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Crispy and crunchy chicken tostadas

Zingy Chicken Tostadas

Who doesn’t love an opportunity for a themed dinner?! These zingy chicken tostadas make a mean main course for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Crisp-ify your tortillas in the oven and add a mountain of toppings.…

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The Great Wide World of Walnuts

National Walnut Day is coming up on May 17th. Walnuts have been a mainstay in our diets for centuries, but how did that occur and how did it become the booming California industry it is today?…

non-irradiated fresh herbs and dry herbs

Herbs: Dry, Non-Irradiated or Fresh

There is certainly a time and a place for both fresh and dried herbs. But how do we know the when and where? What about non-irradiated herbs. Are they safe? Or is irradiated better? This is…

Refreshing Cherry Popsicles with Basil

Cherry Basil Popsicles

Sweet cherry and savory basil? Celebrate warmer days ahead with this summery flavor combination from R. W. Knudsen. Cherry basil popsicles are the perfect addition to backyard summer barbecues. Be sure to harvest your own basil…

Creamy and crunchy avocado fries

Crunchy Avocado Fries

Switch things up in the kitchen and try these crunchy avocado fries. They are the perfect combo of cream and crunch. Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce for a snack that satisfies. Or, try alongside your…

Latte with matcha green tea powder

Drink Matcha for Reduced Anxiety

Matcha is the finely ground powder from dried leaves of the camellia sinensis green tea bush. It is typically grown in the shade to keep the amino acid content in the leaves high and the caffeine…

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How To Stop Food Waste

In light of Stop Food Waste Day on April 28th, we are sharing our tips and tricks to waste less food. We’ve all been guilty of this at one point or another, but reminding ourselves of…

Dairy-Free White Pizza topped with fresh basil

Pizza with Oatmilk White Sauce

Is it possible to indulge in a delicious white pizza, but make it dairy-free? It sure is! Follow this recipe from Califia Farms for pizza with oatmilk white sauce and satisfy that craving. Top with fresh…

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Fins Up for National Dolphin Day!

Dolphins, They’re Just Like Us! Wednesday, April 14th is National Dolphin Day and is a way to pay tribute to these friendly mammals of the sea. The lives and personalities of dolphins are really quite impressive.…

Eat vegetables for healthy eyes

Our Eyes Are the Prize

When you were younger, you likely remember being told that eating carrots helps your eyesight. It’s true! But, why? Certain vegetables contain good-for-you compounds that when eaten with regularity, can be beneficial to long-term eye health.…

Quiche made with swiss chard and potatoes

Potato and Chard Quiche

Ah, quiche! The perfect mix of breakfast and lunch with a savory egg filling and veggie mix-ins. This potato and chard quiche recipe is a great bridge to spring with early-season leeks and chard, plus the…

Honey for skin, hair, and nails

Oh, Honey! – Benefits from the Bees

The sweet nectar of the bees is oh so delightful. Many of us use it as an everyday staple, as it is quite versatile and usually readily available in our pantries. Honey is made up of…

Citrus Peels, vinegar, water, liquid castile soap, and lemon essential oil

DIY All-Purpose Citrus Spray Cleaner

Spring is here and it’s time to throw open the windows and let out that stale winter air. As you start gathering your supplies and get down to spring cleaning, reach for this more sustainable alternative…

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Fish Oil Relieved Osteoarthritis Pain

Every year, painful osteoarthritis affects over 32.5 million people in the United States. Osteoarthritis is caused by damage or the breakdown of joint cartilage between bones. It can naturally occur with age; however, some people are…

Crispy squares of chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut

Vegan Chocolate-Smothered Crisp Bars

Chewy and chocolatey, these vegan chocolate-smothered crisp bars will delight the whole family– whether they are vegan or not. This quick and easy treat can be whipped up to be as good as grandma’s in no…

