This past Mother’s Day, my Mom gifted me this basket of herbs. Over the past month it has really flourished, particularly the basil. Basil is my all-time favorite herb. I use it in sandwiches, sprinkled over pasta, and to make pesto. Basil is packed vitamins A and K, manganese, copper, and folate. In addition, it’s teeming with disease-fighting antioxidants and flavonoids. Last week I stumbled onto a green smoothie recipe that uses avocados, spinach, cucumbers and basil. I tweaked the recipe a bit and it was GLORIOUS!
This green smoothie recipe is packed with antioxidants and makes a great post workout recovery meal, especially if you add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
• 2 cups spinach
• 1/2 cup packed fresh basil
• 1 small cucumber, chopped
• 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
• 1 banana, peeled and roughly chopped
• 2 cups plain almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
• 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
• 1 tbsp hemp hearts
• 2 tsp honey Continue reading “Breakfast Today: Green Smoothie With Basil”
Once the weather gets warmer, I start turning away from soups and stews and love eating salads, especially ones with interesting flavors and lots of color. This salad has plenty of flavor and color!
My favorite salad offers tons of antioxidants, fiber and even some protein. You can add more protein by serving it with a side of fish or chicken, if you like.
• 4 cups fresh spring greens, washed
• 2 cups thinly sliced Savoy cabbage
• 2 large carrots
• 1 yellow beet (you could use purple or red)
• 4 whole green onions, thinly sliced
• 1/2 cup very thinly sliced radishes Continue reading “Lunch Today: My Favorite Salad”
The next time you are at the grocery store, you may want to think twice before you pass on blemished or misshapen fruits and vegetables. Not only does cosmetic imperfection cause tons of food waste, but it is now believed that “ugly” fruits and vegetables may be more nutritious for you. Many people even say that they taste better, too. Researchers believe that blemishes could actually cause the produce to have higher antioxidant levels. Stress such as weather and pests cause fruits and vegetables to ramp up their defenses, resulting in higher health-promoting nutrients.
Here is what the studies show about ugly fruits and vegetables: Continue reading “Ugly Fruit – Short on Looks, But Big on Taste and Nutrients”
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating form of dementia that affects thinking, memory and behavior. A new study by Dr. Robert Krikorian and his team of colleagues from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center has found that eating blueberries can help fight Alzheimer’s.
The study followed two groups, one that was given the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries (in the form of blueberry powder) and the other, a placebo. The subjects were over the age of 68 and had some sort of mild cognitive impairment.
After 16 weeks, the group that was given the blueberry powder had a significant improvement in cognitive function over those who took the placebo. The benefits may be a result of flavonoids called anthocyanins, in which blueberries are rich. Continue reading “New Study: Blueberries Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s”
Stuffed peppers are delicious, but if you want to try something different, stuffed sweet potatoes may become your new favorite. This recipe combines three superfoods – lentils, sweet potatoes and kale – to make this hearty and heart-healthy dish, loaded with fiber and all sorts of nutrients.
Lentils have a wide spectrum of essential amino acids and are a good protein source. They are rich in folic acid, iron, phosphorus and copper. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Not to be outdone, kale is is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber, calcium and iron.
In keeping with our theme this month of heart-healthy recipes, this is a great one to try. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes”