Summer Fruit – How Much Sugar?

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It’s Summer time and the fruits and veggies are coming into abundance. Each summer I can hardly wait for those big, ripe, juicy organic cherries and grapes to arrive at the markets. Sadly, but honestly, I admit to gorging on more than a few in any one sitting. It’s healthy fruit, right? Well, while they’re healthy, they do contain natural sugars, so it’s important to be mindful in keeping helpings to a palm sized serving.

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My Update to Non Toxic Toes for Spring and Summer!

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Don’t you love that almost everywhere we women are getting ready to don our favorite sandals and flip flops! Time to really scrub up and get our feet polished up and pretty. Ever notice the chemical odors when applying nail polish? The Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth deem these smells the “toxic trio.” And each of these “toxic trio” chemicals have been classified as the most toxic by the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database that I mentioned ...

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My Top 5 Mother’s Day Gifts!

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When I think of the many gifts I’ve been blessed with over the years by my children, these are the ones that come most to mind and have been the most treasured. Over the years, my friends will say that the gifts of time and heart stay with them, as well, often longer than the store-purchased goods that retailers push us to buy.

 

Let’s remind our children that their presence (when possible) and heartfelt creations make for the best presents!

 

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Super Simple Nut-Seed Bread

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Hands down, this is the easiest bread I’ve ever made, AND it’s healthy and delicious! It’s gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Keto-friendly! A dear friend introduced us to this bread over a year ago and it’s become a staple in our kitchen. I usually make two loaves at a time, especially since it’s super easy.
 
 
 
 
Other benefits of nuts and seeds:

  • Great sources of protein.
  • Helps one feel full longer.
  • Big contributors to fighting illnesses such ...
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We Need Your Help!

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Readers, I need your help!

A few years ago, I posted a very informational piece on the off-gassing present in one’s car, particularly during the summer when the sun and accompanying heat can cause indoor plastic components to off-gas, many of which contain a toxin we all know as formaldehyde. As part of my research, I included a study from 2012 on the least-toxic cars on the market.

The good news is that many manufacturers had noted they were phasing out some ...

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Tasty Winter Soups

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Hi all,

Many parts of our country are getting hit with snow and cold! Even though our Denver weather is mild, it’s still winter and I find soup one of the most comforting of foods during this time of year. There are so many options for healthy soups and if you make big batches, you can freeze and enjoy down the road. Here are 3 of my winter favs. Enjoy!
 
 

Mushroom-Spinach Soup with Cinnamon, Coriander and Cumin

By Melissa Clark ...

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Words Matter

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It’s been a while since I’ve written. Call it COVID-brain or whatever, but I’ve been more in a reflective mode these past few months than a writing mode. First and most importantly, I hope all of you and your loved ones are staying safe and well during this time. This pandemic truly tests us daily in mind, body and spirit. While our lives have certainly changed during the past 10 months, the one thing that hasn’t changed are the January ...

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Foods for Lung Health

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Last September, Portland, Oregon, registered the poorest air quality in the world due to the raging fires in their state. Read that again… In. The. World. Anyone who spent that particular day outside in Portland had inhaled the equivalent of 15 cigarettes according to an Oregon news source. And that smoke has made its way across the country to Maine due to the jet streams. Add to that, COVID 19 which attacks the respiratory system. Add to that, seasonal allergies. ...

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Lemon Balm Wild Blueberry Iced Tea

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During these hot days of summer, here’s one of my go-to ice teas. Not that they weren’t refreshing last month, or any month, but many of us are experiencing temperatures over 90 degrees! I love this recipe because it’s easy, healthy and delicious, especially when paired with lemon balm tea. I can easily make a pitcher a day when the grand-kids are visiting! And if you don’t know much about the health benefits of wild blueberries, read on!

First of all, ...

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Do Flipflops = Foot Health?

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I confess. I have a pair of flip-flops that I jump into first thing in the morning to go out and water plants. They’re easy and convenient, right?! They offer coolness on these hot days and I think just about everyone I know, owns a pair.  Does that make them good for us, our feet, our bodies? Our feet have 8000 nerves in them, and the average person takes between 8,000 -10,000 steps per day. The human foot contains 26 ...

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