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Less salt, more spices!

20 Feb

It is a common fact that Americans eat too much salt. You can blame the fast food or the frozen dinners but it’s a growing issue and it only gets worse with age as it can lead to a whole magnitude of health problems. Consequently, one of my new year’s resolutions was to decrease my consumption of salt. It’s tough thing to do because salt makes food so good! It’s difficult but I will only add a dash of sea salt to my kitchen creations when necessary!

Anyway, I came across this article on Men’s Health and it’s a short and sweet summary of The Perfect Spice Rack. I will definitely use this guide to flavor my future kitchen adventures and to figure out the best health benefits of each spice. I strongly recommend it to you too!

Before I go, I want to share with you the benefits of my favorite spice… the lovely garlic 🙂

“A compound called allicin helps give garlic its cure-all profile. Allicin is a strong antibacterial and antifungal, linking garlic to lower cancer rates, stronger cardiovascular systems, and decreased fat storage and acne inflammation.”

Garlic rules!!

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Seasonal Ingredient Map

19 Jan

Ever wonder what’s really “in season” since most conventional grocery stores offer most fruits and vegetables year-round? I’ve been faced with that dilemma way too many times!! Well, now we have a nice little solution! 

Click here for the map.
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You can usually find locally grown, in-season produce at your local farmers’ markets. If there aren’t farmers’ markets in your area, you can still do good by using this guide to find produce in season. When you make the choice to buy in-season produce, not only are you making the better choice for your health, but also for the environment and your local community. Many studies have shown that produce lose as much nutrient value in transit. Some of you may know that I actually work in the logistics of produce. I can confirm that sometimes the produce travels halfway around the world and then some before it arrives on your plate. And you probably don’t even want to know all about the chemicals used to keep it from ripening or what is done to get rid of pests that the destination country does not want.

Shorthand version of this post…
You should eat in-season and/or locally grown produce because:

1. The nutritional content is higher.
2. You lower your carbon footprint since food that’s not in season uses much more fuel and other resources in the transportation of it.
3. Local farmers will keep the money flowing in the community.