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Vegan Vanilla Cake

Vegan Vanilla Cake

This vegan vanilla cake was an unexpected huge hit among a group of friends that appreciate my vegan lifestyle, but are far from being vegan themselves. There is a surprising moist and dense consistency to this cake, along with tons of vanilla flavor without being too sweet. You can probably guess from the pictures below it was enjoyed morning, noon, and night, by my non-vegan friends.

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Fashion Flash is Moving Free

Fashion Flash

Hosting this week:

The host of Fashion Flash this week is Mirabai Holland from the blog Moving Free with Mirabai. She is one of the leading authorities in the Health & Fitness Industry and a public health advocate who specializes in preventive and rehabilitative exercise. She has implemented her fitness and wellness programs in hospitals, fitness facilities and corporations worldwide.

What to expect from Fashion Flash:

This group of women bloggers have a variety of expertise and write about subjects that are important to women over 40. Head over and say hi to Mirabai and the rest of the over 40 bloggers for this week’s dose of beauty, health, fitness, shopping, travel and fashion!

Moving Free

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Comparing Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, and Parkinson’s

Alzheimer's

I recently realized that I did not fully understand the differences, or the similarities, that some of the most common neurological diseases shared. I will share in this post some basic comparisons of Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, and Parkinson’s. Find out what you need to know about causes, treatments, and symptoms, of these neurological diseases.

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It is time to stop asking vegans where they get their calcium and protein from.

I am always surprised when I tell someone I don’t eat dairy or meat that they still ask: “Where do you get your calcium and protein from?” or “Do you eat a lot of beans and rice?” My answers nowadays: “I get those nutrients from almost every single piece of food I put in my mouth. Virtually all foods in nature have calcium and protein as part of their make up” and “I love beans and rice and eat many varieties of both fairly regularly, but maybe not anymore often than you do.”

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Don’t overlook Olive Leaf for nutrition, inflammation, blood sugar & immune support.

If you know about olive leaf, most likely you have heard of it as a natural supplement for treating Candida, and supporting the immune system. Oleuropein, is the component of olive leaf that has been shown to fight against a wide variety of  bacteria, yeasts, and fungus. To take this a step further, within the oleuropin, there is a compound called elenolic acid that loves to breakdown viruses. Calcium eleolate, one form of elenolic acid, is keen to fight bacteria and parasites.

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Cilantro, Herb or Super Food?

Cilantro 2

Cilantro and coriander have two very different flavors, but come from the same plant. Cilantro refers to the fresh leaves used as an herb, and coriander to the seeds used as a spice. The medicinal and nutritional qualities are very different as well. Also called Chinese parsley and Mexican parsley, cilantro is a fragrant mix of parsley, sage, and citrus, and is the focus of this post.

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Wild Rice Salad – Wild Style Recipe

wild rice salad

This wild rice salad recipe was also taken from Grub, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry (see the recipe for Carrot Coleslaw). The book is amazing and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in cooking vegetarian and organic! It has great information on why everyone should be eating organic. The name of this recipe was taken from the film Wild Style directed by Charlie Ahearn in 1982, about the birth of hip hop.

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Celebrate Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus): Your emotions are linked to Heart, Kidneys, and Spleen

Siberian Ginseng

Eleutherococcus extract, has a rich history—a very rich history and is one of my favorite ingredients in Adrenal Health. In the 16th century, a Chinese herbalist recorded, “I would rather have a handful of [eleuthero] than a cartload of treasures.” Used for centuries in Chinese herbalism, eleuthero, or “ci wu jia”, or you may have heard it referred to Siberian Ginseng in the past, has a primary function of boosting our Kidneys, Heart, and Spleen.

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Carrot Coleslaw & Sesame Seeds

Carrot Coleslaw

This carrot coleslaw recipe was taken from the book Grub, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry. Grub is part organic handbook/part cookbook and there are some really great tips on living an organic lifestyle. The recipes are organized by season and even include music ideas to make cooking even more fun!

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11 Ways to Eat Goji Berries

11 Ways to Eat Goji Berries

Here is a hint: anywhere you would use, raisins, cranberries, or currants.

In a salad, ANY kind of salad. Fruit salad, greens salad, chicken salad

On hot or cold cereal

In trail mix

In yogurt

In cookies (replace raisins or chocolate chips)

In smoothies

As a tea, or in addition to another tea, like green tea and goji

In water (Spa Water)

In ice cubes, a decorative and healthy addition

In vodka

Or keep it simple and just grab a handful out of the bag and enjoy!

Finding good goji berries

When you purchase goji berries, they shouldn’t be hard as a rock. Purchase a high quality brand, and you won’t have that problem. Feel the berries in the packaging before buying and if they are not “soft” like raisins, skip that brand. Of course, there should be no additional ingredients, additives, or preservatives to keep them soft, so make sure to read the label!

Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

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Baked Orange Cauliflower Recipe

Baked Orange Cauliflower

Normally I am not fan of savory food flavored with orange or orange zest, so I was little hesitant to try Michelle’s Baked Orange Cauliflower with Snap Peas. She convinced me when she said she was squeezing fresh juice for the recipe, and it was just an ingredient in the sauce. I am thankful I did not pass on trying this dish, because it is delicious!!

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What to look for when buying Resveratrol.

Although resveratrol occurs naturally in grapes (especially Muscadine), nuts and other fruits, buying resveratrol as a supplement means that it is extracted from the herb Polygonum cuspidatum. The resveratrol from Polygonum cuspidatum is just like that of grapes and other sources of resveratrol, but unfortunately, Polygonum cuspidatum is known to be a toxic herb when consumed over time.

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Vegan Paleo Fruit Tarts

Paleo Fruit Tarts

This is a fun dessert if you are having company over. These paleo fruit tarts are very easy to make and great for kids or adults. If you do not have individual tart pans, just make one large tart. Make sure to make this ahead as it needs to sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours before serving.

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Common allergens and your health

90 percent of all food allergies in the United States are linked to a very short list of foods. Keep in mind, you could easily have an intolerance or sensitivity that would not technically be classified as an allergy, but it is still preventing you from obtaining your best health.

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Stem Cell Technology, Part Two. Umbilical Cord Blood

Umbilical Cord Blood

Now that you are starting to grasp how stem cell technology is evolving from reading part one of this post, let’s take a look at where we are at today. What are the latest products to ask your doctor about when the subject of stem cells as a treatment for injuries or health issues enters the conversation? Umbilical Cord Blood!  (more…)

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