Monday, January 12, 2015

Is this for Real.....a Cauliflower and Chia Seed Pizza Crust

Pizza can be healthy too! Instead of a heavy and greasy pie crust, try cauliflower and chia seeds instead. It is healthy, delicious, and yields many benefits. Cauliflower is full of the vitamins that our bodies need and crave like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, omega-3’s, and vitamin K. It also serves as a good source of vegetable protein, phosphorous, and potassium.

Cauliflower is very good for cancers such as breast, colon, prostate, and ovarian. The cauliflower provides special nutrient support for several body systems that are closely connected with cancer prevention. It has certain compounds that help resist cancer, and can eliminate cancer enzymes. Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a sulphur compound that has been shown to kill cancer stem cells.

Cauliflower is also good for your heart, digestive system, and it’s anti-inflammatory. Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables has been found to signifigantly improve blod pressure and kidney function.

The delicious flowery vegetable is also full of choline, a B vitamin which is known for its role in brain development. Choline is very important during pregnancies, and it may be able to diminish age related memory decline.

Chia seeds also play a starring role in this deliciously healthy vegan crust. Chia seeds are tiny black seeds that are full of fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and omega-3. They are loaded full of antioxidants that can fight the production of free radicals, which damage molecules in cells that contribute to ageing and horrible disease like cancer.

Make this crust, and you will not be disappointed in the flavor or the benefits!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust


1 Large head of Organic Cauliflower
3/4 cup of ground almonds
1 1/2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup water


1. Preheat your oven to 400F.

2. Mix your chia seeds in with the 3/4 cup of water and place in your fridge 20 minutes before intended use.

2. Chop the cauliflower, and place in a blender or food processor and blend until it is a fine rice like texture.

3. Measure out around 3 cups and place into a large bowl, add in the ground almonds, oregano, salt, and pepper. Make a hole in the center and add in the Chia goop.

4. Combine the ingredients by hand and, and shape everything together into a ball. It should be loose and sticky not like a traditional dough.

5. Put the ball onto a baking tray and form into a flat crust with your hands. Make a ridge around the outside, and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Add your favorite tomato base, and toppings bake an additional 5-10 minutes and enjoy your healthy meal!

Posted courtesy of Healthy Holistic

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tired of Grinding Flax Seeds? Go Chia!

So most of us have been upping our flax seed intake and as if it doesn't take long enough to make that healthy morning oatmeal having to grind our flax seed just adds to the work and time that goes into it.

So why not substitute Chia seeds? It loaded with Omega 3 and has protein and so much more to boot.

Check out some great ideas on how to use Chia seeds with Host Judy Greer as she visits Austin, Texas, and talks to Whole Foods Market healthy eating specialist Katie Albers about the tiny superfood that is a health and beauty powerhouse and why we should be eating it everyday.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Is Alternate Fasting the Answer? Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Moseley

Like a lot of us Michael Mosley of the BBC has decided it's time to change his life and he has found some ways of doing that....that just might surprise you. He wants to make changes that will allow him to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the process. Of course he wants it all, he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. In this episode of the BBC' "Horizon" series Mosley discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he's found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself....with life changing results.

~ Michael Mosley's 'Eat, Fast and Live Longer' Complete Documentary {58:50} from Optimal Person on Vimeo.

Check out Mosleys book...."The FastDiet" Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting today on

Sunday, September 9, 2012

You Knew it Would Happen....McDonalds to Open All Vegetarian Location in India

It was only a matter of time.....

A Big Mac may be the international sign for McDonald’s, but not in India. The fast food giant will open its very first all vegetarian location in the South-Asian country next year, as part of a move to break through to a market that is 20 to 42% meat free. With McAloo Tikki potato burgers leading the pack, McDonald’s is in for a real transition as it tries to appeal to both a Hindu population, which considers cows sacred, and the Muslim community that doesn’t eat pork. The first location, in true McDonald’s fashion, will be next door to a bustling tourist site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, northern India.

McDonald’s has had no issue with adapting its menu for certain diners before. French locations offer McBaguettes and croissants, and customers in China can enjoy cups of fresh corn or red bean sundaes. While it is the largest food chain in the world, McDonald’s has a tiny presence in the enormous country of India, with only 271 restaurants. Many of these existing locations already have menus that feature vegetarian fare. The McAloo Tikki burger is made with a spicy fried potato patty, while the Maharaja Mac substitutes the famous beef burger with chicken.

The company also plans to open a vegetarian location near the Vaishno Devi cave shrine in Kashmir, a Hindu pilgrimage site that attracts thousands of visitors a year. Let’s hope they come hungry.

Posted courtesy of Inhabitat

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Is this the winner....Power Veggies!

“In a world dominated by genetically modified foods, a group of mad scientists at the Mutanto Corporation scramble to capture and defeat the last remnants of the organic rebellion.
A rogue band of Tucsonan rebels based at the Food Conspiracy Co-op prepare to battle the evil empire.”

