Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

May 2014

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Protect Your Bones So
They Can Last You a Lifetime


May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.  Find out the most effective ways to prevent and potentially resolve this debilitating condition.

Many people may be surprised to learn that osteoporosis is not a condition of inadequate calcium intake but instead is a condition of overly rapid calcium loss.  What on earth could cause our body to lose calcium???  The answer is simple…breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Timesaving Tip:
Prep Your Smoothies
Ahead of Time

Let's face it, we're all busy.  Two of the keys to making this lifestyle work in a jam-packed schedule is planning ahead and prepping ahead.

I love this idea that I stumbled upon on the internet.  Many people find Sunday to be a good planning day.  They decide on their meals for the week, grocery shop, and wash and chop vegetables and fruits.

Why not place all or most of your daily smoothie ingredients into plastic bags or separate glass bowls so that all you have to do in the morning is dump, blend, and go!


Spicy Kale
From Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

Serves 4


1 large onion, diced (about 1.5 cups)

1-1.5 teaspoons oil

1 bunch kale (about 2 pounds)

2 teaspoons vinegar (or to taste)

0.25 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)

salt and ground black pepper to taste


Sauté the onion in the oil in a large skillet, saucepan, or wok on low heat for about 10 minutes, until translucent.  While the onion sautés, thoroughly rinse the kale.  Remove and coarsely chop the leaves and discard the large stems.

Add the moist kale to the onions and cook, covered, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the leaves are wilted but still bright green.  Stir in the vinegar and red pepper flakes.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately or at room temperature.

I normally do not recommend sauteing in oil, but when making this recipe, the tiniest amount goes a long way toward helping the spices to stick to the kale and making the kale really tasty.  So in an effort to eat more green, leafy vegetables, and in particular kale, I do use a very small amount of oil.
You can use make this recipe using a variety of green, leafy vegetables.



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A Great Lunch Idea To Go

Finding tasty and healthy lunches to eat during the work week can be challenging depending upon where you work and what options there are for your midday meal.

I thought this was a great idea for those of you who bring your lunch to work.  I found it on the Naked Food Magazine web site,  Unfortunately, they did not provide an exact recipe for those, like me, that are challenged in the kitchen.

However, it looks as though you would place your favorite non-fat salad dressing in the bottom, then fill the jar with a delicious grain such as quinoa or brown rice.  Follow that with beans, vegetables, and your favorite fruit.  Even though the picture depicts the vegetables in the bottom, I would think they would get mushy by the time you would eat it, so I would suggest letting your grain and beans marinate in the dressing instead and save the top part of the jar for anything that you would like to remain crisp.  Any toppings, such as assorted nuts and seeds, could probably be placed in the jar last.  Refrigerate and voilá, it's ready to grab and go in the morning.  When lunch arrives, just empty the jar into a large bowl and give it a good toss.

Did You Know That
Your Organic Apples
and Pears Could
Contain Streptomycin?

On May 2, 2014, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted to prohibit the use of streptomycin in organic produce.

Some organic apple and pear growers have been using the drug to fight fire blight, a bacterial disease that kills the shoots of trees.

There are, however, other methods that don't involve the use of antibiotics and there are apple and pear tree varieties that are naturally resistant to fire blight.  In fact, U.S. growers exporting to the European Union have been able to comply with their complete antibiotic ban on organic produce, so it is possible.

The NOSB has officially been in favor of this change since 1995, however, the industry has been successful until now in obtaining extensions which permit the drug's continued use.

This much needed change is proposed to take effect in October 2014, however, the NOSB proposal must first be formally adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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