It’s no wonder fashion designers use fabrics with apricot hues to sell their summer clothing lines:
that blush of color conjures up visions of sweet, sun-drenched days on an exotic deserted beach. A relative of the peach, the apricot was first grown in China more than 4,000 years ago.
Stock a few bags of lentils in your pantry, and
you’ll always have the basis for a hearty and healthy
dinner. Unlike other legumes, lentils don’t require presoaking
overnight, and they cook up in about 40 minutes or less.
Health Benefits. Lentils are high in protein so they are especially good for vegetarians, who have trouble getting this macronutrient. These legumes are also loaded with fiber, folate and iron.
The first chill of winter is the perfect time for picking parsnips. That’s
because this root veggie needs the frost to convert starch to sugar
and fully develop its unique sweet and nutty taste. Don’t be fooled by the parsnip’s tough outer skin; its woody texture quickly softens
Health Benefits. Parsnips are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, copper and manganese. They are also high in niacin, thiamine, magnesium and potassium. Parsnips are a good source of
riboflavin and vitamins B6 and E.
Most people associate kiwifruit with New Zealand, where it got its name because of its resemblance to the kiwi bird. But the fruit originated in China, which is why it was once called the Chinese gooseberry. Kiwifruit is a contradiction in terms: fuzzy on the outside, silky smooth and bright green inside and studded with edible seeds that provide textural contrast.
Health Benefits. Despite its small size, kiwifruit packs a real nutritional punch. One kiwifruit contains double the vitamin C of an orange and equals the potassium of a banana.
Also known as celery cabbage or Chinese cabbage, napa cabbage is mellower in taste than the pungent variety most people eat only on St. Patrick’s Day. Readers who frequent Korean restaurants are probably
familiar with napa cabbage, which, when pickled, forms the base for
a popular dish called kimchi.
What is it about the holidays and sugar? Decorated cookies, homemade candy, pumpkin pie--without sweets and treats, the festive season would hardly seem complete. But should you be worried about all that sugar in your diet?
The answer is yes--and no. Most nutritional experts agree that indulging in holiday treats need not be a serious concern, as long as your indulgences are moderate. ...
Along with pumpkins and gourds, a startling variety of winter squash is now making its way into markets everywhere. The array of choices—including spaghetti, acorn and butternut—are an inexpensive way to introduce more produce into your family’s repertoire.
Health Benefits. Winter squash is rich in vitamins A, B and C, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid) and calc...
Valentine’s Day is just weeks away, which means only one thing to many lovers: Time to bust out the chocolate! With all the recent media hype about the health benefits of this sweet concoction, many chocoholics are rejoicing. But can that solid chocolate heart from your sweetheart really be good for your ticker?
Health Benefits. Chocolate is made from cacao beans, which con...
It’s been called everything from “incredible” and “Nature’s perfect food” to “lowly.” For years, the egg was maligned by the scientific community owing to concerns over elevated cholesterol levels and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Thanks to a recent media campaign, the egg is now being viewed in a more positive light by health experts ...