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That is right, Mushrooms. Did you know edible mushrooms are among some of the healthiest foods on the planet, and considered a superfood? They are known to boost the immune system, have great protein, and fiber. They are not only packed with antioxidants, but a great amount of nutrients such as B vitamins, selenium, potassium, and copper. They are prebiotic and great for your gut. The list goes on and on.
Mushrooms are nothing new to humans, we have been using them for thousands of years to treat hundreds of aliments medicinally. The ancient Egyptians said they were known to keep the body youthful. After all it is 2020, and after a year like this, we could all use a little youthful pick me up!
Besides all the great health benefits, what about just eating them for pure enjoyment? Because they can taste great! Que, Mushroom Jerky. Instead of grabbing for your standard beef or turkey jerky, why not try Pan’s Mushroom Jerky. But wait it gets better.
Mushroom jerky is guilt free in more ways than one. Mushrooms compared to Beef or Turkey jerky, have fewer calories and little fat. So, consuming the entire bag (which you will want to because they are THAT good), won’t break the scale, and immediately send you into a juice fast for the next week.
Not only is it guilt free for your body, it is better for the planet. You will be reducing your carbon footprint by grabbing a plant-based jerky opposed to a meat-based jerky. With four flavor options, grab a bag of Pans Mushroom Jerky today at https://swellmarket.com/food-a...
Organic Chocolate Banana Muffins
Yields: 12 muffins
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20-25 mins
Tips: You can use real milk instead of milk substitutes, coconut oil (melted first) instead of avocado oil.
Altered Allrecipes.com recipe.
Ask any gardener how their produce compares to store bought and they're likely to tell you that there is no comparison. Remove all that grow-and-tell pride and there's still a remarkable difference in the taste and nutrients of something that was grown to full ripeness and picked fresh. In fact, store bought varieties are often either picked before ready and allowed to ripen on their journey to your grocer, or they're picked and preserved up to months on end in low oxygen storage so as to keep from spoiling. And for that reason, fresh is always best.
Understandably, we may not be able to control the time between when it was picked and when it ends up on your table, at least directly anyway. We have much more control over the distance the food travels to get to your table.
But a self-sustaining garden may be a lofty idea. That doesn't mean you can't eat local though. And eating food that was grown locally gives you a better chance of eating it at its peak freshness (when the nutrients are still in tact). Since deterioration starts as soon as crops are harvested, homegrown and locally grown produce that gets to your table fast offer more nutrients than produce that travels over time and distance. In fact, vitamins and antioxidants in some types of produce may be more than 100 percent higher in local crops versus imported ones.
Besides the health benefits you can gain by eating in season, seasonal foods typically taste better. Plus, foods that are produced in season are better for the environment and easier on your wallet.
Better for your health
Foods that are grown and consumed during their appropriate seasons are more nutritionally dense. In a study monitoring the vitamin C content of broccoli, it was found that broccoli grown during its peak season had a higher vitamin C content than broccoli grown during the spring.
Better for the environment
Stop in at local farmers market and you'll be able to figure out what's in season near you. So eating those foods means that they didn't have to travel as far to get to you. The associated fuel emissions and transportation costs are minimal (hint: those costs aren't passed on to you, either).
Better for your wallet
Think back to Economics 101. Remember supply and demand? When a fruit or vegetable is in season, there is typically an abundance of it. That in turn brings the price down. Better yet? If you grow your own, the associated costs to produce that food are even lower, and your plants will help you determine what's in season.
Let's start with the basics, like defining it. If you haven't heard of biophilic design, you certainly aren't alone -- but you may be more familiar with the concept than you realize. It's a set of principles that aim to improve our connection with nature as a way to reduce stress, help focus, and even support immune response.
It involves making the most of the sensory elements of nature, such as the feel of fresh air and the sound of water. It’s also about introducing natural materials, colors, textures, patterns and even technologies that evoke a feeling of nature, and remembering that our homes need to have spaces that energize, stimulate and connect us with each other, while being calming, relaxing and restorative.
Ultimately, it's about using nature to make your home a place to recharge.
The biophilic design craze has been fueled by a host of scientific studies that indicate that being closer to nature, whether that’s in the form of houseplants or natural light, is beneficial for your health. A landmark 2019 study found that children in Denmark who had been exposed to more greenery had 55% less mental health problems later in life compared to those who weren’t exposed to nature.
And just because we love statistics, here's some more benefits of biophilic design;
If the jury's still out, we encourage you to give it a try for yourself, and let us know in the comments section if you are able to notice a difference.
