January 24th, 2016

Pre-cut fruit and vegetables

If pre-cut is the only way you’ll eat fruit and veggies that don’t end up in the compost bucket, go for it. Otherwise, save close to 40% in food costs by avoiding pre-sliced and packaged produce. Buy whole fruits and veggies and slice and dice before putting groceries away. Bonus – just like in-store pre-cut, your produce is ready when you are.


December 30th, 2015

New Year’s Day

A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today, carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.

~Sarah Ban Breathnach

December 19th, 2015

Open heart

Chicago Rose“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller


September 13th, 2015

Be present

Kids“Life is a preparation for the future. The best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.” ― A. Einstein


August 24th, 2015

Rainbow salad

Rainbow Produce Aim for rainbow ribbons when it comes to creating a salad! Tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, beets, orange/red/yellow sweet bell peppers, purple onions, strawberries, blueberries, apples, and oranges all add a smorgasbord of colorful vegetables and fruits for variety in nutrients and flavor.


August 11th, 2015

Fiber up!

Tomato and Arugula SaladAmerican adults barely consume half the recommend amount of fiber averaging only 10-15 grams fiber daily. The recommended amount is 32 grams per day. Reach this by increasing whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to feel full and aid digestion.


July 8th, 2015

Stick with the season

Fruits and vegetables have a picking season specific to their ripest state. Seasonal, local produce means saving money, increased flavor, more variety and a friendlier environment by reducing transportation.


June 11th, 2015

Hail to the kale

Popular in northern Europe and now throughout the US, kale is a nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetable, an excellent source of lutein and vitamins A, C and K, and a good source of calcium. Bake your own kale chips, use Raw Kale Salad, braised or sautéed with leeks and mushrooms, or in wilted in soup.


April 16th, 2015

Breathe

Kitten snoozingTake a breather. Many of us go to bed with hundreds of thoughts and ideas running through our mind. Before bed, take a few deep breaths to put your mind at ease. If it continues to race, write down your ideas and how they can be addressed the next day. Sleep tight!


April 7th, 2015

The complexity of B vitamins

B12Did you know that there are eight B vitamins? All of these – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 – maintain healthy skin, enhance immune and nervous system function, and promote cell growth and division. Foods rich in B vitamins are whole grains, milk, and other animal sources. If you do not regularly consume meat or animal products, consider a daily B12 supplement.


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