Schisandra, pronounced shiz’-an-dra, holds a top spot in traditional Chinese medicine because of its superior medicinal benefits. It has been used for over 2,000 years, and despite this long history, schisandra is still relatively unknown in the US.

The “Five Flavored Fruit”

The bright red berries grow in clusters on vines, similar to grapes. Schisandra berry is known as the “Five Flavored Fruit” because its taste offers the full spectrum of flavor possibilities: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and pungent (or spicy), with sour being the predominant flavor.

In Chinese herbal medicine, it’s believed these five flavors are indicative of the five organ systems within the body—the liver, spleen, kidneys, lungs, and heart. So the berry is great for balancing and harmonizing how the systems work together.

Numerous Incredible Benefits

Combats Stress: Schisandra berry is a powerful adaptogen, meaning it helps us deal with all kinds of stress (physical, mental, emotional, environmental, and social). It h...

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Simple Tips on Aging Gracefully

12/14/2014 4:36 AM

Recently over dinner, a friend I've known for 15 years told me that I am "aging well." I was both flattered and intrigued by the compliment. Of course I quickly realized this didn't mean I wasn't aging at all, but that there was something about the way that I was aging that stood out to him. 

I thought about the comment over the next few days and considered what "aging well" meant to me. As I slide into my 40s, aging well isn't just about counting the lines on my face, it's about feeling good in my own skin.

Aging well is about taking care of my body so that I can enjoy the next 40 or so years of my life with energy, low stress, vitality, limber joints, strong muscles and organs that do their job and don't get sick.

But aging well is also about taking care of my spirit — nourishing my emotional body as much my physical body — with thoughts, experiences, people and activities that bring me joy, and avoiding those that don't. 

My perspective on aging has changed in the past few years. I actu...

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During the cold months, I love sweet potatoes! They're hearty, versatile, healthy, and delicious. As obsessed with them as I am, one would think I’m devoted to one particular sweet potato recipe, but I’m not. That brings me to this recipe—these sound UH-MAY-ZING, and I definitely plan to make these very soon.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Walnut Streusel

5 servings

Ingredients
3 large sweet potatoes
4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
pinch salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon

The Streusel
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

Instructions
Prick sweet potatoes with a fork or knife and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until soft. 

Once sweet potatoes are cooked, slice in half and scoop out the centers into a bowl leaving a 1/4 inch border of sweet potato with the skin. Mix in brown sugar, butter, salt and cinnamon until smooth. Using a large tipped pastry bag, pipe the filling back into their sweet ...

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Are you holiday shopping for a chocoholic this year? If so, chocolate lovers will melt over any one of these delicious gifts. I also love combining several of these items for a killer “themed” gift basket, which anyone will enjoy receiving!  

Chocolate gets a bad rap for being "bad" or unhealthy. The commercial varieties found on the shelves of your supermarket may deserve the less-than-stellar reputation, but real chocolate doesn’t! Really rich, high quality, low sugar chocolate with 85% or more cacao is considered a superfood. Cacao is a rich source of antioxidants and feel-good neurotransmitters, and has numerous health benefits.

Homemade Chocolate: If the person on your list enjoys baking, why not give them a gift basket filled with the ingredients necessary to make their own homemade chocolate? This includes cacao butter, cacao powder, and a sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or coconut palm sugar.

A second option for making homemade chocolate is to use cacao liquor. Don’t let the...

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With so many different sweeteners available, how do you decide which one to use? I prefer a natural sweetener with some added nutritional value. I use the sweetener to replace processed, non-nutritive, refined sugar. It’s highly recommended to decrease your intake of refined sugar because it can have harmful effects on metabolism and contribute to all sorts of diseases. In particular, excess fructose overloads the liver, forcing it to turn fructose into fat. Fructose also negatively effects our hunger hormones, is highly addictive for many people, and increases the risk of gaining weight. Keep in mind, limiting fructose intake does NOT apply to fruit. It’s almost impossible to overeat fructose by eating fruit.

I created a list of natural sweeteners, the added nutrition each provides, and some suggested uses for each. 

Organic Fruit

Fun Fact: The vibrant color of fruit are due to phytonutrients, beneficial compounds that promote healthy aging and reduces your risk of cancer, heart disease,...

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Christmas is here and we’re no Oprah, but who says she’s the only one who can have a favorite things list! My co-workers and I have tasted, tested, and used many products here at Healthy Goods, and there are definite standouts we don’t go without. We also think our favorites would be wonderful gifts to give or receive this holiday season. Enjoy our list of favorite Healthy Good things for all the family and friends on your list.

JEM Almond Butter

It’s unanimous…everyone at Healthy Goods absolutely LOVES JEM Almond Butter and we’re all known to eat it straight out of the jar. Honestly, write your name on top of the jar and get your own spoon.  It’s that good! They aren’t too oily, nor filled with processed sugars. JEM almond butters are organic, raw, vegan, and addicting!

JEM Almond Butter is available in four delicious, unique flavors, and they’re great for anybody who loves nut butters. They’re also delicious baked into cookies. Our Operations Manager likes to eat her JEM chilled, saying...

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