Farmers Market Finds

Happy Weekend.

My alarm clock!

Today I wanted to walk away from the farmers market with a couple of new-to-me items.

Not that carrots are new, but purple carrots are.

And patty pan squash.  Have you tried it?  How did you make it?  I may roast the squash, eggplant, and peppers to have on-hand for the week.

Mmmm…apples!  Local apple growers will have a smaller crop this year due to weather.  Most orchards will not have pick-you-own options just so the precious apples that are on the trees are picked with care and don’t go to waste.  I will stick to the pick-my-own by way of the market or going directly to my favorite orchards.

Today’s bounty

What are you cooking this weekend?  I’m going to a family dinner tonight–my dad is grilling burgers and I’m in charge of bringing the pretzel rolls.  Check out Pretzilla!  And to keep it extra healthy, Cybros sprouted hamburger buns, too!

Superfoods

What’s a Superfood?

These are foods that have 3 key qualifications:

1. Readily available to the public;

2. Contain nutrients that are known to enhance longevity; and

3. Health benefits have to be backed by peer-reviewed, scientific studies.

I like to think of Superfoods as colorful, fresh, delicious, good-for-you foods!

Chances are, if you eat a relatively healthy diet, you’re eating Superfoods. Here are just a few from the long list:

1. Apples (hooray!)–high in fiber and antioxidants–and only 47 calories

2. Blueberries–berries are full of antioxidants and known to boost immunity; a 2012 Harvard study found that at least one serving of blueberries or 2 of strawberries reduced the risk of cognitive decline in older adults

3. Tomatoes–lycopene in tomatoes fights cancer by increasing the amount of carcinogen-fighting carotenoids your body is able to absorb

To learn more about the benefits of Superfoods (and see the full list), visit http://www.superfoodsrx.com and www.health.com.