Whole Foods Wednesday – Rhubarb

Did you know rhubarb is up on the short list with Salmon and Spinach, of foods with the most calcium? I didn’t either – pays to learn about food!

Most people use rhubarb as if it were a fruit, but…. rhubarb is actually a vegetable! It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

Do you have any favorite rhubarb recipes?

(Note: you only want to be eating the stalks – the leaves are poisonous – just chop them off and discard!)

 

Whole Foods Wednesday – Beets

Beets, beets, delicious fruits… oh wait, wrong jingle! And beets aren’t a fruit – but they ARE colorful little powerhouses of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals!

As a very good source of the antioxidant manganese and a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, the unique phytonutrients in beets provide antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables. These little beauties are also an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium and copper. They are a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6.

I love beets – I get this love from my mama!

Do you like beets?

 

Superfood Saturday – Goji Berries

Goji. Goji berry. That’s fun to say… don’t mind me, I love things with fun names. Anyways…

You have probably heard of today’s superfood, but have you tried them? Goji berries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • vitamin C
  • fiber
  • iron
  • vitamin A
  • zinc
  • antioxidants

They are also a low sugar nutritional option, making them ideal for Diabetics (but as with anything else, you might wish to discuss this with your medical team!)

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Try It Tuesday – Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

You guys… I swear… I would never fib to you. So I am serious when I say, if I didn’t know this was made with butternut squash and was healthier, I would have no idea. It works, seriously, and it is SO delicious.

My husband and I made it last week because I have been craving mac n cheese, and then a friend posted this recipe in our Challenge Group so my mind connected the dots and voila, dinner idea!

We didn’t use parsley, but it was optional anyways. I personally prefer cavatappi for my mac and cheese’s, and I have yet to find whole wheat cavatappi, so even still with it being healthier, it was still a splurge (but if you follow my blog you know by now that I firmly believe in splurging and not denying myself – portion control is key here!)

We used our immersion blender and it worked perfectly. Husband was even impressed, which always makes me happy! Delicious and we will make it again, absolutely!

Have you ever tried Butternut Squash? It’s a great way to sneak veggies in for kiddo’s who may not be a fan of them, too. For the record, I’m not advocating lying, I am just saying, sometimes, with some picky eaters, what they don’t know not only WILL NOT hurt them, but will help them! 😉

With a rich array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as significant amounts of digestive fiber, Butternut squash is up there as one of the most nutritious veggies you can have!

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Whole Foods Wednesday – Apples

It’s apple season! I couldn’t be happier about it, either. I love apples, and I love that they are so good for me, and so Diabetic-friendly.

I am sure you are seeing your friends and family posting tons of apple pictures on social media, right? Apple picking is my favorite 🙂

Do you have a favorite kind of apple? Do you have any awesome recipes you would like to share?

Oh, and have you gone apple picking yet?!apples

 

Sunday Shakeology – Iced Vanilla Latte

Some might call it a Rhode Islander thing, but my coffee’s and latte’s are always iced, never hot. I don’t like many hot beverages, really. And I enjoy probably 1 latte a year, but I start EVERY day off with an iced coffee.

Sometimes you go rogue though, and a latte hits the spot. The majority of them are not healthy, but hey, look! A healthy latte! 🙂

This one keeps it super simple, but results in a super tasty beverage! Enjoy!

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Sunday Shakeology – Pineapple Cheesecake

Holy smokes, this one is GOOD! I might be biased because I love cheesecake SO much, but YUM!

Not only do I love cheesecake, but I also love pineapple! Did you know that, aside from tasting sweet and delicious, pineapple is a wealth of health benefits due to its nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta carotene, thiamin, B6, and folate, and bromelain, as well as soluble AND insoluble fiber. It is high on the glycemic index, but fine to consume once in a while – just go for fresh over canned!

 

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Whole Foods Wednesday – Navy Beans

Noooo, these little buddies are not blue! 🙂 They got their name because they were a staple food of the United States Navy in the 20th century!

Have you had them? These truly are a super Diabetic-friendly food – in addition to being low glycemic, blood sugar stabilizers, and high in fiber and protein, Navy beans provide steady, slow-burning energy.

Also, Navy beans can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores, especially helpful for women.

Navy beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber and a very good source of both folate and manganese. They are a good source of many minerals including copper, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. In addition, navy beans are a good source of protein and vitamin B1.

A one cup serving of navy beans provides over 700 mg of potassium, making these beans an especially good choice to protect against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis!

Do you eat Navy beans often? Have any good recipes using them?

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