Every year, the Environmental Working Group researches the conventionally grown fruits and veggies that contain the most pesticides, sharing the results with the public through Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen Lists. Last year, strawberries were found to be the “dirtiest” produce source. Read on to find out how things are looking this year.
Strawberries remain at the top of the 2017 Dirty Dozen™ list of EWG's 2017 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues.
EWG's analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. USDA researchers found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples they analyzed. The pesticide residues remained on fruits and vegetables even after they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.
"Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they're grown, but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic," said Sonya Lunder, an EWG senior analyst.
Lunder said it's particularly important to reduce young children's exposures to pesticides. The pesticide industry and chemical agriculture maintain that pesticides on produce are nothing to worry about, but doctors and scientists strongly disagree.
"Even low levels of pesticide exposure can be harmful to infants, babies and young children, so when possible, parents and caregivers should take steps to lower children's exposures to pesticides while still feeding them diets rich in healthy fruits and vegetables," said Dr. Philip Landrigan.
Landrigan, Dean of Global Health and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai, was the principal author of a landmark 1993 National Academy of Sciences study, Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. The study led to enactment of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act that set safety standards for pesticides on foods.
For the Dirty Dozen list, EWG singled out produce with the highest loads of pesticide residues. In addition to strawberries and spinach, this year's list includes nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes.
Each of these foods tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce. Pears and potatoes were new additions to the Dirty Dozen, displacing cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from last year's list.
By contrast, EWG's Clean Fifteen™ list of produce least likely to contain pesticide residues includes sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwis, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods and tests found low total concentrations of pesticide residues on them.
"From the surge in sales of organic food year after year, it's clear that that consumers would rather eat fruits and vegetables grown without synthetic pesticides," said Lunder. "But sometimes an all-organic diet is not an option, so they can use the Shopper's Guide to choose a mix of conventional and organic produce."
11. Sweet bell peppers
1. Sweet corn *
6. Frozen sweet peas
7. Papayas *
11. Honeydew Melon
* A small amount of sweet corn and papaya sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.
Chia seeds can absorb 9 times their weight in liquid, but for making chia pudding we like to stick with a 1:6 ratio (You can always adjust it to vary the consistency, but for this recipe we're going for a tapioca like viscosity).
For a single serving, you'll need:
3 Tablespoons of chia seeds
1 cup of liquid*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon sweetener (this is optional! but you could try maple syrup or honey)
*The liquid is up to you and will vary based on preference and dietary restrictions. We'd recommend plant-based milks like almond, cashew and coconut milk.
The need for trace minerals
Our bodies require minerals to function at optimal level. Ideally, these minerals would be obtained from our food sources, but modernized farming practices and processed foods have stripped these vital nutrients from our diets. And while trace minerals are needed only in small amounts, they are still a critical aspect of our overall health.
Traditionally, eating fresh grains, fruits, and vegetables grown in nutrient-rich soil has been the primary supply for a full spectrum of trace minerals.
Unfortunately in today’s world, naturally occurring, nutrient-rich soil is becoming increasingly rare. Eons of vegetation growth and aggressive modern farming techniques have brought many of the earth’s minerals to the surface where they have been washed away.
Synthetic fertilizers are routinely applied to farms and fields where minerals have been depleted, but provide only enough mineral substance to support basic plant life. Numerous trace minerals essential to human life don’t get replenished.
What can you do?
Above all else, making sure you are eating a healthy and balanced diet is the number one way to insure you are getting the right amount of trace minerals. But even when we eat the right foods, making a conscious effort to always eat healthy may not be enough. Adding trace minerals to your diet can help keep you healthy and make sure all of your trace mineral needs are met.
What are trace minerals?
We have all heard about how our bodies need certain minerals like calcium and magnesium; however, it’s not often that we hear about how we also need trace minerals. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium are known as macro minerals. Macro minerals are needed by the body in large amounts and trace minerals are the minerals that we need in very small amounts
Trace minerals are an essential part of any diet. Unfortunately, many people fail to get these much-needed nutrients from their everyday diet. All-natural foods often lack the nutrients we need, since modern farming techniques have brought these minerals to the surface, where they are washed away.
Trace minerals are a 100% natural element; they cannot be manufactured or created in a laboratory. Instead, trace minerals are only found in foods or all-natural supplements. Some examples of trace minerals are selenium, vanadium, germanium, and iodine.
In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, individuals can improve their health by supplementing with all-natural trace minerals. This ensures that you are receiving the proper amounts of trace minerals in your diet, especially since food alone is often not enough to fulfill this need.