Foods

Tomatoes

[caption id="attachment_1764" align="alignleft" width="300"] A bit of morning freshness[/caption] Tomatoes are a funny fruit, or is it vegetable? Do we really know? Well, yes, sort of, maybe. According to botanical classification the tomato is placed in the fruit family, whereas the Department of Agriculture lists it as a vegetable, and most recipes utilize it in that way as well. More of the savory side of things. The tomato belongs to the nightshade family along with potatoes, peppers, okra, and eggplant, or spices like paprika and cayenne, which means that some people can have adverse reactions to this frugetable or vegetuit.... Read More »

Beets

[caption id="attachment_1611" align="alignleft" width="300"] Round textured slices of beetroot[/caption] Beets may not be high on the list of favorite foods for many people, however they are remarkable in their benefits. As a root vegetable both the body and the greens can be used as food. In Chinese Medicine beets are used to nourish blood which can mean helping to alleviate dryness; this can be for skin, constipation, and certain types of menstrual irregularities. Nutrition Facts (Raw Beets) Serving Size 1 beet (approx. 2”in diameter) Nutrient Value Water 71.82 g Calories 35 Protein 1.32 g Fat .14 g Carbohydrate 7.84 g... Read More »

Lettuce

Because there are so many different varieties of lettuce the nutrition facts of each one differs, widely at times. Just as their flavors, colors, and texture vary you cannot judge them all the same way. Some of the benefits of all lettuce are high fiber and low calorie/high water volume. Which means they are filling and actually provide a source of hydration. You might be surprised to find that the most nutritionally dense of the lettuces is Romaine. It hosts a fair amount of vitamin A and K as well as many phytonutrients and smaller amounts of an assortment of vitamins. Other... Read More »