Kohlrabi is a member of the Brassica family, which also includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens and brussel sprouts. The plant is native to European region and there are two main varieties that exist - white and purple. However, both the "white" (actually light green color) and purple have the same colored (edible) flesh.
It's name is Mycobacterium vaccae, and it's a substance (currently under study) that has already been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The substance has shown to stimulate serotonin production in the brain of humans, which is the chemical that makes you feel relaxed and content. No more costly visits to the therapist. No more dangerous medications that magically "fix" your happiness. This bacterium is found in the most natural of places - the ground. That's right, dirt is the new happy!
While at a 1969 UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. This first "Earth Day" celebration was to be celebrated on March 21, 1970, as it would mark the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day in nature was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed at The United Nations by Secretary General U Thant.
Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or a full blown carnivore, it's worth it to go meat-free on Mondays. In fact, it's worth it to go meatless as often as possible. We've already explored what happens to your body when you stop eating meats, however what we haven't discussed is the awesome (and tasty) alternatives that go beyond just tofu.
If you do not already indulge in podcasts, it's high time you started. There is a whole world of information available and some highly entertaining and educational subjects that are covered in the old radio-show format. It seems like literally everyone has a podcast nowadays, and we're loving some of the options. "You probably didn't hear much about podcasting from 2008 to 2013", says Jordan Harbinger of The Art of Charm podcast. “Why? That’s because it wasn’t new anymore, so nobody was talking about it.
In the town of Sugar Creek, Missouri a family is being fined for having a vegetable garden in their front yard. Why is a typical first response. How can a person not ask WHY someone be fined for growing vegetables?! It sounds absurd, and well - it sort of is. What we do know is that Nathan Athans said he planted the garden in his front yard because it gets optimal sunlight. His backyard only gets sunshine for about two hours per day, and only in certain areas. So naturally, this was where he would grow his home garden.
We could all use a little stress relief. Regardless of your status or position, life gets stressful. And people will try anything to get a little relaxation time. From spa treatments, massages and pedicures, to running and other exercises, there are plenty of ways to help reduce the affects of stress on your body. However, many people don't know that they can help control anxiety ridden moments with their food.
We've all heard of lettuce. And it's likely that most people have eaten lettuce. The word is commonly used to generally describe the greens in a salad. However, "lettuce" itself is known scientifically as Lactuca sativa, and it's a unique and wonderful green crop. Lettuce was likely first cultivated in Ancient Egypt, where its seeds were first used to produce oil. Eventually, the ancient Egyptians started to realizing the benefits of eating the leaves as well, and the habit quickly spread to the Greek and Romans.
When most people hear the word "pairing" in regards to a meal they most likely think of wine. It's common for high-end restaurants to offer assistance with the process, and plenty of people recognize the enhancement of their eating experience when paying attention to these details. But have you ever tried pairing your own food and drink at home? What if you don't have any wine, or are an alcohol-free household? Good news, you can pair any type of beverage to the food you're eating.
The culinary herb basil is scientifically known as Ocimum basilicum , and is also sometimes called sweet basil (or even "Saint Joseph's Wort" in some English speaking countries). It's in the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is most likely native to India. The plant has been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years, proving it's usefulness and sustainability. And it's an annual crop commonly found in Italian and Southeast Asian cuisine, with a ton of varieties.
Organic Blah Blah Blah is a new meal-planning service from the West Coast that's changing the way people shop, create and appreciate their food. The new company and blog are informative and educational, as well inspiring and fun. There truly is something for everyone. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian or a carnivorous fool, they help people create a healthier relationship with food through personal programs, blog posts, live podcasts and local pop-up events.
Pea greens may seem like a foreign concept to many people. However, the young leaves of the pea plant contain unique flavors, similar to it's adult counterpart, and they make a nutritious addition to any dish. The peas you're most likely familiar with are the small spherical seeds or the "seed-pod" of the podfruit Pisum sativum.
It's Sunday and it's the end of the weekend. You're gearing up for the busy week ahead, but you should rest up as well. We say why not relax? Take it easy and give yourself a break. Offer your family a healthy, light Sunday meal, instead of spending your whole afternoon preparing food. Try a healthier, easier option and put the roasting pan away. Toss up a quick and fresh family salad instead.
Cilantro arrived in North America in the late 17th century, but did not really become popular until the 90's. The plant is most likely native to Southern Europe and Northern Africa, and has been documented in use by many ancient cultures for medicinal purposes, as well as in food. Cilantro comes from the coriander plant, is a year-round herb (an apiaceae).
When most people consider their cocktail of choice it usually revolves around taste. Some people prefer their drinks strong, and some prefer them sweet. Some people want refreshing, while others may want something with a punch. However, regardless of your favorite flavors, you can incorporate Grow.Bar microgreens into almost any recipe.
Arugula (scientifically known as Eruca Sativa) is a green, leafy vegetable native to the Mediterranean. A full grown arugula plant features succulent flowers and all parts of the plant (pod, seeds & flowers) can be consumed. It's a Brassicaceae, similar to Brassica plants like mustard and kale, and may also go by names like roguette or rocket. It's a fairly small, annual crop and it's commonly eaten in The U.S. It's likely that you've had arugula in a salad, or included in a side dish or sandwich. And it's considered on of the best greens to eat on a regular basis.
