17 Must-See Food Documentaries Think documentaries equal a snooze fest? No way! Skip the action or romcom flick to educate (and entertain) yourself with these 17 must-see food documentaries. We’ve done the ground work and promise you will leave each of these films knowing a little (or a lot!) more about the role of food in our lives. You will leave the lot deeply moved by the goings ons of foodstuff in America and beyond, perhaps so much so as to make a change or two. Food Inc.: This film touches on the politics of food production, farming, obesity and disease in our 21st-century diet. Food Fight: Foodie celebs like Wolfgang Puck, Michael Pollan and Dan Barber talk about how food has changed in American and the growing organic-food movement. Dirt! Fresh: Urban farming activist Will Allen and Joel Salatin discuss how corporate America threatens our food economy. Killer at Large: An in-depth look into America’s obesity problems centered around a 12-year-old liposuction patient. What’s on Your Plate?
30 Ways to Spice Up Snoozy Oatmeal Oatmeal is a classic. It's also a superfood. But for many, it may be the inferior Aquaman to quinoa’s Superman. (It's hard to top chocolate banana breakfast quinoa—we get it!) Oatmeal does, however, have its own superpowers, including lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease. But when prepared soggy and bland, the high-fiber hero is no flavor savior. Made right, this versatile grain is much more than a one-dimensional digestive aid. Fall Flavors Fall is a season of comfort food, with squash taking the stage on menus and in kitchens across America. 1. With varying degrees of success, pumpkin everything—lattés, donuts, fritters, soup, ale, etc. 2. The name alone makes the decadent dessert sound like a healthy option, but carrot cake's nutritional potential is often undercut by sugar-loaded frosting. 3. Dubbed “the heartier cousin of pumpkin,” sweet potato gets showcased in this recipe as a baked oatmeal casserole. 4. 5. 6. 7. Not all fall dishes feature squash. Global Eats
Dom's Kefir-cheese in-site Blue, Brie and Camembert cheese types including a cross between these mold types made from kefir is quite simple. Such cheese can be prepared with Kefir-Leban, as a 100% kefir base explained above, which is pressed, inoculated and incubated to mature the cheese. The mold breaks down the more complex molecules of protein and fats, and impart the characteristic sharp taste to Blue cheese. The Best Delicious Desserts Made Healthier from Around the Web Is dessert your favorite part of a meal? Does standing in line alongside a beautiful display of baked goods feel like a serious test of willpower (Starbucks, anyone?)? Do visions of brownies and cookies float in your brain while lying in bed at night? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this roundup of insanely tasty recipes from around the web is dedicated to you (yes, you). Full of unexpected health foods like avocados, quinoa, and even spinach, these treats will hit that sweet spot and do your body good. Avocados 1. Photo: Living Healthy Combining two of the most delicious foods in the world, this recipe produces a moist cake loaded with healthy fats, thanks to the avocado, but with just right amount of chocolately taste. Black Beans 2. Photo: Chocolate-Covered Katie These beauties use black beans and oats (but no flour!) 3. Photo: Green Kitchen Stories Chocolate cookies without… chocolate? Zucchini 4. Photo: Living Healthy with Chocolate 5. Photo: Simply Recipes 6. 7. 8. 9.
Dr. Terry Wahls’ TedTalk on Treating MS Through Diet » Paleo Hot Mess | Paleo Hot Mess It occurred to me this week that I hadn’t yet posted the video clip that inspired me to go back on the Paleolithic Diet when my symptoms returned earlier this year, which is a real shame, as it is a major eye opener! See for yourself: This should be of particular note to all my skeptics out there (and I love you, keep asking the hard questions so that science will continue to progress, it would never exist without you) that this is a TRAINED DOCTOR, not some natural medicine raw food vegan hippie, who herself admits she believed the party line that “diet has no shown link to autoimmune disorders”! The medical industry may say this over and over to their patients, leading them to believe they will have to be on medication that doesn’t even work half the time for the rest of their lives. I’ve heard it too.
12 Recipes for Healthy Homemade Chips Crunchy and salty, how we love this snack time power couple! There’s no substitute for the crave-worthy flavor and satisfying texture that make carb-centric snacks so delicious. But store-bought chips are usually fried in an unhealthy amount of oil, which packs a significant amount of fat. Instead, try baking your own homemade chips by using vegetables, fruits and whole-wheat pitas. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Organic—or Not? Is Organic Produce Healthier Than Conventional? A. There are at least two good arguments for eating organic: fewer pesticides and more nutrients. Let’s start with pesticides. As for nutrients, in 2007 a study out of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom reported that organic produce boasted up to 40 percent higher levels of some nutrients (including vitamin C, zinc and iron) than its conventional counterparts. It’s a difference in soil fertility, says Mitchell: “With organic methods, the nitrogen present in composted soil is released slowly and therefore plants grow at a normal rate, with their nutrients in balance. A 2008 review by the Organic Center of almost 100 studies on the nutritional quality of organic produce compared the effects conventional and organic farming methods have on specific nutrients. Bottom line: “Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables in general is the point,” says Mitchell.
6 ways to eat more avocado Avocados are packed with healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats; they're great for your heart and your brain. They're also delicious and filling. But if you're bored of slicing them in a sandwich, adding them to salad or making guacamole, try some of these ideas to see how you can include more avocados in your diet. #1. Make pancakes What's that, you can put avocado in pancakes? #2. Add some fibre, vitamins and minerals to your cheese toastie by slicing some avocado and apple over the top – delicious as an open sandwich, which can help you cut back on carbs. #3. Definitely not a treat for everyday, but deep-fried avocado tastes amazing with a zingy lemon dip. #4. Swapping mayonnaise, butter or cheese for creamy avocado adds over 20 vitamins and minerals to your wrap, sandwich or burger. #5. Avocados are the perfect vegetable for a healthy breakfast, and you can create a baked, eggy treat that will fill you up and keep you going until lunchtime; it's packed with protein. #6.
Raw-food revolution: beyond carrot sticks | Health If the thought of a raw-food diet conjures up images of bland greens and handfuls of nuts and seeds, then it may be time to re-imagine the possibilities of raw food. "Not many people can envision the raw-food diet; they think of apples or raw meat," said Monika Kinsman, founder and CEO of Thrive, a vegetarian restaurant in Seattle that aims to make raw food accessible. Raw-vegan-food diets are based on the belief that plant food in its natural state contains the most nutrition for human bodies. Raw-food proponents believe that cooking with temperatures higher than 118 degrees breaks down food enzymes, which are essential for digestion. "The whole idea of raw food implies giving up flavor, which is the biggest misconception," said Larisa Goldin, who eats meat about twice a week and is a Thrive customer. For Goldin, integrating largely raw meals into her diet, reducing sugar intake and eating less meat contributed to 20 pounds of weight loss.