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Family Meals: Make Them More Frequent by Making Them Fun

Cooking and eating offer abundant opportunities to bring rituals of comfort and pleasure into daily life, simply because we all need to eat every day. Yet often, they’re missed opportunities, as frozen entrées, makeshift meals, and take-out menus call to our craving for convenience. No wonder so many Western cultures have become overfed and undernourished. Serving fresh food that’s been prepared with love (or at least a good attitude) and seasoned with camaraderie is a simple formula for nourishing both body and soul on a daily basis. Meals aren’t only about the food on the table. The setting, atmosphere, stories,… Read more »

A Shopping List for Healthy Eating

Healthy eating starts with careful planning and organization. Since fresh produce has a very limited shelf life, regular grocery shopping is a must. Creating a menu for the week and writing out a shopping list will save you time and money; while helping you stick to healthy recipes. Local health food stores and farmer markets are very money-wise solutions. Plus, frequent visits will allow you to expand your culinary horizons as well as mingle with other health-concerned people. Healthy eating means using fresh ingredients and gentle cooking methods without adding any artificial ingredients and fats. Healthy eating requires a lot… Read more »

Eat Chocolate And Get Healthy

Chocolate has been getting a bad rap. Although it’s often combined with other ingredients that result in calorie-laden and not particularly heart-healthy treats, the actual cocoa bean from which chocolate is derived has some significant health benefits. Based on research from the 2004 Cocoa Symposium, sponsored by the University of California and the National Institutes of Health, chocolate was found to offer many disease-fighting properties in its pure form. Chocolate contains flavonoids, antioxidants shared by green tea and garlic, and thought to protect both heart and blood vessels. In addition, chocolate is also a good source of folic acid, copper,… Read more »

Choosing Organic for Health

We come from a society where growing organic and just growing produce and livestock for food was once one and the same. Small, family farms still grow their own food using traditional methods passed down through the generations. As commercial farming became big-business, however, growers and farmers started to investigate methods of increasing crops and building bigger livestock in order to increase their profits. This led to increased use of pesticides and drugs to enhance yield. In this article, we will look at what is required in order to call a product organic, how choosing organic eating and farming impact… Read more »