Friday, September 21, 2012

Lemon Tree Update

Look at how big my first lemon is getting! Maybe it will start to turn yellow soon...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Quick Bites

Greetings all,

I've been asked to stay on at my internship through the Fall at the NYC Department of Health, Nutrition Strategy Program.  I'm excited to stick around once a week during the Fall school semester, hopefully not burning myself out too badly.  Next semester includes 3 classes and 1 lab, all toughies.  Plus, I get the added bonus of having to apply to dietetic internships for next year, lucky me!

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to give you all a few "quick bites" of information that I've collected from my Whole Living magazines over the summer.  This is the stuff I find interesting, so hopefully you will too.

1) Instead of using harsh fluorides and mouth washes (aka listerine, etc) try simply rinsing with warm sea salt water and 2 drops of spearmint or clove bud essential oils.  Check out Aura Cacia.

2) To maintain a good body pH, eat more alkaline foods (such as fruits, vegetables, and beans) and less acidic foods (dairy and meat).

3) Organic produce stickers will have a 5-digit number beginning with a 9.  Conventional produce is only a 4-digit number and often begin with 4 or 5.

4) The Contamination Scale - if you have the means to buy all things organic, go ahead.  If you can only afford to buy some things organic, buy the following, ranked from worst to worst-est in terms on residual pesticide contamination:

  • Potatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Red Pepper
  • Celery
  • Apples -- the worst offenders!  

5) Look at my adorable little lemon that is growing on my Meyer lemon tree!  Let's hope the branch is strong enough to support the full growth of the lemon!  I'll keep you updated!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Roast Veggies

Produce from the farmers market yesterday:
Baby eggplant
Vine ripe tomatoes
Sweet potatoes

Toss is olive oil, a few cracks of sea salt, freshly ground black pepper. Also added some freshly chopped rosemary to the sweet potatoes.

Lay everything out on a baking sheet in a single layer.

Roast in the oven at: 400 degrees
Time: after 20 mins remove the pan and flip over the sweet potatoes and carrots. Put back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.

Going into the oven

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Farmers Market Lunch

Oh how I've missed my weekly Saturday lobster salad. Everything on the plate (except the avocado and pomegranate seeds) is from the Union Square GreenMarket.

The lobster is the best deal in town - $10.95/lb (up a dollar from last year) cooked-to-perfection lobster from the fish stand, PE & DD.

Sunday, July 1, 2012