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Robust Radishes

Robust Radishes

Radishes are members of the Brassicaceae family that also includes cabbages and mustards. Some research suggests that eating radishes may help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer, and radishes are also a source of important nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium. Radishes are a great diet food. An entire cup of them sliced provides just 19 calories. They’re commonly eaten raw in salads and sandwiches and with dipping vegetables, but they can be lightly sautéed as well. Radish greens, which are also highly nutritious, can be added to salads or soups or lightly sautéed. Radishes grow… read more

What are Microgreens?

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Microgreens are nutrient-packed baby leafy vegetables that can be grown on a windowsill or deck, enabling people without yards to enjoy fresh homegrown produce. Microgreen flavors are sweet, savory, earthy, or spicy, depending on the particular plants grown, and they are available in a broad array of colors, including red and purple. Plants that can be eaten as microgreens include various lettuces, spinach, mustard greens, kale, pea greens, wasabi, kohlrabi, chard, radish greens, beet greens, carrot greens, and cabbage. Homegrown crops provide a number of advantages. They’re more environmentally friendly because they don’t require packaging and shipping, they usually taste… 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

Onions: A Super Food

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Onions are low in calories and high in vitamin C, fiber, and many other health-promoting nutrients. Studies have shown that regular consumption of onions brings significant health benefits. Research indicates that eating onions several times a week lowers the risk of suffering from certain cancers, as well as helping to maintain healthy bones and reducing the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes. Onions also have anti-inflammatory effects, which means that they may be beneficial for those with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Onions have antiviral and antibacterial properties, so consuming them may help to protect against colds, flus, and the… read more

Why Buy Organic?

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Is organic food worth the extra cost? It’s certainly better for the environment because organic growers don’t use toxic pesticides or genetically modified organisms, and organic growing requires less fossil fuel. However, shipping organic foods requires fossil fuel and generates carbon emissions, so buying locally is better. Organic produce is also far less likely to be contaminated with toxic pesticide residues, which have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological issues, and it may be more nutritious as well. Some studies comparing nutritional content have found in favor of organic produce whereas others have noted no significant differences, likely… read more

Healthy Shades of Sweet

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The ongoing demand for sugar alternatives is evident in the vast markets for both artificial and natural sweeteners. Though there exist ‘natural’ sweeteners like honey and agave nectar neither contains any real nutritious value. In fact, they can be as hazardous to your health as sugar. Luckily, with these ‘bad’ sugars, nature has also provided a few sweeteners that are safe and beneficial to your health. Stevia is nature’s answer to calorie free sweeteners. Extracted from the Stevia rebaudiana leaf, it is 400 times sweeter than sugar. Because of this, Stevia can achieve the same amount of sweet as sugar… 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

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

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

Save Strawberry Seeds

Strawberry Seeds

Picked ripe and eaten alone or put in a luscious recipe, strawberries are a favorite of many. Beyond just eating the berry though, the strawberry’s seeds can be put to practical use, too. Harvesting strawberry seeds allows heirloom plants to be grown that will produce an abundance of strawberries. You can buy starter plants or packaged seeds, but the seeds can easily be removed from the berries’ skin just by gently scraping them off. The outside of a strawberry contains around 200 seeds. Some varieties of seeds need to be frozen first to encourage the germination process, and then they… read more