Shopping the Carrboro Farmer’s Market

Here’s what’s available at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market, Saturday, February 22, 2014, in order of nutrient density (ANDI scores). Click through to find out more about each item and how to use it.   Collards 1000+ Kale 1000+ Napa Cabbage, 715 Spinach 707 Arugula 604 Lettuce, Green Leaf 585 Basil 518 Radishes 502 Brussels Sprouts 490 Turnips 473 Carrots 458 Oregano 426 Parsley 381 Kohlrabi 352 Broccoli 340 Mixed Baby […]

Beating Disease with Beets

Beets, also known in North America as beetroots, table beets, garden beets, or red or golden beets, refers to any of the cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots, especially B. vulgaris L. subsp. conditiva. Beets are varieties of the same species as chard and belong to the same family of Amaranthaceae as spinach, palak, epazote, […]

Eating for Happiness

Happiness centers around several important neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamaine, endorphins, phenylethylamine, and anandamide. Serotonin is popularly known as the “feel-good hormone,” or your body’s own natural tranquilizer, hence the happiness factor. This is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. Up to 90 percent of your body’s total serotonin is located in your gut, […]


Rooting for Your Health

While leafy greens are the superstars of nutrition, they are followed closely by vegetables that come from other parts of a plant, most notably the roots. Botanically, some of these foods are technically tubers, rhizomes, corms, bulbs, or underground stems, but from a culinary standpoint, they’re all known as “root vegetables.” The underground parts of some plants act […]