Scallops and beans battle stroke with magnesium

A plateful of Magnesium

Smoking and stroke

Are your grandparents looking a little worn around the edges? Maybe you see them filling up on junk food or puffing away on cigarettes too often?

If so, they could be setting themselves up for a medical catastrophe known as Stroke. Holy smokes! That could be serious. Is there anything you can do to help?

Magnesium to the rescue!

If you’ve struck out asking them to quit smoking (a very hard thing to do… but oh so healthy), maybe you can get them to stock up on foods that are high in the superhero Magnesium (Mg).

Magnesium, a mineral found in some foods, has just been proven to fight off the scary Mr. Stroke.

The most common kind of stroke happens when the blood thickens enough to form a clot, which blocks a blood vessel in the brain. Researchers at the Swedish Karolinska Institute found that the risk of older folks suffering this kind of problem was reduced by 9% for each 100 milligrams of magnesium they eat each day.

Researchers think it may be because magnesium helps lower blood pressure.

Get ready to be healthy. Chop, measure, mash, and mix before you start cooking.

Here are some foods that have mega-loads of Magnesium. Put a few of them on the menu every day.

  • Green leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale, collard greens, and broccoli.
  • Nuts and seeds. Pumpkin and sesame seeds, peanuts, almonds and cashews are good choices.
  • Whole grains, like brown rice, oat bran cereal, and whole grain breads.
  • Beans. Black beans are a particularly good source, with 120 mg of Magnesium in one cup.
  • Fish. Scallops, halibut, and oysters are all good sources of Magnesium. Choose sustainably raised fish when possible.

Vinny’s readers will already have learned about most of these healthy foods. Click on the links above to find out more.

Try the recipe below for a dinner packed full of tasty Magnesium. You won’t be sorry! It’s awesomely delicious.

Isla says: “The outside and the insides of black beans are yummy!”

Only a four-year-old would think to dissect a black bean, which she went on to eat daintily, one by one, off the end of her fork.

Scallops on the shell. The white nut is the edible portion, but the coral, the reproductive gland, is also edible.

Scallops on the shell. The white nut is the edible portion, but the coral (the reproductive gland), is also edible.

Try this magnesium smorgasbord, to battle the bullies that bring on a visit from Mr. Stroke

Scallops with black bean sauce
2-3 servings

  • 1 pound scallops
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia sugar (or ordinary sugar or honey)
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cooked or canned black beans, mashed (or black bean paste)
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 fresh green chili, finely chopped (optional, especially if serving kids)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger root
  • 2 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Scallops marinating

Prepare scallops

  1. Rinse scallops in cool water. Drain and pat dry. If scallops are large, cut in half (across the middle, to make each piece skinnier).
  2. Marinate scallops with soy sauce, stevia, pepper, cornstarch, salt, and balsamic vinegar for 30 minutes.

Prepare black bean paste

  1. Rinse black beans
  2. Add garlic, chilies,  and ginger root
  3. Mix well and mash with a spoon.

Put it all together

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 10-inch skillet.
  2. Add three-quarters of the black bean paste, and stir fry for 1 minute.
  3. Add onions and bell peppers and stir fry for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add marinated scallops and cook until scallops turn white, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the rest of the black bean paste and cook for 1 minute.


  1. Sprinkle with sesame oil
  2. Serve with steamed rice mixed with more cooked black beans and a side of  steamed broccoli.

Magnesium in a pan

Tasty, chalk full of magnesium, and oh so good for keeping Stroke at bay:).


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food History & Humor
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 16:39:10

    Great post! Any way to help prevent a stroke helps, even when Grandpa doesn’t want to stop smoking. The food looks delicious!

    And as an EMT, I’m sharing some big stroke tips, too. It’s really important that everyone knows the big warning signs of a stroke, because quick treatment is vital.

    1. If a person has any sort of weakness on one side or paralysis, this could be an oncoming stroke. Note any sort of facial drooping, and ask the person to raise their arms in front of them and hold them at an even level. If one arm falls or moves downward, they could be having a stroke.

    2. Unusual confusion or trouble speaking (aphasia) could also signify a stroke. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence (“the sky is blue and the grass is green!”)–if they slur their speech, they might be in trouble.

    3. Mobility issues or vision and perception problems could also be a sign of a stroke. The person’s muscles might be partially impaired on one side, and their senses may also be less receptive.

    4. One symptom that many people overlook are headaches. Severe headaches with a sudden onset could be a sign of a stroke, even though people may brush them off and try to wait it out. These are different than migraines, but even migraines can show that you may be at an increased risk for an ischemic stroke.

    If you or anyone you know is showing signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately!


  2. FABulous Transformations
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 12:08:08

    Reblogged this on DetoxForBeauty Blog and commented:
    Magnesium levels drop during a woman’s cycle. This is what creates cravings for chocolate and sweets.
    During some research I found that the human brain accounts for 20 percent of the energy needed to run the human body. When it doesn’t get enough, it doesn’t function properly. The brain gets its energy through Glucose. Glucose is created from sugar which the body creates through insulin. PMS throws the whole system out of balance.

    In order to make insulin, the body needs a substance called red celled magnesium. During PMS, the body’s red celled magnesium levels drop, starting a chain reaction that sends us running for the chocolate fudge. Without the red celled magnesium, insulin cannot be produced, without insulin, glucose cannot be made and the brain cannot get fed properly. A hungry brain is a dangerous thing. It then sends out a panic signal to the entire body telling it that it needs sugar. The end result is we eat more sugar and the pounds start to pile on. *Remember—-> INDIGO, AZURE & AFIRE CAPSULES RESIST AND BREAK DOWN SUGARS!*
    In order to stop this from happening, you could try adding magnesium supplements during your PMS time. They don’t taste nearly as nice as a slice of chocolate cake, but you won’t have to lie down to get your jeans on.

    Check out the post below for some ways to include Magnesium to your diet during that time of the month; or even on a consistent basis if you have intense sugar cravings.

    Stay FABulous,


    • Vinny Grette
      Aug 21, 2012 @ 18:03:37

      Thanks for reblogging my post! Getting our nutrients through foods is most of the battle… because we get all the side benefits as well as the main course. But if the doc says you need special intervention, I’m all for supplements.


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