Food

Garden to Table: Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad

 

Beets are an antioxidant superfood that have always grown pretty easily in our garden here in Guatemala. They are soooo good for you so I am always looking for new and delicious ways to prepare them. The below salad is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy!

salad_rc_BeetGoat-CheeseAru.jpg.rend.sni18colBenefits of Beets:

  • Help regulate blood pressure
  • Promote cognitive health
  • Prevent against anemia
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Detoxification properties
  • Lower bad cholesterol
  • Improve digestion

 

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Garden to Table: Yummy Banana Nut Bread

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Living in Guatemala is wonderful for many reasons, one being the availability of fresh produce year round. We are lucky enough to have a backyard garden where we grow a variety of fruits and veggies. A few years ago we realized that we had a banana tree! Once we mastered how to harvest them, we were in business. The banana tree grows like a weed…you can chop it down and a new one grows in its place before you know it! Each tree produces one large bundle and then you have to wait a bit for them to ripen. Our last bundle produced quite a bunch so we ended up with a surplus. This recipe is one I have been using since I was 14 and it is still my favorite! Hope you enjoy!

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Antigua Markets

This morning I ventured to the vibrant and bustling markets of Antigua. The market can be very overwhelming and super crowded. At this particular market you can basically find anything your heart desires – from clothes, beauty products, textiles, electronics to fresh veggies, fruit, meat, fish, flowers, etc. I typically only hit up the veggie, fruit and flower stands. Continue reading

Moringa || Super Food Series

The  ‘Miracle Tree’ or ‘Tree of Life’  is the source of nature’s most nutritiously rich food, Moringa.  The Moringa Oleifera may be one of the most useful trees on the planet today. Every part of the tree is valuable, from the root to leaf, flower to pod, bark to wood! This drought – resistant tree grows fast, up to 12ft in a season! Moringa Oleifera can grow in poor soil and it is often found in tropical areas with high levels of malnourishment. The Moringa tree isn’t just for health nuts and it is not a “fad” super food. It is very important in impoverished areas in Africa, Asia & Latin America, providing the malnourished with nutrients they lack from not getting a balanced diet. Continue reading

Raw Cacao || Superfood Series

It’s full blown Spring time. This means bathing suit season is on the horizon and now on constant flow in the mind. It also means that there are holidays passing by that promote the indulgence in chocolate. I’m going to crush your chocolate dreams and make you put down that conventional chocolate bar to indulge in pure Raw Cacao because this is the real deal,  the original source without any ugly modifications. Continue reading

Bee Pollen || Super Food Series

What’s all the Buzz about Bee Pollen?

Honeybees have been generating a lot of buzz lately. Namely because they are rapidly disappearing from our environment. The impact that honeybees have on the human population and the environment is far more crucial than most may think. Agricultural crops rely on honeybees worldwide to provide them with life and guarantee their reproduction.

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Acai Berries || Super Food Series

Super foods, you know the deal…trendy foods with hard to pronounce names that are cultivated in far flung places of the world and end up at your local health food store. Super foods are much more than just trendy and exotic. Super foods provide a nutritional value far beyond than what you can get from your daily average foods. These foods are jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids… all of which help bring the body to a state of balance.  Continue reading

PLACES WE LOVE: SABE RICO

It’s a gorgeous day in Antigua; the sun is shining bright, the sky is an impeccable shade of powder blue and the clouds are like fluffy cotton-balls strategically placed as if it were a painting from your favorite artist. It almost feels like a crime to not take advantage of days like these and bask in all the gloriousness that is nature. Respectively, we decided it was the perfect occasion [excuse] to utilize this freely given gift the best way we could on a work day: an outdoor lunch. Naturally, it didn’t take long for us to all quickly agree on one of our favorite spots in town. Sabe Rico.   Continue reading
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