Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Fall decorations are not complete without a pumpkin or two.
Besides their beauty, the most edible, sugar pumpkin is nutrient dense and so versatile.
1/2 cup of pumpkin has only 40 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and 9 grams of carbs.
It has more potassium than a banana, good for blood pressure among other things. It is rich in beta carotene, which keeps down the risk of cancer, and tryptophan, for better moods and sleep!

Pumpkin is delicious, served in savory meals as well as sweet.

If you are a fan of smoothies, mix 1/2 cup into some unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2t pumpkin spice, a drizzle of honey or stevia, and a couple of ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
A filling and nutritious treat!

How about pumpkin hummus? 1 can of garbanzo beans drained, 1 cup pumpkin, 1 clove of garlic, cumin and cinnamon, about 1/2 t each, 2 T tahini, 1T olive oil if needed to smooth out. Puree all ingredients in a food processor and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with vegetables, or pita chips.

I found a great recipe for pumpkin soup that will warm you on a cold night.

Never throw out the seeds! They make great snacks, and are packed with more potassium, magnesium, and zinc!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013


In my herb garden this summer I decided to try growing German Chamomile. I have found that is is extremely easy to grow. I started it from seed in the spring.  It sprouted quickly but was slow to mature.
The flowers start to appear at the end of July and continue until a frost! The fine fern leaves and small flowers look delicate but this is a suprisingly tough plant. Chamomile has had reported use for many centuries by people who felt sick or stressed. The Greeks called the plant ground apple due to the distinct aroma of
mildly sweet apple. It is considered the most widely consumed herbal tea in the world.
Recent research in England has found evidence that Chamomile actually helps relieve a wide range of health aliments from the compounds glycine, and hippurate.
Glycine promotes sleep by soothing the nervous system and also calms muscle spasms.
It is a stomach soother for the same reason of muscle relaxation in the intestines.
The hippurate provides the antiseptic, anti inflammatory, and antihistamine qualities.

The flower heads are used for teas. I have picked, and dried the flower heads in my dehydrator, however they may also be used fresh.

Tea is made by brewing in a pot with a lid to hold in as much steam as possible. Brewing time for the best benefits is 10 minutes.
Here is my chamomile ready for drying.
As the weather cools enjoy this mild flavored tea for a relaxing healthy drink!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


We are now on the threshold between summer and fall. Late harvest tomatoes, peppers, and greens are still plentiful, however the cooler temperatures start making us crave heavier warming foods.
I wrote about apples in my last blog, which are part of this harvest time.
Here are just 5 of my favorite super foods of this transitional season.

1) Sweet Potatoes: This fiber packed vegetable is also loaded with many vitamins, A and betacarotene to name just two. My favorite method of cooking is roasting with a small amount of olive oil, or coconut oil,and a dash of salt and pepper. They can also be steamed and prepared as a dip!

2) Broccoli: This is the vegetable for all your antioxidant needs, very high in Vitamin C and potassium. Being part of the cruciferous family it supports your bone, eye, and heart health as well.
Steaming is best but do not over cook! Try serving with a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

3) Lima Beans: Another vegetable with ample fiber, these beans will fill you up and keep you full longer. High in protein they have no cholesterol, and are fat free!
Steam them to use as a side dish, or add to soups and stews. They also puree well with herbs for a yummy dip!

4) Beets: I love beets!!! The color alone provides anti-inflammatory properties, these beauties also provide calcium and potassium. I love to roast, or steam them, removing the skins after cooking, or grating raw for a beautiful salad topper.
Do not forget the greens! Saute them with some onion and garlic and serve over pasta.

5) Grapes: It is grape harvesting time. Such a great, sweet treat when you are having a craving, they also hydrate due to their high water content. The skins contain resveratrol and they may reduce allergy symptoms.
They are a delicious treat as is, or freeze for a special frozen treat.

What is your favorite food at this time of year? Leave a comment in the space below!

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