Posts Categorized: Food & Health

Vegan Pumpkin Pie in 3 Easy Steps

Mais, oui! Plus: low glycemic index and almost no baking! Step One Place any of the following winter squash, cut-side down, in a preheated 375 degree oven: 3 lb Sugar Pie Pumpkin (halved; 1 ½ hours) 3 lb Delicata Squash (halved; 30 minutes) 3 lb Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded, and cubed; 40 minutes) Step Two… Read more »

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

It’s winter squash season, and that means – Pumpkin Seeds! Shamelessly (or savvy-ly, some might say), at the AOC kitchens, we toast every squash seed we come in contact with: Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Sugar Pie Pumpkin… why throw out something whose potential is to be one of the ultimate snack foods? There are a… Read more »

Piping Paleo Parsnip & Pear Soup

Parsnips are a perfect winter vegetable that provide excellent nutritional benefits. According to The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, this relative of both carrots and parsley are a great source of minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium and B vitamins. This nourishing soup recipe is just in time for the holidays, thanks to Ali… Read more »

Ethical & Fair-Trade Halloween Candy Ideas

Each of these candy companies provide nutritionally superior, environmentally conscious, and/or social change-focused sweets that make the treats you give this year sweeter for kids, better for the planet, and more supportive for the welfare of the world. Sweet up! 1. Alter Eco Chocolates Organic, fair trade, non-GMO, carbon neutral, free from poor fats and sugars… Read more »

Healthy & Holistic DIY Halloween Snacks

  Don’t ignore your sweet cravings this time of year, indulge them! With these pre-trick-or-treating recipes (some from Holistic Culinary School Bauman College), fill up on yummy goodness, impressing your friends and kids! Here are my favorite five: 1. Superfood Popcorn “Ghoulish Stew” 2. Peppermint Truffle Gravestones 3. Deviled Egg Spiders 4. Snack-O-Lantern 5. Haunted Apple Bites… Read more »

How You Buy and Store Carrots Can Affect Nutritional Value

  There are always so many choices for carrots when you go shopping at the store: loose, baby, 1-5 pound bags – and they are all good for you and quite flavorful! However, my favorites during this time of year are the bunched carrots, as they just seem to be a little bit sweeter and a touch more tender…. Read more »

Honeydew-Coconut Agua Fresca

The combination of honeydew, coconut water, and natural sea salt make this a replenishing as well as refreshing summer drink. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 lime, peeled 3 cups diced honeydew melon 1 cup coconut water ¼ teaspoon good quality sea salt, such as pink Himalayan crystal salt ½ cup ice Procedure Place all ingredients in a… Read more »

4th of July Pasta Salad

  Looking for a pasta salad alternative to take to this year’s 4th of July picnic? Try Chef Sita’s Quinoa Salad with Pesto & Mozzarella served with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts. For a fun way to serve, skewer Bocconcini mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes, drizzle with pesto, and serve over cooked quinoa… Read more »

Healing Disease Through Holistic Nutrition: Crohn’s Disease

  Crohn’s Disease:   A chronic, or long-lasting, disease that causes inflammation—irritation or swelling—in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Most commonly, Crohn’s affects the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine. However, the disease can affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus. Source: National Institute of Diabetes and… Read more »

Healing Disease Through Holistic Nutrition: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS): An unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. (Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society) As a faculty member for the nutrition consultant and natural chef programs at Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition & Culinary Arts, Brigitte Mars… Read more »