Oats: A Buyers’ Guide

Oats: A Buyers' Guide

Eating oats regularly helps to protect against a wide variety of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, as well as aiding weight control. There are a number of different oat products available for those who want to incorporate this nutritious whole grain into their diets. Oat groats: Oat groats are hulled oat kernels that can be used in stuffings or cereals. They have a more rounded shape because they have not been sliced or rolled like most oat products. Steel-cut oats/Scotch oats/Irish oats: These oat groats are sliced but not rolled like quicker-cooking oat products, so they’re thicker and… read more

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens, or the seedlings of herbs and vegetables, have concentrated flavors and colors and are rich in vitamins and phytochemicals. One study that examined 25 varieties of commonly found microgreens concluded that a range of nutritive levles could be found in them. Researchers discovered that the cotyledon leaves of the microgreens contain amplified amounts of nutrients, more than the nutritional value of fully grown leaves of the identical, fully grown plant. Because they are not fully developed, the initial leaf contains highly concentrated nutrients. Not to be confused with sprouts, microgreens can be fairly easily grown without much care or… read more

Natural Baby Treatments

Natural Baby Treatments

If a little one is in your care you probably have dealt with product overload and label reading, and lots of it. It seems there are tons of chemicals in everyday items, and baby products are unfortunately no exception. Instead of resorting to shelf anxiety, there are a few natural methods you can turn to for basic therapies. Infant massage can work wonders for cranky babies. It is good for sore muscles and can help with stomach aches. It is also a source of relaxation, for both of you. Massage should unwind a fussy baby, but be sure to check with… read more

Coloring Hair Naturally

Coloring Hair Naturally

If you are trying to incorporate more environmentally friendly ways into your routines, you may think having your hair colored might not be an option. There are, however, natural ways to subtly color or brighten your hair at home using things that may already be in the pantry. If you want to change the looks of your locks but aren’t up for chemical treatments try the following tips for naturally tinted hair. Red and auburn shades can use the juice from vegetables like carrots and beets, or crimson fruits like pomegranates to saturate the hair strands. Brunette hair can be enriched with a… read more

World Food Day – Celebrating Sustainable Foods

Celebrating Sustainable Foods

Food is center-stage in festivals around the world. It is often a staple in celebrations to gather around, from small parties to community events. Leaning about events that are held in honor of food and its essential role in nourishing the world helps to foster an appreciation for those who grow and catch our foods. Food festivals with sustainably and ethically grown edibles as the emphasis occur throughout the globe. The following are a few annual eco-centric food assemblies that are for great causes. Every March 22nd is International World Water Day. This event began in 1993 and seeks to increase awareness… read more

Tips For Perfect Caramel Apples

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Apple season is a good time to stock up on the natural snack with benefits, which includes being vitamin rich and containing natural sources of dietary fiber. Apples keep well, can be used in endless recipes and having an abundance of them on hand is a good excuse to indulge in a fall tradition – making caramel apples. While recipes differ, some simple tips will make all the difference in producing delicious, gourmet candy and caramel apples at home. Use fresh, crisp apples that are pre-washed and thoroughly dried. They should also be well chilled before dipping so ingredients will adhere… read more

Awesome Infographic: Your Brain on Beer vs Coffee

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Coffee lover Ryoko Iwata created this awesome infographic comparing the effects of beer and coffee on brain function. Discover how you are best to use these two drugs for optimal mental and creative performance.

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Undergraduate researchers conducting a study have discovered an interesting bio-absorbent material that can draw contaminants out of polluted water. Faculty and an undergraduate research team collaborated with a group of scientists to investigate more inexpensive means that could be utilized to filter contaminated water. Examining water samples from the Tule Valley region near Mexico City, it was determined that cilantro was an effective bio-absorbent material that was also wildly grown in the region. The area was selected because there are no readily available water filtering systems in place to remove some of the contaminates that they inspected, making it representative of… read more

Baking Soda For Healing

Baking Soda For Healing

Baking soda has been a staple in cleaning and baking for years. However, this basic product has a place in medicinal practices as well. It is often applied in simple powder form or as a paste with the addition of water. So if any of the following ailments are giving you grief, you may want to dig around your pantry and take advantage of baking soda’s healing properties. Canker Sores – Make a rinse by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water. Swish this solution around in your mouth and rinse. If needed, repeat every few hours until the sore… read more

Surprising Celery

Celery

Apium graveolens, more commonly known as celery, has been around since at least the 9th century when it was written about in a poem. It was described for medicinal use, and was not used for cooking until about 1623 in France when it was mainly employed as a seasoning. Around the 17th and 18th centuries it was discovered that celery could be made to taste better if plants were grown later in the season and could be stored for winter food. It has slowly crept into kitchens, and now remains a somewhat forgotten side of the vegetable family. It gets stuck… read more