Heart Health Month…did you celebrate it?

Look around you and count. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease accounts for nearly one in every four deaths in the United States and is the leading cause of death in women.

While this may sound discouraging, it doesn’t have to be—there are many things that you can do to help turn those statistics around and keep good health in your favor. Although we can’t change our genetic predispositions to heart disease, we do have control over several lifestyle factors like keeping our weight in check, staying physically active and choosing foods wisely. Read more.

Diets come and go…

Who can remember the low-fat, eggs-are-evil days of the 80’s and 90’s, where fat was villainous and carbohydrates reigned?

Today it seems that the opposite is true with legions eschewing carbs and following a higher protein diet (think Paleo and Zone). Despite this recent trend towards a meat-centered diet, the vegetarian lifestyle—and it’s many variants—has remained strong. However, with much of the media focus on protein, it can be confusing to navigate the sea of ever-changing dietary information, especially if you’re electively choosing to eliminate meat and/or meat products from your diet. Read more.

The Golden Grain

Quinoa (pronounced KEENWAH), one of the main ingredients in our SuperFood Salad, is making a 5,000 year comeback!

A small, grain-like seed originating in South America, quinoa dates back to Pre-Columbian times and is prized today for its high protein levels as well as for its soluble and insoluble fiber content (one cup of cooked quinoa has over 20% of your daily fiber requirements and 8 grams of protein – almost double the amount of protein in rice). Because of its superior nutritional value, quinoa is commonly called ‘the golden grain’ of the Andes amongst researchers and devotees. Read more.