Just click here to vote for our local co-op, The Food Conspiracy" for best video.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

NRDC's 2012 Growing Green Award Winners' Film

The food we eat every day is intimately connected to our health and the health of the environment. NRDC's fourth annual Growing Green Awards celebrates the farmers, business owners, and bold thinkers who are making America's food system healthier and more sustainable.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Don't argue with me, argue with Scott

In his memoir Eat And Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, which goes on sale June 5, Jurek opens up about his life and career -- as an elite ultrarunner and a vegan -- and inspires athletes at every level.

By Scott Jurek
One of the biggest questions I get as a runner is "what can I do to be a more efficient runner?" Whether you are getting ready for your annual Memorial Day Fun Run or make a living running Ultramarathons, what you put in your body is the most important aspect to your training regimen.
Here are 5 Diet Tips To Optimize Your Running.
1. Lentils and beans. Packed with protein and carbs, they
are a staple in almost every culture around the globe. Try making a Lentil-Mushroom Burger. An alternative is a dense Pea Protein Powder.
2. Grains. While some give grains a bad rap, whole grains have been consumed for thousands of years and were used as a calorie source that traveled well for nomadic tribes and warriors going into battle. Quinoa was a staple of the Incas and is technically a seed, not a grain, and has all essential amino acids. Brown rice is another option.
3. Tempeh. This super dense veggie protein has one gram of fat to three grams of protein. It's my go-to when I feel I need a protein punch.
4. Kale/Lacinato. Kale is touted as one of the best vegetables, and we all have been told to get more greens in our diet. Steam, sauté or chop it raw into salads. You can even throw it into your smoothie.
5. Flax oil blend/Udo's Oil. Essential fatty acids are critical for all functions in the body and most of us don't get enough nor know how to get them in our diet. I used to grind flax seeds and hemp seeds and always guessed if I was getting enough. Now using an Omega 3-6-9 oil blend like Udo's Oil 3-6-9 has taken the guesswork out of my diet. I add it to my smoothies, cereal and salads.
-- Order Eat And Run today!

Want to make your own  Lentil-Mushroom Burger......

1. In a medium-size pot, bring 2 1/4 cups of water to a boil, then add 1 cup dried green lentils, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1/4 c up chopped onions. Simmer for 35 to 40 minutes.
 Combine 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, 2 cups bread crumbs, and 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds in a small bowl and set aside.
 In a separate pan greased with olive oil, sauté 1 cup chopped onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, 3 cups finely chopped mushrooms, and 1 1/2 cups finely chopped kale or other winter greens for 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
 Remove lentils from heat, add 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard and 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, and mash ingredients together.
 In a large bowl, combine lentils, sautéed vegetables, and bread-crumb mixture. Cool in a refrigerator.
 Using your hands, form patties and fry or grill until lightly browned and crispy on both sides, about 3 to 5 minutes each side. Serve on a toasted bun or on their own.
Makes 12 four-inch burgers.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bananas....Green or Ripe for you?

According to Japanese Scientific Research, full ripe banana with dark patches on yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal cells.

The more darker patches it has the higher will be its immunity enhancement quality; Hence, the riper the banana the better the anti cancer quality. Yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8x more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than green skin version.

Guess over ripe bananas aren't just for banana bread anymore!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Does The Dali Lama Eat Pizza?

The Dali Lama walks into a pizza shop......

Sunday, March 6, 2011

7 Foods So Unsafe Even Farmers Won't Eat Them

Smoking was proven to be cancer causing, tanning beds were shown to be on par with arsenic, but what about canned tomatoes, corn fed beef, conventionally grown potatoes? What would it take to convince you to clean out your pantry and change your eating habits? Scientists, doctors, even simple farmers were asked what foods they refuse to eat. The responses had nothing to do with things like donuts due to fat content, or white bread because of the concentration of empty carbs. We're talking seemingly healthy things like tomatoes, beef, popcorn, potatoes, salmon, milk, and apples. For them, it's all about how they are produced and packaged.

7 experts in fields pertaining to both food and the environment answered one simple question: "What foods do you avoid?." Their answers, published in an article entitled "7 Foods the Experts Won't Eat" on Yahoo! Shine, will make you re think food. When it comes to food and its affect on your health and the health of this planet, this is what they answered.......Read "7 Foods So Unsafe Even Farmers Won't Eat Them"

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bananas: The Ultimate Hunger Buster

Ever grab a snack but then feel hungry again 20 minutes later? Next time, reach for a banana. It’s loaded with Resistant Starch (RS), a healthy carb that fills you up and helps to boost your metabolism. Slightly underripe medium sized bananas have 12.5 grams of RS more than most other foods. Ripe bananas give you 4.7 grams of RS, still enough to keep hunger pangs away. Check out these tasty ways to work in this wonder food.

