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

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

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

What is a Community Supported Agriculture System?

Organic farmers box

Autumn has almost passed us by, here in Upstate, South Carolina.  That means many fruits and vegetables stopped producing and local farmers are moving to their winter crops.  However, you – the consumer- can still support your local farmers and obtain good, healthy food through CSA’s or Community Supported Agriculture programs. What are CSA’s? TheseRead more

Marketing Food To Our Children – PART 4

A four part series examining the United States Government’s relationship with the agricultural industry and how that directly affects your family’s health There is little doubt governmental policies regarding subsidizing farmers to grow more corn, soybeans, wheat and others have not changed since the 1940’s. Originally meant to help our country out of a depression,Read more

Williamston Homestead Festival

Attended the Williamston Homestead Festival last weekend.  It was a free, family friendly event held at Mineral Spring Park in downtown Williamston.  Celebrating a lifestyle of self sufficiency, the festival offered classes, vendors and a seed swap table.  Homesteading can be characterized by agriculture, textiles, clothing, or craftwork.  I wanted to learn more about sustainableRead more

Distribution & Marketing of Our Food – PART 3

A four part series examining the United States Government’s relationship with the agricultural industry and how that directly affects your family’s health So far, we have examined the United States governmental hold on our food supply and how subsidized foods are dangerous to our health.  Corn, the number one subsidized food in this country, isRead more