Choosing High Quality Supplements

by Dr. Heather Manley on July 25, 2014

This is a bit of a hot topic right now, and I think it should be!

At this moment there is really no regulation from the FDA on supplements until they are on the shelf. The Council of Responsible Nutrition says that by-law a supplement company must put what is in the bottle on the label. This is a great start, however, some mis labeling can occur. For example, with Echinacea, it is the root that is highly medicinal. To keep costs down a supplement company may want to only use 5% of the root and 95% of the rest of the flower. With no real regulation, this type of business may occur.

SHOP-SUPPLEMENTSI highly suggest that people visit their doctors – naturopathic, medical or chiropractic – and purchase their supplements through them. There are great supplement companies at the local stores but I would do some research on the companies first or even ask your doctor for a company he recommends. It will save you some money and most importantly, keep you healthy on the best supplement.

Be well,

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A Short Kid Friendly-Story about Summer Peas

by Dr. Heather Manley on July 17, 2014

I do like a little veggie story to share with the kids… here is a short one about peas.

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In the summer time, while I grow on my vines, the most lovely moment, are when children pick me, then open me up and pop me in their mouth. Pure summer glory!

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Let me step back in time and give you a little history about me. Approximately 5000 years ago, the Chinese Father of Agriculture, She Nung,  was said to be wandering in the Chinese countryside searching for edible plants to be use as medicine. That is when he discovered me! I am quite nutritious full of iron and vitamin c that both support your immune system to ward away colds and flus.

Dating further back, in the 12th dynasty, remains of peas were found at Egyptian Tombs of the 12th dynasty. The Egyptians would bury their favorite possessions with them to accompany the into their next life; and I am honored they chose me.

In Europe, I was a delicacy and very fashionable…at least in the food world; I knew my time would come!

I was dried (known as the the split-pea – great for soups) for the long ship voyage to America, where I made my debut. Peas were actually one of the first crops to be planted in America.

Try the below recipe at your next meal ( it is great cold too).

Summer Pea Kid Friendly Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 box – penne pasta ( we use gluten free rice pasta)
1 carton or bag of fresh peas (or frozen)
2 – cooked chopped or diced chicken breast ( use organic free range chicken)
3 TBSP of pesto  – Click here for our recipe. ( below too)
Parmesan cheese ( to sprinkle om top)

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook your penne as directed.
2. When it is done, drain, add the rest of the ingredients except for the parmesan cheese.
3. Heat slightly for about a minute, while stirring.
4. Serve in bowls and sprinkle cheese on top.

Serves between 4 to 6

Enjoy!

MERRIN MAKING PESTO

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