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Bone broth's healing benefits

by on 02/17/2017 - 12:13 pm
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore
Have you heard of the latest trend in healthy eating? It’s actually less of a new breakthrough and more of a return to ancient eating—bone broth.
Bone broth is basically a slow-cooked soup stock. That is, it’s typically simmered for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24 hours), with the purpose being not only to produce gelatin from collagen-rich joints but also to release minerals from bones. Studies are finding that due to its comprehensive nutritional profile, which includes important amino acids, minerals, collagen, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and more, bone broth can enhance and heal the di ...

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Health reset to fight disease

by on 02/16/2017 - 03:09 pm
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Viktoria Higgins, Holistic Nutrition Coach
New Year’s weight loss resolutions come and go with varying success, but the real question should be: Are you addressing your health conditions and getting to their root causes?
Making sustainable lifestyle changes can be challenging. While there is so much focus on crash diets, weight loss pills or hyped protein powders to improve metabolism and lose weight, none of these take into consideration your health conditions, lifestyle or health history. It is easy to lose weight incorrectly, resulting in reduced muscle mass, a weaker metabolism or just releasing extra water, which is often what happens with fad diets.

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Raw Fit for weight loss

by on 01/17/2017 - 03:47 pm
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore
It’s no secret that successfully losing weight and keeping it off can be a difficult task. What is a secret, or at least a lesser known fact, is that without adequate protein in your diet, you may be spinning your weight loss wheels.
Studies show that if you are not consuming at least 70 grams of protein each day, you are unlikely to maximize your weight loss efforts.
That’s right. There appears to be a line in the sand for someone trying to lose weight.
Regardless of your other efforts, if you consume less than 70 grams of protein daily, you will have a hard time losing weight. Simply increase your d ...

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Urinary tract health help

by on 08/15/2016 - 01:29 pm
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty

By Mike Ventresca, Vital Choice Healthstore
The pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection are some of the most frequent medical complaints among women. The vast majority of UTIs are caused by the common bacteria E. coli. While harmless in the small intestine where it normally resides, E. coli becomes a problem when it migrates up the urinary tract, grabs on to the bladder wall and begins to multiply. The result is the pain, irritation and infection associated with a UTI.
The usual approach is to prescribe antibiotics. The problem is antibiotics kill all bacteria—good and bad. By killing off the good bacteria, antibiotics can actually make you more susceptible t ...

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Dandelion greens in salads and more

by on 06/28/2016 - 03:15 pm
Category: Food

By Shana Trepal, Treehuggers Café 
Depending on where you live, you will surely be seeing some less familiar vegetables this time of year.
Asparagus and radishes will start to appear more vibrant in color and lower in price. Combine the two together with avocado for a really tasty bruschetta.
Treehuggers has also always loved dandelion greens. Often you will find them in my special dandelion soup. We also serve them as a wilted salad with grilled fruit such as apples, peaches or pears tossed in cinnamon and honey, then we top them with our famous three-ingredient maple vinaigrette, fresh ginger and some crunchy hazel nuts or candied pecans. Dandeli ...

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Oodles of zoodles

by on 05/23/2016 - 11:30 am
Category: Food

By Shana Trepal, Treehugger's Café 
Everyone loves a bowl of noodles. So get yourself a peeler, or, better yet, a spiralizer—and grab a few zucchini.
At Treehuggers Cafe´ we call our “noodles” zoodles, and they’re made with spiralized zucchini. You can choose to cook your creation lightly in water with salt to your liking, or eat your zoodles raw.
My best tip is to make them ahead of time, run your seasonings in, and add lemon, lime or orange juice to soak in the flavor for a few hours. 
Here is a delicious way to get started:
Spiralize three zucchini then mash up a ripe avocado and rub into the zoodl ...

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What to (really) include in your resu...

by on 05/05/2016 - 10:12 am
Categories: Community, Food, Home, Smart Living

By Thressa Brown
CVCC Job Placement Liaison
OBJECTIVE: I am seeking a position that will utilize my skills in an environment of teamwork that will produce effective results.
This type of wording on a resume will get a job applicant absolutely nowhere with potential employers. It’s vague, non-committal and tells an employer nothing about the person’s skills. In fact, we don’t even use the word “Objective” anymore. In its place, we help the student create a Summary Profile or Summary Statement that specifically touches on his or her job skills with the goal of making them stand out immediately.
Working with high school juniors and senio ...

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How about a little jicama with that?

by on 04/19/2016 - 03:55 pm
Category: Food

By Shana Trepal, Treehuggers Café
I usually find jicama sold as a slaw in Caribbean-themed restaurants. This makes sense because it’s so fresh and crunchy, and it handles pretty much any flavor. Jicama served raw has a mild apple flavor and a nice juicy-crunchy texture. The outside of the root needs to be peeled unless you are using a mandolin for very thin slices.
Want a vibrant, antioxidant slaw? Grab your favorite peeler and a rainbow of produce—red cabbage, orange carrots, green apples, fresh red raspberries, blueberries, chunky orange mango and jicama. Toss in fresh-squeezed lime juice, maple syrup, raw ginger and your favorite light oil, then, bam! ...

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The antioxidant power of raspberries

by on 03/24/2016 - 11:58 am
Categories: Food, Health & Beauty

By Shana Trepal, Treehuggers Café 
At my Treehuggers Café, I try to stay ahead of trends with my menu items, especially when talking about nutrition. This month of love we’re featuring one of the world’s healthiest foods: the raspberry.
At Treehuggers we chose the raspberry not only for its gentle, heart shape, but also for its high-powered antioxidants that benefit during flu season. These little red beauties are bursting with phytonutrients, flavonoids, fiber and, as you may already be aware, the raspberry ketone. Ketones will increase your enzyme activity and heat production in certain fat cells. Raspberries have been packing quite a punch ...

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How Twiisted is this brunch idea?

by on 03/21/2016 - 03:49 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Food, Smart Living

By Charlie Franklin
General Manager­­, Twiisted
Brunch is often thought of as that delightful weekend meal that is equal parts breakfast, equal parts lunch, with some delicious bubbly beverage options somewhere in the middle. The history behind this midday meal made it the sweet option that we enjoy today.
The roots of the brunch tradition are a bit obscure, and haven’t been pinned down to just one theory. Some think it started with England’s hunt breakfasts—extravagant multi-course meals featuring chicken livers, eggs, meats, bacon, fresh fruit and sweets. Sunday brunch is also believed to have roots in Catholicism, from the practice of f ...

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