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How to Amplify the Benefits of Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body.  It’s in your muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, organs, blood vessels, skin, intestinal lining, and other connective tissues1.  Think of collagen as the glue that holds your body together!  I started to increase my collagen intake a few years ago.  Initially, it was to support my bones, but I have noticed …

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Butternut Squash Chili with Bison

Autumn is here, and I always manage to stockpile a variety of squash. Butternut squash is one of my favorites, and this soup is by far my favorite recipe!   Squash has always been highly valued and widely cultivated by indigenous people in the Americas.  The name “Squash” comes from the Narragansett Native American word askutasquash, which …

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Cacao vs. Cocoa

“Is it Cacao or Cocoa?  Am I spelling it right?”  I’ve pondered this question for years.  I thought they were the same, but they aren’t. While Cacao and Cocoa have similar origins, they have some essential differences that will distinctly differ.  They both come from the beans of the cacao plant; they are both milled and processed.  However, the difference …

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What is a CSA?

It’s Spring, and I am already planning my garden.  I have six raised beds and several large containers to grow my food.  Growing tomatoes and peppers are my favorite, but I also grow a variety of lettuce, kale, radish, carrots, beets, potatoes, along with berries and herbs.   I typically purchase all other in-season vegetables at a local …

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Cauliflower Benefits and Recipes

Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the cruciferous, or brassica, family. This family also includes broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale. People most often identify cauliflower in its white flesh, but you can also find it in orange, green, and purple.  These cauliflower colors can pop in any salad, soup, or stir fry. Cauliflower has …

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