The Super Bowl is this coming Sunday. Whether you watch it for the game, or the commercials, or for the half-time show, snacking is a big part of the event. Wings, chips and creamy dips are the common go-to game time snacks, but this healthy vegan nut dip will have everyone going nuts over it!
Nuts are rich in heart-healthy fats and a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Research shows that eating nuts daily may promote good health. Studies have shown that nuts may reduce the risk for developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, likely by helping to improve cholesterol and blood sugar numbers. Continue reading “Super Bowl Snack: Nut Dip”
“Because food systems are a major driver of poor health and environmental degradation, global efforts are urgently needed to collectively transform diets and food production.”
That’s the urgent call from leading scientific researchers in a new report in The Lancet. After reviewing the effects of food production on human health and the environment, they concluded that a dietary shift toward plant foods and away from animal products is vital for promoting human health and the health of our planet. Continue reading “How Eating More Plants Can Save Lives and the Planet”
We would like to welcome back Naz Amini to our team of trained professionals, which includes naturopathic doctors, certified nutritionists, holistic health counselors and clinical herbalists. Naz will be available for phone consults on Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. We are also fortunate to have her contributing to our blog.
Naz was a familiar face at Village Green Apothecary starting in 2002. She has been a licensed clinical nutritionist over the last 10 years. She holds a Master of Science degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, providing her with a strong foundation in biochemistry, science and practice of nutraceutical therapy.
As an integrative nutritionist and a lifestyle educator, Naz provides individual wellness counseling using current technologies and diagnostic tools. She specializes in autoimmune conditions, gut-related issues and brain health. Continue reading “Meet and Consult with Naz Amini”
Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is one nutrient that the majority of Americans are deficient in – especially those in the northern states. Vitamin D is vitally important for health; deficiency is associated with numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, mental illness, propensity to fall and chronic pain.
Beyond its role in enhancing calcium absorption, research has shown that vitamin D improves immune function (fights colds and flu) Continue reading “Why Vitamin D is Vitally Important”
Tempeh Sloppy Joes are a great way to use tempeh, and this recipe provides a good introduction to cooking with it.
Tempeh is a made from fermented soy beans and has a nutty, mushroom-like taste. It is an excellent alternative to ground beef and especially good if you are trying to move toward a more plant-based diet. It is high in protein, calcium and iron and has probiotic benefits derived from the fermentation process, helping to balance your gut health and pH levels.
Fermented products like tempeh contribute to overall health and well-being. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Tempeh Sloppy Joes”