April 4, 2016

The Importance Of Fruit In The Diet - And Why Growing Your Own Is Best

By: Anne Fellowes

Perhaps due to the media exposure of the effects of junk food and an unhealthy diet, we're becoming more and more nutritionally aware. Everybody now knows that a healthy diet needs plenty of fruit and veg, and that we shouldn't stop off for takeaway too often! However, people might not be fully aware of just how great for you fruit can be. It's also worth noting that there are plentiful advantages to be gained from growing your own fruit, which you wouldn't get from store-bought stuff. Read on to find out more.

Fruit Enhances Athletic Performance

When we think of athletes, our minds tend to leap to muscle and energy. Muscle requires protein, and energy requires carbohydrates, so we might be forgiven for assuming that an athlete's diet needs to contain plenty of meat. As it happens, however, a lot of athletes eschew meat altogether and live a completely vegan lifestyle. Nor does it appear to hamper their performance - indeed, several prominent Olympic gold medalists are vegan or vegetarian. How do they manage this? By eating plenty of fruit. Fruit is rich in the kinds of vitamins which the body needs to run at its peak. While protein may build muscle, you really don't need much of it. It's far more important to ensure that all your other bodily systems (particularly the immune and digestive systems) are in top condition, and the best way to do this is to eat plenty of fruit. Athletes who consume a good mix of fruit are generally healthier, have stronger hearts, catch fewer infections, and experience enhanced performance in comparison with those who eat less fruit. What is more, the sugars in fruits like bananas provide a slow release of energy which will fuel any athlete for far longer than snacks containing refined sugars. If you want to be at the top of your game, athletically speaking, then swap the chips for a fruit salad.

Fruit Is What We're Designed To Eat

Human evolution is a complicated affair dating back many millenia. However, we can tell a lot about the diets which we evolved on through the way our bodies react to certain foodstuffs. Our teeth certainly indicate that we took to utilising the nutritional qualities of meat at some point during our evolutionary journey, but it seems that meat has never been eaten in the quantities in which we consume it today. Instead, our earliest ancestors filled most of their dietary needs with nuts, fruits, and vegetables - with meat as a supplementary treat. An interesting genetic mutation proves this rather neatly. Humans cannot produce their own Vitamin C. Almost every other mammal can - even other primates. Vitamin C is utterly essential to life. As sailors found out in the age of exploration, not consuming enough Vitamin C leads to the breakdown of cells and bodily functions in what is known as 'Scurvy'. Given that this Vitamin is so important, how on earth did this mutation manage to become so successful that it ultimately became the human norm? Well, it's thought that our ancestors simply did not notice that they had an inbuilt problem with Vitamin C, as they were eating so much Vitamin C-rich fruit that it was never an issue for them - until urbanisation and exploration forced people into fruit-deficient situations, by which time it was too late. Given the large part that fruit clearly played in our evolutionary history, it's perhaps unsurprising that our bodies respond so resoundingly well to it!

Growing Your Own Fruit Is Good For Body And Soul

Growing your own fruit is one of the best ways in which to get your nutritional fix. Not only are you feeding your body plenty of health-giving vitamins, you're also boosting your soul into the bargain. There are many, many health benefits to growing your own food - not least of which is the improvement it brings to your mental health. Gardening, or even just having fruit-bearing trees around and plucking fruit from them every now and again, has been proven to be an effective protection against depression, to lower stress levels, and to generally induce a more positive outlook on life. And if you do decide to really go for the gardening thing, all that digging and pruning is a fantastic workout! All in all, growing your own fruit provides all round goodness at every point in the process!

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April 4, 2016

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The avocado is a popular vegetable on Plant O Gram and it is also a popular vegetable in the month of November along with squash and potatoes. Eating vegetables in a balanced diet can reduce the risks of heart disease and even stroke. Being so rich and full of vitamins and minerals, vegetables can also help your body fight against common illnesses such as the common cold. Vegetables packed with vitamin D and B also have properties that can help increase "happiness", which is very nice now that the days are shorter during the Fall/Winter. These vitamins make up for the lack of vitamins your body usually get from sunlight.

So this month, get you veggie on!

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April 4, 2016

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Shirley Bovshow is a garden television host, garden designer, and garden makeover expert. As a break-out talent from the garden world, Shirley brings equal parts expertise and entertainment to everything she does and is known for her visionary style and push-the-envelope thinking. She covers all things gardening, including outdoor living, growing edibles with style, indoor plant design, "Petscaping," original garden art, and small space gardening. But her specialty is teaching while entertaining and making friends with an audience.
shirley 1Currently Shirley serves as the garden design expert on Hallmark’s Emmy nominated Home & Family show. She was the designer and Co-Host of Discovery Home Channel’s “Garden Police,” and has appeared regularly on national networks including HGTV, NBC, Style, USA and major print publications. Shirley's garden design business, EdenMakers opened it's doors in 2001 and she quickly became and in-demand landscape designer in Los Angeles booking a year in advance by referrals only.

