Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My Go-To Salad After Heavy Eating, Too Much Sugar and Big Meals!

I hope your holidays have been magical so far!

I spent last weekend at my in laws and the first present I opened were some cocktail napkins that had a picture of a lady drinking wine that read "It's Ok, It's Organic."

Talk about a perfect gift! HAHA.

If you are like me, I ate way too many sweets and it's time to reign it all back in! I really don't want you to wait until the New Year to start getting back on track either.

So here's a new detox salad – it's my go-to after heavy eating, too much sugar and big meals!

Also… If you are thinking about taking up juicing in the new year, you've got to check these juicing do's and don'ts to make sure you are getting the most out of your juicing. And if you are more a smoothie person, this anti-inflammatory shake will do the trick to get you back on track. I just made one myself!

Xo,

Vani

P.S. If you are wondering what else Food Babes are going to be eating in the New Year, you've got to check out our meal planning service – I hope it will solve all your "what to eat?" dilemmas and take the guess work out of clean, organic and non-GMO living. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Friday, December 18, 2015

Quick love note before the weekend begins…

 

Hi there!

My year-end report is coming soon. Looking back at what we have accomplished this year together, truly blows my mind! Wish I could hug each of you in person for changing the world with me – who knows, maybe soon?!? I hope.

I've been busy this week in the kitchen making more holiday treats. I have 2 more homemade goodies for you to try this weekend…

I used to eat the heck out of Fruit Roll Ups when I was younger. They were a STAPLE in my lunch box and when I'd get home from school, I would eat a couple of them almost everyday. Pulling that fruit leather right off that plastic sheet – ooooohhhh, actually my mouth is just watering thinking of them. However, the problem with Fruit Roll Ups, Fruit By The Foot and other store-bought fruit snacks is that they are full of artificial ingredients, GMOs and other nasties I don't want in my body. And that's why I like to make these instead and they just happen to make a beautiful gift for any occasion too! They taste so much better than the packaged variety too, so fresh and delicious. Here's the recipe.

Also, I used to buy store-bought brownie and cookie mix full of artificial ingredients, but not anymore. Hope these fun adorable jars of goodness inspire you and your loved ones to stop buying them too.

Xo,

Vani

P.S. I'm working on 3 big investigations for early next year - the ones you have been asking for!!! So stay tuned! Can't wait. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Hi there!

Just a quick note to tell you about an incredible deal on Amazon that you can take advantage of today only. 

If you know anyone who hasn't picked up a copy of my New York Times Bestseller - The Food Babe Way - today is your chance to pick up a hardcover copy at an amazing discount on Amazon (25% off with holiday code). This is the best price that I've seen for my book in quite some time and it makes a great last minute gift just in time for the holidays! 

Here's where to get your discount code for The Food Babe Way - Ends today at midnight PST (12/15/15)

This book is my manifesto that covers every aspect of my healthy habits, my way of life and how to navigate successfully in this over processed world including BRAND NEW INVESTIGATIONS that have changed my outlook about the food industry forever.

In The Food Babe Way, you'll learn how to:

  • Develop 21 simple, lasting habits that will get you off chemical-laced food for good.
  • Avoid the top 15 ingredients that wreak havoc on your weight, beauty, and health.
  • Spot manipulative marketing and manufacturing techniques the food industry uses to get you to eat processed foods or hide questionable ingredients.
  • Replace the foods that make you fat, look older, and sap your energy with healthful, delicious substitutes
  • Make over 75 additive-free meals with easy and delicious recipes.

Just click here to get the holiday code to save 25% on The Food Babe Way - ends midnight PST tonight (12/15/15)!

I know you're probably still super busy shopping for the holidays (I know I am!) So, to make it incredibly easy for you, here are my Top 9 Last Minute Gift Ideas that you can pick up today before shipping prices go up! I've included exclusive coupon codes to save on indoor organic gardening kits, organic gift baskets, and my favorite health and fitness accessories of the season. Check it all out here. 

Happy shopping!

Xo, 

Vani

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Monday, December 14, 2015

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20 Gluten-Free Treats for the Holiday Season

Posted: 14 Dec 2015 05:16 AM PST

It's mid-December, which means it's time for some holiday sweets. You won't find wheat flour in any of these sweets, but it's one ingredient you'll never miss. Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not, these desserts from cookies and candy to cakes and edible gifts, will make your holiday season complete.