Regardless of your political views, beliefs or opinions, Michelle Obama's White House Garden tour is inspiring. She began her mission back in 2009, when she broke ground on the most extensive vegetable garden at The White House to date. The 1,100 square-foot, L-shaped garden resides on the South Lawn of The White House (near the tennis courts) and can be seen courts and can be seen from parts of the street near by.
Most of us eat broccoli. It's one of the most famous vegetables and most common amongst most American families, and it's full of vital nutrients. However, when was the last time you had broccoli greens? No, not green broccoli. We mean the leaves of the plant before it begins to grow what you know as broccoli flours. Probably not very often, if ever. But they're an excellent source of vitamins and a tasty, tender and convenient alternative to the regular steamed broccoli.
Creating delicious vegetarian food is not impossible. Vegetables and herbs provide an array of flavors and there are endless spices and ingredients you can incorporate. However, we often hear from vegetarians who want to maintain their meat-free diets, but who do not know their way around a kitchen. Even if you are not a cooking novice, there may be some useful tips and tricks-of-the-trade you haven't tried. Meals, regardless of ingredients, need to contain valuable amounts of nutrition, proper calorie intake and substantial sustenance.
Mizuna microgreens is a fancy (and fun) name for what you might know better as just small mustard greens. Mustard that you put on sandwiches or hot dogs is a condiment created from mustard seed. However, mustard greens offer a variety of health benefits and delicious flavors as well. Originally grown in ancient China and Japan, these greens come in many varieties and have been grown, harvested and consumed for centuries.
Let's start with a look back to a few years ago when the public heard about the "Monsanto Protection Act". A bill was introduced allowing large corporate businesses to ignore (or override) United States Federal Courts on the issue of planting experimental, genetically-engineered crops all over the country. What you may not know is that once the public learned more, they named the bill themselves. It was dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act", since that's exactly what it did - protect a harmful corporation.
The Aztec's used this ancient grain as a staple, and it was even included in some of their religious ceremonies. The amaranth grain was a great source of food and medicine for the ancient tribe. However, the leaves are also able to be consumed and have just as many benefits (like our adorable and vibrant Grow.Bar red amaranth microgreens).
Eating organic food does not have to mean eating expensive food. It's true that the organic produce and all-natural items tend to cost more. However, the prices are beginning to balance out just a little bit, and there are plenty of systems like the Grow.Bar that make growing some of your own food at home an easy and accessible possibility. Review our following checklist to find affordable ways to eat healthy, organic, real foods on a regular basis.
The United State's Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has announced new rules in support of local farmer's making the move into certified organic growing. Vilsack plans to expand crop insurance options, giving producers the ability to choose an insurance that is equal to their crop's real value. "Consumer demand for organic products continues to increase and the industry has experienced remarkable growth, representing more than $39 billion in U.S. retail sales"
What type of light helps indoor plants grow? Well, of course sunlight is necessary. However you may not always have access to direct sunlight at the appropriate hours. By using systems like our Grow.Bar (that use LED lights during the grow process), you can garden and grow veggies and herbs right inside your own kitchen, any time of year.
People everywhere are beginning to embrace the convenience and excitement of fresh meal-kit delivery services. There are now plenty of options across the country, and there seems to be no signs of slowing down. According to the market research firm Technomic Inc. "(meal kit) sales growth outpaced all other aspects of food service - topping $1 billion globally in 2015" (foodnavigator-usa.com). There were a few meal-kit delivery services who doubled (or more than doubled) their business in the last year.
We really don't like calling microgreens a "trend", but statistics prove that's exactly what they've become. We see their popularity steadily rising, giving us hope that the trend loses its label and becomes a constant. And as you most likely have noticed, high-quality restaurants and professional chefs are using them all the time with their dishes. When using microgreens, these businesses are actively contributing to sustainable agriculture and possibly creating jobs. It's a delicious and healthy decision, as well as a conscious and kind choice.
If you don't know Doug Rauch, look him up. The former president of Trader Joe's is changing the way American's eat, one non-profit store at a time. Understanding that we waste about 40% of the food grown in the U.S., and that many people can not afford to buy the healthiest foods, Rauch is putting his 30 years of food industry experience to good use. His new mission is to offer people with limited funds access to affordable and organic food at his new grocery, The Daily Table . The store opened it's doors in June of last year (2015) in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester and Rauch has plans to expand as soon as possible.
Gardening has been around a long time. Like, since the beginning of man. And the generations that came before us had to create their own tools and use the resources at their disposal to better their plants and crops. Their technologies (or lack thereof) did not afford them the everyday tools we often take for granted. The following list includes some tips you may have heard before, and some will surprise you. Let the list inspire your sense of creativity and sustainability, and hopefully help save some money along the way.
The USDA is trying to improve America's food industry, one baby step at at time. The United States Department of Agriculture revealed new proposed regulations on February 15th, 2015 that would force food retailers who accept food stamps to stock a bigger variety of healthy foods. If they fail to comply, they face the loss of business as customers will go someplace else where they can get better food.