Hello all, Thanks for visiting! This site will hopefully offer you some interesting and fun nutrition information that you can put to use in your every day life. Sunday for me is Farmer’s Market day! My FAVORITE day of the week! It’s a chance for me to gather up my weeks “supplies” to nourish my body and soul with the food that comes from local and organic farmers. It’s a great way to support the “green” movement and get some fantastic, beautiful fruits and veggies (among other things such as breads, honey and cheese). Don’t forget to bring your own reusable bag! 🙂
Today I took home tangelos, after trying a sample (they always have samples of everything and if they don’t, just ask-they are more than happy to have you try their products!) Tangelos make a great morning, before work out, or mid day snack. I also grabbed some mint leaves, which I am drinking in my water to jazz it up. You can also use mint to make tea or chop it into salads (goes great in fruit salads). Mint is known to be helpful for digestion as well as aid in irritable bowl syndrome (how many people do you know who suffer from that?!?). Tomatoes are making their come back for the season, but at this time, what you mainly find are the “early girl” type tomato. When picking tomatoes, make sure they are firm, but not hard and check for any bruises or decay. Smell them to see if they smell like, well, a tomato! Tomatoes have become very popular because they contain an antioxidant called lycopene, which has been shown to prevent certain types of cancer such as prostate, breast, colon, lung and skin cancer. Adding tomatoes to salads, making your own salsa (combine tomatoes, onion, chili peppers and cilantro), or including a nice slice on a sandwich is an excellent way to get extra antioxidants in your body. Don’t forget your greens! Greens are so important to include in your diet. Today I picked up some fresh spinach. 1 cup of spinach contains only 41 calories and spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, C, carotenes (antioxidants) and folic acid. You can use it in place of lettuce in salads, or scramble it with your eggs in the morning. There was a reason why Popeye was so big and strong. He knew what was up! 🙂
Benefits of shopping at the Farmer’s Market:
1. Supporting local business-by buying food from local farms, you support your community and get the chance to give back.
2. Getting fresh, seasonal, organic produce (mostly all is organic, but some are not, so make sure to ask where the food comes from…they will be happy to tell you). These are the best kind of fruits and vegetables to be eating. Commercial produce is grown in poor, nutrient lacking soil. Organic produce supplies you with important vitamins and minerals naturally.
3. Affordable. I take $20/wk and I come home with so many wonderful things! Try getting $20 worth of seasonal, organic produce at a commercial market! You’d be surprised how far your money will go at the farmar. 🙂
4. Creativity. You have control of where your food is coming from and get to get creative in the kitchen making beautiful, nourishing food from whatever you pick up. If you don’t have a ton of cookbooks, there are numerous websites that contains recipes for everyone from carnivore to vegan. Have fun with your food!
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You can visit: http://www.localharvest.org/ to find local farmer’s markets and CSA’s near you.
References: Murray, Michael, The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Atria Books, New York, 2005