TAG: Vegetables

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

School’s Insecticide Contamination Proves Fatal

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The Mid-Day Meal Scheme in India is the largest school-based feeding program in the world, serving 20 million children every day.  It was originally introduced in 1925 as a means to provide free meals to poor and disadvantaged children, with meals that provide a range of 450-700 energy calories and 12-20 grams of protein. Despite alleviating hunger (though malnutrition certainly remains a problem in India), the program suffers from poor hygiene, and has been caught in multiple scams. Recently, the program’s lack of sanitation resulted in the death of 23 students, who became ill after ingesting cooking oil contaminated with… read more

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Without A Fridge

Save Food From The Fridge: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Using Zero-Energy

Korean designer Jihyun Ryou has come up with a solution for storing fresh food without the need of electricity. Save Food From The Fridge is a charming collection of kitchen shelves that uses unsophisticated materials for keeping fruits and vegetables away from quick degradation, energy-free. Sensible and adorable, Jihyun Ryou’s objects re-introduce and re-evaluate the way we connect with other living beings and the way we eat. There are different shelves with containers designed to store different vegetables, according to their shapes and humidity they need. For storing rooted vegetables like carrots, radish and parsnip, Ryou created a container that… read more

3 Pillow Designs Encourage Kids to Play With Veggies

3 Pillow Designs Encourage Kids to Play With Veggies

Some children love vegetables, and some may not be such fans. Not just reserved for dinnertime, vegetables have also sprouted up in pillow designs that are perfect for kids. These will inspire even the most avid veggie haters to join in for some food play. Designer Weng Jie must have a fun side, because anyone who can create such a cool object as the Sweetcorn Pillow is presumably engaging. This pillow resembles an ear of corn and is complete with removable corn kernels, which are made with Velcro fasteners. The kernels can be laid on, thrown about or played with…. read more

Tips For Buying Organic

Tips For Buying Organic

There are many reasons to buy organic food, however it can drastically dent a hole in your wallet. The pesticides commonly sprayed on foods are a worry and organics just taste better! But, there are ways to eat organic and save money. You just need to know what you should definitely buy organic, because of the foods’ susceptibility to pesticides and those that are resistant. Non-Organic Bananas – pesticides stay on the outer skin Avocado – the thick skin protects the flesh Onions – they don’t see as many pest threats, which means less pesticide use Pineapple – it has… read more

Rich in Rhubarb

Rich Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a versatile vegetable that comes in red, pink, and green. Its stalks are edible and highly nutritious, but its leaves are poisonous. Rhubarb’s flavor is quite tart, so it’s typically paired with sugar and berries. It’s often added to treats such as pies, muffins, fruit crisps and crumbles, smoothies, and punches, though there are savory recipes available online as well (you can find a selection at La Cucina Italiana). Rhubarb is a source of vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and dietary fiber, as well as being rich in health-promoting antioxidants including anthocyanins (the compounds that give red, blue,… read more

Natural Diet Foods For All

A Natural Diet

Many people are conscious about their bodies and the way they look. This is especially true when the New Year rolls around and everyone is promising themselves that they will eat better and get into the gym more often. If you are a dieter, consider a natural diet. Nutrients should come from natural foods. Each food group contains diet foods that provide many nutrients that benefit our overall health. Vegetables People who consume more vegetables have less chance of developing disease, according to NaturalFoodBenefits.com. These diet foods contain vitamins A, E and C, which promote health. They contain few calories… read more

Kale: A Certain Superfood

Kale: A Superfood

Kale is a dark leafy green vegetable that belongs to the brassica family, a group that includes Brussels sprouts, collards, and cabbage. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, and its rich antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a potent health-promoter. Research indicates that eating kale regularly may help to protect against certain cancers and to lower cholesterol (a risk factor for heart disease), as well as supporting the body’s natural detoxification system. According to the George Mateljan Foundation (2012), Kale is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C; a very good source of fiber, calcium*, and potassium; and… read more

Potassium Packs A Punch

Potassium Packs A Punch

Potassium is needed to build muscle, use carbohydrates effectively, and facilitate normal body growth. It’s critical for muscle control, blood pressure regulation, and nerve function, and it may play a role in the prevention of a variety of illnesses. There is evidence that not getting sufficient dietary potassium in relation to sodium may trigger high blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Severe potassium deficiency is uncommon, though it can be caused by poor control of diabetes, very low-calorie diets, overuse of certain laxatives or diuretics (including caffeine), some medications, intense exercise, alcoholism, and severe vomiting or diarrhea. However,… read more

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