1. Caramel Pecan Turtle Clusters


It's hard to resist the addictive combination of buttery pecans and chewy homemade caramel nestled under a creamy milk chocolate shell. Wrap up a few in pretty tissue paper and give a box as a holiday gift.



2. No-Bake Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies

The only thing better than a no-bake cookie is one that involves a winning combination of Nutella and peanut butter.


3. Crisp Meringues with Whipped Cream

This is just about the simplest dessert imaginable. You can make it with meringues purchased at the grocery store or at a bakery, or make them yourself. Together the crisp meringue and soft cream melts together into one sweet and simple dessert.


4. No-Bake Sesame Coconut Ginger Cookies

Moist and naturally sweet with a gingery bite, these cookies contain just five ingredients and couldn't be easier to make.


5. Coconut Snowballs

When it comes to cookies, deliciousness usually arrives in the form of flour, butter, sugar, nuts, and chocolate. But when you can't eat any of those foods, coconut — in all its delicious forms — is your new best friend.


6. How To Make a Chocolate Soufflé

Not only are chocolate soufflés one of the most heavenly things you can eat with a spoon, but they're also surprisingly not all that hard to make.



7. Classic Southern Pralines

You can call the praline a cookie, because it's shaped like one, but it's rightfully a type of candy. These no-bake treats are made entirely on the stovetop, and take just 15 minutes.


8. Eggnog Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows make the perfect gift this time of year. And what better way to celebrate the season than with eggnog?




9. How To Make the Best Coconut Macaroons

Crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle — a good coconut macaroon has some texture for you to bite into. As long as you have some shredded coconut stashed away in your cupboard and a few eggs in the fridge, a batch of sweet macaroons can be yours in less than 30 minutes.


10. Holiday Nut & Fruit Brittle

Enrobed in caramelized sugar, the nuts and seeds in this holiday nut brittle look like little gems. It's easy to swap in your favorite nuts, dried fruit, and spices to create your own unique version.


11. Raspberry-Coconut French Macarons

French macarons make the most perfect, bite-sized presents. These macaron shells feature finely ground freeze-dried raspberries for sweetness and color. The raspberry flavor is subtle, and pairs beautifully with the coconut filling.


12. Baked Eggnog Custards

This seasonal treat is surprisingly light and smooth, with a subtly sweet eggnog flavor and a slightly boozy aftertaste.


13. How To Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

There's a lot to love about chocolate-covered strawberries. The crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth shell and the cool, sweet strawberry beneath. Whether you serve them for a party or give them as a gift, they're bound to be a hit.


14. Gluten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread, in all its many forms, is a classic holiday treat. And this moist, richly flavored gingerbread cake is certainly not one to be missed.


15. Heavenly Hash Bars

Just when you thought you'd filled your arsenal with enough delicious homemade holiday treats, along came heavenly hash to sweep them all under the carpet. The combination of bittersweet chocolate, roasted almond, and marshmallow is truly a gift.
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16. How To Make French Meringue

With a crisp outer shell, slightly chewy center, and a subtle sweetness, baked meringues are a melt-in-your-mouth delight.


17. Chocolate-Dipped Figs with Sea Salt

Dried figs are a sweet and easy treat any day, but dip them in chocolate and sprinkle with a little sea salt and they become a treat worthy of anyone's holiday gift list.


18. Raw Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bites

These truffles might be raw and vegan, but trust me — they still taste like an indulgent treat. They'll certainly suit nearly everyone on your gift list.


19. Sweet and Savory Roasted Cashews

These crisp and flavorful roasted nuts offer a little something for everyone. There are brown butter-sage cashews if savory is your thing, and cocoa-dusted cashews for those of us with a sweet tooth.


20. How To Make the Easiest Chocolate Fudge

This classic fudge has a dense, textured chewiness as you bite into it, and then melts in your mouth. It's a classic holiday gift to give for a reason.
[via The Kitchn]

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Surprising Superfood: Learn the Benefits of Aloe Vera

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A Surprising Superfood: Learn the Benefits of Aloe Vera

Published December 11, 2015

Aloe vera is a powerful superfood

Every day, people around the world appreciate the nutritional benefits of aloe vera. And, while most of us are familiar with its healing effects on skin, its uses go well beyond that. Believe it or not, aloe vera is actually a superfood! Superfood is a word that gets thrown around a lot, so let’s cover what it actually means.

What is a Superfood?

