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Corporate Nutritional Advice - Fail!

We have a program at work called "My Healthy Advantage" which is intended to help employees improve their health, and of course save the company money both in health insurance costs, and employee sick-time.

At the beginning of each year the program kicks off with a health screening at which you get weighed, height measured, BMI calculated, your blood pressure taken, and your finger pricked for cholesterol testing. Then you review your results with a practitioner, followed by which you are given a bag of goodies.

I was quite shocked by what was in the bag of goodies this year as it was all literature on nutrition. But if you were thinking the literature was Eat to Live, The China Study, and My Beef With Meat, or any of the other books on my recommended reading list, then like me, you were mistaken.

Rather it was 4 brochures published by the California Dairy Council with advice on how to incorporate more dairy into your and your children's diets, and two more booklets det…

Yummy Black Bean Recipe - Pineapple Rum Black Beans

Here's a black bean recipe that I prepared for lunch on the weekend. I had just cooked a big batch of black beans in my pressure cooker so turned to my copy of Kathy Hester's "The Great Vegan Bean Book" to find some ideas. I was hungry and wanted something extra tasty and satisfying to go with the big salad I was planning.

I guess you could say that the recipe is Caribbean/Cuban inspired as it has pineapple and rum in it. The cool thing is that I happened to have pineapple-flavored rum in my liquor cabinet, and I have no idea where it came from! At Hester's recommendation I also cooked her recipe for coconut lime mashed sweet potatoes on which I placed the beans.

Here's a picture I took to give you an idea of how it looked. I had already eaten half when I thought that I just had to share this recipe and needed a picture, so had to tidy up the plate a little bit for the photo. LOL!

Pineapple Rum Black Beans (p. 114 of "The Great Vegan Bean Book" by …

Cancer-Busting Anti-Oxidant DNA Repairing Smoothie Recipe

After watching the videos at the bottom of this post at NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel about the power of various berries and spices to boost anti-oxidant and anti-cancer action in the cells, I played around with things and came up with this smoothie recipe that includes many of the things that have been shown to reduce cancer risk and lower inflammation. The combination of ingredients sounds kind of weird, but actually it's very tasty.

Although I vary the ingredients somewhat on a day-to-day basis depending on what's in the fridge, I always include the following ingredients:

leafy greensbananabell pepperceleryground flax seedsturmericpumpkin seedssunflower seedscarrotsberries

So here's my recipe that I'm sure you will find is a delicious and healthy way to start your day. Consider my recipe as a starting point that you for your own smoothies.

By the way, green + red = brown, so don't be put off by the color of the smoothie.

The seeds make the smoothy rich and…