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Garlic Roasted Potato Skins

by Health News

Did you know that when you peel your potatoes you’re throwing away (or maybe composting) the most nutritious part of the food? Don’t do it! In fact, based on an average 2000 calorie per-day diet, a potato skin provides 45% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C, 18% of your RDA of potassium and 10% of your vitamin B6! Not only that, it’s fat free!

Here is a healthy, easy recipe that takes advantage of potato skin’s delicious flavor and appealing texture:

Garlic Roasted Potato Skins

Garlic Roasted Potato Skins

Ingredients

3 lbs russet (baking potatoes 6 to 8 medium; preferably organic)
1 head garlic (2 inches in diameter)
4 1/2 tbsps unsalted butter (softened)
1 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prick each potato once or twice with a fork. Cut off and discard top fourth of garlic head, then wrap garlic tightly in foil. Bake garlic and potatoes on same rack in lower third of oven until potatoes are tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Remove potatoes from oven and cool on a metal rack 15 minutes. Continue to bake garlic until tender, about 15 minutes more, then cool in foil on rack.

While garlic cools, halve potatoes lengthwise, then quarter each half (to form short wedges). Scoop out potato flesh (reserving it for another use), leaving 1/4-inch-thick potato skins.

Increase oven temperature to 425°F.

Squeeze garlic into a small bowl, discarding garlic skins, and mash to a paste with butter, salt, and pepper using a fork.

Divide garlic paste among potato skins (about 1/2 teaspoon each), spreading evenly, then roast skins in a large shallow baking pan (1 inch deep) until golden and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.

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Healthy Recipes: Watermelon Slushie

by Nancy Maneely

Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than an icy-cold wedge of watermelon? And lucky for us, we can enjoy this wonderful summer treat without guilt, because it’s low in calories, high in dietary fiber, and contains lots of antioxidant nutrition.

Healthy Recipes: Watermelon Slushie

Watermelon is a friend to the “healthy aging” crowd as well as weight-loss aficionados. That pretty pink color? It’s from lycopene. Watermelon contains higher levels of the antioxidant lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable (15 to 20 mg per 2-cup serving) and is part of a healthy diet.

Watermelon also provides Vitamin A for eye health, Vitamin B6 for immune system support, Vitamin C (another antioxidant powerhouse), and potassium.

When I was a kid, watermelon was regarded with some suspicion by health-conscious moms. How could something this tasty and fun be … GOOD for you? It was a fabulous summer indulgence at picnics and barbecues. But why wait for a special occasion?

At this time of year, watermelon prices are at their lowest and there’s an abundance of varieties everywhere you look. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t get too much of a good thing! Enjoy it alone or in a fruit salad. 

Healthy Recipes: Watermelon Slushie

There are also lots of recipes on the Internet for smoothies, cocktails … even gazpacho with watermelon as the star ingredient. Go for it!

Here’s an easy, delicious recipe for Watermelon Slushie. Enjoy it with friends or family and make some extra to have on hand, in case the neighbors drop by.

Watermelon Slushie

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 10 ice cubes (or you can substitute frozen strawberries!)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 tbsp. sweetener, adjust to taste (sugar, stevia, honey, or agave syrup)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Place watermelon and ice into a blender. Pour in lime juice, sugar, and salt. Blend until smooth.

Yield:  5 servings

Nutrition Information Per Serving:  70 calories, 0.2g Total Fat, 0mg Cholesterol

Sources:

National Watermelon Promotion Board
Self Nutrition Data

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Beauty’s Dangerous History

by Institute for Vibrant Living

If you’re dying to be more beautiful, be careful what you wish for. Although our modern-day cosmetics and beauty treatments are carefully tested and FDA approved, in the past people have not been quite so lucky. History shows that humans have been putting poisons in cosmetics for thousands of years.

Beauty can be deadly, as history shows we have been putting poisons in cosmetics for many years.

Lead Lipstick

Although we are now acutely aware of lead poisoning, in the past lead was a common ingredient in lipstick, eyeliner and even face powder. In ancient Greece the most fashionable women painted their faces with white lead and chalk mixed with vinegar. The lead would slowly poison them, causing prematurely gray hair, dry skin and abdominal cramps before finally killing them. No wonder their life expectancy was considerably shorter than today!

