When should I start taking vitamin D?

September 27, 2010

Now.  If you need vitamin D (and I think most people do, but it’s wise to check with your doctor via a 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D test), the time to start taking it is now.  I have taken Jarrow Formulas Vitamin D3 in the past and have been happy with it, but I prefer to get my vitamin D from cod liver oil because I think it’s got all of the co-factors for bioavailability and it has a lot of DHA and EPA.  Plus, vitamin D should be taken with fat, and there’s a good amount (and the right kind) of fat in cod liver oil.

I personally like Carlson brand Norwegian Cod Liver Oil in lemon flavor, and it is on sale at Whole Foods through tomorrow (9/27/10).  I just bought a 16.9 fl oz bottle today for $35.19, versus the regular price of $40.99.  The Vitamin Shoppe has a web-only special right now for $23.07)

A 1 teaspoon serving has 400 IU of Vitamin D3, 500 mg of DHA, 400 mg of EPA and 40 mg of ALA.  I try to take a tablespoon a day during cold and flu season and I feel it has a very significant cold and flu fighting effect if I get it started early enough in the season.  Speaking of cold and flu season, see what is in my sick kit and more cold and flu items.


How do you grow a mango tree?

September 26, 2010

A few weeks ago, I noticed that the seed from a mango I was eating was split.  Upon closer inspection, it looked like it was rooting!  I broke open the husk around the seed and there was a rooted seed inside!

Mango seed just starting to root

Mango seed just starting to root

I then pulled out the seed, wrapped it in a wet paper towel and let it sit for a few days, making sure to keep the paper towel wet.  After a few days in the wet paper towel, I noticed the seed was starting to change to a beautiful green color, so I knew something good was happening.  I planted it in soil, leaving just a tiny bit of the seed visible.  I could see it continuing to turn greener and greener, and though it took a while (at least two weeks, I think), eventually a quick-growing sprout came out of the soil!

Note how the seed turned very green.

Note how the seed turned very green.

At first the leaves were a glossy dark brown color, but after a week or two they turned green.  Now I have a beautiful mango tree growing and two more seeds started.

Mango tree

Mango tree

Also of interest: Growing an avocado tree from seed?

Good snack bar with not that much sugar?

September 24, 2010

My friend Gwendolyn bought me a delicious snack bar yesterday and I was so pleased with it, I had to post about it here.  It’s called a Raw Crunch Bar.  I tried the one with organic goji berries.  It’s very good and basic, and has a lot less grams of sugar than many other snack bars that also good ingredients.  Here are the basic stats: 1 oz (28 g), 150 calories, 10 grams fat, 60 mg sodium, 130 mg potassium, 10 g carbs (3 total dietary fiber), 5 g sugars, 5 g protein, and a whopping 10% of RDA of iron and 15% of RDA of Vitamin E (which is pretty good for an unenriched bar!  Here’s the best part – soy free, gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, raw, organic  and no chemicals, isolates, concentrates or “natural flavors.”  None of that crap.  Just food ingredients.  Thanks, Gwendolyn!

Alert: Saltbox Sample Sale – this weekend!!!

September 23, 2010

There are serious bargains to be had at the Saltbox sample sale this weekend (9/25/10 and 9/26/10 in NYC).  Go look at their stuff!

Alert: Whole Foods Sale

September 16, 2010

Sales noticed during visit to Tribeca Whole Foods today (I think they’re going on until 9/21/10):

Ezekiel Cereal – $4.99 a box (not a bad price)

Chobani yogurt 4-packs – I think they were 2 for $6 or $3 each (maybe?)  There were two flavor packs.  I don’t remember the berry oriented one, but the other one was chocolate/banana, which they were out of when I was there.

Stonyfield Farm individual yogurt cups – not all of them, but some of them were on sale for 5 for $3.  (Remember to bring back those containers to Whole Foods for special recycling).

Boneless, skinless chicken breast – $2.99 per pound.  Here’s how to make your own chicken fingers, if you are interested.

Bag of local, NY apples 89¢ per pound.  Pie time!!!

Organic, fresh baked ciabatta bread – 99¢ each.  I don’t tend to eat a whole lot of bread, so I cut this up into single serving chunks and put it back in the bag they sell it in, close that tightly and then put that inside another paper bag and freeze it.  Gentle heat to thaw it keeps it nice when you’re ready to eat it.

BIG NEWS:  On Tuesday, 9/21 only, they will have fresh wild coho salmon from the US fillet for $7.99 a pound.  I am so there!

Raw food around town?

September 14, 2010

I just came from The Juice Press in the East Village and I was very pleasantly surprised by the raw food I got.  I got the 8 piece ravioli on a bed of kale with basil sauce for $12, the chia breakfast pudding for $7, the raw oatmeal for $6, raw acai berry banana nut mix (sort of pudding-y) for $8 and cheese cake (raw and vegan, like everything else I’m mentioning here) for $10.  I tried everything, but the only thing I finished so far was the ravioli, but it is all completely delicious.  And it’s all organic.  I wholeheartedly approve!  (Natasha, I know how you are about chia seeds, trust me, you will really love this pudding, even though it is not a “hot breakfast,” and BoJojo (Joe B.) — check this place out if you haven’t already.)

Also, I think it goes without saying, I really like One Lucky Duck and Pure Food and Wine.  Their desserts run a little too sweet for me, but their stuff is great, especially the vegetable wraps and tiramisu, and there’s a takeaway location in Chelsea Market, as well as the restaurant and takeaway in Gramercy.

Lifethyme has a good selection of raw food (both prepared, and raw food grocery), as does Integral Yoga.  Both are in the west village.

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