nutrition

  • Have it All When Growing Small

    You’ve heard the motto before: “Good things come in small packages.” But when it comes to backyard gardening, there’s a new phrase to remember: “Good things grow in small spaces.”

    Discover the benefits of backyard gardening
    By Heather Brautman
  • In Season: Blueberries

    July is National Blueberry Month, so what better time to focus on a berry with one of the highest antioxidant capacities—if not the highest—among all fruit? Native to North America, the blueberry’s antioxidant properties support whole body functions like regulating blood sugar, eye health, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function.

  • Focus On: Probiotics

    WHAT IT IS:

    Probiotics are live microorganisms that help maintain the natural balance of organisms in the intestines. The probiotic bacteria found in the digestive tract reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system.

    BENEFITS

  • Picnic Perfect Spinach Hummus Pinwheel Wraps

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
    June 18 is International Picnic Day!

    4 cups packed spinach

    ¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water

    1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans

    2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)

    1 tablespoon tahini

    1 clove garlic

    Pinch of fine sea salt

    4 whole grain tortillas

    1 avocado, thinly sliced

    ½ cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced

    1 small red bell pepper, very thinly sliced

    Steam spinach over broth or water. Place spinach, beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt in bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. You should have approximately 2 cups hummus. Spread 1/2 cup hummus on 1 tortilla, leaving about an inch from the edge uncovered. Arrange 1/4 each of sliced avocado, sliced cucumber, and sliced bell pepper on top of hummus and tightly roll up tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas, hummus, avocado, cucumber, and bell pepper. Holding tortillas firmly, carefully cut into 3/4-inch pinwheels and serve. Source: wholefoodsmarket.com

  • Meatless: Delectable Dips

    A meatless diet doesn’t mean just vegetables all the time—but in the spirit of the backyard BBQ, why not pair some of your healthy favorites with a flavorful dip for a new twist on an old standby? Think nutrient-rich cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes; or, include carrots on your veggie tray for a boost of vitamin A.

  • Raw Foods: Natural Body-Boosters

    Gone are the days when the word raw—in the context of food—conjured up hippy granola images of unpalatable wilted lettuce leaves and dry, warped carrot sticks. The raw food movement has seen a recent surge into mainstream consciousness.

    By Tess Masters AKA The Blender Girl
  • Buzzword: GMO

    Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are genetically engineered plants or animals. These organisms are injected with new gene combinations created using DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These combinations do not naturally occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

    Best Bets for Non-GMO Eaters

  • In Season: Papaya

    The papaya, aka the pawpaw, is regarded as one of nature’s ultimate nutritional powerhouses. Originally hailing from Mexico and Hawaii, this superfood is an excellent source of antioxidants and contains carotenes; vitamins A, B, and C; folic and pantothenic acid; potassium; magnesium; and fiber.

  • Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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    SERVES 2

    ½ cup filtered water

    ½ teaspoon probiotic powder (optional to offset natural sugar content)

    ½ cup raw unsalted cashews (conventional blenders: soak two hours)

    1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed, ripped into small pieces)

    2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen

    ¼ cup chopped pitted dates (soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes), or 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)

    ½ teaspoon minced ginger (optional)

    Put all of the ingredients into your blender (I like to use a Vitamix) in the order listed and puree for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more kale, sweetener, or ginger).

    Note: With a conventional blender, you’ll get the smoothest consistency if you use maple syrup or chop the dates finely, and be sure to soak those cashews as well. You can quick soak by covering with boiling water for 10 minutes (but this kills the live enzymes) or soak in room temperature water for 2 hours.

    Source: The Blender Girl

  • Add This Spice to Your Life

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    When I think of foods that contain cinnamon, carb-heavy favorites like gooey cinnamon rolls and fresh apple pie are often the first to come to mind.