Ugly Veggies a Mother Should Love: Q&A With @UglyFruitAndVeg

Veggies are among the most beautiful foods we can put into our bodies, yet we treat those with abnormalities as if they are bad for us. Tons of ugly vegetables are wasted every day. This Q&A with Jordan Figueiredo, creator of the @UglyFruitAndVeg campaign, should change minds about looks.

In the veggie world, there are no popularity contests, no beauty pageants, no kings and queens of the prom.

Color-Coded Health: Seeing Reds (and Purples and Greens) In a New Light

Red speaks to our hearts, while green speaks to our brains, but what of yellow, and even white? The colorful compounds of veggies deliver important health and nutritional benefits to different parts to growing bodies. A look into what veggie brilliance means to kids.

Here’s a fun after-school activity: Give your kid six crayons and ask him or her to draw the picture of health. Next, take that picture and duplicate it on a plate.

Tales from the Crisper: Debunking 5 Common Veggie Myths (and 1 Kid Myth)

To peel or not to peel? Veggies have evolved to provide humankind with more nutrition than most any other food on earth, yet myths about their preparation and nutrition persist. Fortunately, the fables at the table are easy to sort out.

An old Greek myth has it that one of our earliest veggies was derived from a beautiful woman, Cynara, who enraged the jealous Zues with her frequent trips home to earth.

Menu, Unmasked! Learning the True Identify of Superfood

Super Foods for Super Tasters, Veggy Vita

Superfoods have gained an unexpected super power – the ability to shift shapes from one form to another. With the focus on healthy eating expanding the superfood family, consumers are increasingly unsure, or misled, about what qualifies. We explore what makes a food super.

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Wish as we might, we couldn’t simply slip a cape onto a Twinkie and claim that it is super.

This may be how some of us feel,

A Carrot Can Shape Your Child’s Future

There is a short window of time when children shift from loving vegetables to disliking them. This sudden aversion can shape life-long habits and health. Why this change occurs, and why vegetables are essential.

GMOs: Hype, or Ripe for Scrutiny?

GMO Free Foods - Hype or Health

There are many things about our children’s future we have yet to know, but do we really want any of them to involve what we put on their plates?

We speak here of three simple letters that are capturing increasing amounts of attention, yet are still misunderstood: GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. You’ve likely seen the letters, but what do they mean, and why should we care?

We care because of the unknowns.

Preserving Good Health With a Pinch of Salt – Not Sodium Benzoate

Butylated hydroxytoluene, butylated hydroxyanisole, sodium nitrate and erythorbic acid. Who’s hungry? These preservatives and many others exist in the foods we purchase and feed our families every day.

If they sound synthetic, it is because they are – at least in comparison to natural preservatives such as sugars, salt, vinegar and citrus.

These hard-to-pronounce preservatives are created in laboratories and may contribute to health and behavioral problems ranging from hyperactivity to cancer,

Et Tu Veggie Burger? Kicking the MSG Habit With Know-How

If the quest for all-natural foods is a journey toward good health, then consider the search for MSG-free meals as a process to escape the processed.

The foods most likely to contain MSG are just that – processed. Salad dressings, frozen meals and soy sauce. Still, some of the products that contain MSG may surprise you – it is in many foods we consider healthy, including veggie burgers and chicken soup.

Health is the best gift

One of the main components of the Holidays is gift giving! We buy gifts for our family, friends, and sometimes we take advantage of the Holiday sales to buy a gift for ourselves!

Making sure we are eating healthy and getting some exercise is the most important gift we can give ourselves. That’s because our health drives all aspects of our lives and everyone around us!

If we are healthy,