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Welcoming Spring into Our Kitchens

Tips for Spring Cooking Add fresh greens to your meals (e.g., kale, collards, watercress, parsley, and other hardy greens) Use lighter cooking methods, such as short-time boiling, steaming, and quick sautéing Reduce the amount of salt and other seasonings slightly Use foods and pickles fermented for a shorter period of time Include wild grasses, sprouts, […]

Did you fall off the wagon over the holidays?

Did you fall off the wagon over the holidays?

If you did, here are some tips to help you get back on track: 1. Be gentle and compassionate with yourself. Every day we begin anew! 2. Recommit to yourself, your life, and healthy living. 3. Clear out the junk food.  If you see it staring at you, it’s very likely you’ll eat it! 4. […]

Great Grains

Grains are the most abundant crop on the Earth and the foundation of human development, according to Oriental philosophy. They are thought to provide: Strong peaceful energy Strong intellect Spirituality Deep sleep Sense of calm Quick reflexes Long memory Clear thinking Flexibility, strength, and endurance B vitamins Complex carbs and fiber High quality protein Calcium, […]

Lucky Foods For The New Year * Osechi Ryori

When I lived in Japan, one of the tastiest menus that I learned was how to prepare the traditional New Year’s food. First introduced during the Heinan Period, osechi-ryori is basically a bento (boxed lunch) prepared in advance, stored in a cool place, and reheated when it is to be eaten during the first three […]

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C: assists in formation of connective tissue (keeps skin firm) helps heal wounds and broken bones aids in red blood cell formation protects against capillary wall ruptures, bruising, and scurvy Natural sources include: cauliflower, broccoli, mustard greens, kale, parsley, and other leafy green vegetables, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, and other fresh, seasonal, fruits

Benefits of Vitamin E

On your plate: almonds, leafy greens of a wide variety (like kale, watercress, choi sum, collards, mustards, spinach, etc.) Benefits: Helps protect and repair skin Reduces redness and irritation

Benefits of Vitamin A

Vitamin A: promotes the health of eyes and skin. increases immunity to infections and reduces free radicals. protects against tumors, especially lung. improves skin texture and reduces age spots. Natural sources include: carrots, winter squash (kabocha, butternut, etc), rutabaga, other yellow-orange vegetables, broccoli, kale, and other dark green leafy vegetables, and nori.