Fungus: Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake Mushroom

Medicinal mushrooms have an established history of use in traditional oriental therapies. Contemporary research has validated and documented much of the ancient knowledge. Over the last three decades, the interdisciplinary fields of science that study medicinal mushrooms has sprung up and has increasingly demonstrated the potent and unique properties of compounds extracted from a range of species. Currently, the field is being developed into a very fruitful area. Modern clinical practice in Japan, China, Korea and other Asian countries rely on mushroom-derived preparations. Mushrooms have been studied for nutritional and medical purposes for its various potential anti-tumoral and immunomodulatory components like polysaccharides that have been identified. Continue reading “Fungus: Shiitake Mushroom”

Ultimate Protein Mix Review

We took a look at over 50 protein mixes provided only by multi-level marketing (MLM aka direct sales or network marketing) companies. This is one of the largest MLM Protein Mix reviews available. Below we offer detailed information about how we gathered the information, the criteria used for scoring, and other important details. Keep in mind the review is for one type of product and just because they may have one product that did not score so well does not mean the company does not have other high quality products. Some companies put their focus on this type of product and others focus on other types. Note that every product began with 100 points and the point values were based strictly on the ingredients and nutritional facts for their suggested serving size. Continue reading “Ultimate Protein Mix Review”

Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 2

We took a look at over 50 protein mixes provided only by multi-level marketing (MLM aka direct sales or network marketing) companies. This is one of the largest MLM Protein Mix reviews available. Below we offer detailed information about how we gathered the information, the criteria used for scoring, and other important details. Keep in mind the review is for one type of product and just because they may have one product that did not score so well does not mean the company does not have other high quality products. Some companies put their focus on this type of product and others focus on other types. Note that every product began with 100 points and the point values were based strictly on the ingredients and nutritional facts for their suggested serving size. Continue reading “Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 2”

Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 3

We took a look at over 50 protein mixes provided only by multi-level marketing (MLM aka direct sales or network marketing) companies. This is one of the largest MLM Protein Mix reviews available. Below we offer detailed information about how we gathered the information, the criteria used for scoring, and other important details. Keep in mind the review is for one type of product and just because they may have one product that did not score so well does not mean the company does not have other high quality products. Some companies put their focus on this type of product and others focus on other types. Note that every product began with 100 points and the point values were based strictly on the ingredients and nutritional facts for their suggested serving size. Continue reading “Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 3”

Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 4

We took a look at over 50 protein mixes provided only by multi-level marketing (MLM aka direct sales or network marketing) companies. This is one of the largest MLM Protein Mix reviews available. Below we offer detailed information about how we gathered the information, the criteria used for scoring, and other important details. Keep in mind the review is for one type of product and just because they may have one product that did not score so well does not mean the company does not have other high quality products. Some companies put their focus on this type of product and others focus on other types. Note that every product began with 100 points and the point values were based strictly on the ingredients and nutritional facts for their suggested serving size. Continue reading “Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 4”

Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 5

We took a look at over 50 protein mixes provided only by multi-level marketing (MLM aka direct sales or network marketing) companies. This is one of the largest MLM Protein Mix reviews available. Below we offer detailed information about how we gathered the information, the criteria used for scoring, and other important details. Keep in mind the review is for one type of product and just because they may have one product that did not score so well does not mean the company does not have other high quality products. Some companies put their focus on this type of product and others focus on other types. Note that every product began with 100 points and the point values were based strictly on the ingredients and nutritional facts for their suggested serving size. Continue reading “Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 5”

Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 6

We took a look at over 50 protein mixes provided only by multi-level marketing (MLM aka direct sales or network marketing) companies. This is one of the largest MLM Protein Mix reviews available. Below we offer detailed information about how we gathered the information, the criteria used for scoring, and other important details. Keep in mind the review is for one type of product and just because they may have one product that did not score so well does not mean the company does not have other high quality products. Some companies put their focus on this type of product and others focus on other types. Note that every product began with 100 points and the point values were based strictly on the ingredients and nutritional facts for their suggested serving size. Continue reading “Ultimate Protein Mix Review Part 6”

Plant: Garlic

 

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Garlic has been used for centuries as a culinary spice and medicinal herb. Garlic has been cultivated in the Middle East for more than 5,000 years and has been an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The region with the largest commercial garlic production is central California. China is also a supplier of commercial garlic. The bulb is used medicinally. Continue reading “Plant: Garlic”

Paleo Chocolate Avocado Cake

Chocolate Avocado Cake

This is one of our all time, favorite recipes. The texture and taste of this cake is seriously moist and heavenly! You'll never miss the dairy or processed sugars! At least, we don't think you will. Plus, it is super quick and easy to make! Win-win, right?!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Cooling Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 slices

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • 3 med ripe avocados, mashed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Frosting

  • 2 med ripe avocados, mashed
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a food processor combine all of the cake ingredients until smooth.
  • Lightly coat a 9-inch cake pan with coconut oil, pour in cake batter, and bake for 25-35 minutes until a knife or toothpick comes out with crumbs but not batter. Watch for the sides to pull away from the pan but be careful because this can go from done to overdone very fast. Length of time will depend on your oven and altitude so watch it carefully the first time you make it and note the time it is finished. We advise checking it starting at the 20 minute mark and then recheck every 5 minutes or so from there.
  • Very important to let the cake cool completely before frosting.
  • Combine all frosting ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Do not skip this next part, allow frosting ingredients to chill covered, in the refrigerator, for at least 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator, stir gently, then frost cake as normal.
  • Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator, covered. Cake will keep about 2-3 days but just note is much better on the day it is made.
    What we did for the pictured cake:
    We made three batches of cake and baked them in this 9-inch bundt pan, one cake at a time, if you have three pans you can do them all at once.
  • After the cakes cooled completely, we frosted the top of one (don't frost the very top yet), and then stacked the next cake, frosting the top of this one and then adding the final (third) cake on top (but we did not frost the top of this one yet).
  • We then filled the middle with organic fresh sliced strawberries.
  • Finally, we frosted the top of the cake, covering the middle, and then used a potato peeler to top with peelings of this organic, fair-trade chocolate bar.
  • NOTES
    *If you can find a sunflower, raw, local honey, grab it up! We love using sunflower honey for its mild flavor.
    *We have not tried to substitute any ingredients so we cannot tell you if a substitute would work. However, if you try one and it works, come back and let us know. One of our readers may need your substitution work around!
    *If you make this cake, be sure to come back and share a picture with us! We'd love to see it. Let us know what you think.
Keyword Avocado, Cake, Chocolate, Grain Free
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Plant: Cayenne Pepper

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Taxonomists have only recently begun to agree regarding classification of the domesticated species of Capsicum. Although five species are described, only two, C. annuum and C. frutescens have any significance commercially in the U.S.A. Of the two, C. annuum is the most important domesticated species in the U.S.A. The only C. frutescens pepper of any significance is Tabasco. The Tabasco pepper is difficult to cross with C. annuum types. Hot peppers may belong to any of above species and others. The C. chinense varieties, Habanero and Scotch Bonnet, are considered the hottest. Continue reading “Plant: Cayenne Pepper”