Canning sounds like such a lovely, retro idea — a throwback to when grandma could produce a homemade tomato sauce in mid-February with produce she had pulled from the vine six months earlier.
It's a debate that's raging all over the place — from the Internet to the water cooler. Is it more expensive to eat healthy than not? The main argument you hear is that grocery prices are simply lower for "junk" food than for whole foods. And, yes, it's very often true.
Given the buzz about coconut oil, you would think it was just discovered yesterday. But the reality is that while the appreciation for all things coconut is relatively new in North America, coconut trees have been revered around the world as the "tree of life" for generations. The Coconut Research Center (yes, there is one), says nearly a third of the world's population depends on coconuts to some degree for its food and economy.
The medical community has issued repeated warnings about the health risks associated with our population's current level of obesity. Super-sized portions, high fat and sugar-laden food choices are convenient and so readily available, they tempt us at every meal. In an effort to lead by example, all Providence hospitals in Oregon are in the process of adopting a Healthy Dining Initiative.
The holy grail of healthful eating is believed to be the "Certified Organic" label. According to the Organic Trade Association, "Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation."
Growers markets abound here in Southern Oregon, and whether you opt for a quick in-and-out or prefer to linger, there are a handful of guidelines for making your trip as bountiful as it can be.
Do you know where the beef you buy from the supermarket comes from? Probably not. But if you buy it from a local rancher, you'll know exactly where it comes from, what it's eaten, and what it hasn't. More people are deciding that buying a share of a live animal, or cow-pooling, is a healthy way to go.
One of the best ways to rear up an adult who has good eating habits is to start young. And one of the best ways to do that is to introduce children to the joy that is cooking. To that end, Southern Oregon has a variety of culinary classes for kids ages 5 to 15.