Archive for April, 2013

Strawberries

Strawberries –The most popular berry in the world.  Excellent source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and flavonoids.  They are also a very good source of manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1, and iodine, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B6 How to buy/store:  Choose berries that are firm, plump, and free of mold, and that

Broccoli

Broccoli – One of the most nutrient-dense foods yet low in calories.  Especially rich in Vitamin C.  Also an excellent source of vitamins K and A as well folic acid and fiber.  A good source of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and the vitamins B6 and E. How to buy/store:  Broccoli should be a deep sage, dark

Kale

Kale – Among the most highly nutritious vegetables, excellent source of carotenes, vitamins C and B6, and manganese.  Very low in calories for the nutritional value, only 20 calories a cup.  Also a very good source of dietary fiber, as well as copper, iron, and calcium.  Also a good source of vitamins B1, B2, and

Organic Produce – Is it worth the price?

The word “organic” refers to the way produce is grown and processed.  Non-conventional methods are used to fertilize, and prevent weeds and disease.  The USDA has established an organic certification program that requires how such foods are grown, handled, and processed. Here are some key differences between conventional and organic farming: Conventional Organic Apply chemical

Sunscreen

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  Don’t let that be you! There is a lot of information out there on skin protection and it can get confusing. So much so, the FDA developed new rules for labeling. No more “Sunblock”, “SPF”, and “Waterproof”. We now have “Sunscreen”, “Broad Spectrum SPF”,

Raw Kale Confetti Salad

Raw Kale Confetti Salad with Toasted Sunflower Seeds Recipe from CLEAN START by Terry Walters (Copyright 2011, Sterling Co., Inc) THIS LIGHT AND RAW PREPARATION OF KALE is the perfect warm weather alternative to sautéing and allows me to keep the nutritional powerhouse of kale in my diet year-round. If you thought kale required cooking,

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers – one of the most nutrient-dense foods available.  3.5 ounce serving raw provides only 20 calories (mostly as carbohydrate and fiber), and is a good source of a large number of nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin K, thiamine, folic acid, and vitamin B6.  Also a very good source of phytochemicals with exceptional

Asparagus

Asparagus – One of the first vegetables to emerge in spring, contains the most folate of any vegetable.  Folate helps rid the body of the amino acid homocysteine, associated with cardiovascular disease.  Asparagus has historically been used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, and as a diuretic.  An excellent source of potassium, Vitamin K,

Avocados

Avocados – Rich and filling, high in monosaturates  (the good fat), relatively calorie-dense, half an avocado contains about 140 calories.  May lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, high in fiber, about 13 grams each.  Also excellent source of potassium, vitamin E and B vitamins. How to buy/store:  Ripe

Learning to Eat New Foods

How many times have you read or heard about a food that is so nutritious you decide to try it, only to find that you don’t like it.  Or even worse, you never try it because you know you will not like it.  Well, you can learn to like new foods but often it takes

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