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cruciferous vegetable cauliflowerCauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, from the same plant family as broccoli, kale, cabbage and collards.  Often cauliflower is discounted because of its bland flavour, although it’s a powerhouse of nutrients and it’s delicious in this Cauliflower Mash recipe below.

In general, Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Folate is a nutrient that can help prevent neural birth defects in unborn children.  It is also a good source of vitamin B5, potassium, dietary fibre, manganese, and molybdenum. Additionally, it is a good source of protein, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and iron.  Since it is a good source of Vitamin C, it is considered an immune booster.  Cauliflower is also known as a cancer fighter.

It aids the digestive tract due to its high fibre content.  There are 12 grams of fibre per 100 calories.  If you consume 200 calories of cauliflower you will be getting half the recommended daily fibre requirements.

As an alternative to mashed potatoes, you can add this cauliflower mash as a replacement topping to Shepherd’s Pie.

Cauliflower Mash

This is a great alternative to mashed potatoes.  This recipe ends up creamy, nutty and smooth.

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower
1 green pepper
1 medium onion
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon Mrs.Dash original seasoning
salt as needed (optional)
pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Wash and chop the head of cauliflower. Place in pot and boil until soft.

2. Dice green pepper, onion and mushrooms in frying pan and sauté with olive oil and spices.

3. Once cauliflower is soft, drain water and place back into pot. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mash cauliflower. When smooth consistency is achieved, add the sautéed vegetables and mix.  Add salt as needed.  Enjoy!

When you are at the grocery store choosing a cauliflower, look for a clean, white, intact curd (curd is the white floret head of cauliflower).  Make sure that the floret clusters have not separated.  Avoid cauliflowers that have black or green spots on the curd.  The size of the cauliflower does not affect the quality so be sure to buy the size that suits your needs and they can be kept in the fridge in a plastic bag for about a week.

There is always the option to buy pre-cut and pre-washed cauliflower florets.  If you chose to go this route, be sure to eat them within a couple of days at the most.  You can always cook the cauliflower and then store it in the fridge cooked for 3-4 days.

What’s your favourite way to eat cauliflower? Share your recipes with me and don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature you’ll find here on the site.

~Be well,

Stephanie

 

 

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bigstock-picture-of-baby-making-first-s-18043187aOver the past year or so, I have started teaching nutrition seminars.  Often the attendees want me to sum up some tips to get them started.  In the first few classes I always recommend that we go back to the basics of nutrition.  We often forget about the simple things that we can change without much effort.  Remember K.I.S.S. (keep it simple silly!).  Remember that some of the smallest changes have the biggest impact on your health.  Below are 5 tips to get you started with making some nutritional changes to your diet and your life.

1. Avoid over eating and watch portion control

It is a common mistake that we all make since family life and work life seem to have us running on overdrive.  During your meals, relax, take the appropriate time to eat and focus on the food and chewing it. Eating too fast and improperly chewed food leads to digestion issues. Un-chewed food is harder on your digestion system and organs.  Slow down and taste your food.  Pay attention to the serving sizes and refer to Canada’s Food Guide for a refresher.

2. Eat naturally

Eating food in its purest, most natural and simplest form is always a number one rule I try to teach my clients.  This includes unprocessed foods… lots of fruits and veggies (raw and cooked), meat, dairy. Eating naturally eliminates a lot of the processed and refined foods that we eat too much of and that are often full of added chemicals and preservatives.

3. Eat organic when possible

Whenever possible I do recommend buying organic foods. Often it comes down to financial restrictions and in that case I always recommend choosing the foods that are heavily sprayed such as spinach, strawberries, apples, cherries, pears, bell peppers etc. For more information on the dirty dozen, check out this website.

4. No chemicals or preservatives

Buying packaged and prepared foods increases your chances of consuming added chemicals and preservatives.  Always remember to read the labels and know what all the ingredients are.  If you can’t pronounce it, chances are it isn’t good for you – leave it on the shelf of the grocery store.

