First, our great news is that Lisa Reynes (an apiary specialist) from the Florida Dept of Agriculture came to the farm on January 16 to inspect our bee hives. We are pleased to say that Beasley bees are healthy and happy! A very good report, indeed! Researchers are finding that bees who enjoy a diversity of crops from which to gather nectar actually possess healthier immune systems!
We're still trying to decide whether to replant the crops we lost because the unwanted overnight freezing temps keep showing up. Even this morning, it was unexpectedly in the 30s.
They can help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and typically contain the antioxidant Vitamin E. Monounsaturated Fats contain a single, double-bonded (unsaturated) carbon molecule. Most Monounsaturated oils are liquid at room temperature. It is healthful to replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil and sunflower oil. Most nuts (walnuts, almonds, filberts) contain this beneficial oil.
Does your family enjoy potatoes? Yes, they do contain starch and sugar, but did you know they are good for you? Let's do a quick comparison:
Potatoes themselves can be a healthy addition to the diet. It's what one does during or after cooking them that gives them a bad name. Sweet Potatoes are flavorful enough without adding sugar or butter. In fact, they a great baked in the oven, grill or microwave and eaten with minimal to no seasoning. Baked "White" Potatoes are delicious with drizzled Olive Oil and some plain Greek Yogurt on top. Add chopped scallions or your favorite seasonings. Sweet Potato fries are a delicious way of sneaking in those antioxidants for your family.
Affordable potato ideas can be found on our Potato Part One page here. We've also done a "Potato Comparison" explaining the difference in the more than 80 commercially grown potatoes. Just Click here to see it. For lots of general information about potatoes, and the many ways of cooking them, check out the All About Potatoes website.
- Anne McCaffrey -