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.”

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Fermented Foods: Curtido

Fermented foods are among humans oldest attempt to preserve food. There has been a resurgence of fermenting vegetables due to the numerous health benefits. Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) was mentioned in early Roman writings; it has a long history. Sauerkraut contains high levels of dietary fiber, as well as significant levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and various B vitamins. It is a good source of iron, manganese, copper, sodium, magnesium, and calcium.

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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.

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

We all like to have something sweet once in a while, right? The challenge can be keeping it healthy. This Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe is gluten free and has no granulated sugar. The sweetness comes from the apples and organic maple syrup. There are only 4 grams of sugar per muffin compared to at least 16 grams in most muffins. To keep the recipe grain free, I used coconut flour.

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Seeds: Planting Health In To Your Body

I don’t know about you, but changing my eating to a more healthy plan has been a process over time. I have found that doing small changes has worked well for me. One addition to my diet is seeds. Seeds may be tiny, but they are nutritional powerhouses loaded with healthy fats, essential fatty acids, fiber, protein, minerals, vitamin E, and other life-enhancing nutrients.

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Gramma’s Cookie Recipe

What Gramma doesn’t want to bless her grandchildren with sweet treats? Well even one who is going to school for Holistic Nutrition would want to! So I was on a mission to find a sweet and healthy treat that we can call a “cookie”. Since I was not wanting to add sugar...

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The Strawberry Patch

June is strawberry season here in Minnesota so a trip to one of the local farms may be in my near future. I am contemplating if bringing my 18-month-old grandson would be a fun adventure for him. I am thinking that any fruit he did pick would not end up in the container, but in his mouth instead!! I found a great website, PickYourOwn, which lists farms in the United States and around the world where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables. The website also has resources for canning, recommended books, farmers markets, pumpkin patches, just to name a few.

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