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Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Blog, Health & Wellness News | 0 comments

‘Hungry for Change’ tackles fad diets, the food industry and human emotions

‘Hungry for Change’ tackles fad diets, the food industry and human emotions

I spotted the Hungry for Change (2012) while browsing Netflix tonight. A number of big-name raw food and cleanse advocates are featured in the film, like David Wolff (Founder of the NurtiBullet) and Dr. Alejandro Junger (Clean Program). My favorite interviewee is Wild Food Specialist, Daniel Vitalis. (If there were ever a zombie apocalypse, my mission would be to find this guy.) The documentary successfully takes an in-depth look into the complexities of  personal health sabotage, including: our skewed views about nutrition thanks to fad diets, our inability to resist clever marketing from the processed food industry and our own negative human emotions about ourselves.

The only parts I disliked in the film were the acting segments. I don’t think documentaries need actors and fictional side stories, especially when the acting is poor at best and takes away from valuable fact time. In the end, I give Hungry for Change four veggies!

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Blog, Health & Wellness News | 0 comments

2013 named by the United Nations as International Year of Quinoa

2013 named by the United Nations as International Year of Quinoa

The United Nations Observances names 2013 International Year of Quinoa and Water Cooperation. Quinoa is recognized by the UN for its nutritional value, biodiversity maintained by Andean indigenous peoples, importance in food security and role in the eradication of poverty.

Originated in the Andean Region, quinoa is an edible seed that comes from a grain-like crop, but is more related to beets and spinach than grain or cereal. Nutritionally quinoa is a complete protein source consisting of essential amino acids and important antioxidants. Quinoa is also low in sugar, high in calcium and gluten-free (Wikipedia).

Implementing quinoa into your diet is one New Year’s resolution that’s easy to achieve and important to maintain. Here are a few links to some delicious quinoa recipes:

Cooking Light: 15 Quinoa Recipes

AllRecipes.com

Fitness Magazine: 13 Easy, Healthy Quinoa Recipes

 

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in Blog, Cooking, Videos | 0 comments

Bam! Teriyaki Tofu

Bam! Teriyaki Tofu

Tofu is super delicious and packed full of nutrients, like protein and isoflavones. Tofu is extremely versatile and easily adheres to whatever flavors it’s mixed with. In this video we’ll show you how to create delicious teriyaki flavored tofu.

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Blog, Health & Wellness News | 0 comments

Cooking Channel promotes vegan dishes on ‘How to Live to 100′

Cooking Channel promotes vegan dishes on ‘How to Live to 100′

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Here at The Weekly Veg we’re all about promoting delicious, nutrient-rich veggies. That’s why we’re excited to announce Cooking Channel’s new cruelty-free culinary show, How to Live to 100. The show is hosted by celebrity vegan and raw-food chef, Jason Wrobel. Wrobel is best known for his best-selling DVD, Simple Vegan Classics. Although Cooking Channel isn’t labeling How to Live as a ‘vegan’ cooking show, it’s still a win for vegans and animals alike…and even carnivores who may integrate more veggie dishes into their diet after watching the show. How to Live to 100 is set to air this Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST.

Detroit-born chef, Jason Wrobel, dishes up a sublime fusion of food and humor as host of the new Cooking Channel special, How To Live To 100. Known as the “King of Superfoods,” which are powerful ingredients proven to increase your longevity, Jason turns up the heat and whips them up into culinary masterpieces.

 

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Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Beauty, Blog | 0 comments

Oh My! DIY Body Scrubs

Oh My! DIY Body Scrubs

Yup, it’s winter. Unless you live in southern California, your skin is more than likely taking a beating. Over the years I’ve spent top-dollar on organic exfoliates from Whole Foods. Until last week I never dreamed of creating a DIY skin remedy. Labels on the back of store bought exfoliates make the process seem complex and expensive. Luckily I discovered Keeper of the Home, a website dedicated to organic DIY living. Here are a few of my favorite exfoliate recipes from their site…

Brown Sugar, Honey and Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Scrub

1-1/2 cups Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 cup local, raw Honey
1/4 teaspoon of desired scent options: Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract, Lemon Juice, Lavender essential oil, Fresh ground coffee, Cinnamon or Clove

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together to form a paste. Add scent if you would like to, but it is not necessary. Store body scrub in a sealed container in your shower or by the sink. No need to refrigerate. To use, scoop some into the palm of your hand and massage skin as needed.

Cocoa Body Scrub

1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/8 cup melted cocoa butter
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
sweet orange oil essential oil, or raspberry extract, or cinnamon (optional)

Melt cocoa butter over low heat.
Mix all ingredients in bowl.
Store in half-pint size mason jar.

Check out Keeper of the Home for more awesome DIY beauty tips and recipes!

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