Tag Archives: healthy food

Did You Know?… About Brain Health

2 Nov

  
Did you know that a Western diet high in saturated fat can shrink the brain?

A study in Australia shows how the brain of people consuming an unhealthy diet, characterized of meat, hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and soft drinks, showed a decrease in volume versus the brain of people consuming a healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, grilled fish and salad.

This ‘brain shrinkage’ is associated with neurodegenerative disorders, depression, impaired learning and memory.

The good news is that if you eat a healthy diet, you can promote the growth of new neurons and have a healthy brain and life.
Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Chocolate Makes You Healthier!

18 Jun

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A new study reveals that people who eat chocolate have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. It also proves that the more chocolate, the better. The group who consumed more chocolate, were the ones found to have a lower risk.

You can add cacao nibs to smoothies or eat dark chocolate. That way you stay away from sugar and other processed unhealthy ingredients.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

New Dietary Recommendations 

1 Jun

Forget Cholesterol, Cut Sugar Consumption 


New Dietary guidelines say to forget cholesterol, instead, cut sugar out. No link has been found between dietary cholesterol and heart disease. But a significant link was found between sugar and heart disease. The recommendations are to limit sugar to 10% of calories consumed per day, I would try to aim for less than this. 

Eating a plant based diet and avoiding consumption of processed foods is the healthiest way to go.
Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Mindful Eating

24 Apr

Mindful

Mindful eating means being present while eating. Eating without distractions.

A recent study in the UK demonstrates that people who were distracted while eating consumed more calories than those who were not.

Try eating while sitting down, turn TV and all electronic devices OFF and concentrate on eating, the flavors, the texture of the food, chewing and how much you are enjoying your healthy meal.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of The Week: Lentils

20 Mar

Lentils are small grains, easy to digest and high in vitamins B, C, K, folate, fiber, protein iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

Due to their high fiber content, they help control blood sugarlower cholesterol levels and prevent colon cancer. They are recommended for pregnant women. 

Unlike beans and other grains, lentils don’t need to be presoaked, so they are a fast dish to prepare. 

Lentil Soup

(Serves 4)

  • 1 cup green or brown lentils
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • salt and pepper

In a pot, add olive oil and heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery, cook for about 5 minutes or until onion is soft, then add lentils and tomato, cook together for a few minutes, add water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until lentils are cooked (about 20 minutes). Enjoy.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Did you know?… About Plant Protein

1 Mar

Did you know that plant protein is as good as animal protein?

The big difference is that plant protein has fiber and phytonutrients and animal protein does not.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. We are able to produce 11 out of 20 of them, the other 9 have to be obtained from our diets. These amino acids are abundant in:

  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Sea Vegetables
Remember plant protein is as good as animal protein but contains no saturated fat and lot’s of fiber that can help you lose the extra weight.
Eat healthy, be happy!

Food of the Week: Kale

28 Feb

Although kale is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet, not a lot of people know what it is.

Kale contains twice the antioxidants present in other leafy greens, it is high in vitamin K, C and A and in minerals like folate, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and copper.

It is also high in fiber and protein.

Kale has proven to prevents cardiovascular disease, cancer, eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. It is protective against high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. Maintains healthy skin, stimulates the immune system and activates the body’s detoxification enzymes.

Kale is rich in sulphoraphane, a phytochemical known to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, the bacteria linked to stomach and duodenal ulcers.

I love kale in juices and salads!

Kale Salad with Cashews and Mustard Dressing

This is my favorite salad!

1 bunch kale, stems removed

1 avocado, cubed

1 handful cashew nuts

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

Salt and pepper

In a small bowl add garlic, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix. Add to kale, avocado and cashews and enjoy!

Remember… Eat healthy, be happy!