The 3 Essential Steps for Storing Winter Squash

The 3 Essential Steps for Storing Winter Squash 0

The process of storing winter squash may seem to be long and complicated. Although it may take up to two weeks, the steps for preparing your squash for long term winter storage can be as easy as brewing summer tea. All you need it to know these three essential steps:   1. Be Careful When Harvesting Try not to damage the squash or its main stem as you harvest. Be sure to use scissors or pruners when cutting vines. Pulling can cause damage to the main stem, making it likely that the squash with rot. Any squash with blemishes or...

Some Random (but Useful) Thoughts on Winter Squash

Some Random (but Useful) Thoughts on Winter Squash 0

Did you know the “winter” in winter squash refers to the period of time it is stored and not the period of time it is grown as many may assume. That’s just one of the little things that may be unknown about this rather useful, beneficial, and tasty vegetable. Many varieties of winter squash are rich in properties that promote health in different areas of the body. Some have claimed that winter squash helps ease some of their arthritic symptoms. It doesn’t cure arthritis, but folks have claimed that it eases the pressure and tension they feel in there joints....

What Secrets Are Mushrooms Hiding?

What Secrets Are Mushrooms Hiding? 0

You may not know it, but mushrooms are keeping secrets from you—a hoard of culinary and nutritional secrets. It’s fairly common knowledge that mushrooms are high in protein, making them a perfect meat substitute, and that they tend to add a robust flavor to meals. But what else do we know? Here are a few things you might not have known about fungi friend: Hard to Overcook You may have noticed that it’s pretty hard to overcook mushrooms; I know I’ve left them too long in the pan or crock pot, but they seem to emerge tender and full of...

How Fermented Foods can Support a Healthy Digestion

How Fermented Foods can Support a Healthy Digestion 0

Like me, some of you may have experienced the discomfort of a sluggish digestion, feeling a bloating sensation throughout the stomach and lower bowels. Others of you may be plagued with sporadic to frequent heartburn. In the past, I tried eating a more green and raw diet, and although I had more energy and clarity of mind, my digestive system continued to feel like it was falling behind the rest of my bodily health progress. What I found out was that while raw nuts and veggies are better for the body nutritionally, they are more difficult for the stomach to...

Dehydration: Thoughts, Tips, and Recipes

Dehydration: Thoughts, Tips, and Recipes 0

Eating raw doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless as some may lead you to believe. Health benefits aside, the truth is that “cooking” with raw foods can be a creative way to mix and enhance flavors, and that the raw food diet has many culinary facets, one being dehydration. And with summer in full swing, the sun and warm air can be a great friend to the raw foodist. Dehydration is one of the most ancient forms of preserving food and one of the raw foodist’s best techniques for adding variety of flavor and texture to meals. For example,...

The Master Communicators

The Master Communicators 0

Flowers are among nature’s most important, beautiful, complex, and symbolic creations. They are like antennae that transmit messages to the natural world through colors and patterns, and fragrances that let the insects and birds know where the nectar is. For this reason, vegetable and fruit gardeners plant flowers alongside their crops, hoping to attract beneficial pollinators. Not only do flowers communicate with their surroundings, they communicate to us too. For centuries, we have used flowers to tell someone “I love you” or “I’m sorry” or “It’s going to be alright.” They can also speak to us all on their own....

4 Reasons Why Mushrooms are Food’s Best Kept Secret

4 Reasons Why Mushrooms are Food’s Best Kept Secret 0

Super high in protein—the PERFECT meat replacement!Mushrooms are naturally high in protein, making them a perfect nutritional replacement for meat. Some mushrooms, such as Lion’s Mane and Shiitake, have a firm texture which has a firm texture like meat. Even the flavors of some mushrooms resemble the heartiness of meat or the light flavor of seafood. Most mushrooms also contain a high amount of vitamin D and has been said to support the immune system. You can grow and harvest them at home for cheap!Did you know that mushrooms can easily be grown at home indoors or outdoors? Growing your...

