Good morning friends and family!
In case you missed last week’s post, Sunday Funday Inspiration, I am now providing you with a list of my favorite blogs posts, kitchen gadgets and food products that I came across in the past week. Hopefully you will find inspiration in these lists to help you try new things and help you practice balance in your daily life. If you ever come across something that inspires you please let me know about it and maybe I will feature it here.
New Favorite Drink
As the heat turns up, so has my quest for the perfect summer beverage. I have had a yearning for carbonation but without the extra sugar or artificial sweeteners. What is a girl to do? I have been experimenting with homemade fermented soda’s which are quite tasty but take days to ferment. I am a planner but even for me it takes a lot of foresight. Then a couple weeks ago I was at a friend’s house (who also happens to be a dietitian) and she offered me a La Croix.
Have you heard of this?
It is a naturally flavored soda without sugars or artificial sweeteners and comes in a variety of flavors. Although it does not offer the probiotic benefits of fermented homemade soda, it tastes yummy and I can satisfy my craving for carbonation in a pinch. I recently discovered another friend of mine (who is also a dietitian) drinks them too! Apparently I am late to the La Croix party (and yes I have other friends that are not dietitians 🙂 ).
In Season Veggie
As you may have seen on my Facebook Newsfeed, tomatoes have shown their face at the farmers market. In fact, I was so excited about it I wrote a blog post “You Say Tomato. I Say Tomato,” where I discuss some of my favorite ways to utilize these delicious, nutrient packed veggies (ok, botanically they are a fruit :)). Apparently, word has gotten out that tomatoes are back in season because when I went to market yesterday they were already SOLD OUT! Sometimes it is true “The early bird gets the worm.” I guess next week I will need to arrive a little earlier 🙂
If you are like me, when you pay extra money for organic, you may be wondering “Is it worth it? Does it really matter?” While the answer to that question could be another long blog post, for the sake of this blog post “Yes. I think it is worth it if you can afford it.” One of the reasons why I buy organic is because I believe I am voting with my dollar for the kind of world I want to live in, which is so eloquently discussed in Democracy’s Edge, by Frances Moore Lappe.
With that being said, I was excited to hear from Robyn O’Brien that General Mills is partnering with Organic Valley to help about 20 dairy farms transition 3000 acres from conventional farming to organic practices. General Mills, along with other big companies such as Costco are beginning to invest in organic farming practices because they see a future in it (aka $$). Although this is for their personal benefit it just goes to show that food companies are beginning to recognize the value in organic products. It can be very costly for farmers to switch from conventional to organic pracices and these companies are providing farmers with the resources they need to make the switch. In reality, 3000 acres is a very small amount but I am curious where this positive change may lead and will continue to vote with my dollar.
When I was still in school I remember completing a project that demonstrated which fruits and vegetables were the most nutrient dense. I was amazed at how nutrient packed seaweed was! I began to try different types of seaweed over the years such as Wakame and Kombu in soups and Asian inspired dishes. I was pleased to see this week NPR featured a story “Seaweed On Your Dinner Plate: The Next Kale Could Be Kelp” . The article goes beyond the nutrient profile of the plant and discusses its benefits to the environment,
“It’s not just a sustainable crop: Seaver says it’s restorative.”
As with anything, too much of a good thing may still be harmful. Due to seaweed’s high iodine and potassium content, I recommend consuming in moderation. But don’t be afraid to throw some in your next batch of vegetable soup or sprinkle some in your salad.
Thanks for checking out this week’s edition of Sunday Funday Inspiration! I look forward to sharing with you again next week 😉