Poor gut health could put you at risk of more severe outcomes if you have COVID-19, according to a new scientific review. The review, published this week in mBio, found that those who had more serious cases of COVID-19 tended to also have gastrointestinal symptoms. It theorizes that an altered gut microbiome could allow COVID-19 to spread to more organs faster, and could be an underlying factor in known risk factors, such as chronic disease. Continue reading “New Research: Poor Gut Health Linked to More Severe Outcomes in COVID-19”
Perfect for cozy winter recipes, the sweet potato is a versatile root vegetable that can go into everything from soups to salads, and even desserts. Plus, it is delicious all on its own. This nutritional powerhouse is chock-full of nutrients like vitamin A, magnesium and fiber.
Sweet potatoes are an extremely important source of vitamin A because they contain high levels of beta-carotene, which can help prevent deficiencies. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Crunchy Sweet Potato Salad”
Two of summer’s great pickings come together for this delicious blueberry cornbread. This fun twist on regular cornbread uses fresh blueberries and corn-off-the-cob, and makes a perfect addition to any barbecue, picnic or at-home summer meal. Blueberries add a burst of fresh berry flavor to cornbread, making each bite that much more satisfying. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Easy Blueberry Cornbread Muffins”
Beans and rice are a classic combination in many cultures. Together they make up a complete protein, which basically means they provide all nine of the essential amino acids needed in your diet. Super healthy and economical, this recipe for black beans and brown rice is packed with protein, fiber, iron and zinc.
This is a great recipe for Meatless Mondays, as beans are an important source of nutrients in vegetarian or vegan diets. You can customize this recipe easily, just add your favorite veggies, herbs and spices.
Although soaking beans and cooking them controls the sodium content, canned beans can be used in a pinch. Look for low sodium and BPA-free options. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Black Beans and Brown Rice Bowl”
Raise your hand if you have overly ripe bananas. Now raise your hand if you are buying bananas just to watch them turn brown so you can make banana bread. If you are like me, you may be doing a little extra baking during this time – and banana bread is an easy and healthy thing to try, even if you aren’t really a baker!
You can use any type of flour you have on hand, but using a whole grain flour will give you more fiber and nutrition than using an all-white flour. You can also use gluten-free options, my favorite being chickpea flour. Continue reading “Snack Today: Banana Bread”