Potatoes are so versatile and there are so many delicious varieties. They can be dressed up, dressed down, eaten alone or as the base for a hearty stew or frittata (see recipe below).

They have long been a staple in the American diet but are often shunned for the misconception that "they have no nutritional value and contain nothing but carbs".

variety of herbs hanging

These are my top 7 reasons why you should grow and use fresh herbs more often

  1. They are always available- herbs are easy to grow year round. I am in constant need of herbs whether I'm cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner and it would be a major pain if I had to keep running back to the store every time I needed a little basil or parsley.

No pun intended... Adding blue fruit/vegetables to your diet will provide many health benefits and it might even improve your mood! So next time you're at the grocery store, look down at your cart and make sure you have some blues along with some oranges, reds, greens and whites.


Blues/purples include:blueberries, blackberries, purple potatoes, purple cabbage, plums, eggplant, grapes

Health benefits: protects against cancer; promotes heart health and memory

Low-fat beliefs

'Diet', 'weight loss', 'low-fat'…these terms usually go hand-in-hand and when looking at Gallup poll data from 2012 on Americans' views on best diets, Americans tend to lean toward low-fat rather than low-carb diets if and when they choose to do so.

We all know and love guacamole as a snack and party dip (I know I do!), but did you know how good it is for you? Eating guacamole is a win-win for you and your health!

 

I have thoroughly been enjoying my herb garden and being that it's my first real attempt at one I am proud of my efforts. This year I decided to grow herbs that were familiar to me. This would allow me to feel more in control and strengthen my self-efficacy for growing new and unusual herbs next year.

Do you find your skin to be extra thirsty this time of year? Your moisturizing routine may be to blame for this. If you use lotion and find that your skin just doesn't stay hydrated and soft all day like you wish it would...than you might just want to try being a little more European for a change.

In a nation of lotion lovers (the United States) its rare to find an assortment of quality oils on the shelves for skin care. However, if you have a health market in your neighborhood or a grocery store with a 'health' section than you most likely will.

Click on the image above to see healthy twists to some classic drink combinations and how many calories are saved by doing so.

Beverages are a source of extra calories, especially around the holiday season and many people don't realize that alcohol itself has calories (7 per gram). Adding mixers such as soda, syrup, cream and juice can really pile on those calories and before you know it you are consuming more calories than what your meal provides. If you are doing well to watch what you EAT, then don't lose balance with those holiday libations!