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Newsletter April 2, 2017:

Video: Make Chia Seed Pudding At Home!

Dear brothers and sisters,

Imagine starting your day with chia seed pudding. Its a delight and too easy to prepare. Marcella, our wonderful intern will show you how.

May you and family prosper in good health,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods


Recipe: Celery Root and Mushroom Shepard’s Pie

by Master Live Food Chef Rachel Carr

We urge you to visit her wonderful website.

For the filling

2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 pint shiitake mushrooms, quartered
1 pint button mushrooms, quartered
1 celery root, peeled and cubed in ½” squares
3 stalks of celery, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and cut on the bias
1 small white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup dry white wine
¼ teaspoon thyme, dried
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup water (+more as needed)
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons arrowroot powder, sifted

For the sweet potato topper

2 sweet potatoes, peeled
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 Tablespoons unsweetened almond mlk (optional)

For the filling

In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut oil and add the diced onion and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes until onion is translucent.
Add the mushrooms, carrots, celery and celery root. Sauté until vegetables are barely tender.
Add the white wine and cook until wine is reduced.
Add the water, nutritional yeast and arrowroot powder. Bring to a simmer and cook 5-10 minutes until the mixture has thickened and the the vegetables are tender.

For the sweet potato topper

Fill a medium saucepan with water to completely cover the peeled sweet potatoes.
Cook on low until tender to the center (about 20-30 minutes).
Drain and mash the sweet potatoes with a whisk (it’s quite easy actually).
Season with salt and pepper to taste and a splash of unsweetened almond milk if desired.

To assemble the shepherd’s pie

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
Place the filling in an oven safe 9″ x 9″ baking dish. Top with a layer of the mashed sweet potato.
Place the dish uncovered in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the center is hot and the sweet potato topping is gently browned.

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Featured Item: Sundried Cashew Butter 8oz – Alive & Organic

Sundried cashews have been transformed into a butter that retains its quintessential cashew flavor. Try it on apple slices, celery sticks or a wedge of persimmon.


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Alive Bonus Program – Pumpkin Seeds, Heritage Olive Oil, Lively Chocolate Gift Pack and Alive Almond Butter

We are celebrating the launch of our new website by offering an extra bonus of a half pound of Alive, Organic Oregon Grown Pumpkin Seeds with every order of $70 or more. We invite you to taste their goodness and rejoice in their appearance.

Visit the Pumpkin Seed page!

New! Items For April

Alive California Medjool Dates

These medjool dates are magnificent. Just the thing to lift the drear of winter. Rejoice with them! Share with friends and family.





“Call Of The Wild” White Clover Honey – Alive & Organic

We feel privileged to bring you this Canadian honey.

Profoundly rich, buttery flavor. Try on a slice of apple. Blend into almond or coconut milk. Lends itself to alive confections.

This honey originates in the sweet clover meadows of British Columbia and Alberta.




“Some Like It Hot” Cayenne Chocolate Bar

This, our creation, is dedicated to Isadore Duncan, a trailblazing dancer whose emphasis on freer, naturalistic movement was a precursor to modern dance. She defied the straightlaced social mores of her day and was viewed as an early feminist.

For the super-woman in your life!




April Victory Garden Sale


10% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree produced product, you get an additional 10% off!)


Chia Cherry Blueberry Cranberry Butter – Alive & Organic

We have combined chia seeds with Oregon grown Blueberries, California cherries and Cranberries. We’ve also added Black Sesame Oil (more than 60% omega-3 fatty acid), honey and a dash of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt.
The Native Americans of the Southwest would eat only chia seed mixed with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products. Its high energy to weight ratio makes it a favorite choice of long distance runners and other athlete.




Pecan Butter – Alive & Organic

Our pecans are grown on a family farm in Texas and blended with a little Pink Himalayan Salt. Try our Organic Pecan Butter straight on fresh crunchy vegetables. It’s also delicious mixed with your favorite soup or finely shredded cabbage, zucchini and carrots. Use one tablespoon per serving.




Cashew Butter – Alive & Organic

For your delight we have slowly sliced organic sunflower seeds into a butter that goes well on apple slices as well as celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and dates too–what hor d’oevres you’ll make!
Sundried cashews have been transformed into a butter that retains its quintessential cashew flavor. Try it on apple slices, celery sticks or a wedge of persimmon.

Exercise Is an Important Part of Cancer Prevention and Care

(Mercola) I first became aware of the relationship between exercise and cancer nearly 30 years ago but had no idea why it would impact cancer recovery. Initially I suspected decreased insulin resistance was the reason it worked.

However, after writing “Fat for Fuel,” I recognized exercise actually is one of the most powerful signals for PGC 1-alpha, which is the primary signal for your mitochondria to reproduce and multiply, a process called mitochondrial biogenesis.

As I explain in my new book “Fat for Fuel,” mitochondrial dysfunction seems to be at the foundational core of most all cancers, and anything that addresses that is likely to have a favorable impact on cancer.

While the featured documentary and studies reviewed in this article support the use of exercise to prevent and treat cancer, exercise pales in comparison to getting your body to burn fat as its primary fuel, using a ketogenic diet as described in my book “Fat for Fuel.”

Documentary and Studies Confirm Benefits of Exercise for Cancer

The documentary “Exercise and Cancer,” produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Catalyst television program, highlights the use of specific, targeted exercises for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (Exercise Medicine) in Perth.

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What would universal healthcare look like in the U.S.?

(PNHP) The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world and covers far fewer people than health care systems in other rich countries.

Joining us in-studio to discuss all of this is Dr. David Himmelstein. He’s a primary care doctor and professor of public health at the City University of New York. He cofounded Physicians for a National Health Program.

Thanks for joining us, Doctor.


DESVARIEUX: So let’s just start off. Off the bat, can you just explain how the U.S. has the most costly health care system, and yet we don’t cover everyone? How is this even possible?

HIMMELSTEIN: Well, we have an enormous number of people making profits and middlemen in the system. So our insurance companies, for every $1 we pay in, we get about $0.86 worth of care out. Fourteen cents of every dollar stays with the insurance firms, doesn’t buy any health care. And we have enormous numbers of for-profit hospitals, dialysis companies, nursing homes, a lot of money being made in the health care system, not to delivering the care that people need, but actually supporting corporate profits and interests.

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