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What's in Season Right Now? (Spring 2019)

Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same.

One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce.

In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped.

Here's what's in season during Spring 2019. Continue reading “What's in Season Right Now? (Spring 2019)” »

A HowStuffWorks Investigation: Do Microgreens Deliver Macro Nutrition?

We've gone on and on and on about the many benefits of microgreens before, and we'll stand by all the health benefits that come from it. It is, after all, the basis of Urban Cultivator. So, maybe it's time for you to hear from another source.

HowStuffWorks—the group behind the very popular podcast, Stuff You Should Know—is an award-winning source of "unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works." Recently, they looked into just how microgreens deliver macro nutrients.

Pointing out that microgreens have taken over the food world, they discuss how microgreens not only have a more concentrated flavor, they do appear to be rich in nutrients like zinc, iron and potassium, and disease-fighting antioxidants.

And how do they compare to their mature counterparts? You'll have to read HowStuffWorks' piece.

Read the rest of the informative article here.

Learn About... Arugula

"Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between! Continue reading “Learn About... Arugula” »

Healthy Meals to Make For Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and if we're all being honest to ourselves, sometimes, Valentine's Day plans get put on the back-burner.

If you're a bit behind with the planning, don't worry, as we've got some healthy alternatives to the nightmare that is going out for dinner on Valentine's Day.

Featuring fresh herbs and vegetables, these dishes will leave you and your date feeling good. Here are some healthy meals to make for this Valentine's Day. Continue reading “Healthy Meals to Make For Valentine's Day” »

Alternative Milks That Don't Require Milking a Cow

Dairy milk, though still a staple in many families, is slowly being edged out for alternative milks like soy and almond. Whether this decision is due to health or animal welfare, we're seeing in a soaring popularity of alternative milks, with oat being in with the latest trend.

Of course, each alternative milk provides its own benefits as well as properties that some drinkers should be aware. Below, we explore a few of the most popular varieties. See which one fits your lifestyle the most!
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Five Predictions for Health Food Trends in 2019

2018 is over, and it's time to see what the New Year has to offer. And one of our favorite things? Looking at the upcoming health food trend predictions!

With a new year, also brings new and exciting things to try, and we have some exciting things to obsess over come 2019. Without further ado, here are the health food trends to look out for in 2019.

Continue reading “Five Predictions for Health Food Trends in 2019” »

8 Ways to Help You Eat Better in 2019

The new year is all about starting a new, which means there's no better time than now to create some resolutions to help you live a better 2019.

We understand that resolutions can be hard to keep. Without the proper steps to achieve your goal, it can all come crumbling down in one fell swoop. One particularly difficult resolution to follow through with is eating better.

In school, we learned that it was best to KISS your goals, or to "Keep It Simple, Silly." So, we've set out some simple guidelines that can hopefully help you eat better in 2019. The goal isn't to deprive your body of good food; it's to change your relationship with food into a more sustainable, healthier one.

Here are eight ways to help you eat better, without sacrificing all the good flavours that fresh food has to offer. Continue reading “8 Ways to Help You Eat Better in 2019” »

What's in Season Right Now? (Winter 2018)

Seasonality of what you eat is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants embracing the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are now doing the same.

One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce.

In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped.

Here's what's in season during Winter 2018. Continue reading “What's in Season Right Now? (Winter 2018)” »

The Perfect Indoor Plants For Your Home

Indoor plants are all the rage, but it can be hard to get started on finding the perfect one for your space. We at Urban Cultivator are big fans of growing plants in the comfort at your own home, which is why we've gathered some info on our favorite indoor plants to help you turn your home into a beautiful greenhouse.

Here are some perfect indoor plants for your home.

Snake Plant
The snake plant is also hilariously known as mother-in-law's tongue because of its sharp leaves, and it's a great, low-maintenance plant for gardening beginners. Thought it's able to handle low light, these plants really thrive in spaces with lots of light. Be careful not to overwater, though, as they're prone to root rot.

Preferred light: Bright spaces, but will be fine in low light as well

Pothos
Pothos come in a number of leaf patterns and colors, making them a fun variety to have in your home. They are easy to care for, and manage in low light.

Preferred light: Medium light

Spider Plant
The spider plant has become one of the most popular houseplants, since they're easy to grow and suffer from very few problems. Spider plants are named as such because new growths dangle from the mother plant, much like spiders from their web.

Preferred light: Medium light, though are capable of surviving in low light conditions, including artificial light

Philodendron
Philodendrons are hard to kill! They are very common and can be found at your local gardening center, and come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

Preferred light: Best in medium or bright light, but can tolerate low light

Peace Lily
Peace lilies are some of the easiest plants to care for and blossom beautifully. The more light you provide for your peace lily, the more flowers will grow. Less light will result in plant more akin to a traditional foliage plant.

Preferred light: Medium to low light

Succulents
Succulents are adorable and near impossible to kill. Be sure not to overwater them, though, because they don't need a whole lot to survive!

Preferred light: Bright light

Rubber Plant
Rubber plants are show-stopping plants, and will grow to quite a large size while developing hardier leaves with age. Be sure to avoid direct sunlight, and let the soil dry out before you water your rubber plant.

Preferred light: Medium to bright indirect light

Dracaena
Dracaena plants are popular due to the fact that they look highly exotic. Like the rubber plant, be sure to allow the soil to dry between waterings, and make sure your pets don't get a bite of them as they can be very poisonous.

Preferred light: Medium to bright light

Yucca
Yucca plants do great in a partially shaded area of bright and indirect light, which will yield vibrant leaf colors. They're also great for those who forget to water their plants, as they have low water requirements.

Preferred light: Indirect bright light

You know what's even better than indoor plants? Growing plants that you can eat! With an Urban Cultivator, you can grow a wide variety of microgreens and herbs, indoor and all year-round. Learn more about the Urban Cultivator Residential here.

What's your favorite indoor plant? Let us know in the comments section!

Perfectly Spooky Recipes to Share on Halloween

Halloween is almost here, and everyone is busy putting together last minute Halloween costumes. Instead of simply serving buckets of candy this year at your Halloween gathering, why not make some deliciously ghoulish dishes instead?

Here are some spooky but fresh recipes perfect for Halloween, featuring herbs, microgreens, and vegetables. Continue reading “Perfectly Spooky Recipes to Share on Halloween” »

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