Put simply, a superfood is any natural food that's dense with beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, and other compounds beneficial to your health. For example, you have probably heard that blueberries are a superfood. This is because they're low in calories and rich in antioxidants. That's only one of many superfood examples. Another you might not think of immediately is aloe vera. Aloe vera is frequently used in topical skincare and cosmetic products like creams, lotions, soaps, and shampoos, but it's also incredibly beneficial when ingested.

Nutrients Found in Aloe Vera

Aloe vera possesses many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that support proper body function. [1] Vitamins like vitamin A (beta-carotene), which is a key player for a healthy immune system, organ function, and reproduction. [2] Aloe vera is also a tremendous source of vitamin C. Vitamin E is another nutrient it offers that’s great for protecting against free radical damage. It could even offer benefits for heart health. [3] And, it's not just these three antioxidants, aloe vera also contains B12, folic acid, and choline; all of which help with nervous system health. [1]

It’s a great source of minerals like calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, and zinc, which are essential for proper function of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways. [1]

Aloe vera contains at least eight different enzymes — alliinase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. [1] Bradykinase can help reduce skin irritation when applied topically. [4] Some of the other enzymes can help the body break down fat, sugar, and other nutrients. For this reason, digestive enzymes are great for leaky gut.

Additionally, catalase, which is found in most organisms, is pretty important when it comes to protecting cells from oxidative damage–something implicated in many diseases, as well as the body's aging process. [5] [6] [7]

As if that weren't enough, aloe vera also provides fatty acids like good cholesterol, campesterol, β-sitosterol, and lupeol, which soothe redness and swelling and offer other important benefits. [8] [9]

A recent study looked at the prebiotic potential of aloe vera mucilage, suggesting that it could be used to support gut health and probiotic colonies. [10] And, its high acemannan content could also have immunomodulatory properties. [11] [12] [13]

Additional Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Now that you have a better understanding of some of the nutrients and biological compounds within aloe vera, let's take a look at some of the plant’s other notable health benefits.

Topical Use

  • Wound healing [14]
  • Moisturizes the skin
  • Antiseptic [15]
  • Antibacterial [16]

Nutritional / Dietary Supplementation

  • Promotes normal cholesterol levels
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Contains prebiotics
  • Supports digestion
  • Boosts the immune system

Adding Aloe Vera to Your Diet

Aloe vera juice is an easy way to enjoy it

The benefits of adding aloe vera to your diet are easy to see. With so many vital nutrients, this superfood should become a staple in your effort to leading a healthy life. One popular way to have quick, easy access to this natural wonder is by growing your own aloe vera at home. Aloe vera grows quickly and reproduces at a high rate. For those looking to take an easier route, there are many products like juices and supplements available that can make adding aloe vera to your diet even easier.

When consuming aloe vera, in any form, nutrient content and bioavailability of key ingredients like acemannan is important. I’ve actually created an excellent aloe vera supplement called Aloe Fuzion, which is made from 100% organic inner leaf aloe vera. If you're looking for a convenient, natural way to add an incredibly bioavailable form of aloe vera to your diet, you cannot go wrong with Aloe Fuzion.

References:

  1. Surjushe, A. et al. Aloe Vera: A Short Review. Indian Journal of Dermatology. 53 (4).
  2. J. Rodrigo Mora1, Makoto Iwata, Ulrich H. von Andrian. Vitamin effects on the immune system: vitamins A and D take centre stage. Nat Rev Immunol. 2008 Sep; 8(9): 685–698.
  3. National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin E: Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.
  4. Renata Dawid-Pac. Medicinal plants used in treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. Postepy Dermatol Alergol. 2013 Jun; 30(3): 170–177.
  5. University of California.
  6. Imlay, J. A. Pathways of Oxidative Damage. Annual Review of Microbiology. 57.
  7. Hybertson, B. M. et al. Oxidative stress in health and disease: The therapeutic potential of Nrf2 activation. Molecular Aspects of Medicine. 32.
  8. Calder PC. Fatty acids and inflammation: the cutting edge between food and pharma. Eur J Pharmacol. 2011 Sep;668 Suppl 1:S50-8.
  9. Uddin G1, Rauf A, Siddiqui B, Muhammad N, Khan A, Shah SU. Anti-nociceptive, anti-inflammatory and sedative activities of the extracts and chemical constituents of Diospyros lotus L. Phytomedicine. 2014 Jun 15;21(7):954-9.
  10. Gullón, B. et al. In vitro assessment of the prebiotic potential of Aloe vera mucilage and its impact on the human microbiota. Food & Function. 6 (2).
  11. Im, S. A. et al. In vivo evidence of the immunomodulatory activity of orally administered Aloe vera gel. Archives of Pharmacal Research. 33 (3).
  12. Peng, S. Y. et al. Decreased mortality of Norman murine sarcoma in mice treated with the immunomodulator, Acemannan. Molecular Biotherapy. 3 (2).
  13. Xing, W. et al. Acemannan accelerates cell proliferation and skin wound healing through AKT/mTOR signaling pathway. Journal of Dermatological Science. 79 (2).
  14. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet]. Aloe vera for treating acute and chronic wounds.
  15. Gupta RK1, Gupta D, Bhaskar DJ, Yadav A, Obaid K, Mishra S. Preliminary antiplaque efficacy of aloe vera mouthwash on 4 day plaque re-growth model: randomized control trial. Ethiop J Health Sci. 2014 Apr;24(2):139-44.
  16. Nejatzadeh-Barandozi F. Antibacterial activities and antioxidant capacity of Aloe vera. Org Med Chem Lett. 2013 Jul 19;3(1):5.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

