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25 Oct

Why Does the FDA Call This Omega-3-Rich Green a Weed?

Purslane belongs in your diet! This abundant “weed” is a deliciously sour green that makes a wonderful addition to salads, stir fries, vegetable dishes, soups, and salsas. It pairs nicely with citrus and melon. It’s a tasty complement to pork, fish, and protein-rich beans such as lentils. Purslane is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty […]

13 Sep

The 16 Most Powerful Foods

Here they are: perhaps the most nutritionally potent, anti-aging, bang-for-your-buck super foods nature has to offer, as recommended by Mark. If you can shoot for getting these power foods into your diet on a weekly basis, you’ll be doing very well indeed. Bookmark the list or print it out and keep it on the fridge. […]

6 Sep

Smart Fuel: Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are in season, so make the most of this colorful antioxidant-loaded vegetable now. Mix red, yellow, orange, and green peppers in with your salads, stir fries, vegetable mixes, and grilled meats. Bell peppers are excellent all on their own as a snack, too. Along with carotenoids and lycopene, bells supply nearly three times […]

30 Aug

Add More Fat to Your Diet in 1 Easy Step

Sara here. As many of you know, I eat a lot of fat on a daily basis, and one way I accomplish this scandalous health goal of mine is to add nut butters to my meals. Reader Donna got me hooked on cashew butter atop fried eggs (I fry them in butter or – ready […]

16 Aug

Another Night, Another Niacin Flush

This week’s Smart Fuel: 3 Delicious Sources of Niacin This is Niacin!

2 Aug

K2: So Much More Than Sports Equipment

We’re not talking about snowboards and ski gear. Though it’s not the “first” vitamin K, vitamin K2 is hardly the first loser. Do you know about this essential ingredient for good health? Read on! Vitamin K, in all its forms, is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps to protect your cardiovascular system (among several heart-related benefits, […]

26 Jul

Smart…It’s in Season

In this week’s edition of Smart Fuel: the fruits of summer! July is ripe for the nutritional picking. This is the best month of the year for stone fruits, tender fresh fish, berries, sweet sugar snap peas and green beans, and floral chanterelle mushrooms. The foods currently in season provide a perfect blend of healthy […]

12 Jul

The Yolk’s On You

Apologies for that headline. By now, most folks are aware that eggs are not unhealthy despite their high cholesterol content. (Though not everyone, because Eggbeaters is still in business!) Eggs contain quality protein, fat, and important vitamins and minerals. Most of the nutrition is found in the yolk of the egg, which is why we’re […]

5 Jul

3 Healing Herbal Teas You Can Make in No Time at Home

We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday! Here are three healthy, soothing herbal infusions you can make at home. Herbal teas, of course, are not technically “tea”, but the combinations of herbs, fruit and spices promote many aspects of wellness. These are some of our favorites: Cleansing & Rejuvenation Recovering from illness? […]

21 Jun

Pucker Up

SMART FUEL Pineapple! Get this cool walllpaper at Planeta What it is: Neither a pine nor an apple, the pineapple is actually a fusion of many “fruitlets”. The pineapple is special for many reasons, but for the science nerds, this is one of the only bromeliad fruits humans eat. A bromeliad can be either an […]

14 Jun

We Make Food That Tastes Like Other Food!

NOT-SO-SMART FUEL Remember when Mark blogged about the wilting of his Salad Love Affair thanks to the miraculous arrival of Flat Earth “healthy” chips? I happened upon this humorous review of one of the Flat Earth products: specifically, their peach and mango chips. The review is short and hilarious, so be sure you check out […]

1 Jun

5 Medicinal Benefits of Green Tea

SMART FUEL Last week the gang reviewed the basic varieties of tea. Tea is a naturally therapeutic beverage and I want to quickly highlight some of its important medicinal properties. Unlike many “herbal therapies” that I tend to be pretty leary of, tea has a well-documented multitude of health benefits. Though I do have a […]

25 May

Tea Time

SMART FUEL Reader Donna suggested that we share information on the benefits of tea. Good idea, Donna! Tea is incredibly healthy and is an easy way to get a daily dose of beneficial antioxidants. While we’re at it, let’s discuss the types of tea, too. Tea Types There is only one tea species. White tea, […]

18 May

Lard Balls & Other Culinary Delights

The Inuit and blubber. The Masai and beef. Dr. Cameron Smith and bags of butter. Come again? This week’s Smart Fuel is practically genius – although we wouldn’t necessarily recommend making it your next meal! It’s a well-known fact that some of the healthiest populations on earth enjoy copious amounts of saturated fat in their […]

20 Apr

Genius Fuel!

It’s a great time of year to enjoy fresh peas. We always keep plenty of bags of frozen peas around the Sisson household (well, the freezer, anyway). Peas make a quick, easy snack for the kids after sports’ practice or a long day at school that is far more nutritious than processed snack bars but […]

6 Apr

Wow, Broccoli…Again

Hi, Apples! Sara here. Mark asked me to write this week’s Smart Fuel column as he is buried in the latest batch of science and medical journals. So, I am here to tell you about the wonderful uses of the mandolin slicer in your steadfast pursuit of healthy meals. Right about now you may be […]

30 Mar

You Don’t Have to Try to Like Celery Anymore

Celery doesn’t have a passionate fan base. There are no “core users” of which I am aware. In fact, I’m convinced that even the celery fans among us (myself included…sorta) probably wouldn’t eat it if it weren’t, well, just there all the time. Celery is great in soups and somehow also got the reputation of […]

27 Mar

You’re Only 2 Feet Away from Changing Your Health Forever

We fret. We’re fretters. We worry and obsess about which diets to try, what kind of exercise to do, and which weapon is most powerful in the all-consuming War on Free Radicals. Hey, it’s all important. But here’s a big secret about getting and staying healthy: the little things do count. That’s because health is […]

23 Mar

Smart Fuel

This week’s Smart Fuel: Plants. That’s right: plants. It seems that marketers are on an eternal quest for the ultimate “superfood” with which to ply health-obsessed consumers. First there was margarine. Then bran. Then low-fat milk. Then soy. (None of which, by the way, have anything remotely “super” about them: trans fat, sugar, more sugar, […]

22 Mar

What’s Shakin’?

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: We’ve got great news for you to check out today – and fried vegetarians, too. Yes. Now That’s Rare: FDA Gets Tough Well played, FDA, well played. As everyone and their goldfish knows by now, the FDA is no stranger to bribery and corruption. Various moves (a new chief, a new […]

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