Archive for March, 2012

I absolutely love spring because it ushers in new beginnings.   Fresh and vibrant plants which lay dormant all winter are now poking their little heads up to feel the warm air and greet the sun.  This is about the time of the year when our Southern Dewberries (Rubus trivialis) start to bloom.  The berries won’t come in until sometime in late April or early May, but the blossoms are just a reminder that soon we will be gorging ourselves on their juicy ripe berries.

The Dewberry is often confused with the Blackberry as they look quite similar.  However, Dewberries fruit earlier and grow close to the ground like a vine, while the Blackberry grows on upright stems or canes.

Like the Blackberry the Dewberries are edible and are a great treat on a warm spring day.  Dewberries like Blackberries can also be used medicinally (more…)

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I know we are all trying to stay away from sugar, but for those times when you feel like you just have to have a little treat and are looking for a healthier alternative to conventional cakes and cookies, give this banana bread a try.  Believe it or not it’s grain free and yet it is extremely moist.  Made with coconut flour, this banana bread is gluten free and contains no refined sugar.  Coconut flour is high in fiber and protein and a great option for those who are sensitive or intolerant to wheat and other grains.  Instead of using refined or artificial sweeteners, this banana bread is naturally sweetened with Medjool dates which are higher in potassium than bananas and are a good source of other nutrients to include Vitamins A, B, K, thiamine, niacin, copper, and magnesium.  Talk about “yummy-lishous”.  This is a healthy recipe that even kids and your “junk food loving” friends will like. (more…)

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