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Avocados: Heart-Healthy Aphrodisiac!

Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Avocados, a staple in Mexico, Central and South America were considered an aphrodisiac by the Aztecs, who called the pear-shaped fruit ‘ahuacate.’  Avocados were first grown in the US early in 20th century.

In the 1920’s farmers changed the name to avocado because ‘ahuacate’ was difficult for Americans to pronounce. Worse yet, it is the Aztec word for testicle. As it turns out, the ancient Aztecs may have been onto something!

Few would argue that good health is essential for good sex. Food affects how we feel and function and one of the best ways to build sexual health is through good nutrition.  Avocados contain many nutrients considered essential to sexual health, such as vitamin E,  sometimes called the ‘sex vitamin,’ because it is believed to promote Continue reading “Avocados: Heart-Healthy Aphrodisiac!”

Healthy and Delicious Vegan Barbecue! Recipe: Grilled Tempeh Kebobs

 

Grilled Tempeh Kabobs

Kebabs are a great choice when entertaining. Easy to make and visually appealing, this skewered tempeh dish is set up in advance. Kebabs may be grilled on a barbecue or cooked just as easily under a broiler or in the oven.

Our enlightened approach to kebab making offers a delicious, cruelty-free alternative to traditional, heart-heavy animal products. Tempeh is a whole soyfood that has been cultured from soybeans into a cake with a slightly nutty, smoky flavor and a tender, chewy texture that even meat eaters can appreciate. Continue reading “Healthy and Delicious Vegan Barbecue! Recipe: Grilled Tempeh Kebobs”

Tempeh and Black Bean Chili, Hearty, Healthful and Satisfying

Tempeh (tem-pay) is a delicious whole soyfood that is nothing like tofu. These tender cakes of cultured whole soybeans have a chewy texture and hearty consistency that even meat eaters like.

Rich in fiber and a nutrient dense source of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and unique phytonutrients, the mighty soybean delivers on all the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood.

According to Dr. James Anderson, chief investigator of the landmark meta-analysis on soy and heart health 1, soy foods are some of the healthiest foods you can put on the table. This is because they help fight what Dr. Anderson calls the ‘Big Five,’ heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high-blood pressure. Continue reading “Tempeh and Black Bean Chili, Hearty, Healthful and Satisfying”

Top 10 Foods for Optimal Eye Health

 

Eating the right foods is essential for maintaining healthy eyes. Antioxidants have been credited with preventing illness and anti-aging protection from degenerative disease.

Foods rich in carotenoids, the antioxidant pigment that gives color to produce, have been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60. 1 As a rule, fruits and vegetables with the most color have more antioxidants.

Studies show that a higher dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that often appear together, is related to a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related eye conditions.2 Continue reading “Top 10 Foods for Optimal Eye Health”

British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants

Eating Green is a single act with a dual purpose, a healthier planet and a healthier you

Consumers are becoming concerned about food, health and safety issues and the social and ecological implications of their purchases. There is a growing distrust of conventional agro-industrial foods and consumers perceive organic products to be a more sustainable system delivering better-tasting, healthier and safer food.

A ten-year study by scientists at U.C. Davis in California found that the level of quercitin, the most common flavonoid in the human diet and the major flavonoid in tomatoes, increased 79 percent as a result of organic management. Also remarkable, the level of kaempferol, a natural antioxidant thought to prevent arteriosclerosis.

According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating organic fruits and vegetables will increase the body’s antioxidant intake by about 30 percent, as compared to conventionally grown produce[1] Continue reading “British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants”

Plant Based Diet Promotes Healthy Mood State

 

It has been well documented that people who choose a vegetarian diet enjoy superior health with lower risks for a variety of disorders, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.1  Now, science has presented us with yet another reason to choose the healthful vegetarian lifestyle.

A study published in Journal Nutrition has linked the vegetarian lifestyle with healthier mood states.2  It turns out that vegetarians are not only a lot healthier than the rest of the population, apparently, they are a lot happier, too. How does this finding challenge current recommendations?

Vegetarian diets exclude fish, long touted as a major dietary source of omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from dietary sources. Omega-3 fats, in the form of DHA and EPA are critical regulators of brain cell structure and function. Omnivorous diets low in EPA and DHA have been linked to impaired mood states. Continue reading “Plant Based Diet Promotes Healthy Mood State”

Kale, Hearty Green Superfood! Recipe: Torn Kale and Jammin’ Vinaigrette

Torn Kale, Diced Pears, Cranberries and Slivered Almonds with Jammin’ Vinaigrette

Kale has a lively pungent flavor, somewhat like a cross between cabbage and spinach with delicious, peppery notes. This leafy green powerhouse delivers more nutritional value for fewer calories than just about any other food.

One of the best sources of vitamins A, C and K, kale is a very good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Just one cup of cooked kale contains more then 1000 percent of the daily value of vitamin K and more than 150 percent of the daily value for vitamin A and beta-carotene.

Most people are not aware of Vitamin K. Long known for its critical role in blood clotting, vitamin K is also important for forming and maintaining strong bones. 1.  Kale also contains the health-promoting phytonutrients, zeaxanthin and lutein, which promote eye health. 2. Continue reading “Kale, Hearty Green Superfood! Recipe: Torn Kale and Jammin’ Vinaigrette”

Hot off the Griddle ~ High Protein Strawberry Banana Pancakes ~ No Added Fat!

 

Tasty, healthful, antioxidant rich and vegan… These Strawberry Banana Pancakes are a great way to start the day!

Pancakes have been with us for a very long time.  There is evidence of pancake cookery from the Stone Age.  Analysis of grinding tools from about 30,000 years ago suggests that pancakes were among the first foods that humans learned to cook.

The ancient Greeks and Romans ate pancakes that were sweetened with honey and in the Elizabethan era, pancakes were a popular breakfast food flavored with spices, rosewater, sherry and apples.

With origins in the Middle Ages, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day falls on the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, a day of feasting before the beginning of Lent. Traditionally lots of pancakes were eaten as a way to use up eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting during Lent. Continue reading “Hot off the Griddle ~ High Protein Strawberry Banana Pancakes ~ No Added Fat!”

Grilled Veggies with a Delightful Ponzu Glaze!

Vegetables are a great choice for grilling and whether cooking over an open fire, which imparts a lovely smoky flavor or on a handy indoor electric grill, the possibilities are endless.

While most vegetables do very well on the grill, corn on the cob, summer squash, red, green and gold bell peppers are perennial favorites.

Vegetables with high moisture content, such as leafy greens, celery and cucumbers would not be great grilling options. You should choose fresh vegetables that are still firm to the touch with bright skin without bruises or blemishes. 
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The Clear Skin Diet: Six-Week Program for Beautiful Skin

There is a new book on the shelf that promises to clear up acne with dietary intervention in six weeks! The Clear Skin Diet: The Six-Week Program for Beautiful Skin, Hachette Books ©Nina and Randa Nelson, 2018.

Acne is a skin condition that often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples on the face, chest, upper back and shoulders. It is the most common skin disorder in the country and while most typical among teenagers, it can affect people of any age.

Nina and Randa Nelson are identical twins who have appeared in numerous commercials, TV shows and music videos since their junior year in high school. These wholesome, beautiful young women working in the entertainment industry both developed cystic acne at the very same time. Continue reading “The Clear Skin Diet: Six-Week Program for Beautiful Skin”