Coconuts are considered a fruit and they are filled with milk!

Shredded coconut is very versatile and can be used in cookies, macaroons and eaten by the handfuls. Stringy bits of white that can added goodness and flavour to almost any treat or meal.

I bet you wouldn’t be able to find one cookbook without the use of coconut in a recipe.

So get your family together and find a recipe you all love the taste of. Make it, enjoy it and share it with us.

Thanks for reading and trying a new food today,

Sammy and BananaBoy!

Beans are Good and Good for You!

Beans are another odd food to think of as fruit but they are since they form from the fertilized flower and contain the seeds of the plant!

Many people still consider them to be a vegetable despite this but no matter what you consider them they provide 6 major health benefits for all to agree on.

They contain manganese which can help control mood swings and stomach pains.
Green beans contain an impressive list of antioxidants to reduce the risk of cancer.
To get ?about 19% of your daily vitamin K mix flat green or yellow beans into your salad!
Your heart beats for beans every day, keep it happy by reducing your bad cholesterol levels.
Don’t just drink milk for your bones, eat beans to make them strong.
They are filled with vitamin C to improve iron absorption.

Beans come in a lot of colours and sure do pack a punch so let me know what your favourite kind is or how you prefer to have them! Haven’t tried them yet? Let me know your thoughts when you do.

Admittedly I just tried them for the first time in chili recently, they were black beans and were actually pretty good!

Thanks for reading and trying something new,

Sarah Butland

A is for Apricot

Let’s start a fun challenge and try new fruits for the next while. Let’s start at the top – A is for Apricot.

Ever try one? With over 50 types of apricots grown in the world, it grows on a tree around it’s large seed or pit. Starting as a flower ranging from 2–4.5 cm (0.8–1.8 in) in diameter, with five white to pinkish petals; apricots are produced alone or in pairs in early spring before the leaves.

Some sources say that the apricot was first cultivated in India in about 3000 BC!

Eat them fresh like an apple or dried like a big raisin, this fruit may be considered the world’s healthiest! They are known to help your eyes, are disease fighting and fibrous and more! Plus they are delicious.

Try one today and let me know your thought.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

Food Revolution and Pictou County, Nova Scotia

My name is Sarah Butland from New Glasgow and I volunteer for the Food Revolution. I give my spare time for free to further the mission of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. The Food Revolution has selected a number of volunteers from around the world who showed a deep commitment to real food and I’m thrilled to be one of them.

In the past, before my official title, I hosted Food Revolution Day events at a local Sobeys in New Brunswick. Sobeys was started in Stellarton, Nova Scotia and has consistently shown it’s support for the local little guy but now it’s tackling Food Revolution in a big way by partnering with Jamie Oliver directly!! See their press release for further details.

I also recently connected with the local creator of The Eating Game which helps kids make the right decisions and keep track of what is eaten.

Things are going in the right direction with respect to promoting farms versus processed in Pictou County, Nova Scotia who does everything in a big way and they do it right.

I can’t wait to get started and represent Food Revolution to Sobeys in as many ways possible.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

Sending You Sammy for only $0.99!

People may think I’m crazy but I want you to read Sending You Sammy even if you can’t see the fantastic pictures. Reading or having this story read to will inspire your own creative characters and to enjoy a great story.

Have BananaBoy come to life adding your own colour and imagination to a great story and support a Canadian author this holiday weekend.

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Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

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