The extended growing season in Texas means that many of the farmer’s markets in DFW are open year-round or at least part of the cooler months! Winter temperatures can put more stress on your immune system and possibly mean more sick days. To combat this wintertime malaise, load up on nutrient-rich produce to keep your body healthy and your immune system strong. Check out the list below to find a farmer’s market near you.
Fall weather will finally be here soon, but don’t bust out those stretchy pants and go into hibernation yet! Did you know that right now, for most of us, is the lowest weight we will be all year?! Sigh. According to research out of Cornell, shortly before Halloween, we are at our lowest weight. But then comes the candy…and Thanksgiving, Christmas…by the time New Year’s rolls around, we are peaking weight wise. And get this - according to research, what we gain over the next 10 weeks takes about 5 MONTHS to lose.
This Halloween, keep the vampires away and improve your health!
We’ve heard the myths – vampires hate garlic. But here are the facts - this allium vegetable, known for its pungent after taste and lingering scent, actually has numerous health benefits.
Your mom gave good advice when she told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. The importance of produce is something you never outgrow. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. But get this - only one in seven adults get the recommended dose of veggies each day. One in seven!! That’s why the Produce for Better Health Foundation are introducing Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month™. The recommendation is 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. This may sound daunting, but fear not! Serving sizes are much smaller than you might think:
So, you splurged at the State Fair of Texas. Now what? Read our tips to keep one cheat day from spiraling into bad patterns!
You can almost smell the Corny dogs and funnel cakes in the air.
In just a couple of weeks, the State Fair of Texas will open its gates, and for 24 days, families from around the country will enjoy concerts, livestock shows, amusement park rides, auto shows, even the Clydesdale horses.
Many kids have not associated yummy with “school lunch,” and if Mom says its “healthy,” the likelihood of that homemade lunch getting eaten diminishes from slim to none. Nowadays it’s easier to sneak in nutritious substitutes to your child’s lunchbox, or vary up the color, texture, and size. You may still fight buy-in when your kids see commercials for cookies and soda, but we hope these ideas will at least get you started. Remember, it can take up to 12 introductions of a new food before children accept it, so don’t give up! One recent study found that children who were offered fruit, but didn’t take any, consumed more fruit as an adult. And remember, kids love finger foods. Bento boxes are a great way to pack up your kid’s meals (or your own lunch) to take to school or work.
You’re at the grocery store, and you’ve successfully passed up the fried food and the trans fats. You’ve loaded your cart with low-fat frozen yogurt, whole grain pasta and healthy snacks for the kids. But hold up – you may not be as nutritious as you think you are.
When it comes to summer produce, watermelon and corn seem to bask in the sunlight. But by mid-July, you may feel like you’re in a rut. One great thing about summer - there are so many other tasty fruits and vegetables in season. Don’t overlook the little guys of produce!
For optimal liver health, most of us know that we should watch our weight, drink alcohol in moderation, and limit the fatty foods that we eat. But did you know that a diet rich in fiber can also promote a healthy liver? That’s right. Fiber, beneficial in helping keep bowel movements regular, lower cholesterol levels, and control blood sugar levels, can also help keep our liver healthy.
Heard of Kombucha yet? The centuries-old beverage is now popping up in farmers markets and grocery stories. Its fans claim it has multiple health benefits. For a lot of people, the fermented tea first popped up in 2010. That’s when media reports suggested it was the tea – and not a court-forbidden cocktail – that set off Lindsay Lohan’s alcohol monitoring bracelet. Suddenly, the ice-cold health tea was hot.