Don’t be fooled by their tiny size, chia seeds are ounce for ounce among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Chia is the best source of essential omega-3 fats in the plant kingdom and has been shown to have positive impact on heart health and cholesterol levels. Find out what else chia seeds are good for and get recipes for chocolate-coconut chia seed mousse and protein lemon-chia seed pancakes!
Blueberries, cranberries and Concord grapes are the only three fruits native to North America. Find out why blueberries are so healthy and get recipes for blueberry-onion jam, blueberry crisp and blueberry-lavendar yogurt pops!
Often called “the heart herb,” hawthorn has long been known for its benefits to the cardiovascular system. Use of hawthorn as a food and medicine dates back to the third century where the berries were eaten and the reddish wood was used to make tools. Find out what else hawthorn is good for and try it out for yourself with recipes for heart healthy hawthorn cookies and tea!
While wild foraging may be all the rage for some vegetables like onions, mushrooms and asparagus, you won’t find any wild broccoli because modern broccoli is actually man-made! Find out why it’s worth the effort by reading about its health benefits. Plus try out recipes for steamed broccoli with olive oil, garlic and lemon, and balsamic roasted broccoli.
You’ve most likely seen milk thistle in the tea section of your grocery store. While the tea is a great way to get the beneficial effects of milk thistle, every part of the plant is edible and can be used in many different ways for culinary and medicinal uses. Find out what you can do with milk thistle! Plus, take a taste for yourself with recipes for a milk thistle tea and smoothie.
Wheatgrass has experienced a resurgence in popularity since the start of the organic movement. Its high concentration of chlorophyll provides a deep green color which has earned it the nickname “Green Blood.” With chlorophyll’s structural similarity to hemoglobin, it is aptly named! Find out how wheatgrass benefits your health and get recipes for blueberry banana wheatgrass smoothies and easy wheatgrass shots!
If there ever was a mascot for the healthy eating movement it would be kale. This curly dark-green vegetable has established quite the reputation as being the super food of superfoods. Let’s find out why!
Apple cider vinegar can be used in many ways including aiding in digestion, topically for skin care, as a household cleaner, a gargle for sore throats, a trap for fruit flies and even as a hair rinse and dandruff treatment. Let’s take a look at some of the history and health benefits of this versatile liquid.
Considered by French chefs as “King of the Herbs,” tarragon is used to add an interesting pop of flavor to stews, sauces, fish and chicken dishes, omelets and many seasoning blends. Studies have shown that tarragon may be helpful for inflammation, liver protection, diabetes and depression. Find out more about tarragon and try two new recipes for salmon tarragon pasta and tarragon citrus dip!
Welcome back to The Naturopathic Kitchen! Each week we go back to the basics to use food as medicine in order to lead healthier lives. It can be intimidating to try new things especially when you don’t know what it is good for or how to prepare/cook it....
Cooking oil is a staple in every kitchen, but not all oils are created equal! What you don’t know CAN hurt you! Let’s dig deeper and learn more about seven of the most common oils. Discover how the oils are made, what they are used for, their pros and cons.
Clove lends a pungent intense flavor that is both sweet and bitter. In line with its powerful flavor, clove comes with powerful health benefits that have a long history of use in traditional and world medicine.
Throughout history sage has been used medicinally for a range of conditions including digestive and nervous issues, fertility, joint pain and even typhoid fever. Learn about what new research has shown about the health benefits of sage.
Pomegranate may not be the easiest fruit to eat, but its amazing health benefits and fun flavor profile are definitely worth the effort.
Passionflower has a rich history of use dating back to pre-historic times. Seeds that are thousands of years old have been discovered in Virginia, where the Algonquian Indians thrived. It is considered a weed despite the wealth of health benefits passiflora affords, and can thrive in disturbed land and poor soil. By and large, passionflower’s health effects come from its profound, yet gentle calming effects. Let’s take a closer look at how it can be used to aid your health.