Dinner Tonight: Turnip Greens and Tofu

turnip-greensCutting meat out of your diet even once a week can have positive effects on your health, particularly your heart health. Since February is American Heart Month, we are going to offer a heart-healthy recipe every week.

Turnip greens are a concentrated source of many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Leafy greens, including turnip greens are linked to prevention of certain cancers (bladder, breast, lung and prostate) and diabetes. They also protect heart health and play a significant role in the maintenance of good bone and eye health. Aim for at least three servings of dark leafy greens per day.

Tofu is rich in protein, as well as iron, calcium, zinc, and B vitamins. Tofu is also good for heart health, helping to regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and improve vascular function. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Turnip Greens and Tofu”

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5 Favorite Phytonutrients Found in Fruits and Vegetables

Phytonutrients are naturally occurring plant compounds that give fruits and vegetables their color, taste and smell. And, they provide us with numerous health protective properties. More and more studies are showing that the risk of major chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and some cancers can be reduced with diets rich in plant phytonutrients. To get a variety of phytonutrients in your diet, I recommend eating at least two servings of fruits and five servings of vegetables daily. And, include lots of spices in your diet, such as turmeric, ginger, rosemary, and oregano. Here is a list of my 5 favorite plant compounds:
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