Did you know that how your food is grown greatly impacts its nutrient content? Just because a food is labeled organic in the store does not mean it is your healthiest option. My perspective may seem biased since I run a health food co-op but the more I learned about our food systems the more shocked I was. This is what led me to start sourcing my food differently. We often spend a pretty penny on our organic food, but these organic foods don’t always give us more nutrients.
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After briefly stalling in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, the raw milk bill, SB 95, passed through Committee yesterday by a vote of 8-1! The next step is a vote before the full Senate. We won the first round–and now we need to keep it moving. Can you help again, by contacting your Senator and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to urge that they move this bill forward before it’s too late?
Hackberry Gardens, named after the abundance of hackberry trees on the land, is an unassuming 15 acre family-owned farm located near Thrall, Texas, a remote suburb on the outskirts of Austin. Lisa and Perry Silvas, along with their 3 kids James, Garrett and Noella, began working their land in 2014 with a vision to raise animals in a healthful, holistic way for their community. Striving to ensure their food was of the highest quality they worked the land for 2 years before selling to the public a year ago, in 2016. The Silvas’ felt it vital to try everything they planned to provide for their own family before selling to others.
It is interesting to me when I hear people complain about how healthy eating is just too expensive. Yet, many of these very same people will be among the first in line to grab the delectable offerings Starbuck’s has to offer like the Unicorn Frappuccino (debuting Mid-April 2017)… The idea that healthy food is expensive is a lie. It cannot be your excuse. What is expensive is a $6 Frappuccino habit leading to drugs, surgery and depleted energy and vitality. Don’t be a slave to your taste buds.
Now that it is a new year my newsfeed is rife with fitness and diet resolutions, and quite a few anti detox articles as well. I personally do not think that the new year is a time to incorporate major detoxes and crash diets, setting yourself up for failure. But, it certainly is a great time to start fresh and incorporate some new healthy habits that will stick. Here are my top 10 ways to incorporate more healthy mindful eating and detox into your new year for better health…
Hydration is absolutely necessary for optimal health. However, sometimes it gets boring drinking plain water all day every day. Sodas, teas and other tasty options, even those labeled healthy, are often full of junk. So, what to do? Make infused water!
I just cannot seem to cut coffee out of my life, nor do I really want to. So, I have been experimenting with ways to make it healthier and yummier. Here is my latest… Mix it all up and enjoy!
In my family breakfast is a big deal! Not only is it great bonding time, a hearty breakfast will fuel you for the rest of the day and prevent that afternoon sugar crash. After doing the GAPS diet we have continued to keep our morning pastries mostly grain free. This is our favourite grain free pancake recipe.
Looking for a protein packed, veggie filled quick and easy morning breakfast? Try out this Butternut Squash Saute. It tastes great as is or change it up by adding different seasonings, meat or veggies, like kale.
Smoothies are our go to for an afternoon snack (or meal). I am always looking for ways to get some fresh veggies into my kids’ diet and smoothies are the perfect place. We came up with this delicious new smoothie today. The kiddos dubbed it Peachy Green.
Recently, I was introduced to essential oils. I was VERY skeptical at first, but through my own use, research and several classes I became convinced that they are an important part of natural healing just like eating clean, good sleep, and quality supplements… I see YL practices as an extension of my heart for supporting quality farming.
Fun fact for today: Did you know that cashews are a seed? They grow off the cashew apple from an evergreen tree in tropical climates and are a relative of the mango family. The shell of the cashew is very toxic and must be roasted prior to removal of the seed.