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Lunch Bunch: Quinoa is Back (and So Is the Heat!)

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One of the best things about the Whole Living offices is our gorgeous view of the Hudson River. Unfortunately, our proximity to the water also resulted in our office getting severely flooded during Hurricane Sandy. It's been a crazy few weeks for our staff (and many people in the region), but we're finally back in the office, complete with heat and electricity. This was definitely an occasion to give thanks for each other and a tasty lunch together.

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Warding Off the Storm

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What an intense last few weeks. Between the heartbreaking destruction from Sandy, an exciting election, and whatever else is happening right now (sunshine? snow?), I am most definitely feeling a little discombobulated. Oh, and I had a routine mammogram, too. Lovely. I imagine that is why the butternut squash appealed to me so in the market this morning. Big and solid, they looked like anchors, grounding that they are. Read More...

Meatless Monday: Wild Rice Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

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Parsley has long been known to take the corner seat on the edge of your plate, seen more as a garnish to highlight whatever is in the main meal. But I've grown to love its fresh, grassy flavor and I like using it as a main component when I'm cooking. The herb is also highly nutritious, containing high amounts of vitamins and antioxidant nutrients. I particularly enjoy the Italian flat-leafy variety; the leaves are more delicate than the curly ones and the taste less bitter. Read More...

Healthy Skin DIY: Soothing Milk Bath

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In search of a hostess gift? Consider whipping up some homemade milk bath satchels. Not only are these bags easy to make, but they also turn a simple bath into a luxurious skin-softening soak, says Trisha Shirey, the director of Flora and Fauna at Lake Austin Spa Resort.

To make the bags, you'll need muslin bath bags, like those by Elements Bath and Body, or cheese cloth and rubber bands.

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Freak-Out Fridays: Is Hand Sanitizer Unhealthy?

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Q: I use hand sanitizer all the time—probably a dozen times a day. My friend told me I could be hurting my immune system by never exposing it to germs, not to mention creating superbugs that are stronger than ever. Am I doing more harm than good?

Antimicrobial hand sanitizer seems to be everywhere these days! They're certainly convenient for cleaning your hands on the go, but they do come at a price. Many of these products contain an ingredient called triclosan, which is a synthetic, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that has been shown in studies to not only be a hormone disruptor but also to kill only “weak” bacteria and favor the tolerant and other lineages of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, therefore contributing to the mutating “super-bugs”. Read More...

Naturally Sweet: Candied Sweet Potato Fries

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Don't let the popular advice to "avoid potatoes" deter you from getting your fill of this season's sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with health benefits, such as blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammation, and antioxidant capacities. Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are also an incredible source of beta-carotene or vitamin A.

These candied fries are one of my favorite side dishes, but, more importantly, they are my kids favorite way to eat sweet potatoes. It makes me smile to think about all the good vitamins and minerals they are happily chowing down. Read More...