National Gardening Month

April is National Gardening Month! Utilizing a variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables in your diet provides a wide span of flavors and health benefits. Herbs contain phytochemicals that can help lower blood pressure, increase antioxidants and aid in weight loss. 

 PHYTOCHEMICAL:  Carnosic Acid 
Benefit: Antioxidant, aids in managing weight loss
Food Source: Rosemary and sage 

PHYTOCHEMICAL: Apigenins 
Benefit: Antioxidant, reduces the risk of cancer, may help lower blood pressure 
Food Source: Parsley, oregano, thyme, basil 

  PHYTOCHEMICAL:  Sulfides 
Benefit: Reduces risk of cancer, inhibits the growth of disease-causing bacteria, promotes immune function 
Food Source: Onions, garlic, chives and scallions 

PHYTOCHEMICAL: Gingerol
Benefit: Aids in decreasing nausea and vomiting 
Food Source: Ginger 

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Recipe of the Month - April


Double Berry Nut Spinach Salad

Yield: 2 Servings ($2.79 per serving) 

Ingredients:

     cups strawberries (hulled and quartered)   
1      cup blueberries  
1      cup spinach     
1/2   cup roasted almonds (roughly chopped)
Dressing:
1     whole lemon (juiced and zested)       
2 Tb. olive oil 
Tb. honey 


Directions to Jar Your Salad: 

1. Mix all ingredients of dressing together in medium-size bowl. 
2. Add dressing to bottom of jar.  
3. Add blueberries and strawberries on top of dressing.  
4. Add roasted almonds on top of fruit.  
5. Top with spinach. Seal jar and store in refrigerator until ready to serve. ENJOY! 

Nutrition Facts - 53 g (1/4 cup): Calories: 239, Total Fat: 18g,Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 50mg, Total Carbohydrate: 17g, Dietary Fiber: 6g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 120%, Vitamin C: 91%, Calcium: 14%, Iron: 17%. 


                                     
           Strawberry Spinach Salad
Yield: 4 Servings 

Ingredients:

1       bunch spinach (~ 4 cups)  
1       cup sliced strawberries  
1/4    cup chopped pecans     
1/4 cup goat cheese 
1 Tb. olive oil 
1 Tb. apple cider vinegar       
1/2 Tb. honey      

Directions

1. Mix everything except the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and honey in a mid-size bowl. 
2. In a separate bowl, mix the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and honey to make the dressing. 
3. Add dressing to salad and toss. 
4. Serve and ENJOY! 

Nutrition Facts : Calories: 185, Total Fat: 14g, Sodium: 129mg, Total Carbohydrate: 11g.




Recipe Archive
Main » Whole Grains » Recipe Details
  
“Plum-Nana” Oatmeal Bread

Ingredients:

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 cup quick cooking oats

1/3 cup light brown sugar

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 banana, ripe

1 cup nonfat milk

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 ½ cups unpeeled chopped plums

¼ cup Greek yogurt

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Mist 9x5 bread pan with cooking spray
  3. Mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
  4. In a separate bowl, mash banana then add and mix together milk, lemon juice, plums, yogurt, and apple sauce
  5. Combine the two mixtures and stir until moist
  6. Place the batter into the prepared bread pan and bake 45-50 minutes
  7. Bread is done when a toothpick is inserted into the center of the bread and comes out clean

Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories: 218, Total Fat: 1g, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Protein: 5g