Blanching Beets and Top Greens for Freezing

I hope you have beets in your garden bed because this nutrient rich food doesn't waste any of its growth. Virtually every part of this deep red vegetable is edible with both the root and greens of this plant being deliciously edible. 

With the fall harvest almost complete you will find my husband and I busy blanching fresh beet roots and greens for freezing. Beets are the last vegetable to be pulled out of our garden, as they like most root crops they handle the early frosts quite well. 

The process of blanching vegetables for the freezer can sound like a daunting task but it really is not all that difficult. Beets are one of the easier vegetables to cook for freezing.They have a longer blanching time than many other vegetables so there is plenty of time between pots to get other tasks such as cooling and bagging done.

Beets take quite awhile to cook so I space out the work load by doing a few batches each day. My husband and I have developed a system that really helps to simply the …

Are Baby Carrots Good for You and Other Beta-Carotene Nutrition Facts

Are carrots really good for your eyes? Can the pigments in carrots turn you orange? Are prepackaged baby carrots actually baby carrots? Are the baby carrots good or bad for you because I heard that they are doused in chemicals? 

Carrot questions? Yes, I have heard a few, and I am here to give you the cold hard facts on this orange root vegetable. Rich in Beta-carotene and vitamin A while being low in calories carrots are actually available in a range of colors. So keep an eye out for the white, yellow, orange, red, and purple varieties. Served displayed together they make for an attractive buffet veggie tray.

Yes, carrots are good for your eyes and it is because they are rich in vitamin A. It is an essential vitamin for good health and without sufficient intake the body has a reduced ability to fight infections. Vitamin A deficiency is also the number one cause of night blindness and a lack of this nutrient can lead to severe eye damage and eventually to complete blindness. Beta caroten…

Foods That Can Cause Inflammation

The foods you consume do make a difference to your health. There are definitely foods that can cause an inflammatory response in the body.

Eating a variety of foods in just the right quantities should keep your body healthy and working in top condition. At least this is how the system is supposed to work but unfortunately there are times when things can and will go wrong.

People need food to fuel their body but sometimes the foods which should be good for your body can actually cause you to become ill from their ingestion. If you continue to consume these foods then this illness can become chronic. This is the theory that rests behind some forms of autoimmune based illness and arthritis. 

How well do you know your foods? There are two foods in the opening photo that are more likely to increase inflammation. Can you guess which 2 they are? Give your best guess then find the correct answer at the foot of this article. 

1. Hamburger and peas.
2. Hamburger and yam.
3. Hamburger and white potat…

Cinnamon Honey Lemon Drink

Whether in health or sickness there is a very good reason as to why lemon honey and cinnamon combined within hot liquid are a mixture that is a wonderful combination for improving your health and well being.

Each one of these quiet wonder foods has its own wealth of nutritional and medicinal health benefits. Combined together in a hot drink they are able to help relieve and shorten the symptoms of colds, flu, sore throat, and other common bacterial or viral ailments.

Honey is a powerful antioxidant that also has antibacterial properties within it. Studies are showing that honey can soothe a dry throat and help to eliminate a cough as well as many over the counter cough syrups can. 

Honey has also been used to help treat the symptoms of asthma, and upset stomach. As this golden liquid has antibacterial properties it is also used as a salve on open cuts and burns.

Known as a natural antiseptic honey is believed to improve the digestion tract health in a manner similar to a pro-biotic…

Oatmeal for Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What you eat in the morning will dictate how you feel when you head off to start your day. 

Skip the heavy breakfast and go with a filling one instead.

It is time to take a second look at a tasty grain that has long been promoted as a healthy breakfast food. It is time to put oatmeal (porridge as it is more generally called) back on the breakfast table.

Oatmeal can be cooked in a variety of forms, combined with fruit for added health benefits, and made into snack bites for busy work days. It contains only around 190 calories per bowl with milk included in that count. Not only is this a meal that will leave you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to get on with your day but this grain is also high in dietary fiber.

This means that when you consume oatmeal on a regular basis that it will help keep your system running as regular as a well oiled clock and this is going to leave you with a lot more energy to play with. Another added benefit …

Broccoli Benefits

You probably know that broccoli doesn’t talk, doesn’t walk, and never hitchhikes a ride with strangers. There are however a few facts about Broccoli that you may not be aware of.

Broccoli is a vegetable that is well recognized as a super food. Rich in antioxidants kids generally have a tendency to dislike it while vegetarians and dieters love it. Chock full of a vast array of vitamins and minerals broccoli is high in fiber, low in calories, a powerful antioxidant, and a proven cancer fighter.

Broccoli is an excellent source of fiber but what makes the fiber within Broccoli unique is that it is made up of two distinct types, it contains both insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. This means that unlike many other foods broccoli is able to meet your complete fiber needs.

Broccoli is a member of the same family as cabbage although it is rarely associated with it. Generally classed as a green vegetable broccoli most closely resembles another member of its family, the Cauliflower.

Broccoli's f…

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