Butternut Squash Latkes

11/18/2014 6:00 AM

This is such a great take on the classic latke, and what great timing with Hanukkah around the corner. Latkes are a popular food eaten during Hanukkah, which is December 16th to December 24th. They’re similar to pancakes, with a variety of optional toppings on the side, such as applesauce and sour cream, which are a must! Check out those recipes as well. Traditionally, latkes are made from potatoes. I don’t do much cooking with white potatoes anymore because I prefer the boost of nutrition from more colorful foods, such as a sweet potato or butternut squash.

What Nutritional Benefit Does Butternut Squash Provide?

Low in fat and cholesterol, butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice. Butternut squash is high in potassium and magnesium, and with a 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C. 

Squash's tangerine color indicates an abundance of powerhouse nutrients known as caroten...

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Stainless Steel bottles for water, drinks and food are quite popular these days - and for good reason. Here's not one -  but ten reasons why these bottles and containers are the healthiest option for you and the planet.


Buy Once, Re-Use Long Term

Americas use 1, 838 disposable cups every second! Stainless steel options are designed to replace throw-away items that populate land fills, oceans and other parts of our beautiful planet; you can feel great about choosing this clean, environmentally sound alternative. They're also cost efficient - high quality stainless steel bottles are crafted from thick, low gage stainless steel with a long-lasting durable weight. They’re virtually indestructible.


A Material Upgrade

Before stainless steel bottles burst onto the scene, typical water bottles were made from polycarbonate plastic or aluminum. These bottles are still on the market, but not the safest option. Plastic can leech toxic chemicals like BPA, and concerns about overexposure to aluminum are...

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Wedderspoon's Manuka Honey

11/12/2014 6:00 AM

Something you may not know about honey is it has the ability to kill bacteria and heal wounds. Although the idea of putting honey on a wound seems a bit strange, it has actually been used for treating infected wounds and other skin conditions for thousands of years. One caveat—this isn’t just any honey—it’s Manuka Honey!

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a highly nutritious, special kind of honey that comes from the Manuka flower nectar gathered by the bees in New Zealand. Manuka is a Maori word that refers to the medicinal flower that grows on both New Zealand's North and South Islands.  

What are the benefits of using Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is used as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, and antifungal. Studies show Manuka honey can be very effective in helping relieve stomach ulcer symptoms and gastritis, and when applied topically, it assists the natural healing of skin ulcers, wounds, burns, boils, and cracked skin by diffusing deep into ...

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Edema (also known as dropsy or fluid retention) is swelling caused by the accumulation of abnormally large amounts of fluid in the spaces between the body's cells or in the circulatory system. It is most common in feet, ankles, and legs. It can also affect the face and hands. Pregnant women and older adults often get edema, but it can happen to anyone. 

Edema is a symptom, not a disease or disorder. Widespread, long-term edema can indicate a serious underlying health problem.

Signs and Symptoms

These will vary and may include the following:

  • Swollen limbs (possibly accompanied by pain, redness, heat)
  • Facial puffiness
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Shortness of breath, extreme difficulty breathing, coughing up blood
  • Sudden change in mental state or coma
  • Muscle aches and pains 

What Causes It?

Some of the following factors may cause edema:

  • Sitting or standing for long periods
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal changes during menstruation and pregnancy
  • Infection or injury to a blood vessel, blood clots, or varicose veins
  • B...
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Exploring Aromatherapy

11/7/2014 6:00 AM

Aromatherapy goes far beyond using potpourri or burning a scented candle. It’s the use of essential oils created from the aromatic portions of a plant (such as the leaves, blossom, bark, or root) for psychological and physical well-being. The “aroma” of these essential oils is typically inhaled or applied to the skin.

How Does Aromatherapy Work?

It’s not entirely clear how aromatherapy works. Some experts believe our sense of smell plays a role, and other researchers think the molecules from essential oils may interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes.

The “smell” receptors in your nose communicate with the parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storage areas for emotions and memories. When you breathe in essential oil molecules, some researchers believe they stimulate the parts of your brain that influence physical, emotional, and mental health. For example, scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the wa...

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0 Comments | Posted By Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

I’m really looking forward to the focus of November’s Health Buzz—Aromatherapy! Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being. I’ll explore aromatherapy and how it’s being used to improve health, enhance mood, and promote relaxation. In aromatherapy, blends of essential oils are often used to improve therapeutic potential, and I’ll share a couple aromatherapy recipes with you.

If you have any specific aromatherapy questions, please leave me a comment.

In Health and Happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods

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