Watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, coughing – these seasonal allergy symptoms can be miserable and really impact quality of life. They can zap your energy, affect your mood, and interrupt your sleep. Evidence suggests that pollen, mold, and other allergies will continue to get worse due to our changing climate. Fortunately, diet, lifestyle, and key nutrients can help to reduce allergic reactions and improve overall health. By addressing underlying immune system imbalances, inflammation, stress, and other interwoven factors, you can experience less discomfort and greater vitality. Below are five effective strategies for seasonal allergy relief. Continue reading “5 Effective Strategies for Seasonal Allergy Relief”
I know I say I have a lot of favorites, but in-season asparagus is definitely one of them, too. Asparagus offers a low-calorie way to boost your diet with bone-strengthening vitamin K and folate, as well as fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamins A, C, B and E, and the phytochemicals beta-carotene and chlorophyll.
Speaking of favorites, edamame is definitely tops on my kids’ lists. Edamame are immature green soybeans and are powerful bundles of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Lightly steamed with a bit of sea salt, they make an easy and fun snack.
The following recipe combines the above favorites and is such a tasty salad that it is hard to limit yourself to just one serving. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Spring Salad with Asparagus, Edamame & Peas”
Although you can get asparagus all year round, there is no comparison to the taste of fresh, seasonal asparagus. For me it is one of the first signs of what spring and summer produce has to offer.
Asparagus is a nutrient dense powerhouse. It is low in calories, high in fiber, and provides over half of the RDA of vitamin K in each serving. It is also a rich source of vitamin A, the B vitamins (especially folate), and vitamin C. Last but not least, asparagus is an excellent source of numerous health-promoting antioxidants, including phenolics and flavonoids.
Although you can use asparagus in soups, stews, quiches and numerous other dishes, I prefer it as simple as possible… especially this time of year. This easy and very quick side is a perfect accompaniment to fish or chicken. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Spring Asparagus”