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Recipe: Cinnamon Amaranth Porridge

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | April 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: amaranth, Atecs, banana, beans, cashews, cinnamon, coconut sugar, digestions, fermenting grains, gluten-free, grain consumption, honey, Incas, maize, maple syrup, millet, nature, nourishing traditions, nuts, oats, phytic acics, pseudocereal, pseudograin, quinoa, refined flour, rice, sally fallon, sea salt, seeds, soaking grains, sprouting grains, wheat, whole grains

Cinnamon Amaranth Porridge

Did you know that nearly 75 percent of the average American’s grain consumption is wheat? And that the vast majority of this is consumed as refined flour? In fact, we only consume, on average, a pitiful 10 percent of grains in the form of whole grains. Ten percent! And of this minute portion, wheat, rice and oats take top billing.

Luckily, this recipe helps us discover one of Mother Nature’s most delightful, yet most overlooked varieties of whole grain on Earth: amaranth. Amaranth was cultivated by the Incas and Aztecs and was considered one of their staple foods along with maize and beans. Like quinoa and millet, amaranth is considered a pseudograin/pseudocereal, as these foods derive from broad-leaf plants instead of grasses (e.g. corn, wheat). However, their seeds are used in much the same way.

So why choose amaranth over a more-familiar grain? Because this underdog of a plant boasts some fantastic qualities: It’s easy to cook, gluten-free, and relatively inexpensive.

Green Monsters: 3 Nutrition Powerhouse Drinks

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | September 26th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: almond milk, apples, avocado, B-vitamins, berries, blender, blending, blueberries, calcium, cauliflower, celery, diet, digestion, drink recipes, fiber, flax seed, fruits, green drinks, green juices, green monsters, green smoothies, hair, healthy-eating, honey, juice, juicing, kale, leafy greens, lean mucles, mango, nails, nutirion, omega 3, omega-3 fatty acids, papaya, parsley, peas, pepper, protein, protein powder, skin, smoothie recipes, spinach, the firm, vegetables, vegetarian, veggies, vitamin B, wheat germ, yogurt

Green SmoothieA while back, a few members of The FIRM Believers Web Club started chatting about how they make “green monsters” in their blenders using spinach, kale, avocado and other green gems. These monsters were essentially the healthiest drinks that I’ve heard of!

The idea was somewhat novel to me. Because I really enjoy eating whole vegetables, I’ve never really considered juicing. And because I am not a fan of juicers that extract the fiber out of the fruits and vegetables, I never really considered making my own juices. But these FIRM Believers changed my mind, and my blender is now getting a workout!

Should Human and Veterinary Medicine Be Combined Into One Field of Study?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | March 18th, 2011 | 5 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: air pollution, air quality, airports, animals, bedbugs, biomonitors, birds, blood samples, canary in the coal mine, carbon emissions, carbon monoxide, contaminants, doctors, dogs, environment, German honey bees, health care, heavy metals, honey, human health, infestation, Massachusetts, medical schools, methane, miners, monkeys, One Health Initiative, pharmaceuticals, Salem, science, species, toxic gases, toxins, veterinarians, veterniary medicine, West Nile virus, zoonotic diseases

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The fictional Ace Ventura may be tops when it comes to pet detectives, but the real animal gumshoes may be of the nonhuman sort — at least when it comes to environmental issues. More and more, we are recognizing the incredible powers of observation and deduction our fellow creatures possess, and we are using them to help us uncover the “bad guys” in our air, homes and workplaces.