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What Is The Difference Between Organic and Non-GMO??

by Rebecca on March 18, 2014, one comment

Assortment of fruits and vegetables inside boxEver walk through the grocery store and wonder, what’s the difference between organic and non-GMO labeled foods? So have we! At Urban Remedy, we’ve been investigating the differences between organic and non-genetically modified foods, and here’s what we’ve found…

Here’s the problem: Not all organic foods are completely GMO-free. Shocker!

The term organic refers to the chemical-free process by which food is grown. With that in mind, one would think these organic foods, free of chemicals, are also free of genetic modification, designating them as non-GMO foods. Unfortunately, existing USDA mandates protecting organic crops from GMO contamination fail to recognize the simple truth, that man-made laws have no power when faced with the force of Ms. Mother Nature.

Accidental crop contamination can occur from things like natural cross-pollination of crops by wind or birds carrying seeds from one field to another, or by finding minuscule traces of non-GMO ingredients in animal feed. These uncontrollable instances lead still-organic foods to no longer be completely GMO-free.

In fact, according to FDA mandate, the only certifiably non-GMO foods available in grocery stores are those labeled as ’100% Certified Organic’. However, not all organic foods are labeled as ’100% Certified Organic’. Some foods are also designated as ‘Certified Organic’ or ‘Made with Organic’, meaning most of their ingredients are organic, but not all. Recipes for products like these can allot between 5%-30% of space for ingredients like corn starch and soy lecithin, two items the USDA lists as non-GMO, but are possibly, not. So tricky!

Surprised by this little loop-hole? Here’s another! Certain antibiotics are also USDA approved for use on organic produce as fire damage preventatives. Yuck!

foods to eat to keep you healthy and in loveWith this information in mind, we’ve concluded that its better to think of foods labeled as organic as, instead, mostly organic. Your best bet to avoid genetic modification is to stick with foods labeled as ’100% Certified Organic’ or explicitly as ‘non-GMO’.

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Lemons For Health!

by Rebecca on March 14, 2014, no comments

lemon-water.jpgLemons, citrusy and fresh, are rich in Vitamin C, a uniquely water-soluble phytonutrient particularly helpful to the human body and its 50-65% water make-up. This water index provides ample entry surface area for Vitamin C to dissolve into our bodily systems and boost immunity levels. Score!

On double duty patrol, Vitamin C also has anti-oxidant properties that benefit the body’s general wellness. As Vitamin C travels through the body, it neutralizes free-radical cells that, left alone, can disrupt healthy cell production, leading to swelling, inflammation, and in severe cases, cancer.

Still not convinced? Lemon bioflavonoids can actually influence the cells in your body to engage either in mitosis, cell division, or apoptosis, cell death. These bioflavonoids can also benefit the liver and clear mucus.

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At Urban Remedy, we love lemons in our new lemonades. Tangy, tart, and refreshing, these lemonades perfectly quench your afternoon thirst. A splash of summer, with lasting health and wellness benefits? Sounds like a recipe for success to us!

Nationwide Organic Food Company, Urban Remedy, Supports San Francisco-Based Hunger Relief Charity, GLIDE, for National Nutrition Month

by Neka on March 7, 2014, no comments

For every purchase made at Urban Remedy’s site during March using coupon code “URCARES,” a full day of nutritious meals will be donated to people in need

Urban Remedy Supports Glide SF 

San Rafael, CA, March 7, 2013, – Urban Remedy (www.UrbanRemedy.com) – a certified organic food company that utilizes exceptionally-sourced ingredients to create cold-pressed juices, juice-cleanses, wellness kits, healthy meals and snacks – announced today that it will support the San Francisco-based non-profit GLIDE for the entirety of March, in support of National Nutrition Month.

GLIDE’s “Daily Free Meals” program is the only San Francisco service to provide three nutritious meals per day – 364 days a year – to the city’s poor, homeless and hungry, all offered within an atmosphere of respect, acceptance and compassion. Through their partnership, for every purchase made at Urban Remedy’s site during March, using coupon code “URCARES,” a full day of healthy, nutritious food will be donated to GLIDE in an effort to bring more nutritious meals to people in need.

