Good Reads and Good Eats 4/25

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Good Reads

The doctor is out: Labcrop to let consumers order their own tests. I love the trend towards putting more resources for health care into the hands of the average person. For example, more labs like this one are setting it up so that it’s easier for people to order their own labs.

The surprising truth about who’s really buying organic: This is an interesting read on how much the organic trend is widening.

Does your heart health start in your gut? An interesting look at some of the possible links with Chris Kresser.

When animals go extinct because we stopped eating them: We are very used to the idea that OVER eating certain animals lead to their extinction. But what about when we stop eating certain breeds? An interesting read.

Good Eats:

Springtime Limoncello: Made with high quality vodka and organic lemons, this limoncello sounds great! An amazing Italian restaurant near us serves housemade limoncello and it is amazing.

How to use strawberry tops: Don’t waste your strawberry tops! This is a clever idea.

Vegan Lime Tart: This raw lime tart sounds so delicious!

Here is a fun round up of grain free Italian Comfort food recipes.

Minty Mango Delight: This sounds like a lovely smoothie!

Good Reads and Good Eats 4/18

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Good Reads

 Why Organic? I thought this was a great read on why purchasing organic produce is worth it, even though it’s not a perfect system.

Should family dinner trump extracurriculars? A great read!

“While I understand why the ritual of family dinner gets harder as the kids grow, I contend that we parents can do more to make sure family dinners happen in our homes most nights, even if they have to happen earlier or later. The benefits of family dinner are incontrovertible and worth fighting for.”

I really appreciated this article about Leaky Gut and how research is showing that it is, indeed, a real, scientifically proven problem. This quote stuck out to me.

” “Leaky gut” may not be the unified field theory of medicine, but so far the evidence is good that its effects go way beyond the intestine. And that’s not a novel idea. As far back as the 1860s “auto-intoxication” by nasty gut microbes was thought to cause systemic disease and mental illness—and for decades well-respected scientists agreed. This idea fell out of favor in the last century—and was looked on with scorn as “unscientific.” These days when patients suggest leaky gut, doctors usually dismiss them with a hand wave and some partially informed statement about a lack of evidence.

But that’s a deeply unscientific stance. Evidence does not only come in the form of pharmaceutically-funded drug trials; it also comes from basic science and through careful observation. And those observations should not be dismissed because they do not conform to our current medical dogma. We are simply missing too many opportunities to help people get well. “

Read an interesting article on the history of tea drinking here from NPR. I love tea, so this was fun to read.

 Good Eats

Roasted Rosemary and Butternut Cake: I am intrigued by the flavor combination of this grain and egg free cake!

Indian Spiced Quinoa Pilaf with Peas: What a fun way to enjoy quinoa.

Fermented Garlicky Radishes: I can’t wait to try this ferment! It sounds lovely.

 Paleo Key Lime Pie Smoothie: For those who were fans of my Peppermint Chocolate Chip Smoothie, you may also enjoy this avocado based smoothie!

Good Reads and Good Eats 4/11

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Good Reads

The 100 Acre Classroom: Would it be amazing if all children learned how to garden, raise animals and preserve food as part of their schooling? This school sounds lovely, and I wish more children had the opportunity to attend schools such as this one.

How to host a crappy dinner and see your friends more often: Do you ever feel that having people over for dinner is more about showing off than living life together? I LOVED this article on keeping things real. It’s especially important when you have young children and life is crazy at home.

 Conflict of interest at the nutritionist’ annual Confab?: I’m behind the times as this article was published almost a year go, but just read it myself. I sure hope they are improving things this year! Read this snippet:

“And that wasn’t all. The sessions—the real meat and potatoes of the conference—had food industry sponsors as well. The Wheat Council hosted a presentation about how gluten intolerance was just a fad, not a real medical problem. The International Food Information Council—whose supporters include Coca-Cola, Hershey, Yum Brands, Kraft, and McDonald’s—presented a discussion in which the panelists assured audience members that genetically modified foods were safe and environmentally sustainable. In “Bringing Affordable Healthier Food to Communities,” Walmart spokespeople sang the praises of (what else?) Walmart. After lunch, I attended “Sweeteners in Schools: Keeping Science First in a Controversial Discussion.” Sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association, whose members produce and sell high-fructose corn syrup, it included a panel composed of three of the trade group’s representatives.”

Good Eats

30 Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals: Great last minute meals that are healthy too!

 Smokey Romaine and Avocado Salad: Smoked Paprika is the secret to this flavorful salad. I can’t wait to try it.

Mini Pepper Nachos: We love the little mini peppers available now, and this is a clever way to enjoy them!

This cold “cereal” made out of nuts and almond butter looks and sounds scrumptious. It’s also grain and gluten-free.

 White Bean Hummus: I love traditional hummus, but this variation caught my eye too. The whole head of roasted garlic would be seriously amazing!

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Good Reads and Good Eats 3/28

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Good Reads

Students eat more healthy food when recess is before lunch: This simple change increased the fraction of children eating at least 1 serving of fruits or vegetables by 45 percent!

 Man tries 10 diets in 50 days: That’s one way not to get bored on a diet!

Why one GMO Engineer Changes Course to Become an Organic Farmer: Fascinating article

Pets help autistic children with social skills: Yet another great reason to have a family pet

This interview with a GMO advocate who claims round up is safe to drink by the quart, but then refuses to drink a glass saying, “I’m not stupid” is pretty funny.

 Good Eats

Mint Chocolate Chip Cashew Cream Cake : Gluten and dairy free

Grain free Homemade Cocoa Puffs: Check out the last recipe in the trio!

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Tonic: A refreshing, bright drink

Paleo Pasty: A rich, gluten free take on an old fashioned meal.

Green Bean Bacon Bundles: What a fun way to serve green beans!