5. Take your time, baby steps

Making positive changes to your nutrition regime takes TIME. It can’t be done overnight but some of the smallest changes will have the most impact.  Choose a few specific things to work on and make a plan. By focusing on a few changes each week, you are likely to be successful.

The most important thing I always tell my clients is that we want to make lifelong changes to our health and fitness.  One step at a time, you will get there.  It’s better to focus and it take a little longer than to try to change everything all at once and get frustrated. Chances are you will give up before you have had a chance to see the results.

What steps have you taken to make changes to your nutrition? I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment right here on the site and don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one via the commentluv feature.

~Be well,

Stephanie

 

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trying new foods- beignetsOne of my passions is traveling. While it does get challenging to mix travel with good food and exercise, I always try my best.  Often I will make good use of the gym located in the hotel. And, when it comes to food, this can also get tricky.  Since I just returned from N’Awlins (New Orleans), it seemed appropriate to write about trying new foods. In this blog we’ll talk about 4 reasons people don’t try and 4 reasons why people should try new foods. They can be exciting!

Before heading away on vacation, I did some research. I asked friends who had been to New Orleans the places that I had to try. I consider myself a foodie and always want to try the local cultural cuisine when at all possible. (Even when there are some foods outside of my comfort zone).

One of the places that I was told I had to go to was Café DuMonde. This café is known for beignets and have been made since 1862.  Beignets are similar to donuts.  And, for the record, this is something that I would normally not eat but while touring on Decatur, we had to stop in for café au lait and beignets.  These little treats are deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar but they had to be tasted.

Some of the other great foods that I tried included: jambalaya, gumbo, muffaletta, and breakfast crepes. N’Awlins is known for banana foster, cherry jubilee, Tabasco sauce originated there, and Po’ Boy sandwiches. It offers a lot of culinary delights!!!   While I didn’t get to try all of the different foods, I did try to experience what I could and enjoyed them all.

Why don’t people try new foods? 

  1. Often this is related to texture issues.
  1. How to cook the new foods is also a reason but with the internet at our fingertips, that should never be a concern. You can GOOGLE any food and find recommendations on how to cook it.
  1. Unfortunately, others influence our decision to avoid certain foods.  Perhaps a spouse doesn’t like something so we just avoid it.
  1. Perhaps we have tried a particular food once and it didn’t like it cooked that way or with certain spices.

One of the things that I always encourage my clients to do is to try new foods. It’s something that I often recommend during the first few sessions.

Why should you try new foods?

  1. Adds a variety of vitamins and minerals to your diet.
  1. It allows your palate to experience new and different flavours (and textures).
  1. It broadens your food spectrum so you aren’t eating the same foods all the time.
  1. And, a little sense of adventure never hurt anyone (although, I never did have the opportunity to be courageous and try ALLIGATOR in N’Awlins, maybe next time!)

So, the next time you are out for dinner and want to try something new, don’t let your friends change your mind. Be brave and go for it. You just never know, you might actually like it!

What is the most adventuresome food you have tried?  Share your experiences with me. I love getting feedback. And feel free to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~Be well,

Stephanie

 

 

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bigstock-New-Year-s-resolutions-51705166New Year celebrations have happened. It’s hard to believe that yet another year has flown by!  Perhaps you have taken some time to look at what you accomplished in 2012 and now it’s time to ponder some healthy nutritional resolution goals for 2013.

Although January 1st is a great time to start fresh, healthy lifestyle changes can be made at ANY time. It’s best to start making changes when life is not full of other commitments, obligations and more importantly STRESS. Changes need to be implemented when you have the time to focus on setting the goal, planning your strategy and putting that plan into action.

Here are 5 great healthy resolutions that aren’t drastic but realistic. Remember that some of the smallest changes create the biggest results.

