Gotta Get a Lotta Watermelon

      Watermelons…those melons with a mid- to dark green rind that is usually mottled or striped…sweet, juicy flesh that is usually deep red to pink…and many black seed…(unless you’re smart enough to be one of the 85% of us who bypass the seeds altogether by buying seedless watermelons)…have been the delight of manyContinue reading “Gotta Get a Lotta Watermelon”

A Poem About Pomes

This is a poem…a poem about pomes…another type of fruit…that I can’t wait to bring home… Sorry, the words “poem” and “pome” are too similar that I couldn’t resist. But what are pomes? Pomes are those fruits that have a relatively hard flesh surrounding a central core of seeds, fruits such as apples and pears.Continue reading “A Poem About Pomes”

32 Real Reasons Not to Cook Dinner Tonight

Advocates of the raw foods diet believe that heating food above 104° destroys the natural enzymes needed for proper digestion and reduces the nutritional value of the food. They also believe that cooked foods contain harmful toxins which can cause various chronic diseases…. People who embrace the raw foods lifestyle believe that heating foods overContinue reading “32 Real Reasons Not to Cook Dinner Tonight”

One Apple Up on Top

Okay, so now we know the nutritional value of apples, let’s talk about the different things that eating apples and these nutrients can help prevent or make better, for lack of a better word. In other words, how apples can keep you on top of your game. ******* Cancer Apples are a good source of antioxidants…whichContinue reading “One Apple Up on Top”

Beta-Carotene…The Why

  Before jumping in to which fruits and veggies on the Raw Foods Pyramid give you the most beta-carotene, let’s look at reasons why you should start adding those brightly colored foods to our diet…       Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, an eye disease that leads to vision loss in older adults…ThereContinue reading “Beta-Carotene…The Why”

Aromatherapy…The Why

Aromatherapy has a claim to fame that runs a wide gamut of “cures what ails you,…medical, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes…     Essential oils are actually regulated as prescription drugs that can only be administered or prescribed by a doctor in France and certain parts of Western Europe…where aromatherapy and essential oils are appreciatedContinue reading “Aromatherapy…The Why”

Chamomile…The Why

Peter Rabbit’s mother must have been a very smart woman…(or rabbit)…She had enough knowledge to grab chamomile tea whenever the mischievous Peter Rabbit came home after narrowly escaping from Mr. McGregor’s garden…even though she had quite a stash of different types of tea available.  She knew about its health because she loved to read and hadContinue reading “Chamomile…The Why”

Raspberries…The What

Now let’s move on to raspberries, a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants— which also inclues apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, and almonds. Raspberries are the third most popular berry here in the United States…right after strawberries and blueberries. There are over 200 species of raspberries, but these typically belongContinue reading “Raspberries…The What”

Grapes…The Why

Like all other fruits, grapes contain several beneficial nutrients—such as fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. For example, one cup of grapes provides more than a fourth of the RDI for vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin vital for blood clotting and healthy bones…as well as vitamin C, necessary for bone and connective tissue health. Another nutrientContinue reading “Grapes…The Why”

Dark Chocolate…The Why

Dark chocolate, especially any 70% dark chocolate or higher, contains many nutrients—such as antioxidants, fiber, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, and magnesium that may help lower your risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, and improve brain function, alleviate stress, and lower your risk of diabetes. *************** Antioxidants   Dark chocolate contains numerous antioxidants…in fact darkContinue reading “Dark Chocolate…The Why”