We are so proud to be from Oregon. There are a plethora of great companies here that focus on being healthy and active, including some large, well-known international brands like Columbia Sportswear as well as small, family-owned artisan food and beverage companies like Minto Island Tea Company. If you're in need of some great gifts for the holidays, we have listed some of our Oregon favorites below.
Congratulations! You made it through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday in one piece! I don't know about you, but it always seems like this time of year just shows up without warning, and all of the sudden, I'm deep into shopping for gifts and writing out lists and planning meals and figuring out last minute holiday travel plans. Compound that with a lot of family time (in an election year... eeek) and the pressure to have your house decorated *just so* and it's no surprise that we can often feel a bit stressed out around the holiday season.
The "queen of greens" is nutritious and delicious. It is low in calories and has zero fat. It is high in fiber, iron (kale has more iron than beef), vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, folate and magnesium. It is a strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detox food.
Today, we bring you a delicious raw kale salad that is easy to put together. We're not sure where it came from (it was a handwritten copy in one of our recipe books at home), but it has been around a while and we can personally attest to its great taste!
It's true -- Halloween gets us a little spooked, and not just because of the zombies, vampires and ghosts! No, it's because of the S-word (Sugar!) and what it does to our little monsters. Cookies, cupcakes, candy corn, peanut butter cups, malted milk balls, and jolly ranchers... oh my! It's enough to make any parent squirm. So, how can you make Halloween healthier for your family, or for the trick-or-treaters coming to your door?
The health benefits of vitamin C have been known so long that sometimes this power-house antioxidant vitamin falls off the radar. But it can't be taken for granted; the body can't generate Vitamin C, so it has to be received into the body through food and supplements.
'Tis the season for carving pumpkins and you know what that means? No, we weren't thinking of trick-or-treating and getting candy (although, let's be honest - candy is delicious and there's a time and place for it). We were thinking of roasted pumpkin seeds!
The first week of fall has come and gone and the temperatures are cooling down (at least here in the Pacific Northwest). It's time to get out the long pants, the boots, and the sweaters (ooh, and scarves... they are the best!). It's also time to start making soups, specifically the best soup on the planet (we're not biased or anything): Curried Butternut Squash. We would even suggest lighting a fire in the fireplace before making this soup because fire in the fireplace + curried butternut squash soup = cozy bliss.
Many of us spend much of our days in a fairly sedentary position, which has negative impacts on our energy levels, circulation and range of motion. One of the simplest ways to improve all of these factors and to ensure a calm start to the day is to introduce some easy stretches to your morning routine. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and can reap many health benefits, not least of which is relaxed muscles and mind.