Watercress’ Superfood Properties Help the Body Recover!

May 27, 2015 | post a comment

 

By now, we’ve learned that exercising is integral to a healthy lifestyle along with a well-balanced diet of whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruit. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, adults need about 2 ½ hours of aerobic exercise per week along with strength-building workouts, such as push-ups, squats and sit-ups.

Watercress and Upland Cress Named SuperfoodsWhen our bodies undergo physical exertion, we produce free radicals, and there is evidence linking free radical production to the process of aging and DNA damage. “When free radicals overwhelm your antioxidant defenses, your cells are damaged. This damage is called oxidative stress.” (http://evidencemag.com/exercise-oxidative-stress/)

A study by scientists at Edinburgh Napier University and Ulster University found that subjects who consumed watercress daily before working out, experienced less DNA damage than their non-consuming watercress counterparts. Want to see watercress “flex its antioxidant muscle”? Check out this Nutritionfacts.org video on how eating the green superfood can combat exercise-caused DNA damage.

Starr_070730-7904_Nasturtium_officinaleThough your body may experience oxidative stress from exercise that doesn’t mean you should skip out on your next session—no matter how busy you are. According to evidencemag.com, “if you train in a progressive, intelligent manner, with adequate recovery between workouts, you can build up to extremely high training loads and still be protected against potentially dangerous levels of oxidative stress.”

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Garnet Henderson. Photo: Ayelet Pearl

New York-based personal trainer Garnet Henderson shares three routines you can do at home or on the road. “You can do this series once if you’re pressed for time, or repeat 2-4 times to get a complete workout,” says Henderson. “Doing the exercises back to back with as little rest as possible in between will add a cardio punch to the routine.”

Don’t forget to throw a handful of our Live Gourmet brand Living Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Organic brand Living Watercress into your morning smoothie or in your sandwich or salad at lunch before you hit the gym or go to your favorite fitness class!

Garnet Henderson’s Go-To Exercises

Single-leg deadlifts:

  1. Stand on your right leg with a slight bend in the knee. The left knee should be bent as well, so that the left foot is held a few inches off the floor. Keep your abs engaged throughout the exercise by drawing your bellybutton in toward your spine.
  2. Keeping your back flat and maintaining the slight bend in the knee, hinge at the hips to reach your left hand down toward the floor. Reach over as far as you can and then return to standing, keeping your back long and squeezing your butt.
  3. Repeat 6-10 times on each side.

Walking push-ups:

  1. Begin standing in a neutral position, with feet hip distance apart.
  2. Bend over until you can place your palms on the floor, bending the knees as much as needed.
  3. Walk the hands out until you are in a plank position. Your body should be in a straight line from your head down to your heels – make sure you aren’t lifting the hips too high or letting them sag toward the floor. Draw your bellybutton in toward your spine to support the lower back.
  4. Perform one push-up.
  5. Walk the hands back in toward the feet and then stand up.
  6. Repeat 6-10 times.

Wall angel:

  1. Stand with your back against the wall, with your feet a few inches away from the wall and knees bent slightly.
  2. Make sure to maintain a neutral spine throughout the exercise: your upper back and head should rest against the wall, and your lower back should curve away slightly. Keep the bellybutton drawn in toward your spine to prevent the lower back from arching excessively.
  3. Place your hands against the wall at about the level of your ears, elbows bent. Keeping as much contact between your hands and the wall as possible, extend the arms up into a “Y” shape and then lower down to the starting position. You may find it hard at first to keep the hands against the wall the whole time – that’s ok.
  4. Repeat 10-12 times.

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Add Greens to Shake up your Memorial Day Barbecue Fare

May 20, 2015 | post a comment

 

Healthy vegetarian eating organic lettuce in vegetable garden in natureHeading to a Memorial Day barbecue this weekend? Before you reach over for a char-grilled burger or a hot dog smothered in ketchup, consider adding greens to your seasonal meal. Did you know? According to nutritionfacts.org, plant-based foods have 64 times more antioxidants than meat, fish and eggs. This doesn’t mean you have to give up BBQ completely. It’s ok to partake occasionally in good ole American delicacies as long as your diet regularly consists of an ample amount of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate veggies in this weekend’s menu. With the popularity of clean eating and “vegivore-ism”, foodies and chefs alike have created delectable, party-friendly dishes where vegetables are the shining stars. Greens, like watercress and butter lettuce, are versatile and have an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins K and A, iron and calcium.

