Category: Heart Healthy

You May Have Heard “We Eat With Our Eyes First.”

Cook with a rainbow of colors. You’ve heard the saying “We eat with our eyes first.” Choose to make your food more colorful. This tip makes your diet more interesting with a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Here are a few ideas you might try. When using a basic yellow or… Read more »

Did You Know There Are Hundreds of Varieties of Avocados?

Yes, There are hundreds of varieties of avocados. It’s amazing that 95% of avocados sold in the US are grown in California and about 90% of those are Hass. That may be why so many folks think there is only one type of avocado or 2 if you consider ripe and unripe. Learn more about… Read more »

10 Ways Big Food Is Changing to Meet Consumer Demand

As consumers are looking for more transparency when it comes to their food, some of the biggest companies in the food industry are making changes to be healthier and more relevant. America’s top 25 food and beverage companies have lost $18 billion in market share since 2010, as consumers angle for eats with higher levels… Read more »

How much garlic?

A bulb of garlic is called a head or a whole head of garlic. Each of the wedges is called a clove of garlic or a garlic clove. 1 clove of garlic = a teaspoon. 3 cloves = a tablespoon. A roasted head of garlic makes about a tablespoon. Click here to learn more…

Garlic tips – How you use it makes a difference

Prepare the garlic and use it. Don’t chop the garlic too far ahead of time as it starts oxidizing and turning bitter. You may have noticed on most cooking shows, they chop the garlic and it goes directly into the pan. This is best way for the best flavor. If you must chop a head… Read more »

Garlic – How to Store It

How you store garlic makes a difference in the flavor and health benefits Store garlic in a cool dry place. Not in the refrigerator and don’t freeze it as freezing deadens the flavor. Stored properly, fresh garlic will keep a month or more. Keep the garlic head as whole as possible, with the paper skins…. Read more »

Purchase the freshest garlic

How you purchase, store, prepare and cook garlic, makes a difference in the flavor and the health benefits. Purchase the freshest garlic, as it has the best taste. Farmer’s markets are great for this as they usually have many varieties of hardneck or softneck to experiment with. The white bulb is the more common American… Read more »

April is National Garlic Month

I love garlic both for the health benefits and for it’s flavor. You might have noticed, all of the seasonings have garlic in them. The amounts are different, with Supreme having the most garlic and Table Tasty having the least amount which is none. Most of our recipes have fresh garlic in them. Some of… Read more »

What do you think? Which is better, a brown or white egg?

I always thought brown eggs were better, however I recently learned different Brown eggs are laid by red hens, and white eggs are laid by white hens. Nutritionally all chicken eggs are basically the same, no matter the color of the shell, brown, white, blue, green, etc. Brown eggs cost more because they are larger…. Read more »

Think you’re going nuts? Probably not!

Interesting fact: Most adults in the US have not discovered the health benefits of walnuts, or any tree nuts. (Peanuts don’t count here as they are not really a nut but a legume, a bean.) A recent study has shown that 94.5% of adults do not eat tree nuts of any kind. Not even pecans… Read more »

Onions – Not Just About Tears They Have Many Health Benefits

Most of us think of onions and we think tears and strong flavors and not about how healthy they are. All onions have health benefits. Some types of onions are more effective for specific health problems than others, like green onions are better for treating a cold. The onion has almost all the nutrients needed… Read more »

How About A Low Sodium Dip That Is Popular & Tastes Great!

When it comes to parties and dips Guacamole dip is one of the most requested. It is made with fresh avocados and fresh ingredients which will help keep it low sodium. However, a low sodium dip is not usually served at parties. Guacamole dip can be high sodium by adding salt, a commercial seasoning packet,… Read more »

Nuts are heart healthy, have good fats are high in fiber & add flavor

Nuts add good flavor to food. If you toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat for 3 – 5 minutes (until you can smell them and they are golden), shake the pan like you would for popcorn. Be careful and don’t burn them, you just want lightly toasted. Toasting them in a 350… Read more »

Health Benefits of Garlic You Might Not Know

Having good health, especially a good healthy heart, is not just about not doing certain things. Eliminating salt or at least lowering your sodium intake, is an important first step. It’s also about adding to your diet certain foods that can help your heart. Add garlic, especially fresh garlic to your diet. Besides adding flavor,… Read more »