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The Dirty Dozen – 12 Most Pesticide-Contaminated Produce

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When it comes to eating healthy, fruits and veggies are at the top of most lists. However, data from the USDA says that nearly 70% of the produce grown and sold here in the US was found to contain pesticide residue. This is even after they were thoroughly washed and/or peeled. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce from the Environmental Working Group provides an annual list of which fruits and vegetables fall into the dirty dozen category along with the clean fifteen. Below we’ll list the produce that made this year’s dirty list as well as produce with the least amount of pesticide residues. For affordable Cary business catering, social catering, and wedding catering, please call Catering by Design. We’re standing by to take your call!

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Dirty Dozen

Strawberries

Did you know that the average American eats about eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year? Did you also know that the USDA tests found that strawberries were the most likely fresh produce item to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they were rinsed in the field and washed before eating?

Spinach

Conventionally grown spinach has more pesticide residue by weight than all other produce tested. Three-fourths of the samples tested were contaminated with a neurotoxic bug killer banned from use on food crops in Europe.

Kale

More than 92% of kale tested contained two or more pesticide residues. A single sample of conventionally farmed kale could contain up to 18 different pesticides. Yummy!

Nectarines

Thirty-three pesticide residues were found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program.

Apples

On average Americans eat more than 10 pounds of raw apples every year. Apples also carry around an average of 4.4 pesticide residues as well.

Grapes

Grapes had up to 15 pesticides detected on a single sample. Grapes also had more types of pesticides than any other produce, with 64 different chemicals.

Peaches

The USDA Pesticide Data Program found 62 pesticide residues.

Cherries

Cherries had 42 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program.

Pears

The amount of pesticide residues on pears has more than doubled since 2010, from 0.6 parts per million to 1.4 parts per million. Furthermore, 48% of the pears tested had five or more pesticide residues compared to three percent in 2010. Forty-nine overall pesticides were found on all pear samples tested. This is up from nine overall pesticides in 2010.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes had 35 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program.

Celery

There were 64 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program.

Potatoes

Thirty-five different pesticides have been found on conventional potatoes. The chemical that is found on 76% of all conventional potatoes is chlorpropham, an herbicide that is used to stop the growth of weeds and to inhibit potato sprouting.

Clean Fifteen

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Frozen sweet peas
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Eggplants
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupes
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Honeydew melons

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More Butter Substitutes for Healthier Eating

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Welcome back to our butter blog. Butter is delicious and it’s a major part of baking and cooking. Butter is also high in saturated fat and calories also. That’s why many people look for butter alternatives. As we mentioned in our last post, three of my favorite butter subs are avocado, applesauce, and olive oil. I’ve tried these and love them. Below we will tell you about a few more you should try out. If you’ve tried any of these, let us know on our Facebook page. For the best Raleigh NC catering service, only Catering by Design will do. Call us today to learn why our customers love us and keep coming back.

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Mashed Bananas

Mashed bananas are great in desserts, especially banana nut bread. Did you know that you can use them in just about any baked dessert recipe as a butter or oil substitute? Mashed bananas will add natural sweetness, rich flavor, extra nutrients, and texture to your dishes.

Greek Yogurt

If you’re on a plant-based diet then Greek yogurt isn’t going to work for you. For those looking to reduce their saturated fats and calories, Greek yogurt is a yummy choice. Use Greek yogurt best in loaf cakes and brownies. It will add density and moistness to them.

Prune Puree

I’m not going to lie, this one blows my mind. Never in a million years would I ever consider using prune puree as a butter substitute. But the more I read up on it and look over recipes, the more I want to give it a shot. After all, prunes are just dried plums, and I love plums! If you’re going to give this a shot, I’ve read that this one works well in dense baked goods and ones that are darker in color. You’ll want to use about 1/3 cup of prune puree to replace 1/2 cup of butter in baked goods.

We hope these last two posts on butter replacement ingredients have given you a few new ideas to try. Be sure to keep coming back each week to read more helpful kitchen tips and tricks.

