28 Feb

Tempeh, the Safe Soy

Yum! Have you tried Marinated Smoky Maple Bacon Tempeh by Turtle Island Foods, Inc.?

Nutritional Info.:

- Servings per box: 2

- Calories/serving: 130

- Sodium/serving: 300 mg

- Protein/serving: 12 g

This delicious source of protein is non-GMO. It’s sweetened with molasses and maple syrup (both are healthy, alkaline sweeteners). And, since it’s a soy product that’s been fermented, it’s safe to eat. (Other fermented soy products include natto, soy sauce, fermented soy milk and miso.)

Why is fermented soy healthier than other non-fermented soy products?

The phytochemicals which are found in the natural form of soy are toxic to the body. (They can negatively affect the immune system and digestive system; and have also been linked to PMS, attention deficit disorders, reproductive problems, allergies, cancer and heart disease.)  Fermenting removes the dangerous phytochemicals found in soy and makes it rich in nutrition. However, even if you’re eating non-GMO, fermented soy, consume it in small quantities. (In Japan and China, they only consume about 1 oz. per day.)

How much protein to eat each day:

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Your daily protein intake should be between 50 and 100 grams if you are on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet.” (Exact amounts vary depending on a person’s age, activity levels, caloric intake and any health issues.)  If you need a visual, four ounces of meat, poultry, etc. is about the size of a deck of cards and contains 25 to 35 grams of protein.

(We’ll cover more about the healthiest sources of protein and the best times to eat them in future articles.)

13 Feb

How to Make Chocolate and Sweeteners Guilt-free

Thank you to Anita from Feel Better Forever for inspiring today’s post . . .

We are often told to avoid sugar and sweeteners and then we aren’t given any good alternatives.  (Just because you’re avoiding refined, white sugar, doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun!) 

The quality of the sweetener matters . . . choose raw alkalizing sweeteners like raw cane sugar, agave, raw maple syrup and raw honey whenever possible.

If you want to eat some good, guilt-free chocolate on Valentine’s Day, Green and Black’s dark chocolate varieties are a healthier choice b/c of the raw cane sugar and purity of ingredients. 

If you’re a chocolate lover, you can still indulge in your favorite treat when you choose high quality chocolate like Green and Black’s.  (If you ever hear about chocolate being unhealthy or causing problems like skin blemishes, etc., it’s because of the junky ingredients and chemical additives in cheap chocolate.  Refined sugar, a junky ingredient, for example, can cause breakouts.)

Green & Blacks is available at most health food stores.  And, nowadays, you can even find it in the gourmet chocolate section of some larger, mainstream grocery stores like King Soopers and Safeway.