Quote of the Day:
The California I knew, old rancho California, is gone. It just doesn’t exist, except maybe in little pockets. I lived on the edge of the Mojave Desert, an area that used to be farm country. There were all these fresh-produce stands with avocados and date palms. You could get a dozen artichokes for a buck or something. Totally wiped out now.
I hope this list seasonal foods will give you fresh ideas for your eating plan and the holidays.
Artichokes: The globe artichoke is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. 1 medium artichoke = 60 calories.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Arugula: Eruca sativa is an edible annual plant, commonly known as salad rocket, rucola, rucoli, rugula, colewort, roquette and, in the United States, arugula. 1 cup = 6 calories.
Benefits of Arugula
- With very few calories and tons of flavor it is a great green to help maintain a healthy weight without sacrificing great tasting foods!
- Arugula is a rich source of certain phytochemicals that have been shown to combat cancer-causing elements in the body. Arugula is also a great source of folic acid and Vitamins A, C and K. As one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin K, arugula provides a boost for bone and brain health.
- Arugula has an array of minerals and high levels of Iron and Copper, making it a good substitute for spinach if you’re paying attention to getting more vegetable based iron in your diet.
- Its peppery flavor provides a natural cooling effect on the body – a good food for hot weather picnics!
- Like other leafy greens, arugula is also a hydrating food, helping keep your body hydrated in the heat of summer.
Pan Fried Scallops with Arugula Salad