The Cancer Fighting King- KALE

Each year globally, 12.7 million people learn they have cancer, and 7.6 million people die from the disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease; it kills more than half a million Americans every year. This is one reason why NOLA Green Roots and its members have over 400 planted Kales in the ground and counting. Also beside being one of the more beautiful cruciferous vegetables, kale is know to help us in so many ways. High in manganese, as well as vitamins A, C and K, this vegetable is often referred to as a superfood. We will also be using kale in two of our Cooking Workshop on December 5, 2012.
and Fill me up workshop held by Anastasia Joyner. Here are some more health benefits of kale or reasons to attend the workshop:
Antioxidants
Kale is a superstar in the arena of carotenoids and flavonoids, two powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals that cause oxidative stress. The key flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin (not to dismiss the 45 other distinctive flavonoids in kale) have also been shown to specifically fight against the formation of cancerous cells. With the addition of high doses of well-known antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese, kale is certainly a smart choice in the battle against

Anti-Inflammatory
One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids that helps regulate the body’s inflammatory process. A megadose of vitamin K further aids to fight against excessive inflammatory-related problems, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.

Cancer
Not only do kale’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities work together to prevent and even combat cancer, a healthy diet of kale also provides glucosinolates, which have been shown to prevent colon, breast, bladder, prostate, ovarian cancers, as well as gastric cancer. This is a win win here in New Orleans.

NGR New Training Facility

NGR to Host Educational Seminar for Students

In collaboration with The Composting Network, NOLA Green Roots is hosting an educational seminar for students to learn the basics of gardening and growing their own fresh food. Between 10 am-11 am, NOLA Green Roots is also providing free plants to nonprofit organizations, educational institutes with gardens or individual gardeners in the Greater New Orleans area.

NOLA Green Roots believes that gardens and access to fresh fruits and vegetables have the capacity to transform neighborhoods. To inspire future generations and spur more community gardening, we are giving away 18 free plants per registered community participant. Our only request is that you return the plastic starter container that houses the plants.

The Composting Network also has plenty of compost, soil and other gardening supplies for purchase at their location to further cultivate your new plants. Please register to sign up to receive your FREE plants on January 14th-15th between 10-11 am.

The Specialty Store New Hours

wise_wordsBeginning August 1, 2014, The Specialty Store will be open only on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The store is located at 724 S. Hennessey Street, New Orleans, LA 70119.

NOLA Green Roots will also participate in several markets on the weekend, selling our fresh produce and homemade products.

For more information, contact us at 504-206-9290.

 

It’s Flu Season. Fight Back With Wheatgrass

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2oz for $5.00




Benefits of wheatgrass and the juice that can be extracted include:

Increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris.

Stimulates the thyroid gland, correcting obesity, indigestion, and a host of other complaints.

Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect us from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.

Specialty Store Now Offers An Array of Heathly Items

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In an effort to promote a more healthy lifestyle to residents of New Orleans, the NOLA Green Roots Specialty Store now offers an array of healthy items.

Open1 Healthy Mood Lift – $2.50
The Open1 Healthy Mood Lift drink is the first product of its kind, a healthy, refreshing functional supplement that encourages feeling more relaxed, uplifted and outgoing any time of the day. Unlike energy drinks that focus on stimulation or relaxation drinks that offer drowsiness, Open1 supports a relaxed and uplifted mood perfect for connecting and socializing. Open1 is lower in calories and sugar than regular soda, lower in caffeine per serving than energy drinks, and totally alcohol-free. Its clean, sparkling flavors pair well with any occasion.

Most importantly, Open1 really works – because it is crafted on a foundation of carefully selected nutraceuticals, in the right amounts to provide unmistakable mood enhancement.

B’s Sugar Free Muffins – $5
B’s Sugar Free Muffins taste great and and are sugar free. The Specialty Store is stocked with B’s Banana Nut Muffins and her Carrot Muffins.

Fresh Garden Salad – $4
Get a variety of fresh, naturally grown vegetables that are harvested directly from our network of community gardens. Since the ingredients depend on the availability of produce from the gardens, they may differ slightly from day-to-day. Ingredients may include lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, eggs, sunflower seeds and raisins. You may choose from Italian, Balsamic, or Ranch dressing depending on availability.

Homemade Okra Soup – $5
Come try our new homemade okra soup which is made with a variety of vegetables and herbs picked straight from our network of community gardens. It’s good right down to the last drop!

Rosemary Olive Oil – $5
NOLA Green Roots have a variety of unique, homemade olive oils including Rosemary, Basil and Tarragon. They will enhance your foods and give them a great taste!

Herbal Tea, $3
Made with herbs grown in our network of community gardens. Flavors include Hibiscus, Lemon Basil, and Sage. Loaded with healthy antioxidants.

Food Trucks are Joining In The Fun

Restaurants, schools and universities are not the only businesses getting on board with composting. Food trucks are stepping up!  In September, The Composting Network will begin servicing food truck locations.  We would like to give a special thanks to Theresa Galli of The Fat Falafel for being one of the first food trucks in our City to start using our composting services.  If you would like to join the team, click here.

Specialty Store’s New Hours of Operation

photo-34Beginning March 1, 2013, the NOLA Green Roots Specialty Store will be opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The NOLA Green Roots Specialty Store is located at 3101 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119.

For more information about the NOLA Green Roots Specialty Store, please contact us at 504.206.9290.

Free Kale Giveaway

kale_smVisit the NOLA Green Roots Specialty Store Tuesday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 and receive a free bushel of Kale.

The NOLA Green Roots Specialty Store is located at 3101 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119.

Benefits of Kale

Though greens in general are nutritious foods, kale stands a head above the rest. Not only is it one of your best sources of beta-carotene, one of the antioxidants believed by many nutrition experts to be a major player in the battle against cancer, heart disease, and certain age-related chronic diseases, it also provides other important nutrients.

In addition to beta-carotene, kale posses other important carotenoids: lutein and zeaxathin. These carotenoids help keep UV rays from damaging the eyes and causing cataracts.

For more information about the benefits of Kale, click here.

Free Vegetable Giveaway

Visit the NOLA Green Roots Specialty Store on April 9, 2013, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and receive a 1/2 pound bag of Arugula.

The NOLA Green Roots Specialty Store is located at 3101 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119.