month : 06/2012 14 results

Salad is the New Juice: Fresh Summer Veggies

The popularity of juicing is on the rise, whether as a detox and cleansing tool or a way to promote weight loss.   We like it too.  But, call us old-fashioned, we still like the heft that solid food offers.This easy summer salad brings the fresh veggie, nutrient-packed benefits of juicing  along with the full satisfaction of chewing.Raw pumpkin seeds are super-satisfying and good sources of protein, as well as iron, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, copper, and potassium.   As with ...

Watch: Bill Maher (and Guests) on GMO Labels

It's taken years but we may be finally waking up to the cover-up on genetically modified (GMO) food labeling.  Bill Maher makes us laugh in a sorry-to-say-its-true kind of way.Now is the time to wake up, speak up and make sure everyone knows we are being force fed a pack of lies.  Unless you eat only items with the "organic" label, it's reasonable to guess that your food has GMOs.We won't tell you what to do.  Feel free to eat... as long as you remember that you're a good little ...

Bad Eggs: Even Cynics Find Meat Tactic a New Low

The Washington Post's The  Influence Industry column writes about a new lobbying group charged with stopping provisions in the 2012 farm bill to make the egg biz a teeny bit more tolerable (for the birds not the eggs companies).This follows last year's agreement between the the Humane Society and the United Egg Producers, reached after years of enmity, on measures that would (in our humble opinion) only incrementally (at best) improve the lives of the poor hens.  [Apparently, they'll ...

Watch: Ticks Cause Meat Allergy

A teeny tick accomplishes what all the PR from PETA and company couldn't:  make folks stop eating meat for health reasons.  Over 1000 cases of tick-borne meat allergy in Virgina and spreading.

Fancy Food 2012: Some Cool New Products and Lots of Snacks

This year's Fancy Food Show, again in DC, was in many ways more of the same, with lots and lots of sweets (chocolate, cookies, candies), an abundance of olives and cheese and a few really cool new products.While we tried hard not to think about the obesity epidemic that is spreading throughout parts of the globe, it was hard to forget our compulsions.  Still, there was hope.Our all-time show favorite was Rau Om's misozuke tofu, which almost seems like it's best described as "tofu ...

Getting to Know 100 Trillion of Our Closest Friends

As we've mentioned before, our microbial friends have a cozy relationship with us.  As today's New York Times put it, if you're in good health, you can thank your hundred trillion bacteria (plus viruses and fungi).Thanks to the multi-pronged effort of the Human Microbiome Project which is seeking to characterize the microbial communities found at several different sites on the human body, including nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract, we ...

Watch: Why Go Vegan? Ellen DeGeneres Has An Opinion

We often wonder just what it is that wakes people up and causes them to shift what they eat in a radical manner.  In this clip, Ellen explains herself and gives us more food for thought:Check out her blog too: Going Vegan With Ellen, which is worthwhile even for non-vegans!

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers for a Crowd (Serves 30-35)

These patties are perfect for a party:  remarkably tasty, healthy and inexpensive. They can be served like traditional burgers or with a variety of sauces, bun or no bun (tomato, pesto, salsa, mayo-based, etc.).The patties take about an hour or so to make from start to finish, assuming all goes well, including cooking the pre-soaked beans (6 minutes at high pressure) and quinoa (5 minutes at high pressure) in the pressure cooker.   We make large batches for ourselves and freeze them ...

James (Jim) Duke: Ethnobotanist and All Around Smart Guy

We love the ethnobotanist James A. Duke, who is responsible for the unequaled Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database at the USDA, the Green Pharmacy and dozens of other publications that describe in accurate scientific detail the amazing properties of the plant world.In a recent article, published in the DC area Pathways Magazine, Duke tackles Cuba and reminds us of some important facts, including how the natural compounds in a fresh mint mojito cocktail can help ward off the ...

Paying Karmic Debts for Making us Fat and Sick

Today's Washington Post has a great piece reminding us just what ordinary folks are up against in trying to make sound decisions about eating.  An ex-Coke man decided he has a "large karmic debt" to repay for his role in exacerbating the obesity problem in the U.S. (and throughout the world really).The former Coke exec, Todd Putnam, stressed that "the resources, the scale, the intelligence, the strategy these companies use is intense," which is not a surprise really.  In fact, ...