String Beans a Different Way

This is perfect for summer picnics. The dressing and accoutrements also work for other early summer veggies, if you’re not crazy about green beans or partial to yellow beans (my favorites). I’ve used this recipe and the dressing to make a slightly different dish with raw broccoli rabe or steamed potatoes!

Because of their green color (or yellow for yellow beans), we don’t think about beans having carotenoids. They do! Recent studies have confirmed the presence of lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin in green beans.

More good news about this dish: you can serve it warm or cold, and it keeps for 3-4 days.

White Bean, Artichoke Salad with Sumac

Another easy-to-make, easy to travel salad. It also keeps for 3-4 days. And this one gets you to eat more beans, which Dr. Furhman says is a good thing. Beans fill you up, not out!

Did you know that artichokes contain antioxidants which are beneficial to the liver? They’ve long been used in folk medicine as a treatment for liver ailments, and have been shown to reduce cholesterol too. What I didn’t know is that artichokes are extremely high in fiber – one large artichoke contains a quarter of the recommended daily allowance for fiber.

Feed your plants!

Flower growers have used blackstrap molasses to get stronger, longer lasting blossoms for ages. Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars that feed plants. Milk, too, is a soil and plant food. The organization Slow Food says that, in addition, milk is an effective fungicide and soft-bodied insecticide; critters like grasshoppers don’t have a pancreas to process the sugars, so they are driven off when milk is applied to leaves.

Why Can’t the Experts Agree on Calcium (or any other nutrient)?

How much of something should we get? It’s a simple question. And it often receives a simple answer.

Sometimes, too simple…

Simple answers are easy and comforting, but they are rarely accurate or complete. They don’t account for individual differences in fitness, reproductive status, metabolic function, medical history, genetic predisposition, time of day, time of month, and time of life. They don’t tell you the whole story, and they don’t listen to your story.

Still, we declare target doses, or at least dose ranges, appropriate for most of us. From a public health perspective, clarity is preferable to nuance.

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