DNG 6
Archive Eat Well Be Happy, Tasty Tantalizing Television
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
 Staff Favorite


Motto Matcha Tea is the Motto, and I like it mucho!

Created by our neighbors in Boston, Motto Matcha naturally rejuvenates and refreshes your body.  … Debbie

 Staff Favorite


Pepe Boca Organic Sprout Bread is a treat for your boca.

This local artisanal bakery ensures that their products are wholesome, sustainable, as well as absolutely delicious. … David

Of Note

Feed your plants!

Flower growers have used blackstrap molasses (yes, we do sell this old-time remedy for iron poor blood!) 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. Slow Food says to mix two cups of milk (whole) into eight cups of water and stir in ¼ cup of blackstrap molasses for the first feeding (spray on leaves or pour a cup of the mixture around the stem of each plant).  Do this once every week or two to nurture healthy communities of microbes, fungi and beneficials in compost or garden soil.

Have an unusual-looking vegetable or fruit from your garden? Bring it in and show us!

And here’s to a wonderful start to everyone’s summer. For ice cream, remember we have two wonderful companies who use no gums or stabilizers in their recipes. These old-fashioned ice creams are the real deal – from Stow, MA, Ken and Gina’s; and Tea-rrific, whose flavors each feature a different tea.

We’re hiring!

Join our world-class store and staff, 28 years independent, vibrant and thriving.

As of the time of writing, we’re hiring for the following full time positions:

  • baker and baker’s assistant
  • 5 a.m. juicer
  • cook / catering coordinator

Sorry, we are not hiring for summer help only. For more info, find our ads on Craigslist and Facebook or e-mail a resume with a cover letter to debra@debrasnaturalgourmet.com.You can also stop by the store and speak with Debra or Adam. Good luck!

Royal Jelly and Aging

Debra Stark, oldie but goodie

This is foundational in my personal repertoire.

What is royal jelly?  It’s the food the nurse bees manufacture for the sole purpose of sustaining the queen bee.  It’s the superfood that keeps her healthy and allows her to live longer and be stronger.

In “Royal Jelly in Dermatological Cosmetics,” Hans Weitgasser, M.D., a German dermatologist, wrote: “Through local application as an ingredient in face masks, cream and lotions, royal jelly has tremendous effects at the cellular level.  In regular use, the skin becomes soft and wrinkles disappear.”

Who we are.

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.

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.

 What's Cooking
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Chocolate Coconut Cream

Thanks to Lisa Feiner, our May speaker from the non-profit organization, Sharp Again Naturally, I am back to enjoying a spoonful or two of coconut oil each day.

Sharp Again Naturally’s website reminded me that “All of your cell membranes and about 60-70% of the brain and are made up of fats. Cholesterol is a very important component of the support structure of the brain and many cell functions take place within the cell membrane. Since about the 1950’s many people in this country have been using 100% vegetable oil…usually hydrogenated polyunsaturated fat…, which can carry free radicals into your cell membranes. If you begin to substitute coconut and other natural oils, such as olive oil and even butter, along with omega-3 oils you may be able to undo some of the damage.

“Most of the cells of the body turn over within 3 to 6 months and you may notice a nicer texture to your skin, and a decrease in certain problems such as yeast and fungal infections [if you incorporate some coconut

Herbed Yogurt Soup with Roses

Adapted from a recipe from Food & Wine, which is one of my favorites.

This soup is another recipe that gets you in and out of the kitchen in no time. I love it with a piece of hearty bread and butter.

The addition of rose petals (I get mine from my rose bushes outside, which is easy, and I know that I don’t spray them with pesticides). If you don’t have roses in your yard, use a little rose water because it will impart some of the properties of rose – one of which is to make a happy heart. 

Adam's Corner
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Drink your Suncreen?

Summer – everyone’s favorite season! Except those of us with fair skin… We burn, we freckle, we worry about lasting damage.

Yes, there are supplements and superfoods that can help.

First of all, let’s be clear: nothing is going to take the place of a healthy dose of avoidance. Seek shade, especially during those really fierce hours around noon. And use a good sunblock that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, made with natural ingredients that actually nourish and heal the skin.

And then, make green tea part of your daily routine.

“Is it good for me?” calcium | multivitamins | saturated fat | coffee

1. Is coffee bad for me?

Okay, so it’s a little more complicated than yes/no. There is no convincing evidence that a reasonable amount of coffee is in any way unhealthy for the vast majority of adults. In fact, the preponderance of the evidence strongly suggests that coffee is linked to significant health benefits almost across the board.

Granted, it’s sometimes hard to tease out correlation vs. causation here. Maybe people who drink coffee are already more motivated, early risers, more likely to go to the gym, etc., etc.

We see strong evidence that coffee protects the liver in both chronic alcoholics and healthy adults. We see some evidence of cancer risk reduction (skin, liver, stomach, colon). And while we see that too much coffee may hurt blood sugar and blood pressure in the short term, longer-term consumption of more moderate amounts of coffee may actually improve both parameters.