Berries for Beautiful Skin

Berries including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are the jewel in the crown of the fruit world.  They are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.  Even better they are  super low in calories and both salt-free and fat-free.

All berries are high in vitamin C, the one nutrient most associated with fewer wrinkles.  A mere 1/2 cup of strawberries ( 30 calories) has 70% of the RDA for vitamin C– ounce for ounce 60% more vitamin C than grapefruit.

IMO berries are the most delicious source of fiber.  One cup raspberries ( 75 calories)   yields 15 grams of fiber– more than 1/2 the RDA for this nutrient.  By comparison 1/2 cup of cooked beans ( which are famous for their fiber)  has the same 15 grams of fiber at twice the … Continue Reading…

Organic Lettuce– Healthy but Tasteless

Reading about all the pesticides and herbacides in fruits and vegetables, I finally scared myself.  I decided to start buying  organic versions of the produce  that has the highest chemicals levels  when grown in  commercial farms.  This week I started with a beautiful head of organic  lettuce that came with impressive credentials.   Grown hydroponically, it stated in no less than three languages that had been grown without  pesticides.

It was a real beauty, like a giant green rose. First I made a simple salad with a light vinegrette.  As soon as I tossed the salad,  the leaves collapsed into a pale green sludge.  The next day I  put a leaf on a tuna salad sandwich, and  the lettuce tasted thin and bitter.  After two  bites, I pried open the … Continue Reading…