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Under the Weather Miso Soup by Miso Master Miso

Winter Goodness

As another winter snow storm forces everyone to tuck themselves inside somewhere safe and warm, I can’t help hearing the song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” over and over in my head.

This extreme weather seems to brew plenty of opportunities to catch a cold, especially if your immunity is challenged. Just this morning, my granddaughter called to tell me that she was sick with a cold! I recommended three of my favorite natural remedies: miso soup, fresh garlic and rest.

Miso is simply one of the most important ingredients to have on hand for everything from tasty culinary delights to soothing, nourishing soups for when you are under
the weather. My very first “natural” meal
cooked and served to me by my new boyfriend (now my husband, Organic Chef Tom) 36 years ago included a memorable bowl of miso soup. It has been a staple in
my organic kitchen ever since.

One of my favorites is Miso Master® Organic Miso made right here in the U.S.A., about an hour from our home town of Asheville, NC. (Can’t get more local than that!) Miso Master® Miso is traditionally aged and made with high quality, organic and GMO-free ingredients.
The story behind this unique American made miso is an interesting one that we will be sharing in more detail very soon. In the meantime, I invite you to visit Great Eastern Sun’s website for more information about their misos and for more yummy Miso Master® Miso recipes for all 7 varieties of their miso.

Wow... the snow is really coming down now! Time to warm up the kitchen and cook up a nourishing meal for our family. Stay warm,
be safe and eat well.

Miso Master® Miso RECIPE

Under the Weather Miso Soup

Serves 6 - 8

This soup is sure to stop any cold in its tracks, even better than Grandma’s chicken soup!

2 quarts Stock or Filtered Water
2 bulbs Garlic, Peeled
1 Bay Leaf, Minced
4 Tbsp MISO MASTER® Organic Kosher    Country Barley Miso
1 tsp Finely Grated Ginger
Whole Grain Bread, Toasted
Green Onion for Garnish

Bring stock or water, garlic, and bay leaf to boil. Simmer 15 minutes, or until garlic is soft. Remove bay leaf. Mix miso, garlic, ginger, and stock in blender. Reheat in pot, but do not boil. Place cubes of bread at bottom of bowl and ladle hot soup over them. Garnish with green onion.

Universal Marinade
YIELD: 1 Cup

cup MISO MASTER® Organic Kosher Country Barley Miso
6 Tbsp Mirin or cooking sherry
6 Tbsp dry Red wine
2 Tbsp Brown Rice Vinegar
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger

This versatile marinade is great for flavoring meat, fish, poultry, tofu, tempeh, or vegetables before grilling, broiling, or roasting. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well, until miso is dissolved. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipes reprinted with permission from
Great Eastern Sun, Asheville, NC.

Miso Master® Miso
Great Eastern Sun

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Asheville's Organicfest Celebration
GMO OMG ~ documentary by Jeremy Seifert playing in Asheville this Friday, Novemeber 8th at 1pm

GMO OMG by Jeremy Seifert 
Showing at the Asheville Community Theater
 on November 8th at 1pm, in downtown Asheville!


Don’t Miss GMO OMG Playing in Asheville this Friday, November 8th at 1pm at the Asheville Community Theater!

I’m so excited that Jeremy Seifert’s new documentary GMO OMG will be shown here in Asheville as part of the Asheville Cinema Festival. I hope that all our friends here in Asheville will be able to make it out to this important film about the genetic engineering of our food and what we need to do TOGETHER to change the future of our precious food!
See you there!
Friday, November 8th at 1pm
Asheville Community Theater
35 E. Walnut St. Asheville, NC


Asheville Cinema Festival
GMO OMG  - a film by Jeremy Seifert



a film by Jeremy Seifert

I believe that one of the best ways to get the word out about GMOs is through film. Which is why I’m super excited to share this new film, GMO OMG written, directed and produced by Jeremy Seifert.

The first thing that I noticed that stood out to me as one of the most important elements to this important film is the poster with a child eating an ice cream cone. Children trust adults to care for them. American children are eating GMOs each and everyday with their family and friends, at home, school... As the woman said in the trailer. if GMOs are so wonderful, why not promote and advertise their greatness? Isn’t that what most corporations and manufacturers do with their products?

