Spice of Life

Caught in a food rut? Jazz up your cooking with these 6 healing spices.

5 Nutritious Herbs To Cook With This Spring

Whether it be from your garden, planter box or farmers market, fresh herbs are a wonderful addition to any diet this time of year! Outside of their beautiful green color, fresh herbs contain abundant amounts of nutrients and healing properties, increasing the nutritional value of your meal along with the flavor.

Here are 5 herbs you may want to try this spring!

Easy and Smart Food Storage Tips to Reduce Waste

Fresh foods like leafy greens, fruits and veggies are an essential part of a healthy diet, and because they are free of nasty preservatives and artificial ingredients, they often have shorter shelf life than packaged goods.

From the Be Well Kitchen:
Herbed White Bean Dip Recipe

A friend of mine is an amazing cook and he whipped this up quickly for a snack one day. Once I tried it I knew I needed to get the recipe immediately! This dip is super easy to make and one of my favorite things to bring to parties or bbq’s for a healthy appetizer. It’s also great to have on hand in the fridge for a healthy snack. You can serve it with sliced veggies such as carrots, celery and peppers and/or gluten-free crackers, my favorite being Mary’s Gone Crackers.

This recipe is Cleanse-friendly, too!

The Essential Plan for Spring Allergy Season

April showers bring May flowers– along with the dreaded itchy, watery eyes, and nasal congestion for many. Allergies, or sensitivities to pollen, spores, mold, and dust (also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis) can be quite severe make daily living quite uncomfortable.

Symptoms of hay fever are sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes and nose, and headache. Hay fever is often seasonal (when pollen is in the air), but if constantly exposed to an offending substance (mold, pet dander), symptoms can last year-round.

From the Be Well Kitchen – Tomato Shallot Dressing

The truth is, my husband is the boss of salad dressings in our home. I pick & prep the salad ingredients, and mix everything together, but somehow every time he seems to make something, magic happens with the dressing. Then he shrugs it off as though it’s nothing.

Luckily over the past decade I’ve managed to pick up a few of his tricks, and have never had to buy a bottle of processed dressing. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Interview with Dr Sara Gottfried, Author of the
Newly Released The Hormone Cure

Q. You’re not the usual OB/GYN, yet you were educated at MIT, Harvard Medical School, and are a board-certified gynecologist. What made you go rogue?

A. It’s in my genes to go rogue – my great-grandmother was a radical whole foodist and yogini, decades before there was a yoga studio on every street corner. She would show up at our home in Annapolis, Maryland, not with gum or Barbies like my friend’s grandmothers, but with kale and carob/wheatberry cookies. She drank hot water with lemon and extolled the virtues of fish oil to me at the breakfast table, when I was… 5. But it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I understood her legacy.

Adaptogens:
Nature’s Miracle Anti-stress and Fatigue Fighters

Stress and fatigue. Judging from the proliferation of coffee and cupcake shops popping up these days, clearly caffeine and sugar are what a lot of folks are using to try to fight back. The problem is, they don’t actually work. Sugar and caffeine do offer a quick lift, but the crash is never far behind – so it’s back to Starbucks to start the cycle again, turning your day into a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. Fortunately, there are healthier ways to get through the day – and one of my favorites is with “adaptogens,” the special herbs that help your body adapt to stress and resist fatigue. Here’s my adaptogens-at-a-glance guide:

Super Spices: Pour ‘Em On

One of the first steps to eating more healthfully is a fairly simple one: stop eating out and commit to preparing all of your own meals. By forgoing restaurant food for several weeks or months, you’ll gain control over the ingredients, quality and size of your meals, and ingest quite a bit less salt and… Read more »

A Simple RX For Good Nutrition, Good Health, and a Good Life

Jared Koch is the author of Clean Plates NYC. Eating and living healthier don’t have to be complicated or confusing, and they certainly don’t have to result in a boring, tasteless sacrifice. The following tips will provide you with a simple way of thinking about nutrition that will make it easy and even – more… Read more »