Draw Raves with this Luscious Curried Couscous Stir Fry!

Couscous (KOOS-koos) is widely consumed in the Middle East and a staple throughout North Africa, where couscous is the national dish of countries, such as Morocco and Tunisia.

In the 2008 cult classic, “Pineapple Express,” couscous was described as a food so nice, they named it twice and indeed this quick cooking type of pasta is gaining in popularity.

While the granules may look like grains, couscous is actually a form of pasta made by rolling durum wheat flour (semolina) with salted water to form small kernels. Couscous is a light, tasty and very convenient ingredient, as it cooks in just five minutes. Continue reading “Draw Raves with this Luscious Curried Couscous Stir Fry!”

The Mediterranean Diet … What’s the Secret?

The Mediterranean Diet is an “in” topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. What is it? Where did it come from? Why is it good? Merits are rarely detailed; possible downsides are never mentioned.” So, let’s dig in….

After World War II, the government of Greece asked the Rockefeller foundation to come in and assess the situation. Impressed by the low rates of heart disease in the region, nutrition scientist Ancel Keys – after which “K” rations were named – initiated his famous seven countries study.

In this study, he found the rate of fatal heart disease on the Greek isle of Crete was 20 times lower than in the United States. They also had the lowest cancer rates and fewest deaths overall. What were they eating? Continue reading “The Mediterranean Diet … What’s the Secret?”

Patriotic Pancakes

Delightful Red White and Blue Pancakes made healthy and delicious without eggs or dairy and contain zero cholesterol or saturated fat!

Celebrate your independence from high fat, cholesterol and saturated fat loaded foods with these delightful Red White and Blue Pancakes this 4th of July!

Whether sweet or savory, pancakes are not just for breakfast or brunch anymore. Diners and some restaurant chains are known for serving breakfast any time of day and you can enjoy these tasty and nutritious pancakes any time of the day … or year, too!

Plump, sweet and juicy, fresh blueberries and strawberries bring great nutrition and powerful antioxidants to the table. Continue reading “Patriotic Pancakes”

Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm

In 1936, Albert Szent-Györgyi, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering vitamin C described a vitamin “P,” which we now know encompasses a class of thousands of phytonutrients called flavonoids.

Some, like quercitin, are abundant in plant-based foods. We can tell something is plentiful in the plant kingdom when you can find it even in iceberg lettuce!

Other phytonutrients, however, are only found in specific plant groups. Hesperidin, for instance is found primarily in citrus fruits. This may be one of the reasons that, of all the different types of fruit that have been studied, citrus fruit may cut the risk of stroke the most. Continue reading “Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm”

Easy Fruit Butters: Fat-free, Sugar-free and Delectable!

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Fruit butter is a delightful treat that is wonderful on toast, muffins, waffles or pancakes and once took hours of slow cooking to produce the rich, velvety texture from fresh fruit. There is a better way to make these luscious spreads, which do a great job of replacing fatty butter or margarine.

High fat dairy products have more than artery clogging saturated fat and cholesterol on board. A number of environmental pollutants bioaccumulate, therefore the higher up you are eating on the food chain, the more concentrated the environmental toxins.1

There is not a drop of butter in fruit butter.  The name comes from the smooth, easy-spread consistency, much like room temperature butter. Traditional fruit butter recipes call for a full cup of sugar to two cups of fruit and were actually cooked twice. Not so with these terrific spreads! Continue reading “Easy Fruit Butters: Fat-free, Sugar-free and Delectable!”

Top 10 Reasons to Eat Avocados

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Health conscious consumers once shunned avocados for being too high in fat. These days, avocados have been vindicated. Numerous scientific studies suggest eating avocados as an important part of a healthy diet.

No matter how you slice it avocados are not only delicious, they are exceptionally good for you, too!

Health benefits associated with eating avocados:

A Healthy Heart

  • Avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat like that in olive oil, which actually lowers blood cholesterol. Avocados are also rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and folate, which can help reduce the risk heart disease dramatically. Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons to Eat Avocados”

Grilled Fruit Sundaes

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Grilling fruit imparts a smoky intensity to the sweet juiciness of ripe summer fruit. Grilled Fruit Sundaes feature ripe chunks of pineapple, strawberries, bananas and apples over dairy-free strawberry ice cream and topped with Tosteds soynuts.

The fruit kebabs are rolled in Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade raw cane sugar from Malawi, a Demerara type sugar prized for its large sparkling crystals and rich aroma. You can grill fruit kebabs on a barbeque or pop them under the broiler.

Fruit makes a great dessert and contains lots of fiber and disease fighting antioxidants however; traditional dessert making can add unhealthy cholesterol, excessive fat and calories that overshadow the healthful benefits. Continue reading “Grilled Fruit Sundaes”