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High fructose corn syrup

September 1, 2014

There’s cancer in that can!

By: Leanne Ely   High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is evil. Lord knows I’ve written enough about this poison over the years. But a disturbing new tactic by the corn growers makes me think we need to have this conversation again. In case you need a refresher. HFSC is a man-made sweetener that you find… Read more

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August 29, 2014

Bite into the benefits of the “new” red meat

By: Leanne Ely   It’s funny how suddenly people are wild about bison. But, once upon a time, these animals were a major source of protein and nutrients in North America. Bison isn’t new by any means, but it is certainly enjoying a new popularity! If you’re searching for a different red meat to add… Read more

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August 26, 2014

What delicious hybrid do honeybees love?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: BOYSENBERRIES It’s boysenberry season! Though, you may have a hard time finding fresh boysenberries. Boysenberries are a… Read more

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August 25, 2014

Protein Power

By: Leanne Ely   Getting adequate protein is essential for optimal health. Proteins are required for giving strength and structure to your body’s tissues and cells. We need protein to control biochemical reactions and to help the immune system run smoothly. Protein regulates the body’s metabolism, and they are also responsible for the regulation of… Read more

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August 21, 2014

Grow your own stir fry from kitchen scraps

By: Leanne Ely   The next time you toss your kitchen scraps, you might want to ask yourself if you can regrow them first! That’s right! You can regrow some of your common peels and cores into a whole new plant. And in some cases, you don’t even need a garden. Is your mind blown… Read more

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August 19, 2014

What veggie can I not get enough of right now?

By: Leanne Ely   I am fortunate to have a bumper crop of zucchini this year and I am loving it. So in honor of this most ultimate summer squash, today we’re giving it the attention it deserves with a trick, a tip and a great new recipe. Sound good? Zucchinis are packed with beta-carotene,… Read more

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August 15, 2014

What anti-bacterial salad ingredient is also my favorite herb?

By: Leanne Ely There is a plant that’s doing well in my garden and coincidentally it’s also my favorite herb. Basil is the key ingredient in pesto, a popular condiment made of olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and fresh basil. But basil is also a key topping for a traditional margarita pizza and you… Read more

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August 6, 2014

Get back to your roots: A Root Vegetable Primer

By: Leanne Ely   Last year, I had a great bumper crop of carrots, beets, kohlrabi and more in my garden. This year, a mysterious critter took them all out. Thank heavens for farmer’s markets! Root vegetables are easy to grow and offer so much nutritionally (and deliciously, too!) I thought I’d put together a… Read more

okra

August 1, 2014

What green pod can help your vision and keep you regular?

By: Leanne Ely   Okra isn’t everyone’s favorite vegetable, but if you knew how healthy these edible green pods were, I think you might find yourself warming up to them. Now, I’m from California so I didn’t grow up eating fresh okra. But when I moved to the South, I found out from growing them… Read more

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July 31, 2014

Shallot Secrets (shhh)

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: SHALLOTS Shallots are in season right now across the US, so today we’re going to give you… Read more