The Many Forms of Yogurt

yogurt2Yogurt is one of the world’s oldest foods, likely created by accident when lukewarm milk hooked up with bacteria and fermentation occurred. The process of yogurt making hasn’t changed much over the centuries, but increasingly, we’re appreciating yogurt not only for great taste and adaptability in the kitchen but also for its abundant health perks.

Yogurt is brimming with live active cultures, beneficial bacteria that boost immune and digestive health. Along with plenty of bone-building calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, zinc, and protein to help build and repair muscles, yogurt can be considered a superfood.

There are many types of yogurt on the market, but you want to steer clear of added sugars, colors and additives. Stick to plain and add your own personal touches. Here are some of the many forms of yogurt that are available. There is something for everyone. Continue reading “The Many Forms of Yogurt”

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Back-to-School Germs: Hand Washing

hand-washingAs your children get ready to go back to school (if they aren’t there already), it is important to remind them to wash their hands often. According to my doctor, this time of year keeps her especially busy.

Colds, viruses and strep throat are common illnesses seen in those first few weeks of school. Kids spend the whole summer collecting germs, and once they start school, they are back in close quarters and those germs are easily spread. The best defense is good hand hygiene, including proper hand washing. Show your children how to wash their hands with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. If you have very little ones, tell them to sing the ABCs while they are washing.

Here are four other tips to help strengthen your kids’ immune system:

1. Get your kids to eat breakfast in the morning. Fuel them. Eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should include complex carbohydrates and protein to get them through the morning. Continue reading “Back-to-School Germs: Hand Washing”

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Nutrition Rx: Portable Food for the Whole Family

vegetable-wrapsAs we fit in last-minute travel excursions and summer day trips, it’s easy to stray from the healthful choices we’ve made all summer. The good news is that eating healthfully – in the air, on the road, or at the beach – is now easier than ever.

Here are five tips for packing portable food that provides stable energy and an abundance of nutrients.

1. Colorful Vegetable Wraps

All you’ll need to make your favorite wraps is a handful of ingredients: whole wheat tortillas, low-fat hummus, and your favorite vegetables. Try grated carrots, fresh spinach leaves, and radishes or bean sprouts for an extra crunch. Wrap up and take on a family or poolside picnic, include with fresh fruit for a healthful lunch, or keep on hand for a grab-and-go meal. Continue reading “Nutrition Rx: Portable Food for the Whole Family”

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Village Green Events: Aubrey Organics and SophytoPRO® Demos

store5_TatiWe have some Village Green events coming up! Visit us for the following in-store demonstrations.

Thursday, August 27, 11am to 2pm: Aubrey Organics

Aubrey Organics is a pioneer in the natural skin care industry. They use only the purest natural and organic ingredients from fair trade sources, and use them in handcrafted, all-natural products that are good for you and good for the earth. It is this commitment that has made Aubrey one of the finest manufacturers of hair, skin and body care products.

Monday, August 31, 12 to 4pm: SophytoPRO® skin care

SophytoPRO® is gluten-free, whole-food based and has an average of 90% organic ingredients. It is designed to support the skin’s natural environment and encourage its innate restoration and renewal mechanisms. We carry cleansers, moisturizers and serums. Like many of our top-quality practitioner brand supplements, SophytoPRO® has can be purchased only through medical and healthcare professionals, and stores like Village Green, where we have experts on staff. To learn more about SophytoPRO® come visit us on Monday, August 31 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm for a demo on this skincare line.

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Village Green Welcomes Dart Clancy

Dart-ClancyWe are excited to welcome Dart Clancy to Village Green Apothecary. Dart’s passion for the healing power of nature began in 1995 while working at a local health food store. During that time, she began to study and explore herbs and traditional healing modalities. In 2007, Dart received her Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and began practicing in Columbia, MD, at Clinical Herbal Care, a private practice focusing on herbal medicine and nourishing foods. After receiving her Certified Nutrition Specialist designation and nutrition license in 2009, she joined the staff at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) and in 2013, she began working in the Nutrition Department as a Clinical Supervisor. Through her experience and training, Dart has learned one central fundamental – healing comes from within. She believes herbal medicine, diet, and lifestyle are essential to support a lifetime of wellness.

Dart focuses her practice on supporting those with chronic imbalances, such as autoimmune disorders. She is available for phone consults on Thursdays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, and Fridays from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. To schedule a consult, click here.

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Our Bloggers

  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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  • Margo Gladding
    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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  • Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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  • Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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  • Debi Silber
    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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  • Teri Cochrane
    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
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August 2015