Shirley is an "expert + personality" equally at home in front of big and small audiences, live television, and behind the camera. She works in numerous media types, including hosting, speaking, voiceovers, video production, and writing for the web and print through her company, Garden World Media. Her client's include SC Johnson, NBC/Universal, Meredith Studios and Disney.

Shirley has earned the designation “Best of Houzz Designer" in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and is a Sulia.com Expert Contributor. “Eden Maker” and “Foodie Gardener” are her two top-ranked blogs, and she was named "Top 5 in Gardening" on Twitter by Cision, a platform that ranks influencers in different categories in March 2014.

Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare welcome Actress, Julie Benz as she talks about the second season of her hit show, Defiance. Author, Karen Rizzo discusses the dangers of sharing too much of your child’s life on the internet. Kym Douglas shares her favorite tips and tricks to prevent sweat from showing up. The winner of Master Chef Junior, 13-year-old Chef Alexander Weiss joins us in the kitchen. Dr. David Amron shows us the latest developments in the world of Lipedema. Cristina makes delicious Grilled Shrimp and Plums with Julie Benz. Shirley Bovshow shows you how to grow your own Bananas! Founder of Bar Method, Burr Leonard has an innovative way to help you stay fit; before, during, and after your pregnancy. Plus, we put our family members to the test on their favorite songs as they play Lip-Synch or Swim.

As a first generation Honduran/American, Shirley speaks spanish fluently and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Larry, four children and two dogs.

When not on television, look for Shirley in the garden, hanging out with friends!

Check out Shirley Bovshow’s Garden Designing Expertise at EdenMakers.com, and follow her on Twitter @EdenMaker.

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April 4, 2016

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Happy New Year !

We are super excited for the start of 2016 and all it has to offer! This year we will be introducing new fruit trees to the store so stay tuned to check out the new items that will be added!

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April 4, 2016

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Eating right should take center stage when you’re pregnant. That means the foods you eat must provide as many nutritional benefits as possible. Enter functional foods, which supply all of the nutrients crucial to your well-being and your baby’s growth. Following are the most important foods to eat during pregnancy.

AVOCADOS Loaded with fol-ate, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6 (which helps baby's tissue and brain growth as well as eases morning sickness), avocados are a delicious way to get your vitamins. Spread some ripe avocado on your whole grain roll as a healthy substitute for mayo. Tip: Keep in mind that avocados are high in fat (though the very good kind) and calories, which makes them filling — but be careful not to overdo it unless you're having trouble gaining weight.

NUTS are chock-full of important minerals (copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, and even calcium) and vitamin E, plus they’re easily portable, making them a filling on-the-go snack. Even though they're high in fat, it's mainly the good-for-you kind. So in a nutshell, go nuts with nuts (a little if you're gaining quickly, liberally if you're gaining slowly). Tip: Nuts are a versatile super-food — toss them into just about any dish: salads, pasta, meat dishes, baked goods and more.

MANGOS Good news if your stomach does flips at just the thought of veggies: mangos contain more vitamins A and C bite for delicious bite than a salad. It’s a perfect complement to both sweet and savory dishes. Blend it into smoothies or soups, chop it up in salsas or relishes, simply scoop and enjoy. Tip: Like bananas, this tropical favorite is also packed with magnesium, which may help relieve a common pregnancy symptom: leg cramps.

Guava the good old guava is a tropical fruit that you will mostly love biting into while you are pregnant. Most women also report having guava cravings. Guava is mostly a mommy’s food, helping to regulate your immune system and blood pressure during pregnancy. Guava comes rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Iso-flavonoids, Carotenoids and Polyphenols. The fruit helps in easy digestion while providing strength to your growing baby’s central nervous system.

Kiwi's are ripe and tasty. They come with important nutrients like Vitamin C, E, A, Potassium, Phosporus, Magnesium, Folic Acid and dietary fiber. Kiwis are known to have healing effects on human respiratory system. You are less likely to be affected by cough, cold and wheezing if you eat kiwis every day. The fruit helps in lesser blood clotting because of its richness in phosphorus content. Kiwi also felicitates easy absorption of iron.

Apple having apple helps in many ways. It enhances the immunity and strength of your baby. There is reduced risk of wheezing, asthma and eczema in your child in his later stages of life if you take apple during your pregnancy. Apples are rich in Vitamins A, E, D and Zinc.

