The Healing Power of Sea Vegetables

Sea vegetables are not, botanically speaking, really vegetables. But they can be eaten as or with vegetables, they are green and leafy, and “sea vegetable” somehow sounds more palatable than “seaweed”! Sea vegetables are amazing foods. In Japan, they are a staple food that is fried, steamed, boiled, toasted, etc.

Sea vegetables are eaten by coastal-dwelling people all over the world. Practitioners of a macrobiotic diet – a Japanese-based, vegetarian diet and overall lifestyle that has been reported to alleviate cancer – incorporate large amounts of sea vegetables into their dishes, often serving them in some form for every meal.

What makes these ocean-dwelling plants so healthful?

Superfoods – Summer Berries

Berries are some of the most healthful foods, and summer is the season of the berry. From strawberries to blueberries to cherries, summer brings these healthful fruits to our tables. They are more affordable in summer, being in season. Here are some of the more commonly available berries and their health benefits.

1. Strawberries

These popular fruits are the base for desserts and snacks that range from simple to decadent. Like most berries, though, their health benefits are best obtained by eating them raw.

These tasty fruits have high levels of vitamin C, antioxidants and phenols. They also contain notable amounts of manganese. Their red color indicates their high concentration of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins. These and other nutrients, such as potassium, combine to make strawberries helpful in preventing cancer, decreasing inflammation, and protecting the heart. They are even implicated in promoting joint health.

Simple Steps to Eat More Ethically

Are you concerned about the farming methods and other processes that go into producing and growing food? More and more people are with you – there is a growing desire to know where our food comes from and to be more connected with it. Concerns about potentially unethical farming practices have prompted many people to become better shoppers and eat more ethically. Here are some steps you can take to make your table a more ethical one.

How Safe Is Chicken?

When you cook chicken, you are probably careful to cook it thoroughly. You probably also know to use bleach or other disinfectant on your cutting board and knife, or any surface with which the raw poultry has come in contact. And of course, you have to wash your hands before preparing the salad. Why all the precautions?

The problem is, many chickens are contaminated with bacteria. Thorough cooking and cleanliness are supposed to protect you from these germs, but is that enough? Why is raw chicken so unsafe, or is it?

Bacteria

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), stringent inspection of chicken carcasses prior to their being up for sale in the store means that bacterial contamination is usually the result of how the chicken is handled by the food preparer.

How to Make Your Own Fairtrade Mango Chutney

Mango chutney is a tangy condiment that goes well with Indian curries and other dishes. Making your own can be very satisfying as well as tasty, and if you use fairtrade ingredients, it can be even more satisfying. You can give this as a Christmas or housewarming gift, too.

For 4 cups of fairtrade mango chutney, you will need the following ingredients, fairtrade certified:
-4 pounds fresh, ripe mangoes (about 4)
-1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped (use fresh, peeled ginger if you can’t find fairtrade candied ginger)
-1 small, sweet onion, chopped
-1/4 cup raisins (use golden raisins if you want to make the chutney more uniform in color)
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
-1 cup pineapple juice
-1/2 cup evaporated cane juice or Sucanat (these are usually fairtrade certified sugars; fairtrade white or brown sugar can be used as well)
-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-3 teaspoons curry powder
-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt