Our Christmas Gift to You!
This January Down to Earth will kick off the New Year with a month-long "Eat Healthy" program that promotes and supports New Year's resolutions to improve your health with a vegetarian diet. It's our Christmas gift to you! The program will include lectures by Carmela Wolf, Down to Earth Wellness Manager of the Honolulu location, and weekly in-store cooking demos. In addition, the regularly scheduled cooking classes at all locations will feature special menus.
The theme of the cooking classes will be "Vegetarian Solutions to Better Health." Classes will provide educational materials, practical tips, recipes, cooking demonstrations, and, of course, free samples. Recipes will focus on plant-based proteins, greens, whole grains and raw foods. Chefs will also discuss the importance of organic and natural foods.
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Every Christmas we're challenged to pick gifts for friends and loved ones. We wrack our brains for the right items, with the right brand names. Sometimes we consider our finances and decide where to sacrifice and where to splurge. "What can I give that really expresses my love and care?"
This Christmas, consider giving the gift of health. Start by bringing your family and friends to Down to Earth's January "Eating Healthy" program. It is designed to promote and support New Year's resolutions to improve your health with a vegetarian diet. The program will include lectures by Carmela Wolf, Down to Earth Wellness Manager of the Honolulu location, and weekly in-store cooking demos. In addition, the regularly scheduled cooking classes at all locations will feature special menus.
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As the New Year inspires many of us to move toward a healthier lifestyle, small but powerful changes are key to creating consistency and achieving success in our goals. Below are a few simple suggestions, any or all of which can be included in your plan for a healthier life in 2012.
-Add more fresh fruits and vegetables, including raw varieties, to your meals. Try adding green beans or broccoli the next time you make pasta. Add apple and banana slices to your morning oatmeal, or include a few leafy greens in a morning smoothie.
-Eat more plant proteins in place of meat and animal proteins. Plant proteins have been shown to help lower the risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancers, as opposed to animal proteins that have been shown to increase the risk for all such diseases.
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“In the last fifteen years, I have seen vegetarianism go from fringe to fashion to fact of life because it's a healthy and worthy way to live. The hippie connotation, which kept many people away, is a thing of the past. Today the American vegetarian is not just the health nut, it's the stay-at-home mom, the computer engineer, the veterinarian, the nurse, the store clerk, the neighbor across the street, and the teenager next door. They are familiar, individuals, and students. They live in urban areas and in suburbia, and together they represent 16 million people. You can see how health-conscious our culture has become just by taking a trip to the local grocery store where the words "natural," "organic," and "meatless" jump out at you in every aisle.”
-Kathy Farrell-Kingsley, The Big Book of Vegetarian
For your cooking delight we are bringing you our monthly cooking class recipes:
Feature! Sun-Dried Tomato & Swiss Chard Soup
Additional tasty recipes:
Kabocha Risotto with Quinoa
Spinach Cranberry Fall Salad
Cranberry Macadamia Nut Biscotti