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Food is one of those things that make life more enjoyable. Exploring new flavors and trying new techniques is a fun way to experience life.

The Dirty Dozen: What to Buy Organic and What Not

Guide to Eating Clean

I’ve been working on cleaner eating for a while, but because we were still eating out more often than I care to admit, I hadn’t really worked hard to include organics in our budget. I bought organic when the prices weren’t that different (like with carrots), but I, honestly, sort of chose to ignore the dangers lurking on the regular produce shelves. Recently, I started hearing about grapes from a few friends. It’s sort of a no brainer than any fruit or veggie that you eat the skin of is probably best in the organic variety. Twice over the last month, I heard that because grapes skins are so thin, the pesticides can seep all the way through the grape. This is scary since I know pesticides have been linked to many different conditions and even cancer. That’s definitely not ideal…

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Recipe: Low Sugar But Good Protein Shake

Glas of smoothie at the beach

As a vegetarian, I sometimes find it difficult to get enough protein into my diet. On average I was getting around 20 grams of protein per day by eating what I thought were high protein foods: mostly beans, lentils and nuts. I went to see a nutritionist and she said, “Girl, you are protein starved!” Everything else in my diet was great. I eat mostly whole, organic foods. I have been vegetarian for about five years now and have been a bit more tired than normal of late. So, the nutritionist asked me to keep a food diary for two weeks and her recommendation was to eat more protein. She also shared that it takes about a cup of beans to equal the protein in 1 ounce of meat!! Who knew?!? So unless I plan to eat 4-6 cups of beans each day, I need to look at some other sources for protein in my diet…

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Benefits of Tea

Iced tea in sun

Before there were over the counter medications or prescription drugs, there were illnesses that had to be treated. While people knew of herbs that could soothe an ache or cure an illness, they had very limited means of ingestion. They might have been able to eat the plant raw or put it in food, but if the plant could be dried and saved, it could be used during times when the live plant as unavailable and when there wasn’t a meal to eat it with. The concept of making a tea from an herb was most likely developed as a means of medicinal convenience that later became a social ritual. Let us explore the benefits of tea…

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Jasmine Tea Benefits

Jasmine tea and spoon

What is jasmine tea? Jasmine tea is any tea that is blended with the jasmine flower to increase medicinal effects, as well as to improve the taste of the tea. Traditionally, jasmine is combined with white teas and green teas so as to enhance their medicinal effect and flavor. The scent of the jasmine on its own has its own healing benefit, while the sweet bodied flavor of jasmine makes any green or white tea less bitter. Because of the sweet taste of the jasmine, there is no need to add honey or sugars to the teas. This lack of the need for honey or sugar means that none of the healthy benefits of the tea are reduced in an effort to make the flavor more enjoyable…

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Green Tea Benefits

Pot and cups of green tea

Green tea is made from a variety of sources, but originally the term “green tea” referred to the tea made of fresh leaves from the Camellia sinesis shrub. Unlike black tea, green tea undergoes very little oxidation and is made from fresh leaves rather than the aged leaves and stems from which the black version is made. Learn more about how to prepare, store and grow this popular caffeine alternative along with all its health benefits…

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8 Black Tea Benefits

Black Tea Benefits

Black tea is a dark tea that has more oxidation than other teas. Because it’s strong, it’s often mixed with other teas in order to reap the caffeine and antioxidants benefits without being overwhelmed by the strong flavor. Learn more about this popular tea, how to prepare it, store it, the benefits, uses and more…

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Minty Fresh Peppermint Tea Benefits

Peppermint leaves

What is peppermint? Peppermint is a well-known herb that is best known by its distinctive odor. Peppermint is a hybrid herb with such a distinct taste that one drop can flavor thousands of packs of gum. The extract in non-diluted form can even be damaging to living tissue. However, peppermint has some well-known healing qualities as well as some qualities that you may not be aware of…

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9 Benefits of Drinking Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea Benefits

Ginger has been used for centuries for its calming effects on the digestive system. While the taste of ginger is distinct enough to make it a main ingredient in some desserts, its ability to soothe an upset stomach has earned it some quiet fame with those who prefer to holistic healing at home. Ginger root offers a multitude of health benefits and because it’s a root, it can be saved and used in a variety of forms..

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Chamomile Tea Benefits

Chamomile Plant: Chamomile Tea Benefits

What is chamomile? Chamomile is a plant that is part of the daisy family. It has tiny flowers and by comparison, large leaves. It is most commonly known for its soothing abilities. The flowers of this plant are the parts that are used the most for making teas, washes and salves…

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Dandelion Tea Benefits

Dandelion Tea Benefits: Dandelions in a field

Dandelions are usually considered weeds that grows plentiful throughout the yard. So, most homeowners go to great lengths and cost to eradicate this small yellow flower from their lawn. However, you’d be surprised to know there are numerous healing properties associated with this flower. Learn more about dandelion tea, how to prepare it and the benefits of drinking nature’s herbal tonic…

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