Category Archives: Nutrition


Cucumbers actually are very nutritious. There are multiple facts about cucumbers that many people don’t know about, including:

  1. They contain Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.
  2. Have the ability to fight lethargic feelings and hunger because of the carbohydrates.
  3. Rub slices along bathroom mirrors to prevent it from fogging up.
  4. Slices prevent grubs and slugs from destroying plants in the garden.
  5. Boiling cucumber slices creates a relaxing aroma that helps fight stress.
  6. Pressing a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth helps fight bad breath.
  7. Eases swelling.
  8. Since cucumbers are 95% water, they help you reach the 8 daily glasses of water goal.
  9. Could help reduce the risk of cancer.
  10. Pureed or sliced cucumbers helps with sunburn.

Pumpkins, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Spice Latte

Tis the season to the pumpkin spice and all things nice. At Ryves Up!, the kids grew pumpkins to help act as a natural suppressor for weeds. While they can always carve the pumpkins for a good decoration, this holiday season also brings the hype for pumpkin flavored everything back into style (or not if you are one of the negative nellys pissed about pumpkin spice lattes for no good reason). I am here with good news as 3 billion pumpkin pies are made for Thanksgiving dessert; it is actually one of the healthiest holiday desserts!

If there is a nutrient, it is in a pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But pumpkins do offer a wide range of nutrients. Pumpkin is a great source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese while also providing many other nutrients.

Pumpkins also provide many health benefits that I think we all need in our lives. Some of the things that eating pumpkin could do for you are:

  1. Lower Blood Pressure
  2. Sleep Better
  3. Have a Healthier Heart

As happy as the kids could be with a nice Jack-O-Lantern, (hopefully) they would be as happy with pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread and it would help them grow and prosper! Also, now going into the holiday season, you can eat a whole pumpkin pie by yourself guilt free! Okay, maybe don’t eat a whole pie, but make sure to have a slice. Below you can see many other delicious foods that you can indulge in!

For a Well Rounded Diet Eat CPB*

*CPB: Corn, Pumpkins, Beans

Once upon a time people scavenged for food instead of going to the store and buying it. Then, instead of wandering around all day until finding something to eat, people started growing their own food. At Ryves Up!, kids are learning this important skill. Theoretically you can grow whatever you want, but apparently if you are from the Midwest you only know how to grow corn. Not to worry! Corn is actually better for you than what you are eating nowadays.

The kids at Ryves Up! grow corn, pumpkin, and beans together since this combo can create a thriving garden. These three foods just happen to create a thriving diet too (as much as a diet can be “thriving”). Researchers believe that changing your diet from the current standard American diet to include mainly pumpkin, corn, and beans can help reduce diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Basically, if you want to live forever eat some corn, pumpkin, and beans.

With the sheer amount of corn grown today providing carbohydrates, it is almost the perfect food to feed humankind. Unfortunately, like everything, it falls short in a couple categories. Corn lacks lysine and tryptophane (to save you the trip to Google these are essential amino acids) and riboflavin and niacin. These nutrients are provided by beans (thanks beans). Pumpkins provide Vitamin A and their seeds provide fats to round out the diet. Ryves Up! exposes the kids to the tactics of growing the parts of the power trio diet, which you can learn more about yourself at Mother Earth News.