Watercress Potato Salad

Photo: Petrina Tinslay on Real Simple

Add a few dishes that highlight these indelible greens to your outdoor spread. Martha Stewart’s Grilled Butter Lettuce has the same smoky grill flavor as a burger, but without the amount of fat and cholesterol. A picnic or barbecue is not complete without potato salad. “Veg up” the summer staple by adding our Living Upland Cress or Watercress, which are certified antioxidant-rich superfoods. Try preparing Real Simple’s Baby Potato and Watercress Salad.

A Fruit AMerican Flag made up of strawberries, apples and blueberriesRing in this Memorial Day and the beginning of summer by sharing fresh, veggie-driven dishes alongside classics that will surely win over your friends and family’s bellies!

Labels: Butter Lettuce Recipes, Eat Leafy Greens for Nutrition

Celebrate National Salad Month with our Living Butter Lettuce Products

May 13, 2015 | post a comment

 

RootsAre you curious about the origins of the lettuce you eat week after week? Consider this: the leafy vegetable originated in Egypt in 2680 B.C. Since those days, people have enjoyed a myriad of varieties, including our favorite: butter lettuce, also known as Bibb or Boston.  Known for its vibrant green hue, velvety texture and subtle sweet taste, butter lettuce has played a supporting role in many recipes, but it is in salad where lettuce is the real star.

May is National Salad Month and we’re highlighting some of America’s salad mainstays that have become integral to our dining history and foodie culture.

The Cobb Salad

As legend has it, one night in 1937 restauranteur Bob Cobb, owner of the original Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, haphazardly threw together several ingredients he found lying around his kitchen. Cobb’s friend thought the salad was so delectable, he ordered it in the restaurant the next day. This incident marked the first of more than 4 million Cobb salads sold in the historic restaurant. Incidentally, this salad was also known under the moniker “The Derby” after the famed restaurant.

Live Gourmet's caesar salad made with butter lettuce and chickenCaesar Salad 

Much likes its Cobb counterpart, Caesar Salad has a storied past. According to foodie folk lore (though there are several versions out there) Caesar (Cesare) Cardini dreamt up the first Caesar Salad in his Tijuana establishment during Prohibition. Though the dish is often accompanied by Romaine, we encourage you to try it with butter lettuce, which is a great source for vitamins A and K.  Want to try our Butter Lettuce Caesar Salad recipe? Download it here.

The Wedge 

Though there is no record of when and where the first Wedge was served, many can attest its popularity at fashionable dinner parties in the 1960s. This simple dish, often made with iceberg lettuce, is seeing a comeback in trendy restaurants today. Traditionally prepared by chopping a head of lettuce in half and topped with blue cheese and a creamy dressing, the Wedge is now prepared in a variety of ways, like Veg Kitchen’s  Butter Lettuce Wedge with Sunflower Seed Dressing, Pears, & Tempeh Bacon. Or, check out our Wedge Salad, made with butter lettuce, candied bacon and pomegranate seeds.

This is an image of a wedge salad with avocado and steakDo you or someone you know have a signature salad recipe?  Make it with butter lettuce and enter your creation on www.lettucerecipecontest.com by July 31. You could win a $1,000 Williams-Sonoma gift card! Be sure to share your recipe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #butterlettucecontest so your foodie friends, fans and followers can you cheer you on or join in the competition too. Happy salad month!

 

Labels: Butter Lettuce, Healthy Salad Recipes

Say Thanks to Mom by Hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch

May 6, 2015 | post a comment

 

This Sunday, give your mom or grandma a day off from the kitchen and create a festive seasonal brunch. There’s no need to plan multi-courses–just a tasty meal with simple, fresh ingredients that can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco.

A variety of ingredients are displayed in colorful bowls

Click on the image to see how these baked eggs come together!

Live Gourmet® Living Upland Cress and certified organic Grower Pete’s Living Watercress are versatile ingredients for any springtime recipe. These greens add a peppery bite and a vibrant hue to the classic French Oeufs en Cocotte (a.k.a. baked eggs). Add tomatoes for even more color and flavor. In some states, heirloom varieties are beginning to pop up at local farmer’s markets, but grocery store cherry tomatoes work well too. As for nutrition, this dish packs a punch. Both watercress (a nutrient-dense superfood) and tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and provide ample amounts of vitamin K, a key component for maintaining strong bones.

