market finds

One of the best parts about visiting a farmers market, is being exposed to the variety of produce that you generally cannot find in your standard grocery store. Or if you can find it, it generally doesn’t taste as fresh and real. Always ask your local farmer to tell you more about their products and be open to learning something new. You’ll be surprised by what more you can learn - whether it be about the items nutrition, benefit, cooking method or how to get creative with it in your own kitchen.

 
 
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ARTICHOKE

  • One of the most anti-oxidant vegetables available

  • Stimulate bile flow, which helps to carry toxins from your liver and out of your body

  • Low in fat, high in fiber and loaded with vitamins and minerals such as: Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, and magnesium

Boil a pot of hot water with lemon juice and lemon slices. Once at a bowl, gently drop in the artichoke bulbs and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. You’ll want to gently pull the artichokes out every so often to see if the leaves are soft. Pull out from the water, drizzle some olive oil on top and enjoy!

 
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FRESH GINGER

  • Reduces the progression of muscle pain and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness

  • Treats chronic indigestion, by “speeding” up the emptying of the stomach

  • Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections

Cut off a small bit of fresh ginger and add it to a cup of hot water. Grate it into a stew (check out my recipe for Moroccan lamb stew, where I add ginger powder). Add a slicer in your smoothie or juice.

 
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SQUASH

  • High in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium

  • One of the oldest cultivated crops on earth, with archaeological data tracing their origins back to 10,000 years ago in Mesoamerica!

  • A single serving of squash can contain more than 400% of your daily requirement for vitamin A

Add to soup or stew. Bake with fresh herbs and enjoy as a side dish or tossed into a salad. Delicate squash is delicious when baked with cinnamon and added to yogurt or oatmeal, as a breakfast treat! Put the granola aside and opt for squash instead.