Monday, February 1, 2016

We're Rooting for Turmeric!

Turmeric is a mighty little root that can be used in so many dishes and teas! The health benefits are great,turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that can soothe gallbladder disorders,arthritis,stomach pains,headaches,menstrual cramps,heartburn etc etc! It's a perfect natural medicine on a budget! Thinly slice a few pieces and boil with ginger or cinnamon with water and drink as a tea. Turmeric can also be chopped and blended with a fruit or veggies for a nutritious smoothie! This root has a mild flavor so it can be spiced or sweetened up,depending on the spices,fruit or veggies that are paired with it! A new routine,like adding turmeric to your meals and or tea is healthy way to start the new month!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cauliflower...The Versatile Veggie!

This may be old news or new news to some but did you know how many things you can use cauliflower as a healthy low carb substitute for many amazing dishes??

This magical vegetable can be made into fried rice,pizza crushed,mashed potatoes even cream sauce!! Its creamy texture when steamed and blended is perfect to turn into any cream,once baked or friend can be grated and served as a rice substitute!

Besides reducing the carb and fat intake,cauliflower has many nutritional benefits! Just one serving size is almost the daily intake of vitamin C. Cauliflower is also high in fiber and vitamin B6 and omega 3,also people with diabetes or anyone trying to regulate their blood sugar levels are in luck because cauliflower is on the low glycemic index!

So the next time you pass this little white cloud of awesomeness at your local Farmers Market,just remember the endless possibilities you cook with cauliflower and its nutritional benefits!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Benefits of being a Part-Time Vegetarian!

Making the decision to become vegan or vegetarian is a big commitment for many people but did you know that there is such a thing as a part time vegan and vegetarian!? The minor changes to make to our diet have amazing benefits for our health,cost and the environment! It's all a win win situation! Cutting back on meat and dairy products for just two days out of the week can lower the risk of heart disease and cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) Cutting back on our meat intake,eggs and dairy products also reduce our carbon footprint,in a BIG way! Not to mention the cost of meat to feed an entire family can be expensive but replacing the meat with veggies can dramatically lower the cost of your grocery bill!

There's a great read up on about becoming a part-time vegan! Little changes can add up to a positive impact in our daily routines! 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Southwestern Vegetable Chowder!

This delicious southwestern vegetable chowder is packed veggies and perfect for the days you're craving hot comfort food!
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 
1 cup of diced onions
1 cup of diced celery 
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin 
1 teaspoon of dried oregano 
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
4 cups of vegetable broth
1 cup of whole milk or soy milk
2 cups of diced sweet potato 
2 medium red or green bell peppers diced
2 15oz of rinsed black beans
Garnish with roasted pepitas and lime

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat,add onion and celery,cook,stirring often until soft and browned so about 3 to 6 minutes.
Sprinkle flour,chili powder,oregano,cumin and salt over the vegetables and cook for about another minute,add broth and milk bring to a boil,stirring often. 
Stir in sweet potatoes and peppers until soft and bring to a simmer,uncovered for 12-15mins.
Add black beans and cook for about 4 mins,serve and garnish with lime,pepitas and cilantro.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Seasonal Produce Calendar!

Seeing as we're in the beginning of the New Year,let's take this time to get our New Years Resolutions and Goals in order. Here is a lengthy list of seasonal and locally grown produce in the southern california area! Don't be shy in 2016! Get to know your local farmer,they'll be more than happy to talk about their farm,it's also the perfect way to get to know where our food comes from which will ease our mind when it comes to eating it and feeding it to our families! Eating seasonally and locally has so many benefits for our health,environment and our wallets!! Shopping at your local Farmers Market is also a great way to introduce new foods,counting with money and nutrition to the kiddos! Just some food for thought when debating wether to ditch the checkout lines at the grocery store or shop in the sunshine! Let's Make 2016 a year our health will Thank us for!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Health Tips for a Happy Holiday!

Christmas is a couple days away! Are you ready?? Between the crazy drivers and waiting in those long lines,this time of year can get very stressful for many of us! Here are a few tips to alleviate the wear and tear on our mind and bodies!

Wrapping Gifts-Wrapping gifts are my personal favorite thing on my christmas to do list and for some its the least favorite,either way it can be a real pain in the back! Try not to wrap your gifts on the floor,best way to minimize the strain on your back is to wrap standing up at a counter top,about waist level.

Peppermint!-Indulge in that candy cane hanging on your tree! Candy canes made with REAL peppermint oil (check the ingredients on the box) can be a great way to mellow out,peppermint oil is known to have a calming effect!

Brighten Up-With the winter solstice,days are shorter and the lack of sun can make us feel a little gloomy. Try to brighten up your household,light candles,turn on those xmas lights,light your fireplace and turn on any other household lamps to keep your mind awake and cheery!

Snooze often-Any chance you can,REST! Even if its a 20min nap,that alone will help with the feeling of being overwhelmed with any last minute shopping and to do lists!

Keep Moving-We all know that everything under the sun plays on television during the holiday season,try to limit sitting for too long especially after a large meal! Instead play a game of trivia or charades with the whole family! It'll keep everyone from going into food coma and also stops the mind from being bored which causes over eating as well!

Tension Triggers-Some of us may have those family members that bicker no matter what but try to think of what triggers bickering and or arguments and try to avoid subjects that may start the tension!

        Don't Forget to Stay Calm and Breathe,this is a time of Togetherness,Warmth and Love!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Give Back This Holiday Season!

Warm Hearts and Toasty Toes! 
A season of giving to those in our community that need help,we sometimes take for granted even the littlest things like a warm pair of socks! Here's an opportunity to GIVE right in our own backyard! With the many cold nights ahead,we are hoping to raise 1,000 pairs of socks for homeless members in our community! Please stop by the Farmers Market information booth this Friday at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga between 10am-2pm and drop off a pair of socks,for any age and any style! Every donation is welcomed and very much appreciated! 
Mens,Women,Children,thick socks,dress socks,warm socks,striped,polka dot-ALL ARE WELCOMED!