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Natural Remedies for PMS

That “time of the month” is a right of passage for all ladies from a young age. Every woman will deal with it during their life, but some have a tougher time than others. It can…

classic reuben sandwich with plant-based deli slices, russian dressing, and sauerkraut

Plant-Based Reuben Sandwich

Creamy Russian dressing and tart sauerkraut are the perfect matches for Tofurky’s Oven-Roasted Deli Slices. The robust flavors within this sandwich work so well with one another to create a delightful lunch or dinner. A classic…

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L-Theanine for a Tranquil Mind

L-Theanine is a compound you can naturally find in tea but also in mushrooms. You can also find it in supplement form. This amino acid can help with relaxation, focus, and sleep. The specific compound is…

Personalize Your Plate for Nutrition Month Healthy Eating

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. This is a month organized by the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to learn about healthy food choices and developing healthy eating habits. At Martindale’s, nutrition, wellness, and overall good…

Sparkling Hibiscus Punch

Fizzy Hibiscus Punch

Hibiscus tea has a unique flavor that is deliciously refreshing. Not only does it look beautiful in the glass too, drinking brewed hibiscus tea supports healthy circulation. Cheers to that! This study was done with 25 men…

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Bone Broth Your Way

Brr…it’s cold out there! No better time for a warm cup of bone broth with lots of added benefits to boot. This highly nutritious drink is a great way to warm yourself up from the inside…

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What Is The Keto Diet All About?

What is the Keto Diet all about? The Keto Diet, short for ketogenic, switches the metabolism in the body to burning fat instead of burning sugars from carbohydrates. This metabolic switch is ketosis. While every person’s…

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Give Your Gut Microbiome Some Love

The gut microbiome is a magical and mysterious place. We are learning more and more about it all the time while new research continues to emerge. When it comes to a healthy microbiome, doing everything we…

Chocolate candy for valentine's day and heart health month

Chocolate Hearts

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and it being American Heart Month, we certainly have both chocolate and hearts on the brain. Chocolate and hearts have even more in common in the form of health…

French onion and cremini mushroom soup

French Onion and Cremini Mushroom Soup

It’s chilly out there! Think cozy and get out your best kitchen knife to start slicing up some onions. Vegetarian French Onion and Cremini Mushroom Soup is on the menu tonight! Indulge in savory, soupy flavors…

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Help for Migraines with CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 Coenzyme Q10 (known as CoQ10 or ubiquinone) is naturally occurring in the body. We can get more of this helpful antioxidant from foods in our diets, including oily fish like salmon and tuna, or…

Vegan Soup with Tofu and Miso

Vegan Miso Soup with Silken Tofu

It comes together quite simply, but you’ll be wowed with the complex depth of flavor created in this vegan miso soup! This recipe includes some pretty unique, yet nutritious ingredients: Miso is a paste made from…

FODMAP Diet foods including tuna, cucumber, zucchini, avocado, cheddar cheese, mussels, and rice

What is a FODMAP Diet?

You’ve likely heard someone reference a “FODMAP diet” in your travels. What they are referring to is, in fact, a low FODMAP diet. FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small…

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Astaxanthin: From Algae to Antioxidant

It’s a tricky one to spell and even harder to pronounce, but it is mighty powerful within the body. Astaxanthin benefits us as an antioxidant, but more specifically, a carotenoid. Naturally occurring in algae, this carotenoid…

Mixed green salad with citrus fruit, onion, and apple cider vinaigrette

Citrus Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

In wintertime, we relish those tart notes of the citrus that comes into season! Indulge in those great flavors as either a side to a fabulous meal or a wholesome stand-alone dish with this Citrus Salad…

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10 Tasty Vegan Foods

Veganism has been around for a very long time, but recent advancements in food science have made it far more accessible. There are now so many convenient products available that look, taste, and feel like the…

monolaurin, olive leaf extract, vitamin d, and elderberries for immune system support

How Are Coconuts, Olives, Sunshine, and Berries Related?

