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 […]

Making an Easy Salad With Mixed Baby Greens

Mesclun is a salad mix of assorted small, young salad leaves which originated in Provence, France. The name comes from Provençal mescla, and literally means “mixture.” The traditional Provençal mesclun includes chervil, arugula, leaf lettuces, and endive in equal proportions. Modern American iterations may include an undetermined mix of fresh and available leaf lettuces, spinach, arugula, chard, mustard greens, dandelion, curly endive, escarole, mizuna, mâche (lamb’s lettuce), radicchio, sorrel, chicory, watercress, parsley, […]

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, […]

Speaking Highly of Spinach

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an edible plant in the family of Amaranthaceae-Chenopodiaceae, which also contains beets, chard, epazote, lamb’s quarters, quinoa, purslane, tumbleweed, goosefoot, and amaranth. It shares a similar taste profile with two of its cousins, having the bitterness of beet greens and the slightly salty flavor of chard. Spinach originated in central and southwest Asia, where […]

Collards

Calculating Your Intake of Calcium

Calcium is a very important mineral that makes up about 1-2% of an adult human’s body weight. Calcium provides bone support, helps maintain the pH balance of your blood, and supports muscle and nerve health. Calcium also helps protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals, prevents bone loss that can occur as a result of menopause or […]

Eliminating Toxins

Enzymes in your body use many of the minerals, vitamins, and other phytochemicals  to catalyze chemical reactions inside your cells. In interdependent series of such reactions, called metabolic pathways, particular chemicals are modified, either by breaking them down or synthesizing them into new molecules. Your body uses metabolic pathways to maintain homeostatic balance. Toxins are […]

cooked kale

Knowing the Healing Power of Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a family of chemically related substances called naphthoquinones. There are two major types of vitamin K that are important for humans: K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone or phytonadione) is a natural nutrient found in green leafy vegetables. Vitamin K2 (menaquinones or MKs) in foods are mostly in the form of MK4 […]