August 30, 2012 @ 5:28 PM

 

Someone asked me a great question about green tea.  Is it really healthy to have 3 to 4 bags of green tea per day or is just a marketing campaign by tea makers?  Before we examine the pros and cons of frequent green tea consumption, I first want to highlight the differences between the various types of teas and how they’re processed, as the health benefits do vary from one tea to the other.

The Shades of Tea

Although there is a multitude of teas to choose from, there are really only 4 main types – black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and white tea.  Interestingly enough, they all come from the same Camellia plant family and it’s the way that the tea leaves are processed after they have been plucked ...

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August 20, 2012 @ 12:46 PM

 

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) has been gaining massive popularity over the years and for very good reason.  This near perfect food contains all of the eight essential amino acids (proteins) that we need, in addition to being high in essential fats, calcium and iron, vitamin E, and several of the B vitamins.  It is also gluten-free, high in fiber, and low in sodium; clearly earning its super-food title.

To me, the uncooked quinoa seeds look like miniature white lentils and once cooked, they sprout a curly white tail.  It cooks just like rice and I often use quinoa as a rice substitute or add it to soups.  Aside from the fact that it’s a nutrient power house, what I love most about quinoa is its versatility....

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