8 of the best fruits and vegetables you can eat in their entirety

January 31, 2019 by  
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In the United States, approximately 40 percent of food is never eaten. Not only does this food waste damage your pocketbook, but it also has a major environmental impact. Changing your food habits is a great way to do your part in the battle against food waste. Shopping smarter, eating leftovers, improving food storage and donating to food banks are great ideas for reducing food waste. There is one obvious move you can make that many people don’t realize — you can stop throwing out parts of your fruits and veggies . Strawberries This fruit is a beloved summer treat that you can eat by itself, or as an addition to salads and desserts. Even though chefs remove the stems and leaves by coring strawberries when they add them to various dishes, those parts are actually edible. A strawberry’s leaves and stem are filled with health benefits . They are a natural digestive aid, and the leaves also have vitamins that can help with arthritis. According to Live Strong, “Strawberry leaves contain tannins, bio-molecules that bind to proteins, amino acids, alkaloids and other compounds with a low pH that may place excess stress on your digestive system. Strawberry leaves may help alleviate an upset stomach, and reduce symptoms of nausea, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea.” If you want to use strawberry leaves, try brewing them in a tea or blending them in a smoothie. Carrots Have you ever thought about eating the leafy green tops of carrots? If you have heard that carrot tops are poisonous, that’s not true. Yes, a carrot’s leafy green top can be bitter, but it is also full of delicious nutrients. You can actually eat carrot tops raw in a salad mix. But because they are bitter, you should probably blanch them first. Another option is to saute the tops with other greens in olive oil and garlic or cook them into a soup. You can do the same thing with other root vegetables like beets, turnips and radishes. Potatoes The skin of a potato is where you will find a lot of the vegetable’s natural nutrition. Both the skin and flesh are filled with micronutrients. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, the skin has just as much Vitamin B, Vitamin C and niacin as the flesh. Additionally, the skins are a major source of iron, potassium and magnesium. Related: Follow this diet for both personal and planetary health Kale You might think that kale stems aren’t nearly as good as the leaves, and you are right. However, with a little work , you can make kale stems — which are full of fiber — quite tasty. Since the stems are tough and chewy, you don’t want to eat them raw. So, first you want to blanch them. Blanching is a process where you scald the kale stems in boiling hot water before plunging it into ice water. Next, saute or stir-fry the stems to make them easier to chew. You could also opt to fry, char or pickle your stems, and then add them to rice, salads or casseroles. Cauliflower This superfood is extremely versatile and loaded with vitamins. The florets aren’t the only edible part of this vegetable . You can also eat the stems and leaves . To be honest, the stem’s skin is quite tough, so peeling and discarding that does make sense. Try adding the stems and leaves to stock and soups, or grate them for salads and slaw. Pumpkin Every part of a pumpkin is edible . That means you can eat the flowers , leaves, stems, seeds and flesh, and each type of pumpkin has its own unique flavor. Related: How to cook a whole pumpkin (seeds, guts and all) Pumpkin flowers have a sweet, earthy flavor and you can eat them straight off the plant if you have them growing in your garden. You can also add pumpkin flowers to salads or chop them up and make them a garnish. You can use pumpkin leaves in recipes that call for spinach or another heavy winter green, and pumpkin seeds are a tasty, nutritious snack when you fry them in oil and add a little salt. Not to mention, the pumpkin flesh can easily be pureed and added to a variety of dishes and drinks. Watermelon Watermelon is 98 percent water and filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients. The pink fruit is delicious, but you can also eat the rind . Some studies show that eating watermelon rind can help lower blood pressure, improve athletic performance and help men avoid prostate cancer and boost their libido. You can pickle your watermelon rind, turn it into a jelly or grate it for coleslaw. Related: The Wally Shop is bringing zero-waste grocery delivery to Brooklyn Swiss Chard Kale gets all the love when it comes to healthy eating , but don’t forget about Swiss Chard.  You might know it as leaf beet, silverbeet, spinach beet, Roman kale or strawberry spinach. No matter what you call it, this superfood is nutrient dense, low in calories and high in essential vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, the best thing is that nothing goes to waste as you can eat the small leaves, stems and all. However, you will probably want to trim the larger ones because they are more fibrous. The texture of Swiss Chard is similar to celery, so you can use it in cooking the same way. Also, when eating it raw, you can use it as a substitute for spinach or kale. Images via Free-Photos , Pezibear , StockSnap , eKokki , ulleo , JACLOU-DL , Vivacia , urbanfoodie33

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HOW TO: Whip Up Tasty Vegan Lemon Lentil Dip Packed Full of Protein and Vitamins

August 3, 2014 by  
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Do you love healthy vegan dips but want an alternative to boring old hummus? Look no further than this recipe for a high-protein lemony lentil dip! Perfect for spreading on everything from sandwiches to vegetables, this yummy lentil dip is packed full of vitamins and fresh flavors. Click through to read the recipe for this easy and versatile spread. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: healthy vegan dip , high-protein dip , hummus alternative , lemon lentil dip , lentil dip , lentil spread , lentils , vegan dip recipe , Vegan Recipe , vegan spread recipe

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41 Nutrient-packed Superfoods Ranked in New Study

June 19, 2014 by  
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Who’d have thought it? An unassuming leafy green often used as decorative garnish might just be the healthiest food you can eat. Researchers at William Paterson University put watercress at the top of a list of 41 “powerhouse fruits and vegetables” that contain 17 nutrients critical for human health. The study, recently published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease , gives watercress a score of 100 out of 100 for nutrient contents because it contains large amounts of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin d, and other important building blocks for the human body. Read the rest of 41 Nutrient-packed Superfoods Ranked in New Study Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CDC , food , Health , nutrients , nutrition , preventing chronic disease , superfoods , vitamins , watercress , william paterson university

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How can I reuse or recycle old vitamin tablets?

July 16, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Andi: Can I Compost vitamin tablets? I have two jars in date but have gone moist from the air. What can I do with the bottles

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Fuel, Vitamins, Soap Help Solazyme Algae Stand out from Pond Scum

March 18, 2010 by  
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With a wide range of green products on the market or in development, huge output of green fuels, and deep pockets, Solazyme stands out among the hundreds of companies trying to capitalize on the power of algae.

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Organic Textile Certifications Grow 40 Percent

March 18, 2010 by  
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More than 2,800 facilities run by 1,500 companies were certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard last year, increasing the amount of certified facilities by 40 percent.  

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General Mills To Cut Sugar In Kids Cereals

December 9, 2009 by  
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General Mills announced plans today to cut the sugar content in many of its cereals by as much as 25% in popular brands such as Lucky Charms, Trix, and Cocoa Puffs.  The move comes as food manufactures like General Mills face increased scrutiny from food regulators, and pressure from consumer and health groups over the nutritional content of their cereals, especially those marketed directly to children.

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San Jose to Participate in Sustainable Transportation Conference in Sweden

December 9, 2009 by  
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In October 2007, the City of San Jose, the 10th largest city in the US, launched a Green Vision program . The program set out a plan to carry out 10 green goals, one of which is to have 100 percent of the city’s public vehicles running on alternative fuels. Ultimately, the city has set its sights on becoming the greenest city in the nation

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Touring Musicians Turn to Veggie Oil with Greenvans

December 9, 2009 by  
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Part Two of an ongoing series featuring entrepreneurs who utilize straight or waste vegetable oil (SVO/WVO) to fuel their businesses while reducing their carbon footprints . For every U2 and Bon Jovi—touring the world in private jets and spacious tour buses—there are thousands of working musicians making their way to the clubs and bars of America in not-so-spacious  passenger vans

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