Fire it up

Fire it up 0

Fire it up For many of us, we can get used to sticking with the same tried-and-true crops; the ones we know we like and will eat. The one we know will not offend or shock us in the garden, kitchen, or local neighborhood pot luck. While this strategy is a great place to start, why not step out of the comfortable vegetable zone this year and try something that will make you sweat, squirm, and eventually, smile. This season is a perfect time to get started on some hot peppers and to pique your interest, let’s get to know...

Why Vegetables Are So Good For You

Why Vegetables Are So Good For You 0

We all know that vegetables are good for us, right? I’m sure we all remember our parents telling us again and again that we should finish the vegetables on our plates because they contain fiber, vital vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need. But it seems that vegetables and fruits do even more than just providing us with essential nutrients. They provide us with powerful antioxidants, combatting free radicals, and recent studies by Dr. Mark Mattson, Dr. Leonard Guarente, and Dr. Toren Finkel show that vegetables and fruits contain toxins that actually improve metabolic function, helping the body to prepare...

Our Emotional Connection with Food

Our Emotional Connection with Food 0

“Eating with the fullest pleasure – pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.” --Wendell Berry Compared to other countries, the United States has a rather utilitarian food culture; not necessarily in a good way. Here in the U.S., we tend to view food as fuel; a means to an end rather than a process. We want more...

The Winter Season Plant Based Kitchen

The Winter Season Plant Based Kitchen 0

What is an Ideal Plant-Based Kitchen Setup, especially through the winter? Being successful at sticking to a new vegan or vegetarian diet is very easy if you have the right tools and get set up for success. In a perfect vegan kitchen, you would have your own indoor sprouts, microgreens, herbs, and grasses growing for fresh food year round, along with other fresh produce as available. On your patio, just off the kitchen, or out in your garden, you could have lettuces, veggies and fruits growing and if you are super good at growing your own food, you might even...

Creative Uses of Sprouts

Creative Uses of Sprouts 0

This month we want to share with you some fantastic recipe videos that came to our attention from Kelsey’s Korner. They feature some of our sprouting seed mixes used in innovative and creative ways. The videos are exceptionally well done and fun to watch. We hope you’ll check them out. Tropical SmoothieAn amazingly delicious raw tropical smoothie recipe that includes mango, banana, pomegranate, cinnamon and . . . our Protein Powerhouse Sprouting Mix as the source of living protein--a great alternative to protein powder. Powerhouse SmoothieA very cool recipe for a super-food smoothie made with our Protein Powerhouse and Crunchy...

Growing Hydroponically

Growing Hydroponically 0

This month, we are introducing a new organic, hydroponic growing pad by Handy Pantry: Micro-Mats! For thirteen years now, we have been selling kits to help folks grow their own living foods in their own homes: wheatgrass, barley grass, sprouts, herbs, sunflower greens, buckwheat lettuce, and most recently, a huge line of microgreens through our sister website: www.trueleafmarket.com. We have always offered soil based kits with animal-free forest compost soil mix. For the last ten years or so, we have also offered some soil-free (hydroponic) solutions for wheatgrass, and subsequently microgreens. Our customers have preferred our soil-based solutions by about...

Making Your Own Vegan Milks

Making Your Own Vegan Milks 0

Making Your Own Vegan Milk We are proud to launch a new line of kits to make all manner of vegan milks including Almond, Cashew, Oat, Coconut, Hemp, Flax & Rice. We have a great new nut milk bag, and several complete vegan milk kits. We have offered soymilk and tofu kits for several years. We hope you’ll check them out.What Flavor is your Milk Mustache?My milk mustache changes daily. A good glass of vanilla almond milk can be super delicious, but I have to have rice milk for my cereal and chocolate soy milk for a late night dessert....

Vegetarians Live Longer Than Meat-eaters

Vegetarians Live Longer Than Meat-eaters 0

You don't have to take our word for it; Loma Linda University researchers did a study (cited in the Wall Street Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association) that tracked over 73,000 vegetarian members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for almost six years. The health differences between this vegetarian population and meat eaters is pronounced. Here are some highlights: Vegetarians experienced 12% fewer deaths during the period Vegetarians were 19% less likely to die from heart disease Vegetarians experienced fewer deaths from kidney failure Vegetarians experienced fewer deaths from diabetes Vegetarians tended to be thinner Read the whole...

