“biological concentration”

I read a post by a 12 Stepper on the other blog on this site, expressing her frustration about the expense of non-organic food and even wondering if it’s worth it to eat a plant-based diet, with all the pesticides on vegetables and fruits. Dr. McDougall says in The McDougall Program for Women (1999) that…

sprouted quinoa salad recipe

A few days ago, I referenced a sprouted quinoa salad I made that my family loved, which I’ve typed for you here. Our next chapter is PLANT-BASED MAIN DISHES . . . to be released June 1 to the January 12 Steps subscribers. And in it, I introduce you to quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), one of…

the nutritionally recalcitrant spouse . . . part four (summing up)

Lisle and Goldhamer, in The Pleasure Trap, write about how as a culture we’re like that frog in the boiling water.   You try to put a frog in boiling water, he’s going to leap out.  But put him in cold water and turn on the heat, he’s going to gradually boil to death without…

the recalcitrant spouse . . . part three (of four)

FOUR, just put more nutritious foods in the menu without taking any kind of soapbox stand about it.   Just do it with no fanfare, and have a rule that it’s bad manners to criticize the cook.   (You don’t want your kids leaving your home and turning their noses up at others’ cooking anyway,…

Good, Better, Best . . . Part II

GRAINS Good: eat whole grains and quit eating white flour. Better: eat soaked whole grains (this requires planning a little ahead, as my cousin noted). Best: eat sprouted, raw nuts, seeds, and grains. SWEETENERS (Note, that I am uneasy about fructose, xylitol, “organic sugar,” or dehydrated cane juice crystals—ways to spend extra money on refined…

Good, Better, and Best in Nutrition

I want to talk about good, better, and best in nutrition.   I got an email yesterday from my cousin who said that the idea of soaking/sprouting grains in advance is overwhelming to her.   She probably read my three-part blog on phytates in whole grains. If my cousin’s comment describes you, then don’t worry…

gardening does so much more than provide food

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…

What are phytates and how do I avoid them?

What Are Phytates? Phytates are a natural, acidic chemical compounds in the bran of grains that some experts say bind to calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc, making those nutrients less bioavailable and potentially leading to deficiencies.   The way around this issue, say authors like Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD  in Nourishing Traditions,…

storing GS in the fridge and vegetarians in rotten health

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, how long can you keep your green smoothie in the fridge?   I’m single and don’t want to make it every day.   Does it lose nutrition and therefore is it pointless to store it? Answer: You can keep in in the fridge, at the most, for 48 hours.   After that it…