Related: Recipes to Fight Breast Cancer

Mercurial Beauty

In the 15th century, women went to great pains – literally – to enhance their natural beauty. As well as plucking their hairline to give the illusion of a higher forehead, they would redden their lips with mercuric sulphide. We now know that mercury can cause birth defects, depression, tremors, kidney and liver problems. However, even quite recently mercury was used to cure blemishes and was present in some cosmetics.

Killer Eye Drops

To make their eyes shine brightly, European women used belladonna (from deadly nightshade) as eye drops. It actually works by cutting off neuron function to dilate the pupils, but ultimately it lived up to its name and was deadly.

Arsenic Face Powder

At one time, taking arsenic was a popular way to achieve that enviable pale complexion. Women would soak arsenic out of fly papers which created a pale countenance by killing their red blood cells. Eventually the ensuing baldness and deadly side effects led to it being banned in the 1920s. Arsenic was replaced by quack doctors selling products such as “Dr. McKenzie’s Improved Harmless Arsenic Complexion Wafers”.

Bone-Aching Beauty

In Victorian times, women would be laced into rib-breaking corsets to create a tiny waistline. In China, tiny feet were considered dainty and infants had their feet bound to restrict growth in a painful procedure.

Modern Day Toxic Beauty

Although these historic tales seem ridiculous, in some ways we have not learned from the past. We still use known carcinogens to dye our hair, and inject botox (botulinum toxin) to paralyze signals from the nerves to the muscles to prevent wrinkles.

Coal tar is still found in some anti-dandruff shampoos and hair dyes. It is a human carcinogen that causes a susceptibility to sunburn and damages DNA.

Fortunately, beauty can be achieved without going to such dangerous extremes.  A healthy diet, plenty of exercise and organic cosmetics can provide a natural healthy glow that surely outshines other more extreme beauty treatments.

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Top Three Fermented Foods for Constipation Relief

by Cindy Gray

How healthy is your colon? The primary sign of a healthy colon and digestive system is if you have a bowel movement at least once a day. If you don’t, chances are that you are suffering from constipation and may need some help from nature. Eating fermented foods regularly will help provide constipation relief by improving your digestive process and cleansing your colon.

Your diet should contain plenty of fiber from your five daily portions of fruit and vegetables, whole wheat bread, pasta and cereals. If you need a little extra help, consider introducing these fermented foods into your diet. You’ll feel more energetic and alive once you have found relief for constipation. 

Fermented foods use an ancient form of controlled fermentation to produce lactic acid which will help keep all bad bacteria and decay at bay. The fermented foods then introduce this healthy flora into the gut, helping the digestive process, keeping food moving at a healthy pace, and helping to eliminate waste products through the bowel for effective constipation relief.

What is Kefir?

Kefir is a fermented milk product similar to yogurt. However, it is produced using a different method and contains high levels of healthy bacteria that colonize the intestines. It is made using milk kefir grains which contain yeast and live bacteria. The milk is then cultured at room temperature, unlike yogurt which needs heat to culture. Kefir can be drained to produce a more solid consistency and can then be eaten or made into cheese. It has a tart flavor but is a great ingredient for using in other recipes such as smoothies, salad dressing, soups, dips and desserts.

Related: The Benefits of Chlorella

What is Kimchi?

Kimchi is a good source of constipation relief

Kimchi is a spicy fermented vegetable dish which is popular in Korea. It can be made from scallions, radishes or cabbage. It is soaked in brine then the healthy lactobacillus bacteria ferment the cabbage during the process which takes several days. The fermentation gives the cabbage a sharp tangy flavor. Some people prefer to add seasonings such as garlic or ginger to make it tastier.

How Can Sauerkraut Help Relieve Constipation?

Sauerkraut is made using a similar process to kimchi. It should be fermented rather than pickled in vinegar to provide all the health benefits of the fermentation process as it produces millions of health supporting probiotic bacteria.

When eaten, these probiotics help break down food in the digestive system, making it faster and easier to process the food and eliminate waste. The benefits of probiotics and fermented foods for constipation relief are becoming more popular as people understand more about how these fermented foods work.

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Fermented Vegetables for Indigestion

by Cindy Gray

The typical American diet often consists mainly of highly processed foods, fatty meats and few fruits or vegetables.  As a result, indigestion and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are on the rise, and nutritional deficits are the result.  Adding fermented foods, especially vegetables, into your diet can significantly improve the health of your belly, boost your immune system and stave off metabolic disorders that lead to high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and weight gain.

