Discovering Local Food at Ingles Markets

Taste of Local food products

One of my missions with this blog is to encourage foodies to support their local food producers, whether it be through CSA”s (Community Supported Agriculture) or buying produce at the local farmers markets. Since moving to the Appalachian Foothills area, I have never before witnessed such support for local farmers and food products. The regionalRead more

5 Expected Food Trends for 2018

2018 Food Trends JoAnn's Food Bites

Being a food blogger, I try to stay up to date on all the industry food trends. Following food writers Marion Nestle and Dianne Jacob, among magazines and blogs, I have found my top five food trends which may influence the grocery and restaurant industries for 2018.   5. Sugar Under Fire Admit it, theRead more

Streamline Your Cooking With Frozen Vegetables

Beef Stew Frozen Vegetables

Have you ever considered buying frozen vegetables? Frozen vegetables are a convenient, time-saving short cut when preparing meals at home. Perfect for soups and stews (where the vegetable is NOT the primary ingredient), these packaged foods sometimes hold flavor better than their fresh counterpart, especially when the vegetable is out of season. I would neverRead more

7-Day Eliminate Processed Food Challenge-Follow Up

Eliminate Processed Foods

On May 12, I started a 7-day challenge to eliminate processed foods from my daily caloric intake. Read the challenge info here On the letter grade scale   – I would give myself a C. If you recall…my challenge rules were as follows:  No refined grains, only 100% whole grain  No refined sugar  Ingredient listRead more

7 Day Eliminate Processed Foods Challenge

processed food chips

I started this food blog because                 I LOVE food.                 I love cooking food,                eating food and                shopping for food. I think my lust for this necessity of life, has led me down a path of occasional laziness. Yes, even foodies can be lazy sometimes. Partially to blame for my laziness isRead more

Tomatoes: Grocery Store Verses Growing Your Own

growing tomatoes

Springtime!  Time to plant those tomatoes… AND STOP BUYING GROCERY STORE TOMATOES. I am absolutely sick of grocery store tomatoes!  The skins are so tough and waxy!  To me, they really have no flavor at all. Did you know….                growers are paid by the pound to propagate and deliver tomatoes to grocery store distributorsRead more

Should We Worry About Lycopene in Our Food?

joanns food bites - lycopene - tomatoes

At a loyal reader’s request, I am taking a look at Lycopene in our food and if it can benefit a healthy lifestyle. Subscriber, Renee G said, “LYCOPENE: I would love to know what foods have it, how the body uses it, and if there is research showing effects on skin cancer rates.” What isRead more