We lost a family member to a stroke this past weekend. Unfortunately it has not been the first time we have been affected by strokes. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, as well as the the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Looking back, the risk factors were all there, many of them preventable.
A stroke, which is basically an attack on the brain, occurs when part of the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients because of an interruption in blood flow. The result is death of brain cells. There are two primary types of strokes. An ischemic stroke occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is blocked – for example, by a piece of atherosclerotic plaque, a blood clot or a spasm in an artery. Continue reading “What You Can Do to Prevent a Stroke”
A typical side dish to any barbecue, coleslaw is a nutrition packed and even a cleansing food. Studies have shown that cruciferous vegetables help with the body’s toxic waste disposal system. Plant chemicals, such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol, trigger the release of a protein that causes the release of a dozen or more toxin-fighting enzymes that either neutralize cancer-causing chemicals or help the body excrete them. Cruciferous foods include broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and watercress.
This recipe combines green and red cabbage, adding more antioxidant power than just green alone. It also uses kefir instead of traditional mayo, adding vitamins B12 and K2, calcium, magnesium, biotin, folate, enzymes and probiotics to this tasty dish. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Coleslaw”
How do you control yourself from raiding your kids’ treat bags from last night? With your own treats of course! These oatmeal pumpkin bites will satisfy that sweet tooth and I bet your kids will like them, too. The best part is that they whip up in a few short minutes.
Pumpkins contain a rich supply of beta carotene and alpha carotene. Loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, you’ll get a mouthful of potassium, magnesium, selenium, and lutein in every bite, plus a good dose of vitamins A, C and E. For this recipe, choose a sugar pumpkin, and not the ones you carved for Halloween! Continue reading “Snack Today: Oatmeal Pumpkin Bites”
Last week I gave you 10 reasons why you should be eating blueberries. And here is one more… a blueberry smoothie is incredibly delicious! Although fresh and organic blueberries are second to none, frozen can easily be used once blueberry season is past. For now, though, blueberries are still in season, and fresh blueberries are readily available at local stores and farmers’ markets.
This smoothie also makes a fantastic post-workout snack. Packed with antioxidants and protein, it is a great way to recharge your body. In fact, a blueberry smoothie is a great idea for any meal, or to give your kids as an after-school snack. Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Blueberry Smoothie”
IT’S STRAWBERRY SEASON!! Every year we head up to a local farm where organic strawberry picking is available. And every year, I think my kids do a better job eating strawberries then actually filling the buckets.
Organic strawberries are a must in our house, especially this year, when strawberries were ranked number 1 as the most pesticide laden fruit/vegetable, according to the Environmental Working Group.
Strawberries are packed with antioxidants (anthocyanin) and vitamin C, as well as being rich in folate and fiber. This recipe combines the sweetness of strawberries with the crisp taste of cucumbers for a refreshing side to fish or even a simple light lunch on its own. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Organic Strawberry and Cucumber Salad”