We tend to think of our immune system as a superstar only during the cold and dreary winter months. While it certainly does work overtime to keep us healthy from nasty seasonal bugs, the health of…

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GABA for Memory, Mood, and Spatial Awareness

What is Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)? Gamma-aminobutyric acid is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human cortex — the outermost layer of the brain. It is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. Neurotransmitters are…

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Cinnamon Roll & Apple Monkey Bread

We love this twist on a classic recipe, monkey bread! Replace regular bread or biscuits with cinnamon rolls and you have a whole new flavor dimension. This recipe combines apples, spices, and sweet cinnamon rolls to…

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The History of Vegan

November is World Vegan Month. It is a time to celebrate those living an animal-free lifestyle. World Vegan Month began in 1994 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Vegan Society. However, the concept of veganism…

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10 Foods for Multiple Allergies

It is more common than many think for a person or a family to have multiple food allergies within their household. Some of us have a family member with one food sensitivity. Some have a Celiac…

nutritious holiday stuffing

Healthy Holiday Stuffing

This healthy holiday stuffing is bursting with wholesome ingredients. In addition to the traditional stuffing taste that you love, plenty of superfood ingredients give this holiday staple a nutritious boost. Sprouted bread may help ease digestion,…

Vegan sandwich

Celebrating World Vegan Month – Tips for Being Vegan

November designates a time to celebrate vegans. Whether you are vegan or are considering going vegan, this is a time for you! This year is different in many ways, and World Vegan Month is adapting to…

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Saying No to GMO – What Does It Mean?

What does Non-GMO mean? Genetically modified organisms, or GMO for short, are living organisms whose genetic material is being artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. Consequently, this creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and…

cake made with almond flour, tapioca flour, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, and sunflower oil

Grain-Free Almond Cake

It’s a piece of cake! It’s easy to make this grain-free dessert look elegant; add a dusting of powdered sugar or top with a drizzle of fruit spread for a dainty finish. This grain-free almond cake…

quick and easy eggs on the go

Keto Egg Muffin Cups

You can grab one of these make-ahead keto egg muffin cups on your way out the door in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast or snack! Eggs do so many good things for us.…

gluten free pasta with light vegetable and herb sauce

Gluten-Free Spaghetti in Light Tomato Sauce

This tasty pasta dish comes together in no time for a meal that checks all your weeknight dinner boxes. Gluten-free organic spaghetti goes perfectly with light, flavorful tomato sauce. This simple meal for the whole family…

new seal for certified gluten-free products

Now Easier to Identify Gluten-Free Products

Big changes are underway with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). They are in the process of rebranding their gluten-free certification seal that appears on product packaging. A move that comes largely to support its increasing global…

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Hello Paleo: An Overview of the Paleo Diet

The “Paleo Diet”, short for paleolithic, is a staple in many people’s lives in recent years. Several products are even now branding as paleo-friendly. How is a paleo diet different? A paleo diet intends to mimic…

vegan side dish

Curried Couscous and Garbanzo Bean Salad

Warm up to the fall weather that’s approaching with the warming curry flavors in this couscous and garbanzo bean salad. Curry is a delicious combination of dried spices including turmeric, ginger, and garlic. If you love…

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Have an Egg-cellent Day!

Friday, October 9th is Egg Day! Celebrated all over the world on the second Friday in October, this day of celebration came to be at the International Egg Commission conference in 1996. Its purpose is to…

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Mood Improvement: Probiotics Are Key

Bacterial Balance for a Better Mood Feeling a little bit down for one reason or another? Does the change of the seasons this time of year leave you feeling blue? Say hello to “nutritional psychiatry”: a…

healthy superfood pancakes

High-Fiber Maple Pancakes

Packed with chia and flaxseed goodness, these yummy high-fiber pancakes are a great way to superfood-infuse your day. This pancake and waffle mix is also made with almond flour making it gluten-free. With an autumn-inspired breakfast…

Healthy Woman Eating Delicious Leafy Greens and Berries Salad

Berry, Greens and Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Want to boost your brain health naturally? Here’s the perfect salad recipe to do just that! Not only does it include organic leafy greens, it’s also chock full of strawberries, blueberries and walnuts. As a result,…

Boost Brain Health with Fruits and Vegetables

Eat Fruits and Vegetables to Boost Brain Health

Are you feeling a bit foggy in the brain lately? Misplacing your car keys or forgetting why you walked into a room is something we all do now and then. If you’re concerned and want to…

ice cream

July Is National Ice Cream Month! Let’s Celebrate!

