Vegan Coconut Cream Parfait

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By Ali Wetherbee

This Coconut Cream Parfait, adapted from a recipe by Celebrity Vegan Chef Jason Wrobel, is a fresh, delicious, easy breakfast, light lunch, or dessert. The coconut provides healthy fats and nutrients, while the protein powder adds lots of raw, plant-based protein and essential amino acids. With no added sugar, no grains, and no animal products, this is great for vegetarians, vegans, those following Paleo, dairy-free, or gluten-free diets, and anyone who is lactose intolerant. Plus, it looks beautiful, and would be a perfect  dessert to bring to your next party or potluck!

Vegan Coconut Cream Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups coconut meat
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground vanilla
  • 5 drops liquid Stevia
  • 2 Tbsp Sunwarrior Warrior Blend, Sun Warrior Classic, or Perfect Plant Protein protein powder
  • 3-4 seasonal fruits, peeled and chopped: mango, strawberries, blueberries, blood oranges, blackberries, passion fruit, or any other favorites

Method:

  1. If you are using a whole coconut, make holes at the eyes using a screwdriver and hammer, and invert over a bowl to drain and save all the liquid. Then tap all the way around with the hammer to create a hairline crack down the middle. Split open and break into smaller pieces. Wedge a knife between the meat and the shell and twist slightly to pop the shell off each piece.
  2. Mix the first five ingredients in a blender on low speed.
  3. Continue blending until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.
  4. Add the Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein powder and blend until well combined. This is your coconut cream base.
  5. Spoon a layer of the coconut cream base in the bottom of individual jars or a parfait dish.
  6. Add a layer of fruit, and continue alternating layers of cream & fruit.
  7. Garnish with fresh berries or a sprig of mint.
  8. Eat immediately — this dish does not store well.

 

Mandatory GMO Labeling Legislation Passed in Vermont!

By Ali Wetherbee

Don't you wish it was this easy to spot GMOs in our food?

For many of us, wandering around the grocery store trying to find healthy, minimally-processed, organic foods with acceptable ingredients is quite the challenge. How many times have you gotten halfway down a list of ingredients only to see “partially hydrogenated soybean oil” or “high fructose corn syrup” and put the item back on the shelf? It’s like walking through a minefield! We are also on the lookout for genetically modified ingredients, but since most foods are not labeled, we simply have to guess. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to turn over a package and clearly see “genetically engineered corn” in the ingredients list? In Vermont, this will soon be a reality!

First GMO Labeling Law Passed in Vermont

Last month, Vermont passed the first “no strings attached” GMO labeling law, H.112. By July 1, 2016, all genetically engineered products sold in Vermont must be labeled. In addition, foods labeled “natural” or “all natural” cannot have genetically modified ingredients. The passing of this law was the result of a grassroots campaign which garnered out of state support from companies including Mercola, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, and the Organic Consumers’ Fund. This is landmark legislation that may pave the way for the rest of the country to follow suit.

According to Paul Burns, executive director of Vermont Public Interest Research Group, “By passing this law with no strings attached, Vermont has sent a message out loud and clear: that no company – no matter how big, no matter how rich, no matter how powerful – can deny you the right to know what’s in your food.” However, those big companies will be fighting back. Since 2012, Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have successfully attacked GMO labeling legislation in over 30 states. Now they are rallying against Vermont’s new law and suing the state in federal court. Vermont, however, is ready with a “food fight” legal defense fund, and is predicted to win.

Progress Across the Country

Vermont isn’t the only area making strides against GMOs. Two counties in Oregon’s Rogue Valley just passed bans against the growing of genetically modified crops. About a dozen counties across the country have already banned GMO crops, but the bans in Oregon are noteworthy because, unlike most of the other areas where bans have passed, these counties in Oregon actually had GMO crops growing before the ban. Those who grow genetically modified crops now have one year to either harvest or destroy them, or face penalties. Experts expect these bans to end up in court.

In national news, the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment to the FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill which would require labeling of genetically engineered salmon. This bill will hit the Senate floor soon. Aqua Bounty has already bred AquAdvantage, a genetically engineered salmon, which is under its final stage of FDA review. Almost 2 million Americans have sent messages to the FDA voicing opposition against what will be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.

More than 30 states are working on GMO labeling legislation. Connecticut and Maine have already passed labeling laws that will take effect if enough neighboring states enact similar legislation. Worldwide, 61 countries require labeling of genetically modified food, and 27 countries have already banned GMOs.