A martini glass filled with Watercress Elderflower cocktail

Watercress & Elderflower Martini by Robert Merjavy, Chester, UK. Photo: Gazregan.com

Round out your meal and sop up those delectable eggs with slices of fresh French bread. And, remember to raise your glass (a Robert Merjavy’s Elderflower Watercress Martini perhaps?) and toast your special matriarch! After all, she did bring you into this world. Happy Mother’s Day!


 

Baked Eggs with Watercress, Tomatoes and Pancetta (for four)

Ingredients:

8 eggs

4 pats of butter

½ bunch of watercress

1 large heirloom tomato (or a handful of cherry tomatoes)

4 slices of pancetta

4 tsp cream

4 tsp Parmesan

Salt & pepper

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Smear the pats of butter on the inside of four large-size ramekins or small oven-proof shallow bowls.
  3. Sauté the pancetta to crisp over medium heat (approximately 5 minutes). Set aside.
  4. Shred the parmesan.
  5. Chop the watercress into bite-size pieces and slice the tomatoes.
  6. Lay a small handful of watercress at the bottom of the ramekin, creating a cradle for the eggs.
  7. Break two eggs each in each ramekin.
  8. Add 1 tsp of cream to each ramekin.
  9. Lay slices of tomatoes on top of the eggs
  10. Divide the pancetta and parmesan and sprinkle both ingredients on the top of each egg mixture.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and cook for 10-15 minutes. The whites of the eggs should be set while the yolks should be runny.

 

Labels: Fresh Home Recipes, Holidays by Hollandia Produce, Live Gourmet Products, Organic Watercress Recipes, Upland Cress Recipes

Juicing with Grace McGuire, A Vegan Super Mom and Health Blogger

April 29, 2015 | post a comment

 

Grace McGuire is a passionate mother of two based in Allen, TX. A vegan since she was 22-years-old, McGuire often shares her nutrient-dense juices on Instagram and will share her foodie wisdom on her soon-to-be blog Nourish with Whole Foods.

We recently had the pleasure to speak with McGuire on her secret to leading a healthy lifestyle while raising a family. This is an excerpt from our conversation.

Grace4Live Gourmet: How did you initially become interested in healthy eating and Veganism?

Grace McGuire: I have been a vegan since I was 22-years-old. I was having a lot of stomach issues and the doctor suggested I go on a rabbit diet (leafy greens and vegetables) for a few weeks to regulate my stomach cramping and give my digestive system a little break from all the meat and processed fast foods I was consuming.

In the meantime, my oldest sister was in need of a kidney transplant and needed her siblings to get tested to see if we were a match. I started doing more research into how I could help get my body ready for the journey ahead and for all of the testing. I came across Veganism and how amazing it was at healing the body of inflammation and toxicity. I became a vegan shortly after. Although no one in our family was a match, by God’s grace, my sister was able to get a kidney from a family who donated their son’s kidney. We are so grateful to them and their enormous generosity to give life after losing their son.

grace1LG: How do you maintain healthy lifestyle while juggling work, your kids and personal life?

GM: I have two little boys and one of the many things I want to teach them is to live a healthy lifestyle. I always prep and plan ahead. For example, I soak oats, quinoa flakes with nut milk and chia seeds for breakfast. I also always have quinoa and legumes on hand for protein. I keep my pantry and fridge stocked with seasonal organic fruits and vegetables. I also use a lot of dry herbs as well as fresh herbs to give my plant based cooking some flavor and added nutrients.

LG: What advice do you have for mothers who are looking to make changes in their family’s eating habits but don’t have a lot of time to prepare meals?

GM: I know a lot of moms who don’t have a lot of time. With the little time they do have, they don’t want to spend it in the kitchen. My advice is to plan ahead and keep it simple. My mom is an excellent example. She doesn’t have time on the weekdays to cook with her job. I advised her to make quinoa and add frozen peas, corn, lemon juice, olive oil, kale, spinach and watercress for a simple and nutritious meal on-the-go. It doesn’t need to be heated and she can put it in a jar and have it in her purse whenever she gets hungry.

