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Posts Tagged ‘Vegetables’

Juicing

Chances are you have heard of juicing with its growing popularity. Juicing is the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruits and vegetables. Currently, there is debate about whether there is a benefit to juicing over eating fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables offer a variety of nutrients, from vitamins A & C,…

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Healthy Pizza?

Pizza is a food that is much loved. If you are wanting to keep within a healthy calorie range whether you are eating out at a pizza establishment or making a pizza at home, there are a few important tips to follow. The difference between thick crust pizza and thin crust can be huge. On…

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Autumn Fruits and Veggies

Autumn is rapidly approaching, which means new fruits and vegetables will be in-season.  Choosing those produce in-season will save you money, along with great tasting side dishes. A long list of fruits and vegetables are harvested year-round or just in autumn.  Apples, artichoke, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, green beans, green onions,…

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Tasty Vegetables

Vegetables do not have to be bland.  It is no secret that they are packed with nutrients with very few calories.  However, it is hard to eat foods without a lot of flavor. 1. Add your own flavor. Add garlic powder, pepper, spices or citrus juice. Adding these flavors help make vegetables taste better without…

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Independence Day Recipes

Happy Independence Day!  I’ve included 2 of my favorite BBQ/grill side dishes.  They are low in fat and calories, and high in those vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables, and plenty of fiber!  Try them out:   Red, White, and Blue Parfaits: Ingredients: 6 oz light vanilla yogurt 5 strawberries, sliced 1/4 cup…

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4th of July Eats

Ready for the Fourth of July?  Typical holiday gatherings usually include of a feast of bratwursts, hotdogs, chips, potato salads, and buttery corn on the cob.  While these foods are higher in fat and calories, that is not to say grilling is unhealthy.  There are many meats and side dishes that are nutritious and healthful.…

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Facts on Fiber

Fiber is essential for a healthy diet.  Fiber is mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.  There are two main types of fiber: soluble and insoluble.  Soluble is “gummy fiber,” found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.  It helps lower blood cholesterol and sugars.  Insoluble fiber is “stringy fiber,”…

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Antioxidants

What is an antioxidant? Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.  Free radical damage may lead to cancer.  Antioxidants interact with and stabilize free radicals and may prevent some of the damage free radicals might otherwise cause. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C,…

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In Season Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are cheaper and tastier when they are in-season.  We’ve heard this from various sources.  So when are produce in-season?  When I was researching this topic, many sites appeared with lists of different fruits and vegetables and when they are in-season.  I have compiled the lists but remember this varies depending on your geographical…

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Fresh, Frozen, Canned, Dried, Juiced

You can buy your fruits and vegetables fresh, frozen, canned or dried.  A lot of factors can contribute to which we buy.  Which one is cheapest?  The most convenient?  Will stay good the longest?  The healthiest? Does nutritional value differ among them? Many say fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with the most vitamins and minerals.  While…

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