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Archive for the ‘ Smart Fuel ’ Category

27 Mar

Smart Fuel: Goji Berries

Also know as lycium barbarum, lyceum fruit, fructus lycii, wolfberry and gou qi zi, type Goji berries into a search engine and your computer screen will quickly fill with warnings about how not to be scammed by this fruit. A fruit con artist? We were intrigued… But before we dig into the sordid world of […]

20 Mar

Smart Fuel: Swiss Chard

It might be called Swiss chard, but would you believe that it doesn’t even hail from Switzerland? In fact, Swiss chard got its name from a Swiss botanist named Koch who in the 19th century, named the vegetable in honor of his homeland (even though it originally hails from the Mediterranean region). Available year round, […]

13 Mar

Smart Fuel: Shiitake Mushrooms

Once relegated to the Asian foods section of grocery stores, shiitake mushrooms have emerged a prominent contender in the produce aisle, promising to add a little extra oomph – and even some medicinal benefits – to vegetable socks, soups and noodle dishes. Although this fungi is an excellent source of selenium and a good source […]

6 Mar

Smart Fuel: Walnut Oil

Here at Mark’s Daily Apple, we’re pretty picky about our oils. We prefer animal fats and fruit oils, but if you are looking for a nut oil walnut oil is a good option. Of all the nut oils, walnut oil is clearly one of the healthiest. In the olden days, it was used to cure […]

28 Feb

Smart Fuel: Eggs

Remember in the movie Runaway Bride when Julia Roberts’ character could never decide how she liked her eggs? We say, don’t worry about it Ms. Roberts, with so many health benefits associated with the consumption of eggs, you should eat ‘em however you can get ‘em! On the most superficial level, eggs are an excellent […]

21 Feb

Smart Fuel: Radishes

Love radishes? Turns out you’re not alone. In fact, radishes were once so prized in Greece that they were immortalized in gold! Although we certainly appreciate the radish’s beauty – often attacking them with a few skillfully placed knife slices to create a beautiful rose garnish for dress-to-impress dishes – this cruciferous vegetable is held […]

14 Feb

Smart Fuel: Beets

Haven’t been eating your beets? Don’t beat yourself up (see what we did there), because technically they’re out of season right now. But with spring fast approaching, perhaps it’s time to dig deeper and examine what these little purple monsters have to offer! Hailing from South Africa, the beet – which is a relative of […]

7 Feb

Smart Fuel: Kale

Meet Kale, yet another member of the brassica family, a clan of vegetables that includes cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts. Although believed to have been brought over to Europe around 600 BC by groups of Celtic wanderers (and over to the U.S. in the 17th Century), Kale has only recently stepped into the spotlight for […]

30 Jan

Smart Fuel: Asparagus

Used for cooking and medicinal purposes for over 2,000 years, asparagus is one nutritious perennial garden plant! See, and you thought all it was good for was turning your pee green! Among its many health benefits, asparagus logs off-the-charts levels of Vitamin K (more than 115% recommended daily allowance (RDA) per 1 cup serving!), which […]

24 Jan

Smart Fuel: Sea Vegetables

Is it a plant? Is it an animal? Who cares when it tastes this delicious! Classified as an algae (so neither plant nor animal!), the sea vegetable family counts ultra-healthy seaweed, sea lettuce, nori and kelp among its many relatives. Mimicking the mineral content of the ocean – which incidentally mimics the mineral content of […]

17 Jan

Smart Fuel: Broccoli Rabe

As was mentioned in a previous post, broccoli rabe (pronounced rob) is one vegetable that has more aliases than Jennifer Garner. Often referred to as rapini, rappa, Italian turnip, fall and spring rabe, and broccoli de rape, the one thing this vegetable can’t be confused for is broccoli itself! As a member of the brassica […]

10 Jan

Smart Fuel: Parsnips

With a long narrow, knobby body and a tuft of green leaves, the parsnip could easily be confused for an anemic version of the carrot. The missing link, if you will, is beta-carotene, the compound responsible for giving carrots their golden hue. But rest assured, parsnips have plenty of nutritional power. For example, the parsnip […]

3 Jan

Smart Fuel: Brussels Sprouts

While the effects of Brussels sprouts aren’t likely to win you any friends—unless you’re interested in hanging with the lads at the local fraternity—these cruciferous little devils pack a serious health punch. Once considered a delicacy in Belgium—and since named Britain’s least favorite food, according to one recent poll—Brussels sprouts are loaded with compounds that […]

27 Dec

Smart Fuel: Wine

Now this is some smart fuel we can live with! Step aside kale, move over broccoli: the best way to ward off a wintry cold is to drink red wine. You’re not reading that wrong. Not one, but two major studies have just reported evidence that those who drink wine moderately – no more than […]

20 Dec

Smart Fuel: Red Cabbage

Much to the relief of one of our staff, it’s not just for lutefisk anymore. (Although we recently learned that Scandinavians aren’t the only ones who favor odd protein dishes; Icelanders enjoy soured sheep balls and rotten shark. So there.) Where were we? Oh, yes! Red cabbage. Though it’s popularly sauced, buttered, pickled and soured, […]

13 Dec

Smart Fuel: Tarragon

Tarragon is for more than fish. This overlooked but deliciously sweet, rich herb offers major flavor and health benefits. Tarragon has a strong fragrance and a slight licorice taste, but it also has subtle earthy notes – it’s a bit fuller in flavor than basil, and not quite as sharp, either. You can interchange tarragon […]

6 Dec

Smart Fuel: Acorn Squash

This week’s Smart Fuel: Acorn Squash Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy drier, more dense vegetables, seeds, nuts and squashes. This week we’re highlighting acorn squash. Acorn squash is considered a winter squash, but it’s actually classified with zucchini and other summer squashes. No matter; it is delicious no matter what you call it. […]

15 Nov

Pump Up Your Health with Pumpkin

This week’s Smart Fuel: Pumpkin Pumpkin is one of nature’s richest sources of the antioxidant beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body and plays an important role in many vital functions. This plant carotenoid is what gives pumpkins their lush orange coloring. Compelling current research suggests that beta carotene is […]

1 Nov

This Antioxidant Powerhouse Is in Season

Cranberries. We’re not talking about the aluminum can hunk of gel on your grandmother’s Thanksgiving table. We’re talking about fresh cranberries, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidant sources! Fresh, tart cranberries are in season right now and can be found at great prices in many stores. Cranberries promote urinary tract health, but they are also […]

25 Oct

Why Does the FDA Call This Omega-3-Rich Green a Weed?

Purslane belongs in your diet! This abundant “weed” is a deliciously sour green that makes a wonderful addition to salads, stir fries, vegetable dishes, soups, and salsas. It pairs nicely with citrus and melon. It’s a tasty complement to pork, fish, and protein-rich beans such as lentils. Purslane is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty […]

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