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Spinach Mushroom Quiche

By Kristin Massey

1 9-inch pie shell, baked (gluten free or whole wheat, if desired)

1 teaspoon olive oil

¼ cup diced sweet onion

1 cup sliced crimini or button mushrooms Continue reading

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Are There Any Real Benefits In Buying Organic Produce?

The controversy continues over the nutritional and health supremacy of organic fruits and produce over conventionally grown.  

Every week a new ‘definition’ point of view is established.  

Paula Maier - OrganicThese are some facts to take into account.

It has been found that in about 60% of studies that organic food is higher in some nutrients than conventionally produced food.  

These statistics can be refuted by other studies, but you need to look if the studies that are being compared are done on the same physical area over-time.  Otherwise you are comparing apples to oranges because the soil being tested is not the same.

Polyphenols are antioxidants and may be one of the main reasons fruits and vegetables are healthy for us.  

One issue to consider is what the organic growing process filters versus conventional growing.  

Plants grown organically have to grow stronger from the start because they have to fend off a range of insects and growth disease on their own.  

This ‘defensive compound’ they create may help to keep us healthier according to Charles Benbrook, a researcher at Washington State University. He is with the National Academy of Sciences as chief science consultant for the Organic Center.  

He states. “If you keep putting on more and more nitrogen fertilizer the way conventional farms do, you drive yields up and produce bigger plants.  But, this dilutes the plants’ levels of vitamins, minerals and polyphenols.”

Shelf-life and sugar content

Apples, celery, pears, potatoes, strawberries, sweet bell peppers and sweet potatoes are higher in pesticides on the Dietary Risk Index (DRI), and lower on the Organic Risk Index (ORI).  This affects their shelf-life, and sugar content.  Also to be considered is if the plants are grown domestically (where they are subject to our mandates and regulations about growing procedures) or abroad.

Bottom Line?  Seek out the information in DRI from the EPA and other agencies, and imported vs. domestic statistics when you are making decisions about whether you want to buy organic or domestic fruits and vegetables.  

Make informed decisions with all of the facts.

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Delicious No Bake Protein Bars

I found this great recipe in Oxygen Magazine.  These yummy bars will you give a wonderful dose of protein for energy.

Makes 6 servings

2 cups quick-cook oats

½ cup natural peanut butter Continue reading

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A Dangerous Ingredient Hiding In Your Rice

Recently the media reported potentially worrisome levels of arsenic were found in rice products.  Arsenic is a toxin known to cause cancer of bladder, lungs and skin. Shop Smart Magazine (division of Consumer Reports), analyzed 65 rice samples and rice products.  Continue reading

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That’s Right! You Can Eat Bread.

Having a whole grain, good quality bread in your fridge is an important step in a healthy diet.  It’s used in French toast at breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and for breading or fillers for dinner.  Finding the best choice is important. Continue reading

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Kale, Cauliflower, and Sausage Casserole

This yummy casserole tastes like comfort food, but without the guilt. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, filled with calcium, and numerous vitamins and minerals.Servings: 6
Here’s what you need:

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Diet Is A Four Letter Word.

Weight loss through dieting alone is not easy. There are pitfalls at every turn. The best way to ensure that your program reaches the goals that you seek, you MUST combine clean eating and exercise. There are issues to be aware of that help keep you on track:

1. Don’t eat off your kids plates. These calories stack up, and many people forget to calculate them when figuring out what your daily total calculations are. The other issue to that kids food is often higher in fat than clean foods. Continue reading

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Keep Your Train On The Tracks!

Weight loss is not easy. There are pitfalls at every turn. Try to implement things that can keep you on track:

  • Don’t eat off your kids plates. These calories stack up and you will likely be eating small bites of higher fat foods!
  • Drink enough water. It helps you feel full and keeps your skin glowing even when the furnace is blasting. Continue reading

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Are You Battling Your Food?

One often unexplored aspect of achieving weight loss goals is the relationship that you have with food, and how you view the way  you eat it.

At PaulasHealthyLiving, we view food as an avenue to bring fuel and energy to your body. You achieve that goal by fueling your systems with non-processed, whole foods.  It isn’t about totally removing this food or that one; but rather it’s about MODERATION in your food choices.  If you are told, “Never eat…”, Continue reading

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Healthy Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey MeatloafHealthy Turkey Meatloaf – recipe by Mark Beier

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed with press

2 pounds Lean ground turkey Continue reading

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