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Orange Is the New Orange. Nutritionally, That Is.

by in Healthy Tips, June 5, 2014

carrots
With the new season of the prison drama Orange Is the New Black set to debut this week, it seems like a good time to celebrate all things orange. But that’s not necessarily a nod to neon-orange processed food — like crunchy cheese curls — or even prison garb, for that matter. This is about the tasty orange stuff that grows on trees and plants, all of which is uniquely good for us.

“The reality is various types of orange produce are all very similar nutritionally,” says Mary Howley Ryan, MS, RDN, owner of Beyond Broccoli Nutritional Counseling, in Jackson, Wyo. “The carotenoids — especially beta-carotene that turns into vitamin A — not only give them their beautiful color but also provide big health benefits.” That said, there are literally hundreds of different carotenoid compounds to be found in orange fruits and vegetables, so it pays to try them all.

Carrot
The antioxidant beta-carotene is found in such plentiful quantities in carrots that it was actually named after the vegetable. This nutrient is also widely studied — research in the Netherlands found that those who had higher levels of carrot intake had significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. And other compounds called polyacetylenes found in carrots have more recently been shown to inhibit growth of colon cancer cells in mice.

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30 Days of Stone Fruit

by in 30 Days, July 2, 2012

grilled peaches
Apricots, nectarines, peaches, cherries and plums . . . oh my! Pick up any or all of these in-season stone fruit at a market near you. Here are 30 ways you can enjoy.

  1. Did you know fruits whose flesh and skin grow around a hard pit are known as “stone fruits?”
  2. You can grill up your favorite stone fruit.
  3. Enjoy Ellie’s Savory Peach Chicken.
  4. Top your morning oatmeal or yogurt with sliced apricots, plums, peaches or nectarines.
  5. Combine plums with McIntosh apples for a Plum Applesauce. Read more

Spotlight Recipes: Stone Fruit

by in Healthy Recipes, July 8, 2010
Peaches with Balsamic Cherries
Ellie's Peaches with Balsamic Cherries

These fruit from the Rosaceae family contain a single hard seed or pit (a.k.a. a stone). They include some of our summer faves like cherries, plums, peaches and apricots. Enjoy your favorites in these mouth-watering recipes.

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Spotlight Recipe: Peach French Toast Bake

by in Healthy Recipes, February 2, 2009

Peach French Toast Bake

I made this decadent treat for brunch recently. Topped with maple syrup and Greek yogurt, it made my guests go wild! Since peaches aren’t in season, opt for frozen; they are just as good for you. Better yet, whole wheat bread adds five grams of fiber per serving.

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