In Jeremy’s film, he investigates the corporate takeover of our precious food seeds and how the loss of our seed diversity affects his children, our planet and our freedom to choose! He asks “Has the global food system been irrevocably hijacked? Or can we take back our food, heal the planet, and live sustainably? The choice is ours, but we have to start now!”

In Theaters September 13, 2013

“The corn we see growing around here is actually registered as a pesticide. But its also a food?” ... “ Well, that’s debatable.”

“Monsanto threatened to sue the state.”

“Is there a pretty good likelyhood that I’ll get an interview with someone at Monsanto or”... She said “You need to leave right now.”

“If there’s nothing to hide, then disclose it.”

Who controls the future of our food?


GMO Articles are GROWING!


The Bad Seed: The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Corn
by Caitlin Shetterly  ELLE Magazine

Important article about the author’s journey to find a cure for years of headaches, nausea, rashes and fatigue that had her searching doctor after doctor for help. Little did she know that GMO corn would prove to be the culprit.

Eating This Could Turn Your Gut Into a Living Pesticide Factory by Dr. Joseph Mercola HUFFPOST

GMO Sweet Corn ~ Anything
but Sweet by The Non-GMO Project READ

Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey M. Smith


Jubilee Wellness Series Presents
Jeffrey Smith’s Award~Winning Film

Genetic Roulette
Tuesday, June 18th

7-9pm Jubilee! Asheville, NC

Join us for a showing of Jeffrey Smith’s Award-Winning documentary Genetic Roulette ~ the Gamble of our Lives. Experts expose the SERIOUS THREATS and how corporations like Monsanto hide the evidence

NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EVIDENCE points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, protect you and your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) already underway. Don’t miss this film!

Watch Trailer Preview >


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FREE Learn It Live Online Class

Clean Sport Nutrition 101
with Brendan Brazier

May 30th 9pm EDT

The many benefits of clean, plant-based nutrition are obvious when applied to general health and wellness. However, the ability to support and enhance athletic performance leaves no clearer testament to power of plant-based foods.

Learn how to properly fuel your workouts with strategically timed nutrition. I will cover the essentials as a leading sport nutrition expert who provides advice to elite and professional athletes throughout North America.

This Learn It Live session will walk through the essentials of clean sport nutrition and provide support for users of Thrive Forward’s recent Sport Edition. Thrive Forward, my latest project, is a free, online guide to plant-based nutrition. The added lessons of the Sport Edition take the Thrive Forward program a step further by providing in-depth information about sport nutrition, showing subscribers how to prepare, sustain, and recover from almost every form of training. The Sport Edition is packed with video lessons, sport nutrition tutorials, plant-based recipes, shopping lists and more.

Topics of the Clean Sport Nutrition 101 Learn it Live session will include:

The guiding principles of sport nutrition – components of vitality, key differences between strength and endurance training and fitness capital

2. Protein for athletes – how to source the best quality protein and time it right

3. Smart vs. hard training – tips to work smarter, not harder

4. The importance of recovery – understand the 6 key elements of recovery to elevate your game

Know. Eat. Feel. Perform. BETTER.

Branden Brazier

Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete, a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, the creator of the award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA, and the bestselling author of the Thrive book series. He is also the founder of a national, organic, plant-based, whole food delivery service called Thrive Foods Direct.

Recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on plant- based nutrition, Brendan is a guest lecturer at Cornell University and presents an eCornell module entitled "The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism."

Important ~ Please watch and share!


If you care about your health, you want to take time to watch this important interview by Jeffrey Smith,leading consumer advocate with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Dr. Seneff’s work is focused on the relationship between nutrition and health. Her new research paper (co-written with Anthony Samsel)“Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases” published in Entropy, focuses on glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup®) and “its ability to induce diseases.”

Listen to what Dr. Seneff has to say connecting glyphosate with many of the diseases (gastrointestinal disorders,
obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease) that have risen alongside the increase in glyphosate/Roundup® use due to GMO seed (soy, corn, sugar and wheat) plantings.


Glyphosate and Autism

Disease Connection to Glyphosate/Roundup®

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