Grace 2LG: Any advice on how to get kids to eat their vegetables?

GM: If you have a desire to eat avocados so will your little one! Kids tend to mimic everything we do, including what we put in our bodies. They might not be hungry, but if they
see you eating an apple, [chances are] they then will want a bite. Teaching our kids healthy food habits at a young age prepares them for food choices they make in their future.


 

Grace3Grace’s Anti-Inflammatory Juice with Living Watercress:

Ingredients:

1 Pineapple

1 cabbage

2-3 handfuls of spinach

1 bundle of Living watercress

1 lime (peeled)

2 celery stalks

Add all the ingredients to your juicer according to the manufacturer’s setting and enjoy over ice.

Did you know?: Drink Grace’s signature juice before hitting the gym. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition reports that eating a small amount of watercress each day raised levels of key antioxidants that fend of DNA damage caused by exercise.

 

Labels: Eat Leafy Greens for Nutrition, Fresh Eating Tips, Live Gourmet Products, Organic Watercress Recipes, Uncategorized

Hollandia Produce, L.P. Celebrates Earth Day Year-Round

April 22, 2015 | post a comment

 

Here at Hollandia Produce, L.P., we believe that Earth Day is more than a day-long observation or celebration but a conscious commitment practiced year-round. This is especially true now that water conservation has become a critical priority for all of us living and working in California.

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown announced that the State Water Resources Control Board must immediately cut consumption by 25%. Cities across the Golden State are coming up with a multitude of ways in which their citizens can save water. One way is by using “smart meters,” which track home and business water use every five minutes and send usage reports in real time. According to National Public Radio (NPR), this effort has helped some homeowners’ in Long Beach cut usage by 80%.

we use a continuous-flow-hydroponic system known as nutrient film technique (NFT), where a very shallow stream of water containing all the dissolved nutrients required for plant growth is recirculated. This hydroponic growing technique recycles water while also limiting water loss due to evaporation.

As the water scarcity in California continues, the adoption of water-conservation methods is increasingly important. That’s why we use a continuous-flow-hydroponic system known as nutrient film technique (NFT), where a very shallow stream of water containing all the dissolved nutrients required for plant growth is recirculated. This hydroponic growing technique recycles water while also limiting water loss due to evaporation.  Moreover, our method produces nearly four times the yield per acre while using up to 84% less water than  if our lettuce were field-grown (exact figures depend upon the region, soil structure, time of year and irrigation method used).

Paper RECYCLE signIn addition to being water conscious, Hollandia Produce, L.P. also practices sustainability by using packaging that is both recycled and recyclable. Our Squircle® clamshells put your empty plastic water bottles to good use by being comprised of nearly 70% polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles. (PET is a safe, recyclable material that does not contain Biosphenol A. (BPA)). We also reduced the amount of plastic needed to manufacture these clamshells by 15% in recent years.

A seed starter made with plastic clamshell

Photo: mylittlehomestead.com

If you and your family are looking for a creative way to celebrate Earth Day, you can repurpose the plastic clamshell that houses our Live Gourmet® Living Butter Lettuce or Living 3-n-1 Lettuce as a seed starter. All you need is a bit of soil and a seed packet of your choice. Simply line the vessel with soil and follow directions on the seed packaging. The containers also make great organizers for office supplies, your children’s crayons, and as a holder for your hair accessories.

greenhouse with logoInnovative and creative sustainability practices are an integral part of our business ethos. We are dedicated to practicing conservation methods and learning new techniques so that generations to come can enjoy Hollandia Produce, L.P. products.

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Commit to Healthier Eating Habits during Stress Awareness Month

April 15, 2015 | post a comment

Stress RelaxIn an age where over-scheduling and an “I can do it all” mentality are commonplace, Americans are feeling more stressed than ever before. According to a 2013 research report by Carnegie Mellon University, Americans’ stress levels have increased 10-30% over the last three decades. Furthermore, individuals experiencing high stress levels over extended periods of time are at a higher risk for autoimmune disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Since April is Stress Awareness Month, we’re sharing solutions for better managing fluctuating stress levels.