Top GMO Crops

GMO labeling could mean we wind up shelving more items than we’d ever imagined. Sixty to seventy percent of processed foods contain GMO ingredients. In the U.S., the top genetically-modified crops are corn, soy, and sugar beets. More than 88% of corn and 94% of soy grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. Squash, zucchini, papaya, and canola and cottonseed oils are also heavily genetically modified. Genetically modified bacteria has been synthesized into rBGH, a hormone used in cows to increase production of milk and dairy products. While no fish, eggs, and meat currently available for human consumption are genetically modified, most are raised on genetically modified feed.

Brands to Boycott

What can we do as consumers? One effective tactic is to boycott those fighting against GMO legislation. The companies involved even come cloaked in “natural” or “organic” disguises — the brands below are actually owned by Grocery Manufacturers Association members. These are some of the brands to boycott. You can download the Buycott App to scan & check products when you’re at the store.

Brands that are fighting against GMO labeling:

  • IZZE, Naked Juice, Simply Frito-Lay, and Starbucks Frappuccino are owned by PepsiCo.
  • Honest Tea and Odwalla are owned by Coca-Cola.
  • Gerber Organic and Sweet Leaf tea are owned by Nestle.
  • Simply Asia and Thai Kitchen are owned by McCormick.
  • Boca Burgers and Green and Black’s are owned by Kraft/Mondelez.
  • Cascadian Farm, Larabar, and Muir Glen are owned by General Mills.
  • Alexia and Pam organic cooking sprays are owned by ConAgra.
  • Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Kashi, and Morningstar Farms are owned by Kelloggs.
  • Plum Organics and Wolfgang Puck organic soups are owned by Campbells.
  • Dagoba is owned by Hersheys.
  • RW Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic, and Smuckers Organic are owned by Smuckers.
  • Earthgrain bread is owned by Bimbo Bakeries.
  • Burts Bees is owned by Clorox.

GMO-Free Brands

There are safe food products and supplements available. Many companies have pledged to avoid GMOs and are actively supporting labeling laws. These include:

This is not an all-inclusive list, so be sure to verify companies you frequently purchase from. The Institute for Responsible Technology & The Non-GMO Project have compiled a shopping guide of many GMO-free companies, available online or and on the iPhone App Store. When in doubt, opt for organic, because certified organic foods by law cannot contain GMOs.

Heavy Metals Found in Rice Protein Powder

By Ali Wetherbee

Heavy Metals – Limits & Amounts in Common Foods
It was just over a year ago that the FDA announced its findings of arsenic in rice. Further studies determined that the arsenic levels were too low to present immediate health concerns. The FDA also stressed that arsenic occurs naturally in water and soil, and more research will be needed to assess the long-term health risks. Following this news, Mike Adams of Natural News conducted a study measuring the heavy metal content of various protein powders. What he found was alarmingly high levels of tungsten, lead and cadmium, in several popular rice protein powders. The dangers appear to be limited to only rice proteins; other types of protein powders tested did not show significant heavy metal content.Immediately, SunWarrior and Garden of Life partnered up with Natural News to develop and implement strict industry standards for heavy metals in rice protein powders. They have committed to reaching these standards by July 1, 2015, and have invited other protein powder companies to sign onto this agreement to improve product safety.

Is Perfect Supplements Perfect Plant Protein Safe?

Perfect supplements uses a variety of plants including brown rice in it’s Perfect Plant Protein Powder. For this reason alone, it will have less arsenic than protein powders that use rice protein as the main form of protein. But, they also test every batch to be sure their rice protein is well under the arsenic limits set by the FDA, EPA, USP, WHO and EU. It tested at 2.3 mcg per serving, which is less than the allowable for an 8 oz glass of drinking water.

Heavy metals are naturally-occurring in everyday foods

It is important to note that heavy metals occur naturally to some extent in most foods. Only heavily processed foods that have been stripped of all vitamins and minerals approach heavy metal contents of zero. A sweet potato, for example, in an FDA study, contained 7.26mcg lead, 2.04mcg cadmium, and 2.95mcg arsenic. This is naturally-occurring, organic metal content, which differs from the more dangerous inorganic metals resulting from industrial contamination and pollution. In the same FDA study, rice contained less lead and cadmium, but more arsenic (14.51mcg, which is 9.7% of the FDA daily limit) than sweet potato. Tuna, on the other hand, contained 163.63mcg arsenic, which slightly exceeds FDA limits, so the exposure via rice is modest by comparison. Micrograms are small – one millionth of a gram – and levels in these amounts are unavoidable in natural, healthy, minimally-processed foods. This is true of both non-organic and organic foods, and because the USDA places no limits on metal content of certified organic foods, and produce grown in heavily contaminated areas or watered with polluted water can still be certified organic even with higher levels of metal contaminants.

