Recipe – Winter Greens Salad

Powerhouse Kale

Once upon a time there was a testing procedure used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine the antioxidant capacity of fruits and vegetables. It was called the ORAC test (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). Researchers would look at all the different antioxidants and phytochemicals that are found in a plant food and ...

Recipe – Sesame-Flax French Toast

The Dynamic Sesame Seed

Even though sesame seeds are small, they are a powerhouse of nutrition. These seeds are admired all around the world for their slightly sweet, nutty flavor and aroma. The sesame seed is highly valued for having one of the highest oil contents of any seed (up to 50%) which contains essential fatty ...

Recipe – Walnut Spread

Walnuts

This little nut that looks a lot like a miniature brain contains a powerhouse of important nutrients for optimal health in just a one-ounce handful.
  • An excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid (2.5g) – most ALA of any other tree nut.
  • 4g of protein
  • 2g of fiber
  • A good source ...

Recipe – Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini

If left to its own accord, the average zucchini would grow as big as a baseball bat. The biggest one recorded was 7 feet 10 inches long! The zucchini or ayokonetl originated in the Americas, specifically Mesoamerica. Three centuries later, it was in Italy that the modern-day zucchini finally came to be, where it was ...

Recipe – Roasted Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Yummy! “Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family and looks like a cross between an octopus and a space capsule. The name comes from the German Kohl (cabbage) plus rabi (turnip) because of the resemblance of the cabbage-like stem to the turnip. The stem can be crisp and juicy, almost as sweet as an apple, ...

Recipe – Butter Bean Mashed Potatoes

Velvety Buttery Butter Bean

The Lima bean, Phaseolus lunatus, is commonly known as the lima bean or butter bean. These beans have a buttery, sweet, starchy taste and a smooth texture. The term butter bean is widely used for a large, flat and white variety of lima bean (P. lunatus var. macrocarpus). Lima beans, named after its place of origin, Lima, ...

Recipe – Strawberry Guava Smoothie

Fragrant Guava

Guavas are fragrant, delicious tropical fruits that many Americans know only because they are frequently used in jellies. But these red-fleshed (and sometimes white-fleshed) fruits pack an amazing nutritional wallop. New government research demonstrates that guava may indeed deserve a place among the antioxidant elite. On one widely used test of antioxidant power, the ...

Recipe – Creamy Cantaloupe Ice Cream

Cantaloupe!

What a yummy summer fruit! “Cantaloupe is truly a high-volume food. An entire large melon has only 277 calories, way less than most desserts, and more than most people can eat at one sitting. About 90 percent of the melon is water. But that water in the melon goes a long way toward filling you ...

Recipe – Apple Almond Flour Cookies

Organic Apples High in Bacteria

Published in Frontiers in Microbiology, a new study shows that organic apples harbor a more diverse and balanced bacterial community, which could make them healthier and tastier than conventional apples. “The bacteria, fungi and viruses in our food transiently colonize our gut,” says study senior author Professor Gabriele Berg, of Graz University ...