Strawberry Heaven!

It’s strawberry season here in northern Indiana!  We have been picking and enjoying ruby-red strawberries ever since the Pilgrims discovered these gems that were originally planted by Native Americans.  Strawberries are low-calorie tasty delights that are packed with health benefits. Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins and ellagitannins.  Anthocyanins have the potential…

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Asparagus: Go Green for Health!

My childhood asparagus memories are of slimy, overcooked spears in a can.  I  didn’t know asparagus….not really.  I believe the keys to loving asparagus are to get it local and fresh, cook it quick (if at all), and experiment with new recipes.  We are right on the brink of asparagus…

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The EGG….the Whole EGG….and Nothing But The EGG!

Eggs are full of nutrients…..they’re versitile…..and they’re inexpensive.  They contain all nine essential amino acids, so they are a complete protein.  They are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals for vision, brain, and heart health.   Yes…I said heart health!   Eggs contain choline (a “vitamin-like” substance) that is necessary for heart and brain function, as…

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Fit Flaxseeds Into Your Day

My most current Recipe entry (wheat-free biscuits) features ground flaxseeds as a key ingredient.  Flaxseeds are a powerhouse of nutrition that can easily be incorporated into many foods you already eat.  It is super-important that you purchase fresh, quality flaxseeds and store them properly.  Nuts and seeds are high in…

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Cruciferous Vegetables Rock!

Cabbages of all kinds (green, Napa, red, bok choy, daikon)……mustard, collard, & turnip greens…..broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, kale, horseradish……… These are the cruciferous vegetables.  When these plants go to seed and flower, they all produce a cross-like, four-petal design.  Crucifer is the Latin word for “cross-bearer”. This family of…

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Hearty Swiss Chard

My husband and I planted the leafy green veggie Swiss chard in our modest garden this summer.  When the leaves looked mature, I cut them off….leaving about 2 inches of the stalk on the plant.  A few weeks later……more chard leaves!  I have harvested that plant 6 times, providing myself and…

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