Banana "Ice Cream"
Peel, slice, and freeze 1 small banana. Place frozen banana pieces in a blender with 3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk; blend until thick. Top with 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts.

Banana Salsa
Make a quick salsa with 2 diced peeled bananas, 2 tablespoons minced red onion, 1 tablespoon minced cilantro, 1 teaspoon minced serrano or jalepeno pepper, juice of 1 lime, and brown sugar and salt to taste.

Broiled Bananas
Slice 1 peeled banana in half lengthwise. Put banana pieces, cut sides up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the banana pieces with 1 teaspoon brown sugar, and broil on high until the sugar bubbles and the bananas brown (about 2–3 minutes). After broiling, sprinkle with cinnamon or drizzle with 1 teaspoon rum for an extra special treat.

Coffee and Banana Smoothie
Place 1 sliced peeled banana, 1 cup 1% low-fat milk, 1/2 cup cold black coffee, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/2 cup ice in a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy.

Tropical Fruit Salad
Make a fruit salad with 1 sliced peeled banana, 1 sliced peeled kiwi, and 1/2 diced peeled ripe mango. Squirt juice of 1/4 lime over the salad, and serve.

Posted courtesy of Health.Com

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Is it True....Can we Save Energy By Eating Veggies!

It's true. Living a vegetarian or better yet vegan lifestyle saves a ton of energy. Meat and dairy production is the number one user of fossils fuels on the planet. So eat veggies, preferably those grown close to where you live.

Eating vegetables has all kind of nutritional and health benefits, we all know. But, what you may not know that adopting a more plant based diet uses less energy and water than if you followed a meat-based diet. In fact, meat is the least energy efficient food on the planet. It requires an enormous amount of water to produce it for human consumption, and the production of it causes a lot of pollution. To produce one measly pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water.

Further, livestock produce 130 times the waste of humans. That’s a lot of manure! In fact, livestock actually produce eleven billion pounds of manure, sludge, and slurry waste every year. This same waste turns releases volatile organic compunds (VOCs), endotoxins, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide. Methane, a VOC, is the second leading greenhouse gas, which causes gobal warming.

The livestock industry is responsible for 20 percent of the methan in the atmosphere. Got the gist? So, give thought to reducing or eliminating the amount of meat in your diet and adopting a more plant based diet. Not only is eating more vegetables healthy for you, it helps out the earth. Try growing your own veggies and fruits!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dr. Andrew Weil: Why Plants Are (Usually) Better Than Drugs

I have always been fascinated by the difference between plants and the drugs that are isolated from them. This goes back to my student days at Harvard in the 1960s, where I received my undergraduate degree in botany, and then went on to medical school. It's rare, too rare, I have to say, for botanists to become doctors. The experience gave me a unique perspective on health and medicine.

For four decades, I've been skeptical of a prevailing belief in Western medicine: when a plant shows bioactivity in humans, we must attribute that effect to a single, predominant compound in the plant. We label that the "active principle," isolate it, synthesize it, and make a pharmaceutical out of it. Then, typically, we forget about the plant. We don't study any of the other compounds in it or their complex interactions.

This belief persists for two reasons. First, it makes research much easier. Single compounds can be manufactured in pure, standardized dosages, which simplifies clinical trials. (However, technology has largely solved this problem. Modern growing and processing methods make it possible to produce standardized, complex, whole plant based medicines. Clinical trials of these compounds have become quite sophisticated, especially in Europe.)

Second, and this is clearly the major reason, it makes drugs far more profitable for drug companies. Isolating and synthesizing a single molecule allows a drug company to patent that molecule. Making slight chemical modifications allows further patent potential. Such exclusivity can be worth billions, whereas a whole plant offers little opportunity for profit.

Read the entire article "Why Plants Are (Usually) Better Than Drugs"

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Governments Numbers are Not to be Trusted!

From guest blogger Sunshine Sara at Vitamin D Deficiency Syndrome.Com......

The current Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin D is only 200 International Units (IU) for people up to age 50. Ages 51-70 is 400IU and ages 71 and over is 600IU.

Experts are telling us about their research which has shown that we need a lot more than the current RDA to prevent Vitamin D Deficiency, perhaps 10 times that or even more. They say intake should be higher in the winter and for those living at higher latitudes. I live in the southwest and I am currently taking 4000IU daily as a maintenance dose. I may need to take more this winter. Some medical conditions, additional body fat and some medications may inhibit the ability to absorb and convert Vitamin D.

Lots of foods have some Vitamin D in them but it is tough to get......Read the entire article.

Friday, November 5, 2010

What's "Organic" About Organic? Movie Trailer

The organic label has swept into supermarket shelves over the last decade, but what does it mean? Through the stories of five farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, WHAT'S "ORGANIC" ABOUT ORGANIC? offers the audience a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in creating a more sustainable food system. The film is a headfirst dive into the challenges that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market.