Miso Soup

Miso is an excellent source of vitamin K and a wonderful fermented food source of probiotic (friendly) bacteria that is beneficial to the intestinal tract. Seaweed is a great source of iodine which so many of us are deficient in and is important for healthy thyroid function. Nori flakes and pieces can be substituted for the wakame, both of which can be found in dried form in health food stores. This soup is so easy to make and the ingredients can be adjusted to taste. Consider adding celery, carrots, cauliflower, and/or watercress.

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Cabbage Soup

Cabbage is a source of beta carotene, vitamin C, fiber, and the anti-cancer compounds indole-3-carbinole (I3C) and sulphoraphane. Cabbage has been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers, especially colorectal. I3C is known for its anti-carcinogenic activity and its ability to boost DNA repair in cells.

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Make Your Own Vegetable Stock

It is so easy to make stock and making it at home ensures a freshness that can not be obtained in stores. You can also ensure all the ingredients are organic and extra herbs can be added as desired. This stock can be made in advance and freezed for easy soup making. Freeze in ice cube trays and store the cubes in plastic freezer bags for use in stir fries and sautéing.

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Treat Yourself to Turmeric!

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice related to the ginger root that can be ground fresh or used in powdered form. As previously mentioned, turmeric has documented anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and is associated with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The elderly in India who consume turmeric in their curries daily have the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s. Since eating curry every day is unrealistic for most of us, below are some ways to incorporate turmeric into your regular routine.

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Vegetable Curry With Chicken, Tofu or Halibut

Yellow curry has amazing health benefits stemming from its main ingredient, turmeric, and its active component, curcumin, which have demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anticancer activities in several studies. The National Institutes of Health lists 24 current studies on the effects of turmeric and over 350 studies involving turmeric in total. Some of the main benefits include delaying liver damage, reducing the carcinogenic compounds that form in cooked meat, and slowing skin cancer, melanoma, and the spread of breast cancer into the lungs. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce stiffness and pain in arthritis patients. Epidemiologists hypothesize that the daily turmeric consumption in India may explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country. Dr. Andrew Weil favors cooking with turmeric over curcumin in supplement form, consistent with his preference for whole foods over isolate forms.

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The Urban Clinic Triple Antioxidant Smoothie

This smoothie contains the maximum amount of antioxidants possible. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and without sugar or artificial ingredients. Chia seed offer protein, fiber, and a super dose of Omega 3’s and the cacao nibs bring more antioxidant protection than both goji berries and acai! Try it today with your choice of protein powder for a breakfast or snack high in protein, fiber, omega 3’s and antioxidants.

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Super Healthy Summer Berry Crumble

There’s barely any sugar in this divine dessert which features a soft, muffin-like topping and it is completely gluten-free. This dish requires buying the special ingredients but is worth the extra effort. We were able to find everything except coconut sugar at the “Be Natural” health food store in Pemberton, BC. We substituted with Lucuma Powder, a low-glycemic superfruit high in fiber and potassium, and used ground chia powder instead of flax, and it turned out wonderfully!

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Healthy Hummus

Hummus is a great source of fiber, iron, folate, phosphate, copper, magnesium and manganese. We love this dip served with red peppers, which provide vitamin C to facilitate absorption of the iron. Try substituting with roasted garlic instead of raw and slightly add more water for an extra creamy version!

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