Plan a Trip to the Apple Orchard

Did you know, one hour of picking APPLES burns 208 calories? So get ready because MONGO is going to tell you all the fun things you need to know before you go to your local APPLE orchard this fall.

  • APPLES are:
    • Fat free
    • Sodium free
    • Cholesterol free

A medium sized APPLE is about 80 calories

The only way to tell if an APPLES is ripe is to take a little nibble

APPLES come in a variety of COLORS
dark green, yellow, pink, orange, bright red, dark red, or even a COMBINATION.

The best way to pick an APPLE is place your palm all the way around the firm , unbruised APPLE and gently twist and pull downwards. Place the APPLE lightly in your bag or basket. APPLES are a very delicate fruit. Once bruised, it rots quicker.

Once you’ve picked your APPLES, make sure to ask the farmers which ones are the best to eat.

APPLES are very versatile. You can freeze them, bake them, can them, make them into APPLE cider and make them into so many recipies. MONGO especially likes to eat APPLE pie!

Find an APPLE orchard near you at www.pickyourown.org

MONGO would like to know, what’s your favorite APPLE recipe??

This post was written By Fareesa

FOOD – Getting to Know It

EAT the RAINBOW. different VITAMINS and NUTRIENTS distinguish themselves through colors. By combing colors, you consume more nutrients in natural form aka the most effective form.

 

A+ BROCCOLI:

– more vitamin C than an ORANGE

– as much CALCIUM as a glass of milk

3 TIMES more FIBER than a slice of whole wheat bread

– popularity increase of 900% over 20 years

 

Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family and apples are a member of the rose family

 

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Bananas are all FRUITS

 

B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Think you don’t like them? Try another one. There are over 500 different types of bananas! Bananas are mash-able, freez-able, bake-able, and port-able. A banana a day is a filling, 99.5% fat free snack, with a rich source of potassium to build strong muscles!

 

Honey is the ONLY food that never spoils. With a lower glycemic index than sugar (meaning a slower and healthier absorption rate into the bloodstream), honey is a great substitute for sweetening drinks, cereals and baked goods.

 

Mongo Mystery: What is the only FRUIT with seeds on the outside ???

FOOD Deciphered

meet ANDI

ANDI, meaning Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, ranks FOOD on a scale of 1-1,000 based on the number of nutrients per calorie (# of nutrients/ # of calories) Holding the perfect score of 1,000, KALE and COLLARDS (both dark leafy greens) provide the most nutrients for the fewest number of calories. The first fruit to make the list are STRAWBERRIES, weighing in with a score of 212. With a spread of 788 points, the moral of the story is EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!

http://www.goodlifer.com/2011/07/andi-scores-helping-you-choose-nutrient-dense-foods/

 

FOOD WORDS

ORGANIC– food produced with no synthetic pesticides(keep bugs away), chemical fertilizers(grow faster), genetically modified organisms (GMO- combing DNA molecules from different sources) and irradiation (exposed to radiation)

CONVENTIONAL– food produced with chemicals, including fertilizers (grow faster), insecticides(reduce bugs and diseases), herbicides (reduce weeds), and antibiotics (growth hormones)

GLUTEN FREE– gluten is a protein found in grain products such as wheat, barley and rye. Since humans evolved as hunters and gathers, the main protein source was animal, not grain. Our digestive systems are slowly adjusting, explaining the sensitivities to gluten.

HEIRLOOM– most commonly used to describe a variety of tomatoes, heirloom seeds are saved from the best crops each season. The seeds are passed down through generations unaltered so their unique tastes can shine through.

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NUTRIENT– substances needed to build cells, regulate internal body processes, and supply energy. Carbohydrates (sugars, starches, and fiber), fats ( saturated and trans fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), protein ( enzymes-metabolism, amino acids, myosin-skeleton) and vitamins (A, B1-B12, C, D, E, K) are the main nutrient groups.

GOOD FATS/ BAD FATS– fats which are solid at room temperature (saturated and trans fats) are bad, while fats that are liquid at room temperature (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are good.

 

FOOD LABELS?!?!

Check out this 2 minute video for quick tips in deciphering food labels

Confusing Food Labels

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/video-hub/food/diet–health/confusing-food-labels/16817885001/54212443001/

 

SHOPPING BUDDY

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