  1. Power up with more fruits and vegetables.  Make a conscious decision to eat MORE fruits and vegetables in their most pure and simplest form.  This could be eating an extra salad throughout the day or taking a bag of fresh cut veggies to work for your snack.
  1. Drink more water, less pop or sugary drinks.  It’s a well-known fact that MOST people are not getting enough fluids throughout the day.  Our bodies need at least 1.5 L – 2 L of water daily.  Reduce or eliminate the sugary high calorie beverages and add more water to the diet.  Water intake will need to be adjusted if you exercise a lot or drink beverages with caffeine (tea, pop, coffee).
  1. Protein with every meal.   Be sure to add protein with every meal and snack.  Protein keeps you feeling fuller longer.  Some great sources of protein include eggs, lean meats, quinoa, and Greek yoghurt.
  1. Try new foods.  On your next trip to the grocery store, go into the produce section and pick out a vegetable or fruit that you have never tried. Trying new foods expand your taste buds and add variety into your diet.
  1. Add fish to your diet once a week.  In order to get the necessary Omega-3 fatty acids add some fish to your diet.  It could be as easy as having grilled salmon poached with lemon and dill or adding a can of salmon to a salad full of fresh greens.

Take a sensible approach to healthy living and you will see the results.

Share your 2013 resolutions with me. I love getting feedback! And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~In good health

Stephanie

 

 

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bigstock-christmas-x-mas-winter-happ-53828731We are at the end of November and the holiday madness is about to begin. This is a time when most people over indulge and find that the pounds creep on. This can happen throughout the month of December, followed by the winter blahs in January and February.  It creates the 10-15 pound weight gain that takes us into Spring. It’s all a cycle that we need to gain control over BEFORE the holidays hit. And so, I thought it might be helpful to provide a few tips to help you keep the pounds off throughout the holiday season.

  1. Sleep.  It’s one of the first things to get interrupted but one of the most important to maintain. Try your best to stay on schedule with your bedtime and wake up time.  During times of stress and business, your body needs rest and repair more than ever.  Consistency is key and getting adequate sleep helps you keep the energy levels up, the pounds at bay and allows you to manage your stress levels because you are well rested and can tolerate more.
  1. Exercise.  Be sure to schedule your workouts around your social obligations. As long as you keep exercise a priority, it will help at least MAINTAIN your weight throughout the holidays.
  1. Keep a schedule.  Prioritize the important events and social commitments throughout the holiday season. Stay on schedule and remember that if you can’t commit to everything or everyone it’s okay.  Do not over commit and create added stress and disappointment (from family and friends).
  1. Maintain healthy boundaries.  The sweets and over indulgences will be at your fingertips over the holidays. Remember that you can definitely treat yourself within moderation.  Christmas is a once a year event and it seems to be a time when people over indulge. Scale back on the quantity and enjoy the quality of your favorite holiday treats and alcoholic beverages (which can add a lot of extra calories to your diet).
  1. Eat before going to parties.  If you find the temptation of all the party foods to be too much, make sure you go to parties after eating.  This will eliminate the amount of temptation. And while, you will likely still want a little treat of some kind, you will consume MUCH less than if you go with an empty stomach.

It’s undeniable that stress comes with the excitement and anticipation of Christmas.  But, it’s important to also keep things in check to avoid the weight gain and manage the stress wisely.

In the end, the holidays are time to spend with family and friends, surrounded by good food and often holiday cheer.  Enjoy it and keep things in check. If you follow these simply tips, you will still enjoy the holiday season a little less stressed and without the added weight.

Please share your tips on how to stay healthy through the holidays! And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~Be Well,

Stephanie

 

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bigstock-Woman-Lying-In-Bed-Sleeping-4135430Most healthy adults can manage to be awake for 16 hours and require an average of 8 hours of sleep a night. Is everyone wired the same? Absolutely not, what works for you may not for someone else. My suggestion is get to know your body and listen to the responses that your body displays. As a personal trainer, I feel I should outline the reasons why we need to get adequate sleep, so here are 8 reasons you need your sleep and how to get a good night rest.

