Whole foods are foods in their most natural state -- foods that are unrefined and unprocessed. Whole foods usually do not contain added ingredients like salt, sugar or fat. Because whole foods retain most of their vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, including them in your diet can be extremely beneficial to your health.
At Back to Balance Natural Healing Center, we believe that there are numerous ways to bring our bodies back into balance to create good health. One of the most effective ways to support good health is through eating natural foods. Below you'll find information about whole foods, raw foods and organic food, how to use them and where you can find them.
Raw Food is exactly that - raw foods. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains eaten without being processed, cooked or chemically altered. When you eat raw food, you are getting the most nutrition possible from your food. For example, eating raw nuts provides you with more antioxidants than are found in nuts that have been roasted or dried (and don't have the extra additives and salt!). Many of our recipes feature raw foods - check them out and start to feel the benefits of eating food that still has life in it!
Otherwise known as the "Dirty Dozen." Below is the EWG (Environmental Working Group) list of the top twelve foods that are generally believed to carry the most pesticide residue. Of course it is preferable to eat all organic food - but since that is not always practical or possible, we've listed the top 12 choices for you here. Many people believe that eating even just these twelve foods organically can be extremely beneficial.
Dirty Dozen (buy these organic) (photo by By 3268zauber, via Wikimedia Commons)
- Nectarines – imported
- Grapes – imported
- Sweet bell peppers
- Blueberries – domestic
- Kale/collard greens
To download the EWG Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen List, click here.
Visit the EWG Dirty Dozen Website here.
- tastes like coffee but has no caffeine
- no acidity or bitterness
- sweetened with its own built-In fructose
- contains all the goodness of dandelions
- delicious iced
- dissolves instantly in hot or cold water
- can be used in any recipe which calls for instant coffee
Dandy Blend instant dandelion beverage is the only herbal coffee substitute in the United States that features both the health benefits of dandelion and the rich, full-bodied flavor, smoothness and texture of real coffee. Many say that, because it lacks bitterness and acidity, it actually tastes better than coffee.
A Most Versatile Beverage
One level teaspoon in eight ounces of water makes a delightful dandelion tea. A rounded teaspoon makes a beverage very similar to a full-bodied cup of instant coffee, and a heaping teaspoon to a full tablespoon makes an exquisite espresso-style beverage. It is so versatile that any type of gourmet coffee beverage made from it is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, and it can be used in any recipe requiring coffee as an ingredient. Dandy Blend tastes great served iced or hot, and dissolves instantly in both hot or cold liquids. This delicious herbal coffee is especially good made with milk or dairy alternatives and your favorite flavorings. Those using it to wean themselves from coffee report that the transition is seamless– no headaches, upset stomachs, jitters or other symptoms of withdrawal.
Dandy Blend is made from the totally water-soluble extracts of three roasted herb roots: dandelion, chicory and sugar beet- and two roasted grains – barley and rye. Nothing other than extracts of the three roasted roots and two roasted grains is in Dandy Blend. It is naturally sweetened by the fructose released from the breakdown of the storage starch inulin when the dandelion and chicory roots are roasted. Because all sweetening comes from substances in the roots, Dandy Blend is a low carbohydrate beverage, with only 1 gram of carbohydrate per cup. All ingredients have been chosen because of the health benefits historically associated with them. Every cup contains 630 mg. of dandelion and chicory extract.
In Dandy Blend, you are getting the best of all worlds! Nothing compares with it in flavor, ease of use, and health-promoting effectiveness. Try it, you'll like it.
Alphay coffee is infused with a proprietary blend of superfoods that promotes health and increased energy. It features the Lingzhi mushroom, known as the “Herb of Longevity” in China for more than 2,000 years. Click here for more ingredients and nutrition information.
Natural sweeteners can largely be defined as sweet foods from which the nutrients have not been removed by refinement processes. But a sugar is a sugar right? It depends on how you look at it. Many civilizations have thrived with a moderate amount of these delightfully sweet gifts from nature in their diet. Although derived from whole foods and nutrient-rich, these sweeteners do contain calories, and many will result in blood glucose fluctuations. For this reason some people, especially those who are highly prone to sugar cravings, may decide to avoid all sweet products. Philosophies are highly varied — use the information you have and remember, you know your body best!