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7 Health Benefits of Maca

Healthy Maca Root

Maca, (ma-kuh), an energizing enhancing root in the radish family and comes from the Andes of Bolivia and Peru. Dried as a powder/flour, you can add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon to everything from pastries, salads, smoothies, juices, and cooked foods to combat stress and fatigue, boost stamina and libido. Maca has a pleasing earthy, nutty flavor. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and healthy fats, a little bit goes a long way. Continue reading

How Does Organic Cacao Farming Help the Environment?

cacao pods

Guest blog post by Kelsie Evans, Equal Exchange Chocolate Products Coordinator.

Cacao, the fruit from which the main ingredient in chocolate is derived, grows in beautiful, tropical conditions along the equator. The cacao tree naturally prefers the shade, especially when young, and can grow in harmony with and in support of the local ecosystem when thoughtfully cultivated by small-scale family farmers using organic production methods. Continue reading

The Organic Gourmet’s Conscious Cooking Gift List

The Organic Gourmet’s Conscious Cooking Gift List

Published December 3, 2013 Consciouslivingtv.com

Story by Zoe Helene Photos by Tracey Eller

For 25 years, Leslie Cerier, aka The Organic Gourmet, has been teaching the art of healthy cooking at some of the finest eco-lifestyle centers and spas in the world. There’s a reason her classes are so popular. Continue reading

Elements of Autumn: Five Phases of Wearable Art, in Harmony

Posted: 09/25/2013 Huffington Post2013-09-24-ZoeHeleneLeslieCerierFallLeavesWater550.jpg

Leslie Cerier, an organic gourmet chef who finds inspiration in the play of water, light and color in the natural world, captured these fire-colored autumn leaves in a mountain stream. Her beautiful image inspired the colors of this feature.

This selection of fine eco-friendly and ethically sourced artisan jewelry was inspired by the Chinese “Five Elements,” or “Five Phases,” tradition of body/mind/spirit wellness developed by early Taoist philosophers to interpret rhythms and Continue reading