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A Thanksgiving eve invitation to consider turkeys: each could pardon one

In Conscious Consumer by Robyn Landis0 Comments

(NOTE: This started out as a post to my Facebook community—but I decided to go ahead and put it on the blog as well.) I’m going to plug this idea JUST this once before Thanksgiving. As food for thought, so to speak. Every Thanksgiving, the President pardons a turkey. It’s supposed to be sort of “haha.” Cute. But really, if you think about it, it’s kind of strange and insensitive and pointless (to put it mildly) . Because 40-45 million others still die for the Thanksgiving table. (And the pardoned one gets killed by the …

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Hot Cocoa-Turmeric Milk—An Antioxidant Love Child

In Healthy Eating, Recipe by Robyn Landis3 Comments

Yes, I have a tendency to wonder if adding chocolate to things will make them even better. I mean, give me some credit. I don’t do it to everything. I don’t add it to, say, cornbread or apple pie or tomato soup. (Now, black bean soup would be another story. Mole, right?) But I’ve long wondered if my turmeric milk (also known as “golden milk”)—based on a traditional Ayurvedic recipe—could be made a little more appealing with the addition of cocoa. I mean, I drink hot cocoa in nut milk. I drink turmeric in nut milk. Why not …

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15 ways to keep sugar to 50 grams a day, still enjoy sweets, and be healthy

In Food, Health, Healthy Eating by Robyn Landis4 Comments

  Sugar has emerged in recent years as a more insidious and dangerous threat to our health than we had previously thought. Accumulating scientific evidence is revealing the role sugar plays in the persistent obesity epidemic that plagues our nation—as well as in cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, dementia and depression, infertility and impotence, and the inflammation that is also implicated in these and many other diseases. Accordingly, health and nutrition experts have increasingly urged government and health authorities to set limits for (if not regulate) sugar consumption. The momentum and gravity of …

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Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Baked Doughnuts – Vegan/Super-Low-Sugar

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I was happily hunting and pecking around the Internet for delicious healthy Thanksgiving recipes when I started seeing all these amazing posts coming into my Twitter feed about vegan baked doughnuts. Now, as you may know, I have an un-sweet sweet tooth—which means I really enjoy my sweets, but I like them…not too sweet. Sound cray? Not really. I’m just super conscious and considerate of what I will put into my precious body, with high standards for healthy quality (I want it to be good for me AND other people/animals/planet—and I can do that). I’ve found …

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“Chunky Monkey” Chocolate-Greens Smoothie with Coconut and Hemp Milk

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In pure defiance and denial of summer being over, I’m posting the recipe for the smoothie I devoured almost every day from June 1 to the end of August. (My current travels have me in the Pacific Northwest, which is warming up again into a more typical Indian summer—after an abrupt cold-wet-windy spell that dropped us off a cliff into fall. With temps approaching 80 again, I am considering switching back to this smoothie from hot cocoa.) A friend asked me for this again today so I decided to just get it online where everyone …

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Chocolatey Low-Sugar Quick Vegan Brownie

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I try to be semi-moderate when it comes to microwaves. That is, I intuitively don’t like them and rarely use them (not only because I really wonder about the dangers of the radiation and the seemingly credible non-industry studies that show microwaved food to be harmful), but because I just don’t think they cook things very nicely. (Ever tried a microwaved “baked” potato? Def not the same.) But I also try not to be That Person—you know, the one who refuses to eat the microwave-warmed food at the organic deli or at someone’s birthday party. Even …

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Pink Is The New Green: A Simple “Green” Juice That’s Fun

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I don’t know about you, but green isn’t really my top fave color for food. Of course, I eat greens—loads of them. I love greens. Green for salads and stir-fries make sense. But although I will drink a green juice, a green drink doesn’t intuitively feel appealing to me. I’d rather it be red or blue or purple or orange or just about anything but green. I solved this issue by accident the other day when I was throwing together a fresh juice. I felt in need of something cooling, nutrient-dense and cleansing, but the …

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Easy Semi-“Home-Made” Coconut Milk Without A & D Added

In Recipe by Robyn Landis5 Comments

Recently I discovered something that I, an avid and normally savvy label-reader, am surprised I never noticed before. Virtually very organic brand of coconut milk, soymilk, almond milk, etc. is “fortified” with  Vitamin D2 (by all accounts/research a poorly absorbed/utilized and unhealthy form; all authorities recommend we supplement with D3 and most of the supps we buy are indeed D3), and synthetic Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate). I would normally avoid both like the plague (and thought i was!). In both cases, toxicity and unhealthy effects (and lack of health benefits) in studies came from using …

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Investing in your Body: How to See Yourself in Way that Makes Healthy Choices A Privilege, Not A Drag

In Exercise and Fitness, Mind/Body/Spirit by Robyn Landis0 Comments

Americans often seem to treat and think about the body as a thing, as if it’s separate from us and somehow should run by itself. We take it for granted. We don’t appreciate it. No mystery, then, that you don’t even know how it works or what it needs, or make it your business to find out. But to try to make your body beautiful, you’re willing to do unthinkable things to it. You’ll gladly run it out of gas all the time. To mistreat the body the way some do, you’d have to be …

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Soothing the Heat of Summer: A Real-World Guide to Sunscreen

In Conscious Beauty, Conscious Consumer by Robyn Landis9 Comments

The sun is a beautiful and powerful source of light, energy and—for many of us—joy. But most of us have to contend with sunscreen when we spend time in the sun, and sunscreens are confusing for many people. We’re urged by most health authorities to use it regularly, yet there are conflicting reports on whether / how / how much / what kind we should be using. As a longtime natural skin and hair product enthusiast and aficionado—and ingredient watchdog—one of the most common questions I get (besides food/exercise- and herb/supplement-related queries!) relates to sunscreen. …