Foundations for Life is the staff blog of the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. Follow along as members of our team discuss all things health and wellness as it relates to their day-to-day lives! They’ll talk healthy living, personal experiences, family life, exercise, nutrition and so much more, providing fresh perspectives and a wide array of topics for your reading pleasure each week. Share, comment and join the conversation!
Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Seeds
When you’re scooping out the innards of all those pumpkins this Halloween, don’t throw away the seeds—they’re full of nutrition and they make a wonderful festive treat when roasted in the oven!
Cozy Up with a Cup of Slow Cooked Cider
There’s a chill in the air this week, and it’s the perfect time to make a big batch of apple cider to fill your home with the warm scent of fall spices.
Why You Should Eat Purple Food
Purple foods like concord grapes, plums and sweet cherries are delicious, but what do they do for your health?
Why We Love Chili Peppers (And You Should, Too!)
When we looked at the top 100 foods as ranked by scientists, several peppers and pepper-derived foods made the list. But why did chili powder and chili peppers rank higher than the others?
In the News: Juice and Soda Linked to Cancer
We previously talked about the ties between processed foods and cancer. Do sugary drinks like fruit juice and soda have a similar link?
Eat the Season: Summer (w/Bonus Recipe!)
Today is the first day of summer—and time for delectable meals made with fresh produce! Whether you’re heading to a backyard barbecue or quiet picnic in the park, you’ll want to stock up on what’s in season.
Getting Your Vital Nutrients: Potassium
The most commonly known facts about potassium are (1) that it’s important for our diets and (2) that bananas are a great source of it. But do you know how potassium helps your body? Or what a potassium deficiency can cause?
3 Myths About Soy Foods: What You Need to Know
Soy is a hot grocery item, with various forms ranging from tofu, milk, edamame and cheese to soy sauce and textured soy protein products (burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, etc.). But despite this increase in popularity, there are still some widespread misconceptions about soy bean products and their effects on the body.
An estimated 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells reside in every person's body. This collection of beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microbes is called the microbiome. Although it makes up a fraction of the human body, the microbiome helps with digestion and the immune system and produces vitamins.
Crunch Appeal: Spotlight on Celery
Have you bitten into a crunchy stalk of celery lately? If not, it might be time to reintroduce yourself to this versatile veggie. There’s more you can do with celery than just put peanut butter on top.
March 20th is the first day of spring. Soon we’ll be staying outside later, feeling that warm evening breeze, soaking up the sunlight—and feasting on meals made from our favorite spring produce. What kind of delicious seasonal citrus, leafy greens, and other produce items can you look forward to?
Winter seems like a cold, dull season, without the vibrant flowers and blooming gardens of spring. But there are fruits and vegetables that are in season during the winter! Usually, produce is less expensive when it’s in season—and often tastes much better.
Cozy Up with this Healthy Tomato Soup Recipe
Tomato soup for two? Not only do tomatoes contain tons of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, but this tomato soup is a fairly simple recipe—great for a cozy night in during the cold February chill.
Happy National Pumpkin Day!
Celebrate with this yummy recipe!
Share your favorite fall recipes!
The first day of fall is quickly approaching!
Share your summer recipes!
We want to know your favorites!
YW3CA Pop Up Shop tonight!
Learn how to make healthier choices & stretch your money at the grocery store!
A fun way to eat healthier!