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Nutty Carob Shake

Gregg Carroll - Monday, April 29, 2013

Try this great blend of omega-3's and antioxidants!

Nutty Carob Shake

(Makes 4 servings)

1 cup Love Raw Foods™ nuts (walnuts / brazil nuts / almonds)

½ cup Love Raw Foods™ mejdool dates

½ tsp Love Raw Foods™ vanilla extract

1 tbsp Love Raw Foods™ carob powder

3 cups water

Blend the dates, nuts, vanilla extract, carob powder and water until smooth. Chill & Enjoy... Will keep for four days in the fridge.

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Eating for Sun Protection

Gregg Carroll - Friday, April 26, 2013

Its getting warmer and feels great to be outdoors isn't it?!

While we enjoy nature and fresh air we should also be aware that one should practice sensible sunlight exposure. Dr. MF Holick, renowned researcher recommends only 15 minutes of sunlight exposure without sunscreen to make adequate vitamin D. Time spent in broad sunlight beyond the suggested 15 minutes should be accompanied by plenty of sunscreen for skin protection.

In addition consuming antioxidant & omega-3 rich foods helps the skin defend itself from sun damage. Walnuts, hemp, and flax seeds are great sources of the omega-3 fat (ALA) that protects our skin. Antioxidant-rich foods combat free radicals and help shield our skin from sun damage. Consume more fresh and whole foods that provide considerable amount of protection from UV induced free radical damage to the skin. Of course do not forget your sunblock, sun glasses and drink of plenty of water.

Have a fantastic weekend - BMO Team

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Food Choices Determine How Fast You Age

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The biochemical interactions between food and the body varies with the type of food. Research reveals that some foods can age you faster while some foods can slow down the aging process!!!The compounds released as byproducts during cooking and digestion are called as Dietary Advanced Glycation End (AGE) Products. These dietary AGE products cause oxidation and inflammation in the body which causes aging as well as other degenerative health conditions.

Foods that AGE you: High fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, excess of omega-6 rich oils, canola and vegetable oils. Animal-derived foods are generally AGE-rich and prone to new AGE formation during cooking.

How can you prevent AGE-ing? Choose raw foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds. Choose minimally processed or unprocessed foods. Unrefined carbohydrates such as whole grains contain relatively few AGEs, even after cooking. Frying, broiling, grilling and roasting yield high AGE products while poaching, steaming, boiling and stewing generated low AGE products.

Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, June 2010.

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Happy Earth Day!

Gregg Carroll - Monday, April 22, 2013

"The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world." — Gaylord Nelson

HAPPY EARTH DAY to all our Face book followers & Blue Mountain Organics' customers ~ BMO Team

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Processed Meat Linked to Early Death in 2013 Study

Gregg Carroll - Friday, April 19, 2013

The chemicals called nitrites and nitrates occur naturally in red meat which once in the body can be converted into cancer-causing compounds. These, according to a spokesman for Cancer Research UK, are also often added during meat-processing as a preservative. All red meat also contain a red pigment called haems, which, once in the gut, can be broken down to form N-nitroso compounds, many of which are known to cause cancer. Additionally, haems may irritate or damage the cells lining the bowel, which can lead to them dividing more rapidly – exactly the kind of action that is more likely to increase the risk of developing cancer.

Let's say no to red meat and exercise caution while choosing animal & animal products. But there is an easier solution to this, switch to plant-based wholesome foods- they are safe and healthier food choice.

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Diabetes Study: Diet More Powerful Than Medication

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

We are taught that diabetes is not reversible and that we are destined to suffer progressive decline in function, including heart disease, kidney failure, strokes, amputation and dementia. There is clear evidence that diabetes is REVERSIBLE especially if it is caught in the early stages and treated aggressively through lifestyle intervention and nutritional support, and occasionally with medications. A ground breaking study showed that even people with advanced type 2 diabetes, where the pancreas and insulin producing (beta-cells )are considerably damaged, can recover and diabetes can be reversed in just one week through dramatic changes in diet(a low glycemic, low calorie, plant-based diet). It may look like a lot of work to reverse diabetes, but your body can heal given the right conditions.

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Whole Foods GMO Labeling To Be Mandatory By 2018

Gregg Carroll - Monday, April 15, 2013

Whole foods first national grocery store to set a deadline for GMO labeling.

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Vegan Split-Pea Soup

Gregg Carroll - Friday, April 12, 2013

Ingredients

2 cups (450 g) green split peas

6 to 7 cups (1410 to 1645 ml) water or vegetable stock

1 medium-size yellow onion, diced

2 creamy yellow potatoes (such as Yukon gold or fingerlings), diced

2 or 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

2 carrots, diced, 2 celery stalks, diced

1 teaspoon dried marjoram, 1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions: Rinse split peas, checking for any impurities, such as stones or residue. Place all ingredients except salt and pepper in a soup pot, and bring to a simmer. Cover loosely and cook until peas are tender, 1 hour or longer. Check occasionally to make sure water has not completely evaporated. Heat should be low-medium.

The resulting soup should be thick and creamy, with the split peas quite broken down and mushy. Add salt and pepper to taste, serve hot. Servings: 4 to 6

Serving suggestions and variations: For creamier soup, puree in a food processor or blender. This is also a great soup for a slow cooker; add all ingredients, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Excerpted from The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. © Fair Winds Press 2009

April Newsletter!

Gregg Carroll - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hello Health conscious friends! Our Spring Newsletter is out. Here is the link, enjoy our spring specials, and quick health tips from our Nutrition & Fitness Experts Happy Spring!!!

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Go "Nuts" About Mediterranean Diet

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mediterranean diet feature lots of fruit, vegetables, nuts and olive oil; moderate amounts of fish; but little dairy, red or processed meat; as well as moderate amounts of wine with meals. The 7,447 participants of a study were allowed to consume as many calories as they wished, and were given no instructions about exercise and were randomly assigned one of the 3 diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil(more than quarter cup per day); a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts (more than an ounce a day of walnuts, hazel and almonds); or a low-fat diet, including bread, potatoes and pasta. Result: Compared to those told to eat a low-fat diet, those on an olive-oil rich Mediterranean diet had a 33% lower stroke risk, while those eating a MEDITERRANEAN DIET with EXTRA NUTS had a 46% lower risk of stroke.

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