Jicama - One of the Best Kept Nutritional Secrets!

Jicama – One of the Best Kept Nutritional Secrets!

Jicama (pronounced hee-kam-ah) is a very plain, unattractive, oval shaped, light brown vegetable that is very often overlooked by produce shoppers. I venture to guess that many people don’t know what it is, or what they could do with it if they purchased it. Although it seems to be gaining more popularity, it is still …read more

Rhubarb is a Vegetable - True or False?

Rhubarb is a Vegetable – True or False?

It’s that great time of year when we see a lot of rhubarb making its way from the backyard garden or the local market into our kitchens. Most of the time rhubarb is treated as a fruit, and we make our favorite desserts – possibly rhubarb crisp or rhubarb cake. But is rhubarb really a …read more

Radish - Much More Than a Pretty Red Veggie!

Radish – Much More Than a Pretty Red Veggie!

In North America, radishes are a vegetable that has most often been relegated to dressing up a salad or a vegetable tray. A little bit of research about radishes has revealed that there is definitely more to a radish than meets the eye! Did you know that radishes are part of that incredibly healthy cruciferous …read more

Kefir - 8 Reasons Why It Is Such a Healthy Beverage

Kefir – 8 Reasons Why It Is Such a Healthy Beverage

Kefir (pronounced kee-fer) is a fermented beverage that can be made with various liquids such as milk, coconut milk, water or coconut water.  Its main claim to fame is that it is rich in probiotics, and it is very beneficial for the digestive system. While doing some research I found plenty of other good reasons …read more

Cauliflower - More Nutritious Than Grandma Realized!

Cauliflower – More Nutritious Than Grandma Realized!

Sunday dinner almost always included cauliflower as one of the vegetables when I was growing up. My Grandmother always told my siblings and I to “eat your vegetables – they are good for you!”. Yes – Grandma was right, but at the time there was very little published information about the nutrition of vegetables, so …read more

Amaranth - Modern Benefits of an Ancient Grain

Amaranth – Modern Benefits of an Ancient Grain

Cultivated by the Aztecs 8,000 years ago, amaranth was used as a staple food and as an important part of their religious ceremonies. When the Spanish conquistadores conquered the Aztecs they forbid the use of amaranth, and it grew wild as a weed. Modern cultivation and research of amaranth began in the USA in the …read more

Edible Seeds - Healthy Snacks

Edible Seeds – Healthy Snacks

Edible seeds make a great healthy snack on the go – they are portable, they are lightweight, they are economical, most seeds don’t need refrigeration, and they are packed with nutrition. Some seeds are delicious when eaten on their own, and other seeds are best combined with other healthy foods to form a great snack. …read more

Probiotics - Are They a New Health Miracle?

Probiotics – Are They a New Health Miracle?

Awareness about probiotics seems to be growing, and the topic of probiotics seems to pop up in nutritional literature everywhere these days. What’s it all about? Is it a fad? Are probiotics the latest health miracle? Are they really beneficial for our health, or is it much ado about nothing? As a Health Coach, these …read more

Interesting Trivia About Millet

Interesting Trivia About Millet

Most of us know millet as a grain or food staple that comes from the African continent. I have been curious about the nutritional properties of millet, so I did some research and I found some surprising information.  So, let’s talk about some interesting ‘millet trivia’! Millet is not actually a grain. According to Wikipedia, …read more

Lentils Are a Legume - True or False?

Lentils Are a Legume – True or False?

We categorize lentils a legume, but are they really a legume? Well… there seems to be room for some debate as to whether lentils are a legume or a pulse. The dictionary I use defines ‘legume’ as: “a seed, pod, or other edible part of a leguminous plant used as food”.  The same dictionary defines …read more