Fermented Vegetables: Optimal for Health and the Digestive SystemWhat Does Fermented Mean?

According to the dictionary, fermentation is: “the process in which a substance breaks down into a simpler substance.”  Usually some kind of agent, a microorganism like yeast or bacteria, starts the process that breaks sugar down into alcohol for instance.  Through fermentation, milk becomes cheese, yogurt and kefir. Grapes become wine and cabbage becomes kimchi or sauerkraut. Fermentation has been used for centuries in almost every culture as a way of preserving food.  Long before there was refrigeration or fast food restaurants, fermentation was an easy way to keep food edible for the winter months or for long journeys.

Probiotics for Healthy Digestion and Stronger Immunity

Fermenting vegetables and other foods makes them rich in probiotics.  These are the intestinal flora (good bacteria) essential for healthy digestion. They feed on sugar and help break down the nutrients in the intestine, which makes it easier for our bodies to absorb them.

When the good bacteria in our gut gets out of balance it can lead to:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Inflammation
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Increased risk of contracting illnesses like colds or the flu

Research has shown that obese people tend to have an imbalance in gut flora; and the immune system can become compromised when you don’t have enough healthy bacteria in your GI tract.  The Journal of Nutrition has even found a link between probiotics and a decreased risk of colon cancer.

Fermented Vegetables

We all know that vegetables are an essential component of a healthy diet. Fermented vegetables offer additional health benefits, but are not common in many American meals.  Making them a part of your diet has many health benefits, so here are a few to try.  Some of them may sound odd or exotic, but don’t let that stop you from trying them.

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish consisting of fermented cabbage.  Unless you grew up in a Korean family, you might find its pungent odor and spicy tang unappetizing.  It is an acquired taste, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to like it and by doing so, reap great health benefits.

Other fermented vegetables that can help indigestion are:

  • Pickles

  • Sauerkraut

  • Miso (fermented soy beans that form a base for soups and sauces)

  • Poi (fermented taro root)

  • Natto (fermented soy beans that are a traditional Japanese breakfast)

When trying these foods, be sure to look for those that are not pasteurized. Choose the high quality pickles and sauerkraut in the refrigerated section of your grocery store rather than the canned versions that may contain high fructose corn syrup, a lot of preservatives, or are high in sodium. Shopping in specialty food markets is the best way to find good miso, poi or natto.

There are other terms for fermented like “pickled” or “cultured,” so read labels carefully and be aware that some of these foods are very high in sodium.  You can always ferment food at home, too. It’s actually a pretty simple process and there are dozens of recipes and “how to” articles and videos on-line to assist you.

Other Healthy Fermented Foods

Fermented vegetables are just one way to get gut-healthy probiotics into your diet for better digestion and a stronger immune system.  Other foods rich in probiotics are:

  • Kefir

  • Yogurt

  • Sourdough bread

  • Tempeh (cake made from fermented soybeans)

Introduce fermented vegetables slowly  into your diet if you are not used to eating them regularly.  Until they become a regular part of your diet, try adding them as a side dish or snack so you don’t overwhelm your palate. You will reap the benefits of a healthier gut and a stronger immune system.

Related: Simple Tips for Relieving Indigestion

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Healthy Recipes: Walnut Crusted Salmon Filets

by Health News

Looking for dinner ideas to add to your arsenal of high blood pressure recipes? Here is a delicious recipe that will be a sure hit!

High Blood Pressure Recipes: Walnut Crusted Salmon FiletsIngredients
3 cups walnuts
6 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
6 tablespoons lemon rind, finely grated
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
Salt and pepper
12 3-oz salmon fillets, skin on
Dijon mustard
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions
1. Place walnuts in food processor; coarsely chop. Add bread crumbs, lemon rind, olive oil and dill; pulse until crumbly. Mixture should stick together. Season; set aside.

2. Arrange salmon fillets skin side down on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Brush tops with mustard.

3. Spoon 1/3 cup of walnut crumb mixture over each fillet; gently press the crumb mixture into the surface of the fish. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

4. Bake at 350°F 15 to 20 minutes, or until salmon flakes with a fork. Just before serving, sprinkle each with 1 tsp lemon juice.

