We are still enjoying the asparagus harvest around here. In-season asparagus is definitely a favorite, plus it offers a low-calorie way to boost your diet with bone-strengthening vitamin K and folate, as well as fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamins A, C, B and E, and the phytochemicals beta-carotene and chlorophyll. Combined with baby spinach (or any other tender green) and delicious tahini dressing makes this a perfect spring lunch, or a great side dish for dinner.
Although the dressing is a bit prep intensive, it can be made and ahead and stored in the fridge for up to a week. You can also use it on other foods as well! Continue reading “Lunch Today: Asparagus and Baby Spinach Salad with Tahini Dressing”
The Environmental Working Group has rounded up their 2019 Guide to Sunscreens. This list provides the best choices for safe and effective sunscreens. EWG rates thousands of sunscreens from 0 to 10. This is known as the ingredient hazard score and reflects known and suspected hazards of ingredients. The safest products are rated 0 to 2 (green). Products that are rated 3 to 6 (yellow) have moderate hazards to health, and from 7 to 10 (red) are considered high hazards to health.
This guide comes at around the same time that a study published in JAMA found that certain chemicals in most sunscreen products pose cancer risks. The study took blood test samples from participants after using sunscreens for 4 days. Continue reading “EWG Releases 2019 Guide to Sunscreens”
A while back we posted this blog about things you didn’t need in your home. One of the reasons was because certain items were damaging to the environment, but another reason is that they can be damaging to you. Many of the items below contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other illnesses. And I know it may be difficult to change all of these items right away, but perhaps changing one thing at a time is a tangible goal and could help make your life and home less toxic.
I definitely am not one to judge. Although we have been making a conscious effort to choose less toxic items for our bodies and our home, sometimes convenience wins. The items listed below are things that I have personally looked into Continue reading “10 Ways to Make Your Life and Home Less Toxic”
The weekend that kicks off summer is around the corner and many will be coming together to enjoy meals together. This recipe is perfect for a potluck. Fresh and filling, this fiber-filled dish is the perfect complement to burgers and hot dogs (especially vegan ones). It also is protein packed, so fill a pita with this veggie and lentil salad and it is a meal all on its own.
Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The veggies offer a wonderful freshness plus tons of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Easy to make and delicious, this vegan salad will please everyone. This is a versatile recipe, so feel free to experiment with your favorite vegetables. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Veggie and Lentil Salad”
What did you eat for breakfast today? A spinach omelet? A bagel? Pancakes with syrup? Or, did you skip breakfast altogether? The food choices you make and timing of your meals play a very important role in balancing blood sugar. A diet that promotes optimal blood sugar balance consists of nutrient dense meals and snacks eaten regularly throughout the day. Eating frequently promotes the burning of stored fat and helps to keep you feeling satisfied and energized.
Insulin is the hormone that responds to the food that you eat. Its role is to regulate fat metabolism and control blood sugar levels. Continue reading “5 Tips for Balancing Blood Sugar”