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Beet-Farro Salad by LYFE Kitchen

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By Chef Tal Ronnen and Chef Jeremy Bringardner 397 calories 425 mg sodium Ingredients: 2 cups mixed greens 1/2 cup farro, cooked and cooled 1/2 cup apples, sliced 1/8" 1/2 cup fennel, shaved as thin as possible on a mandolin 1 tbsp red onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp walnuts, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup roasted beets 2 tbsp dried cranberries 1 tbsp basil, torn 1 1/2 oz maple-sherry vinegar   1) Toss all ingredients together in a mixing bowl to  evenly distribute ingredients. 2) Pile … [Read more...]

Green Splendor: The Quest for Fresh Inspires Restaurant Gardens

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There is a growing awareness across the country about the story of food.  Despite the many failures of our current national food system, there are shining examples of communities that care for the way food is grown, shared, and consumed -- and the public is welcoming this movement with open arms.   By Britta Turner   Throughout Southern  California - in Los Angeles, specifically - you may have noticed many neighborhood restaurants serving locally-sourced ingredients. What … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Cut Back on Salt

According to new research, cutting your salt intake may be more important than you may think. A new study reports that if the United States cut its salt intake by just a half teaspoon a day, we could prevent 92,000 deaths and 99,000 heart attacks a year. "The [ heart] benefits of reduced salt intake are on par with the benefits of population-wide reductions in tobacco use, obesity, and cholesterol levels," says Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD. The culprit, says researchers, isn’t the saltshaker, … [Read more...]

8 Healing Herbs for Curing What Ails You

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by Svetlana Konnikova, MA, AN Many healing herbs, plants and flowers have been traditionally used for centuries in our homes to treat a variety of minor illnesses and injuries. What follows is a list of safe and useful herbs that can be used to treat different ailments and conditions during New Year. Raspberries are my favorite berries, a good source of vitamin C. I love to eat them fresh, to put into my hot tea. When one of the members of my family has cold or flu –1-2 teaspoons of … [Read more...]

New Year, New You – The Ayurveda Way

Good health is a life-long process. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of health and longevity offers us many simple yet profound tips for maintaining a lifestyle that can be sustained for an entire lifetime. “Ayur’ means longevity, ‘veda’ means science, this science of longevity is user-friendly and is applicable universally. Ayurveda states that there are three body/mind constitutions that are formed by pairing up the five elements, namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is composed of air and … [Read more...]

22 Natural Remedies to Combat Colds and Flu

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Cold and flu season is upon us again. Learn the difference between H1N1 and the regular flu, and how to combat the bugs, naturally. by Svetlana Konnikova, MA, AN Do you know that several hundred different viruses cause the common cold and a seasonal flu? You can get infected when sneezing and coughing people near you pass infected droplets into the environment. Usually it happens during cold winter months. However, a cold or flu can strike at any time. Cold season has already started. At … [Read more...]

5 Herbs to Calm your Nerves

When you’re super-stressed, sometimes taking a deep Belly Breath just doesn’t cut it. Fortunately there are herbs out there that can help you when you’re feeling anxious, nervous or overwhelmed. These five herbs have been hailed for centuries for their ability to help you chill out. Just as a precaution, you should always check with your doctor before taking any dietary supplement. Valerian Root Valerian Root is native to Europe and Asia and was used in ancient Greece to treat a variety of … [Read more...]

Your Blissful Brain

If you think you are too young and healthy to experience memory loss, think again: after age 20, memory decreases by 1 to 2 % per year. (For those of us who partied hard, memory may have decreased even more.) Fact is, everyone over 30 has some degree of memory loss, which usually becomes significant by age 45. 76 million American baby boomers comprise the most rapidly increasing age group at the greatest risk of developing memory loss, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia, and … [Read more...]

Herbs That Chill

Who among us doesn’t want, need or look forward to chilling out with legal, effective and nontoxic help? Here are some herbal tea time tips that can help you remake/remodel your mood in a matter of minutes. Some caveats, however: *As with all plant products, some people may be allergic to the herbs discussed below. *If you are taking prescription drugs, first ask your doctor if there are any known drug interactions with the herbs listed here. … [Read more...]

Life After Caffeine

You probably already know that caffeine is addictive, but did you know that it can negatively affect your endocrine system, moods and energy levels? In fact, daily caffeine intake, in the form of coffee, tea or caffeinated sodas, may subtly drain energy by flooding your body with stress hormones such as cortisol, which wears down the brain as well as other crucial organs and body systems. … [Read more...]

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