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Eden Foods Puts Their Money Where Their Mouth Is, and Now We Wish They’d Put Their Foot Where Their Mouth Is, But We Still Will Not Boycott Eden Foods

In our industry, there’s a very, very short list of companies that have stood the test of time, managing to grow large and successful without compromising their founding values. Equal Exchange. Organic Valley. Gaia Herbs. Jarrow Formulas. W.S. Badger. Amy’s Kitchen. Traditional Medicinals. Nutiva. Dr. Bronner’s.

These companies were founded by women and men with a vision. For the most part, the same women and men are still there, carrying that vision forward. These are the companies that were formed, not to make a profit, but to make the world a better place. These are the companies that do the right thing, not because it’s good publicity, or a tax write-off, but because it would be unthinkable for them not to. These are the companies that make us proud.

I believe that Eden Foods is one such company.

“Eat Well Be Happy” is television too!!!

Eat Well Be Happy, our great new cooking show on Public Access TV is airing happily in many towns.  Now in Concord (showing Monday at 5:00, Wednesday at 9:00, Thursday at 2:00 and Saturday at 4:00), Littleton (showing Tuesday at 12:30, Thursday at 5:30, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00), Lexington (showing Monday at 1:30, Wednesday at 5:30, Friday at 1:30, and Saturday at 5:30)

Boston has said yes, and other towns are coming on shortly too.  You can help us!  In order to air in Groton, Wellesley and Billerica, we need a town resident to sponsor us.  If you live in one of those towns, would you help us?  Please email me at Debra@DebrasNaturalGourmet.com.
 
We shoot eight more shows in September. 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Did you know that flower growers have used molasses to feed the blooms for decades in order to get stronger and longer lasting blossoms?  Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars to feed the plant immediately.   

Fake bees?

This just in from the Boston Business Journal: Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Science got a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to run a five-year project to build RoboBees. Yep, fake bees to pollinate… Why? 

Vitamin Angels

Thank you to everyone who shopped the day before Mother’s Day, a benefit day for Vitamin Angels.  We were able to send Vitamin Angels a check that allowed them to reach an additional 5,000 children with the essential nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Vitamin Angels recently visited beneficiaries in Honduras and found children thriving after having received a 25-cent dose of vitamin A.  Together, we done good!  Check out http://www.vitaminangels.org/field-stories.

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Pink Stevia Lemonade with Pink Hibiscus Tea

Thanks to Adam, we’ve been enjoying this recipe for some years now.  For those of you who’ve been asking because you can’t find your copy, here it is again.  And, yes, it can also be found in our third cookbook, Blue Ribbon Edition, from our kitchen to yours.

If you don’t know, stevia is a South American herb that tastes much sweeter than sugar.  The good thing is that stevia doesn’t affect blood sugar, is safe for diabetics and contains virtually no calories.  An 8-oz cup of Pink Stevia Lemonade yields roughly 3 calories.  You can live it up, baby! 

Raw Green Soup with Avocado

Greens alkalize the body and detox, always a good thing.  This magical, light raw soup can be eaten room temp, but I like it best cold from the frig.  It’s fun to garnish with nasturtiums or purple broccoli….  Do you need the garlic and lemon?  Well, they help detox, and they also make the soup taste bright.  Why a pear?  It lends a little sweetness without much sugar, a lot of fiber. 

Summer Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Combining tomatoes and watermelon seems to be all the rage today.  Typically such recipes call for adding feta cheese too, but I skip that because I think the feta makes the salad look messy. 

Did you know we can thank the Aztecs for the tomato?  ‘Tis true!  The Italians only got their hands on the tomato in the 1500s.  It’s also true that Europeans and later North Americans believed the tomato poisonous.   In 1820, Robert Gibbon Johnson stood on the steps of a New Jersey courthouse and ate a tomato to prove they were harmless.  Today we know that tomatoes and watermelons are a rich source of lycopene, a red pigment that is a powerful antioxidant.  Lycopene is said to neutralize chemicals that cause oxidative damage and loss of proper cell function, and protects the prostate.

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Natural Medicine for Gout

About five years ago, the New York Times published an article chronicling the rising tide of gout in America.  The paper took great pains to point out that this erstwhile “disease of kings” is no longer limited to the kingly, i.e. the wealthy.  Now that the poor and middle classes have access to plentiful rich foods and copious alcohol, gout is well within the reach of the rest of us.  And even among the thin, young, and clean-living, gout appears to be on the rise. 

Ain’t egalitarianism grand?

We get gout when a substance called uric acid, normally dissolved in the blood, crystallizes out of solution on and near the joints.  These crystals are sharp.  One of the first goals of gout sufferers, then, is to reduce uric acid in the blood.

Endurance and Force: Cordyceps and Creatine / Natural Support for Athletes, and the Rest of Us

Cordyceps: The Oxygenator.  Cordyceps is a rare, high-altitude Tibetan mushroom with a bizarre and disturbing life cycle.  In the wild, a cordyceps spore will float through the air until it lands on an insect.  It infects the insect, sending its mycelium (the “root” part of the mushroom) throughout the insect’s body, killing it and transforming it, at least partly, into fungal biomass.  Then the fruiting body (the above-ground part of the mushroom) sprouts out the insect like creepy antlers. 

And then somebody finds it and does a celebratory dance, because wild cordyceps goes for upwards of $5,000 a pound.  Then they sell it to you, and you eat it, insect and all.  And you get to experience one of the most profound tonics in herbal medicine.