OWYN (Only What You Need), a new plant-based, pea protein line dedicated to serving the vegan and allergen-friendly communities is absolutely delicious!
Created by former professional athletes and couple, Kathryn Moos and Jeff Mroz, OWYN is available in Ready-to-Drink Shakes and Ultimate Wellness Powders. Containing 20 grams of plant-based protein per serving, OWYN products contain protein from pea, pumpkin and flax. Each product is free from top-allergens and contains:
Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins, courtesy Simple Mills.
Prep time (excluding cooling time): 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: 12 cupcakes
3 eggs (or egg substitute)
1 cup boiling water
4 tea bags of chai tea
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
1 box of Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin Mix
3/4 cup Simple Mills Vanilla Frosting, divided and at room temperature
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup water
1/8 cup pureed purple sweet potato
1/4 - 1/2 tsp charcoal
1. Make the cupcakes: place the tea bags in a mug with the boiling water and let them sit for 10 minutes. Let cool completely
2. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a muffin pan or line with paper liners
3. Prepare pumpkin muffins according to instructions on the box, using the chai water instead of regular water
4. Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full
4. Bake for 20 minutes or until tester comes out clean; cool completely before frosting
6. Make the frostings: soak goji berries in water for 20 minutes
7. Puree the berries and water in a blender. Strain into a small mixing bowl using a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds
3. In a separate bowl, add 1/4 cup of frosting and 1 1/2 tsp of goji puree. Mix homogeneous orange color is obtained. Add more coloring if desired; set aside
4. Make the purple frosting: in another small bowl, add 1/4 cup of frosting and the pureed sweet potato. Mix until homogeneous; set aside
5. Make the black frosting: in another small bowl, add 1/4 cup of frosting and the activated charcoal. Mix until homogeneous; set aside.
Looking for new Pumpkin Recipes?
Check out these 2 Pumpkin Pancake and Scone Recipes, courtesy of Hearthy Food Flours. Use 100% pumpkin flour in pancake mixes or breads to add natural sweetness without the sugar.
Hearthy Foods flours are available online at www.hearthyfoods.com and come in ten additional fruit and vegetable flavors, including Banana, Apple, and Sweet Potato! Enjoy the recipes below !
Simple Pumpkin Flour Pancakes
1 cups Hearthy pumpkin flour
1 cup pancake mix
1 cup of water
pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Mix dry ingredients
add egg and water
HEARTHY PUMPKIN SCONES
2 cups Hearthy almond flour
½ cup Hearthy pumpkin flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup or raw/unprocessed honey
1 tablespoon pumpkin spice mix OR
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and
¼ tsp of powdered nutmeg, cloves, and allspice
Optional – add pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds, dried cherries, cranberries, raisins, orange peel or dark chocolate chunks (use your favorite toppings)
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all dry ingredients
Add coconut oil and honey/maple syrup. Mix until combined.
Add toppings of your choice.
Lightly form dough into ball and place between parchment paper
Roll into 2” thick round disc. Place on baking tray or silt
Cut into 6 triangle pie size pieces, gently separate pieces about 2 inches apart
Brush with egg yolk (optional)
Bake 15 to 18 minutes.
Enjoy with spiced chai, coffee, etc.
Cookie craving? Indulge in snack time with Simple Mills' NEW Ready-To-Eat Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Love Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough? Here's a great gift for yourself or a friend!
Edoughble takes old-school flavor and gets a modern vegan-friendly makeover in this classic combo of creamy, butter-free cookie dough and premium Callebaut dark chocolate chunks that makes traditional cookie dough seem square. Ingredients are premium, all-natural & non-GMO certified. You can Build-a-Box with this and your other favorite flavors! Enjoy!
SACRAMENTO -Governor Brown has signed AB 1219 into law, a bill that will drastically cut the amount of edible food that is wasted and make more food available to those in need. In 1977, Brown signed the first-in-the-nation food donor liability protection law during his first term as Governor, and in signing AB 1219 he carries on his legacy of prioritizing food donation.
AB 1219, the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), strengthens and expands on the state's existing liability protections for food donors. "Reducing food insecurity is an achievable goal. My bill will cut down the amount of food ending up in landfills by encouraging donors to help hungry Californians," said Assemblymember Susan Eggman about AB 1219. The bill requires health inspectors to educate businesses about the laws that exist to protect food donors from liability, which is the first time that a state has mandated widespread outreach for food donation laws.
