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

Considering the Nutrition of Dates

Considering the Nutrition of Dates

Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree, Phoenix dactylifera, which originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago.  Date palms are now grown in many places in the world.  There are many varieties of dates, each having a slight variation in size and color. But are dates really a healthy and nutritious …read more

Fennel - Delicious and Nutritious!

Fennel – Delicious and Nutritious!

This ancient European vegetable, which tastes similar to licorice, has an amazing nutritional profile and is quite versatile.  It is a relative of dill, carrots, parsley and coriander (the Umbellifereae family).  Because fennel’s licorice flavor is similar to the flavor of Anise seeds, the two plants are often confused – even though they are two …read more

Healthy Fruit - Blueberry and Raspberry

Healthy Fruit – Blueberry and Raspberry

Berries are one of the healthiest groups of fruits due to their incredible nutritional profile. Blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, and blackberries are some of the best sources of phytonutrients. All of these berries have a natural substance called ellagic acid, which has been shown to defend the body against carcinogens by suppressing the development of …read more

Healthy Food - Add Greens to Your Diet

Healthy Food – Add Greens to Your Diet

The number one thing you can do today to improve your health and boost your energy is eat leafy greens. This simple act has powerful implications. In his book, Integrative Nutrition, author Joshua Rosenthal describes it this way: “Greens help build our internal rainforest and strengthen our circulatory and respiratory system.” He goes on to …read more

Coconut and Coconut Oil, a Weight-loss Miracle?

Coconut and Coconut Oil, a Weight-loss Miracle?

For centuries, island cultures have exclusively used coconut and coconut oil as a staple in their diet, and according to a study conducted in the early ’80s on Polynesian populations and published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, these people showed favorable heart and circulatory health. And while conventional medical sources still condemn coconut …read more

Squash - A Healthy Food All Year

Squash – A Healthy Food All Year

  Winter and summer squash are cousins that are part of the same large family, the Cucurbitaceae family.  One interesting note is that pumpkins are grown in many countries, and pumpkin varieties can be found in both the winter squash category and the summer squash category. Let’s talk about both winter and summer squash, including …read more

Pomegranates - Incredible Antioxidant Power!

Pomegranates – Incredible Antioxidant Power!

Fall is a great time of year to power up your immune system, and pomegranates are perfect for the job! They are one of the most nutrient dense foods available, full of antioxidants. Pomegranates, and other nutrient dense foods, feed the body and increase energy. Pomegranates are an ancient fruit believed to have originated in …read more

Oils and Fats for Health and Wellness

Oils and Fats for Health and Wellness

  There is a great deal of confusing information these days about oils and fats, which leads to several questions, such as:  “Which ones are healthy, which ones aren’t?”  “How do I know I am getting the right amount of fat in my diet?”  “Which fats and oils are safe for cooking?”  “Even the labels …read more

Root Vegetables - Antioxidant Foods

Root Vegetables – Antioxidant Foods

Roots form the anchor and foundation for all plants, and they are essential for the plant’s support and nourishment, which make them rich in antioxidants.  When we consume root vegetables we also benefit from the root’s properties as they make us feel physically and mentally grounded and rooted, increasing our stability, stamina and endurance.   …read more