May is the first sign of summer produce. It makes me extremely h
appy so see summer produce. For me, it’s the berries that are the most exciting. I could eat a pint of strawberries every day. And actually, I pretty much do. ;-). My husband loves when cherries are in season and it is a pretty short season. I try to buy them for him often during May and June. I have never bought rhubarb, so it should go on my list of things to buy and cook with.
What are you most excited for?
Hugs & Health <3,
The 52 New Foods Challenge Food of the Week: Asparagus
The first spring food for our challenge! (That puts me at least a couple week behind!) Jennifer Tyler Lee suggests roasting asparagus or adding them to a frittata. A couple of weeks ago, when I found them at my favorite vendor at my local farmers market for the first time this season, I decided to make cream of asparagus soup. The recipe I had called for heavy cream, but I decided to paleo-ify it by using cashew cream instead. It was great! I’ll be making it again!
- The season generally starts in March and only is a few months long, so I rarely buy asparagus after spring is over
- Asparagus is best cooked and served as soon as it is harvested, so growing your own is highly recommended. When purchased from the farmers market or store, cook within a few days
- Shorter spears are up to ten times sweeter than spears that are 10+ inches long
- Cooked asparagus is more nutritious than raw and steaming is the most nutritious way to cook it
- Purple asparagus is more nutritious than green asparagus
- Member of the lily family
- Good source of vitamins A, C, and K, and potassium, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, manganese, and copper
- Good source of fiber
- Includes antioxidants lutein and beta-carotene
- Considered to be a good prebiotic. Our digestive systems are home to billions of bacteria (when they are functioning well, that is) and the bacteria colony needs to prebiotics to thrive
- Because of their high fiber content, they help to lower cholesterol
- Asparagus has been shown to suppress the growth of liver cancer cell
From The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes by Jennifer Tyler Lee, Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, Joseph Pizzorno, and Lara Pizzorno, and Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet
by Tonia Reinhard
Photo Credit: Luv Kreativ Photography https://www.instagram.com/luvkreativ/?hl=en
April is here and that means that STRAWBERRY season
is upon us. This means that I will be eating as many strawberries as I possibly can from now until about October. Here is a list of what is in season in April (in Northern California).
What are you looking forward to in April?
Hugs & Health <3,
March is one of my favorite months because SPRING officially begins and because my birthday is in March. 🙂 As for what’s in season in Northern California in March, I wish there were fruits that were in season besides citrus fruits, but since there aren’t, I’m enjoying the citrus. March is officially asparagus season in most of North America. After reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life I decided that I would only be eating asparagus during the late winter and early spring.
It’s what I’m most excited for this month! Bring on the stinky pee!! What seasonal produce are you going to enjoy in March?
Hugs and Health <3,
The 52 New Foods Challenge Food of the Week: Grapefruit
Grapefruits are not a new food for most of us, but Jennifer Tyler Lee has a recipe for broiled grapefruit with a touch of honey which sounds pretty yummy. I’ve been wanting to try grilled or baked grapefruit because I think the caramelization of the sugars might make it more appealing to me.
- Good source of vitamins A, C, B6, B5 (pantothenic acid), folic acid, thiamine, copper, selenium, potassium, and magnesium
- Good source of fiber
- Contains antioxidants called anthocyanins, liminoids, lycopene, and carotenoids
- The only citrus indigenous to the “new world” or the Americas (first found in Barbados)
- They are known for helping to lower blood cholesterol, help normalize hematocrit levels (important if you are anemic), and helping to protect against cancer, macular degeneration, and cardiovascular disease.
- Can also help the body get rid of excess estrogen, helping to prevent breast cancer
- Like oranges and mandarins, they are often picked when green, shipped, and then artificially ripened with ethylene gas which causes them to ripen. This causes them to look ripe but they aren’t truly ripe and have fewer bionutrients than tree ripened fruit.
- Grapefruits harvested after December are more likely to be tree ripened (their season is late winter/ early spring)
- Organic Grapefruits (mandarins and oranges too) have not been degreened
- To select the best grapefruits: look for large, smooth-skinned fruits that are heavy for their size
- Until about one hundred years ago, all grape fruits had white flesh! The pink flesh was a natural mutation making it sweeter.
- Some Medications and grapefruit should not be used together – meds used for blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety, and those that reduce the rejection of an organ after transplant. Check with your doctor.
From Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson, The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes by Jennifer Tyler Lee, Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, Joseph Pizzorno, and Lara Pizzorno, and Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet
by Tonia Reinhard.
The 52 New Foods Challenge Food of the Week: Avocado
I think we all love Avocado. Obviously there is guacamole- my favorite! But for a quick and easy option, I also like to have a half or whole avocado sprinkled with sea salt and lemon and maybe hot sauce. What I’ve been really digging lately is: guacamole deviled eggs! Jennifer Tyler Lee has a recipe for avocado chocolate pudding – I do want to try this too! I tried avocado ice cream and I wasn’t a big fan. What are you favorite ways to use avocado?
- Good source of vitamin E, folate, potassium, and magnesium
- Very good source of soluble fiber
- High in healthy monounsaturated fats
- Haas avocados have 2-4 times more antioxidants than other varieties sold in stores
- Unripe avocados will ripen quickly in a brown paper bag
- They will also ripen on your countertops – but they stop ripening once in your fridge – so they can be kept in the fridge until ready to be eaten (usually for several days)
- “One serving gives you more antioxidants than a serving of broccoli raab, grapes, red bell peppers, or red cabbage” (Robinson, 2013, p. 206)
From Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health
by Jo Robinson, The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes by Jennifer Tyler Lee, and Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planetby Tonia Reinhard