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Coffee Tea?! My Coffee Secret

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NCDT (National Coffee Data Trends) have reported that as much as 67% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis.  That amount increases to 75% when determining the amount of adults who drink coffee on a weekly basis.  One lesser know fact is that the global coffee market is expected to reach 182 billion by the year 2030.  What is it about that little dark bean, available in so many varieties, that cause people to be unable to go about their daily lives without it?  It must be the flavor as some people swear by coffees made in various countries.  If it's not Columbian or Jamaican coffee, some will not even touch the mug.  Then there are the coffee chain fan clubs who must have their daily Starbucks or Tim Horton's signature espresso in the morning.  Let's be real, the taste of coffee isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when dark.  Quite possibly, it may be the alertness that coffee provides after consumption which have some people hooked.   The alertness and

Is This the End for Daily Harvest?

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Daily Harvest took the superfood and health food industries by storm.  Every time you came across an ad in 2019-2020, it was for a Daily Harvest product.  Influencers and youtubers promoted Daily Harvest with all that was within them.  Some bragged how they loved the convenience of Daily Harvest and sold the masses on the idea that one could consume healthy food without having to do the work of sourcing and preparing it themselves. It was simple. Head right to the freezer, pull out a fonio grits bowl and dragonfuit smoothie and free up your time for other essential duties.   What Happened at Daily Harvest One thing is sure: Daily Harvest is a marketing force to be reckoned with.  They used various methods to market and won over a vast customer base which includes celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and chef Bobby Flay.  Not only that, they managed to keep their customers and became so successful that they received a valuation between $1B-$10B.  Currently, the tides have changed. Daily

The Healthiest Vegetable in the World

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Move over kale and broccoli. There’s a new vegetable star in town!! The CDC (US Center for Disease Control and Prevention) announced that watercress is the world’s healthiest vegetable. Complete nutritional profile scores for vegetables range from 1-100.  Watercress scored a perfect 100. What’s So Special about Watercress? The scientific name of watercress is Lepidium Sativum.  This powerhouse leafy vegetable has a fresh, peppery flavor.  It has a deep rich green appearance with long slender stems.  It was first commercially cultivated in England by horticulturalist, William Bradberry, in 1808.  Watercress has also been used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments.  Native Americans used it to treat kidney diseases and to help alleviate constipation. The Turkish used it as a drug to treat stomach pain and Iranian traditional medicine administered it as an antidiabetic solution (Panahi Kokhdan et al., 2021).  Ancient Persians and Romans believed watercress was an aphrodisiac.  Ind

The Science is Very Clear On which Diet is Better for the Environment

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There’s no question that the meat production industry has an extremely negative impact on the health of our planet.  Research has proven that one’s carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 73% (Poore & Nemecek, 2018). Green Lifestyle Organization’s Beef and Meat Free Environmental Initiative was created with this knowledge in mind.  Not only are meat and animal emissions effecting the environment in a harmful way, there are also many health risks associated with excessive meat and animal consumption.   Fad diets such as the keto diet, which incorporate heavy and excessive animal and dairy consumption are not beneficial to environment nor to the body.  Eating a keto diet raises the risk of increased LDL cholesterol levels and artery blockages as proven through research conducted by the American College of Cardiology. More studies have been conducted which have contributed to the body of knowledge concerning the benefits of eating a plant based diet where climate change is a pri

The New Beyond Steak: Green News Guide Reviews

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The new meatless steak by Beyond Meat is a hot item.  I can count at least two times where I intended to purchase Beyond Meat’s new meatless steak and it was completely out of stock in both stores.  I am going to give you the real deal nitty gritty about Beyond Steak.   When I first heard about Beyond Meat’s new steak and looked at a picture of the package, I thought, “hmmmm….will this be similar to the taste of Gardein’s beefless tips?" They do look kind of similar to each other.  Even though I have used Gardein’s beefless steak in various recipes, I’m not sold out about the taste.  That product has somewhat of a cardboard taste (not gonna lie)!  When I finally got my hands on Beyond Meat’s Steak courtesy of Amazon Fresh, I instantly thought about the recipe that I would use it for.  I decided to do a seared mixup with some peppers and onions on top a bed of fluffy rice.  I was pleasantly surprised at how great Beyond Steak tastes as well as how similar the texture is to real ste

What Research Has Revealed about Medicinal Mushrooms

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What Research Has Revealed about Medicinal Mushrooms Introduction The branch of medicine that involves the consumption of foods as medicine is called Functional Medicine or or the new scientific discipline of “functional food science.”  The father of medicine, Hippocrates, once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.” There are many healing and health benefits that can be achieved when consuming certain foods.  The nutritional value of mushrooms is high due to the amount of minerals, protein and vitamins like D2, C, B that they contain.   Mushrooms are antiinflueza, anti-inflammatory, anticancerous, antiinfective, antidiabetic and antimicrobial (Elkhateeb, Daba, Thomas & Wen, 2019; Ganeshpurkar, Rai & Jain, 2010; Sabaratnam et al., 2013).  If one is looking for the richest source to aid in relief of these types of conditions, they should look no further than the medicinal mushroom.  People in countries of Asia (Japan, Korea, China) and eastern Russia have wid

Water Taste Test Featuring Kangen, Fiji, Essentia, Smart Water, Dasani & Poland Spring

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I’ve been wanting to complete a water taste test to compare water brands with Kangen alkaline water and finally decided I’d complete one today. The purpose was to see which brand has the best, purest and the smoothest taste.  Both premium and standard water brands were selected.  The water brands I selected are Fiji Artesian Water, Glaceau Smart Water   Alkaline , Essentia Water, Dasani purified water, and Poland Spring.     Just for some background, I drink Kangen Alkaline water religiously but if I’m out and about and do not have Kangen on hand, I’ll likely purchase Essentia or Fiji water.     The results that I received were not extremely shocking! Instead they confirmed my original thoughts about these various waters.     At first, I drank a small bit of each water starting with Poland Spring water, then Dasani, Essentia, Smart Water Alkaline and Fiji Water.   My sentiments about the taste and smoothness of each of the waters are below. Fiji Artesian Water   Fiji Water claims to h

Lower Cholesterol and Hypertension by Going Plant Based

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Last year, the Dr. Oz show spearheaded a 21 day vegan challenge experiment to examine the effects that going meat free had on people’s bodies.  Four meat and dairy loving women participated in the challenge. Before they began the challenge, the women were ordered to go to bio reference labs for blood work to determine their initial blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels. The women experienced some challenges as the foods that they usually ate were swapped out for a meatless substitute.   One woman had an issue with the taste of the dairy free half and half that she started using in her coffee while another experienced a challenge preparing food separately for her family who are meat eaters.  By week three, the women began experiencing changes in their bodies rather quickly.  One woman experienced significantly less aches and pain, more energy and weight loss. Dr. Oz discussed the results of the women’s health markers after completing the challenge and they were pretty significan