Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
- Since many customers know what they are likely to find at the farmers’ market, do a bit of meal planning and shop accordingly. For example, if baby red potatoes have just come into season, plan to serve them boiled with a little butter and use the leftovers in a potato salad.
- Visit farmers’ markets when you travel. It is a way to get an insider’s look at a food community and the local favorites.
- You’re buying ultra-fresh produce when shopping at the farmers’ market, so let its natural flavor show when cooking it. Keep preparations simple. You’ll make cooking easier and you’ll be likely to try (and eat) even more local foods from the farmers market next week.
- Spend a few minutes chatting with producers at the farmers' market, and you will be, too. It takes tremendous dedication to both science and art to turn out beautiful produce on a small farm, and the time you spend inquiring about the results of that dedication can yield both useful information and infectious enthusiasm.
- A huge benefit of farmers' markets is your ability to ask questions about how the food was grown. That's a rare opportunity in our supermarket culture. Ask what produce is coming in or heading out of season. Find out what the farmer expects to bring to market next week so you can start to plan ahead. Learn all you can about the farmer's growing practices.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Dried apricots, 6
Grapes, 1 cup
Watermelon balls, 2 cups
Baby carrots, 10
Broccoli florets, 1 cup
Blue corn tortilla chips, 10
Pistachios, dry-roasted and unsalted, 25
Popcorn, unbuttered, 2 cups
Whole almonds, 13
Egg, hard boiled, 1
Milk, fat-free or 1%, 1 cup
Mozzarella cheese stick, 1
Yogurt, fat-free, ½ cup
Oatmeal cookie, small, 1
Monday, August 18, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Most nutrition databases don't include fat and calorie values for such foods. But you can count on these foods to have a shockingly high level of fat and calories.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Here are some trends that are impacting supermarkets.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Healthy Low Sugar Summer Drinks
Nothing is better than a cool, refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Nothing is worse than a beverage loaded with sugar and isn’t great for your health. The good news is that you can have all of your favorite summer drinks by making them lower in sugar while keeping them flavorful. Here are some healthy, low-sugar options to enjoy this summer:
· Infused water. You can buy these beverages at the store, but save money by making them at home. Simply add your favorite cut up fruits or vegetables to a pitcher of water and let it sit in the refrigerator for three hours. Herbs like mint or rosemary can be added for an additional punch of flavor.
· Iced tea. Brew a strong tea and leave in the refrigerator to cool. If you like some sweetness to your tea, add a hint of honey or crush a stevia plant leaf.
· Seltzer and juice. To mimic your favorite soda, add a splash of juice to some seltzer. You get the same fruity flavor and carbonation of soda with much less sugar. Or, buy some flavored seltzer which is low calorie and caffeine free.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
- Foods raised organically need fewer chemical pesticides and fertilizers and thus have less impact on the environment. If you can’t to buy all organic foods, make a decision to purchase a few foods which are most important to you to eat organically.
- Choose foods raised close to home. Utilize foods sold at farmers markets, CSA’s (community supported agriculture) or raise a garden.
- Learn to eat within the season. Food that is not raised in the area, is often shipped a significant distance which results in more fuel used for transportation.
- Reduce food waste. A significant amount of food is thrown away in this country. Only buy what you can reasonably use in a week. Rotting food is a major source of methane, one of the greenhouse gases associated with global warming. Also look for foods that use minimal packaging.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.