Pear there is a lot of confusion about whether pears are good to be consumed during pregnancy or not, so we suggest you definitely check with your doctor before having. Pears contain high amounts of folate or folic acid, ideal for would be moms. Folic acid is vital to prevent neural tube defects in growing babies during the pre-natal stage.

Chikoo (sapodilla) is very good during pregnancy. Chikoo is full of electrolytes, Vitamin A, carbohydrates and energy, perfect for lactating mothers as well. Chikoo has multiple health benefits for expectant moms. Apart from helping you cope with dizziness and nausea, chikoo also prevents conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. The fruit also helps improve the production of collagen, while fighting stomach related disorders like diarrhea and dysentery.

Custard Apple perhaps this is one of the best fruit during pregnancy that can be consumed, custard apple comes seasonally. So if you are pregnant right in time when the fruit arrives, feel free to indulge. Custard apple comes loaded with Vitamin A and C, which are absolutely good for the eyes, skin, hair, and body tissues of your growing baby. The tasty seasonal fruit is also said to enhance cognitive functioning of your baby in the pre natal period of development. For expectant mommies, high fiber in custard apple helps prevent constipation and also eases the pain while in labor. The rich antioxidants present in this delightful fruit help you keep active and detoxified while preparing for childbirth.

Pomegranates the red pearly pomegranates are nature’s gift to a pregnant woman. Pomegranates contain good amounts of energy, calcium, folate, iron, protein and Vitamin C. Thus it is absolutely beneficial to consume pomegranates during the pregnancy period, be it as a whole fruit or as juice.

These are some of the fruits that should be a part of your diet while you are pregnant. Remember, a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables along with other supplements is a must. Talk to your health care practitioner to know more about your daily fruit intake. Enjoy this wonderful period and pamper yourself with some super healthy fruits. What is your favourite fruit during pregnancy? We would love to know that: Happy Pregnancy!

 

 

 

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April 4, 2016

 

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Eating more fruits is good for your health. Overall, tropical fruits have been known to reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. On top of these benefits, a diet rich in tropical fruits ensures that you will have improved digestion and GI function. Best of all, these fruits can neutralize free radicals, protecting you from asthma, joint pain, and the above-mentioned heart and cancer risks.

You are what you eat. If you want to be smart, eat smart, and reach for these tropical fruits the next time you are craving a snack.

Coconut water has a ton of health benefits. It’s a sterile source of clean water, useful for survival hydration. On top of this, coconut water has the same level of electrolytic balance human blood. In the Pacific Theatre during World War II, coconut water was frequently used in the field as an emergency plasma transfusion for wounded combatants.

Mangosteen The mangosteen is a small fruit with white flesh, popular throughout Asia. One group of scientists has proposed that alpha-mangostin, an antioxidant found only in mangosteen, can cause cell death in leukemia cells, effectively treating the disease. While more research needs to be done, mangosteen is also said to have powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.

Avocado's are rich in folic acid, which can prevent some kinds of common birth defects. Even more interesting is that avocados are the ultimate life hack fruit: when you eat an avocado with other vegetables, you absorb more nutrients from the meal than you would have from eating the vegetables alone. Top your salad with a few slices of avocado, and you’ll be increasing your intake of vitamins and minerals from the meal.

Mango contains half of your recommended daily allowance of both Vitamin A and Vitamin C, as well as some B-Vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols, beta-carotene.

Longan's have relaxing properties, making them the perfect snack to enjoy to lower your stress levels. It is also said to have anti-cancer, antioxidant, and liver-protective properties. The longan contains high levels of iron, potassium, and large amounts of vitamins A and C.

 

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April 4, 2016

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Growing your own #fruit is one of the best ways to get your nutritional fix. Not only are you feeding your #body plenty of #health-giving vitamins, you're also boosting your #soul into the bargain. There are many, many health benefits to growing your own food - not least of which is the improvement it brings to your mental health. Gardening, or even just having fruit-bearing trees around and plucking fruit from them every now and again, has been proven to be an effective protection against depression, to lower stress levels, and to generally induce a more positive outlook on life. And if you do decide to really go for the #gardening thing, all that digging and pruning is a fantastic workout! All in all, growing your own fruit provides all round goodness at every point in the process!
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April 4, 2016

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Feeling a little nervous about what to get your significant other for Valentine's Day? It can be a stressful holiday to plan for, no doubt. We've rounded up the best gifts for your boo that will surely make the big day a success. Make sure to check out these present ideas for both men and women.

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All of our trees are wrapped with Eco-Friendly burlap and personalized with an over sized hand tied silk like bow with your choice of ribbon color. For an extra cost.

