Tag Archives: almonds

I Wanna Banana Manna

8 Jan

banana manna

Yes, I’m obsessed! At the Beverly Hills Juice, you pick your favorite fresh, cold pressed juice and then blend it into a delicious creamy (vegan) smoothie by adding a mix of bananas with almonds, cacao or sunflower seeds.

My absolute favorite Apple-Persimmon-Coconut, Almond Banana Manna. It’s also great with the Mixed Greens and the Apple-Ginger (if you like to try edgy new flavors).

If you haven’t been there you are missing out on the best smoothies in town! And believe me, I’ve tried them all!

Remember… 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: 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!

Fats: Not all Bad

22 Feb

I really didn’t understand fats until a few years ago.

I grew up with everyone around me saying fats were bad and fats make you fat!

I was still too young to know better, so I ordered fat free dressings on my salad, things cooked with no oils, I decided not to eat avocados, nuts and all vegetable fats! I really thought animal products were fine, as were processed foods (!?!) I had no idea what I was doing! I was letting the TV and magazine ads dictate the terrible way I was eating.

It wasn’t until I read a book about good fats that my perspective changed. This was a few years after medical school, where I heard a few things about fats, but mostly that I should stay away from them!

After reading the book I finally understood that everything in my diet was wrong. I still had a lot of research to do but I was on the right path to understand that: vegetable fats were the good fats, animal fats were mostly the bad fats and processed food fats were the terrible fats! Or as Dr. Mark Hyman says “the ugly fats.”

Good fats

Good fats are unsaturated fats. They help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and VLDL (very low density lipoproteins) and also reduce inflammation.

Some examples include:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Flax seeds and flax seed oil
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Avocados
  • Salmon
  • Sardines

Bad Fats

These fats are saturated fats that block arteries, leading to heart disease. They cause weight gain that is liked to diabetes and have been also linked to cancer.

  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Beef
  • Butter
  • Pork
  • Chicken

Trans Fats

These are the worst of them all. They are man-made, toxic and dangerous. They increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

They are present in most processed foods like:

  • Margarine
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Frozen dinners
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Cakes

Eat mostly good fats, little amounts of saturated fats and zero trans fats!

Eat healthy, be happy!