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February 24, 2008

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Leslie

Hi,

Testing the comments section again. I loved your super foods list. My 2008 resolutions were simple because I didn't want to disappoint myself: more spirulina and more seaweed. So I make miso soup several times a week - easy at work too. Miso in the cup, with instant wakame (from Whole Foods, wherever you can find macrobiotic foods) and a bit of soy sauce, add boiling water and voila! An instant soup that is satisfying and there has been some correlation with eating more miso and less breast cancer incidence. Okay, spirulina - more challenging to get in. I put 1 tsp. in about 6 ounces of OJ, add a dash of lime juice, 1 T. flax seed, mix it up and drink it down. My favorite spirulina comes in Earthrise's Cleansing Greens. Straight spirulina is a bit too strong for me. Keep up the great work!

Leslie

Hi,

Testing the comments section again. I loved your super foods list. My 2008 resolutions were simple because I didn't want to disappoint myself: more spirulina and more seaweed. So I make miso soup several times a week - easy at work too. Miso in the cup, with instant wakame (from Whole Foods, wherever you can find macrobiotic foods) and a bit of soy sauce, add boiling water and voila! An instant soup that is satisfying and there has been some correlation with eating more miso and less breast cancer incidence. Okay, spirulina - more challenging to get in. I put 1 tsp. in about 6 ounces of OJ, add a dash of lime juice, 1 T. flax seed, mix it up and drink it down. My favorite spirulina comes in Earthrise's Cleansing Greens. Straight spirulina is a bit too strong for me. Keep up the great work!

Dr. Nicole Sundene

Great list! I am a huge fan of those foods too!

I like your website...I always dreamed of being a librarian but my parents didn't think I could be quiet for long enough...I think they were right.

Nice to meetcha, look forward to reading your posts.

david smith

Good list--I like the Ezekiel bread too. I stumbled upon your website when I was looking for commentary on Colin Campbell's book. When I read the book, I said, "This does it. I've known these things for 15 years, and now it's time." I'm a quasi-vegan, but not fanatical about it. One thing in my favor is that I'm not crazy about most animal foods (exceptions--ice cream and cheese, probably the worst 2!). All a person really needs to know is contained in a series of graphs correlating incidence of degenerative disease by country--Holland is at one end, Thailand at the other of almost every distribution. (Holland has perhaps the highest per capita consumption of dairy products on the planet, and the Thai consume almost none.) I saw these charts probably in the early 90's. Hmmm.

My wife and I spent 5 years in Asia, and we got used to seeing people as they normally occur--I mean, at normal bodyweights. What a shock to step off the plane in the US after a long time away and see these HUGE people walking around. Something is really wrong. I think part of the problem is lack of exercise. We don't walk anywhere anymore. Walking used to be a means of getting around. When I was in school in my small hometown, there would be long lines of kids on the sidewalk walking to and from school morning and afternoon. I walked a mile and a quarter one way to high school. No big deal. Now it's considered totally nerdy to walk to school. If you don't have an adult at your beck and call to drop you off and pick you up, you've got no status at all. I don't remember people looking like this when I was growing up. In many ways being overseas was like going into the past. Remember when people you saw on TV looked about like the average person in terms of body build? How long ago was that? 40 years? Now when you go past a magazine rack you're struck by the disparity between the people in the pictures and the shoppers looking enviously at them. (hint: it's not the celebrities' builds that have changed)

JenniferItoND

alright give up the pumpkin pudding recipe

The Healthy Librarian

OK JeniferItoND, here's the pumpkin recipe.

Here’s an “easy as pie” low-fat, low-calorie, high nutrition way to eat pumpkin any time you like.

I keep often make a batch to eat for a night-time snack.
My super picky brother-in-law found some of my “Crust-free Easy Pumpkin Pie” while rummaging through my fridge & loved it.

Crust-free Easy Pumpkin Pie”

1/2 Cup sugar (I use Splenda for 0 calories-but many people stay away from this stuff--you could use agave or maple syrup or raw sugar--but then adjust down the milk so it's not too soupy)
1 1/2 tsp. of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large high omega-3 eggs (or cholesterol-free egg substitute)
1 15 ounce can of 100 % pure pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 12 ounce can evaporated nonfat milk (substitute soy or other non-milk)

Mix up the pumpkin, eggs & spices together. Slowly add the evaporated milk. Pour in a large pie pan or a cake pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes, until the center is done. A knife in the center should come out fairly clean. Keep covered (not with foil-it will pit) & refrigerated. Makes 8 nice slices for a yummy dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth & provide mega-beta carotene.

Love this stuff.

Robert Ross

I've switched from ground flax seed to chia seeds. All it took to convince me was putting a couple of tablespoons of the chia seeds in a glass of water. Ten minutes later, they were a gooey mess; flax has to be ground up and the oils are not particularly stable.

Nutritionally, chia is superior in almost all respects. And it works as well as flax in recipes.

Give it a try.

An excellent (albeit technical) book on the seeds is "Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs" by Ricardo Ayerza and Wayne Coates.

Kim

Hi. I recently read Born to Run (your husband may like to read it since he's a runner - I'm not, but LOVED the book.) In it they mention Chia Seeds... you may want to check them out as an alternative to Flax. I haven't tried them yet, but I am extremely intrigued by their nutritional value, as well as their ease of eating (digestible, unlike flax - unless ground). Anyways, check out Chia Seeds - I'd love to hear your thoughts on them.

The Healthy Librarian

Thanks, Kim for the book recommendation. I think my husband would definitely enjoy reading it.

I friend told me about it--and Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times has written about it a couple times recently.

Sounds very interesting. Didn't know that Chia was mentioned in it.

Guess what? I've already researched chia, blogged about it, and have been using it. Give it a try. Definitely a different texture from flax. I've also tried an interesting "tapioca-like instant pudding recipe" made with Chia that was quite good.

Here's the link:

Are Chia Seeds (Salvia Hispanica) the New & Improved Flax Seeds?

http://www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_healthy_long_life/2008/07/are-the-chia-pet-seeds-salvia-hispanica-the-new-improved-flax-seed.html

Catherine Vivio

Lifeway Kefir is loaded with sugar. This seems a strange choice for a person committed to healthful eating.

Catherine Vivio

david

Lakewood's Blue Balance juice. Incredible. Not only does it contain virtually every fruit and vegetable known to promote good health, it's 100% organic and tastes good to boot!

Neelima Garg

I am not a Vegan but a preferred vegetarian, i.e. I eat Chicken & Fish occasionally. I really enjoyed your Blog. For those who can handle lactose, make your own yogurt. It is very easy and tastes a whole lot better than store bought.

Susan

When my kiddos and husband were around, I prepared and ate healthy foods. Now that all are gone, I sadly neglect this area of my life. This is a very helpful list for someone (ME) who is trying to eat healthy again.

BTW - On my fb wall I let others know that you are my new fav read. :-)

The Healthy Librarian

Susan,
It got easier for me to eat better once the kids grew up. We always had not-so-healthy food around that they liked--and I couldn't resist. Thanks for the recommendation!!

Chris G.

I know your tastes and habits have evolved since this original post. It would be fun to see how this looks 2.5 yrs later.

Hank Roberts

Amen, any chance of an update for this list?

I need the simple, simple, stupid list version.

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