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Benefits of Basil

Posted by Jessica Meyers Altman on

     I look forward to one of my favorite summertime smells, basil. It has a smell that screams freshness and a taste that kicks all recipes up a notch. No, not that dried stuff you've had in your cabinet since you moved out of your parents house in 1995, the real stuff. Beautiful and green, it's easily damaged. Basil is a delicate herb, and oxidizes quickly (turns black when bruised or pureed). Like parsley and dill, basil is best used fresh or added in at the end of the cooking process. Long-term heat will damage both the color and...

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Benefits of Raw Foods

Posted by Jessica Meyers Altman on

It's summertime. It's hot. You have NO desire to cook. OK, maybe that's me right now? While I love cooking, sometimes you just want something super easy and light to eat. You don't have to eat only salad-I promise!  Eating raw foods aren't only easy to prepare (some can be complex but they don't have to be), they also help you to retain much of the nutrient levels found in the plants.  Many enzymes and phytonutrients in plants get destroyed or diminished by the cooking process. When you consume plants in their raw form, you can more easily absorb these nutrients....

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