Snack Today: Green Hummus

green-hummusHummus is the staple of all snacks in our house. It easily doubles as a light lunch with crackers and some veggies. It is rich in plant-based protein and tummy-filling fiber and it packs a boost of energy that keeps you feeling fuller faster and longer.

Chickpeas are the main ingredient  in hummus. One cup supplies nearly 50% and 30% of our recommended daily intake of fiber and protein, therefore supporting digestive health, blood sugar balance and satiety. This recipe for green hummus includes spinach and edamame, which pack even more of a health punch.

Easily whipped up in a matter of minutes, this protein-rich power snack contains spinach, hemp seeds and edamame. Continue reading “Snack Today: Green Hummus”

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Five Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

sneezeIt seems like all it takes is one child to come home from school with sniffles, and then the rest of the household catches it, too. Cold and flu season is definitely upon us. Being prepared can play a huge part in how well you feel. Follow simple steps like keeping hydrated, getting enough sleep, practicing good stress management, good hygiene, and eating a well-balanced diet.

The following five tips are additional supports to strengthen your immune system. They are best used when you are just starting to feel sick, as they can help your body get on top of it and fight back quicker and stronger. Consult with your doctor and our nutrition experts to get the right supplements for you.

1. Vitamins and minerals: Vitamins A, C, and D are natural immune boosters Continue reading “Five Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System”

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Five Ways to Slash Your Diabetes Risk

beansFatty foods are public enemy No. 1 when it comes to developing type 2 diabetes. Why? Fat molecules, or lipids, enter our cells and cause a condition called insulin resistance. When that happens, glucose (blood sugar) has trouble getting into the cells and starts to build up in the bloodstream. This creates the foundation for type 2 diabetes and can force us to rely on oral medications, insulin injections, and other treatments.

The good news is we can fix it. A plant-based vegan diet is clinically proven to restore insulin function naturally. By building meals around the four food groups – vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes – you’ll rebalance fat stores Continue reading “Five Ways to Slash Your Diabetes Risk”

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Without the Heartburn

thanksgiving-meal_aFirst of all, Village Green Apothecary would like to thank all of our wonderful customers, from those who have been with us since the beginning, to those who have just discovered us through our blog or our website, or from a friend.

Tomorrow many of us will be sitting down with loved ones to a really big meal (just one of many things to be grateful for). Unfortunately, for many that also comes with a dose of heartburn. Read on to learn about some tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving without the heartburn.

If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, you may need to change the way you eat, and what you eat. Continue reading “Enjoy Thanksgiving Without the Heartburn”

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Dinner Tonight: Lentil Loaf

lentil-loafMany of us grew up with the classic meatloaf. This is like that, but better. So much better. It is very high in fiber and is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian.

The star of this recipe is definitely the lentils. Lentils have a wide spectrum of essential amino acids and are a good protein source. With 18g of protein per cup and costing only about $1.50 per pound, lentils are an inexpensive protein alternative to beef, chicken and fish. They are also rich in folic acid, iron, phosphorus and copper.

So put away the ground beef and ketchup and make this lentil loaf instead. It is perfect for making on a Sunday afternoon and enjoying for lunch during the week. It freezes well, too. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Lentil Loaf”

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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
    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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  • Rob Brown
    Dr. Rob Brown
    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
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