Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Six

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Six

We’re starting to see apples at the farmers markets and will continue to see them throughout the next few months.

As you enjoy that first crispy bite into one, with the sweet juice gently trickling down your hand, you can imagine using this year’s apple crop for baking a sweet treat or a savory dinner, as a base for a delicious salsa, a rosy colored batch of beautiful applesauce, or to make a tasty and calorie friendly smooth apple butter.

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Five

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Five

Last Saturday, while scouting around at a local farmers market, I found an abundance of basil plants that looked and smelled absolutely magnificent!

Fresh basil can be used in a variety of ways in our daily lives, whether we are plucking it straight off of the plant to add to our pizza or salad, drying it for later use, freezing it to quickly add to any sauce, or cooking and baking with it today.

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Four

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Four

Wow! I had no idea that strawberries are part of the rose family!

Mmmmmm, the thought of biting into a beautiful red ripe strawberry that I just brought home from the farmers market makes my mouth start to water. When eaten at the perfect time, I think they taste better than candy and completely forget about all of the great nutritional benefits that are packed into them.

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Three

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Three

Spinach, its proper name is spinacia oleracea and there are many varieties. No matter which variety you choose, it comes with a plethora of amazing functional food nutritional benefits.

This week at the farmers markets you can find an abundance of this chlorophyll filled vegetable, that’s how it gets its beautiful green color, and make it part of any meal or snack.

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Two

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Two

This week in northern Illinois we should be able to find some good looking rhubarb. In the U.S., rhubarb is traditionally featured in pies, jams, crumbles, breads, and other sweet foods.

THERE ARE MANY SWEET AND SAVORY WAYS TO PREPARE RHUBARB AND, NUMEROUS REASONS TO FIT RHUBARB INTO YOUR DAILY EATING PATTERN AS A “FUNCTIONAL FOOD.”

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Nutritional Love for Your Grey Matter

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Nutritional Love for Your Grey Matter

Numerous studies show that a lifetime of following a healthy eating pattern, along with healthy lifestyle behaviors, can provide the brain and the body with a proverbial “fountain of youth” that allows the brain to develop, grow, optimally function, and age gracefully.

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Dried Fruit:  Nutrition Treasure Troves

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Dried Fruit: Nutrition Treasure Troves

Unfortunately, dried fruit often gets a bad, and incorrect, rap as not being good for you because it contains too much sugar, food additives/preservatives, and can make you gain weight.

In reality, properly dried and prepared fruit can be an excellent part of any eating pattern.  

The trick is to know how to choose the healthiest dried fruit products, or how to make your own dried fruit, and how much a serving size really is.

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Olive Oil - Liquid Gold

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Olive Oil - Liquid Gold

Recently, a loyal blog follower submitted an inquiry about olive oil and her questions led to this week’s blog.  She was interested in knowing how to choose the best olive oil product in relation to what kind of food she is making and putting it in, what method of cooking she is using it for, and which type of olive oil provides the most health benefits.

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