Recipe – Blueberry Apple Fold-Over Pie

Blueberries

Research reveals that there is a serious amount of interesting evidence to support eating a lot of blueberries—improved memory, reduced depression, prevention of diabetes and the formation of new neurons. There are nutrition scientists who have devoted their careers to studying blueberries. They have found that rats who ate blueberries for two months showed improvements in ...

Recipe – Lemon Broccoli Pasta Salad

Lemons

The lemon is a species of small evergreen trees native to Asia, primarily northeast India, northern Myanmar and China, although production had spread to much of the world by the 14th century. We can thank Christopher Columbus for their introduction to the Americas in 1493. By the 19th century, lemons were increasingly planted in Florida ...

Recipe – Granola Bites

Vanilla

Vanilla is a spice derived from orchids, primarly obtained from pods of the Mexican flat-leaved vanilla species. The vanilla orchid must be pollinated in order to produce the fruit from which the vanilla spice is obtained. Although one species of bee, the Eulema, found in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, northern Mexico, and occasionally in the U.S., ...

Recipe – Creamy Vegan Banana Pudding

The Banana

Bananas are one of the most versatile foods available. They come in their own container and can be eaten right out of the peel. The banana plant, also called a banana tree, is technically regarded as an herb, not a tree, because the stem doesn’t have true woody tissue. Bananas are the most popular fruit in ...

Recipe – Sprouted Sunflower Seed Paté

Sunflower Seeds

While living in Nebraska, I regularly drove down to Kansas to visit my parents. Along my regular route, there was a massive field of sunflowers. When I headed south in the morning, all the sunflowers would be facing east, and when I headed north in the evening, they would all be facing west. I ...

Recipe – Creamy Vegetable Noodle Soup

Bell Pepper

The bell pepper (Capsicum annuum), often mistaken for a vegetable, is really a nutritious fruit with great health benefits. Bell peppers, or sweet peppers, are brightly hued and beautifully bell-shaped, ringing with high flavor and nutritional notes. Bell peppers come in a rainbow of shades—green, red, white, yellow, orange, purple, brown, and even black. Powerful, ...

Recipe – Braised Celery

Celery

Because some people fail to appreciate the unique flavor of celery, its health benefits are often overlooked. Celery is rich in antioxidants, which protect cells, blood vessels, and organs from oxidative damage. Celery reduces inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many illnesses, including arthritis and osteoporosis. Celery and celery seeds have approximately 25 anti-inflammatory compounds. The ...

Recipe – Popcorn

The ample dietary fiber and typically low calorie count of popcorn make it easy to understand why many people think of popcorn as a healthy food. And guess what? Properly prepared, it is! “[Popcorn] … is a whole grain, and high-fiber whole grains have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, ...

Recipe – Edamame Basil Hummus

Legumes

Legumes are plants with pods. They are a staple of many diets around the world including Asia, India, South and Central America, and the Middle East. Though legumes are a part of the American diet, they are not used as a primary source of protein as in other countries, except by vegetarians and vegans.

Legumes include:

Black ...

Recipe – Vegetable Split-Pea Soup

The Carrot

It's Good for You.

The carrot is a root vegetable first grown in Afghanistan around 900 AD. While it is known best for its orange color, it also comes in other hues, including purple, yellow, red, and white. Early carrots were purple or yellow, but the orange carrot was developed in Central Europe around the ...