I’m a sprout farmer! What started out as a handful of mung beans are now nice, crunchy, protein- and enzyme-rich sprouts. Very exciting. And you can do it too if you haven’t before. Here are easy-peasy basic instructions for mungs and a few links in case you want to get fancier. 1) Get a Mason…

Asparagus: it’s a sure harbinger of spring, a green, nutritious purveyor of vitamins A, C, and K, plus folate, iron, and fiber.  Steamed, roasted, or grilled, skinny or thick-stemmed–its subtle, distinctive flavor is truly delicious. Until you have to go wee-wee, that is, at which point you are confronted with a harmless genetic abnormality that…

We all know that changing to energy-efficient, compact-flourescent lightbulbs can significantly lower our carbon footprints.  But did you know that these bulbs, while “green” in the energy-usage sense, actually contain mercury, a toxic metal? This makes the bulbs potentially dangerous to pregnant women, children, and others if they break–and if they wind up in landfills,…

Lately I’ve been waking up in the morning and just lying in bed for a while, listening. My ears fill with a rush of… nothing. Just a rich silence. I can almost see it. It’s like a dense meringue of nothingness. And it seems to help with my day to really drink that in first…

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Valerie Reiss

Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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