Going Green in the Kitchen (Feb. 26, 2010)

Here are some helpful articles from SparkPeople.com (the online health management tool I use to track calories, exercise, etc.). It has tons of helpful healthy lifestyle tips and articles. Overall, it’s just a great resource! And it’s completely free!

8 Ways to “Green” Your Kitchen by Liza Barnes, Health Educator (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=928)

Buying Organic Food on a Budget by Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=740)

Why Go Organic? by Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=682)

Farmers Market Food Finds by Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=478)

I love this chart from the above link:

Color – Phytonutrients – Health Benefits – Food Sources

Red – Lycopene, Anthocyanin – Prevents certain cancers. Strengthens collagen proteins. – strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, cherries
Orange – Beta-Carotene, Liminoids – Protects against bronchitis, asthma, cataracts, and lung cancer. Can decrease cholesterol levels. – carrots, squash, melons
Yellow – Liminoids, Beta-carotene, Zeaxanthin – Protects vision. Prevents colon and breast cancers. – yellow peppers, corn
Green – Lutein, Saponins, Glucosinolates – Protects eyesight. Heart and skin maintenance. Prevents cancer. Lowers lipid levels. –
spinach, collard greens, broccoli, tomatillos
Blue – Anthocyanin – Prevents colon, cervical and prostate cancers. – blueberries, grapes, plums
Purple – Anthocyanin – Prevents cancer. Anti-inflammatory. – grapes, raspberries, blackberries, eggplant

To find a local farmer’s market near you, check out LocalHarvest.org.

Backyard Gardening Lifestyle Center (list of articles and helpful tips for growing your own garden), one of the ways I’m going to try to “go green” in my kitchen this year. Along with this, I’m going to try to start composting to eliminate a lot of unnecessary waste while helping my new garden grow.

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