Archive | July, 2012

Did You Know? About Teen Obesity

30 Jul

Did you know that teens who play in 3 school sports teams are 39% less likely to be obese that those who play in no teams. 

Did you Know? About Hospital Food

27 Jul

Did you know that a study performed across hospitals in Canada, found that food served to patients had twice the recommended sodium levels?!

This is due to hospitals using processed foods, instead of fresh ingredients, to prepare meals.

Remember, the best way to keep adequate levels of calories, sodium and fat, is by cooking or preparing meals from fresh whole ingredients.

Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Higher Levels of Vitamins C, E and Selenium Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk

26 Jul

Higher levels of vitamins C, E and selenium can decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%. This is great news because pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rates.

Make sure to add the following foods to your diet to have optimal vitamin C, E and selenium:

Vitamin C:

  • Papaya
  • Bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Pineapple
  • Brussels sprouts

Vitamin E:

  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Asparagus

Selenium:

  • Brown rice
  • Oats
  • Brazil nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Sunflower seeds

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Beets

24 Jul

Beets are very detoxifying, this is thanks to a powerful antioxidant called betacyanin, which helps cleanse the liver, the kidneys and the gallbladder.

They are high in vitamins B3, B5, C, Folate and beta-carotene, calcium, iodine, magnesium, zinc iron and fiber.

Beets stimulate the immune system and the production of new red blood cells. They are helpful against cancer and maintain an alkali pH in the body.

Beets can be cooked or eaten raw. I love them raw in juices!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

The Famous Lentil Salad

13 Jul

Hello everyone! The famous lentil recipe is here!

Just remember the most important part of the recipe is to chop all the ingredients into tiny pieces (except for the asparagus). Here it goes…

Serves 4

2 cups cooked black beluga lentils

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 tomato (remove seeds) chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

1/2 seedless cucumber chopped

1/4 cup chives chopped

10 mint leaves chopped

1 steamed maitake mushroom chopped

5 steamed asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces

1/4 cup scallions finely cut

10 lemons

1 bunch cilantro

Sea salt and pepper

In a large bowl mix lentils, quinoa and vegetables, except for the scallions. Squeeze the juice from the 10 lemons into a blender and add the cilantro, salt and pepper. Blend on high until smooth. Transfer to a cooking pot, cover and boil for 10 minutes. Wait until cooled and add to the lentils. Add the scallions at the end.

You will love this healthy and delicious lentil recipe, let me know what you think!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Carrots

12 Jul

Carrots are rich in carotenoids, vitamins B1, B3, B6, C, E, K biotin, folate, calcium, magnesium zinc, potassium and fiber. Beta-carotene, a carotenoid found in carrots, has been found to reduce some cancer rates, by 50%.

Carrots are important for eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.

Carrots have also been found to reduce high cholesterol levels as well. Eating two carrots a day can help reduce your cholesterol levels.

I love to have my carrots raw, I use them in salads and they are also great for juicing. If juicing, remember not to use a lot of them, specially if the juicing method you are using is removing the fiber, because this increases the glucose concentration.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Oats

2 Jul

Oats are a super beneficial food for lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, due to the soluble fiber they contain, which reduces the rate at which the food leaves the stomach and so the glucose absorption is delayed. 

In addition to this great benefit, oats also contain phytonutrients that protect against oxidative damage, cancer and heart disease. They are also excellent immune system enhancers.

Oats are rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, K, biotin, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc and protein.

Oatmeal is a healthy nutritious breakfast and only takes a few minutes to prepare. Just boil oats with water and add apples, blueberries, dates, almonds, flaxseeds, walnuts, raisins, or whatever you can think of!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!