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The Superfood Series: Cucumbers


Did you know cucumbers are considered a superfood?

What exactly does it take for a food to be adorned the title "superfood"?  Well, superfoods are natural foods that have an array of nutrients that synergistically work to together to exponentially expand the individual nutritional components.
Cucumbers are the 4th most cultivated vegetable in the world. They are in the same botanical family as melons and squashes. They are considered one of the absolute best foods for the health of the skin, joints, liver, and kidneys. Below are great facts about cucumbers.

They are also a natural energy tonic with their rich array... Read More

The Pros and Cons of Cooking


You’ve probably heard of the raw food craze. It’s said that it’s the healthiest way to eat food. But for most of us, we still enjoy cooking food and eating cooked food. It’s part of so many cultures and traditions. So what's the best way to cook food for maximum nutrition? Check out what SHAPE's diet doctor, Mike Roussell, PhD, has to say about it.

Despite what you might read on the Internet, microwaving your food does not "kill" nutrients. In fact, it can make certain nutrients more available to your body. In terms of the impact on your food's... Read More

5 Reasons You Should Eat Avocados


Did you know that avocados are a fruit and more specifically a “berry,” with a single seed? Or that the Aztecs referred to avocados as the "Kings Butter”? These are interesting reasons to like avocados. Below are five great, healthy reasons to eat them.
1. Protein

Avocadoes provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocadoes also contain fiber. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in... Read More

American Families Buying More Organic Foods


According to a study conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the number of American families buying organic food is up to 78% !

Nearly half  of parents surveyed revealed that their strongest motivator for buying organic is their belief that organic products “are healthier for me and my children.” Other motivators for purchasing organic included concern over the effects of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics on children, and the desire to avoid highly processed or artificial ingredients.

Cheers to a greener, cleaner diet!





Michael Pollan’s Food Rules


The illustrated edition of Michael Pollan's Food Rules comes out November 1st. Perfect to teach kids about healthy food habits!  Check out the video excerpt below and let us know what you think.

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