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Swiss Chard with Raisins and Pecans Recipe

Swiss chard is a leafy green that is especially powerful in helping prevent circulatory disorders as we age. Chard contains more than a dozen polyphenol-type antioxidants that offer protective effects for our heart and circulation.

Swiss chard is also an excellent source of betalains, which provide anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects throughout the body. Betalains are the pigments that give the stems and "veins" of chard their vibrant red and yellow colours. Read more about Swiss Chard with Raisins and Pecans Recipe

 

How to Make Kim Chi

Originally posted in September of 2009

Of the countless varieties of kim chi that are made in Korea, by far the most common and celebrated version is made with Napa cabbage.

Kim chi that's made with cabbage is loaded with indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a compound that is well recognized as a powerful cancer-fighting compound. Numerous studies indicate that I3C can offer protection against many different types of cancer and may even stop the growth of existing tumors. Read more about How to Make Kim Chi

 

Buttercup Squash, Apple, and Pear Salad

Many thanks to my aunt for showing us how to make this lovely substitute for a typical potato salad. The main ingredients - buttercup squash, apple, and pear - are all rich in carotenoids, fiber, and vitamin C, and also happen to be at their sugary best for most of us toward the end of summer and beginning of autumn.

In case you aren't familiar with buttercup squash, it looks like this: Read more about Buttercup Squash, Apple, and Pear Salad

 

Soba

If you strive to avoid gluten but find yourself missing the occasional bowl of pasta, you may find the perfect fix in soba noodles. Made with buckwheat and long used in East Asian cuisine, soba noodles are very easy to prepare and are readily available in Asian markets and grocery stores in larger cities.

Most varieties of gluten-free noodles require constant attention while boiling and leave a gooey mess of cooking water to deal with after. Not with soba. Three to four minutes and they're ready to go, and unlike grainy whole wheat pasta, soba noodles have a delightfully clean and smooth feel about them. Read more about Soba

 

How to Make Vegetarian Sushi Rolls

If you enjoy sushi rolls but haven't ventured to make your own, I hope this pictorial encourages you to give it a try. It's a lot easier than you might imagine, and the cost is minimal compared to buying sushi at a store or restaurant.

Called kim bap in Korea, sushi comes in countless varieties. Once you learn how to make a basic sushi roll, it's a snap to churn out all sorts to suit varying tastes and setttings. Read more about How to Make Vegetarian Sushi Rolls

 

Organic Tofu

I've long maintained that when eaten in moderation, organic soy can be a healthy food choice for most people. One of the major arguments against eating soy is that it contains phytates that can prevent absorption of minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron. To this point, I think it's important to consider that minimally processed organic soy has been assessed to contain anywhere between 1.4 to 3.0 percent phytates, while highly processed and concentrated forms of soy like soy protein isolate typically contain closer to 5 percent phytates. Read more about Organic Tofu

 

My Favourite Cleansing and Nourishing Juice

I've been on a tear with our juicer as of late, in search of a freshly pressed juice that delivers equal parts cleansing and nourishing power. My short list of favourites calls for more than a dozen antioxidant-rich foods, but the one concoction that rises above the rest requires just four simple ingredients:

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Kale, Hemp, and Avocado Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is an excellent choice for times when you're looking to cleanse and feel light but still need enough substance to propel you through a busy day.

Hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant protein, providing all essential amino acids that your body can't manufacture on its own. Hemp is also a rich source of essential fatty acids - both omega-3 and omega-6 - that support optimal functioning of your cardiovascular and nervous systems. Contrary to popular myth based on the common origin of hemp and marijuana, it's virtually impossible to test positive for marijuana use from eating a small amount of hemp seeds on a regular basis.

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Cleansing Green Pea Soup

This is a fabulous soup recipe for whenever you're looking to cleanse and get lighter without losing muscle mass. Green peas provide plenty of protein to nourish your muscles, while spinach, lettuce, watercress, and parsley infuse your cells with a wide spectrum of minerals and vitamins.

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Carrot, Cabbage, and Fuji Apple Salad Recipe

Rich in carotenoids, vitamin C, folate, and healthy fatty acids, and also a good source of plant protein that is easily digested, this salad more than satisfies as a full meal.

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