Rice protein is still a great protein

Rice protein is an ideal protein source for those with allergies, intolerance, or digestive issues, as well as those on dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan diets. It contains essential amino acids, vitamins B and E, fiber and carbohydrates, without the fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium of other protein sources. It is hypoallergenic and easy to digest. Rice protein has been shown in a University of Tampa study to be identical to whey in strength and muscle building and exercise recovery. It doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes and can prevent storage of body fat.

In light of the uncertainty regarding SunWarrior Classic, which rice powder can I use instead?

We recommend switching to Perfect Plant Protein Powder to ensure you are getting the healthiest, safest rice protein available. Perfect Supplements tests every single lot of protein powders they produce and makes the results available to the public. These powders are consistently well below USP limits for heavy metals.

 

Detox 101: Top Five Ways To Detoxify Your Body For the New Year

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January is the most popular month of the year for Cleanses and Detox Diets.  It’s no wonder why:  the beginning of a new year has the wonderful feeling of starting fresh, beginning anew, and making changes for the better.  Doesn’t it feel amazing to just let go?

As with anything that reaches the realm of the popular, though, all this talk about Detox can get pretty confusing.  You may be wondering, what exactly should I be detoxifying?  What do I need to cleanse?  What do I have to gain or to lose?  Since we love a good detox, we thought it was important to remove the veil of mystery from this particular topic, and to share some of our favorite natural tools to detoxify the body and clear the mind.

What Is Detox?

Detoxification is a natural process whereby your organs and immune system process and eliminate toxins from your body.  It is the digestive system eliminating waste, the lymphatic system filtering bacteria from lymph fluid, and the kidneys filtering toxins from the blood.  Detox is a part of every living cell in the body.  So, if it is such a natural process, why do we need to help it along?

 Because our bodies were not designed to live like this.

We work too hard, we eat too much, too little, or just the wrong things.  Our world is polluted, from the air we breathe to the water we drink and the soil we use to grow our crops.  This world is just too toxic for the human body to to detoxify on its own.

What Can We Do To Detoxify Our Bodies?

So many things!  Detox is not necessarily about weight loss, energy boost, cleaning the colon, or preventing cancer (although those are some pretty enticing benefits).  Listed below are easy things you can do daily to help your body eliminate toxins naturally. Detox is about the same feeling you are given after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve:  a clean slate, a fresh start, and the opportunity to begin anew.

Top 5 Ways To Detox:

  1. Drink more pure water.  If you do nothing else, this one step can move mountains in terms of boosting your physical health and removing toxins from your body.  The National Institute of Health estimates that 48% of the adult population of the United States is chronically dehydrated.  Water plumps up the body’s tissues, creating an internal space that allows blood platelets to separate and for trapped toxins to wash away.  Filtered water, which is free of bacteria, pesticides, and other contaminants, is best.
  2. Infuse your drinks with chlorophyll!  Adding a 3 gram scoop a day of Chlorella powder to your morning smoothie or juice will infuse your body with 90 mg of bioavailable Chlorophyll.  This all-natural plant-derived greens powder is proven to bind to metals, assisting with heavy-metal detox.  Our favorite is Perfect Chlorella.
  3. Try a fulvic/humic acid mineral cleanse.  Fulvic and humic acid are proven to remove toxic metals from the blood, speeding up biochemical reactions, unblocking lymphatic passageways, and preventing cognitive impairment.  Products such as GHC’s Zeotrex are easy to add to your daily routine without making sweeping dietary changes.
  4. Colloidal Silver is a simple, relatively inexpensive, and perfectly safe method for detox.  It is non-toxic, but an effective method of destroying toxic organisms, bacteria, viruses, and even free radicals.  Sovereign Silver Bioactive Silver Hydrosol is Nourishing World’s recommendation for a safe, effective Colloidal Silver Detox.
  5. Bentonite clay is volcanic ash that binds to toxins in our body so they can be easily eliminated. All over the globe and for centuries, many cultures have been using bentonite clay to promote healing and overall good health. We like Sonne’s #7 Bentonite Clay Detoxificant because it is rich in minerals and free from impurities.

