Plant-based Ground Beef

Here’s a great alternative to ground beef. Let me introduce you to Beyond Beef. A Plant-based version of real beef. All the ingredients are made from plants. It’s also soy-free and gluten-free. As you can see, it’s Non-GMO Project Verified, which basically means this product was not made with any genetically modified organisms. The ingredients are pure, just as Mother Nature intended them to be.

Take a look at the ingredients below. There are no meat byproducts, soy, or artificial preservatives.

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Pea Protein Isolate*, Expeller-pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Pomegranate Fruite Powder, Beet Juice Extract (For Color).

All plants ingredients! Where can you buy this and many other plant-based foods? Whole Foods Market! Plus, it’s just in time for the July 4th holiday. Get your grills out and grill up some plant-based burgers or make the family a nice meatless meatball and spaghetti dinner. They won’t know the difference.

Be safe and healthy, and have a Happy 4th of July.

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Breaking News: Hershey Says, NO MORE GMO’s

That’s right! Later this year Hershey’s making the BIG SWITCH people. No-GMO’s in their two most popular products, Hershey Kisses and Milk Chocolate Bars. I congratulate them on this smart move, and hope they will consider removing all GMO’s from their entire product line.  Hershey’s will also ditch emulsifier polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR) and artificial vanillin for the brands as it pledges to shift to “simple ingredients”.  Did you hear that, “Simple Ingredients”? 

Hershey said in a statement: 

“We are specifically looking to formulate new products and transition existing products to deliver on no artificial flavors, no synthetic colors, no high fructose corn-syrup and to be gluten-free.” 

A couple of years ago, in February 2013, GMO Inside began calling on consumers to put pressure on Hershey’s (as well Mars) to make its products without GMOs due to concerns over the environmental and health impacts of GMOs. Well, thousands of consumers went to facebook, wrote emails, and made telephone calls urging Hershey’s to move to non-GMO ingredients.  All of our hard work paid off. 

I’m impressed! But wait, didn’t Nestlé USA not too long ago also made a similar announcement to ditch artificial colors and flavors from all chocolate and candy products, such as Butterfinger, Crunch and Baby Ruth. I see a BIG TREND happening here people.  I say, to HELL with GMO’s!

Do you even know what GMO’s are?  I’ll leave it up to the experts to explain this.  Check out Non-GMO Project website for a full easy-read understanding of GMO’s.  I’m hoping other food companies will take heed.

Sources:

The Hershey Company

Nestle

Image: Stoney Field Organic

A Healthier SNACK: Organic Popcorn

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Organic popcorn is healthier for you but, only if it’s air-popped. You can use a regular pot which, I’ve used many times over, or you can buy an air popper. They’re sold at Macy’s, Sear’s and Amazon for under fifty dollars. To jazz up your popcorn drizzle extra virgin olive oil over it and sprinkle a ittle sea salt for more taste.

How many calories you end up with depends on how much olive oil you use.

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One cup of air popped popcorn, for example, contains only 30 calories or so. Olive oil contains about 250 calories per ounce (2 tablespoons).

Many American’s buy the microvable brands and it’s actually not healthy for you. Remember the corn is a grain however, it’s the type of corn you buy (Organic or GM Corn) and how you prepare it can really affect your health. A new study at the University of Minnesota showed diacetyl has several concerning properties for brain health and may trigger Alzheimer’s disease.

Diacetyle is an artificial butter flavoring added to microwave popcorn and other snack foods; many microwave popcorn factories have already stopped using the synthetic diacetyl because it’s been linked to lung damage in people who work in the factories. Now imagine popping your microvable pocorn and this chemical goes into your blood stream which the study shows.

Removing Diacetyl from Microwave Popcorn Doesn’t Make it Safe…
As mentioned, diacetyl is known to cause serious, sometimes life-threating respiratory illness in microwave popcorn-plant and flavoring plant workers. Many companies therefore began to stop using the chemical in their products, replacing it with another ingredient called 2,3-pentanedione (PD), which is also used to impart a buttery flavor and aroma.

Now researchers have revealed that PD, too, can lead to respiratory toxicity similar to that caused by diacetyl. The chemical was also capable of pathologically altering the gene expression in rat brains, leading to neurotoxicity. The study’s lead researcher noted:

    “Our study is a reminder that a chemical with a long history of being eaten without any evidence of toxicity can still be an agent with respiratory toxicity when appropriate studies are conducted.”

Not to mention, perfluoroalkyls (PFCs), which are chemicals used to keep grease from leaking through food wrappers, are widely used in microwave-popcorn packaging. These chemicals migrate into your food and are processed by your body, where they can disrupt your endocrine system and affect your sex hormones. PFCs have been linked to infertility, thyroid disease, cancer, immune system problems, and more.

It’s obviouse we’re living in a world where we want things bigger and faster. That doesn’t always mean it’s healthier and better for us.

Source:
WHOLEfoods! Popcorn
University of Minnesota Study
Dr. Mercola – Buttered Popcorn Linked to Alzheimer’s
Study – Respiratory and olfactory cytotoxicity of inhaled 2,3-pentanedione

I Love My Farmers Market

Just a variety of vegetables I picked up at my farmers market

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Eggplant

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Purple Radish

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Green Leaf Lettuce

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Pumpkins of all varieties

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String Beans

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Cauliflower

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Radish

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Cauliflower

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Kale

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Carrots