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The Best "HEALTHY" Guacamole Recipe

by Health News

The key to healthy aging is maintaining a healthy diet. Check out this guacamole recipe that has the added bonus of wheatgrass powder!

The Best "HEALTHY" Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe avocados
  • 1 package guacamole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons wheatgrass powder of your choice (this amount can vary depending on the brand)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

  1. Cut avocados in half and remove pits.
  2. Scoop out avocado with spoon into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mash avocado with fork until no large chunks remain.
  4. Add seasoning to avocado mixture and blend with a fork.
  5. Add lime juice and water and blend.
  6. Sprinkle wheatgrass powder over mixture and blend.
  7. Add 1/2 of cilantro to mixture and blend.
  8. Place guacamole in serving bowl and sprinkle the remaining cilantro on top.
  9. Serve with the chips or crackers of your choice.  Remember to place the avocado pit into the prepared guacamole to prevent it from turning browning; then remove before serving.

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Healthy Recipes: Seasonal Foods

by Health News

Savory turkey, sweet pumpkin, tart cranberries…These are the flavors of the fall/winter season. But according to some nutritional experts, we should be eating more of these types of foods all year round because they are so full of natural antioxidants and fiber.

“Several foods we consume this time of year are actually good for you when prepared with minimal added fat, sugar and salt, and consumed in moderation," says Stacey Snelling, a registered dietitian and associate dean at American University's School of Education, Teaching and Health.

Many people do not eat with the seasons. They eat whatever they want all year round. However, if you’re wondering how to have more energy, eating with the seasons is one of the best things you can do for your body. Fueling it with ample antioxidants and fiber will help you stay energized throughout the day.

Here are some examples:

  • White turkey meat is low in fat, high in protein, high in B vitamins, and low in calories compared with dark turkey meat.
  • Cranberries are low-calorie, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and high in fiber and vitamins A and C.
  • Sweet potatoes, pumpkin and carrots are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and high in vitamins A and C, and fiber.
  •  Red wine is fat-free and high in heart-healthy antioxidants, but only one alcoholic beverage per day for women and two per day for men is recommended. How to Have More Energy: Seasonal Healthy Food Recipes
  • Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and a healthy indulgence when eaten in moderation.
  • Broccoli is the food that can do no wrong. It is low in calories, fat-free, and high in vitamins A and C.
  • Do you normally say “no” to the green bean casserole? You might want to reconsider it! Green beans are low in calories, fat-free, high in vitamins C and K, and high in fiber.
  • Green peas are fat-free, high in vitamin K and high in fiber.

The spices we use in these dishes might also provide health benefits, according to Snelling.

"Some research has found that cinnamon may lower blood sugar, improve diabetes and aid in treating bacterial infections," she says.

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Healthy Recipes: Herbal Lemonade

by Health News

The key to healthy aging is maintaining a healthy diet. Here’s a great way to dress up homemade lemonade that will keep you cool and refreshed (and popular with anyone you share it with) all spring and summer long.The key to healthy aging is maintaining a healthy diet

Ingredients

  • 6 organic lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup raw local honey (or more to taste)
  • 2 quarts filtered water
  • 2 oz. fresh dill
  • 2 oz. fresh mint
  • 3 - 5 sprigs rosemary
  • Edible flowers to garnish

Directions

  1. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and add honey. When honey is dissolved, refrigerate until cool.
  2. Juice the lemons and remove the seeds.
  3. In a container, add the cool honey water, lemon juice and herbs (muddle the herbs to release their flavor)
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Garnish with edible orchids. Enjoy!

For more healthy recipes, check out this Salmon Salad with Walnuts and Asparagus.

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Healthy Recipes: Ginger Salmon

by Nancy Maneely

Many people want to know how to gain energy. Eating healthy meals is one way to give your energy levels a boost. Check out this Ginger Salmon recipe that’s packed with good-for-you nutrients to keep you energized and feeling great.

Ginger adds a lovely, distinctive flavor to many recipes, but it’s the anti-inflammatory properties of this ancient root that makes it an indispensable addition to the kitchen pantry.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, in addition to its benefit as an anti-inflammatory agent, ginger provides relief of nausea, chest congestion, and  joint pain from arthritis and bursitis.

