Chia Seeds: Ancient Uses and Novel Benefits

chia seeds nutrition and benefits

These days it’s rather impossible to avoid chia in the stores: juices, desserts, cereal items… Chia is widely advertised as a nutritional and heath-promoting “it” food and many close friends became instantly hooked thanks to the bestseller “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall. But is it really all accurate? I was advised to be skeptical of the claims made by big corporations. Today, I share some relevant chia-basics for those with a penchant for novelty (and a healthy dose of {Read More}

Why and How To Introduce Millet to Your Picky Child

kid friendly recipes with millet

How to introduce millet for the first time to your picky child? Well, according to my experience with one picky eater, the best way is to introduce it as a sweet treat. And that’s really easy with millet because it’s so versatile! Why Introduce millet? Millet is a very healthy grain, to start with. It has splendid levels of important nutrients such as manganese, zinc, magnesium, tryptofan and B1 vitamin. It is also a great source of fiber. As you {Read More}

Pomegranate: A delight for the senses delivers outstanding health benefits

health benefits of pomegranate fruit

Visually, pomegranate impresses with its red and glossy seeds that look like rubies. A tasting of this fruit will deepen the visual pleasure, uncovering an abundance of juiciness, sweetness, tartness and chewiness. A tasty and good looking fruit is enough to captivate the senses, but, as it turns out, this delicious, playful and visually stunning winter treat is rich in healthy goodies that we can benefit from even if we consume pomegranate just for the sake of deep sensual delight. {Read More}

Catch of the Day: A Fish Alphabet Soup for Kids (and Tired Parents)

Fish Swimming, Art by Zoe

On my list of kid-friendly foods that are both nutrient-dense and inexpensive, a fish-head broth secures the prominent spot. Fish heads are, too often, abandoned by customers who fancy flawless fish fillets or who disregard heads for various reasons. Unwanted and not attractive to many, they are sold at bargain prices. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, or your fishmonger is in a good mood, they are even free. That’s what happened yesterday when my husband went to a fish market to {Read More}

Let This Soup Cure Thy Cold and Congestion

healing congestion and cold soup

When Hippocrates came up with “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, I am sure that it involved a bad case of cold and a soup. Cold? We’ve all been there. But, when it comes to soup, I’d like to suggest one with immediate and apparent healing properties. This truly magical broth is what I rely on when I happen to succumb to cold and flu. Not meant for kids or those that can’t take the heat, {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part IV: Know Your Organics (Certification and Other Issues)

organic farmer in asia

Buying organic food is a great way to support the health of the soil and wildlife. Also, many select organic food for being more beneficial and nutritious to themselves and their family. But the true significance of organic farming is that supports a long-term environmental sustainability. For concerned consumers a range of issues comes into play when choosing organic foods. And, particularly so if they want to extend the impact of choices they make beyond the walls of their own {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part III: Benefits of Organic Farming

benefits of organic farming

The word “organic” has a holistic, deep-rooted implication referring to living organisms. The term comprises of a system of farmer, food and consumer. According to the organic philosophy, consumer’s health is achieved by “whole, fresh and organically raised food.” (Oelhaf, 1978). Organic means a special and nurtured connection between the farmer and the soil. The philosophy of the food system starts with the soil; this is the center of attention of organic farming. Organic farmers perceive themselves as feeders of {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part II: Safety of Conventional Farming

conventional farming chemical safety

Here’s the second part of the conventional vs. organic series. This part deals with the safety of conventional farming. Safety of Conventional Farming: Should Consumers Be Concerned? The goal of agriculture is the production of food. The US Department of Agriculture indicates that US consumers increasingly expect safe and healthy food and the agriculture is more being defined as “consumer-driven”. From the consumer side, it is necessary to ask questions about safety of conventional agriculture, about the effect of agricultural {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part I: Environmental Effects of Conventional Farming

organic vs conventional farming

If you were raised on a farm and your parents were organic farmers, you might be naturally equipped with everything you needed to get the best from the soil by using ecological principles. But if you were raised in an urban environment and your parents were, say, a journalist and a lawyer, your learning about the soil and farming methods might not come so easy. You might need to consult literature (and, most likely on your own) about different approaches {Read More}

Why and How Encourage Your Child to Eat Lentils

Unhulled red lentil

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve spent several hours consulting web-pages and books in order to advance your knowledge of child nutrition. Then you’ve selected quality ingredients, chopped them, cut your finger in the process, cooked, pulverized and carefully seasoned a meal. You’re feeling as you’ve accomplished a small feat when you finally get to serve it to your little one. And the only thing she says (with a super-sad face) is: “Oh, no…but, something smelled so good from the {Read More}