Veggies and the WHO

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | November 12th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: clean eating, clean eating recipes, food, Food for Thought, foodie, healthy foods, healthy recipes, homemade recipes, local food, natural food, recipes, seasonal food, vegetable, vegetarian, veggies

Learning to love—no, crave—the only non-controversial food group.

I was cooking up some turkey bacon for my kids’ breakfast when my husband read me the headline about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to designate processed meat as a “Group 1 carcinogen” (that’s the same category as cigarettes). Up until that moment, I’d been pretty proud of the recent addition of bacon to our morning repertoire and was pleased to cut out carbs and replace them with “healthy” protein. Now I was throwing my hands up in frustration. Was I poisoning my children?

Harness The Power Of A Summer Superfruit

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | August 5th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: cherries, food, fruit, fruits, green festival, homemade recipes, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, miracle fruit, natural food, recipes, summer, summer cooking, summer foods in-season, summer fruit, summer fruits and vegetables, super fruits, superfood, Wisconsin

Quick—which one fruit most reminds you of summer?

Did you say watermelon? If you didn’t say watermelon, I suspect the beautiful photo gave it away. Anyway, if you did say watermelon, you’re not alone; I conducted an informal poll at a recent get-together, and every single person I asked (all 8 of them) said watermelon too.

Recipe: Quinoa Coconut Cereal + The Power of WAMP!

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | May 20th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: ancel keys, coconut, Empowering Days, gaiam, health, low carb, organic, Pooja Mottl, processed foods, quinoa, QUINOA COCONUT CEREAL, recipe, recipes, The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, vegan, vegetables, wamp, Whole Foods

quinoa coconut cereal recipe

Healthy eating begins with two simple principles:

Processed Foods = Bad

Whole and Minimally Processed (WAMP) Foods = Good

The idea that eating whole foods is good and processed foods is bad may seem self-evident, but it’s not as obvious as you might think. In fact, pinpointing WAMP foods isn’t simple. Processed foods can be sneaky and disguise themselves as healthy foods without our noticing.

For example, we all know that chips, fries, and doughnuts are processed junk-type foods — that’s obvious. But what about bagels, cereal, and yogurt? Maybe not—it all depends on the ingredients that make them what they are. Most bagels are full of refined, processed wheat, and mainstream cereals are stuffed with processed sugar — they’re certainly not WAMP foods. The fact is there isn’t a standard, regulated definition of the words “whole” or “minimally processed.” You’ll need to learn what makes a food WAMP and what doesn’t because labels on packages won’t tell you.

Luckily, there are a few key attributes that flag a food as WAMP.

Recipes: Homemade Baby Food Purees

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | June 19th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: babies, baby food, baby food purees, carrots, children, cilantro, flavors, fresh herbs, fruits, healthy-eating, homecooked baby foods, homemade baby food purees, leeks, mother nature, natural foods, organic, palates, parenting, purees, recipes, red bell pepper, roasted red pepper, thyme, vegetables

Carrot Leek & Thyme Baby Food Puree

Just as our grown-up taste buds are programmed to enjoy glorious, nourishing foods from Mother Nature, so are our babies’! Babies have a hardwired fondness for sweet tastes from the moment they enter the world. Their first sweet stop? Mother’s milk. From there, usually sometime after six months, babies begin to eat “solids,” which gives us parents an opportunity to guide their taste buds in a way that will allow them to explore and experiment with a broad range of flavors. The goal? By showing them what true, natural flavor really is, babies have a chance to fall in love – on their own – with foods that love them back!

Organic Food Delivery: Fresher, Faster … Better?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | October 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: csa, delivery, eat local, eat organic, eating, farm, farmers markets, fresh, healthy, home, kale, local, local food, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, lose-weight, organic, Organics to You, produce, produce delivery, recipes, weight-loss

Fall Produce DeliveryI’ve lost a pound in four days, and we’ve eaten healthy, organic meals the past three nights.

New diet? Nope. I just signed us up for organic produce home delivery.

I received my first delivery this week, and it’s already delivering much more than I had hoped for: a reason to try new recipes, eating fruits and vegetables I’ve never ventured to buy in the grocery store (hello, kale!), and losing weight in the process.

Also, I swear, the carrots just taste better.

Quinoa Tabouli Salad Recipe

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 11th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: food, gaiam cafe, healthy-eating, Mediterranean diet, nutrition, protein, quinoa tabouli salad, recipes, Spring, tabbouleh, vegan. whole grain, vegetarian

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

Now that it’s springtime, we’re craving light, zesty meals to counteract all the comfort food we ate this winter. That’s why we love this vegetarian- and vegan-friendly Mediterranean dish from the Gaiam Cafe. It’s healthy, refreshing and easy to make, and the leftovers make for a great no-cook lunch side. Serve it with hummus and flatbread and some juicy olives.

Spring Links: Vegan Recipes for Lent, Piloxing & an Airport Serenade

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 11th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: boxing, circadian rhythm, compassion, Cyndi Lauper, family, Fitness, food, healing, healthy-eating, Lent, memories, mind-body fitness, oatmeal, pilates, Piloxing, recipes, Relationships, reminiscences, SAD, saving money, singing, sleep, Tap Project, UNICEF, vegan, water

From time to time, we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live fit, live healthy, live green and live happy. Here are our latest finds, just in time for Spring! From wild new workout hybrids to sweet-smelling charities, we’re sure you’ll find something to pique your interest.

Gourmet Is a Good Thing

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | January 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: breakfast, childhood obesity, children, clean your plate, diet, dinner, environmental, food, force-feeding, fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, fun, gourmet, health, healthy-eating, hunger, hungry, in-season, ingredients, junk food, kids, local farms, lunch, meals, mother, organic, parenting, picky eater, processed, recipes, soup, sugar, sustainable, weight, whole grain

Boy eating dinner at a restaurantI know it might sound obnoxious at first and that I sound a little like Martha Stewart with that headline, but I like the idea of raising gourmet kids. By “gourmet,” I don’t mean kids who demand white tablecloths and truffle oil. What I mean is simply someone with an appreciation of good food. Here’s how Webster’s defines it:

Create Your Own “Family Food Code”

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | September 23rd, 2010 | 7 Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: buy local, chemicals, childhood obesity, children, diet, family meals, food code, Food Rules, kids lunch, michael pollan, Nina Planck, recipes, sustainable food, The Matrix, The Omnivore's Dilemma

Little girl sitting at the dinner table

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about how the more I learned about industrial agriculture and food processing, the more I felt like Neo in the movie The Matrix. Once Neo is exposed to the reality of his world (that humans are actually raised purely to create energy for machines, and a virtual reality has been created to placate the people in their “pods” so they never become aware of their predicament), he can’t go back to his previous existence — even though he probably really wants to.

Mediterranean Cous-Cous Salad

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 19th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: cous cous, gaiam cafe, healthy, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, Mediterranean, recipes, salad, vegetarian

Enjoy this simple yet savory Mediterranean cous-cous salad from the Gaiam Café kitchen. Perfect as a healthy, vegetarian side dish.

Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 lb Israeli cous-cous salad
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp tumeric
  • 1 Tbsp granulated/powdered onion
  • 1 qt vegetable stock
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red pepper, small dice