with Debra Stark & Robin Johnston
- Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Crunchy Veggies
- Corn, Bean & Cauliflower Salad with Basil Pesto
- Grilled Eggplant Slices
with Debra Stark & Robin Johnston
“Wrap your loved ones in beautiful soft scarves from Novica and Shupaca. Stay warm!” ~ Gregoria
“Baking pies so you don’t have to! Order yours today!” ~ Jeff and Nathan
This Monday, almost two dozen members of the DNG family are scheduled to work. We’ll meet the early deliveries, open the doors, stock the shelves, chop and cook, help you find what your looking for, and show you to the door with a smile. If you’ve shopped here before, you probably recognize some of us.
Most of us are U.S. citizens by birth. But among us this Monday will be more than one immigrant, and two legal permanent residents awaiting citizenship; one of us who came to the U.S. as a child refugee; and at least one of us whose spouse holds a green card. Wherever we came from, and however we got here, we’ll spend the day together. At the end of the day, we will return to the neighborhoods we share, as each other’s neighbors and friends.
Without any one of us, we wouldn’t be the same. We couldn’t imagine it any other way.
We’ll see you Monday.
Flourless Chocolate Torte From Our Kitchen … it is to die for, but please don’t! These just happen to be gluten-free, flourless as well. Order a 6-inch torte ($35) or an 8-inch torte ($45.00) and we’ll treat you to a FREE ½ pint of house-made organic strawberry sauce. If you prefer, order 4 small hearts, which are perfect for sharing, or not…!
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.
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?
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.
Ah, chocolate. The ancient Aztecs believed it was a source of wisdom, and an aphrodisiac. Montezuma, last ruler of the Aztec empire, drank his chocolate from a gold goblet! Today, we buy only organic chocolate, because non-organic chocolate has more pesticides applied than any other crop except for cotton (which is number one). And when you buy organic chocolate, you are assured that growers, pickers and producers get a fair trade wage. There’s nothing, no guilt to spoil your eating pleasure….
For our vegan friends. You didn’t think we were going to leave you out, did you? Yes, we made this on our cooking show, Eat Well Be Happy, so you can watch this being made. Go to our website and click on the TV icon…..
Did you know that poppy seeds have been cultivated for more than 3,000 years? They’ve always been revered for their medicinal properties (some are as an expectorant in cough syrups, an infusion to treat ear and toothaches, to treat insomnia, inflammation and fever), but the seeds have nutritional value as well since they are rich in linoleic acid, oleic acid and unsaturated fatty acids.
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….
These articles are for children and adults.
Part 1: lifestyle and nutrition.
Part 2 next month: herbs & vitamins
Natural medicine does not offer a one-size-fits-all quick fix for focus and attention. We don’t have a “natural Ritalin™” that works in a few minutes, for almost everyone.
As the truism goes, everyone is different. One distracted person may simply be sleep-deprived. Another may be anxious. A third may be dealing with a sensory-integrative disorder, or apathy, or compulsive thoughts. Or food allergies. Or they may be bored by the subject matter. Or, they may actually be “hyperactive.”
So, as the other truism goes, we treat the individual, not the illness.
And for this reason, it is well beyond the scope of this article to go into the level of detail we could, perhaps should. Nevertheless, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
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.