Category Archives: Natural
Just when you thought you knew what you were eating. You do all your research, you check the back of the carton and still, you may have no idea. This year there were 800 new cases of “food fraud” added to the national food fraud database. That’s 60% more than last year! You might think it’s complicated, processed food, with a thousand ingredients that are being reported, but it’s actually some of the most common food in our diets… milk, honey, olive oil and even tea. Noooo, not the pure sanctity of tea!
One of the great things about growing and using organic crops is not using pesticides and chemicals. In our herb and vegetable garden we try to find alternative ways to control our little hungry pests.
We use natural homemade sprays made with garlic, cayenne, and vinegar. (Basically anything natural with potent aromas that can deter anything with an acute sense of smell.) We also use beneficial insects such as lady bugs for natural pest control.
To attract beneficial insects to your yard and (the hardest part) keep them there, you can also plant certain flowering plants and herbs. Some of these include plants in the daisy family and herbs such as cilantro, dill, fennel, mint and parsley.
So next time you’re gardening, perhaps you can keep these alternative ways of pesticides in mind.
The local food movement is gaining momentum. Seasonal menus based on what is available at peak harvest, is the most flavorful and healthful way to eat. Supporting local farms, to obtain the freshest ingredients, connects us to eating and cooking what is locally grown. This philosophy has been practiced for thousands of years and is now at the forefront of many eateries around the world.
Most fruits and vegetables travel approximately 1,500 miles before reaching your plate and lose essential nutrients in the process. While about 50% of all fruits and vegetables are imported from other countries, there are easy ways to eat locally and seasonal.
We ate at least 3 days worth of Thanksgiving leftovers…by the 4th day, we were ready for some Thanksgiving Soup. And it was worth the wait…
Quality clean food is a gateway to good health. If you eat whole, healthy and fresh foods, your body and soul will glow with endless energy.
This means eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are off a tree, bush, or plant…eating whole grains like complex carbohydrates and lean proteins that include organic or grass fed meats that are free of pesticides, hormones and additives.