"Getting food to people who need it is the highest and best use of food that would have otherwise been sent to a landfill," said Melissa Romero, Policy Associate for Californians Against Waste, a co-sponsor of the bill. "The requirements of this bill will dispel the myth that food donors can be sued and send a strong signal that good food should never go to waste."
"This legislation provides much-needed clarity for groups that want to help feed hungry people," said Andrew Cheyne, Director of Government Affairs for California Association of Food Banks, a co-sponsor of the bill. "This is particularly the case for donors who have valuable sources of protein but hesitated donating because they lacked certainty about the state's policy, by clearing this up we can get more food to people who need it the most."
Food insecurity affects 1 in 8 Californians, including 1 in 4 children, and at the same time 40% of food available in the U.S. is never eaten, and in California, food makes up the largest portion of total waste sent to landfills. According to a survey by the Food Waste Reduction alliance, forty-four percent of manufacturers, forty-one percent of restaurants and twenty-five percent of retailers identified fear of liability as their primary barrier to food donation. By more explicitly stating the types of food donations that are protected under the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, business will better understand how they can safely donate food to those affected by hunger in their own communities
Californians Against Waste and the California Association of Food Banks co-sponsored AB 1219.
Californians Against Waste is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving resources, preventing pollution and protecting the environment through the development, promotion and implementation of waste reduction and recycling policies and programs.
California Association of Food Banks partners with 43 food banks and over 6,000 local agencies. Our mission is to end hunger in California, and our vision is a well-nourished and hunger-free California, where all people have enough food to lead a healthy life. Learn more at http://www.cafoodbanks.org.
Dietary Fiber for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Fiber’s Interaction between Gut Micoflora, Sugar Metabolism, Weight Control and Cardiovascular Health by Rodney A. Samaan MD, MPH compiles the most up-to-date research discoveries to provide a timely and scientific rationale for the significant impact of a fiber rich diet for the prevention of heart disease.
By focusing on the science behind how fiber, both soluble and insoluble can lead to lower rates of heart disease, this important reference will educate researchers, cardiologists, medical providers and students on how to improve patients’ hearts via a fiber rich diet. Coverage includes the known mechanisms of how fiber works to reduce insulin resistance, control weight, reduce cholesterol by binding with bile, maintain stable glucose levels and influence gut microflora.
Biomedical Science and Medicine
Table of Contents
1. Why fiber matters? This chapter will introduce the argument that a diet high in fiber can reduce heart disease, maintain normal body weight, and reduce the risk of diabetes
2. The mechanism of fiber’s effects on insulin resistance
3. The interaction between insoluble and soluble fiber
4. The influence of Fiber on Gut Microflora: Butyrate as a link between dietary fiber and cardiovascular health
5. The relationship between probiotics and fiber consumption and cardiovascular health
6. Dietary fiber for prevention of vascular disease in diabetes
7. Sources of fiber
8. Conclusion: how my own patients have benefited from a high fiber diet, in their own words.
(Image and text content credit: Rodney A. Samaan MD, MPH and Elsevier)
The 2018 Youth Garden Grant is now open! This year, thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, we will be giving away $20k in cash and gardening supplies to 25 new or existing youth garden programs.
More information about the Grants and How to Apply is on their Website https://kidsgardening.org/2018-youth-garden-grant
New Book: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life
Fermentation has been used for thousands of years as a way to preserve foods, and modern research has now confirmed the health benefits of this process, which ranges from the improvement of various intestinal inflammatory conditions, to building a stronger immune system. According to Kirsten Tillisch, MD, chief of integrative medicine at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the microbes in the gut can determine whether or not we will develop other conditions that extend outside the gut, including “obesity, cancer, anxiety, and depression.” In fact, research shows that some fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut may even help in the fight against superbugs — those virulent strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that have become stronger and are now resistant to most of our medicines — when our best antibiotics fail!
Michelle Schoffro Cook shares her tried and true recipes for traditional fermented foods, as well as foods you may never have known could hold the benefits of fermentation, like cultured fruit chutneys and fermented salsas. Also since all of the recipes included in the book are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan, there is fermented food for everyone in the family!
