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Kale & Apple Harmony!

Heidemarie of Chocolate Harmony has proven that she is the queen of all things chocolate, but did you know she’s also got some other amazing recipes up her sleeve?  See her Kale & Apple Salad recipe below, which is perfect for in-season kale and those apples preserved from the winter harvest.  Both are currently available at the market! Kale and Apple Salad   Ingredients • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • Kosher salt • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, leaves very thinly sliced • 1/4 cup dried cranberries • 1 Honeycrisp apple • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted • 1 ounce Pecorino, finely grated (1/4 cup) • Freshly ground black pepper Directions Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.  Add the kale, toss to coat and let stand 10 minutes.  While the kale stands, cut the apple into thin matchsticks or chop.  Add the cranberries, apples, almonds and cheese to the kale.  Season with salt and pepper and toss well....

Allergies? Consider ADDING Pollen to your Life

Interested in learning more about the benefits of pollen?  Evona from Gaughan Bee Dancin’ shares some helpful information.  Read on!   Pollen Bee pollen contains anywhere from 12% to 30+% protein.  Also contains the complete spectrum of amino acids.  They are the building blocks of proteins, which are needed to build every cell in the body. Pollen contains every vitamin known to science.  It is especially rich in pantothenic acid (B5), nicotinic acid (B3), and riboflavin (B2).  Also contains vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.  More than twenty five trace elements account for 2 to 4% of the dry weight of pollen.  Not a significant source for vitamins B12 and D. Pollen is 5 to 10% good fat by dry weight.  This contains considerable essential fatty acids, lecithin, and other nutrients.  They are “essential” because we need them to survive, and the body cannot produce these by themselves.  It is recommended that other sources of EFA’s are also used, such as flax oil or hempseed oil. Pollen is rich in phytochemicals, which are a plant’s natural immune system, warding off diseases and viruses.  These increase a body’s immune system and support the ability to remove toxins.  These substances have also been linked to the prevention of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other ailments.  People who don’t get any benefits from vitamins often are able benefit from pollen because it is a natural food and is absorbed into the body more readily than some brands of vitamins. Fresh, unheated pollen contains numerous active enzymes, coenzymes, and hormones.  Enzymes are energized protein molecules and are used in...

Let’s Talk About Clean Eating…

  You might have heard the term “eating clean” thrown around in the past several years but never really knew what it was all about.  You can think of eating clean as rewinding the clock, back before food was so commercialized and processed.  Back to the basics!  What we put in our bodies has a direct impact on our health, so we want our food to be as close to the way nature designed it.  It’s not a diet, it’s a choice you make about what you put in your body on a daily basis.   In addition to recipes for those just starting to clean up their diet or for those who just need some inspiration, “Clean Eating Magazine” shares a clear description of what it’s all about… 1) Choose organic whenever possible.  If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, and the “Dirty Dozen” your organic priorities, but as they say, “Pay the farmer now, or pay the doctor later!” 2) Aim to drink at least two liters of water everyday, preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic. 3) Get label savvy.  Clean foods include a short list of ingredients, and you can pronounce them!  Anything you don’t recognize can be searched online very easily.  It’s amazing what manufacturers put in our food in interest of preserving and adding flavor!  Here’s a list from Whole Foods on what ingredients you should watch our for, although there are new “ingredients” being created all of the time. 4) Avoid processed and refined food, such as white flour, sugar, bread, and pasta.  Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.  Steer clear of trans fats, fried foods, or...