Salmon with dark greens

Salmon with dark leafy greens

 

One way you can keep stress levels in check is by practicing healthier eating habits. Refined sugars and complex carbohydrates have been found to intensify stress. While fish, like salmon and sardines, eggs, pumpkin seeds and dark leafy greens, including watercress, can assist the body in minimizing inflammation–which can be onset by both emotional and physical stressors. Researcher Joe Hibbeln of the National Institutes of Health in a NPR article about stress and diet says, “You can either be good at weathering stress or you can be brittle. And omega-3s [can help] make your stress system more flexible.”

Despite how insurmountable making dramatic lifestyle changes to combat stress while working, raising a family or running a household may seem, small steps can make a big impact and improve your overall health. Start with a bit of planning.

Watercress, sardine and orange salad.

Watercress, sardine and orange salad

Instead of reaching for convenient, sugary treats and preservative-laden fast food when you’re on the go, prepare and store nutrient dense, omega-3-rich meals in advance and store in tote-able containers. We recommend Whole Living’s Watercress Salad with Sardines, Oranges and Pepitas and Bon Appetit’s Pan-Seared Sausage with Lady Apples and Watercress, brimming with foods that contribute to a healthy immune system. Bonus: Olive oil-packed fish like sardines are affordable alternatives to their more expensive wild-caught cousins while offering similar health benefits.

Lastly, don’t forget to add Live Gourmet® Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress; they’re rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants and key vitamins and minerals!

For more stress-management tips, read “Healthy Eating to Decrease Stress” on WebMD.

 

Labels: Eat Leafy Greens for Nutrition, Fresh Eating Tips, Fresh Home Recipes

Attention Friends, Fans, and Foodies…Want to Cash in on Your Passion? Enter A Better Butter Lettuce! Recipe Contest!

April 9, 2015 | post a comment

A Live Gourmet Original Chef Casear SaladDo you have a signature sandwich? Do you make a salad that no one can refuse? Then it’s time for you to cash in on your cooking passion with Hollandia Produce, L.P.’s first ever recipe contest.

Here’s how you can join in the fun. Now through July 31, create and submit an original butter lettuce recipe and enter it into one of our three category competitions: Salads/Sides, Appetizers, or Main Course. We’ll award a First-, Second- and Third-Place winner from each category with a $150, $75 and $50 gift card, respectively. And, we’ll award a $1,000 Williams-Sonoma gift card for the best recipe overall.

Need inspiration to get started? Visit www.lettucerecipecontest.com and download our six, chef-created recipes each featuring a different way to prepare and savor Live Gourmet® Living Butter Lettuce. Whether you enjoy butter lettuce as a wrap, in a smoothie, on a sandwich or as Caesar, Wedge or salad, we have a delicious recipe for every occasion.

Then, when you’re ready, simply upload your recipe with a photo and the hashtag #butterlettucecontest onto the same website. A Live Gourmet original chef wrap receipeAlso, be sure to share your recipe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so your foodie friends, fans and followers can you cheer you on or join in the competition too!

Butter Lettuce is both smooth (hence its name) and hardy — it’s an ideal stand-in for bread, especially if you’re counting carbs. It’s also rich in antioxidants and vitamins, particularly K, which is essential for a healthy heart and strong bones. But, if you need more convincing, read why the folks of thekitchn.com love this multifaceted green.

We know there are countless ways that our living butter lettuce can be prepared, served and enjoyed. That’s why we can’t wait to discover and share your original butter lettuce recipe!

Labels: Butter Lettuce, Butter Lettuce Recipes, Butter Lettuce salad dressing, Celebrity Chef Recipes, Eat Leafy Greens for Nutrition, Eating "Butter", Healthy Eating Tips, Healthy Salad Recipes

Greens Abound in Easter and Passover Meals

March 31, 2015 | post a comment

 

This week all over the world, families and friends will gather to celebrate Passover (April 3-11) and Easter (April 5). Cooking a special meal for your loved ones can be stressful, but with a bit of planning, you can calmly create delectable dishes that your guests will remember for years to come.

One of the Passover traditions is the Seder dinner. The word Seder means order in Hebrew, which refers to 15 rituals that are Greens dipped in salted water as part of the Seder Dinner ritualperformed during the Passover Seder meal. One of those rituals is the dipping of a green such as watercress in a dish of salt water before eating. These greens symbolize the coming of spring and suggest the perpetual renewal of life.