Dr. Weil recommends:

For inflammatory conditions, 1 or 2 g of powdered ginger a day. For nausea and prevention of motion sickness, take 1,000 mg as a preventive and 500 mg every four hours as needed, or eat two pieces of crystallized ginger or take ginger syrup or tea. For cold relief, brew tea with one-inch piece of peeled and grated ginger root per two cups of water; bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for five minutes; add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and simmer one minute more. Remove from heat. Add two tablespoons fresh lemon juice, one or two cloves of mashed garlic and honey to taste. Let cool slightly and strain. that is the real miracle.

This recipe for Ginger Salmon combines the anti-inflammatory power of fresh ginger with the omega-3  goodness of salmon and antioxidant-rich olive oil, for a delicious and nutritious main course. Bonus: it’s incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Add a tossed salad and a glass of wine and you have a light, elegant summer supper fit for company!

Want to know how to gain energy? Eat healthy meals!

Ginger Salmon
(4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 pound salmon fillets

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, blend olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard and ginger

3. Brush salmon fillets evenly with the olive oil mixture. Place in a medium baking dish. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Nutrition information per serving:

249 calories, 14.7g total fat, 67mg cholesterol

 

Sources:
Allrecipes.com
Drweil.com: Herbal Remedies

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Easy Flavorful Paleo Broccoli Soup Recipe

by Health News

The key to healthy aging is healthy eating. With that in mind, here’s a healthy recipe you can add to your arsenal.

Garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables: What do they all have in common? They are all excellent foods for your liver. The sulfur in these foods detoxifies many of the chemicals the liver must deal with on a daily basis. They are also loaded with antioxidants!
Here is a delicious soup recipe that contains garlic, onions and the most-loved of all cruciferous vegetables, broccoli!

Healthy Recipes: Broccoli Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 20 ozs broccoli (chopped frozen, thawed)
  • 1 potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 14 tsp ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • pepper

Best Paleo Broccoli Soup Recipe

Directions
1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, and saute onion and garlic until tender. Mix in broccoli, potato, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
2. With a hand mixer or in a blender, puree the mixture until smooth. Return to the saucepan, and reheat. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

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Healthy Holiday Eating: What Makes a Recipe Healthy?

by Health News

Healthy Eating - What Makes a Recipe Healthy?

A trend toward health and fitness is on an upswing, and one important component is a nutritious diet that provides needed vitamins and minerals, is satisfying and naturally boosts energy throughout the day. What is it that makes a recipe healthy? Here are some questions to ponder when it comes to deciding whether a recipe is healthful or hurtful. These are particularly useful during the winter months for people who are concerned with healthy holiday eating.

What type of cooking method is used? Steer clear of recipes that call for frying or deep frying, and focus on the following methods instead. The healthiest cooking method is steaming, where food is placed in a perforated container and suspended above boiling water. Besides a light coating of cook spray, baking and roasting are healthy and typically do not require adding extra fat to a dish, and stir-frying and sautéing can be accomplished with a minimal amount of healthy oil. Grilling and broiling are healthy methods because they allow fat to drip away from food, and braising and poaching involve gently simmering an ingredient in liquid until cooked.  Avoid microwaving food.

What is the calorie count in the recipe? Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain the weight you have, it is important to understand how many calories your body requires and find recipes that correspond to this amount. To determine the energy needed in calories to maintain your current weight, multiply your weight in pounds by 12. For a one pound per week weight loss, cut this amount by 500 calories per day. For a two pound per week loss, reduce the amount by 1000 calories per day. Note: It has been shown that two pounds per week is a healthy weight loss that has the best potential to be sustained.

Is the recipe made with nutritious ingredients? The healthiest ingredients include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and poultry, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and avocados. Note: fats contain two times more calories per gram than proteins or carbohydrates, so it is important to keep portion sizes under control.

Unhealthy ingredients include sugar, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, sodium, white flour, processed foods and saturated and trans-fats. Trans-fatty acids occur naturally in meat and dairy products but can be artificially made (by hydrogenating oils) to boost the shelf life of some products. High trans-fat consumption has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and certain cancers. Read labels, and avoid any products containing partially hydrogenated oils. In place of table salt, use herbs and spices to season recipes, and if needed, try all-natural sea salt.

Here are some guidelines based on advice from the American Heart Association for a typical 2000 calorie-per-day diet. Remember to adjust values to your daily calories and divide by the number of meals you are eating per day to arrive at approximate amounts for each recipe.