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Better Than Butter – Butter Replacements

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If you live in the South then you probably eat butter in and on just about everything. But for some people, eating a lot of butter is not something they can do for health related reasons or diet restrictions. Finding a good butter substitute can also be a headache. That’s why were going to help you out. We’ve found a list of great butter alternatives that we think you should try. Take a closer look below. If you need an affordable Raleigh catering company for an upcoming event this year, call us today at Catering by Design. You’ll love our menu selections, tasty flavors, service, and incredible prices.

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Avocado

Avocado is a wonder food. I’m actually mad at myself because it took way too many years before I came around to trying it and now I love it. Avocado is actually one of the best butter substitutes I’ve tried. It is perfect because of its richness. You can use avocado in sweet dishes or with savory recipes. In fact, you won’t believe how well it pairs with chocolate. You can even use avocados in cheesecake! Mind blown!

Applesauce

Next on my list of favorite butter subs is unsweetened applesauce. You won’t believe how amazing it is for baked goods. Applesauce adds flavor depth and also helps to keep your baked items moist. You should really try it the next time you want to make a chocolate cake. For your recipes you’ll use about half the amount of applesauce in place of the butter.

Olive Oil

Butter or olive oil? Which is better for you? Both are 100 percent fat. Both have more than 100 calories per tablespoon. However, olive oil has less saturated fat and no dietary cholesterol making it a better cooking choice compared to butter.

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More Edible Garden and Lawn Weeds

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Welcome back! We’re talking about all the edible weeds that you can find in your backyard. In our last post we talked about dandelions and clovers. Today we’ll discuss a few other weeds that you might not have known were edible. Need affordable Raleigh caterers for your next spring or summer event? Call the experts at Catering by Design today. You’ll love our selections, prices and customer service.

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Purslane

Purslane grows all over the world. Purslane likes moist garden beds, lawns, and shady areas. It usually grows close to the ground. It’s technically a succulent and has a crispy texture. It’s also known as garden purslane, little hogweed, pusley, and wild portulaca among others. Purslane is actually a nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. The leaves and stems can be eaten raw or you can cook them. It has a peppery flavor and goes great in salads, stir fry, and helps to thicken soups and stews.

Plantain

Plantain is a very common lawn weed found all over the US. It’s so hardy that it can even grow in the cracks of cement or asphalt. Not to be confused with the tropical fruit, this leafy green weed is equally amazing. Plantain can be eaten or used medicinally. For medicinal purposes you can use it to soothe burns, rashes, stings, and surface wounds. Young leaves can be eaten raw, boiled, sauteed, or steamed. Adult leaves can also be eaten but tend to be somewhat stringy and a little tough. The seedpods can be cooked like grains, ground up to make a flour, or boiled and served as a side dish like green beans or asparagus. Plantain leaves are rich in iron and vitamins A and C.

We hope you’ll invoke your adventurous side and try some of these backyard delicacies. Get the kids involved! They’ll enjoy harvesting these yummy weeds.

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Edible Garden Weeds – Yum or Yuck?

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Did you know that some of those pesky lawn and garden weeds you’re waging war against can actually be harvested to eat? Shocking, I know. Over the next two posts we’ll cover the most common garden weeds that you can use for both recipes and medicinal purposes. Do you need affordable Cary event catering this spring or summer? Call Catering by Design today! Learn how we can help you save time and money on great service and food.

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Dandelions

Ah, dandelions. Dandelion is probably the most common of the ones we’re going to discuss. This “weed” has had a bad reputation for a long time, but every part of this plant, from the roots to the blossoms, is edible both raw and cooked.

The raw leaves can be used salads. The younger leaves are less bitter than the larger ones. These leaves can also be steamed, boiled in soup, or added to stir fry. Dandelion root can be dried, roasted, and ground to be used as a coffee substitute. The roots can also be used in recipes that call for root vegetables as well. The flowers are sweet and crunchy. You can eat the flowers raw, they can be used for syrup, made into wine, and even breaded and fried. You can even make dandelion tea.

Clovers

Most people associate clovers with hunting for the lucky four-leafed variety, not eating them. Clover leaves and flowers can be chopped and added to salads. They can be sauteed and added to dishes for a green accent. You can also dry the leaves and flowers out to make clover tea.

Ready for more backyard weed eating? Head on over to our next post to see which other edible weeds you might have growing on your property.