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April 4, 2016

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Have you ever wondered why lots of people eat Avocados? Have you ever tried this super fruit? Here are a few reasons why incorporating this healthy, creamy green love into your everyday diet is a plus!

Avocados are a great source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. They also contain the related carotenoids zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, as well as tocopherol (vitamin E).

But avocados aren’t just a rich source of carotenoids by themselves—they also help you get more of these nutrients from other foods. Carotenoids are lipophilic (soluble in fat, not water), so eating carotenoid-packed foods like fruits and vegetables along with monounsaturated-fat-rich avocados helps your body absorb the carotenoids. An easy way to do this is to add sliced avocado to a mixed salad.

losing-weight-jeans-bigAvocados can help you lose weight

Half an avocado contains 3.4 grams of fiber, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly. Plus, soluble fibre slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, helping you feel full for longer.

Avocados also contain oleic acid, a fat that activates the part of your brain that makes you feel full. Healthier unsaturated fats containing oleic acid have been shown to produce a greater feeling of satiety than less-healthy saturated fats and trans fats found in processed foods.

 

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Rich, creamy, and packed with beneficial monounsaturated fat, avocado slows digestion and helps keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal. A diet high in good fats may even help reverse insulin resistance, which translates to steadier blood sugar long-term. Try putting mashed avocado on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise or on bread instead of butter. To keep what’s left over from turning brown, spritz the flesh with cooking spray or coat with lemon juice and wrap in plastic.

Avocados can protect your unborn baby—and your heart

One cup of avocado provides almost a quarter of your recommended daily intake of folate, a vitamin baby-heart-ratewhich cuts the risk of birth defects. If you’re pregnant—or planning to be—avocados will help protect your unborn baby. A high folate intake is also associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and heart disease. Does your family have a history of heart problems, or do you have risk factors (such as being overweight or smoking) for heart disease? Avocados could help keep your heart healthy.

Avocados can help lower your cholesterol

As well as increasing feelings of fullness, the oleic acid in avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels. In one study,
individuals eating an avocado-rich diet had a significant decrease in total cholesterol levels, including a decrease in LDL cholesterol. Their levels of HDL cholesterol (the healthy type) increased by 11 percent.
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High cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. The cholesterol-lowering properties of avocado, along with its folate content, help keep your heart healthy.

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Avocado Milkshake Recipe

1 cup milk

Reduced Fat 2% Milk, 1gal

1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted

1 banana, cut into chunks (optional)

3 tablespoons honey

Combine all of these ingredients into the blender and then enjoy!

 

 

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April 4, 2016

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Do you struggle to get fruits into your little ones diet? Are they running and hiding away from the banana, apples and oranges that you chase them around the house to eat then tell them with your best super hero voice " It will make you strong and healthy" We have all been there...

If you are tired of the struggle maybe it's time to try something new! EXACTLY I said it NEW!! Your family could be missing out on some of the tastiest and most nutritious fruits that available! Did you know that all of the colorful and juicy tropical fruits have a natural sweetness to it? The best part about introducing these flavorful fruits to your children now is a great wand easy way to increase the variety and amount of fruit that they eat!

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I have listed below a few of our picks and from everyone here that has children tell me what their kids love! These are based off of real people.

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Mangoes are loaded with vitamin C, a nutrient that helps wounds heal, promotes healthy gums and keeps your child's immune system strong. One-half cup of sliced mangoes provides more than two-thirds of the vitamin C children under 13 need per day. These make a great afternoon snack for your little one! There are so many varieties of Mangoes to choose from... just to list a few... Coconut Creme Mango it's name says it all the flavor being coconut and very creamy. Lemon Zest Mango instead of adding a splash of lemon juice as some do to their mangoes try this citrus flavored fruit. Those are just a few to help you on your way!

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Rich in fiber, guavas can help keep your child's digestive system in top shape. Just one medium guava boasts 3 grams of fiber. That's more than you'd get from a half-cup of cooked brown rice or a small slice of whole-wheat bread. For an even bigger fiber boost, puree whole guavas with the skin on in shakes, smoothies and juices.

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You may think they're a vegetable, but creamy avocados are actually an incredibly versatile fruit. With heart-friendly nutrients like monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, avocados are a smart pick for cardiovascular health. Avocado milkshakes are something that are very popular here. Try something new your heart will thank you!

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In addition to being rich in vitamin A, these pink-orange fruits provide an especially potent form of beta-carotene for healthy skin and eyes. In fact, the form of beta-carotene in papayas is three times easier for our bodies to use than the kind in carrots or tomatoes, according to a 2013 British Journal of Nutrition study. Because beta-carotene requires fat for optimal absorption, pair papaya with avocados and chopped fresh mint in a sweet yet savory salad.

 

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