  • Dietary cholesterol should not exceed 300 mg per day.
  • To keep full and satisfied, an individual should strive for at least 25 grams of fiber per day.
  • Proteins should be limited to 175 grams or less per day, total carbohydrates should not exceed 300 grams, and fats should be limited to 65 grams or less per day.
  • A healthy diet should contain at least 3,500 mg of potassium daily, but sodium intake should not exceed 2,400 mg per day (those on a low-sodium diet should limit each recipe serving to 140 mg or less).
  • Limit sugars to 6 to 10 percent of total daily calories.
  • For heart-healthy recipes use 3 grams or less total fat (with 1 gram or less saturated fat), 20 mg or less cholesterol, and 480 mg or less sodium per serving.

Take advantage of the healthy holiday eating tips above when looking for healthy recipes that are chock full of nutrients and packed with all-natural energy! Bon Appétit!

Healthy Aging starts with a healthy gut. Free guide to Healthy Holiday Digestion.

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Winter Vegetable Casserole

by Health News

Are you looking for tips on how to eat healthy during the holidays or a seasonal side dish that’s out of the ordinary and also really good for you? This recipe makes the most of the season’s natural bounty and is a nice deviation from the standard stand-alone vegetable side dish or salad. It’s only 218 calories per serving and offers a healthy 5 grams each of fiber and protein to boot!

How to Eat Healthy During the Holidays - Vegetable Casserole


Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1½ potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1½ sweet potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup parsnips, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup turnips, sliced
  • ½ cup onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1½ cups low-fat milk


Directions:

Spray 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

Clean, peel, and slice potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and turnips; combine. Chop onions and set aside.

In small saucepan, melt butter; add flour, salt, and pepper to make a roux. Gradually stir in milk, cooking over low heat; stir well with wire whisk.

Bring milk to a boil, stirring constantly until milk has thickened into a sauce, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Arrange ½ of sliced vegetables in casserole dish; top with ½ of chopped onion and white sauce; repeat to make second layer. Cover and cook at 350°F for 45 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until all vegetables are tender, about 60–70 minutes.

Let casserole stand 10 minutes before serving.
 

Healthy vegetable dishes like this casserole are an excellent choice if you are looking for delicious ways of how to eat healthy during the holidays.
What are some of your favorite winter recipes and “how-to” tips for eating healthy during the holidays?

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7 Tips For Becoming An Effective Plant Eater

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Want to know how to gain energyHealth experts agree - one of the best things you can do to be energized, healthy, look good and live a long life is to eat as much fresh plant-based food as possible.

Want to know how to gain energy? Eat plant based food.

However, it takes some practice to get good at eating a balanced plant-based diet. Here are some tips to start feeling, looking and living well right away -

  1. Do stray from recipes. There is no need to follow recipes all the time. When you eat mostly plants, you need to first learn how you like your plants cooked - or uncooked if you like them raw. Once you figure out how you like your fruits and veggies prepared - be it fresh salad greens, kale, roasted sweet potatoes, sautéed onions or boiled edamame - and you learn how to whip up a simple yet delicious dressing, putting together a plant-based meal becomes very simple.
  2. When grocery shopping, spend most of your time in the produce aisle. Fresh produce has a shorter shelf life than canned and frozen foods. An effective plant-eater typically makes short but frequent stops to pick up fresh greens, a bag of lemons or a handful of avocados.
  3. Never stray too far from a blender. A green smoothie or a green juice is a highly effective way of getting all the nutrition from plant-based foods, and they’re easy to make.
  4. Create meals by colors. Plant-based eaters decorate their plates by color, making it simpler to create a balanced meal. They instinctively know when their mostly green plate needs something orange or their very yellow plate needs some purple.
  5. Eat out of one big bowl for all three meals. For instance, breakfast might contain protein (Quinoa), moisture (fresh almond milk), texture (chopped walnuts), fresh produce (blueberries and bananas) and fun flavors (cinnamon and agave).
  6. Get greens at every meal. An effective plant-eater feels something is missing when there are no greens in their food. Whether it’s a smoothie or a side of steamed vegetables, make sure there’s always leafy greens involved.
  7. Plan ahead, whether ensuring your pantry is fully stocked on a regular basis, previewing a restaurant menu or packing snacks for your travels. Effective plant-based eaters ensure they control their food circumstances, rather than letting circumstances control their diet.

how to gain energy

 

Source: Seven Tips For Becoming An Effective Plant Eater.   