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For Women over 50, Diet Drinks Could Be Harmful to Your Health

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Way back in the day sodas were invented to serve as a health drink. They were filled with medicinal ingredients and were popular at the pharmacies. In 1952, the first diet soda was created as a drink for diabetics not for dieters. Overtime, more diet sodas flooded the market. Now let’s jump forward to present day. Two-thirds of adults and one-third of all children in the US are overweight or obese and experts agree that soda and other sugary drinks have played a big role. Diet drinks have health concerns too, especially for women over the age of 50. Let’s take a closer look. If you’re searching for the best catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer this summer, call Catering by Design. We offer big savings, awesome customer service, and great tasting food.

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Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, recently published a new study with some alarming stats. Researchers concluded that among post-menopausal women, drinking two or more diet drinks per day was associated with an increase in the risk of having a stroke caused by a blocked artery.

A group of 81,714 women (age 50 to 79 years) participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study to see if there were any correlations between drinking artificially sweetened beverages and risks of specific types of stroke in a large, racially diverse group of post-menopausal women. Women who drank two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were:

  • 31% more likely to have a clot-caused (ischemic) stroke
  • 29% more likely to develop heart disease (fatal or non-fatal heart attack)
  • 23% more likely to have a stroke
  • 16% more likely to die from any cause

For some groups of women over the age of 50, the risks were even higher:

  • Obese women without previous heart disease or diabetes were 2.03 times as likely to have a clot-caused stroke.
  • Women with no previous heart disease or diabetes were 2.44 times at risk of having a common type of stroke caused by a blockage of one of the very small arteries within the brain.
  • African-American women without previous heart disease or diabetes were 3.93 times as likely to have a clot-caused stroke.

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Clean Eating – What Is It?

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Eating clean. We’ve all heard this buzzword on the news, on blogs, and on social media. But what is clean eating all about? If you’re unsure keep reading because we’ve got some answers for you in today’s post. If you need affordable Raleigh event catering this summer, call Catering by Design today to save time and money.

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In essence, clean eating is your diet or way of eating. It’s also considered to be a lifestyle that aims to improve a person’s health and overall well-being. There are a few key principles of eating clean that you should know about and we will list them below.

More Real, Less Processed

Eating more whole foods is the first step to eating clean. This means eating foods that are basically in their natural state and have not been processed with added sugar, sodium, trans fats, synthetic preservatives or chemicals.

Eat for Nourishment

Don’t eat just to eat. Eat regularly and eat balanced meals that nourish the body. In between meals, eat healthy snacks and not junk food. When you’re cooking at home prepare your meals in healthy ways. When you have to eat out, choose the best options that provide the most nutrients.

Eat More Plants

You’ve been told to eat your veggies since you were little. As an adult, eating your vegetables is still very important. Instead of eating red meat for protein, try plant-based proteins instead. These include beans, lentils, and peas. High-protein whole grains like quinoa, barley, and buckwheat are also healthy alternatives to red meat.

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Memorial Day Fruits and Veggies

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th so enjoy that three day weekend and celebrate! If you plan on having a cookout for your friends and family, it might be wise to know what’s going to be in season and in stock at your local grocery store. In today’s post, we’re going to fill you in on all of the fresh fruits and vegetables you can expect to find. If you need affordable catering Raleigh NC services for your Memorial Day event, give us a call today. You’ll love our prices, food, and great customer service.

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Fruits and Veggies for Memorial Day 2019

Fresh Berries – If you love fresh berries, then you’ll love the fact that most of them are in full production by the end of May and early June. Strawberries and blueberries will be abundant with raspberries and blackberries ramping up. Great for all of your dessert needs for your Memorial Day BBQ.

Corn – A big Memorial Day favorite is grilled corn on the cob. You’ll find better prices and more availability as it comes into season.

Mushrooms – For that earthy taste, enjoy the abundant amount of mushrooms that should be available. Mushrooms are great for throwing on the grill, using in pasta dishes, and pair well with meats and wines. With decent temperatures, there should be all sorts of mushrooms available by the end of May.

Memorial Day Melons – Just like with summer veggies, the summer melons will also be making the transition to full production mode. You’ll find all of your favorites like watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe.

