TAG: Nutrition

Onions, More Than Simply Flavoring Food

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Onions are a versatile vegetable with a high nutritional value. Onions are thought to prevent cancer, diabetes, and even the common cold. But onions can also be used around the home in place of harsh chemicals and aerosols. Here are some uses you may not have thought of.. Make DIY Dye: Onions make brilliant all natural dyes. Simply place the skins of the onion in a nylon bag and boil for about 30 minutes. Soothe a sore throat: Onions make a fantastic tea that with the natural antioxidants helps fight infection. Using the peels bring the water to a boil, remove… read more

Powerful Probiotics

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Probiotic organisms are living microorganisms that are effective for optimal health. Probiotics are commonly found in foods but can also be taken as a supplement. They are thought to help intestinal health and be effective in treating inflammatory diseases. They improve digestion, relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, produce nutrients to repair the gut, increase resistance to infections and regulate the immune function. They are also fantastic for preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria. Yoghurt One of the most commonly known probiotics. Look for yoghurts that have been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk… read more

Classic Treats (Without The Sugar)

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In a world full of packaged foods, homemade delicacies from the oven are, to many, a rare treat that is eagerly accepted. And they are often better in taste and quality, as well as better for you. But there are still improvements to be made in the staples we use if we wish to create a healthy diet that provides us with the best possible nutrition to support us in our daily lives. For most, sugars and artificial sweeteners make up a big portion of baking staples– it is essentially a tradition in American baking. And like most traditions, the… read more

Top 12 Must-Read Foodie Books

Food Books

Here are 12 must-read books for those who are interested in food, health, and sustainability: 1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan – A fascinating investigation into the ways in which industrial, organic, and alternative foods are produced and distributed, and their social, moral, political, and economic implications. 2. Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare by F. Bailey Norwood and Jason L. Lusk – An exploration of ethical issues, the feasibility of various animal welfare measures, and what could be done to promote the health and happiness of farm animals…. read more

Flu Fighting Foods

Flu Fighting Foods

With the flu season having started earlier than usual this year it is vital to stay healthy. These are a few foods to help your body ward off the bugs this time. Garlic: Garlic can be added to just about any dish and it will almost always enhance the flavor. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. Yogurt: The digestive tract is one of your biggest immune organs, so keep disease-causing germs out with probiotics and prebiotics, found in naturally fermented foods like yogurt. Frozen yogurt is a great option also instead of the sugar loaded ice… read more

Not Just For Halloween

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The pumpkin is one of the most versatile of vegetables. It can be made into muffins, pie, soups, salads, and even as a sweet or savoury dish. It is classed as a superfood as it is fantastic for your skin containing Vitamins A, C, E and zinc which help to prevent wrinkles. It can have an anti-inflammatory effect and combined with its high levels of antioxidants, can prevent arthritis and joint inflammation. The phytosterols can lower the risk of prostate cancer. It is said to be beneficial to sufferers of depression, can prevent kidney stones, is a diuretic and is also used… read more

Invite Rosemary to Dinner

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Rosemary is a wonderfully pungent herb that offers a broad array of health benefits. It stimulates the immune system, improves digestion and circulation, and has anti-inflammatory properties (inflammation is implicated in many health problems ranging from asthma to arthritis). Evidence suggests that the scent of rosemary even boosts brain performance. Rosemary can be purchased fresh and stored in the fridge (you can extend its life by wrapping it in a slightly damp paper towel). You can also freeze rosemary by chopping the leaves into ice cube trays, covering them with water, and keeping them in the freezer. These rosemary cubes… read more

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

Winter Seasonal Eating

Winter Seasonal Eating

Seasonal eating has become increasingly popular for a number of reasons. Fresh produce that has not been shipped from far away tends to be tastier, more nutritious, and significantly better for the environment. However, when contemplating the switch to a more seasonal diet, many people are concerned that they will have no fruits and vegetables to eat during the winter months. Fortunately, there are plenty of colorful, fresh produce options throughout the cold season. Root vegetables: Root vegetables such as carrots, beets, potatoes, and yams grow well in cold weather and store nicely. Roasted root vegetables drizzled with olive oil… 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