Food Network’s Butternut Squash and Watercress Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Photo: foodnetwork.com

Watercress serves as an excellent side dish to the traditional Seder brisket. Try Food Network’s Butternut Squash and Watercress Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette; it will add color and crunch to the dinner. Or, if you’re a garlic lover, try Six Burner Sue’s Wilted Watercress with Garlic Chips.

Rack of Lamb with Watercress

Cooking channel TV.com Recipes: Michael-Symon

The Christian holiday also has an abundance of symbols and rituals, one of the most popular being the lamb. In past centuries, it was considered a lucky omen to meet a lamb, especially at Easter time. Ironically, not so fortunate for the lamb, as it’s become a traditional staple of the holiday meal. We recommend this Rack of Lamb with Watercress, featured last month on our Lettuce Be Fresh Blog.

If you have little ones, you’re sure to have a visit from the Easter Bunny who may be able to sway your youngsters into eating more vegetables–at least for the holiday. Hop into the kitchen and whip up this nutritious salad that will have your children cheering for more.

Easter Bunny Salad (Originally on the Lettuce be Fresh Blog in March 2011)

(6 Servings)
• 3 cups cottage cheese
• 2 to 3 tbsp. lemon juice
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
• 2 granny smith apples, diced
• 1 to 2 tbsp. honey
Combine everything and chill. Serve over a bed of Living Butter Lettuce

Happy Easter and Passover from Hollandia Produce L.P.

 

 

 

Wishing you a wonderful spring holiday season from our family to yours! Share your holiday meal photos with us via Instagram and Twitter @livegourmet

Labels: Butter Lettuce, Butter Lettuce Recipes, Eat Your Greens Recipes for Kids, Eating "Butter", Healthy Eating Tips, Healthy Salad Recipes, Holidays by Hollandia Produce, Live Gourmet Products, Organic Butter Lettuce, Organic Watercress, Organic Watercress Recipes, Upland Cress Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Spring Renewal: Greens Meet Grains

March 24, 2015 | post a comment

Now that spring is here and our surrounding flora and fauna are emerging from their winter slumbers, we too can experience a renewal. One way we can achieve this is by consciously eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

According to a Harvard.edu article, fresh produce and grains, like brown rice and multigrain bread, are some of the best sources of fiber. The essential carbohydrate regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels and helps us feel full longer. While distinguishing itself from other starches and sugars, fiber doesn’t negatively contribute to your caloric intake.

Avocado, radish, upland cress, sea salt are arranged on a table

Click here to view a Flipagram video of assembling Avocado Toast with Upland Cress

Leafy greens like watercress and upland cress also provide servings of fiber. Together with an organic grain, watercress can complete the ultimate hearty meal. We’ve dreamt up two unconventional dishes that include high levels of fiber that you can eat morning, noon or night. Bonus: They also require little preparation and clean-up time.

Want to shake up your morning routine? Try Avocado toast with Live Gourmet® Living Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress. Toast a piece of organic whole grain bread to your desired doneness, layer with thinly sliced avocado and radish (which is also high in fiber), top with a cup of watercress, a pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lime. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the colorful toast, which will be the envy of your Instagram foodie followers.

Savory Oatmeal with upland cress and root vegetables is a twist on breakfast for dinner. It’s even vegetarian! All you need is a whole grain like rolled oats, parmesan cheese, root vegetables (we used carrots and parsnip) and Live Gourmet® Living Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress.

Ingredients, including watercress, parsnip and rolled oat

Click here to view a Flipagram video of preparing Savory Oatmeal with Watercress

To prepare: Cook the oats according to packaging instructions while you roast the root vegetables in the oven at 400 degrees. Once vegetables are tender, add them to the oats and mix in a ¼ cup of cheese. Last but not least, add a mountain of upland cress or watercress for a subtle spicy bite.

Continue to experiment this spring by combining fruits, vegetable and whole grains to create your own unique, vitamin-rich meals. Once summer hits, you’ll have developed eating habits that make you feel energized and healthier. You may even not eye last year’s swimsuit with your usual wariness.

Labels: Eat Leafy Greens for Nutrition, Fresh Eating Tips, Healthy Eating Tips, Organic Watercress, Organic Watercress Recipes, Uncategorized, Upland Cress Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes