We’ve got a tasty vegan recipe for your weekend munching needs — and with only three ingredients it’s easy and doesn’t break the bank!
Spicy Tofu Bites
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Cut Firm Tofu into even squares
3. Toss Tofu with your favorite spicy buffalo wing sauce.
4. Sprinkle whole wheat bread crumbs and toss.
5. Lay evenly on foil lined and nonstick sprayed cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 45 minutes.
You’ve heard about the healing qualities of Copper right? Well, bronze is an mixture of metals including copper. For centuries copper rings, bracelets and necklaces have been worn for their medical properties to alleviate arthritis, and improve skin tone and clear up infections in the throat or eyes.
In ancient Egypt copper was used to purify the water, today hospitals (as in the door knobs) use copper to prevent the spread of disease and homeowners are getting into the fun with copper in their bathrooms and kitchens.
We liked how this Hardware store in Kentucky summed up the benefits.
A recent study at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, has shown that when hospitals switched to copper sink fixtures, toilet seats and push plates, the copper had 95% fewer germs on their surfaces. This study led to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registering copper and its alloys as the first solid materials as antimicrobial.
In early 2008, the EPA registered five groups of copper and copper alloys as antimicrobial, stating that when cleaned regularly, copper alloy surfaces kill more than 99.9% of several bacteria known to be harmful to humans within two hours. The organisms tested included:
- Staphylococcus aureus — also known as golden staph, this is the most common cause of staph infections.
- Escherichia coli O157:H7 — a strain of the bacterium Escherichia coli and a cause of food-borne illnesses.
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — a “superbug” bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans.
As we were looking into sources of iodine – an essential mineral key to thyroid function - strawberries (after sea vegetables and a couple of others) were high on the list. Hence with a nod to health, we present this delicious strawberry and lime soda, from chef Justin Everett of Murray Circle restaurant at Cavallo Point in Sausaliot. Of course a handful, of organic-fresh-from-the-garden berries would be healthier -but not nearly as much fun!
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
10 fresh strawberries
5 limes, juiced and zested
1K liter of soda water
In a medium-size pot, combine the water and sugar and heat until it boils. This becomes a simple syrup. Remove the syrup from the pot and cool in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, dice the strawberries into a large pitcher. Next zest the limes over the strawberries then squeeze all of the juice from the limes and add it to the pitcher. To finish, add the soda water and ice to the lime-and-strawberry mixture, then add syrup until you reach the desired sweetness. Stir well, and serve.
Somehow iodine, iodine, iodine has become the topic du jour around the lunch table at work. No big mystery as one of our friends is having a thyroid issue, which then created a sudden interest eating foods rich in iodine – the trace mineral essential in thyroid function. (And of course it’s touted as the first line of defense against the nuclear radiation fall out) Since, we don’t want to accidentally OD by taking tablets, like some people do. We set out to find the best dietary sources.
Duh! turns out iodized salt is a pretty easy thing to do… thanks Joseph A. Case for your detail-rich article.
And as it turns out seafood is naturally rich in iodine, including; cod, sea bass, haddock and perch. Kelp (one serving of kelp offers 4 times more than a daily minimum requirement) is the most common iodine-rich green source, while dairy products and plants grown in iodine-rich soil can provide a bit of this nutrient … we digress.
Keep it simple by snacking on it! While those Trader Joe’s seaweed snacks are pretty good – if you can find Seasnax dried seaweed (Whole Foods, some health food stores, online) … these seem to score a bit higher w/ the online health brigade because they use olive oil -not canola oil in the process. And according to their website, on average, 15 micrograms of iodine can be found in a full sheet of nori.
Just not into food from the sea? Here is a chart from The World’s Healthiest Foods on what they consider to be great sources of iodine.
Did we miss your favorite iodine-rich snack or meal? Please share in our comments.