What is the Immune System? 4 Natural Ways to Boost Wellness

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What is the Immune System? 4 Natural Ways to Boost Wellness

Published December 10, 2015

Boost and strengthen your immune system

The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that protect your body from pathogens; and, this time of year, you’ll hear a lot about it. Think of it as a personal shield. Its job is to protect you from harmful organisms and toxins that can have a negative effect on your health.

Your immune system is made up of two parts. One is your innate immune system, which protects you against infections and helps wounds like cuts and bruises heal. The other is your adaptive immune system, which adapts to protect you from viruses like the flu. Together, these form a complex system of cells, tissues, and organs that protect your health.

When your immune system is supported, its two components work together in harmony to protect you from illness. But, like any system, it can be compromised and fail. Some people are born with weak immune systems. Some are also born with unregulated, sometimes called overactive, immune systems. Even if you start out with a perfectly healthy immune system, disease, allergies, and poor nutrition can weaken or damage your immune system. This can cause your immune system to actually attack the body it is supposed to protect – leading to a plethora of negative health conditions.

How the Immune System Works

White blood cells, aka leukocytes, are the foot soldiers of your immune system. They're the ones that fight viruses, bacteria, and other harmful organisms. These white blood cells, along with red blood cells, form in bone marrow. Once formed, they enter the lymphatic system, one of the major components of the immune system and part of your circulatory system, to help keep it fight disease.

Along the way, these cells receive help from lymphatic organs like the tonsils and thymus. These organs supply antibodies, the special forces of your immune system that target viruses. Your immune system works constantly to prevent a host of invaders from doing damage. It does this by capturing these organisms and isolating them before they are able to infect your body. Once harmful organisms are captured, your immune cells take them to your spleen. There, the spleen, located in the upper left region of the abdomen, filters out the unwelcome organisms from the blood for removal from your body; as well as dead or damaged red and white blood cells.

Immune System Disorders

There are three types of major immune system disorders:

1. Autoimmunity

In autoimmune conditions, the immune system attacks the healthy tissue it's supposed to protect. Currently, there are more than 80 known types of autoimmune diseases. [1] The most well known examples are type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. For anyone with these diseases, the best approach today is to work with your natural physician and nutritionist to formulate a plan of action. The connection between nutrition and immune health is still being researched, but we do know that vitamins like A, B2, B6, C and D play an integral role in how your immune system works. Minerals like selenium and zinc are also important.

2. Immunodeficiency’s

Immunodeficiency’s occur when the immune system's ability to fight harmful organisms or diseases is weakened. Your body may not produce enough white blood cells and white blood cell levels may be low or not functioning normally. If you're not careful and don't protect yourself, you can develop this condition. Exposure to cigarette smoke, pesticides, toxic metals like arsenic, PCBs, and other common pollutants like toluene from nail polish can slow or weaken your immune system. [2]

Environmental toxins are especially dangerous because they easily attach themselves to hormones and other important molecules in your cells and require a lot of energy to remove. On top of that, they prevent vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from doing their job. When this happens, your cells don't get the nutrition they need and they may slow down or die.

A weak immune system is a real problem for people as they get older. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and the natural changes associated with aging can disrupt how well the immune system works. [3] All these factors increase the risk of developing a weakened immune system and infections.

