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Farmers’ Market Recipe Generator

September 17th, 2013

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When the farmers’ markets are full of white eggplants, shell beans, baby squash, multicolored carrots and greens whose names you don’t even know, it’s time to go shopping: without knowing what you’re looking for, without any kind of plan, just shopping to buy what looks or tastes good — or what the farmer tells you is good. The Recipe Generator is essentially a one-armed bandit of ingredients and techniques, offering more than 50 combinations of things you’re most likely to find in a market or your C.S.A. basket, with recipes that make wonderful use of them.

Click here to check it out.

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We’re all busy – one way or another. But eating well, healthfully, and balanced can be a challenge for those always on the go. For those of you who fall into this category, here are some helpful tips to perhaps make your meal planning more efficient, effective and – most importantly – healthy!

1) Prepare ahead of time – Prep is so KEY, especially when you’re busy!

2) Stay Hydrated – Put fresh citrus wedges into your water to infuse it with some natural taste.

Click here to read the full article and get the rest of the tips from LiveWell360.

Wheat selection

It can be tricky to identify what’s legitimately a whole grain product in today’s market, since food labels can often be misleading. Those seemingly whole grain Cheez-Its and Ritz crackers, for example, have more white flour than whole wheat flour. And with just one gram of fiber, the nutritional stats are essentially the same as the regular versions.

In fact, even something labeled as 100 percent whole grain doesn’t mean that it contains only whole grains. Original Wheat Thins don’t contain any refined flour, so they’re legitimately labeled as 100 percent whole grain. However, they also contain sugar, malt syrup, and invert sugar – not exactly what you’d call wholesome ingredients.

Click here to read the full story from the Times-Picayune and learn more about how to spot false labels and be sure you’re really getting the healthy snacks you love.

Food safety is especially important as you prepare a holiday meal and the CDC has some great tips for safely thawing and preparing your Thanksgiving turkey this year. Within the last couple of years, the CDC has investigated outbreaks of foodborne illness that were caused by bacteria in jalapeños, spinach, peanut butter, frozen pizza, frozen pot pies, and frozen beef patties. Many consumers are now more aware of the ongoing importance of food safety.

Check out the tips here.

As we all prepare for the upcoming holiday meals for Thanksgiving, food safety is something that can fall to the wayside along with the discarded scraps and trimmings. However, there are a few good tips from the Washington Post’s recent article we can all follow to help keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy, safe and happy this holiday season.

For example:

  • A colander (or strainer) allows you to wash fruit and vegetables quickly and safely because it lessens the risk of contamination from other foods, such as raw meat, that might have been in the sink earlier.
  • Wash refrigerator bins with dish detergent in warm water. Crisper drawers hold more bacteria than any other part of the refrigerator. Wash them often in a clean sink.

To read the full article, click here.

Probiotics 101!

September 24th, 2012

Researchers are studying the ability of beneficial micro-organisms – or probiotics – to treat a range of conditions from eczema to inflammatory bowel disease. And the idea that “good” bacteria are healthy for us is gaining traction. Because of this information, lots of people have turned to yogurt, with the belief that the bacteria added to the milk as part of the fermentation process are helpful. And there’s some evidence that yogurt affects digestion. Others are trying specialty yogurts or supplements made with specific strains of probiotics. There are hundreds of products on the market.

Check out this great article from NPR for more information about probiotics, how they can help, and the studies going on around them.

Research is continuing to find that inflammation is at the root of many medical conditions and diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, joint pain, allergies, digestive issues, skin problems and more. Thus, we should try to  include these 5 anti-inflammatory foods in our daily diets so we can reduce our risk of these conditions and improve our health.

Click here to check out the article.

The Fit NOLA Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Project, led by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), in partnership with the City of New Orleans Health Department, is slated to receive a total of $2.2 million in funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and pledged matching funds from community partner organizations to increase use of neighborhood parks and access to healthy foods in three underserved neighborhoods. The project will work to transform policies, systems and the environment in parks and surrounding neighborhoods to address barriers to both physical activity and access to healthy food.

The Fit NOLA Project will work to create innovative linkages between community health clinics, parks, and farmers markets in the St. Roch, Gert Town, and Hoffman Triangle-Central City neighborhoods, with a goal of connecting  approximately 64,000 residents with new opportunities for family-oriented physical activities, nutritious foods, and community centered health clinics that support and promote better nutrition and increased physical activity to improve long-term, community health outcomes.

Click here to read the full story.

Salad dressings are often the cherry on top of what should be a fairly healthy meal – until we load them with a quarter of a bottle of ranch. All oils are not created equally and some are better for us, in moderation, than others. When topping your salads this summer, consider these tips that a research study from Purdue University came up with to give you great taste, and keep you healthy an on track at the same time.

Click here to read the full story.

We all know that fruits and veggies are tasty and good for us. But many people have also heard about the negative side of fruit – too much sugar, empty calories, etc. Well, for those of you who are still wondering, here are 10 compelling reasons why we should all put more fruit in our daily diets.

Check it out here.