The Health Benefits of Lactic Acid Fermented Vegetables

The Health Benefits of Lactic Acid Fermented Vegetables 0

We live in an age of antibiotics. Miracles that they are, if there is a drawback from taking an antibiotic it is that the antibiotic not only kills off the bad bacteria in the body, but can also kill off beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive system. The beneficial bacteria are crucial to proper digestive function and their presence helps prevent other harmful bacteria from taking hold. Candida, for example, is a condition that can result from lack of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system, which allows harmful bacteria to overgrow. This is where lactic acid fermented vegetables come...

How To Make Your Own Sauerkraut & Fermented Vegetables

How To Make Your Own Sauerkraut & Fermented Vegetables 1

Last month we discussed the amazing health benefits of eating real (as opposed to store-bought, pasteurized) sauerkraut and other lactic acid fermented vegetables. This month we will talk about how to do it yourself at home. UPDATE: Check out our new Jar Top Fermenter that solves all the challenges with mason jar fermentation described below and makes mason jars a fantastic option.How It WorksLactic acid fermentation works when beneficial bacteria produce lactic acid. When the lactic acid builds up to a certain level it kills off all other harmful bacteria, including the bacteria that cause food to decay. The lactic...

Soymilk Vs. Cow's Milk

Soymilk Vs. Cow's Milk 0

The debate over which is healthier – cow’s milk or soymilk – is a longstanding one. What is the difference? Here are several key pieces of nutritional information about the differences between the two options based on 100-gram (3.5 ounce) servings. It is important to consider the comparison between vitamin contents in each type of milk. Most people do not realize that Vitamins A, C, and D are completely destroyed during the process of pasteurization. What vitamins appear on the nutritional information label have been added separately. These same vitamins are also terminated during the manufacturing of soymilk. Soy protein...

Making Your Own Organic Soymilk & Tofu

Making Your Own Organic Soymilk & Tofu 0

So we have been working hard for the past several months to bring you a new line of products and kits to help you make your own soymilk and tofu. We have a great soymilk maker that is easy to use and inexpensive. It has very thorough instructions and makes great soymilk for under $0.25 per gallon. A little flavoring like agave, vanilla, ginger will give you soymilk every bit as good as commercial soymilk. What was really a challenge to research was making tofu. As it turns out, there are several different techniques, and we could not find a...

Spin Farming: with Urban Gardener Linda Borghi

Spin Farming: with Urban Gardener Linda Borghi 0

This week let's investigate a new farming phenomenon called Spin Farming and Spin Gardening. People in urban or rural areas are turning small plots of land into a farm for themselves and for others on as little as 1/3 acre, sometimes making a pretty good profit. We thought it was pretty exciting! What is Spin Farming?SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive, and it is a production system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size by growing common vegetables. SPIN provides everything you’d expect from a good franchise: a business concept, marketing...

Raw Food Energy Proof

Raw Food Energy Proof 0

The holidays seem to be the busiest time of year for me! I need all the energy I can get, and all the extra holiday sweets and food doesn't seem to give that! So between those days of indulgence and food enjoyment, I would recommend starting your new year's dieting early with the addition of more raw foods (sprouts etc..) to your diet. In our August 2010 Newsletter, we reprinted an article about Bruce McVay, ultra distance runner. Bruce’s diet was already raw food. By adding wheatgrass juice to his diet he enhanced his running ability and especially his winning...

The Wheatgrass Trucker Story 5

After being an over-the-road truck driver for 6 years, my health was suffering. I could not get good enough rest or sleep. I was so tired and in pain. I could barely walk at times. The doctors wanted to put me on drugs, and I refused! So, I started learning about nutrition and was on a mission to heal myself! I took out the passenger seat in my truck and put in a shelf. I started growing wheatgrass and sprouts on the road. I have three (8 trays) Handy Pantry sprouters, eight sprout jars, three Sprout Masters and two 11x17...

