Taste of Summer

>> Saturday, July 25, 2009

Today we ventured out to our local farmer's market to check out the goodies. We didn't have anything specific to pick up but since cherries are in season we picked up a few pounds. YUM! I heart fresh picked cherries! I'm sitting here gobbling down Rainier and Skeena varieties. You can read up on the various NW varieties here. Sorry no pics from me - my camera is AWOL at the moment.

So then it got me wondering: what's so great about cherries besides their yumminess?

Here's a sample:

A growing body of science reveals tart cherries, enjoyed as either dried, frozen cherries or cherry juice, have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, when compared to other fruits. They also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate.

Emerging evidence links cherries to many important health benefits – from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.


Most of the scientific research has centered on the health benefits of tart cherries. Sweet and tart cherries contain pigments called anthocyanins, antioxidants that give cherries their dark red color. Tart cherries are among the top fruits as far as antioxidant levels go. Tart cherry juice and dried tart cherries are even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and more powerful than Vitamin E. Anthocyanins have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and according to the American Chemical Society, eating 20 tart cherries (or drinking the equivalent in juice concentrate) a day could provide the same pain relief that aspirin or ibuprofen do.

The above link mentions the FDA getting their dirty paws in other people's business, here's another article about it if you're interested.

Anyway, love those fresh cherries. I'm trying not to binge on them but it's hard to stop!

By the way, does anyone know what the deal is with organic red bell peppers? I cannot find them anywhere! Nada at the farmer's market too. When I do find them, they're horribly expensive and not that great looking so I haven't bought any. I'm missing eating raw corn-jalapeno chips. :( Normally, I can pick find them just about everywhere but for the past couple of months or more I haven't seen them. I want organic because bell peppers rank high (and not in a good way) on the pesticide list. They contain a lot of those chemicals used conventionally. If you know what's the dealio, let me know.

Off to eat more cherries!


Springing Forward

>> Monday, July 13, 2009

Spring has sprung and now summer is well upon us. Ah spring. A time for change, new directions, cleaning and re-evaluating. I missed out on spring somewhat because I was busy with other things. ;) I'm at a point now where I'm ready to make some changes that had changed during pregnancy -- if that made sense. While I was pregnant, I ate a fair amount of cooked while still eating some raw foods. Now I'm starting to feel that I'm ready to get back in the game (helps that YS2 is sleeping more at night -- three nights in a row it's been 6 or more hours at a time -- Yeehaw!). The raw game that is. I plan on easing back into it as I'm still nursing but with the help of Yardsnacker, I'm having more fresh juices, raw fruits/veggies and those yummy green smoothies. Along with that change, I'm trying to exercise, get out in the fresh air more. This seems to bode very well with YS2. He comes home all tuckered out and sleeps really well through the nights we've done this. I wanted to spell this out more for me than for those of you reading this. It commits me. It gets me more excited about the path I'm venturing on. It even got me excited to blog again! Not that I didn't want to blog but life has prevented me from doing much with it but I do feel a renewal with it because of my new goals. Anyway, those are my thoughts. Now, here are some pics from today's walk (and no, I won't do this every day - ha ha!):

Friends we met along the way:

Anyone know what kind of tree this is?

Please don't yell at us for his straps.


Review Time!

>> Sunday, July 5, 2009

What? You mean this isn't about YS2??? ha ha! My review of Caleb is that he is top notch! But seriously this is about something else. As you know life for us is a little crazy these days with a newborn so Sam does more of the grocery shopping than I do. We sometimes take turns. But on one of his trips to Whole Foods he came home with a carton of coconut milk (vanilla) by Turtle Mountain/Purely Decadent. Hmmm...wasn't sure about this. He poured me a glass to sample and mama mia! was this yummy!! It's about the same price as a carton of organic cow milk (I think - haven't bought that stuff in a long time so don't quote me) and way tastier! They also have yogurt made with coconut milk. I highly recommend the vanilla and pina colada flavors. :) Their "ice cream" is pretty tasty too...especially if it involves peanut butter. Okay, not really raw but tasty nonetheless. It's just great to see that there are more alternatives becoming available - just wish they weren't so darn expensive some of them, including produce!! Anyway, side rant...Glad to have found some coconut milk that I can enjoy by the glass or in my granola. Fresh young coconuts around here are too expensive these days and sometimes not good inside so buying a carton of it once in awhile is way better IMO. I hear in Idaho you can buy a Thai coconut for less than a dollar. WTH? Why can't we have prices like that here in Seattle? Whatever. Anyway, I keep getting off track with my irritation for high prices of things. Time to relax and enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend. Enjoy!


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