It’s hot, hot, hot – the perfect weather to cool off with America’s favorite summertime treat – ice cream! What better time to indulge in this delectable dessert than National Ice Cream Month! Whether you lick…

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High Hopes for Hemp

On December 20, 2018, the United States Congress passed the Farm Bill, finally legalizing the commercial production of hemp. With the stroke of a pen, nearly 50 years of prohibition of growing one of the most…

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Plant Based Fats for the Heart

Is it true that eating plant-based mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) is healthier than eating animal-based MUFAs? To answer this question, doctors conducted a long-term study of 93,378 men and women who filled out detailed food questionnaires…

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Hazelnuts Boost Magnesium and Vitamin E

Do you like nuts? If you want a change of nutty taste, try hazelnuts. Also known as filberts, these sweet, buttery, crunchy gems are loaded with essential vitamins and healthy fats. For example, a single, one-ounce…

Lentil Spinach Soup

Hearty Vegan Lentil Soup

Control Blood Sugar Better with Lentils Have you tried lentils? If you haven’t, you should, and here’s why. These nutritionally mighty legumes are packed with seven essential minerals, B vitamins, proteins and almost no fat. Amazingly,…

Omega-3s Help School Age Children with Reading

Omega-3s Reduce Asthma, Improve Reading in Children

It may still be summer, but before you know it, your children will be heading back to school. Check out these studies on the benefits of omega-3s for your children to help reduce asthma and improve…

Organic Blueberries

Blueberries Boost Brain Power

Love blueberries? Here’s one more reason to love them even more: they’re good for your brain. In fact, a new study has found that older men and women who ate a daily serving of blueberries for…

Fresh Tomatoes and Salsa

Former Smoker? Eat Tomatoes, Apples and Bananas

Tomatoes are just starting to come in season, and what better time to indulge your senses with those red, juicy, slightly salty-sweet summer treats than now! If you’re a former smoker, you have an even better…

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Autism and Vitamin D Connection

Autism – or autism spectrum disorder – appears during early childhood and interferes with a person’s ability to communicate with others and interact socially. According to the Autism Society, the prevalence of autism is growing. Between…

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Multiple Sclerosis and Gut Microbiome Link

  March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, a time to get the word out about the causes, symptoms and treatments available for this debilitating autoimmune disease. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS occurs…

Fresh Avocados

Avocados for Healthy Eyes and Better Cognition

February is not only National Avocado Month, it’s also Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. Did you know that avocados play a key role in eye and brain health? They contain lutein, a carotenoid that is the colorful…

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Tart Cherry Helps You Sleep

  Older people often have insomnia, but standard medications can increase falls and have other side effects. In this pilot study, eight adults over age 50 with confirmed insomnia took a placebo or 240 ml of…

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Nutrients Help Build Muscle Mass in Adults

Muscle mass and strength naturally decline with age. In this study, 42 healthy adults, ages 55 to 70, took a placebo, or 1,500 mg of l-carnitine with or without 2,000 mg of l-leucine, 3,000 mg creatine…

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The Diabetes-Nutrition Connection

November is Diabetes Awareness month, a good time to take stock of ways you can prevent this debilitating disease or reduce its effects if you already have it. More than 30 million people in the United…

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That’s Just Peachy

Nothing says summer quite like a ripe, juicy, sweet peach. Go ahead – take a bite and savor that luscious burst of blossomy, fruity flavor. Add them to your favorite salads or if it’s not too…