Taters – By the time we get to Memorial Day, farmers everywhere in the US will be digging potatoes. Red, rose, white, yellow and russet potatoes will be at their peak with flavor and production.

We hope today’s post helps you get a better feel for all the fresh produce that’s in-season for the unofficial start to summer. Please keep in mind that this is just a partial list and there’s more out there and available.

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Tips for Eating More Leftovers

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Leftovers are a win-win situation. However, there are many people that are really not in love with the idea of eating the same meal more than once a week. That’s a shame because leftovers require little to no effort, are less expensive than eating out, remove clutter from the fridge, and reduce food waste. Here’s some helpful advice on how to step up your leftover game. If you’re searching for the best event caterers Raleigh NC has to offer this summer, call Catering by Design today for big savings. You’ll love our food, attention to detail, and unbeatable prices. Call now to learn more.

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Recipes for Better Leftovers

When it comes to eating more leftovers we have to understand that some just taste better than others. Start by planning recipes that make great leftover meals. Stews, pasta, casseroles, all make for great leftover meals. Fish and seafood, not so much. Planning out your meals to encourage eating more leftovers is a step in the right direction.

Cook for Leftovers

Once you’ve determined which meals you’ll enjoy the next day or two, prep your recipes by doubling or tripling the ingredients. This will ensure that you have enough leftover food to provide you and your family with extra meals.

Use Leftovers in Other Recipes

If you find that you don’t have enough leftovers for an extra meal then reuse what you do have in a different recipe. Leftover meats and veggies might pair well in a breakfast omelet or frittata. Leftover nuts, grated cheese, hard boiled eggs, and prepped veggies could go into a great salad. If you have leftover bits of meat, grains, vegetables, legumes, and tomatoes consider making a soup. If you have lots of bones left over then make some tasty homemade stock. Extra cooked rice from the night before can be transformed into fried rice with the addition of some veggies and whatever protein you have laying around. Leftover stale bread is perfect for bread pudding.

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Keep Leftovers in Clear Containers

Out of sight, out of mind. Don’t store your leftovers in containers you cannot see into. Also, do not push them into the back of the fridge where you cannot see them. You’ll eventually forget about them and your extra efforts will be moot. Keep your leftovers in see through containers and store them at the front of your fridge for easy access.

Buy a Good Thermos

Speaking of storing leftovers, invest in a good working thermos. Some leftover meals taste way better when they are hot, not cold. This is especially a good idea for those working in jobs without access to microwaves and for your children when packing lunch for school. A good thermos will pay for itself after a couple of uses compared with the costs of eating out.

Have a Leftover Buffet

Once a week treat your entire family to a leftover buffet of all the meals and containers you have piling up in the fridge. Put everything out on the table in nice serving dishes and let all the members of your family choose what they want to finish off. Set out an abundance of condiments, seasonings, and sauces, and even offer to prepare a few side dishes to encourage participation.

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More Great Tasting Food Parts Most People Throw Away

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Welcome back. We’re talking about some little known great tasting food parts that are commonly tossed in the garbage. In our last post we talked about chickpea water, zest, and more. Keep reading below for a few more tips on how to reduce your food waste by keeping some food handy that will jazz up your recipes. Searching for the best Raleigh catering companies this year? Know that Catering by Design is Raleigh’s number one choice for great food, fantastic fun, and affordable prices. Call today to learn how we can help you design the menu of your dreams for your next event.

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Pickle/Caper Juice

The juice from pickles and capers is a great addition to many recipes. You can use caper juice in dips like tapenade and olivada, seafood dishes, and pasta sauces. Pickle juice pairs well with potato salad, egg salad, coleslaw, tuna salad, Bloody Marys, pasta salad, and more. You can also use the juices in soups like borscht or gazpacho, or with veggies like green beans, beets, kale, and cabbage.

Pineapple Core

A pineapple’s core is totally edible but most people throw it away. Even though the core doesn’t have the same succulent texture of the rest of the pineapple, it’s still just as delicious. The core also hides one of the pineapple’s most beneficial nutrients, bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that breaks down proteins to help aid with digestion. Dice up the core and use it in marinades, salsas, and smoothies.

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