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November 14, 2014

Where are 90% of a walnut’s antioxidants found?

By: Leanne Ely Walnuts are like nature’s perfect little packaged food. Chock full of healthy fats, antioxidants, protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins, walnuts reign supreme in the kingdom of nuts. Just a quarter cup of walnuts a day is plenty for you to reap their health benefits. And just what sorts of health benefits are… Read more

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November 11, 2014

What prickly plant can boost your magnesium levels?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s artichoke season, so today we’re going to focus on this spiky green veggie. After reading this post, you’re going to have a great tip, a trick and a brand new recipe focusing on this edible flower that grows mainly in California and in the Mediterranean. Though artichokes are sharp and… Read more

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November 7, 2014

By: Leanne Ely   Apples aren’t the only fruits ripening on the trees right now. It’s a great time of year for pears! If the best of pear season has ended where you live, there should still be plenty of fresh pears around, so poke around the farmers’ market next time you’re there. Or even… Read more

Quinoa

November 4, 2014

Which gluten-free “grain” is actually a seed?

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: QUINOA Quinoa is a seed that’s been around forever, though with the popularity it’s gained in… Read more

fall foods

November 3, 2014

7 fall foods to forage for

By: Leanne Ely   Would you believe there’s all kinds of fresh food, free for the taking out there in the great outdoors? If there’s a forest or a meadow nearby, you may be able to forage for some delicious fall edibles. I love gardening, but I also love harvesting food I didn’t have to… Read more

squash for dinner

October 30, 2014

5 ways to enjoy squash for dinner

By: Leanne Ely   You can tell by the bright yellow or orange flesh of winter squash (well, depending on the variety), that this fall harvest fruit is good for you. (Yes, squash is a fruit!) Winter squash, like acorn and butternut, are the more substantial varieties. And I’m sure you already knew it, but… Read more

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October 28, 2014

Which ancient fruit makes the perfect salad topping?

By: Leanne Ely   I’ve been seeing figs popping up around the farmers’ markets so I thought we’d focus on this seasonal fruit today. You’re about to learn a tip, a trick and a great new recipe featuring the fig! Figs have been harvested since the 9th century BC where they were a staple in… Read more

10foods never eat

October 27, 2014

10 foods you should never eat

By: Leanne Ely   Would you be shocked to learn that a number of foods sold in grocery stores across the United States have been banned in other countries across the world because of the harmful additives they contain? If you have any of the following ten foods in your home, I recommend you ditch… Read more

Pumpkin

October 24, 2014

What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?

By: Leanne Ely   Pumpkins are all over the place right now. Readily available across most of North America, pumpkins have become a symbol of autumn and have a starring role in desserts, soups and loaves this time of year. But these gorgeous orange orbs are much more than just a pretty face. Pumpkins, like… Read more

Butternut Squash-stew

October 21, 2014

Which favorite fall soup ingredient is packed with vitamin C?

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: BUTTERNUT SQUASH As the weather gets cooler, my mind goes to squash. That didn’t come out quite… Read more