  1. Sleep plays an important role in your memory. A good night sleep can actually improve your learning skills.
  2. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity.
  3. Sleep is important for managing stress. Have you ever noticed how short your fuse is when you’re tired?? Enough said!
  4. Lack of sleep can cause the following issues: insomnia, hypertension, increased risk of cardiovascular issues, emotional disorders such as depression, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and increases your risk of alcohol and drug abuse.
  5. The decision making process is affected when you don’t get enough sleep.  It affects your ability to make effective decisions.
  6. Driving when sleepy or drowsy is an obvious DANGER to both yourself and those around you.

I really do enjoy getting up early when I have had a restful sleep. I enjoy the calmness and the peace of the early mornings. The world is quiet which means my mind is generally more relaxed. Could I ever live in NYC? Probably not, since it typically is known as the city that never sleeps. And, the vibration is constant. There are times when I like to find peace either when I’m at home alone with my pets or chilling with a close friend just talking about conquering the world. Planning doesn’t take too much energy!!!

This doesn’t mean that I always get the perfect amount of sleep but I try my best. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches but in the end, I always try to listen to my body. When it says, I’m tired I try not to fight it. Thinking and planning don’t exert a ton of physical energy but it seems to keep me up at night… This brain doesn’t seem to shut off very often. (and to be honest, I’m pretty thankful for that).

Here are some tips to help settle into a good night sleep and how much sleep you need:

  1. Spend some time winding down before bed.  Reading a magazine helps.
  2. Keep a regular sleep cycle including the hours you are awake and sleeping.
  3. Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before bed.
  4. Avoid alcohol and heavy meals before you go to bed.
  5. Maintain a regular exercise schedule.
  6. Reduce your exposure to noise, light and excessive temperatures (both hot and cold) in the area that you sleep.
  7. Try not to use an alarm clock to wake you up. Let your body wake up naturally. While this is a great suggestion, it’s very hard to do if you tend to get into a deep sleep around the time when you are expected to get up for work.
  8. Try to have consecutive nights that you can go to bed early to make up for late nights.

If all else fails, start to count sheep!  On that note, I must prepare myself for bed. Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

How about you? How many hours a night do you need? I’d love your feedback. And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~Be well,

Stephanie

 

 

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bigstock-Autumn-Pumpkins-and-Mum-Displa-49377101The Fall is truly my favorite time of the year.  It’s bittersweet meaning that the summer has come and gone and winter is just around the corner.  It’s a gentle reminder that another year has passed and I am another year wiser! (yes, I am an October baby). I love the crisp clean air, the colourful leaves and great autumn foods.  So, today, I am sharing with you, one of my favorite recipes that involves the winter squash family; pumpkin.  One whole cup of pumpkin is approximately 80 calories. It’s an excellent food for maintaining a healthy weight AND it is a 50 on the glycemic index.

The health benefits for winter squash include:

  • Has a high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is an omega 4 fatty acid that promotes a healthy heart
  • Vitamin A is required for healthy lungs. Vitamin A is key for growth and development of the tissues that line the lungs
  • Free radical fighting manganese
  • Energy producing B1 and B5
  • Source of typtophan (promotes healthy sleep habits)

The best way to prepare pumpkin or any type of winter squash is to simply cut, cube and steam.  You can dress this up with various spices depending on whether you prefer your squash savoury (using salt, pepper, garlic, parmesan cheese) or sweet (using cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, maple sugar). Here is a delicious recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bread.

Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bread

1½ cups plus 4 tablespoons whole wheat flour
¾ cup brown sugar (alternative: ½ cup agave nectar)
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ baking soda
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup skim milk (non dairy alternative: almond milk)
2 eggs
1/3 coconut oil
Optional: ½ cup chopped walnuts
Optional: ½ cup unsweetened cranberries

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl including the optional walnuts and cranberries. Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl and beat for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Gently combine the wet and dry mixture –do not over mix.

Pour batter into an oiled loaf pan (9x5x3). Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Before removing from the oven, be sure to use a cake tester. Tester should come out clean.

