Eat Your Colors

Filling your plate with a variety of “colors” does much more than brighten up your table. Foods that are deep blue, purple, red, green or orange contain high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals, the white-hat compounds that capture damage-causing free radicals and protect the body from numerous diseases. Colorful foods also pack lots of nutrients that boost immunity and enhance overall health. So if you want to increase the odds of living a long and healthy life, make the following colors a regular part of your diet:

• Broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, peas, avocado, collards

• Red tomatoes (particularly cooked), red peppers, red/pink grapefruit, watermelon, red grapes, beets, red cabbage, apples, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, cranberries

• Squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mangoes, oranges, papaya, nectarines

• Plums, blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, eggplant (with skin)

Tell me this answer:

Dismantle means: announce, take apart, revert, inquire

This is just one of the questions on, which is a free, educational Internet game where every right answer helps feed one more mouth around the world.

For every right answer you give, 10 grains of rice are donated to the UN world food program.

It takes about 20,000 grains of rice to provide an adult with two meals a day (in combination with vegetables, fruit, and protein). Playing the vocabulary and trivia games at FreeRice, which pose increasingly difficult questions, can easily generate several hundred grains of rice in a few minutes, and most users come away having learned new words and fun facts about history, science, and the arts.

Editor’s Note » January/February '10

As we all settle in to welcome and await what the new year has in store, I am often moved to think about myself a little more. Now I know that sounds selfish, but we do need to think about ourselves every once in a while. Whether it’s, “I ate too many cookies,” “I should try to be more active,” or “My back sure does hurt; maybe I should finally book that massage,” caring about yourself matters. Whatever the thought(s) running through your head, follow them through. The stress that comes with planning the big holiday dinners and parties often leaves out the important “me” time that we all need. We hope you find some great reads in this new issue. We talked to some local practitioners and experts on how to begin 2010 with a healthy, new attitude. The Healthy Heart Workout by Lori Heck has some great tips and exercises to keep your ticker in top shape. If you haven’t heard of them yet, get some Chia Seeds and rev up your energy today. You’ll be so impressed you’ll never want coffee again.

Yoga and Depression by Sandra Helpsmeet will give you that extra boost you’ll need mid-February when the snow is still here and sunlight is scarce. And we hope that you find a little spring joy in our article about the new community gardens in Eau Claire. If you want one, call now, they will probably go fast.

We would also like to announce our drawing winners from the Eat Local Challenge. It has taken a while to get our ducks in order, but thanks to everyone who participated.

Meghan Lynch and Siena Boyd were winners in the challenge drawing! We also would like to thank all those who entered into our Goodie Bag Contest. Congratulations to Barb Olson. We hope you all enjoy your goodie bags!