Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • Dinner Tonight: Spring Salad Greens with Honey Lime Vinegrette

    by Paula Gallagher | April 15, 2014

    With spring finally here, I have been feeling more like eating salad greens. I tried this salad the other night and it was  a winner with everyone. This recipe is chock-full of powerful nutrients like folate, iron, monounsaturated fats, and protein. You can use any spring salad greens; I used spinach for its heartiness, and it stood up to the dressing very well. Serve it with a nice side of wild salmon and you have a lovely dinner. It's also just as nice on it's own!

    Spring Salad!

    • 1/4 cup walnut oil
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • 2 Tbsp honey
    • 1 tsp Dijon or grainy mustard
    • 1 garlic clove, grated
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • 4 cups spring salad greens
    • 2 cups radicchio, sliced
    • 1 cup radishes, sliced
    • 2 cups cooked dried chickpeas
    • 1 avocado, diced
    • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
    • 1/2 cup soft goat cheese, diced

    Blend together walnut oil, lime juice, honey, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Set aside. ( I made this an hour before to let the flavors meld.)

    In a large bowl, toss together greens, radicchio, radishes, and chickpeas. Divide greens mixture among serving plates and top with equal amounts of avocado, sunflower seeds, and goat cheese. Drizzle dressing over the top.

     Photo from here, with thanks.

  • PlantFusion: The Perfect Protein Powder Featured on Good Morning America

    by Paula Gallagher | April 14, 2014

    Comedian Mark Malkoff used PlantFusion to fuel a dramatic transformation of his body in just 28 days. This past week, ABC Good Morning America interviewed Mark and talked about PlantFusion, streaming live on their website. Take a look!

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    PlantFusion is the perfect protein powder – great tasting, allergen free, easy to digest, multi-sourced and plant based. It is a complete protein formula that has branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and L-glutamine to support muscle and connective tissue health. Because PlantFusion is easily digested and efficiently absorbed, it provides strength and energy without irritating the digestive system. PlantFusion is well suited for vegetarians, vegans, and individuals with food sensitivities.  Read more

  • Garden of Life In-Store Demo: Saturday, April 12

    by Paula Gallagher | April 9, 2014

    Stop by Village Green on Saturday, April 12 from 11:30 to 2:30 to learn more about our line of Garden of Life products. Representatives from Garden of Life will be on hand to answer questions regarding Garden of Life's Perfect Food® Raw Alkalizer & Detoxifier and Perfect Food® Raw Energizer. This is a great opportunity to taste these wonderful products.

    Perfect Food® RAW Alkalizer & Detoxifier is a RAW organic green super food complement to support your body’s daily balancing act, promoting healthy elimination of toxins and supporting your body’s own ability to maintain its ideal pH balance.† Some of its key features are:

    - Highly alkalizing RAW organic lemon juice and RAW organic parsley†
    - RAW organic coconut water for hydration and replenishment of electrolytes
    - Eight cleansing herbs, traditionally used for centuries to gently assist in daily detoxification†
    - Great nutrition from RAW organic grass juices and antioxidant filled RAW organic fruit and vegetable juices†
    - Digestion soothing RAW organic ginger, plus live probiotics and enzymes

    Perfect Food RAW Energizer is power-packed with naturally occurring chlorophyll, beta carotene, B vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids from RAW organic USA grown grass juices, dark green juices like spinach, parsley and kale, protein-rich sprouts and juiced-up super antioxidant fruits like RAW organic blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and Indian amla berries.  Read more

  • Important Nutritional and Genetic Tests for Your Health

    by Margo Gladding | April 7, 2014

    Nutritional and genetic tests can be very useful for determining whether you are getting optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals, and whether your body is able to properly absorb them. You can be deficient in micronutrients and not even know it. Studies have shown that 50% of patients taking a multivitamin are functionally deficient in one or more essential nutrients that are vital to long-term health. Scientific evidence also confirms such deficiencies are associated with disease processes and the overall condition of your health. Deficiencies suppress the function of the immune system and contribute to degenerative processes. So, anyone who is interested in feeling his or her best can benefit from these tests.

    Determining your MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) genotype gives you valuable information about your body's ability to methylate. Methylation is a crucial part of cell processes and reduced function has been linked to numerous medical conditions including neurological and cardiovascular disorders, mental dysfunctions and diabetes.  Methylation is necessary for turning genes on and off, processing chemicals and toxins, building neurotransmitters, processing hormones, building immune cells, synthesizing DNA/RNA, producing energy, and producing the protective coating on nerves. Read more

  • High Intensity Interval Training Part 2: A Huge Fitness Hit For Busy Moms

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | April 7, 2014

    In last week's post we talked about what HIIT is (High Intensity Interval Training) and offered simple ways to create your own personalized HIIT routine. Here are the many benefits a HIIT routine can provide, giving you even more reason to try it.

    Efficiency. YES, you can benefit your body in 20 minutes rather than 45 minutes to an hour! Research shows 15-20 minutes of HIIT can help you better achieve your weight and fitness goals than 1 hour on the treadmill or elliptical.

    Increased fat burned. The body better oxidizes fats during a HIIT routine. Hyper-exertion stimulates hyper-repair; which means you can burn more fat and calories in the whole day after a HIIT session than you could after a steady-paced cardio session. This is great news for new moms! When we've added excess pounds to our pregnancy weight gain, we’re often left with some extra “souvenirs” from our pregnancy, in the form of a few (or many) extra pounds to lose. To lose post-baby-weight and burn fat, HIIT is truly a win-win!  Read more

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