“GLIDE is tirelessly working to help fight hunger on a local level,” says Urban Remedy’s founder, Neka Pasquale, L.Ac. M.S. “We have a shared mission to nourish the community in a thoughtful, helpful and educational manner. Everyone should have access to healthy and nutritious food.”

In 2013, Urban Remedy’s partnership with GLIDE resulted in more than 450 meals provided for people in the San Francisco Bay area. This year, Urban Remedy’s objective is to more than double the number of meals donated given the recent expansion of their innovative menu offerings and nationwide delivery.

“We are thankful that Urban Remedy has returned to help us raise awareness and resources for families in need, “ says Janice Mirikitani, co-founder of GLIDE.   “We are enormously appreciative of their consistent support and help in finding influential ways to achieve wellness for all.”

At the end of National Nutrition Month, Neka and her team will visit GLIDE to spend the day volunteering and to present the community with Urban Remedy’s donation. For more on Urban Remedy, please visit http://www.UrbanRemedy.com.

About Urban Remedy

Headquartered in Marin County, California, with storefronts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Urban Remedy was founded in 2009 by Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist and certified Chinese nutritionist, Neka Pasquale L.Ac. M.S. As a certified organic company on the forefront of discovery and innovation, Urban Remedy offers consumers credible healthy living and nutritional information and great tasting products with healing benefits. In 2012, Urban Remedy partnered with Santa Monica technology studio Science Inc. to transform the local juice business into a robust platform with nationwide distribution.

About GLIDE

Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco’s harshest urban environments, GLIDE is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for 50 years. GLIDE is unconditional in its love, support and commitment to the community it serves – providing a range of holistic services from serving nearly one million free meals a year, to providing affordable housing, free or low-cost state-of-the-art healthcare along with dozens of other programs that help to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. With an unwavering commitment grounded in spirituality and emotional understanding, GLIDE is a leading organization for social justice – inspiring the larger community to celebrate humanity through compassion, generosity and acceptance. For more information about GLIDE, please call

(415) 674-6000 or visit http://www.GLIDE.org.

 

Cindy Crawford’s Favorite Mint Cacao Morning Shake

by Neka on February 25, 2014, 2 comments

When Cindy Crawford asked for a super food filled morning shake, Neka Pasquale created this perfect recipe for her. Neka’s take on mint & chip ice cream, this smoothie is packed with low-glycemic ingredients.

Made from foods you can find at any grocery store, this Mint Cacao Smoothie is sure to become a morning favorite!

If you’d rather us do the work, check out our full selection of shakes and cold-pressed juices that can be delivered to your door.

Cindy Crawfords Mint Cacao Smoothie Recipe

3 cups unsweetened almond milk

1.5 bunches fresh mint

2-3 ripe frozen bananas

3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

4-5 tablespoons cacao nibs

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Optional: vanilla & stevia to taste

 

Add all items to your blender. Blend until smooth. Drink up to your health!

 

Urban Remedy Welcomes Cindy Crawford as Partner

by Neka on February 4, 2014, 42 comments

With a Shared Belief that Food is Healing, Organic Urban Remedy Aligns with “Model” Healthy Living Advocate to Demystify Nutrition and Nourish Bodies and Minds

Cindy Crawford Urban Remedy brand partner

We are ecstatic to announce our exclusive partnership with iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford. As an impassioned Urban Remedy Board Member and brand ambassador, Cindy Crawford will shine a light on “healthy living,” and help bring Neka’s teachings and products to the masses.

“I have always sought out expert advice to live a more healthy, balanced life,” says Cindy Crawford.  “It is confusing to decipher between diet fads, ingredient trends and true expertise, and – like everyone – I was overwhelmed until I met Neka. Together, we want to make it easier for people to access credible information and healthy well-balanced food that tastes great.”

After being introduced by a friend, Cindy Crawford found an authority and source of truth about health and wellness in Urban Remedy’s founder, Neka Pasquale, L.Ac. M.S., who has spent nearly two decades committed to health, healing and nutrition in Marin County, California. Urban Remedy combines Neka’s passion for healing with her deep culinary roots that stem from her Jewish and Italian grandmothers, or as she tells it, “the best of both worlds.”

