Recipe for a Delicious Healthy Granola Bar with Chocolate

This granola recipe is inspired by a recipe from “Good to the Grain,” by Kim Boyce, with a few changes.

This is food that is vibrant and light, full of nutrients but by no means ascetic, fun to cook and a pleasure to eat.

Recipe ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter or canola oil, plus additional for the pan and for your hands

2 cups mixed flaked grain cereal or rolled oats

1/2 cup flaxseed meal Continue reading

Egg Cartons Claims Not Quite Truthful

Are the supposed “humanely-raised” eggs you buy from the grocery store really “natural” and “free-range”? What about the all-too-common claim made that eggs come from “cage-free” chickens? And what do all these terms actually mean in practical, legal terms? In a new study, Sheila Rodriguez from the Rutgers University School of Law asserts that many of these claims are both unsubstantiated and deceptive, and that consumers need to be aware of the dirty truth behind the eggs they buy.

“Most hens are packed eight or nine hens to a cage … [and the cages are] so small that [hens] are unable to stretch a wing,” she says in the report, which has been published  Continue reading

Hormones are not Responsible for Female or Male Brain

Prof. Rebecca Jordan-Young, who teaches women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Columbia University’s Barnard College for Women in Manhattan, once asked students of both sexes to watch the video of a basketball game and count how many times the ball changed hands. At the end of the film, she queried: “And who noticed the gorilla on the court?” No one had paid attention to the hairy interloper because they were so engrossed in looking for what they were expecting to see.

“Our expectations are very powerful,” says Jordan-Young in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on her first-ever visit to Israel. Jordan-Young’s lecture on her latest findings was held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s  Continue reading

Protect Your Mind

You don’t have to be plagued by forgetfulness, those annoying moments when you can’t quite remember where the car keys are or where your train of thought wandered to. Stimulate your brain with enjoyable mental activity, support it with the right nutrients and you can decline to succumb to a declining memory.

Most of us live a modern-day life filled to the brim with high-intensity schedules — juggling work, family, hobbies, exercise and appointments, plus often caring for older or younger generations of family members. And what’s worse, during these hectic times, we have all experienced momentary memory loss. We may forget the placement of keys or the main point of what we were just saying.

Research funded by the National Institute on Aging indicates age-related mental decline is not  Continue reading

The Importance of Magnesium

The essential element magnesium has important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A lack of it is associated with a wide range of medical problems, from heart irregularities to asthma. Unfortunately, because of our poor diets, many of us don’t get enough magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency is very common, especially in those who eat a Western diet high in red meats, fats, and sugars, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, carbonated sodas deplete the body’s supply of magnesium. Americans, both young and old, gulp down these dangerous sodas at a frantic pace. As many as 75 percent of Americans eat diets deficient in magnesium, and two-thirds of these people are significantly deficient.

Magnesium is critical for the healthy function of blood vessels as well as for every tissue and organ in the body. Consider some of its important functions:

• Produces energy Continue reading