With gorgeous full-color photos throughout the book, The Cultured Cook offers a beautiful variety of fermentation recipes, including:
Michelle Schoffro Cook is an internationally bestselling author whose works include The Cultured Cook and Be Your Own Herbalist. She is a certified herbalist, a board-certified doctor of natural medicine, and one of the world’s most popular natural health bloggers. She holds advanced degrees in health, nutrition, orthomolecular nutrition, and acupuncture. She lives near Vancouver, BC.
This holiday season select the perfect gift for the foodie who wants to give back. World Vision’s Gift Catalog offers gifts that have a multiplier effect—positively impacting the giver, receiver and those in need. Your readers can join World Vision's efforts to tackle poverty and injustice around the world, helping children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential.
Below are some of the over 100 options from World Vision’s Gift Catalog:
· Kenyan Salad Scoops ($75) – This practical and ethically-produced set would look great in any kitchen. The hand-crafted, olivewood scoops are made by artisans who receive Fair Trade wages for their craftmanship.
· Organic Coffee Blend ($75) – A delectable whole bean coffee featuring a peat flavor with dark chocolate and berry notes. The gift includes a scoop created by artisans in India that doubles as a bag clip.
· Salad Servers and Scoops ($75) – These exquisite wooden salad servers are made by a craftsman in Kenya who uses his wood carving skills to support his family, allowing him to send four children to university.
· Upcycled Artisanal Bowl ($135) – This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items.
Floats are having a moment, especially in these hot temps! Swans, unicorns and now.... Root Beer floats! ;)
KeVita, leader of fermented and probiotic drinks, recently launched a new Roots Beer Master Brew Kombucha and to keep us cooling off and sippin' on a healthier treat. This new blend boasts earthy roots, along with cinnamon and vanilla (and ashwagandha!) features live probiotics, active cultures, organic acids, and is the only verified non-alcoholic kombucha on the market. Here's what you need for this ultimate treat:
1. Grab the new KeVita Roots Beer Master Brew Kombucha from Whole Foods!
2. Pick your "cream" scoop - extra points for vegan options!
3. Start sippin'!
Looking for a New Treat? Try Revelé Whipped Gelato! Revelé is a super premium gelato dessert that is lighter in fat, sugar and calories that comes in five delicious flavors: Vanilla Symphony, Cake Batter, Seasonal Strawberries, Coffee Toffee Crunch, and White Chocolate Raspberry. Enjoy!
Nico's 1508 is now open in Berkeley, California serving cuisine prepared using mostly locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. When you walk in you will see a silver, black and pewter color scheme, lush curtains, an exposed wood plank ceiling, a skylight and romantic private booths. There is sidewalk café seating and a rooftop patio with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
We enjoyed a very nice dinner in a private booth and started with these two nice red wines:
. Dan Cohn "Bellacosa" Cabernet, California 14'
. If You See Kay "Super Tuscan", Lazio IT 14'
. Steamed Mediterranean Mussels Red Curry Kefer Lime Broth - ***You will Love the Server coming to your table with the mussels steaming, then adding white wine, then Red Curry Lime Broth. Very impressive presentation!
. Ahi Tina Poke Truffle Cream, Crispy Papadum
. Seared Salmon Filet with Roasted Couscous & Root Vegetables, Herb Jus, Black Truffles, Shallot Confit
. Pan Roasted Hawaiian White Walu with Braised Gennel & Fingerling Potato Salad, Meyer Lemon & Thyme Butter Sauce, Balsamic Reduction
. Side of Sautéed Mushrooms
Paired with this lovely white wine:
. Planeta Etna Bianco Carricante, Sicily IT 15"
**Both entrees were absolutely impressive, flavorful, and delightful. It was difficult to choose which one was our favorite.. so try both!! The white wine: Planeta Etna Bianco Carricante from Sicily was a lovely pairing with both entrees!
. Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée Fresh Raspberries
. New York Style Cheesecake Fresh Strawberries
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Ancient Harvest’s POW! Mac & Cheese varieties are the market’s first legume-and-quinoa noodles with up to 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per 3.5 serving and are made from non-GMO and organic ingredients including organic quinoa and cheese. Choose from: Mild Cheddar Elbows, Sharp Cheddar Shells and White Cheddar Shells with cheesy, gluten-free, red lentil and quinoa noodles. Enjoy!
