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Is Joining a Co-op For You?

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

If you have ever spent way too much on minimal and sub-par groceries, especially produce and beef, you might want to change the way you shop. Joining a food cooperative is an increasingly popular option for purchasing food. Co-ops help format sustainable relationships that are good for you, the community and the service providers that make our foods. Records state that cooperatives date back to as early as 1761 in Scotland with the organization of the Fenwick Weavers’ Society, and consumer co-op numbers worldwide are now perhaps in the millions. Local food is better in terms of freshness and nutrition, and… read more

Raw Is For Vitamin C

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Although there are vitamin supplements available, it’s always best to get nutrients from whole foods whenever possible because vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients work together synergistically to create their health-promoting effects. The findings of various studies suggest that vitamin C reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, gout, and possibly other medical problems. Some studies have shown beneficial effects purely from supplementation, but others have found health benefits only in those who eat whole foods rich in vitamin C. When people think of vitamin C-rich foods, they tend to picture oranges and perhaps other citrus fruits, but there… read more

What’s In Season Now?

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Eating seasonally can have enormously positive effects on the environment. It means you are more likely to eat locally which is wonderful for local farmers. The means by which the produce gets to your table will be drastically better for the environment than if it is shipped or flown in. This could also save you money as you are not forking out for transportation costs. Another important benefit is that the produce is less likely to be genetically modified. Eating seasonally is very good for your health too as fruits and vegetables are generally around when they are most beneficial… read more

Flavor Your Water The Natural Way

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Perhaps due to our over saturated palettes, some don’t drink enough water unless it is tinged with packets of flavored powder or sweetened. If this sounds familiar, you may want to read on and find ways to enjoy water without dressing it up beyond recognition. To start, you can add flavor to your water without comprimising its health benefits. Try diluting your water with lemon or lime juice. Not only are both low in calories, they have the added benefit of enriching your water with vitamin C and B, along with antioxidants. You also can add fresh citrus slices, like lemon and orange slices, to a pitcher of water. A handful of berries works… read more

Art That Makes Foodies Happy

Art That Makes Foodies Happy

Images of delectable fruit, vegetables and fresh foods may not be, but the naturally vibrant colors in produce can be inspiring to the eyes. To get a visual serving of a healthy variety of foods, check out the following artists who use them as a medium and motivation. Hikaru Cho has been lighting up the web lately with her collection of paintings. With a fitting title, It’s Not What It Seems, this series puts a little playfulness into the ordinary kitchen fruit bowl. Using only food and acrylic paints, Cho disguises one item to look flawlessly like another. Peeling back the… read more

Fruit Energy

Fruit Energy

Fruit can provide some amazing things. It is full of healthful properties and has a multitude of uses. It may seem like an entry level science experiment, but the fruit battery is a pretty neat project. Artist Caleb Charland has taken the fruit powered battery to the next level with his long exposure photography shots. An interesting project in the line of artwork-meets-science-lab, his Back to Light collection showcases how the naturally created batteries can generate enough electricity to provide the lighting for photographs. Charland stated about the series: “…my hope is that these photographs function as micro utopias by… 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

Fruit Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests

Fruit Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests

Having a few recipes under your cooking belt for special dinners or impromptu company can make all the difference in hosting a hassle free event. The following recipes are not overly complicated, but they are big on presentation. They also take advantage of fresh fruits, so using what is seasonally available won’t have you rushing all over the place trying to find ingredients. Some use liqueur and alcohol, but these can be left out or substituted with any favorite flavoring. For a simple dessert, a fresh fruit platter always works and yogurt, citrus curds, cream cheese or melted chocolate can be… read more

Clever Ideas For Using Up End Of Season Fruits

Clever Ideas For Using Up End Of Season Fruits

Reducing food waste and hard economic times are good motivators for using up every last bit of what we buy. Beyond jams, smoothies and putting them in muffins, make use of the following frugal tips for saving the last of the season’s fruits. Dehydrating is a good way to preserve fruit. Dehydrators are an energy efficient way to dry foods, but if you don’t have one you can use an oven set at a low temperature. One suggestion is to soak them in water and lemon juice prior to dehydrating to keep them plump and to reduce a bruised appearance…. read more