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Massage That Kale

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Massage That Kale

We grow a lot of greens and eat them at pretty much every meal except breakfast (although no reason why you can't eat them then too!).  To the right is a picture of some of our spring greens, mezuna, lettuce (just starting), arugula, and spinach. We just finished eating an awesome kale salad, so I figured I'd share my secret.  Have you heard about massaging kale? My husband always jokes that we have the most relaxed kale in town!  Kale can often be tough if it has been grown for a long time, as is the case with most grocery...

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Rockin the Rhubarb

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Rockin the Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a traditional plant in the cottage garden and grows as a perennial (it comes back every year). It's a large, showy plant that provides season after season, and is BEYOND easy to grow!!  There are different varieties, some more red than others, but they all taste roughly the same. My variety, sadly isn't as red as I'd like it, but when combined with a red fruit like strawberries or cherries, it will take on the color of the other berries.  To harvest it, you simply tear off the stem of the plant at its base.  It's season is...

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Iodine on a Vegan Diet

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Iodine on a Vegan Diet

One of the nutrients vegan diets can be deficient in is iodine. Iodine is best obtained from sea sources, like seaweed and seafoods, as well as dairy products, eggs, and in fortified sources of bread. Sea vegetables like kelp and seaweed are great sources of iodine, and is the source where fish obtain their iodine from. Back in the day, before we had any kind of food at out disposal, people living in the mid-west, far from the sea, didn't have ample sources of sea veggies or seafood.  In addition, the soils in these regions have low levels of iodine....

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Eat Your Greens

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Eat Your Greens

Momma told you to eat your greens, and she was right! Dark leafy greens are among the LEAST consumed food in America today (in fact, if you look below, we aren't consuming anywhere near what we should be in general). However, they are amongst the HEALTHIEST foods to consume!  Below is our veggie consumption from the USDA 2015 standards.  Apparently we aren't listening to our mommas (or more likely, they've stopped telling us, since they don't eat them either?!)  But why focus on greens in particular?   As Americans, we often think of nutrients in isolation-calcium, iron, Vitamins A, C,...

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Celebrating Mom

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Celebrating Mom

That's my family (photo credit: Andy Buscemi Photography).  As a fellow mom, I know how it is to plan everything, including your own "day off".  If you're like me, you'll still be cooking and cleaning, as well as running the kids here and there on Mother's Day. However, there is a little piece of advise I'd like to share.  Choose to do one thing each day FOR YOU!  As moms, we often put ourselves last, and that includes our health.  By making a commitment to do one thing each day for your own health, I believe, you will be better off...

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