Cucumber - Very Cool Nutrition!

Cucumber – Very Cool Nutrition!

I have always liked cucumbers for their interesting flavor and cool, crunchiness. Recently I became curious about how much nutritional benefit we get from cucumbers, and when I did the research – I was really amazed! This is one veggie that you’ll want to add to your shopping list every time! Cucumbers are often taken …read more

12 Great Reasons to Eat Watermelon

12 Great Reasons to Eat Watermelon

Watermelon is well known for being aptly named – indeed it is a cooling and hydrating fruit in the heat of summer! Because it contains up to 92% water, it definitely has more moisture than other members of the same melon family such as squash, pumpkin and cantaloupe. But there has been some debate about …read more

Sweet Potato and Yam - Is There a Difference?

Sweet Potato and Yam – Is There a Difference?

Sweet potatoes and yams are becoming more popular, as evidenced in restaurant fare with the current trend of ‘sweet potato fries’. Most people know that both sweet potatoes and yams are root vegetables that are good for us. We tend to use the two names interchangeably – but are sweet potatoes actually different from yams? If …read more

Osteoporosis - Is Your Dietary Lifestyle Affecting Your Bone Health?

Osteoporosis – Is Your Dietary Lifestyle Affecting Your Bone Health?

Osteoporosis, and bone health, is a very big medical concern in North America. What exactly is osteoporosis? Is this disease linked to our diet and lifestyle? As a population we consume a huge amount of dairy products. So what effect are the dairy products having on our bone mass? Good questions! What exactly is osteoporosis? …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

Beets - Bright Red Nutrition

Beets – Bright Red Nutrition

Beets are part of the Amarathaceae family. There are several varieties and colors, from the common bright red beet to less common yellow beets. Both the beet root and the beet greens are edible and nutritious – beneficial for anti-aging, lowering cholesterol and protection against heart disease. Beet root: Seven nutritional facts: Raw beets are …read more

Nuts

Nuts

  Nuts are a healthy and versatile food, which can be eaten as a snack or added to a main meal.  They are easy to take along when you are on the go and need a healthy pick-me-up. One interesting point about nuts is that they are both a protein and a carbohydrate, and they …read more

Kale - Very Nutritious

Kale – Very Nutritious

Kale is a very interesting leafy green vegetable. It is quite versatile and seems to be gaining popularity in recipes these days.  There are many varieties and colors of kale, and they are all incredibly healthy. Kale is a member of the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family of vegetables, along with broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and bok …read more