TAG: Vegetables

Kids, Fruits and Vegetables

Healthy eating

Most people know that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is critical for good health, but getting kids to consume them can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to make produce more appealing. Serve fruits and vegetables fresh, with dip: Fresh, crunchy produce usually tastes better to kids, and providing delicious dips increases their appeal. Let kids choose their produce: Instead of forcing kids to eat particular vegetables (and possibly creating a lifelong aversion), encourage them to choose their own when shopping. Ask them to select a variety colors and shapes, and… read more

Growing Your Own

Cherry Tomatoes

Most people know that driving generates carbon emissions, which contribute to global warming. However, not everyone is aware of the impact that our current food system has on the environment. A UK study conducted in 2001 found that while a typical family’s year of driving generates around 4.4 tons of CO2, producing, processing, packaging, and distributing that family’s food generates 8 tons of CO2. Our current food system is unsustainable. While traditional agricultural methods require the equivalent of half a calorie of energy to produce a calorie of food, the modern system typically requires around 10 fossil fuel energy calories… read more

Vegetable Frittata

Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Humans are responsible for wasting an average of 200kgs of food per year. Being smarter about how much food we purchase will decrease this amount of wastage. Planning meals for the week and adhering to that amount is a good start. Being creative about what is in the fridge is another. I hate wasting vegetables and have a great solution when there’s leftovers that are on their way out. Frittata Any vegetables in the fridge – Potato, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Carrot, Zucchini, Broccoli Herbs 5 Eggs Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper Method Pre heat oven to 160C. Par boil any… read more

Eating Foods in Season

Seasonal produce

The ability to retain food quality, with the aid of preservatives, means we have access to a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains year-round. Still, it is healthier and more practical to eat foods when they are season. In season produce is more likely to have come from local resources. This means less time spent being transported to stores. It may also infer that less, if any, pesticides were used as they would be to preserve produce that is not in season. While locations vary, here are some of the best times to get fresh fruits and vegetables: Spring… read more

Baking with Whole Foods

Healthier Baking with Whole Foods

1. Replace fats with fruits and vegetables: You can replace some or all of the butter or oil in many recipes with apple sauce, mashed banana, pumpkin puree, or other healthy substitutes. 2. Use whole wheat flour: Brown flour is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, making it a far healthier choice (white flour loses most of its nutrients during processing). 3. Replace up to half the sugar with molasses: Molasses is a great source of iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Use 1+1/3 cups of molasses for each cup of sugar, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and reduce… read more

Produce and Pesticides

Pesticides residual on fruit

The knowledge that pesticide residues are found in some of our foods and store in our systems no doubt lends to some extra scrubbing and rinsing when it comes to the produce department. If what is on your salad plate is of concern to you, then it is likely you have heard of the dirty dozen produce list, which showcases apples as the pesticide winner. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has currently added to this list, now reinstating it as the Dirty Dozen Plus in order to accommodate new categories of green beans and leafy green produce that contain high… read more