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Episode 335

with Debra Stark & Robin Johnston

  • Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Crunchy Veggies
  • Corn, Bean & Cauliflower Salad with Basil Pesto
  • Grilled Eggplant Slices
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Of Note

Speaking of Dates, Al Ajwa Dates

We had the opportunity to taste Al Ajwa dates at a trade show some months back. We thought they were unique, and so despite the fact they are called “the world’s most expensive dates”, we bought them for you.  I have some at home and treat myself to one each day.

What makes Al Ajwa dates different? They are the lowest glycemic-index date grown, and have been proven to be effective in controlling glycemia in type-2 diabetic patients (J. Agric.Food Chem. 2013, 61, 5834-5830); and they show moderate COX-1 and -2 enzyme inhibition, similar to ibuprofen for inflammation – but taste a lot better than ibuprofen (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2013, 61, 5834-5840).  Like all dates, they are rich in potassium to help with things like blood pressure, and full of magnesium to keep bones strong and heart rhythm steady. Do they contain fiber? Lots of fiber.

Things That Are Important to Me

From Debra Stark

With all the turmoil in the world, all the violence, all the hatred, I was thinking about life in general, and how to make the world a better place. I was thinking about things that are important to me, remembering former Massachusetts resident, Speaker of the United States House, Tip O’Neill, who said that all politics is local, that change starts on our street, in our communities.

Can each of us, by talking to our neighbors and co-workers, be a catalyst to affect change? Our voices are powerful, and I think we sometimes forget that. Instead of cynicism, let’s remember that we elect our legislators (I know you vote….), and for the most part, they do want to hear from us. They want to know what we think, how they can serve all of us.

I know this is an oversimplification. Do-gooding won’t stop violence, but if we don’t speak up, behave differently, then there truly is no hope. Here are things I want to work on. What’s on your list?

Feed your plants!

Flower growers have used blackstrap molasses to get stronger, longer lasting blossoms for ages. Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars that feed plants. Milk, too, is a soil and plant food. The organization Slow Food says that, in addition, milk is an effective fungicide and soft-bodied insecticide; critters like grasshoppers don’t have a pancreas to process the sugars, so they are driven off when milk is applied to leaves.

Debra named Legend

Legend“Each year at Natural Products Expo West, New Hope Network honors the industry’s greatest contributors….Legends are individuals at the center of stories about change—influencers who change the way we do what we do with enduring impact.” This year Debra was one of 12 individuals honored.

Putting your money where your mouth is

From a local on-line newspaper, Patch: “MIT graduate Shiva Ayyadurai’s offer is simple: If the Monsanto Company can disprove his claim that there are ‘no safety assessment standards’ for genetically modified organisms (GMO), he will give the agro-giant a $10 million building that he owns in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“That’s how strongly the inventor believes in the alleged danger of unregulated GMOs.”

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Raw Green Smoothie with Avocado


I know that I’ve shared this with you before, but just in case you want a smoothie that isn’t sweet, that is green and tangy, here you go. Greens alkalize the body, and this smoothie is great to correct over-indulgences….The pear is absolutely essential here because it mellows out everything else.

Absolutely, positively use organic ingredients. Organic means no pesticides or herbicides. I have yet to hear anyone say we need pesticides and herbicides for our good health….

Date, Cardamom Cacao Smoothie


Aren’t we lucky that each day, every New Year, affords us the chance to start anew? Here’s a tasty smoothie to get you back on track. Add laughter, sunlight on your face, exercise, and a good book, too.

I use my super Vitamix blender, because it easily handles ingredients that regular blenders balk at.

I’ve fallen in love with maca powder in smoothies that have ingredients like bananas and chocolate. Web MD says, “Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine.” Maca enhances energy, memory, corrects hormone imbalance & boosts immunity.

Yes, there are many foods to enjoy for breakfast, and one would think that smoothies are a no-no when it’s cold. But New Englanders eat more ice cream than any other part of the country, and eat most of that in the months of January and February. So I’m on a smoothie kick this January!

Cauliflower Steaks with Winter Green Pesto

cauliflower-steaksCauliflower is a top powerhouse vegetable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI). It’s one of our favorite vegetables, too, and very “in” these days….Make sure your cauliflower, and all your other cruciferous vegetables, are organic. The pesticides and herbicides used on non-organic cruciferous vegetable aren’t used to make us healthier, are they?

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Aids to Digestion

The digestion section of a health food store can be overwhelming. Do you want digestive enzymes? What about probiotics, or herbal bitters? Hopefully, this guide will help. If you want more help, come in and talk to one of us. Either way, everything here is pretty benign and can help with everyday problems as well as those that are deeper. And even if you don’t pick the “right” one, it’ll probably do some good.

But first, a quick glance at how digestive tract works, start to finish.

In the mouth, we chew chunks of food into smaller pieces. Our saliva also contains an enzyme which begins the digestion of starches. We chew, we swallow, and food travels to the stomach.

In the stomach, churning continues to grind food into a paste. In addition, strong acid and enzymes break down protein (and kill pathogens). Only after this is complete does the stomach begin to discharge its contents. So, as you can imagine, meals with a lot of protein slow things down a bit.  Nutrients don’t absorb through the stomach – except alcohol.

What are fermented foods?

Fermented foods are foods that have been exposed to beneficial bacteria and/or yeasts, which eat up carbohydrates and produce a variety of organic acids in their place. This process results in novel flavors, a little tart, often complex and interesting.

In some fermented foods, the bacteria have already died off before we eat them. For example, chocolate and coffee. In others, the bacteria are still alive when they get to us. For example yogurt and sauerkraut. These latter are especially good for us, because some of the healthy bacteria can move into our gut and continue living there.  You’ll notice with living cultures, the flavors strengthen and deepen.