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Summer Fruits for Health & Vitality

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As it gets warmer outside, we naturally begin to crave more foods that are cool.  Our craving for lighter foods in the summer is nothing more than the body guiding us to what it needs to thrive in a warmer environment. Many of try to ignore or reject our cravings because we view them as working against our will.   However, what we may not realize is that these cravings are  the key that opens the door to good health.  When we are able to stop, listen, and honor our cravings, we learn what our body needs to truly be healthy and happy.

Summer is a great time to pay attention to the body’s cues and eat foods that will help us stay hydrated and feel refreshed.  We all love creamy and sweet drinks or cool treats, but instead of choosing the sugar filled ice-cream cone or cold beverage, try to take advantage of the delicious fresh fruit that is available this season.

Fruits are naturally sweet and when harvested in-season, they are delicious, inexpensive, and nutritious – containing essential fiber, vitamins and minerals.  Many summer fruits promote a faster metabolism, which in turn may help you lose that extra winter weight.

Here are three summer fruits that are definitely worth giving a try:

Berries – Both strawberries and raspberries are excellent summer fruit choices, especially for those looking to lose weight.  Berries are low in sugar and full of wonderful anti-oxidants.  Strawberries only have 50 calories per cup and 3 grams of fiber, helping you to feel fuller for longer.

Oranges – Oranges are sweet, juicy, will keep you hydrated, and have no added sugar.

Cantaloupe – By nature a cantaloupe is nutritionally dense with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals.  Just one cup is enough to keep you hydrated you and full for a long time.

Look for these and other summer fruits at  Central Farm Markets for the freshest fruit with the best flavor (and greatest value).

 

This blog post was written by Precious Frazier, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Founder of Nutritional InnerG Holistic Health and Wellness Practice.  Visit www.nutrtionalinnerg.com today to schedule your complimentary health consultation! You can also check out Precious’ eBook: Claim Your InnerG: The Easy-Peasy Guide to Healthy Eating and Meatless Mondays as a guide to healthy eating and living.


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Pretty Petals and Edible Too!

Chive Blossoms- ready to eat!

Chive Blossoms

Flowers are everywhere in the Spring, but  you might be surprised to see them in your bag of mixed greens that you purchased at the market. A mistake? Not at all. Flowers, more specifically edible flowers, have been a longtime partner of gardens and chefs tables. The ancient Romans used roses, violets and borages in their cooking. The Chinese, Greeks and Romans did so as well. Traditional flowers include squash blossoms used in Italian recipes and rose petals in Indian food.

Today edible flowers are known for their vibrant colors and lovely textures which provide a delightful accent to your salad, drinks, desserts or dinner plate. They are also full of flavor too. Some flowers have a spicy flavor, while others taste more flowery.

If you grow herbs, such as chives, you might have noticed the delightful little purple flowers sprouting at the top. These flowers can be used to flavor pasta dough or add a spicy touch to your own pasta dish. Sweeter or milder edible flowers can be added to simple syrups for flavoring, as a pretty garnish to a summer drink, or to add flavor to teas or lemonades. You can use vibrant Nasturtiums in salads and beautiful Violets in cupcakes. The possibilities are endless.

As, beautiful as these flowers are be sure that you only eat flowers that you know are edible either by growing them yourself or purchasing them from a farmer. If you are not sure which flowers can be eaten, stop by the Young Harvests tent at Bethesda Central or Pike Central markets and Rob will be happy to show you what edible flowers look like and maybe you will even get to taste one!

So this Memorial Day, wow your guests with flowers…flowers in your food that is.

For more information about edible flowers we recommend these books:

The Edible Flower Garden by Rosalind Creasy
Edible Flowers by Cathy Wilkinson Barash


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The Fastest Way to Plant A Raised Garden Bed

Garden Stamp

Want to make the most of your raised veggie garden bed this year? Toss that yardstick! Throw off that cumbersome wooden grid. The Garden Stamp has your solution.

The Garden Stamp is a one foot square pegged gardening tool that imprints a distinct pattern in soft soil, making it easier to plant vegetable, herb and flower seeds with consistent spacing.  The Garden Stamp helps you garden by the square foot and direct sow seeds in raised beds or containers, which maximizes your crop through the efficient use of space.  This unique gardening tool also has a generous handle that makes it easy to use for all ages and abilities.

This Saturday, Jenn Rinaldi  will make a special appearance at Pike Central Farm Market to demonstrate how to use The Garden Stamp.  She will offer market patrons a generous discount to those who order her product online.

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This blog post was written by Jenn Rinaldi, The Garden Stamp’s designer.  Rinaldi, who hails from Frederick, MD, was inspired to create this tool after years of planting through the pain of arthritis.