Food

Whole foods are wonderful, they are nourishing and vital for a healthy life. Learn about the history, growing practices and the nutritional value of delicious foods.

Avocado – Proven Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published June 24, 2019
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Updated September 13, 2019

What is an Avocado?  An avocado (Peruses americana) is a tropical and subtropical fruit native to Mexico and Central America (Araujo, R.G., et al., 2018). It belongs to the Lauraceae family making it related to the cinnamon tree, Bay laurel tree as well as camphor. It is classified as a berry, as it is comprised of […]

Honey

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published June 12, 2019
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Updated September 13, 2019

Honey is a sweet liquid made naturally by bees for their own nourishment. It is a natural alternative to sugar and apart from its delicious taste, has many health benefits.  Raw Honey Benefits Raw honey is easily absorbed by the digestive lining and is free from bacterial invasion. It has a low level of protein […]

Cordyceps

Cordyceps

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Food , Health , Herbs and Spices , Superfoods
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Published April 11, 2019
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Updated September 13, 2019
Cordyceps owes its discovery to Tibetan herders, who would observe their goats, sheep and yaks consuming the fruiting bodies of Cordyceps as they grazed in the mountains and over time becoming stronger. Since then it has become an elixir for boosting human potential. In 1993 the Chinese Women’s Olympic  Running Team broke three world records, and it was not […]

Quinoa

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published March 31, 2019
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Updated September 13, 2019

Quinoa is a complete food due to the presence of protein and amino acids, as well as essential fatty acids and carbohydrates (James, L.E.A., 2009). This ancient indigenous crop has grown in global popularity over the past few years as a superfood and amazing source of plant protein. Commonly mistaken for a grain, quinoa is, […]

Himalayan Salt

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published March 10, 2019
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Updated September 13, 2019

Salt – this precious mineral can be found almost anywhere on the planet,  though this was not known of until the 20th century. Before that, it was desperately searched for, highly prized and without it, humanity would not have grown as quickly into the race we are today.  Essential for human existence, without sodium, many […]

Cassava Flour

Cassava Flour – Alternative Gluten Free Flour

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Food , Sustainable Foods
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Published January 29, 2019
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Updated September 13, 2019
Cassava flour may just be the best gluten-free flour out there. Cassava a tuberous plant, native to South America, has been used for thousands of years as a staple food source and today is being researched as a food security crop due to its resilience to climate change, high yield and low cost of production (Maziya-Dixon, […]

8 Health Benefits of Bananas

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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Published January 5, 2019
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Updated September 13, 2019

The banana is one of the first plants domesticated by humans and today it is the second most-consumed fruit after tomatoes. Technically regarded as a berry, it is part of the Musa genus which contains about 70 species and subspecies, including over 1000 various bananas and plantains. A sweet treat develops its sugars as it […]

cheese board

Vegan Cheese Board

By Amanda Filipowicz, CNP, BES
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In Food , Sustainable Foods
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Published January 1, 2019
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Updated April 16, 2019
Vegan cheese has come a long way, not only is it delicious, but some varieties are also beneficial for gut health. When made with rejuvelac a fermented liquid made from sprouted grains, the vegan cheese becomes cultured with healthy bacteria that benefit gut health.  Vegan cheese is a great and tasty alternative from conventional soft […]
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