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" The most important thing in this world is to learn to give out love, and let it come in. "

~Morrie Schwartz

Last month, I admitted to you all that I drink Coca-Cola. Needless to say I received a lot of feedback from many of you, and some of you were surprised that I admitted to making the poor health choice. My rationale for sharing this dirty secret was to remind that it's OK to let yourself have a "treat" from time to time! The key message is moderation; by no means do I drink Coke everyday or even every week. Whatever your "treat," it should never replace the foods or beverages that contribute to your body’s overall wellbeing. And I would like to highlight, I drink extra water on the days that I indulge in a can of Coke!

I'm very excited that fall is on its way. I’m looking forward to seeing root vegetables like squash, carrots and sweet potatoes in the local markets. Since these root vegetables contain natural sweeteners, eating them is a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Check out this month’s recipe for a vegan carrot/ginger soup that will have you licking your lips for more!

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~Amy Crews~

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Featured Story

Celebrate Oktoberfest with a Healthier Menu


The onset of fall means many food festivals and holiday celebrations are on the horizon, as are many diet blunders that can lead to a rapidly expanding waistline! Of course, with a little thought and planning, there are many ways to enjoy the season without sabotaging your health.

For those of you interested in celebrating the famous 2-week Oktoberfest event in Munich, Germany, here are some tips on how to lighten your fare and save room for a beer or two! Details can be found by clicking here, brought you by our healthy culinary expert – Maris. Her ideas will have you wanting to host your own Oktoberfest celebration with apple sauerkraut, red cabbage salad and chocolate glazed pretzel bites.

Enjoy the season!

Recipe of the Month:

Carrot and Ginger Soup

Carrot Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • 1 Tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Medium onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 5 Cups vegetable broth
  • 6 Large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 Tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Ground coriander
  • Pinch of Cayenne
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Cup minced chives, for garnish

  1. In a stockpot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Add the broth, 1 cup of water, the carrots, ad 2 tablespoons grated ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, partially covered for about 20 minutes, until the carrots are tender. Remove the pot from the heat and let the soup cool for about an hour.
  3. In a food processor or blender, blend the soup with the remaining tablespoons of grated ginger, the cinnamon, and coriander until very smooth. If a thinner consistency is desired, add more broth or water. Season with the cayenne and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve warm, return the soup to the pot and reheat gently. If serving the soup cold, cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or until well chilled. Garnish each serving with chives.

Via of The Candle Café Cookbook

In the News...

Canatloupe recall

Use caution with cantaloupe! The FDA widened a cantaloupe recall this week to include a food processor in Kansas. To date, the FDA has found listeria in cantaloupes grown or processed in Colorado and Kansas, which is linked to a deadly outbreak in food poisoning. These cantaloupes may have also reached consumers in Missouri and Nebraska, so please be cautious about incorporating the fruit into your meals.

Additional details can be found here.

Giving Back

I love schools

It’s back to school time and many classrooms are without the necessary supplies to help educate and engage students. ILoveSchools.com is an organization that connects donors like you to educators who lack a variety of basic classroom supplies, such as paper, pencils, reading books and file folders. The organization offers three ways to give: 1) Fund a Wish List that a teacher and/or school has posted, 2) Post a Donor Offer, meaning you list goods or services you have available to contribute, and 3) Donate funds to an educator or school that will be utilized to support their growing needs.

We can all work together help give our kids a better education!

Action Items

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  • Treat yourself, but in in moderation! If you have a sweet tooth, try root vegetables that are naturally sweet. Sweet Potatoes have their name for a reason!
  • Let’s help educate our children! Make this a great school year for our kids by donating your time or supplies to a classroom in need.
  • Check out the DietsinReview.com blog for the latest in health and fitness.

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