Botanical Nutrition

by Rob Seeman official blogger of the health food movement


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New Study Investigates Probiotic Strains in Iranian Pickled Vegetables

A new study published in the journal GMS Hygiene and Infection Control (there’s one to throw out on your coffee table…) identified probiotic strains found in fermented vegetable pickles in Iran.

Iranian Pickled Vegetables

Dallal Soltan et al wrote “The results of this study showed that the dominant LAB in traditional Persian pickled vegetables are L. plantarum, L. brevis, L. pentosus, L. casei, L. paracasei, and Leuconostoc mesenteroides. Moreover, L. plantarum was recognized as a probiotic species in pickled vegetables. The raw data obtained from this study can be used in the pickling industry to improve the nutritional value of products.”

Many of these strains have been researched for their efficacy in improving human health outcomes.  The pickle you save may be your own!


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Love Crunch Hooptie Blender Smoothie Recipe #1

Okay, so I have a few things in progress but haven’t actually posted anything for a while. I thought I would share this preliminary hooptie blender smoothie me and the kids made this weekend.  Turned out awesome, you could even tweak this recipe and go more in the cacao-enhancement direction easily.  Love Crunch is a neat organic granola with dark chocolate pieces and freeze-dried berries that come alive in all kinds of milks!

1 cup raw almonds (sprouted if you have time)

3 cups PiMag water, or just regular water if you prefer

1 1/2 cups Nature’s Path Love Crunch Premium Organic Granola (dark chocolate and red berries) Yes I’m totally fine with soy oil and soy lecithin in this non-GMO verified product. Obviously if you have soy allergies you can find a different granola, try adding some chocolate covered cacao nibs and freeze-dried strawberries for a similar effect.

1 scoop chocolate protein powder 16 grams protein – I used  SunWarrior Classic Protein organic chocolate sprouted brown rice powder Continue reading