Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • Dinner Tonight: Easy Spinach and Basil Pasta Salad

    by Paula Gallagher | July 30, 2014

    This past weekend, we had an impromptu neighborhood potluck. I had been looking for an opportunity to use some of the basil I had (aside from using it for pesto). I combined folate-rich spinach, extra virgin olive oil and plenty of beta carotene-rich basil for a summer spinach and basil pasta salad that delighted the potluck crowd!

    I used pasta, but after making it, I think substituting chick peas or another hearty bean for the pasta would make this dish higher in protein and equally as tasty.

    Spinach and Basil Pasta Salad

    - 1 box of whole grain pasta (I used bow tie, because I had it on hand)
    - 1 package of fresh baby spinach (about a 6 oz bag)
    - 2 cups of basil (I tore mine into small pieces)
    - 1/2 cup extra virgin olive olive oil
    - 3 or 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
    - 4 ounces of prosciutto
    - 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    - pine nuts to sprinkle on top
    - salt and pepper

    1. Cook the pasta as indicated on the box. Drain, rinse and let cool.  Read more
  • Dealing With Stress: A Natural Approach

    by Paula Gallagher | July 29, 2014

    Stress is unavoidable and is part of our lives.

    Some stress can be good. A certain amount of stress motivates us to grow and mature. However, constant stress can lead to a host of health problems. Over the next few weeks, this series will look at how stress can cause anxiety, depression, memory problems and overall mood issues. We will also discuss some natural remedies for dealing with stress, including what you can do to avoid it in the first place.

    Our bodies are designed to handle stress. In fact, the adrenal glands are the endocrine organs responsible for the body’s response to stress. However, when stress is prolonged, the physical effects of stress begin to show. This is due to increased production by the adrenal glands of the hormone cortisol, which can affect everything from blood sugar levels to thyroid hormone production and sleep quality.

    Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken to reduce the physical and emotional toll of stress on the body. Stress reduction techniques like meditation, biofeedback, exercising, or yoga are invaluable. In addition, there are several nutritional supplements that can reduce the effects of stress. To learn more about what you can do, visit our blog next week, when we will be talking about anxiety.

    If you would like some support now, Village Green’s naturopathic doctors and certified nutritionists are available for individualized consultations for a personal assessment of your unique situation. During your appointment (either by phone or in-person), our practitioners will:  Read more

  • Identifying the Most Common Reasons for Weight Gain

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | July 28, 2014

    The most common reasons for weight gain, and the struggles many of us face with losing weight and maintaining our weight, are Who, What, When, Where, How and Why. To identify and understand your own reasons for weight gain, answer the following questions. Your honest answers will help you create a personal weight loss plan that actually works – once and for all!

    Who triggers you to overeat?

    • A boss who triggers us to grab foods we think will calm or relax us after a stressful day at the office
    • A friend or partner who encourages us to overeat because they want a “food buddy”
    • Someone who shows their love for you through the food they’ve prepared (or purchased) and we eat to avoid hurting their feelings

    What types of foods are you eating?

    • Too much junk food, takeout, prepared, or fast food
    • Foods high in unhealthy fat (vs. healthy fats that help you lose weight) and sugar
    • Out of proportion portions – “economy sizing," “super sizing,” or “value sizing”  Read more
  • Breakfast Tomorrow: Healthy Smoothie

    by Paula Gallagher | July 23, 2014

    Mornings in my house can sometimes resemble a carnival. Four people going in four different directions can be very challenging and exhausting. To be honest, many times I find myself sitting at my desk with a rumbling stomach and waning energy by 10:30 am because I haven't had time or completely forgotten to nourish myself. A healthy smoothie can be the answer.

    A few months ago, I decided to make a conscious effort to make a healthy breakfast. About three times a week, I make a healthy smoothie or energy shake. It tastes great, is packed with nutritional goodness, and provides me with energy that lasts me through the morning.

    Another benefit has been that my kids and husband love it. So for those mornings that are extra busy, the smoothie gets poured into a to-go cup and we can have breakfast on the way to school, daycare or work... and no need for a drive-thru!

    I vary what I put in my shake depending on what fruit I have in my fridge or freezer, but the basics are the same.  Read more

  • July 29: Vibrant Health In-Store Product Demo

    by Paula Gallagher | July 22, 2014

    Visit Village Green Apothecary on July 29 from 11 am to 2 pm to sample Vibrant Health Green Vibrance and Vibrant Health PureGreen Protein.

    Vibrant Health's products provide supplemental nutrition that supports human biochemistry. One of their main principles is "Be The Best." This can be seen with their most popular product, Green Vibrance.

    Green Vibrance was the first green superfood introduced into health food stores in 1992. Since that time, it has undergone 12 reformulations. The trace nutrients help each cell function at peak efficiency; when we push each cell toward peak efficiency through diet and supplementation, the result may be increased energy and endurance, greater clarity of thought, and more robust immunity. There are a whopping 74 ingredients in Green Vibrance, put together to maximize the synergism among nutrients.

    PureGreen Protein is vegan and offers the amino acid ratio of human muscle by combining a variety of plant proteins in correct amounts and adding a few specific free amino acids. PureGreen Protein is a non-GMO protein from pea, rice, spirulina and alfalfa combined with four select free amino acids to create the first all-vegetable protein ideally balanced for human consumption.

    To try these two wonderful products and to learn more about Vibrant Health, please come by on July 29 from 11am to 2pm!

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