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    Make Your Own Pickles

    We get a lot of questions about pickles- what’s the verdict? The answer really depends on what the ingredients are. If they contain artificial ingredients such as dyes, then you would want to pass on those. But there are some with relatively clean ingredients. If you are an extreme pickle lover, there is also the option to make your own, so that you know exactly what is going into them! Ingredients: 6-7 fresh pickling cucumbers 2 garlic cloves, peeled 6 chili peppers, fresh or dried 3-4 sprigs fresh dill 2 Tbsp. dill seeds 1 Tbsp. pickling spice 3 cups bottled or boiled water, at room temperature 1 ½ Tbsp. Himalayan…

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    10 Ways To Use Chia Seeds

    Chia seeds are tiny wonders! They contain protein, calcium, Omega-3s, and antioxidants and give you energy, support digestions and even aid in weight loss! Here are some interesting and creative ways to use them: Grind your chia seeds into a powder and use them as a thickener If you are vegan or just want to try an egg substitute, use 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds + 3 tablespoons of water per egg in a recipe that requires baking Use ground chia seeds instead of breadcrumbs to bind meatballs Add it to your Overnight Oats recipe – add 1-2 Tbsp to thicken Make homemade energy gel- add a couple of…

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    Artificial Sweeteners: Not So Sweet

    Artificial sweeteners are chemically derived and highly processed. Are you aware of what they do to the body? There are 6 FDA-approved artificial sweeteners- saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, neotame, and advantame. These sweeteners can be up to 20,000 times sweeter than sugar. Studies have linked artificial sweeteners to overeating and weight gain. When you eat things that are sweet and have no calories, the brain gets tricked into thinking it should keep eating. There is also evidence suggesting a correlation between artificial sweeteners and the amygdala (the part of the brain involved in deciphering caloric value from taste), causing brain changes that affect eating behavior. It is also possible…

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    Say No to Microwavable Popcorn

    Who doesn’t love popcorn? Popcorn is an acceptable snack on GOLO with one condition – stay away from the microwave kind. You may be asking, “Why? That’s the easiest way to make it!” Maybe…but when you hear about the health consequences that may stem from it, you may change your mind. The first problem is the bag it comes in – it is lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). It can stay in the environment and in the human body for long periods of time. The Environmental Protection Agency lists PFOA as a carcinogen. The next problem is the contents. Popular brands have ingredients such as partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural…

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    Avoiding BPA Products

    Have you ever seen plastic water bottles or dishes that say “BPA free?” Have you ever wondered what BPA is? BPA is short for bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen used in making many common every day plastic products. It is an endocrine disruptor and may also raise blood pressure, cause hormone imbalance, early puberty, and has even been linked to asthma and obesity. Despite all of this, an average of 6 billion pounds of this chemical are produced each year. Other than plastic, BPA can also be found in canned goods, receipts, plastic wrap, and CDs and DVDS. Make sure to read labels to look for “BPA free” whenever you can!…

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    Homemade Cheese Crisps

    Do you ever want that satisfying crunch of a chip or cracker? We do! That is why we want to share a super easy and satisfying recipe for Cheese Crisps! Ingredients 6 oz. cheese of your choice, shredded Herbs and spices (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (do NOT use foil) Combine cheese with herbs and spices (if you are using) Note: do not add salt, the cheese will be salty enough Place small heaps of cheese (about 1 Tbsp.) several inches apart on your baking sheet (the cheese will spread as it bakes) Bake 5-7 minutes or until they begin…

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    Shiitake “Bacon” and Egg Breakfast Tacos

    Did you know that you can “substitute” shiitake mushrooms for bacon? Read on to find out how! Shiitake “Bacon” and Egg Breakfast Tacos Shiitake Bacon Ingredients 8 ounces Shiitake Mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 2 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 tbsp. Tamari Other ingredients for tacos 3 Large Eggs Olive Oil for brushing 4 Whole Wheat Tortillas, warmed ½ Avocado, sliced Microgreens (optional) Directions To make the shiitake “bacon”: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together the tamari and olive oil. Then toss the mushrooms with the mixture until coated. Spread in an even layer on the baking sheet. Roast 30…

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    10 Uses for Lemon Peels

    Lemons can be used for all sorts of things, but did you know that the peels are really useful too? Adding a lemon peel to your brown sugar can keep it from clumping Placing small slices of lemon peels along thresholds, windowsills and cracks can deter ants and other pests Place a lemon peel or two inside your fridge to absorb smells Throw a few lemon peels in the bottom of the trash can to absorb odors Add lemon peels to your dishwasher every now and then to help deodorize it Clean your tea kettle by adding thin slices of lemon peel to water, boiling it, turning off the heat,…

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    The Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts

    We all know broccoli is good for us- but have you ever eaten broccoli sprouts? Have you even heard of them? Broccoli sprouts are germinated seeds of broccoli. They have a mild flavor and look similar to alfalfa sprouts. These sprouts contain a highly concentrated number of vitamins and nutrients (often 10-100 times more than fully grown broccoli heads!) Health benefits include: Reducing the bad cholesterol in our bodies, while promoting the good cholesterol May improve cardiovascular health by decreasing inflammation and increasing heart, artery and kidney function May reduce the inflammation associated with asthma and nasal allergies May protect the eyes from damage by chemical carcinogens and ultraviolet light…

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    Dates as a Sugar Substitute

    People are always on the hunt for a “healthy” sweetener. No such thing, right? Well, what if we told you that you could make a sweetener out of fruit? We’re talking about Raw Date Syrup! It’s also super easy to make! Ingredients • ½ cup water • ½ cup pitted dates (any kind) Directions • Pour the water into a bowl and add the dates • Cover and leave in refrigerator for at least 24 hours, stirring it throughout the process • The dates will dissolve into the water and turn into a syrup that can replace any type of syrup or liquid sweetener! You can even add a tsp.…