Green Magma - The Natural Detoxifier

Green Magma - The Natural Detoxifier 0

Health conscious consumers today are looking for more than wholesome, nutritious food to maintain good health, they also want to protect themselves from the ever-increasing number of toxins in our environment. While periodic use of internal cleansing and detoxification programs help to eliminate the body's toxic overload, the best solution is to gently detoxify our bodies every day through our diet. Therefore, optimal nutrition should include foods that not only supply us with all the nutrients necessary for cellular metabolism but foods that also help us detoxify daily. Unfortunately, thousands of toxic chemicals pervade our environment and continuously pose a...

Sprouts and Kirlian Photography

Sprouts and Kirlian Photography 0

Ann Wigmore, wheatgrass pioneer, spoke many times about the life force in the sprouted grasses, nuts, and seeds. Her contemporary, Edward Howell, who studied the life force (enzymes) in foods for over 66 years, spoke of the cook stove as being the chief enemy of modern man (Enzyme Nutrition by Edward Howell). People from all over the world came to Ann’s institute in Boston to learn the correct way to eat to regain their health-- eating and learning to grow and prepare a living food diet. Her diet consisted of wheatgrass juice, all kinds of greens such as sunflower and...

Wheatgrass - Restoring Body, Mind and Spirit

Wheatgrass - Restoring Body, Mind and Spirit 0

Restoring not just the body, but the mind and Spirit. We have discussed many times how wheatgrass juice facilitates the cleansing and rejuvenation of the body. What about the mind? What about the spirit? According to many ecclesiastical leaders, the mind is part of the spirit, not the body and the spirit is composed of a very fine matter. Regardless, both mind and spirit reside within the body, and are nourished and supported in some way by the body and what we take into it in the form of air, food, impressions, and other energies. We are further affected by...

Complete Nutrition with Living Wheatgrass & Barleygrass Juice

Complete Nutrition with Living Wheatgrass & Barleygrass Juice 0

Energized, motivated, and blissful are three great words! These words might describe someone's mood on a perfect day. This perfect day could be the outcome of certain factors. The primary factor is physical health. People sometimes refuse to admit that the body often controls motivation. Willpower is just not enough. We wish so much to do good things, to accomplish goals and to work hard, but we are tired. How do we fix our health? In studying successful healthy lives like Ann Wigmore or Anthony Robbins-- one thing is clear… what one eats directly affects how one feels. Living, fresh,...

What Raw Living Foods Did For Me

What Raw Living Foods Did For Me 0

Lately I've been getting a lot of email asking about MY story. How did I get involved with the Wigmore Program, why did I get involved, and what did it do for me? OK, I'll share. For 23 years, I lived in Key West, Florida and built four computer companies on two continents. In 1997, I'd had enough, and sold off the businesses, apartment building, office buildings, houses, and almost all of the stuff I'd accumulated. By the second week of January 1999, I was 48 years old, free and financially liquid. I took a year off and toured the...

The Wonderful World of Dr. Ann Wigmore

The Wonderful World of Dr. Ann Wigmore 0

Hold on campers because the Ann Wigmore story can and does fill volumes of health books! We have a story here of tragedy, triumph, miracles, innovation, inspiration and even a conspiracy theory or two. You're gonna love this one so let's get to it! Now, as I first heard it from my friend, Jai, with a creative story telling talent, the story was summed up for me like this: Ann Wigmore lived in Boston. She was suffering from gangrene and the doctors wanted to amputate her legs. She said no to the amputation and crawled out by the railroad tracks...

Raw Foods & Health Pioneers

Raw Foods & Health Pioneers 0

Edmund Bordeaux Szekely, Ann Wigmore, Dr. Pottinger & Edward Howell A great number of health pioneers lived during the 1940’s. It seems that just enough time had passed what with the use of modern medicine that many health practitioners thought: “There must be another way!” As it turns out, the other way was a method that had been around since the time of Hippocrates who said, “Let your food be your medicine.”Some of the early pioneers were Edward Howell who gave 60 years of his life studying the life force of the plant: the enzyme. Edmund Bordeaux Szekely translated an...