Stay tuned for more information on detox, specific detox diets tailored to your needs, and more information on how to stay healthy and toxin-free.  If you’re ready to get started on a detox plan now, try the 3 Day Detox Jumpstart from Dr. Oz and Dr. Junger, of the Clean Detox Plan.

Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet: The New Year’s Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Method Part 1

Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet:  Enjoy Your Two Week Rapid Weight Loss!

Kickstart your Dr. Oz Two-Week Rapid Weight-Loss Diet here with these great supplements from Dr. Oz’s Shopping LIst.

 

by Colleen Russell

Last week, Dr. Oz announced his new 2 week diet plan; the Dr. Oz Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet.  We love a diet plan that comes with positive testimonials, and this one already has hundreds of success stories.  In addition to the January 6, 2014 audience, a group whose two-week weight loss totals averaged 9 pounds, Dr. Oz said that his entire staff was using the 2 week diet with great success.  Weight loss is not the only benefit of this diet plan, though.  Following the strict regimen of daily breakfast smoothies, healthy eating, and detox drinks can reportedly drastic decrease in decrease problems related to diabetes, food sensitivities, and even chronic pain.

According to Dr. Oz, “if you stick to this for two weeks, it can change everything.”

 Can You Commit Two Weeks to Weight Loss?

After a holiday season ripe with overeating, you may be feeling sluggish, bloated, and gassy.  Now that we have started a fresh new year, are you ready to commit just two weeks to rapid weight loss?  Dr. Oz spent an entire year researching the “top diets with the latest science.” in order to bring us the Dr. Oz Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet.  Drawing inspiration from best-selling books Ultra Simple Diet, Wheat Belly, and The Grain Brain Oz came up with a 3-part plan for detoxing and cleansing the body.  I’m not going to tell you that it will be easy, but I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

Dr. Oz says “I want everyone at home to jump on board.”

How Does the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet Work?

  1. The first step of the Dr. Oz 2 week diet plan is to eliminate foods that are making you “sick and fat.”   This is, by all accounts, the hardest part.   Dr. Oz brought audience members on stage to recount their experiences, and the consensus was that the first two days are tough, but the cravings begin to dissipate on the third day.

    1. No Wheat

    2. No sweeteners

    3. No sugars (including alcohol!)

    4. No coffee or caffeine. (green tea ok)

    5. No dairy (except for greek yogurt)

  2. Eat an unlimited amount of low-glycemic index vegetables from the list below.  Drink an unlimited amount of Detox Broth from the recipe below.  (Or use greens powder for an easy-to-make equivalent!)

  3. Take a daily regimen of probiotics and and multivitamins to help propel weight loss.

How Can I Lose Weight Rapidly with a 2 Week Diet?

According to Dr. Oz, we are all guilty of eating foods that are making us sick and fat.  To make matters worse, these foods are so addictive that we crave them!   It turns out that it’s not our “lack of will-power” that is making us continue to eat the wrong things.  Removing items from our diet that are causing negative health effects detoxifies the gut and gives us the control to make the right choices.

  • Eliminating wheat, a food source that causes inflammation, helps to ease cravings.

  • Eliminating artificial sweeteners and sugars, components that stimulate the brain to want more, helps to make us feel satisfied without sugars.

  • Eliminating coffee, a beverage often consumed with sugar and cream, removes empty calories and fat.  It also stops the snack trigger and hormonal shift noticed by many coffee drinkers.

  • Eliminating dairy removes a common food allergen which is often the culprit of inflammation.

These changes help your body do the right thing, changing your habits, and removing your cravings.  The result is rapid weight loss in only 2 weeks!

Why should I try the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet?

You should try the Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet if you want to lose weight fast!  It is an affordable diet and proven successful plan for changing dietary habits, eating well, and losing those extra holiday pounds!  A lot of people are looking for a way to make good on a New Years’ Resolution to lose weight in 2014, and the benefits that can be reaped from the Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet are pretty enticing.

So, how difficult will it be to implement the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet?  The good news is that, by all accounts, it’s smooth sailing after the first two days, when cravings subside and the plan is in motion.  And if you are starting out your 2 weeks all stocked up on the essentials, you are committed and ready to be successful.  So, block two weeks off on your calendar, order your supplements, and head to the grocery store for your low-glycemic-index vegetables.

What will I need for the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet?

Recommended All Natural Supplements:

*In Lieu of Dr. Oz Detox Broth, this nutrient equivalent is easy to scoop, shake, and serve!

