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Recipes for Fall: Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

diet recipes Oct 01, 2015

Some of my best recipes have been the results of experiments. For instance, I discovered one of my favorite summer recipes - vegan pineapple ice cream - while making pina coladas on a muggy July night. While that recipe provided a refreshing treat for the summer, I find myself craving more seasonal foods now that autumn has arrived. I began to think: "if my ice cream recipe worked with pineapple, why not with pumpkin?" Excited to try my idea out, I was thrilled that the result...

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Tips for Better Recycling

environment Sep 15, 2015

Recycling: It's not as simple as I assumed. Even if manufacturers choose to use materials that can be recycled, the post below, from a member of my team, Ashley S. Cooke, taught me that there's more I can do to help make sure that my garbage gets recycled.

During a recent family trip to Baltimore and the National Aquarium, I was struck by the great amount of effort the aquarium put forth to educate guests on conservation and environmental health. As a few examples, they handed out free...

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For a Healthier Spin on Pizza Night, Add Brussels Sprouts!

diet recipes Aug 27, 2015

There'sno getting around it, my entire family loves pizza. We also love making it ourselves, and experimenting with different and creative ingredients. While trying to clear out the surplus of brussels sprouts in my fridge, I started one of my more successful culinary experiments: brussels sprout and roasted garlic pizza. It was such a hit with my family, that this healthier recipe has actually cut down our frequency of eating take-out pizza.

While the dish takes some...

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4 Tips for Navigating Food Labels

diet kitchen labels Jul 22, 2015

This week, the United States House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1599, a bill that could block the FDA and state governments from issuing mandatory labeling requirements of GMO foods. If passed, this bill would overturn current laws in Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine that require GMO labeling, and would also give food companies the power to label their GMO foods as “natural.” Of those who oppose GMOs, many are concerned about the unknown health effects, some...

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My Secret Sauce for Nutritional Punches: Cleaning the Fridge

diet kitchen Jul 16, 2015

One of my favorite parts of summer are the fresh veggies and fruits that we can eat straight from the farmers' stands. Since I make such an effort to buy organic ingredients, I hate wasting any food that results from thoughtful care.

Every few days, as our refrigerator becomes depleted, I turn our scraps into a healthy sauce that I eat as soup, or pour over pasta for the kids. It ends up being a nutrient-dense secret sauce that I also sneak into scrambled eggs and even burger...

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Unexpected Purpose: Ladybugs

environment Jul 08, 2015

With the completion of my book A to Z of D-Toxing underway, this will be the first summer since my first child was born seven years ago that I'll have free time. Since my book project immersed me into the complexities and wonders of science and nature, I've been looking forward to exploring both of them more with my children, especially since we'll be spending our summer amid farms and the ocean in eastern Long Island.

Dr. Leslie Ladd Allee of Cornell University...

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Reduce toxicants in your diet: Use Food Scores!

diet kitchen Jun 30, 2015

Since I was young, I've always been interested in food. I remember being excited to learn about the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that certain foods offer my body. In recent years, I learned about toxicants in food, including ones that can disrupt our biological processes.

Some are inevitable because our environment is polluted. Others are avoidable. Prepackaged foods often contain additional contaminants from the food preparation process and...

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3 Tips to Manage Summer Sun

sun protection Jun 23, 2015

Summer is here! Those of us who lived through a difficult winter in the northeast are especially excited to enjoy the outdoors. But how does a health conscious mom manage three young children who love
plying outside and the fact that skin cancer is growing? ("Pediatric melanoma increased by an average of two percent per year from 1973 to 2009," according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.)

1. Avoid the sun's most powerful times. Depending on where you live, the sun's most damaging rays...

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Fetal Origins: What is it?

pregnancy May 10, 2015

Could chronic conditions and diseases originate from the prenatal period? Science is increasingly showing links to this important period. Learn more about this growing field of fetal origins.

 

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