Healthy Food Choices

  • Polyphenols – What They Are, and Why You Need Them
    Posted in: Berries, Chocolate, Healthy Food Choices, Herbs and Spices, Holistic Health and Wellness, Nuts and Seeds, Raw Foods, Spices, Super Foods

    By Dr. Mercola Polyphenols are phytochemicals, meaning compounds found abundantly in natural plant food sources that have antioxidant properties. There are over 8,000 identified polyphenols found in foods such as tea, wine, chocolates, fruits, vegetables, and extra virgin olive oil,1 just to name a few. Polyphenols play an important role in maintaining your health and […]

  • Safe Internal Cooking Temperatures
    Posted in: Food Prep 101, Healthy Food Choices, Meats

    Cooking meat and poultry to that perfect state of “just right” is not as elusive as it sounds. While judging doneness by look and feel is an uncertain art at best, it is actually pretty easy to get great results all the time when you use an instant-read thermometer. A thermometer is the only reliable […]

  • About Beans and Legumes
    Posted in: Beans and Legumes, Healthy Food Choices

    If you are confused when you hear the terms legumes and beans and want to know if they are the same thing or what the difference is, we’re here to help.  Many people confuse these two terms or think that they are mutually exclusive. A legume is simply a plant with a fruit that grows […]

  • Cooking with Dried Beans
    Posted in: Beans and Legumes, Food Prep 101, Healthy Food Choices

    Myth number one: dried beans take hours to cook. The truth is that every bag of beans is a little different. Some beans take very little time to cook–30 minutes or so. Lentils take even less time. But even the toughest beans, such as chickpeas, don’t take “hours” to cook. Sometimes, you may want a […]

  • Pork
    Posted in: Healthy Food Choices, Meats

    Nutrition in Pastured Pork In pork, one big issue is fat quality. This comes pretty much directly from their diet. In the wild, pigs eat pretty much anything they can get their snouts into: roots, grass, leaves, grubs, nuts (most famously hazelnuts and acorns), berries and fruit, and insects. Under human care, they’ll also happily […]

  • Chickens and Eggs
    Posted in: Healthy Food Choices, Meats

    Nutrition in Pastured Chickens Chickens are a little bit more complicated. The same review that couldn’t give any conclusive numbers about “organic” pork also couldn’t provide clear data for “organic” chicken. Overall, the “organic” birds had more Omega-3 fats, although the numbers get a little complicated here, because the ratios vary depending on whether you […]

  • Grass Fed Beef
    Posted in: Healthy Food Choices, Meats, Paleo Diet

    Author: Jo Johnson “Why Grass fed is Best!” Consumers have been led to believe that meat is meat is meat. In other words, no matter what an animal is fed, the nutritional value of its products remains the same. This is not true. An animal’s diet can have a profound influence on the nutrient content […]

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