Life Extension Through Wheatgrass

Life Extension Through Wheatgrass 0

We have been fortunate to be able to sift through some of Ann Wigmore’s old writings. Natural remedies are true through the ages. They never cease to be true even though modern science finds profit in drugs. This writing was taken from her booklet which she wrote in 1985: Why You Do Not Need to Grow OldProper nutrition is inseparable from the process of rejuvenation. No other method of treatment can bring assured results as quickly and permanently with total safety. Despite huge medical gains over the past one hundred years, medical solutions to life extension and rejuvenation have all...

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 5

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 5 0

The Last Week at Optimum Health is the Best Week The following article is the last in a five-part series relating the experiences a long time advocate of wheatgrass juice had during a stay at a well known institute specializing in a live food dietary regime supplemented with wheatgrass juice. The system used at the Optimum Health Institute is based generally on the teachings of Ann Wigmore. There are a number of fine centers, institutes, and spas offering this particular approach to health and diet, so the selection of OHI is not a specific endorsement or recommendation. If you are...

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 4

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 4 1

The following article is the fourth of a five part series relating the experiences a long time advocate of wheatgrass juice had during a stay at a well known institute specializing in a live food dietary regime supplemented with wheatgrass juice. The system used at the Optimum Health Institute is based generally on the teachings of Ann Wigmore. There are a number of fine centers, institutes, and spas offering this particular approach to health and diet, so the selection of OHI is not a specific endorsement or recommendation. If you are facing a serious health challenge, consult your physician before...

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 3

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 3 0

The following article is the third of a five-part series relating the experiences a long time advocate of wheatgrass juice had during a stay at a well known institute specializing in a live food dietary regime supplemented with wheatgrass juice. The system used at the Optimum Health Institute is based generally on the teachings of Ann Wigmore. There are a number of fine centers, institutes, and spas offering this particular approach to health and diet, so the selection of OHI is not a specific endorsement or recommendation. If you are facing a serious health challenge, consult your physician before undertaking...

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 2

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 2 0

The following article is the second of a five-part series relating the experiences a long time advocate of wheatgrass juice had during a stay at a well known institute specializing in a live food dietary regime supplemented with wheatgrass juice. The system used at the Optimum Health Institute is based generally on the teachings of Ann Wigmore. There are a number of fine centers, institutes, and spas offering this particular approach to health and diet, so the selection of OHI is not a specific endorsement or recommendation. If you are facing a serious health challenge, consult your physician before undertaking...

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 1

A Wheatgrass Retreat - Part 1 0

A WHEATGRASS RETREAT- IS IT FOR YOU? The following article is the first of a five part series relating the experiences a long time advocate of wheatgrass juice had during a stay at a well known institute specializing in a live food dietary regime supplemented with wheatgrass juice. The system used at the Optimum Health Institute is based generally on the teachings of Ann Wigmore. There are a number of fine centers, institutes, and spas offering this particular approach to health and diet, so the selection of OHI is not a specific endorsement or recommendation. If you are facing a...

Detoxification - Going Beyond the Symptoms

Detoxification - Going Beyond the Symptoms 0

Today many people suffer from a wide variety of health problems and ailments that do not seem to have a probable cause. However, it seems that these types of issues relate to poor nutrition and other environmental toxins. Many issues can be remedied by simply following a detoxification program to detox the body of unnecessary and often harmful toxins. The toxins that are found in the body are accumulated in many different ways through one’s diet or lifestyle. For instance, drinking an excess of caffeine or alcohol can be detrimental to one’s health. Additionally, smoking will deposit dozens of different...

From Cancer to Living Foods

From Cancer to Living Foods 0

February 13, 1999, was the day that forever changed how I live. As these stories often begin, I had a routine checkup scheduled with my doctor. I knew of nothing out of the ordinary with my health and had been living as I had always been living, wholly unconcerned. But what my doctor found that day made me rethink everything. Finding out that I had been living at 190 pounds in weight upset me enough. But then the worse news came: cancer. I should not have been surprised; my mother and sister both had cervical and breast cancers. But there...

