Sunset Celebration Weekend, one of the best San Francisco garden and food events, is happening June 5-6 with garden gurus and wine seminars. It's a must see event!
A June 2010 Prevention article noted a University of California, Davis study analyzing 100 commercial brews, light colored ales, such as India Pale Ale (IPA) containing the most silicon, a compound that increases bone mineral density in women with osteoporosis. The researchers believe it's due to the silicon-rich hops and malted barley, and when enjoyed in moderation, you could boost your bone mineral density by up to 16%! Cheers to that!
Photo Credit: Self Magazine
The June 2010 Self Magazine lists Superfoods for Flat Abs. They include:
- Avocado - a Diabetes Care Journal study finds that dieters who consumed monounsaturated fats lost more stomach bulge than those eating the same amount of calories but less of the fats. Blood sugar peaks can signal your body to store fat around your midsection, but monounsaturated fats stop the spikes, thwarting fat accumulation
- Green Tea - a Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study shows drinking 3 cups of green tea daily may raise your metabolism and burn 30 calories daily
- Blueberries - antioxidants help improve blood flow which delivers more oxygen to your muscles
- Bulgar - Dieters who dined on whole grains lost more tummy fat than those who ate refined grains
I've been a fan of Nature's Path Organic products for several years. Nature's Path started as an Organic Berry Farm in 1949. One of the children, Arran, started the first vegetarian restaurant on Canada's west coast, opened the region's first natural supermarket, then founded Nature's Path. Nature's Path has just announced new cereals including Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise (Gluten Free) with quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth and Flax Plus Red Berry Crunch with Raspberries and Strawberries. If you're on the run, or don't have time for a real meal, check out their energy bars: Mmmaple Pecan, Peanut Buddy, Peanut Choco, Berry Strawberry, and Chocolate Crispy Rice. Are you hungry yet?
Gratitude Gourmet and Nature's Path are giving away Nature's Path Products. For a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes, share your favorite cereal and/or energy bar with us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GratitudeGourmet
What is your favorite earth-friendly food? Post it on the Facebook page for a chance to win Cedarlane Food http://www.facebook.com/GratitudeGourmet
If you're interested in reading a thought-provoking book on food choices, The World Peace Diet - Eating for Spiritual Health, and Social Harmony is a must read. Will Tuttle has a master's degree in the humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D in the philosophy of education from the University of California, Berkeley. Some of the Chapter Titles include: Food's Power, Our Culture's Roots, The Nature of Intelligence, Inheriting our Food Choices, Evolve or Dissolve, and Journey of Transformation. Quotes from several well-known people frequent the book, i.e.
- Mahatma Ghandi: "The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork."
- Alice Walker: "Animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than blacks are made for whites or women for men."
- George Bernard Shaw: "The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity."
I recommend this book.
I've enjoyed 18 Rabbits' Granola bars in the past, and I've just tried their Veritas Granola (Dairy Free Hazelnut, Walnut, and Cacao Nibs with organic oats, pumpkin seeds, and ground flax). It is made in San Francisco and is delicious with cold, almond-vanilla milk. Their Gracious Granola (Wheat Free Pecan, Almond and Maple Granola) is also a great contender!
Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County has a variety of free gardening classes located here. Some upcoming classes include:
Saturday May 8, 2010 - Grow a Healthy Eco-Friendly Garden
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am
Master Gardener David Peterson will discuss the safe, eco-friendly way to control pests and diseases, which will be at their peak in the summer months. The workshop will be an overview of control methods and also explain the proliferation of pests and other plant problems. This talk is valuable for the novice gardener and also acts as a refresher for experienced gardeners. Gardeners ready to use petro-chemical sprays might not really have a disease problem at all - instead you may have what is known as an abiotic disorder caused by environmental stressors on the plant. Other topics include: alternatives to toxic chemical sprays; organic and natural gardening methods; and keeping the garden healthy for people as well as plants. Handouts will be provided.
Location: Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto 94301
Tuesday May 18, 2010 - 12 Months of Color in the Native Garden
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:00 pm
Join Master Gardener Cayce Hill as she teaches you how to save water and attract wildlife to your garden without sacrificing beauty! Learn which California native plants will provide year-round color and interest in your garden. Plant list will be distributed to all participants.
Location: Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Ave., San Jose, 95132
Wednesday May 19, 2010 - Backyard Bee Keeping
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
We have a real problem in our urban areas. We don't have enough bees to pollinate our fruit trees, flowers, and vegetables. Ever wonder what it takes to become a back yard bee keeper? Join us as UC Master Gardener Anita Rosen tells us what it takes.
Location: West Valley Branch Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd., San Jose, 95117
Tuesday May 25, 2010 - Veggies 2.0: Part Two - Now what do I put in my summer vegetable garden?
Start: 7:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm
Now that you have the summer vegetable beds prepared - what are the master gardener recommended vegetables for this area? Come and discuss what you have enjoyed as well.
This talk is the second part of Veggies 2.0 - the first part, on April 27, discusses preparing the vegetable beds as well as creating raised beds and mounded beds.
Location: Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, 94022
Saturday June 5, 2010 - Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees for Controlled Growth
Start: 10:00 am
End: 11:00 am
Come to a workshop in the garden to discuss how to control fruit tree growth with summer pruning. Winter pruning when the trees are dormant stimulates growth; summer pruning helps keep the trees smaller (8' if desired) to help with harvest. Hands-on demo will be part of the workshop and handouts provided. See also http://homeorchard.ucdavis.edu for information on selecting, planting, caring for, watering, pruning and harvesting fruit trees.
The workshop will be followed by an Open Garden - come wander the edibles garden and our large waterwise garden. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.
Location: Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto 94301
Saturday June 26, 2010 - Container Gardening Basics
Start: 11:00 am
End: 1:00 pm
Join Master Gardener Lise Varner as she teaches all about gardening in containers. You can garden anywhere; balconies, patios, driveways and more. With containers we can bring great tastes, textures and smells closer to us, and keep gardening manageable by choosing plants and container sizes that meet our needs.
In this class you'll learn the basics of container gardening: soil, water, fertilizer, container materials (clay, plastic, etc.), container sizes, and common pests. Then you'll learn about a wide variety of plants that do particularly well in containers, with special emphasis on fragrant plants, plants that are fun to touch, and edible plants such as herbs, fruits and vegetables, including ones that you can plant right now!
Location: Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Ave, San Jose 95132