Organic VS Non- Organic… Is it just Hype?

In doing the research for the preparation of my Plant Based Directory, I am coming across a lot of information about different pesticides and chemicals used to treat the produce that we purchase from our local markets. The Environmental Dirty Dozens list I usually try to buy organic, however if I fall short I have…

And the award for Multi-tasking Super Food of the year goes to…KALE

    Whether its green smoothies, superfood shakes or vegetable juices, Kale seems to be the go to vegetable to add nutritional value that counts to any meal.  Kale is low in calories, high in fiber, and has zero fat. It’s been said that Kale helps curb unhealthy cravings, thus making it a great meal…

Lettuce – More than just Roughage!

The Exalted past reverence of Lettuce For thousands of years Lettuce has been cultivated as more than a vegetable, and was also thought to possess medicinal properties. The Egyptians used the seeds to produce oil and it also had cultural and religious significance, as it was considered to be sacred. During medieval times in Europe, lettuce…

Izote…Eat Your Flowers!

Izote/Yucca are among the many flowers that are safe to eat. The Colorado State University Extension describes the taste of Izote flowers as slightly bitter, with a hint of artichoke flavor. The flowers can be eaten both raw or lightly sauteed. Health Benefits include: High in vitamin C and antioxidants (Boosts immune system and protects…

Green Banana- Similar to Yellow… but just a little different…

Although the green banana is simply an unripened yellow banana, There are some differences. Green bananas, similar to the Yellow banana, are high in fiber, potassium and Vitamin B6. They aid in blood pressure and blood sugar control; and are responsible for many enzymatic processes within the body. What makes the Green Banana stand out…

Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)- A Fully Functional Food…

Garbanzo beans are very nutrient dense and due to that fact can be considered a fully functional food. A cup of Garbanzo beans provides 729 calories . They are high in slow digesting carbohydrates, your body’s preferred source of fuel (121g ) and are a good Source of Protein (12g). Garbanzo Beans are not only…

Cucumbers… The Underrated Champ of Veggies!

I have always known to reach for a Cucumber to sooth my eyes when they seem to be baggy and or just otherwise tired. I didn’t see Cucumbers as very nutritious or particularly beneficial in any manner. I based my thought mainly on the fact that cucumbers have such a high water content. 96 Percent…

Chayote -The new Vegetable that is not so new…

Source (article): Chayote -The new Vegetable that is not so new… In my research I came across some additional information that I feel impelled to pass along.  I am providing the link but it notes as follows: Always Eat Organic Chayote – Regular chayote can contain up to 6 cancer causing agents, 12 hormone disrupting…

Chayote -The new Vegetable that is not so new…

Chayote is a relatively new veggie in US that comes from Middle and South America but was the staple food for the Aztec Indians for hundreds of years.  There are so many health benefits to Chayote. Health Benefits Chayote is high in Vitamins C,B,K and antioxidants similar to those in green tea. Chayote containing only…

Bell Peppers- Help fight Anemia and more…

Bell peppers are mainly made up of water and carbs. Most of the carbs are sugars, such as glucose and fructose. They are also a decent source of fiber. They are naturally high in antioxidants to include (capsanthin, violaxanthin, lutein, quercetin and luteolin) Bell peppers may have many health benefits. These include improved eye health,…

Amaranth-Not Considered a grain at all…

Amaranth is considered a weed by much of the world, yet has been grown as a grain-like seed and a vegetable for thousands of years. Ironically,Amaranth is not a grain at all and is Gluten Free!  Some additional Health Benefits include: The oils and phytosterols in amaranth help lower cholesterol levels, including LDL and triglycerides….