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids by Linda Åkeson McGurk is a fascinating personal narrative that tackles larger childcare and environmental issues, highlighting the importance of nature-centric parenting and schooling—and why spending time outdoors is imperative for a developing child. The memoir is supplemented with hands-on tips, sidebars, outdoor activities, and advice on how to dress for the elements.
When Swedish-born Linda Åkeson McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. The playgrounds, which she thought would be filled with children, were mostly deserted. American children, Linda discovered, preferred to stay indoors glued to their screens and smartphones. When she took her two young daughters out for walks in winter, people pulled over to offer them rides. She was even fined for letting her children play in a local creek, setting off an online firestorm when she later blogged about the incident.
In contrast, Scandinavian culture celebrates the outdoors and children are raised to appreciate nature; Swedish babies often nap outside year round—a practice that is not only common but recommended by the government. (A practice that could also send the Child Protective Services knocking on the door in the U.S.). Love of the outdoors has also made Scandinavia a world leader in renewable energy, recycling, and sustainable living.
Some of the benefits of nature-centric parenting include:
Brew Dr. Kombucha recently partnered with 1% for the Planet in giving back to the environment for a healthy planet.
1% of the revenue from each bottle of their Love Kombucha is donated directly to non-profits that benefit our planet. From sustainable farming to educating the next generation about the world around them, Brew Dr. Kombucha loves the work being done and are very proud to support it.
The Brew Dr. Kombucha brand believes in having as little impact on the natural environment as possible. Here are some additional current sustainability practices:
Brewed and bottled in Portland, OR, Brew Dr. Kombucha is the authentic and responsible producer of 100 percent raw, Non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic kombucha, featuring only 30-35 calories per serving, with only 5g of sugar. All of BDK’s flavor blends are flavored exclusively with organic teas, dried fruits and botanicals, contains no added flavors, preservatives, juices ever, and never adds anything – including sugars or sweeteners of any kind, following the fermentation process.
In celebration of the international chocolatier’s upcoming 40th anniversary, La Maison du Chocolat indulges our chocolate obsession by showcasing some of their most iconic creations from the past 40-years. Nestled individually within custom-metallic boxes, the ‘Grands Carrés’ collection features three classic and three more contemporary bouchées.
Born from the vision of its founder Robert Linxe and carried on with the creative precision of Nicolas Cloiseau, La Maison du Chocolat reintroduces six timeless favorites as they represent the perfect expression of chocolate on the palate and underscore a generation of true decadence. From Quito (1977) to Nérolie (2017), the confections will be available October 11th and include:
QUITO, intense round flavor
Delicate, full-rounded flavor envelops this silky dark ganache tempered with subtle notes of milk and vanilla.
SALVADOR, an air of raspberry
An ode to pure fruit and chocolate. The natural acidity of raspberry, brimming with panache, lends character to this dark chocolate ganache with its round, fruity flavor.
BOHÈME, a breath of milk
Airy lusciousness of milk chocolate ganache with its air of chantilly and its deliciously silky character.
POMME D’AMOUR, a nod to country fairs
Compote of apples enrobed in light caramel offers this milk chocolate the inimitable sensation of the cooked sugar of a candy apple.
DENTELLE, a bit of crunchiness, a bit of airiness
All the subtlety of a pure hazelnut delicate Maison praliné with slivers of crispy crêpes.
NÉROLI, the freshness of a flower, the sweetness of fruit
Where sweet Mara des Bois strawberry compote, and orange blossom rendezvous in a dark chocolate ganache.
We love Numi Golden Tonic Tumeric Tea.
Inflammation is at the root of many debilitating and fatal diseases so it’s no surprise that turmeric, with its potent anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties, has long been revered by practitioners of ancient Indian and Chinese medicine. Up your intake of this super spice with flavorful turmeric tea. Numi’s Golden Tonic is a sunny, citrusy blend of the spice, plus lemon verbena, and dried lime that together provides a revitalizing and uplifting effect. Numi prides itself on using high-quality ingredients that are ethically sourced thus ensuring their business has a positive impact on the people and environment where these herbs and teas are grown.
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