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, […]

Securing Nutrients with Squash

Squashes are native to Mexico and Central America, where they may have been first cultivated 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. They are one of the “Three Sisters” of traditional American cuisine. Summer squashes, including zucchini (also known as courgette), pattypan, and yellow crookneck are harvested during the growing season, while the skin is still soft […]

Brazil Nut

Planting the Seeds of Change

While legumes and grains are seeds, they have different nutritional profiles than the foods we traditionally think of as edible seeds, such as Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Seeds have been an important food source throughout history. About 10,000 years ago, humans harvested seeds, which may have spurred the development of agriculture. Seeds ripened […]