3. Hypersensitive or Over-Reactive Immune System

Researchers continue to study the triggers for an overly aggressive immune system. In this condition, when immune cells encounter a harmless allergen or a substance that needs to be removed, they attach an immune cell called a mast cell to the invader, causing an unnecessary immune response. A response like this damages tissue and organs and can lead to serious diseases. In some cases, it could be pet dander, residual pesticide on an apple, or exposure to chemicals in latex or plastic. Sensitivity to gluten is another example.

4 Ways to Naturally Support Your Immune System

Boost and strengthen your immune system

The immune system fights an abundance of harmful organisms and toxic chemicals found in food, water, and air. And, it needs proper support in order to function its best. Here are four ways to support and boost your immune system.

1. Follow a Healthy Diet

Some foods steal energy and destroy your immune system. Foods to avoid include processed foods and those with unnatural chemicals like added flavorings, refined sugars, and neurotoxins like MSG. Avoid soda, which is one of the top five foods that destroy your immune system.

Instead, look for organic fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants, B vitamins and vitamins A, C, and D. Some excellent choices are blueberries, garlic, kale, broccoli, spinach, lemons, eggplant, pomegranate, and avocado. For fruits and vegetables, it's important to buy organic. If organic isn't available, give your fruits and veggies a good scrub to eliminate removable residue. Raw, vegan foods are ideal, but if you do choose a vegan lifestyle, make sure to include extra B12 in your diet.

2. Exercise

Like it or not, exercise is one of the best methods to boost immune system vitality. It improves your overall health, increases oxygen intake and lung capacity, and gets your metabolism going. On top of that, it promotes a healthy heart and good circulation. Find the best exercise routine for your lifestyle; keep in mind that consistency is a must.

3. Manage Your Stress

Stress does more than make you anxious or angry, it aggravates your immune system and increases inflammation. Look for ways to reduce stress at home and at work. One way to avoid stress is by not holding onto problems. Get it out, talk to someone who will listen. Meditation is another great way to manage stress and can help you reach mind and body harmony and mental discipline.

4. Nutritional Support

Today, even natural foods do not provide all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need. Over-farming, fertilizers, and pesticides have drained much of the nutrient content from the land. As organic farming picks up, nutrients will return, but it will take time. But, even before the soil was depleted of nutrients, alternative health practitioners recognized that people needed herbs and tonics to supplement their diet and support their health and immune system, especially as they aged. Here are a few of the best.

Echinacea

Traditional medicines have used Echinacea for centuries and research indicates it supports a healthy immune response and helps fight off colds and flu. [4]

Oregano Oil

A study by the Georgetown University Medical Center reported oregano oil was great for fighting off harmful organisms. [5]

Ginseng

This adaptogen helps the body respond to stress and keeps your immune system functioning normally.

Lemon

High in vitamin C, lemon is one of the most potent fruits you can take to fight illness. Many people recommend taking the juice of one half lemon in a cup of warm water every morning to encourage good health.

Garlic

Studies show people who eat garlic regularly have fewer colds than those who don't. [6]

Probiotics

Friendly bacteria, aka probiotics, help keep harmful organisms from taking hold. Studies suggest two of the best strains are Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. [7]

Other Ways to Support Your Immune System

These six aren't the only natural substances that help with immune support. In recent years, researchers have taken special interest in aloe vera. Studies show some aloe species contain two powerful substances that help the immune system – acemannan and aloctin A. The active components in aloe vera fight harmful organisms and have antioxidant effects that protect cells from damage. [2] [4]

Aloe Fuzion contains the highest quality, most bio-available, most immunomodulatory, and simply the most acemannan of any aloe vera product available. An immunomodulator is a substance that helps regulate the immune system. It's useful in situations where the immune system is “overactive” and inconsistent.

Embrace Healthy Living

At Global Healing Center, we believe in a complete approach to health. This includes making good dietary choices, regular exercise, regular cleansing, and nutritional supplementation where needed to help your body function normally.

When it comes to diet, choose raw, organic fruits and vegetables, and avoid saturated fats. Exercise regularly. Get enough sleep, at least 7 hours a night — 8 is better.

If you choose to drink, do so moderately. Don't smoke. Having said that, here's what you absolutely must do…spend time with friends, laugh, take time to relax and do activities you enjoy, and make your home a clean, calming place to live.

How do you support your immune system and embrace healthy living? Leave a comment below and share your experiences!

