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

Iron Rich Foods - Popeye Was Onto Something!

Iron Rich Foods – Popeye Was Onto Something!

Remember the cartoon character Popeye and the strength he gained by eating spinach (an iron rich leafy green)? It was meant to be funny, but it really is pretty close to the truth! Recently someone asked me about the food sources for iron, so I’ve been doing some research. Iron is truly an amazing mineral …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

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

Do You Wonder About the Nutrition of Sprouts?

Do You Wonder About the Nutrition of Sprouts?

I have been a long time enthusiast of growing and eating sprouts, and have always believed they are nutritious. Over the years I have enjoyed growing mung bean, alfalfa and radish sprouts, and eating them fresh in salads. Lately I have sprouted buckwheat groats, and incorporated them in energy bars and granola. Until now, I …read more

Chia Seeds - Are They a Beneficial Whole Food?

Chia Seeds – Are They a Beneficial Whole Food?

Chia is a flowering plant, also known as Salvia hispanica, which originates in Mexico and Guatemala. It is part of the mint family. Historically it was grown as an important food crop. Today the chia plant is grown commercially for its seeds. There seems to be a lot of hubbub these days about chia seeds. …read more

The Surprising Nutrition of Oatmeal

The Surprising Nutrition of Oatmeal

There are many different kinds of oatmeal available in food stores these days, and they are all slightly different from each other.  But how processed are each of them? How nutritious is oatmeal? Does oatmeal really lower cholesterol?  Does oatmeal contain gluten?  Read on – you might be as surprised as I was to find …read more