The History of Wheat Grass

The History of Wheat Grass 0

Before we establish the wheatgrass habit, it might be helpful to know a short history of this ubiquitous substance called grass. Why on earth did people start drinking grass juice? You'd think that people would realize that grass is for cows! Wheatgrass juice and barleygrass juice—just a fad? Wheatgrass juice is very sweet while barleygrass juice is very bitter. In fact, neither grasses made into juice tastes really delicious—but in fact they of all the health foods out there, really deliver health and fulfill all the claims made about them! During the early 1900's, a man named Edmund Bordeaux Szekely...

Flax Seed Nutritional Info

Flax Seed Nutritional Info 0

Flax Seed Nutrition InformationBelow find the nutritional facts and information on the benefits of flax and ground flaxseed. Note that the nutritional info below pertains to brown flax seeds, but the nutrition data for golden flax is almost the same. Product Name: Flax Seed (Also Known As Linseed) Analysis: USDA Nutrient Database Nutrient Value per 100 g Units Proximates Water: 8.750 Grams Food Energy: 492.000 Kcal Food Energy Protein: 19.500 Grams Fat: 34.000 Grams Total Carbohydrate: 34.250 Grams Fiber, total dietary: 27.900 Grams Ash: 3.500 Grams Minerals Calcium: 199.000 Mg Iron: 6.220 Mg Magnesium: 362.000 Mg Phosphorus: 498.000 Mg Potassium:...

Food Enzyme Concept Pt. 3

Food Enzyme Concept Pt. 3 0

Part 3: Several years ago I was talking to a friend of mine who is a wheat farmer in Idaho. He was talking about his brother who had a herd of Hereford cattle, and said that they were put out to pasture on the wheat fields every year. We had a common interest in Ann Wigmore’s diet and wheatgrass juice and he spoke about how each and every animal that was born in this herd was absolutely perfect and how this contrasts with mankind and the inherited problems in thousands of children who are born imperfect. I then thought about...

Food Enzyme Concept Pt. 2

Food Enzyme Concept Pt. 2 0

The Conscientious Housewife Part 2: The conscientious housewife goes only to the produce section of her local supermarket. She would never buy anything that was canned, bottled or processed. She prides herself in taking really good care of her family. She doesn’t realize that the fresh produce she is buying is probably already 4 to 5 weeks old since harvest was grown on mineral deficient soil was heavily sprayed with pesticides Even if she has started out with high quality, organic produce, she will probably take it home and cook the remaining life out of it. Many scientists have for...

Ann Wigmore - Wheatgrass Pioneer

Ann Wigmore - Wheatgrass Pioneer 0

Ann Wigmore: Wheatgrass Pioneer & Living Foods Educator Ann Wigmore was born 4th of March 1909, in Lithuania. She died in a fire in her home the 16th of February 1994. This great lady probably did more than any other person in recent history to educate people about the healing benefits of wheatgrass and a living food diet (a diet of raw sprouts, fruits and vegetables, and sprouted nuts, seeds, and grains).I called Ann Wigmore “Doctor” in respect to her pioneering quest to help both herself and others. She dedicated her life to helping others. Her holistic manner of teaching...

Understanding the Healing Crisis

Understanding the Healing Crisis 0

"All cures start from within and move out, from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared." Herring's Law of Cure. Dr. Bernard Jensen, The Science and Practice of Iridology, who is probably the world's leading iridologist quotes from the above statement to explain to people how, the body heals. He understands this axiom probably better than any other living person. Why?? Because of his extensive experience gained from analyzing thousands of irises of patients before and after they embarked upon a natural diet. For example, if he saw through the iris that the patient needed...

Clinical Barley Research

Clinical Barley Research 0

  Clinical Research Shows Barley Grass Supplements Can Boost Cardiovascular Health FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:OXNARD, CA, May 9, 2003 - People who regularly consume powdered organic barley grass juice supplements could be providing a boost to their cardiovascular system, according to research recently published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Diabetes and Metabolism (2002, Vol. 28, 107-114). Ya-Mei Yu and Chingmin E. Tsai from Fu Jen University in Taipei, along with fellow Taiwanese researchers from China Medical College in Taichung, found in a clinical study that supplementation with barleygrass reduced the levels of cholesterol and oxygen free-radicals in the blood of type...

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