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Healthy Recipe: Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing

by Nancy Maneely

There are so many great things about this recipe, it’s hard to know where to begin!

Healthy Recipe: Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad | Institute for Vibrant LivingThe basics are lean, high-protein chicken breast and one of our favorite nutritional superfoods, spinach. The fats, which you can adjust to your taste and dietary preference, consist of just enough oil to sauté the chicken and a little mayo or yogurt for the dressing. Strawberries bring additional antioxidant-rich nutrients, as well as color and flavor. Toss in some almonds for essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and heart-healthy phytochemicals. And, the lime juice, garlic, ginger and black pepper not only contribute unbeatable flavors to this wonderful salad, they provide an extra antioxidant boost as well!

This is a tasty summertime treat your whole family will love. And not even the kids will suspect your real motive for serving this is to offer them a healthy alternative to fat and sugar laden, overprocessed meals. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or yogurt)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, stems removed
  • 4 fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in skillet, season with garlic powder and cook 10 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Set aside.

2. In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, lime juice, ginger and milk.

3. Arrange spinach on serving dishes. Top with chicken and strawberries, sprinkle with almonds and drizzle with dressing. Season with pepper to serve.

Yield: 2 servings

Nutritional Information (amount per serving):

Calories: 242
Total Fat: 17.3g
Cholesterol: 40mg
Sodium: 117mg
Total Carbs: 7.5g
Dietary Fiber: 2.4g
Protein: 15.8 grams

Source: Allrecipes.com

 

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Healthy Recipes: Brain-Boosting Berry Salad

by Nancy Maneely

One of the best things about summer is looking forward to the bounty of fresh berries. Whether you grow them in your garden or harvest them at the grocery store, it’s the time of year to enjoy them in quantity at lower Healthy Recipes | Superfoods | Institute for Vibrant Livingprices.

Two of our favorites, blueberries and strawberries, recently made news headlines with a study that found that they are brain-boosting superfoods!

Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids, appear to reduce cognitive decline in older adults, according to a study recently published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society. The researchers reported that cognitive aging could be delayed by up to 2½ years in elderly who consume greater amounts of the flavonoid-rich berries.

Flavonoids are compounds in plants that contain powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Health experts say stress and inflammation contribute to cognitive impairment, and increasing consumption of flavonoids could alleviate the harmful effects.

Fruit salads are always enhanced with the addition of fresh berries. But if you to really power up those brain cells, try this berries-only fruit salad. Serve as an appetizer, summer side dish or dessert. Whether served alone in elegant stemware glasses or with your favorite shortcake recipe, it’s a can’t-miss combination.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Directions

Mix strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries together in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar.  Delicious just like this – you simply can’t go wrong with this combination of berries! Or, for a special treat, drizzle with a high quality balsamic vinegar, toss and let rest for a few minutes. Then serve over vanilla bean ice cream or frozen yogurt.

What is your favorite way to enjoy fresh berries?

Source:
Science Daily: Eating more berries may reduce cognitive decline in the elderly

 

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Top 5 Supplements to Add To Your Smoothie

by Health News

There are a variety of vitamin supplements that can be added to smoothies that have all sorts of healthy properties. These ingredients can all be purchased at your local whole foods store or through natural supplement websites. 

  1. Brewers Yeast: A great source of selenium, chromium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, copper, manganese, iron, and zinc.
  2. Bee Pollen: Contains high concentrations of vitamin B-complex and vitamins A, C, D, and E.
  3. Green Tea Powder: The potent antioxidants in green tea have been said to help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and high cholesterol.
  4. Spirulina: Contains over 60% all-digestible vegetable protein with a high concentration of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, iron and GLA, an essential fatty acid.
  5. Wheat Germ Oil: A rich source of vitamin E and essential fatty acids.

Top 5 Supplements to Add To Your Smoothie

Check out this smoothie recipe, which offers a healthy and tasty balance of protein and carbohydrates to keep your engine running throughout the day! Bananas, which are an excellent source of potassium, dietary fiber and Vitamin B6, provide a rich and creamy base, and soy milk is a great source of isoflavones which aid in the prevention of many cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis.

