Spice Up Your Kitchen

Whether in the kitchen window or on the balcony, starting a small planter-box garden is an easy way to add a bit of variety to the kitchen. Try starting with this fairly easy-to-grow trio of Italian herbs – basil, chives and oregano, all rich in both in culinary and medicinal uses. Not just fresh but […]

Super Snacks: Pumpkin Seeds

Native to North America, pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, have long played an important role in the medicinal traditions of many native cultures throughout the United States and Mexico, with uses ranging from healing burns and cuts with the seed oil to ridding the body of intestinal worms. Nutrients Similar to many edible seeds, pumpkin seeds […]

White Bean + Cilantro Hummus

Treat yourself to this savory afternoon snack that will have your taste buds begging for more. The main ingredient, cannellini beans, or white kidney beans, are traditional Italian beans which provide a long list of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They can help reduce cholesterol, they are a good sources of both fiber and protein and […]

Sun Salutations – Rise and Shine

Yoga before that cup o’ joe Sun salutations, or Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit, are a series of twelve yoga poses that are done in a flow-like sequence. Traditionally they are performed at dawn and originated in India as a series if prostrations to the sun. While you may not be rising with the sun to […]

Recycle your rinds – all the things you didn’t know you could do with orange peels

Nothing tastes better on those cold winter days than the sweet burst of sunshine that comes with each bite of an orange. While the benefits of this citrus fruit are known far and wide, there are even more uses for the package that nature wrapped it in. Next time you go for that sweet dose […]

Fight the Flu – Boost your immune system with elderberry

Winter is here in full swing and so is cold and flu season. Save yourself a couple boxes of tissues this year and fight back against these pesky illnesses with a boost of elderberry. Nature’s Medicine Chest (VibrantLife.org) Elderberry (of the Sambucus family) was traditionally known throughout its native Europe as “Nature’s medicine chest”. The […]