Archive | May, 2012

Did You Know? About Liver Cancer

31 May

Did you know that obese children are more likely to develop liver cancer as adults?

It’s amazing how a condition in your childhood has effects on your body 30, 40 or 50 years later.

Childhood is the time to create a healthy body for the rest of your life and if you didn’t do it in those years you can start today! It’s never to late and you’ll be happy you did!

Remember… Eat Healthy be Happy!

Food of The Week: Almonds

29 May

Almonds are rich in vitamins E, B2, B3, B5, folate, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and fiber. They also contain protein and omega 6 fatty acids. They are antioxidant and help lower cholesterol. They maintain healthy glucose and fat levels in the blood. They are great for the skin and help people trying to lose weight. They have more calcium than any other nut, which makes them helpful against osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Almond Milk

A lot of people ask me how almond milk is made. I tell them it the easiest thing to make and everyone should make their own.

1 cup raw organic almonds (unsalted)

3 cups water

1 tablespoon agave nectar or 3 dates (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The first step is to remove the skin from the almonds. You can do this by soaking them for 24 hours (best) or if in a hurry, boiling 2 cups of water, then adding the almonds and letting them boil for 3 minutes.

Remove water and cool almonds (if boiled) for a few minutes, until they are cool enough to touch. You can either peel the skin off or use them as they are.

Add 3 cups of filtered water to a blender (I use my Vitamix, it’s the best!), then add almonds and if you want your almond milk a little sweeter add agave nectar or dates. Blend for a couple of minutes and strain using a fine mesh strainer. Enjoy…

Remember Eat Healthy… Be Happy!

Eating Berries is Linked to Delay in Cognitive Decline

16 May

A recent article published in the Annals of Neurology reports that berries intake, slow memory decline in older women.

Dr. Devore says that flavonoid consumption in berries “could be a potential strategy for reducing cognitive decline in older adults.”

Make sure you eat a handful of berries a day. I always have them clean so they are ready to eat.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Banana

14 May

Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium, they are creamy, delicious and low in fat. A good source of B2, B6, C, folic acid, calcium, iodine, magnesium, copper and zinc.

Bananas are high in fiber and protective against high blood pressure, high in tryptophan, which encourages relaxation and protective against stomach ulcers.

My Parent’s Banana Oatmeal Muffins Recipe 

2 bananas mashed

1 1/4 cup oats

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 cup blueberries

8 walnuts chopped

cinnamon

Preheat oven to 395ºF (202ºC) and lightly grease muffin pan with olive or coconut oil.

With a wooden spoon mix oats, bananas, walnuts, cinnamon and water in a bowl, then add blueberries.

Fill the muffin cups with the mixture and bake for 30 minutes.

These are the healthiest muffins ever!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Prenatal Exposure to Pesticides May Harm Children’s Brain

9 May

A recent article published by WebMD News, informs that prenatal exposure to pesticides used in crops, resulted in abnormalities in the brain cortex of children. 

The abnormalities consisted of areas of enlargement and others which were reduced, these anatomical changes disturb normal brain development and resulted in children with lower IQ’s and decline in memory. 

The pesticide studied is chlorpyrifos, which was banned for residential use, but is still allowed on crops and may be sprayed in public areas.

The best way to avoid exposure to this pesticide,  is, for pregnant women to stay away from crops and farms and to eat organic produce and foods. 

Remember… Eat Health, Be Happy!

Did You Know? Avoiding GMO’s

8 May

The best way to avoid GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) is to buy organic products and to avoid the GM crops and their derivatives. These crops are:

  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Cottonseed
  • Canola
  • Sugar beets
  • Hawaiian papaya
  • Zucchini
  • Crook neck squash
  • Alfalfa

Avoid buying conventional produce of these vegetables and read the labels in processed foods to make sure they are not in there either. Hopefully we can have GMO’s labeled soon.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Amaranth

7 May

Amaranth, very abundant in Mexico and a mayor crop of the Aztecs, is a super nutritious grain. It is gluten free and very rich in protein. Also a good source of calcium, iron, vitamins B, C, E, folate potassium and zinc.

Studies show that amaranth reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s beneficial for the lungs, the immune system and for pregnant women.

It can be eaten with fruit as a breakfast cereal, with vegetables or it can be added to pancakes, muffins or cookies.

Remember Eat Healthy, Be Happy!