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Wonder of the Sea: Irish Sea Moss

Also known as carragheen, or pearl moss this almost-tasteless, mucilaginous seaweed contains  10% protein, and is rich in sulphur compounds, iodine, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, pectin, B-vitamins and vitamin C.  The seaweed is also a “time released” fuel source, providing long chain polysaccharides that help to deliver nutrients over a longer period of time for a slower and more sustained nutritional uptake. Irish Sea Moss is  a red algae that commonly grows off the shores of Ireland, Great Britain, the Atlantic coastlines of the U.S. and Canada, most European shores as well as Iceland.
Historically it has been used for centuries in Ireland (hence the name) and during the 19th century Irish famine , the seaweed became a main source of food and nutrition for the Irish people and was also used to strengthen and speed recovery of the malnourished.  Additionally this food is a healing agent to all mucous membranes and helps relieve digestive ailments such as gastritis, dyspepsia, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, and peptic and duodenal ulcers. Like chia seeds, irish moss can also be used as a nutritious and low calorie filler and helpful substitute for fats or carb’s in drinks and desserts.  It not only provides a feeling of fullness but also, because it is time released, can satisfy hunger for longer periods of time and can help boost metabolism and increase energy. Read More

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DIY Not: Essential Oil Diffuser for Under $10

Nothing makes a home feel as warm and inviting as pleasant smells. But on the flip side, nothing makes a house less pleasant to be in than unsavory odors. I openly confess that having 2 indoor/outdoor dogs my house doesn’t naturally smell good all the time. I wanted something that would provide a constant, pleasant aroma that didn’t involve potentially messy wax (remember the 2 dogs part) and wasn’t just going to be putting senseless chemicals into the air. Being an essential oil fan, my mind immediately went to an essential oil diffuser. Read More

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Because Life is Short: White Chocolate Cheesecake

The reason I love health and nutrition is because the only person that can effect, change and better your health is you. It’s said that our overall health and physic is 80% determined by diet and 20% by exercise; but any positive results from either can be greatly diminished by a negative mindset.  What we choose to put in our mouths will be the main determining factor of the results we get out of our bodies; how we mentally frame our lifestyle choices will determine our success. Read More

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Worth Chewing On: Raw Granola Bars

Considered a “healthy” snack/meal option, granola bars are popular with parents and heath nuts alike. Grocery and convenience store’s shelves are chalked full of different kinds of these convenient bars varying in flavors, textures and add-ins. The problem with a large percentage of these quick eats is that they are full of processed grains, sugars, additives,and preservatives making them more like a candy bar than a wholesome snack. Making your own granola bars is relatively easy and gives you the ability to use ingredients of your choice and customize flavors to fit your tastes.
What you won’t find in most stores or recipe books though is raw or grain free granola bars/granola bar recipes. Being a granola bar fan myself, I set out to make a raw, vegan granola bar with grain free option. Read More

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Easy-Peasy Cashew Butter

Peanut butter is a pantry staple for most. It’s a non-animal based, high protein food that body builders and mother’s alike advocate. We all know that peanut are one of the highest allergen foods for people (hence the change in airplane snack options), but beyond a straight out allergic reaction, are there other potential health concerns with eating peanuts and peanut butter? Read More

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