Enjoy!

As I was doing the fall clean up in my gardens, I reviewed this past year and thought about all the amazing things that the next year will bring to me.  How does this relate to nutrition you might ask?

Well, when you have these moments, it’s great to reflect on where you started, where you are now and where you want to be. What can you change about your diet? What can you improve? What are your goals for the next few weeks? Next month? Next 3 months? Or 6 months?

Knowing that it’s never too late to start something new, I pondered the changes that I want to make over the next few months.  I hope that you all will try to eat a little cleaner, be mindful of portion sizes and take the time to be thankful for the foods that are brought to your table.

What are your next nutrition challenges that you want to conquer? Do you have a favorite fall recipe that you would like to share? I’d love your feedback. And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~Be well,

Stephanie

 

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7439201_sOne thing that I have determined is that not all energy bars (also commonly referred to as nutritional bars or protein bars) are created equal! There is definitely some important criteria to be mindful of while choosing a bar regarding the protein content, carbohydrate count, grams of fat per bar, the amount of fiber, what vitamins and minerals it contains and lastly the SUGAR content. Below are 5 items to consider when choosing a healthy energy bar.

1. Protein Content

Why protein? It’s important to build and repair muscle.  Personally, I won’t even consider eating a bar if it doesn’t contain a decent amount of protein.  Typically the count that I use is at least 10 grams of protein but some people consider 6 or more to be sufficient.  The protein in the bar is helpful in between meals to ward off hunger pangs; it is digested more slowly.

2. Carbohydrate Content

Are you headed to the gym for a work out and need some QUICK energy? Did you just finish an intense workout and need to replenish used glycogen? Choose a bar with a higher carbohydrate content.  Look for whole grains and dried fruits with under 30 grams of carbohydrates per bar.  Be sure to look at the source of sugar and avoid sugar alcohols which are hard to digest and usually harmful to your health (examples of alcohol sugars include maltitol and sorbitol).

3. Fat Content

Don’t be afraid for the bar to contain fat; make sure it contains healthy fats (unsaturated) preferably from nuts, seeds or nut butters.  Look for bars with healthy fats ranging from 9 – 12 grams per bar.  As we know, there are often exceptions to rules and the exception here is coconut. It does contain saturated fat but it’s been proven it does not have the same effect on the body as animal saturated fats. The fat in the bar keeps you from feeling full and satisfied.

4. Fiber Content

How much fiber is important?  It is a proven fact that Canadians do not get nearly enough fiber. We should be consuming at least 25 grams of fiber daily.  The recommended amount per bar is up to 5 grams.  Unfortunately, most labels don’t specify which type of fibre the bar has (soluable or insoluble), but either way the fiber is beneficial.

5. Vitamins and Minerals

If looking for the bar to have vitamins and minerals, the essential mineral that is critical for bone health and muscle function is calcium.  If you are deficient in calcium, your body will naturally take the calcium from where it is stored, which is in your bones. Removing calcium from bones can cause osteoporosis.

I always try to keep a bar stashed in my purse or glove box for when hunger hits and I’m on the go.  Things can get ugly when my blood sugar level drops!

I always recommend doing the best you can but sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect bar.  Assess your situation and determine your primary need. This will help you decide what kind of bar to lean towards.  Always, always, always rely on label reading to determine if the bar falls into the “healthy” category. The ingredients listed on the label will always give you the answers you need!

I would love to hear recommendations on some of your favorite healthy bars. Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~Be well,

Stephanie

 

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bigstock-Kale-4187736Did you know that 1 cup of Kale has 6 times the daily value of bone density vitamin K?? Often it is amazing to discover that foods you don’t eat are considered super foods. Kale is one of these foods.

