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February is American Heart Month, and in the past I’ve written about sodium and how decreasing one’s salt and sodium intake can bring heart-y benefits for many people, including lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke and heart disease, so doing what we can to keep our blood pressure in a healthy range is a smart strategy for heart-healthy living. There’s more to dietary management of blood pressure than keeping a lid on sodium intake, however. Getting enough potassium is equally important. So, it’s time for some potassium love…
Pack a muffin full of fruit, veggies, nuts and whole grains, and what have you got? A perfect breakfast for a busy morning. These muffins rely on apple butter to make them moist and sweet: definitely a recipe to save.
A farm can’t become organic overnight. It takes time--three years to be exact--for soil to be considered organic (and for a farmer to price their crops accordingly). During this time, a farmer must comply with costly organic regulations, while not being able to price their crops at higher organic rates. This expensive combination of increased expenses without increased revenue (not to mention the high cost of receiving an organic certification) leaves farmers in the difficult position of knowing that organic practices are better for our environment, and quite frankly wanting to sell higher priced organic crops, but not knowing how to get there. The USDA may have a solution.