or they say some version of “screw it” and dive head first into the buttered mashed potatoes (or cookie platter).

It’s OK to Splurge

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | December 22nd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: christmas, food, good nutrition, health, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy-eating, holiday, holiday dinner, holiday season, holiday weight, holiday weight gain, holidays, nutrition, nutrition. health, perfect holiday

It’s holiday time. Gifts. Food. Family. More food. Spirits. Studies have shown that, on average, people gain about a pound over the holidays, and overweight people tend to gain more. So while a pound doesn’t sound too bad, the fact is that that pound usually stays put and, over the years, those single pounds add up to five, eight and, eventually, ten-pound weight gains. That translates into a whole new wardrobe.

Celebrate Vegetarians

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | October 20th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: fall, food, Food for Thought, healthy food, meetup, natural food, organic food, superfood, superfoods, vegan, veganism, vegetables, vegetarian, vegetarian awareness month, vegetarianism, veggies

When Andrine Nichols decided to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle nearly 20 years ago, she admits that it was quite a challenge at first.

“Whenever I went out to eat, I’d have to order a pasta entrée or salad and tell them to hold the meat, and it really bothered me to have to pay for meat that I wasn’t even eating,” says Nichols, who lives in Maryland. “These days, it’s a lot easier; most restaurants, even steakhouses, have at least a few vegetarian dishes on the menu.”

Rethinking Campfire Food: 15 Healthy, Easy Ideas + 2 Recipes

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | June 23rd, 2014 | 33 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: campfire food, camping meals, camping recipes, healthy food, healthy recipes, healthy snacks, healthy-eating, how to avoid junk food, oatmeal, trail mix, trout

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For me, the best part of camping isn’t the rugged hiking trails, swimming in a pristine lake or sleeping under the stars — it’s the food! It’s easy to get caught up in a junk-food rut when packing for a camping trip — potato chips, over-processed hot dogs and preservative-laden packaged foods. But planning campfire meals that are better for you is easier than you might think.

A recent campfire cookout with my family inspired me to make our next camping menu healthier — but still delicious! Try these ideas and easy-to-prepare camping recipes on your next outing.

Sofrito Rubbed Grilled Tofu with a Green Chili Sweet Potato Ragu

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 4th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: chili, Cinco de Mayo, dish, gaiam cafe, healthy food, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, Mexican, ragu, recipe, sofrito, sweet potato, tofu

A mouthwatering Mexican dish from the Gaiam Café. Healthy and vegan, too!

Help Keep the Bees Abuzz

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | March 15th, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bee gardens, colony collapse disorder, healthy food, honeybees, pollination, research

Honeybee on a flower

Colony Collapse Disorder: What’s the buzz?

For at least a decade, honeybee colonies throughout the world have been hit with a mysterious condition, dubbed by scientists as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). In infected hives, the adult worker bees leave the hive and never return. They abandon their queen and some larvae, as well as honey and pollen reserves. Furthermore, bees from other colonies, which would usually “rob” a weak colony immediately, leave the hive untouched for weeks. These bees simply disappear, a phenomenon that California’s extension apiculturist and trained insect pathologist Dr. Erin Mussen describes as “unheard of.”