Archive | October, 2011

Do I have to buy organic?

27 Oct

Did you know that fresh spinach  can carry over 60 different pesticides! YIKES!!! I love fresh fruits and veggies but I’m not always ready to pay the premium for organic produce. Thankfully Joy MacCarthy, holistic nutritionist and my go-to food expert,  makes shopping organic EASY.

Her Dirty Dozen list identifies those veggies which are most sprayed with harmful chemicals.  Studies show that if you avoid the non-organic version of the Dirty Dozen, your pesticide exposure will be reduced up to  80%!!!   Hmm… I think going organic on at least these 12 items is a no-brainer.

Just as important as what to avoid is knowing what produce is not worth the Organic premium.  Once again, Joy MacCarthy to the rescue with the Clean 15! (See list below)


  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • domestic blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach, kale and collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce


  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • sweet onions



Fresh Fall Plant Ideas

25 Oct

Are you looking for fresh ideas for your Fall containers and garden beds? My new Fall video series highlights some of my favourite plants  to give your garden the extra ‘umph’ it needs!

Detoxify and Beautify with Swiss Chard

17 Oct

To avoid Fall container boredom, I dare to add bold edibles in my displays.  This season, I gravitated towards the vibrant colour and texture of Swiss Chard.  The glossy, ruffled foliage can grow up to 2′ , with the stalks and veining delivering lipstick red contrasted with fresh green.

Swiss chard, like spinach, is the store-house of many phyto-nutrients that have promotional-health  and disease-prevention properties. As a mega source of Vitamin A & K and good source of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin C, Swiss Chard is not only a ‘looker’ but also a great fall ingredient to keep fresh-on-hand.

My favorite way to prepare Swiss Chard is to saute in olive oil with white onions, garlic, mushrooms and season with freshly-cracked pepper and sea salt. Simple, hearty, nutritious and delicious!.


My friend Joy, a registered holistic nutritionist  and health coach of Joyous Health, recently shared a delicious soup recipe that is simple  and perfect for making in batches for future chilly Fall days. Try it out!