TROPICAL TREAT - Serves Two

  • Place all ingredients in a blender:
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 scoops vanilla soy protein powder
  • 1/2 cup chunked cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup chunked canned or fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk

Place lid on blender, and pulse until ingredients begin to mix. Set blender on "blend" for about 30 seconds and then move to "ice crush" or your highest blending button for 20 to 30 more seconds. Pour, and enjoy this quick and healthful smoothie – a taste of the tropics!

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Top Health Tips for a Healthy Heart

by Institute for Vibrant Living

As you know, diet plays a huge role in determining if your blood pressure levels are normal or frighteningly high. If you have read about blood pressure, then you know that the best high blood pressure diet is an alkaline diet that mirrors the Mediterranean style of eating.

Learn what foods to eat as part of a high blood pressure diet.Basically, that includes low- to moderate-acid fruits and vegetables, fish, lean protein, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and some dairy. Pretty straight-forward, right?

But did you know that there are also three really fun—and in one case, downright exotic—foods that have been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure levels. These include chocolate, hibiscus tea, and beets.

Download our FREE Healthy Heart Tips and learn more about how adding chocolate, hibiscus tea and beets to your diet can help keep your heart healthy.

Additional high blood pressure diet tips:

Limit Unhealthy Fats
Saturated fats and trans fats are the cause of raised cholesterol which in turn causes a build-up of plaque in your arteries – the cause of heart attacks. Every packaged food shows its exact content on the label so you can start to learn which products to avoid. 
 
Butter, margarine, cream and shortening are high in saturated and trans fats, and anything made from them such as pastry, cookies, gravy, cream-based sauces and fried foods. Substitute butter with a low-fat substitute and choose monounsaturated fats such as canola oil or olive oil for cooking, in moderation.
 
Choose Low-Fat Protein
Protein is essential for a healthy body, but cut out the fatty options. Substitute fatty meat, beef burgers and processed meat products such as sausages with low fat options such as chicken breast, lean ground meats or soy products. Fish is heart healthy as oily fish has omega-3 fatty acids which actually lower blood fats called triglycerides. Change to low-fat milk and use egg whites or egg substitute in place of cholesterol-laden egg yolks.
 
Eat More Fresh Vegetable and Fruit
Bulky and high in vitamins and minerals, vegetables and fresh fruit are a good source of dietary fiber. Raw vegetable croutons or fresh fruit make it easy to have a heart-healthy snack. Stir-fry vegetables and fruit salad made with a little sugar-free apple juice make an excellent meal or dessert in themselves. The things to avoid are high sodium canned vegetables, fried vegetables, canned fruit in syrup and fruit with sugar added.
 
Reduce Salt (Sodium)
Sodium has been found to cause high blood pressure which raises the risk for heart disease. The recommended daily maximum intake is 2,300 mg which is about a teaspoonful. Few of us add that much salt at the table, but salt is present in many processed foods. Canned soups, prepared meals and savory snacks, nuts and chips are very high in sodium so check the label and restrict your intake accordingly. Buy reduced sodium versions of salt, soy sauce and canned soups where possible.
 
Substitution rather than total abstinence is the best way to tackle your new heart healthy diet. Choose whole grain bread, flour, rice and cereal rather than refined “white” products which have had all the fiber and goodness processed out. Whole grains help regulate healthy blood pressure which leads to a healthy heart. Pies, cakes, corn bread, doughnuts, buttered popcorn and high-fat crackers should be a very rare treat for those serious about keeping their heart healthy. 
 
 
 
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What are the Best Recipes to Keep Your Heart Healthy

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Your diet can make or break your best health intentions. And this is especially true when it comes to your blood pressure

If you are eating an inflammatory, acidic, highly processed, sugar-laden, salt-filled diet, then medications and even supplements will only hold you over for so long. Soon, you’ll need to either up your dosage, take it more frequently, or start adding in prescription after prescription just to offset your damaging diet.

Fortunately, the reverse is also true. If you clean up your diet and choose foods that are alkaline rather than acid, rich in antioxidants and fiber, and low in sodium, then you can not only work to get off medications, you may be able to maintain healthy blood pressure levels for life. And, best of all, the solutions can be downright delicious!

To help you lower your blood pressure naturally and delectably, download and try these heart-healthy recipes.They all boast high antioxidant levels, amazing amounts of fiber, powerful anti-inflammatory oils and spices, and low to no sodium. 

Heart Healthy Recipes