Turmeric: A Powerful Spice

Turmeric: A Powerful Spice

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is cultivated in India, China, Indonesia, and other tropical countries. Turmeric is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger. It has a pungent, bitter flavor.

The name turmeric derives from the Latin word terra merita (meritorious earth), referring to the color of ground turmeric, which resembles a mineral pigment. Because of its brilliant yellow color, it is also known as “Indian saffron.”

Kiwi Berries

Kiwi Berries

Kiwi Berries? Did you know there was such a fruit?

Hubby and I were on a recent vacation in Washington State, and one of the things we like to do is find local farmer’s markets and farms. This is how we found out about kiwi berries. We were on one of our daily road trips and stumbled upon an organic market stand called Cascadian Farm in Rockport, WA.

Vitamin A: Retinol and Carotenoids

Vitamin A: Retinol and Carotenoids

As summer winds to an end, kids will be going back to school, and before we know it, the holiday season will be here. This time of year can also bring back the cold and flu season, yuk. Having had respiratory flu last year, I am determined to keep my immune system as strong as possible. By following an Eating for Health Diet, I am giving my system the best tools to fight off sickness.

Vitamin A is one of those nutrients that can help with this battle.

Leafy Green Storage

Leafy Green Storage

Lately I have been sharing about how important leafy greens are for us. You can check out my posts on inflammation and dark leafy greens if you missed those posts. Well now you have bought all those leafy greens, but can’t seem to eat them before they start to wilt and get mushy, right? This is like throwing money in the garbage. So here are a few tips on how to extend the life of your greens.

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark Leafy Greens

As you may have noticed, I share a lot about adding dark leafy greens to your diet, and for good reason. Green leafy vegetables are very nutrient dense and incredibly healthy for us. They are a vital source of antioxidants, and if you are wanting to lose some weight they can help in that effort, too.

Inflammation and Your Health

Inflammation and Your Health

Inflammation, is it good or bad? Well the answer is yes to both. Inflammation is important to our body’s immune response. It is the body’s way of fighting against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria, or healing damaged tissue. The problem starts when it becomes a part of the whole body; this refers to chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation. Now there is mounting evidence that this can lead to many serious, age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and the many autoimmune diseases that are on the rise.

The Importance of Chewing Your Food

The Importance of Chewing Your Food

In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it can be difficult to enjoy a relaxing meal. Instead, we inhale our food on the run, in the car, or in front of a screen. Most of us probably don’t even think about chewing our food; it is just a habit once the food hits our mouth.

How important is it to chew our food thoroughly? Does it really matter?

Yes, it is extremely important; it is one of the first steps in your digestion process. The way you chew your food, and how well you chew your food, can significantly impact your health.

Zinc and Your Health

Zinc and Your Health

Minerals function along with vitamins as essential components in enzymes and co-enzymes. If an enzyme is lacking the necessary mineral, it cannot function properly no matter how much of the vitamin is available. One of these minerals is zinc. Read on and learn why zinc is so importance for your overall health.

Black, Green, and White Tea

Black, Green, and White Tea

Sometimes making small changes in what we eat can have great benefits for our health. One way I have improved what I eat is by adding teas to my daily routine, I try to have at least one cup of tea a day. The challenge can be knowing what teas we should drink, so I thought I would share a little bit about three common teas. Did you know black, green, and white tea all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis? The significant differences of each tea type is developed in the processing of the leaves.

Heart-Healthy Fudge Recipe

Heart-Healthy Fudge Recipe

This is a simple recipe for some heart “healthy” fudge. I know you are thinking “how can fudge be healthy”, right? Let’s take a look at some of the healthy ingredients in this fudge.