Author Archives for Susan Russo

How to Freeze Corn for the Winter


Whether it’s white, yellow, or bi-color, Americans love crisp, juicy sweet corn, which is a staple at every summer time get-together.
Like summer itself, sweet corn is nearing its seasonal end. However, with a little effort, you can enjoy the flavor of sweet summer corn all winter long by freezing some now.
Here’s what you’ll need […]

Blueberries: The World’s Healthiest Fruit


Blueberries are the healthiest fruit you can eat. That’s because they have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruits and vegetables.
What makes blueberries so healthful? Their blue color is derived from anthocyanins, antioxidant phytonutrients that mop up potentially damaging free radicals in your body. Studies have shown that a diet high in blueberries may help […]

Giving Avocados a Good Rap


Avocados get a bad rap. That’s because most people associate them with big fattening bowls of guacamole and salty chips. However, eaten the right way, avocados are good for you.
Here are the facts about avocados and fat:
Avocados are high in monosaturated fat or “good” fat, which can lower your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, ultimately reducing your […]

How to Shop at a Farmers’ Market


It’s summertime which means it’s farmers’ market time. Because where else will you find velvety soft golden apricots? Or succulent vine-ripened berries? Or tomatoes that actually burst with flavor?
Whether you’re a farmers’ market newbie or an old pro, here are some tips to help you get the most of your next trip to the farmers’ […]

5 Things You Need to Know About Wearing Suncscreen


It’s summer time, which for most people, means going to the beach. Before you go, just think about this:

Melanoma (a potentially fatal skin cancer) is the most common cancer in 25-29-year- olds.
Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in adolescents and young adults ages 15-29.
Melanomas are increasing faster in 15-29-year-old females than in […]

Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Make Your Child Smarter?


If you really want to give your child an edge in the classroom, you may want to start by eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury while you’re pregnant. According to a study published in the April 2008 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, preschoolers whose mothers regularly consumed low-mercury, […]

Osteoporosis: Facts and Tips for Prevention


10 million Americans have osteoporosis, which according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) literally means “porous bone.” Osteoporosis is a disease in which both bone density and bone quality are reduced, making bones more porous and fragile and susceptible to fracture.
Of those 10 million people, 8 million are women. Sadly, since osteoporosis is a “silent […]

Artichokes 101


Have you ever looked at an artichoke in the market and thought, “What the heck am I supposed to do with that?” If so, you’re not alone.
Artichokes are odd looking–like a cross between a hand grenade and a cactus. Plus those tiny thorns on the tops of the leaves can give you a nasty prick […]

7 Reasons to Buy Locally Grown Food


Ecocuisine is a movement meant to promote locally grown, sustainable foods.What exactly are “sustainable foods?” Those foods produced locally by people who value fresh, nutritious, seasonal food and who are concerned with social, economic, and environmental issues of food production and distribution.
Though many people have been turned on to eating locally grown produce, many areas […]

Soy Protein for the Lactose Intolerant


As a lactose-intolerant woman who strength trains 4-5 times per week, I know how hard it can be to build muscle.
Whey protein, which is made from whey, a by-product of cow’s milk cheese, is the king of protein supplements among body builders because it stimulates muscle growth and aids in recovery. Whey protein is the […]