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Coconut’s 25 Best Health & Beauty Uses: Health

Follow enough health and beauty journals, and you could easily find yourself wondering, “is there anything coconut oil cannot do?” If you want the the full story about this miracle fruit, take a listen to our interview with the foremost expert on coconut, Dr. Bruce Fife of the Coconut Research Center. But if you’re just looking… Read more »

How the Peru Floods Impacted Banana Farmer Partners

By: Mildred Alvarado, Producer Relations, Equal Exchange Bananas The first five months of the year are usually the most difficult for our Peruvian banana farmer partners due to weather difficulties. Problems due to the rainy season are expected. However, what’s happening this year is unusual. We asked Leticia Gutierrez, a producer and the Logistics Coordinator… Read more »

3 Ways to Hydrate with Vitamins & Minerals

Hydration is essential to health. When our bodies do not get enough caffeine and sugar-free fluid, we can experience any of the following symptoms: Mental fog and confusion Exhaustion Dizziness Poor digestion and constipation Irregular body temperature and fluctuations Weight gain Experts recommend drinking 1 oz of water for every kg of body weight (roughly… Read more »

8 Reasons to Love Bananas

Bananas are one of the most popular fruit on Earth – for good reasons: They are full of nutrients, delicious, and come in their own handy packaging! At about 100 calories, a medium-size banana boosts 11 minerals, 6 vitamins, and, of course, potassium, an important electrolyte that aids in the optimal functioning and health of… Read more »

Antioxidant Berry Blast Smoothie

  Start your day with this nutrient-packed smoothie. Combine the following in a blender: Ingredients 1/4 c. Whole Milk Yogurt 1/4 c. Coconut Milk 2 Tbs. Chia Seeds Spoonful of Raw Coconut Oil Spoonful of Local Raw Honey 1/2 Cup of Ice Any 1-2 cup combination of (we love doing them all!): – Raspberries –… Read more »

5 Reasons to Choose Organic Bananas (vs. Conventional)

Article Courtesy of Equal Exchange You may be thinking that the banana peel protects you from pesticides, but there’s more to it. Here are 5 reasons why buying organic matters. 1. Your Health Even though bananas have skin, the pesticides seep into the soil, and are absorbed by the plant. Plus pesticide residue can get… Read more »

9 Amazing Health Benefits of Avocados

Wow, Avocados! Offering significant amounts of over 20 different nutrients, they are rightfully considered a “super food”! For example, a single serving of about 100 grams of Avocado provides 26% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of Vitamin K, which regulates blood clotting and helps prevent heart disease. It also has 20% of the RDI… Read more »

Citrus Zest

It’s Citrus Time. All sorts of beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds fill the market. And, very likely, much of those vibrant colors are later seen in your compost bin. Might there be another way to preserve all of that gorgeous color and flavor? I’m glad you asked. It’s time to get zesting. The outermost layer… Read more »

The Connection Between Avocados and Butterflies

  Article Courtesy of Equal Exchange The demand for avocados in the U.S. is rising at a breakneck pace. In 2015, Americans consumed double the amount of avocados as compared to 2008. While this growing demand for avocados has changed the dynamics of the avocado, produce, retail, and restaurant industries as a whole, the avocado… Read more »

How to Cook with Leeks

If you turn a leek with its hairy end up, it looks sort of like a crown or the top of a scepter, which may be one reason this delicious allium is called the “king of the soup onion.” It could also be because Emperor Nero is said to have eaten leeks every day to make his voice stronger…. Read more »