Happy Fresh Veggies Day!

Happy National Fresh Veggies Day! While it’s not your typical holiday, this is a great reminder to incorporate fresh vegetables and fruits into your everyday diet. Experts recommend eating five servings of fruit and vegetables daily, with one serving being the equivalent of one-half cup. Check out one of Chicago’s wonderful farmers markets for fresh, in season fruits and veggies:

-Daley Plaza, May 24-October 18

-Willis Tower, June 21-October 25

-Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand, Year round

Not a fan of veggies? Scan the internet for recipes on how to cook your favorite one. Sometimes something as simple as roasting a vegetable can enhance it’s flavor and make you look at it in a whole new light! Bon appetit!

Natural Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar

We love hearing about natural remedies and thanks to this article on Natural News, we learned even more about the many ways apple cider vinegar can boost your overall health. Here are a handful of surprising ways this kitchen cabinet staple helps your body:

-Body Detox: Apple cider vinegar helps balance the overall pH balance of your body which aids in detoxifying. Apple cider vinegar can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and detox the liver.

-Weight Loss: Studies show regular intake of acetic acid, prevalent in apple cider vinegar, lead to decline in body weight, abdominal fat and waist circumference.

-Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol: According to a 2001 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, a huge benefit of apple cider vinegar is it’s ability to lower blood pressure and triglycerides, a.k.a. “bad” cholesterol.

Interesting, right? Here are some suggestions on ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your daily diet: add a spoonful to your morning smoothie, add a dash to your bowl of soup or put a splash in a glass of ice water and honey. For more health benefits, check out the full Natural News article here.

Wells Street Art Festival

Chicago festival season is upon us and one of the first fetes of the summer, Wells Street Art Festival, takes place this very weekend. The fest takes place on June 9-10 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. in Old Town, on North Wells between North Avenue and Division. We recommend taking public transportation but there is also street parking available.

Wells Street Art Festival features works of more than 250 artists, as well as more than 20 of the neighborhood’s best food and drink vendors. Bring the whole family – there are plenty of kid-friendly activities, live music and a silent auction. To get there by train, hop on the CTA brown line and get off at the Sedgewick stop then head east. For more information, please click here.