Urban Remedy aims to help people make the right nutrition choices for themselves and their families, whether they are already informed or are “health beginners” with a specific goal or condition. Neka’s holistic approach to total health incorporates the medicinal properties of food as medicine in all of her creations.  She works with people to assess their needs and creates bespoke wellness programs and products that are tailored to specific goals.

“Not all “healthy” food is created equal,” says Neka Pasquale, L.Ac. M.S. “Our goal is to share credible information and insight, and create trusted products that offer consumers delicious, well-balanced food with amazing health benefits.”

After experiencing dramatically positive results utilizing food as medicine in her private wellness practice, Licensed Acupuncturist, herbalist and certified Chinese nutritionist, Neka Pasquale L.Ac. M.S. founded Urban Remedy in 2009.  In 2012, Neka partnered with Santa Monica technology studio Science Inc. to transform her local juice business into a robust platform with nationwide distribution.

“Our goal is to make freshly made products and information easy and convenient for people nationwide, “ says Science CEO and Founder Mike Jones.  “The opportunistic partnership with Cindy Crawford is the next step towards building Urban Remedy into a leading national healthy living and wellness brand at the forefront of discovery and innovation.”

United by their shared passion for healthy living and the belief that knowledge is a fundamental component of empowerment, Cindy Crawford will use her platform to share trusted, relevant information and inspire people to take steps towards healthier living through better food.

“This is a new, exciting phase in my career, where I am able to follow my passion and support a growing company that is meaningful, relevant and interesting to me,” says Cindy Crawford. “In Neka Pasquale I have found a credible and trustworthy healthy living expert who is creating innovative products that are the very best for me and my family. I feel it important to share her wisdom with others to help demystify healthy nutrition and trigger change.”

Urban Remedy’s menu contains a wide variety of satisfying certified organic health solutions, cold-pressed juices, shakes, juice cleanses, meals and healthy snacks made with unique ingredients ranging from raw cacao and coconut to dandelion greens, turmeric and burdock root, all selected for their specific health benefits. Urban Remedy’s robust suite of products sells nationwide to customers on its website and to visitors of its branded stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

We Go Nuts for Nuts!

by Rebecca on January 30, 2014, no comments

During this holiday season, chestnuts will not be the only legumes roasting on our open fire. Nuts are packed with protein and minerals to sustain your energy all season long. Here are a few of the nuts we go nuts for here at Urban Remedy.

Cashews: Power-packed with minerals like manganese, potassium, copper, and iron, cashews are a perfect snack to fuel your body on a cold winter’s day. Minerals keep your bones strong and your impulses sharp. They also keep your hormones balanced. Relax and sip some cashew milk before bed and dream sweet!

Walnuts: Proud members for the tree nut family, walnuts are a perfect snack to boost heart health and protect against type 2 diabetes. Rich in Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids, these legumes decrease your bad cholesterol, refueling your bloodstream with goodness. They can also lower your risk for excessive clotting. Quickly caramelized and tossed in a salad? Well don’t mind if we do!

Almonds: Did you know an efficient bloodstream makes for an energized body?Hearty and protein-rich Almonds help alkalize the blood and relieve qi stagnation in the liver. This process cleanses your whole body, helping your bloodstream function more efficiently. At Urban Remedy, almonds make our brownies, cookies, and brittles extra delicious. We know what your friends are getting for the holidays…

 

The Greatest Antioxidants in Your Kitchen

by Rebecca on January 16, 2014, one comment

During the wintertime, eating antioxidant rich foods eliminates potentially cancer-causing free radicals from your bodily systems, adding energy to your body and calm to your mind. Here are five ingredients packed with all the antioxidants you’ll need for enough energy to weather, well, the cold weather!

 Chia Seeds: Packed with healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein, and antioxidants, chia seeds may help with diabetes, hypoglycemia and celiac disease. At Urban Remedy we love chia seeds in our Chai meal replacement smoothie. Mmm spiced deliciousness!

Vanilla: It’s not just an ice cream flavor people! Vanilla is a powerful antioxidant. For full vanilla flavor, nothing beats our Urban Remedy cookies, healthy enough to snack on any time of day!

 

Black Currants: Black currants contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals. Sprinkle some dried currants on any salad for some beautifully bright tartness.

