Category: Nutrition

Freezing Produce

One of my favorite kitchen tricks is to freeze different fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months and even into early fall. When produce is seasonally and locally sourced it’s at its nutritional height so it’s the perfect time to not only eat them fresh, but also to freeze them and seal in those good nutrients so you can enjoy them at a later date. Much easier than canning and pickling, freezing produce only takes a little bit of prep work you’ve got ready-to-go fruits and veggies to use all year long.

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Berries

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are in-season locally mid-May through August. Fresh, local berries are succulent, sweet, beautiful in color, and bursting with nutrients.

From a health standpoint, berries contain a variety of phytochemicals, namely anthocyanin and quercetin. They also have very high antioxidant content relative to other fruits and vegetables. The phytochemical and antioxidants in berries play a significant role in preventing cancer growth and reducing inflammation. In addition to berries anti-cancer properties,

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Tomatoes

Heirloom, Cherry, Grape and Roma, I cannot get my fill of tomatoes this time of year. Rich in fiber and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, this sweet summer treat can usually stand alone when they are in season. My nightly routine usually includes a simple tomato salad with olive oil, salt, pepper and basil or oregano, though I am always up for a more adventurous recipe. Here are a few of my favorites to inspire you.

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Summer Drinks

Summer is near and that means more time spent outdoors with family and friends, enjoying backyard BBQ’s, beach days, camping and low-key picnics. It also means more sun exposure and hotter humid temps, which tend to leave us dehydrated and feeling sluggish. Grabbing that nearby cola or sweet tea is probably pretty tempting, but these types of beverages are loaded with extra sugars, preservatives and other unnecessary additives that are less than nourishing for our body.

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Decrease Food Waste: Produce Shelf-Life Cheat Sheet

My weekly produce hull, be it from the store, the farmers market, or my CSA can be both exciting and daunting. Let’s be honest, we all WANT to eat each and every fruit and vegetable we have but there are times that I can’t use all of them before they start to wilt. There had to be a better way. I decided to pay closer attention to the shelf life of each item. I used the produce with the shortest shelf life first and it helped to cut down on my food waste.

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How To Store Greens (with Recipes!)

Spring is here and that means local salad greens are becoming more available at your local farmers markets and in CSA shares. While fresh salad greens are a tasty, versatile source of vitamins and minerals, many people pass them up due to their seemingly short shelf life. Here are a few simple ways that you can store your greens to avoid having them wither away before they’re enjoyed.

  • Sealable Bag with Towel

The most common method for storing greens,

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Spiralizing 101

Move over zoodles, the vegetable spiralizing craze has expanded include many exciting vegetables and this cheat sheet with break it down for you. Learn what veggies you can make into noodles plus the best ways to cook and use them.

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Sweet Potato Toasts


Sweet and satisfying, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, copper, vitamins B6, B1 and B2, potassium and fiber. Needless to say, they’re a powerhouse of nutrients! Sweet Potato Toast is a new, trendy dish that you can love because it’s simple, comforting and super nourishing. Plus, you can tap into your creative side

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3 Ways to Refresh Your Breakfast Routine

Come May, I can’t stand to look at another bowl of oatmeal. Eager for berries and the summer harvest, I feel ready to revamp my breakfast routine. That being said, my breakfast has to feel simple or I’ll never stick with it. Here are three of my

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Pasta: Is It Bad for You?

If you’ve heard me speak, you know that I despise the idea of good and bad foods. Instead, I encourage you to set positive intentions around food. “I Eat To Nourish My Body” is an empowering intention to sink your teeth into. While the most nourishing foods tend to be whole foods, there should always be room

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