Eating A Rainbow

Eating A Rainbow

Health-promoting antioxidants called anthocyanins give certain foods their blue, violet, or reddish-purple coloring. Evidence suggests that eating purple and blue fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, gum disease, stomach ulcers, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, urinary tract infections, age-related memory loss, and obesity. Choosing blue and purple foods may provide other benefits as well. For example, research has shown that blue corn chips are higher in protein and lower in starch than white corn chips, and they also have a lower glycemic index, which means that they may be better for those with diabetes and dieters…. read more

Potato Powerhouse

Potato Powerhouse

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred fuel source, but potatoes are much more than just an energy booster. Potassium supports optimal muscle performance and potatoes are actually higher in potassium than bananas, the fruit often lauded as a top potassium source. Potatoes also contain iron and B and C vitamins, and their skins are a great source of fiber (you can increase your fiber intake by eating a larger number of smaller potatoes rather than one or two big ones because you’ll consume more fiber-rich skin this way). Potatoes have gotten a bad rap as a fattening food, but the reason… read more

Food Appreciation for Kids

Teaching children about food

We have come a long way from the notion of knowing where our food comes from. In America especially, there seems to be a drive-through for nearly everything. You don’t even have to leave your vehicle to have a full meal. Things like fast food restaurant signs are everywhere, and so begins the connection that this is an option where food can be obtained. Concurrently, when you have budding readers, every opportunity to read is important. Things like environmental print, or printed words that are in everyday surroundings, provide reading material when children are out and about. One study showed that… read more

Water: It Should Be for Everyone

Selling It

If you have the luxury of having a running faucet, it may be easy to overlook the fact that many parts of the world don’t have access to a steady source of water. Actually, at least 1/3 of the world has a water supply that is either scarce or unsafe. This year the United Nations is calling for global collaboration in regard to water, naming 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. Incorporating what efficiently works and sharing water provision success stories to facilitate a safe, steady global water supply sounds like an ideal that works for everyone, until… read more

How to Beat the Common Cold

Beat the Common COld

Has this ever happened to you? You wake up with a cold only to find the medicines from last season have expired or the packets are empty. Well here are some homemade remedies to fight colds and sniffles. Garlic is a great food source to help with a running nose. Just add it to your food for flavor and let it work its magic. Garlic is also a great antibacterial that will help fight long term in the body against infections. In allergy seasons we all suffer from dry noses. One cup of leafy greens can help boost the vitamin K in… read more

Landscaping Sustainably and Naturally

Landscaping Naturally

There are ways to cultivate your outdoor space without destroying the land’s natural aesthetic or overusing chemicals. Outside areas that are lackluster or have issues that need addressed can be renovated into a fresher space just by adding compatible foliage to the landscaping. To start a planting project off right, buy plants that are sustainably collected. Plant nurseries or legitimate suppliers should be able to tell you the origin of what you are buying. Eco-friendly nurseries are becoming more available that only purchase fairly gathered selections. Also, maintaining outdoor areas with non-toxic products and fertilizers allows them to develop safely… read more

Make Your Skin Glow

Skin benefits of eating well

There are endless products to beautify your skin. Creams can be outrageously expensive and also contain chemicals and fragrances that can irritate the skin. You can achieve beautiful skin from the inside out just by making some changes to your diet. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate the skin creating wrinkles, so reducing your intake of these substances will always serve you well. The sun can also do irreversible damage to the skin so using a sunscreen every day will protect you. Reduce your stress and your skin will reap the benefits. Below are some key ingredients to achieve a healthy glow…. read more

How Toxic is Sunscreen?

Health warnings of sunscreen

On March 5, a study conducted by Australia’s National Measurement Institute was released by Friends of the Earth U.S. and Australia. The study measured the levels of titanium dioxide, a potentially toxic yet common ingredient, in sunscreen and other cosmetics. After evaluating eight products of major cosmetic brands, six were found to contain titanium dioxide. Specifically anatase titanium dioxide, a chemical that Italian scientists have warned as being “capable of destroying virtually any organic matter”, and nano anatase titanium dioxide. Results found that Nivea Kids Swim and Play Sunscreen, L’Oreal Infallable Advanced Never Fail Make-up, CoverGirl NatureLuxe Liquid Silk Foundation,… read more

A Healthy Alternative?

agave plant

Agave (pronounced ah-GAH-vay) nectar is derived from the agave plant, a spiky cactus native to Mexico that is also the source of Tequila. Agave is approximately 84% fructose, the sugar that gives fruits and vegetables their sweetness. Agave nectar is similar to honey, but not as thick, and it’s higher in calories than white sugar. It’s also 1.5 times as sweet as regular sugar, which means that if you want to use it to replace sugar in baking, you need to reduce the amount. To substitute agave nectar for white sugar, for each cup of sugar called for by the… read more

Cultivating the New ‘Wonder Grain’

teff_harvest

With the increase of soil degradation and a rapidly changing – some might say temperamental – climate, food diversity is continually challenged as some crops can no longer tolerate the fluctuations in the environment. This may be in part why certain regions in America have begun cultivating crops like teff, a cereal crop with origins in Ethiopia, that are able to withstand harsh climate conditions. Teff is a light, nutty flavored grain that thrives in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is a small grain, about the size of a poppy-seed, and can be anywhere from ivory to dark reddish-brown in color. Perhaps… read more