Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sea Salt and Spanish Peppers

The summer season has peppers at their peak for picking!
Try this delicious recipe,remember all of the ingredients can be found at 
Heritage Farmers Market and any local farmers market!

Ingredients:
 24 Spanish peppers
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
Sea Salt

Directions:
Toss peppers with olive oil. Heat a heavy skillet (preferably a cast iron) over medium high heat. Cook peppers in a single layer,turning until blister,so about 5 mins. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with sea salt.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Healthy Mind and Body


Having a healthy mind is the foundation of life,it's what makes life more rich and fulfilling,even in stressful times in life its always best to 'check in' with yourself mentally. Everyones healthy looks different than someone else's.

Reducing stress not only keeps our bodies healthy but our minds too! 
   -Meditation daily is a significant stress reliever,keeping a journal is a form of meditation,if sitting still gets a bit boring.
   -Physical exercise is another significant stress reliever,a daily 20min walk or light jog,makes ALL the difference,especially when it becomes a habit!
   -Be Social,social networks can isolate us in the world of technology but a healthy group of friends that encourage us to put the phone down and turn off the computer is the perfect way to laugh and share common experiences. 
   -Eat Healthy,eating the right kinds of food such as fruits,veggies and lean meats really boost our energy and our metabolisms,helping us burn fat efficiently. Basically keeps our body operating  correctly.
  -Challenging ourselves is a really great and FUN way to keep our minds healthy,wether its learning a new language,instrument or dance classes. 

Simple and easy ways to better improve the quality of life can only make for positive changes.

                      
                       "A great life doesn't happen by chance it comes from CHANGE."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Guilt Free Pasta!


Ingredients:

     2 zucchinis,peeled
     1 tablespoon of olive oil
     1/4 cup of water
     salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions:

   1. Cut lengthwise slices from zucchini using a vegetable peeler,stopping when the seeds are reached. Turn zucchini over and continue 'peeling' until all the zucchini is in long strips. Discard seeds and slice the zucchini into thinner strips (resembling spaghetti)

   2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir zucchini in the hot oil for 1 minute. Add water and cook until zucchini is softened,5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Just add your favorite pesto or even spaghetti sauce for a delicious and healthy meal! 

                          *All ingredients can be found at your local Farmers Market*

                                                            SERVE AND ENJOY! 
                                                 


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

National Farmers Market Week!



                                It's NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK! Aug 3rd-9th 2014

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK?
Hopefully rounding up the family for a fun shopping trip to your local Farmers Market!
There are thousands of reasons to shop your local Farmers Market and in a country where we recognize celebrities and shiny things its nice to have a whole WEEK dedicated to Farmers Markets! Hopefully one day it will be recognized 365 days a year!


"Farmers markets connect and unite people living in urban and rural environments, provide access to fresh, healthy and delicious foods, and—best of all—put a face to the farmers and ranchers who produce their wonderful wares. We, in turn, can support farmers and local communities with our purchases"-USDA


Not only do we connect with our community through Farmers Markets but its the best way to educate children about nutrition and gives a real hands on lesson about where their food comes from! When fruits and veggies are diced and ready to eat in a nice package(right off a shelf)its hard to show the value of what exactly it took to grow them but introducing not just our children but ourselves as well,to fresh (just picked this morning) fruits and veggies is a wonderful reminder of how important it is to take care of the land that ultimately provides for us!



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Plum Crazy


Plums have been deemed one of the healthiest foods in the world!

Not only are Plums in season through the summer but the benefits are endless!
Here are just a few benefits to remember the next time you're shopping at your local Farmers Market:

-A delicious low calorie power food 
-Great reliever of digestive problems
-Helps with controlling blood sugar levels and can reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
-Improves Brain Memory,they are full of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
-Great source of vitamin C 
-Plum extracts can also kill aggressive breast cancer cells

Just some food for thought the next time you're out shopping for a tasty snack!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Slice of Summer

            The best part of Summer is the endless in season fruit found at your local Farmers Market!

                            Here is just a small list of delicious summer perfect fruits:

                                                       Apricots
                                                       Blackberries
                                                       Blueberries
                                                       Cantaloupe
                                                       Figs
                                                       Strawberries
                                                       Watermelon
                         Stay in the know with your favorite seasonal fruits and veggies
           The link below provides a huge list of in season fruit and vegetables in every region!
                            That makes your trip to the local Farmers Market even easier!
                        http://localfoods.about.com/od/searchbyregion/a/CAFruitsVeggies.htm

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fresh Summer Salsa!

                                      Lite and simple is what summer is all about!
             Get your taste buds and or summer party dancing with this delicious salsa!

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup finely chopped strawberries
1/4 finely chopped and peeled avocado
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 tablespoons of lime juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper 
1/4 teaspoon of sugar 


PREPARATION:
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl,toss gently. Serve immediately or mildly chilled.
                     *Perfectly paired with pita chips,tortilla chips,fish,chicken and or beef.

       ALL INGREDIENTS CAN BE FOUND AT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKET!