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Reduced Hay Fever Symptoms: One More Reason to Love Probiotics

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Can taking probiotics reduce hay fever symptoms?

Probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in dealing with regularity, colicky babies, weight loss, and staving off infection. It seems amping up your immune system with the aid of probiotics can do a lot for our overall health. And now, a new study has shown that seasonal allergy sufferers who took probiotics had significant relief from itchy eyes.

The study included 435 allergy sufferers already being treated with antihistamines. One group was given the probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei and the other group was given a …

21 Arugula Recipes That Are Fun and Flavorful


These arugula recipes may just put all other salad greens to shame.

Its spicy leaves give arugula a very distinct taste, and while a few years ago it seemed to be a much forgotten green (and by “forgotten” I mean “snobby”), nowadays arugula is in many a recipe from pizza to pesto.

Arugula, just like all other leafy greens is quite good for you, packed with vitamins and minerals. In fact, arugula has about eight times the calcium, fives times the vitamin A, C and K, and four times the iron …

15 Essential Food Quotes on Cooking, Eating, and Sharing: Foodie Underground


ColumnThese are food quotes that remind you why you love eating and cooking.

I have a few food quotes I always come back to. Words that remind me of why I love to make and eat food. Why I love to sharing food with others. We all have to eat; food is the building block of humanity.

If you need a little inspiration for cooking and sharing, this is it. Print them all out, hang them on the kitchen wall, and keep fighting the good food fight!

1. “Food is an important part of …

Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe with Coconut-Fig Frosting


Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes to enjoy. It is light, packed with veggies, and absolutely spring perfect. However, carrot cake recipes can often overload on the sugar, defeating the purpose of honoring the sweetness of carrots to begin with. This carrot cake recipe takes out all the offenders, including eggs and dairy, and leaves you with a vegan, light carrot cake recipe that you’ll drool over!

Spring Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Serves 6-8

For the cake:

  • 3 1/2 cups homemade oat flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
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Spring Pea Salad Recipe with Feta and Pistachio


This apring, all focus is on lighter foods, even around a holiday table. Green peas are a great way to get your vegan protein without loading up on hard-to-digest meat, or even tofu. This pea salad recipe combines peas with a light but delicious vinaigrette as well as some spices, herbs, and cheese. Enjoy!

Now, when it comes to salads, you can go in any direction by substituting in other ingredients that fit your taste preferences. For example, instead of feta cheese, why not use soft goat cheese or cheddar …

No-Added-Sugar Charoset Recipe for the Passover Seder Table


A traditional Passover Seder plate always includes a charoset recipe. 

Charoset comes in many different variations, but is based in apples, dried fruit, nuts and sometimes (and whole-heartedly welcomed) wine. It’s a delicious and hearty way to fill up without going overboard. Many charoset recipes call for sugar, but rest assured that the following charoset recipe does not!

You can mince, dice, chop or grate the apples to reach the consistency you want and can keep the mixture less rough by pureeing all the ingredients together so that they reach a …

Gross: KFC Lures Fast Food-Crazed Teens with Fried Chicken Corsages for Prom



I just threw up a little at the news that KFC has released a drumstick corsage just in time for prom season.

Yeah, you read right: It’s a corsage with a hunk of dead, fried chicken in the middle of soft, fragrant flowers.

I’m assuming it’s a marketing ploy to get exactly this type of attention. Healthy food-loving writers like me will tell you how utterly offensive this is. So, of course, rebellious teens will find …

Spring, a Season for Good Food: Foodie Underground

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ColumnIs there anything better than all the good food that spring brings us?

Spring represents many things. The end of winter. A time of rebirth. A countdown to summer.

For me, it’s a celebration of good food. Certainly, there is good food to be had all year around, but there is something extra special about spring.

Now is the time when the root vegetables are replaced by more exciting ingredients; a time when every week that you go to the market, a new vegetable that you had almost forgotten about pops up. It’s …