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25 Oct

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

pur2Purslane 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 acids of any green, leafy vegetable. Interestingly, purslane contains the EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) form of Omega-3, which is rare for a plant source of fatty acids. Purslane is also naturally high in magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, and iron. Pretty incredible, isn’t it!

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24 Oct

Fire Safety Tips

malibufireIn light of the emergency fire situation throughout much of Southern California, we think this is an important time to highlight fire safety tips for protecting your home and children. We recommend bookmarking this post for future reference or printing it out as a checklist.

1. Have a plan.

Have a plan for escape that your whole family has memorized. Have a safe meeting place planned should you become separated. Try to find two escapes from each room in the house, and memorize them. Run practice drills!

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23 Oct

10 Great Uses for Vinegar (Ditch Those Chemicals!)

vinegarWhile we typically use vinegar for salad dressings and pickling, this beneficial acid has a multitude of wonderful household uses. Here are just a few. Be sure to add in your own tips in the comments below!

1. Better Tasting Coffee

Once a month, brew up a pot of white vinegar. Follow with two cycles of water before steeping your next round of joe. (You can do this for your washing machine as well.)

2. Rust-free Spigots, Nuts, Bolts, and Tools

Simply soak the rusty item in white vinegar overnight!

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23 Oct

Malibu Fires Update

Quick update on our situation:

As many of you know, my company, Primal Nutrition, is based in Malibu. The fires came very close but thankfully no one was hurt. (Our offices are singed – the flames were right there – but everything is O.K.) As of today, Malibu is still out of commission, which means business is also shut down for the time being. We’ll be posting updates here and doing what we can via email, but phones are out and internet access is really limited. If you happen to be a customer of Primal in addition to being a reader of MDA, thanks for your patience. The most important thing, of course, is that everyone is safe.

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