Mercury Levels in Fish

By now you’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t eat too much fish because it’s high in mercury.  But like many people, you might also be wondering, what does mercury do to me and why is it found in fish?

Here’s the deal:

Mercury is a metal that exists naturally in the environment.  But we humans do things that negatively impact the environment, such as factory farming, burning coal, and using mercury in manufacturing.  This increases the amount mercury that flows through the air, water, and soil.

When in water, mercury changes its form and becomes methylmercury. Fishies absorb this mercury just like we often inhale bad chemicals when we breath in oxygen.

All fish and shellfish have some level of mercury, but it’s typically not a huge deal because fish also have so many health benefits.   However, if you eat fish ALL the time, or choose varieties that are higher in mercury (see chart below) it can be potentially harmful.

The good news is, mercury will leave the body over time in the urine, feces, and breast milk.  The bad news is if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding that mercury could have detrimental effects on your little one.

Mercury can also have nevetive effects on us grown ups.  Remember when Jeremy Piven had to drop out of a Broadway show?  Yeah, mercury poisoning is a real thing so read up below and be in the know…

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Chart from Canton Becker

NOTE: Mercury is only an issue with wild caught fish even so, this option is WAY better than farm raised fish.  Fish that are farmed are fed a completely unnatural diet, including dyes to make their flesh appear more vibrant and they are kept in confined spaces where they can’t get enough exercise.

Always, always, always avoid farm raised fish!!!

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Virtual Vacation

One thing we know we all want to do more of, no matter what your age or where you live, is GO ON VACATION!

Robyn is throwing a free 10-Day Virtual Vacation.

And you’re coming.

No matter if you’re already going on vacation, currently on vacation or just getting back from one, you’ll want to dive deep into our virtual vacation.  It’s a chance to have fun, relax and truly feel like you soaked up summer to it’s fullest. After all, don’t you often feel like you need a second vacation just to recover from the one that just ended?   Oh and yes, wine is definitely included (or a Kale Margarita, whatever your fancy ;))

Here’s how the Virtual Vacation Challenge works:

  1. Join the FREE 10-Day Virtual Vacation Challenge before the end of August by entering your name and email below.
  2. Your 10-day virtual vacation journey begins!  Each morning of the challenge, you’ll receive a simple and inspiring action email to incorporate into your day. These “tasks” will be fun and easy. Even if you’re already on a trip, they’ll allow you to fully enjoy so that you don’t get home and feel like it didn’t even happen (you know the feeling)!
  3. Share your daily action step on all your social media streams using the hashtag #YHYVirtualVacation.

SIGN UP HERE:



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Now here’s the extra fun part (and why you really MUST join)…

What’s another thing we love besides vacations? Awesome free sh*t.

By signing up for the free 10-Day challenge,
you’ll be eligible to WIN:

 

SIGN UP NOW!



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Five Tips for the Perfect Salad #SaladFest2013

We’ve been sharing daily mouthwatering salad recipes and now we want to share a template for how to create your own perfect salad in 5 easy steps!

Maybe this will help inspire you to post your own creation for #SaladFest2013! 

There’s still time to have YOUR recipe featured on the blog!  Scroll to the bottom for the easy directions.

1.  Include fresh herbs.  Any and all of them.  Throw in some basil, parsley, cilantro, mint…it will totally take your salad to the next level.

2. Make sure you have something crunchy.  Try toasted pumpkin seeds, raw slivered almonds, raw carrots, cucumbers, jicama or cut up kohlrabi (a completely forgotten and super yummy veggies this time of year).

3. Season that baby up!  Use quality sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and make sure you really work your dressing into the greens.  Even distribution is key (and that way you won’t need to use as much)!

**Our secret to the perfect dressing is 2 parts good quality oil + 2 parts acid (vinegar or citrus) + 1 part Dijon mustard.  A little S & P and you’re good to go!

4. Always include something unexpected.  Try sliced banana, blueberries, granola, seaweed snacks, scrambled eggs, or any leftovers (like curry or stir fries).

5. Go for a chop-chop.  Put it all on a board and take out your aggression by chopping all of your ingredients into easy, bite size pieces.

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Here’s how to follow along AND enter your own salad recipe to be featured on the blog

1. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

2. Submit your summer salad recipe using either of these options:

a) Post a recipe on your blog and Tweet or FB the link at us using the hashtag #SaladFest2013.  An example – after creating your own blog post you could tweet out, ”Just posted my summer salad recipe for the @Cooking_Camp girls! I would love to be featured for #SaladFest2013!”

b) Don’t have a blog?  Email us your recipe and Tweet or FB using the hashtag #SaladFest2013 to let everyone know you’ve entered. For instance, ” I just emailed my famous chicken salad recipe to the @Cooking_Camp girls.  Retweet this to see it on their site #SaladFest2013″

3. The lucky tastemaker who makes the most noise about #SaladFest2013 will have their Summer Salad recipe featured on our site.  

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Our Favorite Cookbooks Right Now

As constant cookers (is that a word?  Quinn’s grandma says it, so let’s roll with it) we are constantly looking for new and fresh ideas.

Sometimes divine inspiration strikes when strolling through the grocery store or farmer’s markets, but sometimes we need to take it up a notch and seek it out at a stellar farm-to-table restaurant or in a kickass cookbook…

And our video below is all about the latter!  Watch to see our current faves for getting our “foodbrain” juices flowing and make sure to stay tuned until the end because we have a special announcement.

We created our own cookbook!

We are SO freaking excited to announce the arrival of our new baby, {Healthy} Cooking Camp’s {Healthy} Basics Cookbook!

It includes over 30 of our most tried and true recipes for mind-blowingly delicious, healthy food, and features some of our signature dishes that can only be found in this cookbook, like:

  • No-Bake Brownie
  • HCC Grab-n-Go Bar
  • Gorgeous Glazed Salmon
  • Mmm mmm Miso Pesto
  • Free Up Your Fridge Frittata

This is the perfect cookbook for someone who wants to start cooking healthier food but needs to know exactly where to begin. 

We totally break it down so you know exactly how many servings each recipe yields, how long it will take AND for each recipe we include 5 suggested “swaps” so you can play around with the ingredients and really make these recipes feel like your own.

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To purchase our brand new cookbook, click here!  

We hope you’ll add {Healthy} Cooking Camp’s: Healthy Basics Cookbook to your list of favorites too.

And a quick lil favor, we would reeeeeally appreciate if you could help us spread the word about our new cookbook so click here tell all your tweeps!  Think of all the recipes you and your friends can make together!  (And as we can tell you, together is oh so fun.)

We’d also love to know, what are your other favorite cookbooks for culinary inspiration?  Please share in the comments!

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New Power Couple

Barack + Michelle
Brad + Angelina
Jay-Z + Beyoncé
Tom + Giselle
Robyn + Quinn
…and now, Beans + Greens

Yup, The New York Times has named a new power couple and it’s not exactly what you might have thought.

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We’ve had a long standing love affair with this nutrient dense duo and now they are finally getting the glory they deserve.  Read on to see what the NYTimes has to say about this winning combo.

The article include a great recipe, but you can get our five minute beans + greens recipe in our 5-in-5 cookbook.  Just add in your email address and it will be sent to you automatically.  In the Tempeh + Greens just swap the tempeh for a can of beans.  Simple.

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