Archive | February 2013

5 MUST HAVE Holistic Tips!


Nacho Not-Ya Cheese!


If you Love cheese like I do, then this Nacho Not-Ya Cheese recipe is for you!

I’m taking a break from cheese as is often best in winter season to help purify the body and kindle agni in cold climate. But I MISS cheese! This Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip Recipe with Nutritional Yeast is the perfect fix. It’s easy, you can add different spices according to your doshic constitution and it tastes great. It even fooled my family at the oscar party we hosted this weekend. =) Have it with rice chips, tortilla chips, blanched vegetables like asparagus, over quinoa pasta and more. There are a hundred ways to use this delicious sauce. I used 1/2 cup nutritional yeast, organic whole wheat flour, organic stone ground mustard and earth balance as well as omitted the tomatoes and salt. It tasted like the perfect fondue!

I’d like to thank Jordan Halliday for posting this incredible recipe and for help change my life as a happy cheese eater. 

Namaste & Enjoy!

Spicy Nutritonal Yeast (Nacho) Cheese Dip

Back before there were the many vegan cheese varieties of today, we had our nutritional yeast. I still really enjoy this cheese alternative. This is of the spicy variety. Perfect for dipping tortilla chips in or pouring over chips for nachos. If you hold out on the hot sauce it is less spicy and still tasty and can be used for mac & cheese, or over broccoli or a pizza.


  • 1 Cup — Cold Water
  • 1/4 Cup — Unbleached Flour
  • 1/4 Cup — Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon — Earth balance)
  • 1 teaspoon — Salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon — Minced Garlic (can substitute with garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon — Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon — Favorite Hot Sauce (I used Tapatio)
  • (optional) — diced tomatoes, jalapenos, salsa, etc. (I like a less chunky sauce)


Melt Earth Balance in a small sauce pan over low heat.

In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

Whisk in water until there are no clumps left.

Stir in remaining ingredients (hot sauce, garlic, and mustard)

Add mixture to sauce pan and heat over medium setting.

Stir frequently until desired thickness is reached.

Put in fancy cup & enjoy.
As I said before you can add additional ingredients to your liking. If you prefer a chunkier, spicer cheese dip adding sliced jalapenos & tomatoes go perfect in this and can be added after or during step 4.
Stores & reheats easy.
If it solidifies adding a tiny amount of water and reheating should fix the problem.

-Jordan Halliday


Chandra Namaskara…Nite Nite Moon

Chandra Namaskara is the Moon Salutation

It is a beautiful, expressive series of asanas that is performed slowly and with great attention to detail. Chandra Namaskara is often performed at night to prepare the body for bed or early morning before sunrise, if the body prefers a gentler series of movements. The moon is a cooling force in Ayurveda and this salutation is thought to calm the body and provide great soothing energy. Try it out while watching this video and experience a new relaxing addition to your yoga practice.


3 Debunked Pressure Cooker Myths!

3 pressure cooker nutrition myths that just won’t go away… till now – hip pressure cooking pressure cooker 1 pressure cooker 2 pressure cooker 3!


Good Morning Veda Health!

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Natural Mantra

All that we are surrounded by eventually becomes a part of us. Our skin absorbs and internalizes 60% of all products we use on it.  What we put on our skin becomes a part of us. Do you know the exact composition of what goes into your body every single day when you shower, cleanse, moisturize your skin, and apply mascara and lip-gloss?

Here’s a video that will help you understand how toxic our lives have become – our body, our home,  our environment:

It all adds up – little sulphate in your shampoo, a little paraben in your moisturizer and little phthalate in all of them- all add up to build considerable amounts of toxins getting into your blood stream.

We thought we’d equip you with a quick list that you must watch out for, when buying any personal care products.

Here are the dirty dozen toxic cosmetic chemicals that must…

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Cutting salt could save hundreds of thousands of lives, study says…


By Melissa HealyFebruary 11, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

Steadily reducing sodium in the foods we buy and eat could save a half-million Americans from dying premature deaths over a decade, says a new study. And a more abrupt reduction to 2,200 milligrams per day–a 40% drop from current levels–could boost the tally of lives saved over 10 years to 850,000, researchers have projected.

The new estimates, published Tuesday in the American Heart Assn.’s journal Hypertension, are the results of three separate teams crunching the numbers at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from UC San Francisco, Harvard University‘s School of Public Health and Simon Fraser University in Canada came at their estimates independently, but found that their results converged.

If the average daily sodium intake of Americans were to drop instantaneously to 1,500 milligrams per day–a steep drop to a level considered “ideal”–as many as 1.2 million premature deaths could be averted over the course of a decade, the teams agreed.

Americans currently consume about 3,600 milligrams of sodium daily–roughly 40% above the “slightly less ambitious” interim goal posited by the researchers–and much of that is hidden in processed foods such as soups, cereals, bread and soups. While the link between sodium intake andhigh blood pressure is much debated, research strongly suggests that high-sodium diets can push blood pressure above safe limits and exacerbate high blood pressure, and that lowering sodium consumption tends to lower blood pressure. That’s important, because some 45% ofcardiovascular disease in the United States is attributed to high blood pressure.

The researchers called efforts to reduce average American sodium intake by 40% “a daunting task that will likely require multiple layers of interventions.” Food industry experts and public health officials have been meeting in recent years to secure steady, small reductions in the sodium content of processed foods–reductions they believe that consumers might not even notice.

But even a small, steady reduction in average daily sodium consumption–the equivalent of 1/20th of a teaspoon of salt less each year–could avert 280,000 to 500,000 deaths per year, the researchers concluded.

How big of an effect would that be? If lower-salt diets could avert 500,000 deaths in the span of a decade, that would be like curing colorectal cancer, which claims just over 50,000 lives per year. It would be just a little less life-saving than preventing all annuals deaths in the United States attributed to influenza and pneumonia (about 53,000 in 2007). And it would be far more effective at reducing premature death than if the yearly number of automobile fatalities (almost 34,000) went to zero.

“No matter how we look at it, the story is the same–there will be huge benefits to reducing sodium,” says Pam Coxson, a UCSF mathematician who is the study’s lead author.

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