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macular degeneration

        My friend Randy, a restaurant manager nearing 50, just told me he had to leave the Utah Jazz game last night in the third quarter, because his eyes hurt so much he couldn’t really see.   He’s frustrated by the degeneration of his eyes.         If you’re reading […]

gardening does so much more than provide food

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Is there anything better than garden tomatoes?   Twenty years ago, we used to make my sister-in-law, when she was a college student, sing a John Denver song before we gave her any of our garden tomatoes: “Only two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and home-grown tomatoes!” Yesterday, Apr. 5, I […]

Phytates . . . part III

When making baked goods, get in the habit of putting the flour in the blender or bowl with the liquids (with a bit of a fermented dairy product like kefir), and just leaving it all day (or night) before completing the recipe.   You’ll also find that your baked goods are lighter, with a lovely […]

Phytates . . . part II

The phytate issue is fiercely contested in the nutrition world, with some believing that soaking grains is critical, and others believing it’s unnecessary.   I have studied compelling evidence on both sides, leading me to the following recommendations. Regardless of whether phytates in whole grains lead to mineral deficiencies, soaking and slightly fermenting your grain […]

What are phytates and how do I avoid them?

Getting off refined grain products and onto whole grains is a great thing to do! But some of you have been scared silly by Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions, regarding phytates.   I  hope you’ll feel a bit  more peaceful on that topic  after reading this three-part blog. Phytates are a natural, acidic chemical compounds […]

pink hummus quesadillas . . . yum!

My friend Cheryl  was all excited the other day about this recipe she made up.   I played with it some because it had no measurements, made the hummus sprouted/live, and my family loves it–enjoy!       Pink Hummus Quesadillas If you fry these until barely crispy on both sides, the live, sprouted nutrition […]

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The Ultimate Meal

Q: Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, I work crazy hours and am rarely home to make myself good food. Can you recommend anything to make and eat quickly that is really healthy? A: Yes. Of course I recommend green smoothies, because they are quick to make, and you can put them in the fridge for up to two […]

More Winter Produce

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I had a similar experience.   This picture was taken 3/2/06.   I covered up my strawberry plants for the winter.   When I uncovered them, I found a couple of heads of green leaf lettuce.   I had grown lettuce in this bed the year before and it obviously reseeded!   It was the […]

blooming garden in the dead of winter

After DH built me some winter garden boxes (removable, on top of my square foot boxes), I planted them with onions and chard and spinach last fall.   I meant to go out and water them, but, well . . . it’s been a bitter winter here in Utah.   I’m kind of lazy and […]

Costco Nazi: no sweet potatoes for you!

Today I made my weekly produce pilgrimage to Costco.     I don’t even really like sweet potato, generally, but I LOVE the healthy sweet potato fries that we’ve come up with, gsg.com readers and I, served on a bed of cooked quinoa.   It’s  a 10-minute dinner.      I’d ordered 50 lbs. of […]