References:

  1. MedinePlus. Autoimmune Diseases.
  2. Winans B, Humble MC, Lawrence BP. Environmental toxicants and the developing immune system: a missing link in the global battle against infectious disease? Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, NY). 2011;31(3):327-336. doi:10.1016/j.reprotox.2010.09.004.
  3. MedlinePlus. Aging changes in immunity.
  4. Bany J1, Siwicki AK, Zdanowska D, Sokolnicka I, Skopińska-Rózewska E, Kowalczyk M. Echinacea purpurea stimulates cellular immunity and anti-bacterial defence independently of the strain of mice. Pol J Vet Sci. 2003;6(3 Suppl):3-5.
  5. Georgetown University Medical Center. Oregano Oil May Protect Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Georgetown Researcher Find.
  6. Elizabeth Lissiman, Alice L Bhasale, Marc Cohen. Garlic for the common cold. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006206.pub4.
  7. Valentina Taverniti, Simone Guglielmetti. Health-Promoting Properties of Lactobacillus helveticus. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00392.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The #1 organic gift to give this year.

If you are looking for the perfect gift to change someone's life this year, I've found it!

The one tried and true worry I hear over and over again about living an organic lifestyle is the cost. But, there's a way to avoid having to pay so much and keep pesticides off your plate at the same time!

Remember, non-organic food often contains cancer-causing hormones, artificial ingredients made from petroleum and grown with immunity destroying antibiotics, and dangerous pesticides. Pesticides by nature are designed to kill, they are poison. So when given the choice, I don't know why anyone could logically buy food with poison sprayed on it?

We all have the power to reduce these chemicals we consume. All we have to do is grow some of our food – even if it's just a little bit, it can make a HUGE difference!

But, you are probably thinking: "I know nothing about gardening, I don't have the time, or the resources – I am just too busy," etc.

I hear ya! And that's why I partnered up with this amazing company, Back To The Roots and they have the coolest organic holiday gifts of the season!

I love how easy, inexpensive and FUN it is to grow your own food with these organic growing kits!

Back To The Roots has three super affordable gifts that make indoor organic gardening simple and get you hands-on with your food. Anyone can use them, even if you live in a dorm room or apartment. I wish I had these in college!

They are perfect for anyone – especially children and novices who have never grown any food - and they make an amazing thoughtful gift that keeps on giving. Just check them out for yourself – all the USDA certified organic seeds are included.

  1. Garden-in-a-Can Herb Set - Everything you need to harvest organic basil, cilantro, sage, and dill right from your windowsill - just water & grow.
  2. Mushroom Farm - Grow your own organic oyster mushrooms right out of the box in just 10 days.
  3. Water Garden - A self-cleaning fish tank that grows food! You can use it to grow herbs, sprouts, and wheatgrass (my fav!).

Growing your own food is not only the most affordable way to have access to organic food, it can start a revolution! Imagine all of us taking back control and growing the food we eat – what will Monsanto do then?

For a limited time, Back To The Roots is giving us all 10% off all orders and free shipping over $25.00 with the code: FOODBABE10 get your gifts here.

Your purchase not only supports a company that is changing the world, but it also supports the work that we do here at Food Babe, so thank you!

Happy Holidays!

Xo,

Vani

P.S. Heads up - If you want to get these incredible kits under the tree in time, please place your order soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Holiday Death Aisle.

Walking into a drug store or typical grocery store this season you can guarantee to be greeted by what I call the "holiday death aisle."

This is an aisle dedicated to all that processed food that is redesigned to be festive for the season with Santa, snowflake, red, white and green decorations on the packaging. Every time I see this aisle of garbage, my heart sinks.

Emotions pull at me… thinking of all those times my parents bought me these sweets and stuffed my stocking with them or when I'd eat this junk at school parties.

The sentimental and nostalgic feeling the holidays bring can sway you into buying this "festive" food, but don't!

Just read the ingredient lists and see how full of chemicals this stuff is! Artificial food dyes made from petroleum and linked to health issues, GMOs sprayed with toxic chemicals, high fructose corn syrup that can be contaminated with mercury… the list goes on and on! This is no way to celebrate the holidays.

Now, every time I see this aisle, I turn away – I don't look and run! And that's what you should do too!

So instead of buying treats from the holiday death aisle, I like to make my own holiday treats.

Here's a list of really fun holiday edible gifts to make this season – I hope these recipes help you avoid the holiday death aisle this year!

I love when people make me home baked goods. Nothing processed in a package can even come close, right?!

Xo,

Vani

P.S. Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I reveal my favorite holiday gift for the season! It's perfect for kids, college students, or yourself!

 

 

 

 



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