Saturday, August 4, 2012

Eat Fresh - What is a superfood?


We’ve all read the headlines about the health benefits of eating superfoods.  Foods including Quinoa and other grains, kale, salmon, broccoli, tomatoes and many others.  Like myself I bet you have wondered “What exactly is a superfood ?” What makes a food a superfood?  

According to some it’s simply a marketing tool and I was quite surprised to find that there isn’t a legal or standard definition of a superfood. In some countries labeling a food as a superfood has been banned unless significant, reliable scientific data can accompany their claim. Interesting? I thought so too.

What I did find out was intriguing. It seems that the foods that are sometimes referred to as superfoods do have a greater nutritional value and also may contain beneficial phytochemicals or omega 3 fatty acids than others in their particular food group.  Simply said they are a somewhat better for you.

However it boils down to this. Superfoods are simply fresh foods. Whole foods. Those foods we know as healthy nutritious alternatives. Fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains and fiber rich foods. Fish, especially Salmon and Talapia. The things we should be eating and that we promote on the Rural-living blog.

Now I am not slamming superfoods. Not at all. I believe that some foods such as Kale, Salmon and others could have additional benefits for our health and well-being. However,  I am cautious with the wide range of claims that certain foods could be superfoods. Eating superfoods, to me anyway is simply eating clean. Eating fresh foods and adding fiber rich foods to our diets in their simplest form.

Perhaps just adopting a healthier plate and eating cleaner is more important than focusing on adding more superfoods to our diet.  Perhaps we should just call it eating superfood.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rural Living - Where to get the sign

Many of you have asked where you can get "The Sign" that we have posted on the Facebook piece of Rural-living.com. Well, as far as we can tell, and we have looked for weeks, it isn't available anywhere. We are thinking that those that have been sighted on farms from coast to coast were created by the owners themselves.

We have formed a partnership with one company BuildASign Custom Signs to help you create your own "Notice this property is a farm" sign. Most custom created signs are under $30.00 with this company.

Yes, we are compensated for driving business to them but it isn't much. However, we'll donate all of the proceeds to our local food bank Helping Hands to help them purchase fresh food for our local area.

We'll post from time to time how many signs were generated and how much was donated to Helping Hands.

Please let us know if you ordered a sign so we'll know the link is working.

Again the website to create your own sign is BuildASign Custom Signs .

Let's raise some money!