Waste Not, Want Not

Waste

Most of the organic materials that end up in the dumpster are produce, bakery items, and dairy products. Those foods could be used in five ways to reduce the amount of food waste being generated. If food is anaerobically digested for renewable energy production, then the residuals can, and should, be put to beneficial use to feed the soil not landfills. Businesses, institutions, and individuals alike are being encouraged to make the most of what they have by reducing their food waste, separating excess food for donations, and composting the remainder. Reducing, donating and recycling excess food can have a… read more

Zucchini, Not Bland At All

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The zucchini is packed with Vitamin C and A, as well as folate, which are powerful antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer. It has effective anti-inflammatory agents and with magnesium and potassium, the zucchini helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Maganesium can help collagen to form, thus allowing for healthy skin and wound-healing. Zucchini is often maligned as a boring vegetable without a strong flavour of its own. But this receipe can be served hot or cold and is a great meat free meal. Chilled Zucchini Soup Olive oil Butter 1… read more

Try These Recipes For Hectic Weekday Breakfasts

Try These Recipes For Hectic Weekday Breakfasts

If busy weekday mornings have everyone rushing around and skimping on healthy breakfasts, the following recipes are easy to make and use on hand ingredients. Perfect for making ahead and storing, these will get you through hurried and active starts to the day. Muesli is a great alternative to cereal and can be made to include favorite ingredients. It can also be made gluten-free. This recipe is a rendition of a 20th century original from Switzerland. It incorporates hearty whole oats, wheat germ, wheat bran and flaxseeds for a nutritional boost. Additions like kiwis, orange juice, raisins, yogurt, pecans, almonds… read more

Grow Winter Greens

Grow Winter Greens

The cold winter months can actually lend to a versatile growing season for many hearty plants. A winter garden does not require too much space and many herbs and vegetables can also be grown in containers. However, many cold weather plants need to be rooted in the ground in order to flourish. Plants will need to be well covered under a protective barrier, such as cold frames or row covers, in the winter months. An encasing helps to shield delicate leaves from frosting and traps in heat. A good multipurpose herb to have around is wintergreen. Its oil, which also… read more

Raw Transformations

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The health benefits associated with a balanced raw food diet are numerous and include a healthier weight and reduced fatigue. But aside from bright eyes and luminous skin, raw food diets have been shown to improve the well being in individuals with serious chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia and diabetes. The former, often defined by overactive nerves and constant, widespread pain, can be debilitating to those afflicted and currently has no cure. However, improvement has been found in cases with diet changes and daily exercise regimes. While each individual is sensitive to different foods, many people with fibromyalgia have felt… read more

Naturally Effective Produce Washes

Naturally Effective Produce Washes

Many consumers are concerned about pesticides or sprays used in the production of fruit and vegetables. As a consequence, produce washes are available for purchase. Are they as effective as plain water, or do they leave a residue behind too, and money wasted? According to experts, specially developed fruit washes are not needed, and do not provide any benefits over rubbing foods under running water. Preparing produce with clean hands, utensils and at sanitary workstations helps to ensure contamination doesn’t sneak in also. Though thoroughly washing with running water provides effective cleansing, a Cook’s Illustrated study concurred that after examining different methods… read more

Amazing Avocado

Amazing Avocado

Avocados are one of the most nutrient-dense foods. They are high in fiber and top the charts among all fruits for folate, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium. This amazing fruit is high in oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat that helps increase fat metabolism. They are also rich in powerful carotenoid anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin as well. Avocados also contain D-manno-heptulose sugar that has been shown to improve the skin epidermis by boosting collagen formation. This is the perfect reason to use avocados as a facial mask rather than those over the counter facial masks that contain toxins… read more

Don’t Let Fruit Go To Waste

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Food waste is an issue that bothers most grocery shoppers. Fruit is one item that can be expensive to buy, so after carefully selecting, purchasing and washing it, it is frustrating when it turns bad and has to be thrown out. If you don’t have a compost pile or want to have some fun with your food, there are neat ways to use leftover fruits. An easy way to make use of fruit that is still good but not quite fresh enough to display in a fruit basket is to incorporate it into other recipes. Leftover fruit makes great preserves and peels… read more

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

Food waste is an issue in the home kitchen, and after the holidays are over the leftovers can still be lingering. Thinking of creative ways to put a new spin on what’s left can be money saving and can also offer a new experience for the tastebuds. Cranberries are a seasonal favorite, but sometimes cranberry sauce gets left by the bowlful, as its rich and tart taste goes a long way. For a neat way to use fresh or cooked cranberries, a homemade liqueur updates a French cocktail classic called cranberry kir royale. After cranberries steep in the concoction of… read more

Yes Please, Rosemary

Right With Rosemary

Rosemary has many health benefits. It is a good source of calcium, iron and fiber. It aids in digestion and circulation, and can help heighten attention levels. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can decrease some of the effects of an asthma attack. It is a stimulant though, so those that are pregnant, have heart conditions or epilepsy should not use it. Since it is an evergreen it can be grown all year under proper conditions. If you are lucky enough to get rosemary to flourish in an herb garden, it may spread wildly. It can be dried and stored… read more