Cacao: Chocolate-y and delicious cacao is antioxidant-rich with essential minerals like magnesium and iron. Delicious in brownies or brittles, this super-food is super-scrumptious.

Garlic: Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with its antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. At Urban Remedy, our kale chips pack all that garlic-y goodness into one simple snack.

Fuel your body with antioxidant-rich foods this wintertime and hibernate happy!

In Support of Fruit!

by Rebecca on January 14, 2014, no comments

The Well section of the NYTimes just ran a piece in support of fruit! Here at Urban Remedy we are major fruit supporters. Here is a list of our favorite fruits, and what makes them so good for you.

Bananas: One of the best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure, bananas are the perfect fruit to eat after a workout, first thing when you wake up in the morning, in a juice, or just as a snack any ol’ time of day! Normal blood pressure keeps your circulation steady, providing your body with an even flow of oxygen and therefore energy throughout your entire day. Another fun potassium fact? This mineral also aids muscle cramping, so ladies, you know when you’ll need ‘em. At Urban Remedy we love bananas in our Chocolate Banana smoothie and our brittles.

Blueberries: Blueberries are full of antioxidants that reduce the kind of cell damage possibly responsible for cancer development. Talk about a superfood! That’s not their only claim to fame… Blueberries also improve your vision and promote weight control. Whether you drink them down in a juice, yummy smoothie, or just grab a handful on the go, blueberries are a fantastic fruit to add into your diet. We love sipping on some blueberries in our young love juice and greenberry smoothie. Sweet and super!

Raspberries: Nature’s sweet tarts, raspberries purify the blood and benefit the liver and kidneys. Pure blood carries increased levels of oxygen to your organs, naturally boosting energy, while a healthy liver and kidneys amplify your body’s detoxing efficiency. Sounds fabulous to us! You can find raspberries in our warrior juice as well as our PB&J smoothie. Drink your way to a healthier you.

Mood Boosting Yoga Poses

by Rebecca on January 9, 2014, no comments

The winter can be stressful. At Urban Remedy we want your winter memories to be family filled instead of catastrophe ridden. Here are a few yoga poses to destress after even the most anxiety inducing holiday soirée season.

Child’s Pose: Kneeling on the ground, sit back on your heels and touch your forehead to the mat with your arms either stretched out in front of you, or lying by your sides. Often encouraged as a resting stance during challenging classes, child’s pose stretches your low back, while also reseting your nervous system. With child’s pose in your back pocket, that failed holiday casserole will never get you down again!

Standing Forward Bend: With your feet planted shoulder width apart, slowly fold over one vertebrae at a time until your hands reach your shins, feet, or the floor. Considered an inversion because your head is below your heart, this pose increases blood flow to the brain, reinvigorating your mind with energy and clarity. Perfect for another round of grandpa’s ‘jokes’…

Corpse Pose: Shavasanah, or corpse pose, is typically the final pose of any yoga class. Used as a gateway to post-workout meditation, this pose is a perfect remedy for calming all pre-holiday party jitters. Lie on your back with your palms facing up and focus your attention on the breath. If your mind needs a bit more help calming down, try counting down to 10 without any other thoughts popping into your mind. A thought popped up? Start back at 10. Just like that, you’re a countdown away to holiday bliss!

Ingredient Spotlight: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by Rebecca on January 7, 2014, no comments

Rachael Ray’s not the only foodie in love with EVOO. Here at Urban Remedy we know that extra virgin olive oil contains phytonutrients like polyphenols that protect against inflammation, an underlying cause of many health issues. With lower inflammation, you’re less likely to feel that achey stiffness of winter, for a season full of energy and cheer!

Why Extra Virgin? Extra Virgin refers to the grade of oil you are getting. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest grade olive oil, equipped with the purest and freshest olive flavor. Mmm!

Where can you use extra virgin olive oil? Pretty much anywhere you would normally use butter. Also, if butter is just too near and dear to your heart to lose try using a half butter/half EVOO combo to get that same buttery taste with less calories and fat. At Urban Remedy we love extra virgin olive oil on our kale chips, the perfect crunchy salty snack on a cozy winter’s day.