Have You Joined a CSA Yet?

What's Green with Betsy?!?

CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture, have grown in popularity over the years. In a CSA, consumers can buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer. The farmer offers a certain number of shares, or boxes of vegetables or other farm products to the public. Customers in turn pay in advance for a share and receive a box or bag of seasonal produce each week during the farming season.  There are several different CSA formats – half shares, seasonal shares (with more produce grown in hot houses, you can now get winter shares), biweekly shares, or market shares where you choose your own produce. Fish, local meat and flower CSAs are also available.

There are advantages for both the farmer and the consumer with the CSA model. For farmers, they receive early payment, which helps with their cash flow at a lean time of year, and they have the…

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Energy Boosters

Most of my clients have heard me say, in response to which produce is better, “we need ALL the vegetables and fruits, because they work together.” It is also common for me to mention, “it is very important we do not look down upon any of the vegetables or fruits, especially potatoes.” This time of year can be difficult to sustain our energy levels. Thus, the more reason to seek out some of the simplest solutions….more color on your plate! Like the Jay Mankita song, “Eat like a Rainbow.”

Colors on your plate:  
Each color is produced by a different phytochemical that has a benefit for your body.

Green – Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Cabbage
(Increased production of enzymes that clear toxins from the body)

Yellow – Corn, Wax Beans, Arugula, Artichoke, Collards
(Phytochemicals accumulate in the eyes to prevent macular degeneration.)

Red – Pink Grapefruit, Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Watermelon
(Contain Lycopene, which protects us against prostate and breast cancer.)

Orange – Apricots, Carrots, Winter Squash, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Oranges
(Containt Vitamin A – good for your eyes, bones, and immune system.)

Blue & Purple – Blackberries, Blueberries, Eggplant, Radishes, Grapes, Cranberries
(Full of antioxidants for your heart and your brain.)

May your plates be full with color!

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Healthy Kids Workshop – FREE


Nutrition Education and Solutions for Parents. Come learn how to understand and interpret your child’s Body Mass Index (BMI). Tuesday, May 4th 6-6:45pm. Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN at 29 Lewis Bay Rd. in Hyannis

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Touch the Ground! Earth Day 2010


Green Tips for Earth Day 2010!
By Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN

Earth day is a great opportunity to engage in small change to improve your health and the environment. Whether you have a chronic illness or would like to prevent diabetes, heart disease or cancer, check out these green tips to support your overall health goals.

1. Buy locally made products.
2. Buy vegetables and fruits that are in season.
3. Ride a bike.
4. Walk, jog, or run.
5. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.
6. Start compost in your back yard or on your rooftop.
7. Consider organic cleaning products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.
8. Teach kids about the environment.
9. Reuse. Plastic food containers make good crayon and marker holders.
10. Learn about threats to ocean life and help Greenpeace take action: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/oceans/threats.

This article was featured in The Market newsletter!

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Are you Braggin?

Check Bragg out!

Ingredients:

Certified Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity. Contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules.

Information:

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples. Processed and bottled in accordance with USDA guidelines, it is Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers and Oregon Tilth; and is Kosher Certified. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is full of zesty natural goodness. It’s a wholesome way to add delicious flavor to salads, veggies, most foods, and even sprinkle over popcorn.

Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities.

INTERNAL BENEFITS: EXTERNAL BENEFITS:
•Rich in enzymes & potassium
•Support a healthy immune system
•Helps control weight
•Promotes digestion & ph Balance
•Helps soothe dry throats
•Helps remove body sludge toxins
•Helps maintain healthy skin
•Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
•Soothes irritated skin
•Relieves muscle pain from exercise

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Spring Cleansing with Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN

Come try some amazing juices from my juicer!

This workshop will give you a complete cleanse program to follow based on whole foods and juicing without fasting!

WHY SHOULD YOU CLEANSE?
Every day we are exposed to toxic substances in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods we eat. There are over 10,000 chemicals allowed into our foods.

If you want to increase your energy, lose weight, reduce allergies, reduce joint pain, and feel your best……….COME TO THIS WORKSHOP!

Juices and raw foods will be served.
THE EVERYTHING JUICING BOOK will also be available. (I’m co-author)

WHERE: Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center
4 Elm St., Kingston, MA
TIME: 6-7:30pm
You MUST PRE-PAY for this Workshop by contacting Denise Brack at (781) 585-4221.

Investment: $20
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Organic Peanut Butter Balls

I was inspired by this idea when I was in DOWN TO EARTH, an organic vegetarian health food store on Maui last month.

You can make it your creation! Grab a mixing bowl and start adding your favs, then roll into balls….

Ingredient Suggestions:
Organic Peanut Butter (I use Teddie’s with Flax)
Slivered Almonds
Flax seed (seeds or ground or both, because we absorb ground flax)
Raisins
Bulgar flour
Raw sugar
Agave Nectar
Crushed Cashews
Dark Chocolate Chips
Flax Oil
Dried Chopped Apricots

Send me your favorite Peanut Butter Ball ingredients at nicole@DeliciousLivingNutrition or on Facebook!

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