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These Spring Dishes Has us Sprung

Spring is one of our favorite times of the year thanks to its abundance of fresh produce. The weather is warming up and we're retiring squash vegetables, so it's a great time to embrace bright and colorful dishes.

To celebrate our favorite season, we've compiled a couple of our favorite spring recipes for you to try out. Throw on a record and get cooking!
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10 Foods That Will Help You Keep Hydrated This Summer

Summer is right around the corner, and by the looks of it, the next few months are going to be some hot ones! You're most likely going to be outside to soak up the sun a lot, but don't forget to hydrate. Leaving your body without one of its most important components can leave you tired, your skin dry, and at worst, give you heatstroke.

Since water can be a bit boring, here are some tasty foods that will keep you hydrated all summer long.
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How to Re-grow Vegetables From Cuttings

According to a study as per an article in The Atlantic, single-family households in Toronto discard about 275 kilograms of food waste per year. Food waste is becoming a serious problem that has been contributing to global warming, which is one of the reasons as to why Urban Cultivator came to be.

With this in mind, it's important to make the most out of your produce—which is where vegetable cuttings come in. If you haven't done this before, now is a good of a time as ever. Here's how to grow some of your favorite vegetables out of their cuttings.
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These Foods are About to Take Over 2018

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It's back: the food world's annual predictions by the health food world of what's hot for the following year. The year 2017 saw everything from unicorn-inspired foods to the rise of ugly greens, these health food trends were everywhere these past months.

But with a new year, also comes new and exciting things to try, and the health food world has revealed what we should expect to obsess over come 2018. Without further ado, here are the health food trends to look out for in 2018.

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Spices with healing properties

According to My Domaine, 2018 will see an even greater prominence in healing spices. Such herbs and spices as turmeric have been used as natural remedies for centuries, and for the upcoming year, we'll be relying on these more to relieve things like inflammation.

Try: Moon Milk (recipe)

Vegetarian meat alternatives

Flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan diets are more popular than ever. People are ditching meat and dairy products in favor of plant-based foods. Come 2018, this trend will be stronger than ever. With the U.S. already popularizing surreally realistic veggie meat alternatives like Impossible Foods' delectable burgers, it's been predicted that by Euromonitor that within the next half decade, there will be a 23% growth in meat substitutes in the processed meat and seafood retail market by volume—currently it's under 1%.

Try: Meatless meatballs (recipe)

Collagen

You've probably seen this one around, and it might sound a bit creepy since so much of our body is made out of collagen. But the collagen is what your body needs for shiny hair, strong nails, healthy digestion, and glowing skin, and it's what 2018 will be all about. Such things like bone broths collagen powders and supplements (there are even vegan-friendly options) will be stocking shelves everywhere in the new year.

Try: Beef bone broth (recipe)

Mushrooms

No, we're not talking about your run-of-the-mill white button mushrooms. Adaptogenic mushrooms are already hitting their stride in the health food world, but in 2018, there will be a huge emphasis on consuming such varieties as reishi, lion's main, and chaga. How should to incorporate this into your diet? Adaptogenic mushrooms will appear in the form as teas, dietary supplements, and broths.

Try: Reishi cappuccino (recipe)

Say goodbye to food waste

We saw the inner beauty of ugly foods in 2017, but the emphasis in 2018 will be about eating every bit of every food you buy. In other words, we're going to be saying goodbye to food waste. More recipes will feature every part of your protein and/or vegetable, and we'll be thinking of innovative ways to use up things we used to throw out (think: pickling).

Try: 5 things to do with your orange peel

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Evidently, 2018 is looking like it will be everyone's healthiest year yet, with an emphasis on long-term health. In combination with exercise, living healthy is looking more attainable than ever.

One clear thing about all these trends: vegetables are here to stay. With an Urban Cultivator, you can grow your own microgreens right in the comfort of your own home, 365 days a year. Another bonus? You'll be reducing your own carbon footprint by growing your own and eliminating food waste because you only harvest when you're ready to eat.

What 2018 health food trends are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section.

What's in Season Right Now? (Fall 2017)

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 Fall 2017. Continue reading “What's in Season Right Now? (Fall 2017)” »

8 Microgreen Dishes to Celebrate the Best of Summer

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We hate to admit it, but summer is almost over. (Don't worry—we're mourning, too.) It's one of the best times of the year with its abundance of amazingly fresh produce like plump tomatoes and juicy strawberries, but alas, it's coming to a close.

So, to celebrate what this wonderful season has gifted us so far, we've gathered some delicious recipes that highlight the best of summer, featuring microgreens.

Cheers to you, summer.
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A Perfect Easter Dinner Featuring Microgreens

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Easter acts like a timestamp, officially welcoming the spring season. With all this delicious produce suddenly available, Easter gatherings are the perfect time to sample what nature has to offer!

To help make your Easter gathering a little easier for you, we've compiled some delicious recipes and come up with ways in which you can incorporate microgreens into these dishes. After all, there's nothing like sneaking in healthy foods when your guests least expect it!

Here are some recipes for a perfect Easter dinner featuring microgreens.

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Appliances of the Rich and Stylish: Urban Cultivator

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From CNET

The Urban Cultivator takes growing your own organic sprouts to a whole new level. For $2,500 you can have this sleek looking appliance automatically water and light four trays of typically expensive microgreens at a time while looking pretty cool in your kitchen. Note that it requires plumbing at the point of installation.

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Here’s What Everyone Should Know About Growing Your Own Greens

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From Gusto TV, by The Food Gays

As recipe developers, working with beautiful, fresh herbs and microgreens just makes our job easier. And with spring just around the corner, you’ll want to step up your own gardening game — especially if you want to add extra fresh greens to your own food. So get the most out of your homegrown herbs and other microgreens by following these must-know tips and facts.
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What's in Season Right Now? (Spring 2017)

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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 2017. Continue reading “What's in Season Right Now? (Spring 2017)” »

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