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Is Organic Food Better? Foodie Underground


ColumnWhen we think of organic food, we have to think about more than our personal health. Is organic food better for us? 

I remember a couple of years ago scrolling through my Facebook feed after the latest study on whether or not organic food provided more health benefits than conventionally grown produce, and reading a comment that a friend had written, “I now feel completely vindicated for NOT buying organic foods.”

That line has stuck with me. I think about it often.

Recently there was more fuel to add to that fire, in the form …

Raw Salad Recipe: Sprouted Hummus Collard Roll


In the summer, we naturally crave lighter foods. However, your go-to raw salad recipe can become a bore if you repeat it daily. There are ways to enjoy the elements of a salad without taking part in the salad experience. Here’s how.

To tackle this new-age raw salad recipe, you’ll need a tough-skinned dark green that can serve as a “wrap” for regularly salad add-ins. In my take of this concept, I use collard greens to roll around julienned raw veggies and sprouts. To bring more bulk, taste and a …

Superstar Cleansing with Rainbeau Mars

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Rainbeau Mars, the health guru, artist, yoga instructor and author, has released her first book called “The 21 Day Superstar Cleanse: A Rejuvenating Lifestyle Program to Help You Feel Younger, Healthier, and Ready to Rock the World!”

EcoSalon caught up with Rainbeau recently to ask her about her book, cleansing and why it works.

Jill Ettinger: A 21-day cleanse! Isn’t that, like forever? Aren’t most cleanses just a few days? Why is this one so long?

Rainbeau Mars: It’s important to commit for that amount of time because

Tea-Smoked Trout Recipe

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There’s no need to invest in a pricey outdoor smoker to make your own smoked fish.  A carbon-steel  wok, a round cooling rack, and your stove top will do the job. A mixture of jasmine rice and loose-leaf  green tea adds a subtle herbal note to this tea-smoked trout recipe.

Tea-Smoked Trout Recipe

Makes 2 filets
Serves 4-6

Trout, one12–14oz(375–440g),
Brown sugar, 2 tablespoons
Sea salt, 1 teaspoon
Freshly ground pepper, 1⁄4 teaspoon
Uncooked jasmine rice, 1⁄4cup (13⁄4oz/50g)
Loose-leaf green tea, 3⁄4teaspoon


Working from the cavity side, cut the fish in half lengthwise down the center, leaving the spine and bones …

Whole Foods Market Whole Trade Guarantee: Behind the Label

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ColumnWhole Foods Market has been compared to heaven on earth. It’s not far off the mark. But what do all those labels and symbols mean? This edition of Behind the Label goes on a journey into Whole Foods’ Whole Trade certification.

The Good

If you haven’t yet set foot in a Whole Foods Market—even if eating healthy isn’t a priority for you—it’s worth a visit. For first timers, it’s kind of like strolling around the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria hotel even if you won’t be staying the night. Eventually though, most shoppers …

Antibiotic Resistance and the Industrial Meat Industry: Foodie Underground


ColumnDealing with antibiotic resistance starts with thinking about what’s on your plate.

I was watching a PSA this week, all about antibiotics. It got me thinking: why aren’t we more pissed off about the problem of antibiotic resistance? Or moved to change our actions that are part of causing it?

Imagine you have an infection . . .

. . . that your child has an infection.

Nothin’ major a few days of antibiotics should clear it up, right?


Well-known antibiotics are proving to be less

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe and Cashew Cream Whoopie Pies

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Vegan baking has come a long way and when done right, it should no longer be characterized as dry and tasteless. This vegan banana bread recipe is a good example. This new take on an old favorite is creative, fun, and pretty healthy.

I had these vegan banana bread and cashew cream whoopie pies when I was living at an ashram and I nearly shed a tear they were so delicious.

Vegan Banana Bread and Cashew Cream Whoopie Pies

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe
12 standard banana bread whoopie pies

2 tbsp. flax meal + …

Blueberry Pancake Cake Recipe

SummerFood_blueberry pancake cake

Blueberry pancake cake. Try to say that over and over again. This cake recipe is always best when eaten right after it’s made.

Blueberry Pancake Cake Recipe

Makes 8 servings


1¼ cups (6¼ oz/200 g) all-purpose flour
2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml) whole milk
1–2 tablespoons salt
½ cup (4 oz/125 g) sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
4 large eggs
butter, for frying
2 pints (16 oz/500 g) blueberries
1 teaspoon lime zest, grated


Mix together the flour, milk, salt, the 3 tablespoons sugar, …