For a person who visits the grocery store typically no less than three to four times a week, one might think that I’m less guilty of allowing food, specifically fresh fruit and vegetables, go bad. But like the more than 31 million Americans who throw away nearly 33 million tons of food each year (equivalent to 470 pounds per household per year), I am indeed guilty.
Did you know that the oils that we consume can have an impact on our mood?
Winter in Colorado typically means a shortage of fresh, local, organic fruits (and vegetables for that matter). We typically rely on fruits and veggies from our neighbors down South. We are fortunate that growers in states like California, Texas, and Florida provide us with quality citrus fruits just when we’re needing an extra dose of vitamin C during these cold winter months. So whether you’re into grapefruits, pommelos, clementines, oranges, lemons (or Meyer lemons), or limes, now’s the time to get your citrus fix.
Most of us do our best to eat right and make good choices. We trust the brands we have come to know and love over many years. Some of us maintain vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, raw, or organic diets – all in the name of a healthy lifestyle. But even when we try to do the “right” thing we occasionally (or often) fall into the allure of packaging and clever marketing.
In October we honor those who have been affected by breast cancer: survivors and their families and friends, loved ones we have lost. We also raise breast cancer awareness and remind one another that it isn’t just a threat to older women, but to young women and men as well.
We’ve come a long way from Fig Newtons. We are crazy in love with fresh figs right now. After a recent “farm-to-table” dinner where our salad had a couple of small, fresh, incredibly delicious figs from a nearby farm that had just two fig trees, we were hooked. Fresh figs are sweet but not too sweet.
Growing up in Southern California we were blessed with a peach tree in the back yard. They grew to the size of softballs and we could hardly keep up with the picking before they dropped to the ground and squirrels beat us to them. Now living at high altitude we rely on the Farmer’s market [...]
Can we “drink” our food or can certain foods take the place of water? There are many foods that can help quench our thirst and hydrate our bodies. While they should not be a replacement for drinking water, they do contain important nutrients that make an important contribution to our bodies’ nutrient needs. Make an effort to include these foods in your daily diet, especially during the summer months when you are likely losing more moisture than usual simply due to the climate.
It’s summertime. It’s hot, you’re hungry, what’s your go-to snack when the heat is on – or do you try to avoid snacking altogether in order to look better in your bikini? While we don’t recommend avoiding snacking altogether, we do believe summertime is the perfect time for healthy snacking – there are just so many great things to choose from. For starters let’s look at the abundance of summer produce, in particular berries, cherries, watermelon, tomatoes, peaches, avocados, and bell peppers.
Why is it that watermelon tastes so good this time of year? Well, it is definitely in season, so that’s one reason. When the temperatures rise there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a slice of fresh watermelon. At over 90% water content, watermelon helps quench our thirst and curb our appetite. The best part is that they not only taste delicious, but they have some awesome health benefits as well.