Tune in for Part 2 of the Dr. Oz Weight Loss Diet for the Dr. Oz Breakfast Smoothie Recipe, Detox Broth Recipe, and details on the foods you can eat during your 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet!

Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet: The New Year's Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Method Part 1

Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet:  Enjoy Your Two Week Rapid Weight Loss!

Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet

by Colleen Russell

Last week, Dr. Oz announced his new 2 week diet plan; the Dr. Oz Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet.  We love a diet plan that comes with positive testimonials, and this one already has hundreds of success stories.  In addition to the January 6, 2014 audience, a group whose two-week weight loss totals averaged 9 pounds, Dr. Oz said that his entire staff was using the 2 week diet with great success.  Weight loss is not the only benefit of this diet plan, though.  Following the strict regimen of daily breakfast smoothies, healthy eating, and detox drinks can reportedly drastic decrease in decrease problems related to diabetes, food sensitivities, and even chronic pain.

According to Dr. Oz, “if you stick to this for two weeks, it can change everything.”

 Can You Commit Two Weeks to Weight Loss?

After a holiday season ripe with overeating, you may be feeling sluggish, bloated, and gassy.  Now that we have started a fresh new year, are you ready to commit just two weeks to rapid weight loss?  Dr. Oz spent an entire year researching the “top diets with the latest science.” in order to bring us the Dr. Oz Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet.  Drawing inspiration from best-selling books Ultra Simple Diet, Wheat Belly, and The Grain Brain Oz came up with a 3-part plan for detoxing and cleansing the body.  I’m not going to tell you that it will be easy, but I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

Dr. Oz says “I want everyone at home to jump on board.”

How Does the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet Work?

  1. The first step of the Dr. Oz 2 week diet plan is to eliminate foods that are making you “sick and fat.”   This is, by all accounts, the hardest part.   Dr. Oz brought audience members on stage to recount their experiences, and the consensus was that the first two days are tough, but the cravings begin to dissipate on the third day.

    1. No Wheat

    2. No sweeteners

    3. No sugars (including alcohol!)

    4. No coffee or caffeine. (green tea ok)

    5. No dairy (except for greek yogurt)

  2. Eat an unlimited amount of low-glycemic index vegetables from the list below.  Drink an unlimited amount of Detox Broth from the recipe below.  (Or use greens powder for an easy-to-make equivalent!)

  3. Take a daily regimen of probiotics and and multivitamins to help propel weight loss.

How Can I Lose Weight Rapidly with a 2 Week Diet?

According to Dr. Oz, we are all guilty of eating foods that are making us sick and fat.  To make matters worse, these foods are so addictive that we crave them!   It turns out that it’s not our “lack of will-power” that is making us continue to eat the wrong things.  Removing items from our diet that are causing negative health effects detoxifies the gut and gives us the control to make the right choices.

  • Eliminating wheat, a food source that causes inflammation, helps to ease cravings.

  • Eliminating artificial sweeteners and sugars, components that stimulate the brain to want more, helps to make us feel satisfied without sugars.

  • Eliminating coffee, a beverage often consumed with sugar and cream, removes empty calories and fat.  It also stops the snack trigger and hormonal shift noticed by many coffee drinkers.

  • Eliminating dairy removes a common food allergen which is often the culprit of inflammation.

These changes help your body do the right thing, changing your habits, and removing your cravings.  The result is rapid weight loss in only 2 weeks!

Why should I try the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet?

You should try the Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet if you want to lose weight fast!  It is an affordable diet and proven successful plan for changing dietary habits, eating well, and losing those extra holiday pounds!  A lot of people are looking for a way to make good on a New Years’ Resolution to lose weight in 2014, and the benefits that can be reaped from the Dr. Oz 2 Week Diet are pretty enticing.

So, how difficult will it be to implement the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet?  The good news is that, by all accounts, it’s smooth sailing after the first two days, when cravings subside and the plan is in motion.  And if you are starting out your 2 weeks all stocked up on the essentials, you are committed and ready to be successful.  So, block two weeks off on your calendar, order your supplements, and head to the grocery store for your low-glycemic-index vegetables.

What will I need for the Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet?

Recommended All Natural Supplements:

*In Lieu of Dr. Oz Detox Broth, this nutrient equivalent is easy to scoop, shake, and serve!

Tune in for Part 2 of the Dr. Oz Weight Loss Diet for the Dr. Oz Breakfast Smoothie Recipe, Detox Broth Recipe, and details on the foods you can eat during your 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss Diet!