Natural Popcorn

Natural popcorn

Popcorn is loved around the world. Traces of corn, as old as 80,000 years, have been found in Mexico City from fossilized pollen. Popcorn ears have also been found in New Mexico that are around 5,600 years past their expiration date, and 1,000 year old popcorn kernels have been uncovered in Peru as well as Southwest Utah. No wonder it has stayed around, as it is a portable, healthy treat. Popcorn is high in fiber. The hulls are also loaded with antioxidant rich polyphenols, which aid in warding off coronary artery disease and keeps blood sugar at optimal levels. Popcorn… read more

Spelt Flour

Spelt flour

Spelt is considered to be an ancient grain because it has been cultivated for 7,000 years and modified very little by humans. This means that it is less inbred than standard wheat flour and more nutritious as well. Spelt offers a broader range of nutrients than those found in the more commonly used wheat flour. It is a good source of manganese, fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B3, magnesium, and copper, and provides 30% more protein per serving than standard wheat. Whole grains such as spelt provide a broad array of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, certain cancers,… read more

Drinking Clay

Healing properties of clay

It sounds strange, however, there’s a new craze. Actually, let me correct that, an ancient craze that’s becoming cool again. Drinking clay. The thought of drinking clay doesn’t really float my boat, but of course if it’s good for you, then I will most probably jump on board. The Ancient Egyptians, known for their innovative regimes, were lovers of clay. They used it medicinally and for embalming. The Incas had drinking clay as part of their diet. The Aboriginals use clay as part of their rituals. Clay has been commonly used as a purification method. In baths it is known… read more

Baking Whole Wheat Bread

Whole wheat bread

Whole wheat flour is far healthier than white flour, which loses most of its nutrients to processing. As a whole food, whole wheat flour retains its fiber and high antioxidant content, which means that it’s not only more nutritious, but also helps to prevent disease. Research has also shown that those who eat whole grains regularly tend to weigh less (Slavin, 2004). Unfortunately, many people don’t like making bread with whole wheat flour because they find that the bread has a heavier texture or they just don’t like the taste. If texture is the issue (loaves of bread turning out… read more

Reusing Glass Containers

Recycling glass

Glass is a substance that does not break down. Reports state that it takes at least 1 million years for it to begin to decompose, while others say it is closer to an undetermined number. Most glass is 100% recyclable, and recycling companies will usually accept different colors of glasses. What cannot be turned into new glass products can be often be repurposed into other functional materials. Also, the amount of energy that is spared from recycling only one glass bottle could run a computer for around 30 minutes (Earth911). With pre-packaging all around, we may forget that we can… read more

Recycled Water Debate

Recycled water

Water is a commodity necessary to sustain life on earth. Without it the world would come to an abrupt dead halt, which is why considerable efforts are invested into water conservation methods because it has become common knowledge that fresh water is a depleting resource in many territories worldwide. Recycled water is one of most controversial topics in environmental law and policy formulation, as it is also a viable alternative to mitigating fresh water consumption. There is often resistance towards integrating recycled water into drinking water. Recently, the people of Ethekwini (otherwise known as Durban) in South Africa are one… read more

Grass-Fed Beef

Cow, Jennifer Copley

In the past, all beef was grass fed but in recent years, most beef has been grain-finished, which means that cows spend the last months of their life gorging on grain in a feedlot. Grain-fed beef is a brighter red, while grass-fed beef is a more auburn shade, but the differences between the two go beyond color. Research has shown that grass-fed beef is higher in health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, as well as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which studies suggest may protect against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes as well as helping to reduce overall body fat (Agriculture and Agri-Food… read more

Reuse Food Scraps

By SleepyNeko

Say for instance you love to cook with fresh ingredients at home but with this extravagant meal you have plenty of food scraps left over. You do not have a garden because you live in the city and are unable to compost your food. What do you do? Simple! Below are a few examples on how you can reduce and reuse your food scraps without composting. Stocks and Broths: Stocks and broths can be made using left over vegetable scraps and meat bones. Boiling these for a few hours can reduce what goes into the trash and the stock can… read more

Christmas Recipes

Christmas fare

Christmas is a time for comfort food, but the Christmas feast doesn’t need to be unhealthy. Here are three nutritious recipes for the Christmas table. 1.  Healthy Pumpkin Pie This pumpkin pie is lower in sugar and fat than other most pie recipes but still delicious. Its wonderful flavor and aroma come from a rich blend of spices. Ingredients 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell 1 standard (398 ml) can pumpkin 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup skim milk 1/2 cup raw organic cane sugar or natural, unrefined Demerara sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1/4… read more

5th Highest Global Temps

Photo Credit: NOAA

The globally-averaged temperature for November 2012 marked the fifth warmest November since record keeping began in 1880. November 2012 also marks the 36th consecutive November and 333rd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. Most areas of the world experienced higher-than-average monthly temperatures, including far eastern Russia, Australia, the central and western United States, northern Africa, and most of Europe and western Asia. Meanwhile, central Asia, Alaska, much of western and central Canada, and the eastern United States were most notably cooler than average. The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for November… read more