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August 16, 2010 on 12:45 am

Food dehydrators are a staple in the healthy kitchen! From dieters trying to conserve calories to food purists who want to enjoy delicious foods that aren’t riddled with preservatives and other unnatural chemicals, health-minded people are now bringing home top model food dehydrators.

You know fresh produce is great for your body because they are packed with natural vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Unfortunately, a lot of fresh produce goes to waste because people simply don’t eat it up before it goes bad.

Food dehydrators are the solution to this problem. You will never again waste money by throwing out rotten fruit! You can use your dehydrator to remove the moisture from these foods so they are preserved naturally.

Dehydrated foods will last much longer than those that are left fresh and they can be used in a variety of healthy snacks. Consider adding dehydrated fruit pieces to yogurt or mixed in with nuts for a homemade trail mix.

Even children will eat foods that have been processed through food dehydrators! They will eat their fruits happily without even realizing they are so good for them. You may even be able to dehydrate very small pieces of vegetables and slip them into a dehydrated fruit mix for those veggie-hating family members!

July 17, 2010 on 2:06 am
Fresh fruit and vegetables
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Juicing involves extracting nutrients from fruits and vegetables. One of the best tools to harvest these wonderful nutrients is a stainless steel juicer.

A stainless steel juicer allows you to make a healthy drink which can be easily assimilated by the body. Furthermore, stainless steel juicers won’t stain and are easy to clean; they make any kitchen look gorgeous, and are perfect for those who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivities.

In today’s busy world, it is imperative to keep ourselves healthy. With Our hectic schedules it is even more important to make wise food choices. Of course, we can survive on microwave food and energy bars, but we find ourselves tired and rundown too often.

We can all use a healthier lifestyle and a large intake of fruits and vegetables can make up for the lack of nutrients we suffer from our on-the-run diets. And the best way we can these nutrients is through healthy juicing. Start your day with a fresh glass of juice made in your stainless steel juicer.

May 1, 2010 on 10:18 pm
vegetarian salad (Palermo)

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Many people like the idea of living a vegetarian lifestyle because of their values and personal beliefs, but once they decide to give it a try they find it doesn’t blend well with their personality or other aspects of their lifestyle.

For others cutting out meat is a pleasant and simple experience, but for those who aren’t as lucky it takes extreme dedication to make it work.

The following questions will help you analyze your own personality in reference to the vegetarian lifestyle.

If you find that it doesn’t suit you on some level, remember this isn’t an all-or-nothing lifestyle. You can still eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains the majority of the time while having some meat on occasion.

Remember, vegetarians don’t always cut out eggs and dairy products either, so there is a lot of wiggle room to find a vegetarian plan that fits your life and personality.

1. Are you concerned with the welfare of animals typically consumed as food?

This is one of the biggest reasons most vegetarians go vegetarian. They don’t believe that animals consumed as food are treated humanely prior to being consumed or they simply don’t like the idea of eating a dead animal in any circumstance. The refusal to eat meat can feel like taking a stand or following your values in this case.

If this really is not a concern for you, then there has to be some other major motivating force to help you adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. If there is no real reason you chose to go vegetarian, it will feel more like a diet and you aren’t as likely to stick with it long term. That is probably why the majority of true vegetarians you meet follow the lifestyle out of personal beliefs and care for animals.

2. Are you concerned with the negative effects animal products could be having on your health?

This would probably be the second biggest reason many people stick to a vegetarian lifestyle. The foods consumed on this type of diet are a lot healthier for your heart and other organs of the body. A vegetarian diet balanced with whole grains and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables will drastically cut down on the amount of saturated fats that you consume.

Dr. Dean Ornish is well known for his vegetarian diet plans that advocate heart health and even reversing heart disease with fresh foods. His more recent book, The Spectrum, does allow some meat if you choose, but he really advocates protecting your heart through vegetarianism.

3. Do you need to lose weight, but don’t want to go on yet another diet?

Many people decide they need to lose weight but don’t want to cycle through another failed diet, so they reason that they can just cut out meat and their diet will be healthier and lower in calories. You can’t approach vegetarianism in this way!

There are overweight and even obese vegetarians out there. They are overweight because they eat a lot of processed, high fat meatless foods. Unless you are a vegan and watch for animal byproducts, potato chips and cake can be considered vegetarian!

If your goal is to lose weight, a well balanced vegetarian diet will help. You just have to make sure it is well balanced just as you would on any other diet plan.

Remember, if you strike out at one of these three points, there is a way to work a vegetarian lifestyle into the life you currently live.

January 20, 2010 on 1:27 am
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Are organic foods healthier? That’s the question taken up in the blog post “Is Organic Healthier” on Ask Maya! Research says no in regard to vitamins and minerals. But through an ecologically-holistic lens, organic produce is much healthier to the human and the planet due to the absence of pesticides and herbicides. Furthermore, the lack of chemicals in and on organically-grown produce is usually concomitant with sustainable farming practices.

Maya also explains how the requirements for getting food labeled “organic” cause the price of said food to be higher than chemically-grown food. So we have choices that affect our health and our pocket book.

Which do you choose?

You can read the entire article here.

January 15, 2010 on 6:11 pm
[Display of home-canned food] (LOC)
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Here is another list of top ten food trends and this one deserves some attention as well. I have to admit I have opened a few more cans while preparing meals to stretch the dish. Just today I added canned corn to my soup as it added a little texture and color as well as giving me another meal.

I’m all for fresh but when you go to the store not only are the prices higher, but the quality just isn’t there. Maybe because they are sitting there longer, but I think people are trying to find ways to stretch the dollar. I’ve also noticed the frozen veggies are flying off the shelf. I haven’t tried canning my own veggies, but you never know. Here’s the first food trend:

“1. The Canning Comeback – Food preservation has rejuvenation. They used to call it “putting up,” as in putting up tomatoes or corn for the winter ahead. Maybe your grandmother still refers to it that way. What it means of course is canning, pickling, and preserving—and more and more folks will be getting into it for a number of reasons, including the economy, health and food safety.  The recent scares over contaminated tomatoes, peanut butter, and eggs have driven people to take more control over what they put on the table.”

You can read the entire article here.

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