What do we know about kale?  Kale is a cruciferous vegetable and belongs to the wild cabbage family.  It has been proven that cruciferous vegetables are made up of high concentrations of sulfur compounds.  These compounds are responsible for increasing the liver’s ability to produce important enzymes that neutralize potentially toxic substances that may enter the body.  It is grown all year round but its peak season is during the cold months. The frost actually helps the kale sweeten and it’s crispier during this time.  You will notice that kale is often used as an ornament in fall garden arrangements or in urns. It’s often very colourful, is hearty and can withstand the frost.

Kale is low in calories but nutrient dense.  One cup of kale is a mere 36 calories.  It is considered an excellent source of Vitamin K (allows your blood to clot, protects against osteoporosis), Vitamin A (plays a role in healthy vision), Vitamin C (helps keep immune system strong) and Manganese (keeps your bones healthy and strong).

As with most vegetables, the best way to eat kale is raw. You can make a salad with it or add it to a smoothie.  I prefer to have my kale baked and in “chip” form. Here’s a recipe for you to try.

Baked Kale Chips

1 bunch of kale
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp herb and garlic (such as Mrs. Dash)
a pinch of sea salt

Prepare the kale by holding stem firming and strip leaves off stem. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry or use salad spinner. Rip into smaller pieces. Place in LARGE bowl.

Add olive oil and spices of choice. Mix thoroughly.

On a large cookie sheet, lay kale pieces flat onto pan. Spread evenly on pan without overlapping.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Since all ovens are not created equally, I recommend starting to check on it after 8 minutes to prevent burning. The pieces should be crispy but definitely not too brown.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Eat and enjoy!

I would love to hear how you like to prepare kale. Share your recipes either by emailing them to me and I will post on my website or by including it in the comment section. You can even leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature.

~Be well

Stephanie

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Shopping series - Woman holding two peppersOver the past few years, we have heard more and more about buying organic food. And, as much as we know that it is better to eat foods that have not been sprayed with pesticides, it often comes down to a financial issue. So the question is, what foods should you be buying organic?

The prices of food have increased in general substantially over the past year or so and eating organic is not always feasible.

To clarify the organic confusion, I have simplified what it means.

According to the Organic Trade Association, foods that are deemed organic must be produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and genetic engineering.

When looking for organic foods it is important to understand that the FDA certified organic foods must contain 100% organic ingredients (excluding water and salt).  If it is deemed just “organic”, 95% of the ingredients must be organic (excluding water and salt). And products “made with organic ingredients” must contain at minimum of 70% organic ingredients.

We all shop on a budget and when you have a family of 4 or more that can be tricky.  Buying organic produce and meats definitely has health benefits but is not always affordable. Print out this list and carry it with you… I have broken down the produce into two categories. Studies have proven that these items are highly sprayed and can potentially contain large amounts of pesticides so it is always best to buy these items organic.

Purchase these organically:

  • Apples
  • Nectarines
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Green beans
  • Potatoes
  • Kale/collard greens

Cleaner produce:

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Mangoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet peas
  • Egg plant
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms
  • Watermelon

I can guarantee that once you start buying certain foods that are organic, you will notice the difference in taste (organic vs. non-organic).  Your palate will definitely notice the difference and going back to non-organic foods is often impossible.  I remember eating organic strawberries vs. non-organic, the organic strawberries may be MUCH smaller in size but they taste the way they should taste.   Spinach is another food that tastes amazing when organic.

Whether you are able to switch over all your foods to organic or not, remember that you always want to eat foods in their purest and most natural form. Butter instead of manmade margarine and so on…. (and that’s a blog topic for another day!!)

For those of you who want local organic produce, look in your area for Community Supported Agriculture programs (known as CSA’s). I have been a part of one since early Spring and have been enjoying organic produce all summer which continues into the Fall. Besides the produce being organic, I have been exposed to different vegetables that I wouldn’t normally buy in the grocery store. Due to the variety of produce, that also changes the vitamins and minerals I’m consuming within these foods. Check out The Cutting Veg and think about signing up for next season.

Have you tried some organic foods? What do you find tastes the most different when eaten organic?? I would love to hear from you. And, don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.

~Be well

Stephanie

 

 

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