04 Dec 2014
in Breakfast foods, Desserts, food, health, science, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, brain, digestion, gut, probiotics, yogurt
Yogurt, yogurt everywhere!
Trillions of bacteria live happily in our gut. The goodies among them help us digest our food and absorb its nutrients. They also help our body make vitamins, absorb minerals, and get rid of toxins. They make our immune system strong. And best of all, they work on our brain cells to help them battle anxiety, stress, and depression. Friendly bugs in our gut make up the army that protects us from disease, including mental illness.
Good bacteria, called probiotics, come to us in fermented foods. Buttermilk, pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, sour dough bread, raw-milk cheeses and kefir all harbor the good guys. For many, though, probiotics march forth into our gut in yogurt. More
01 Apr 2014
in Breakfast foods, Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: brain, chia seeds, chocolate, fiber, heart, omega-3, protein, pudding
Don’t eat your potted pet…
Remember those little Chia sculptures that blew onto the scene about 30 years ago? We’d water them and give them a little love, and they rewarded us by growing hair and fur in all the right places. They were cute but decidedly not edible. More
18 Mar 2014
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes, Salads, Side dishes
Tags: apples, brain, fish, nutrition, omega-3, sardines, walnuts
No added salt – just wild Canadian sardines and water.
More on the omega-3s…
Omega-3 fats are vital to the workings of our brain, the most important organ of our body. They keep our memories sharp and our minds on target. Sadly, the average North American diet is not a welcoming place for these guys. More
19 Feb 2014
in food, health, recipes, Salads, Side dishes
Tags: antioxidants, apple cider vinegar, barley, brain, broccoli, cranberries, memory, nutrition, omega-3, party food, walnuts
Walnuts slash diabetic risk by a quarter. Click pic for more.
Continuing with walnuts…
Walnuts raw (see Verse 4 in my previous post) not only develop the jaw, they also strengthen teeth as well as bones in your whole body.
Then too, walnuts help you remember things… like the make-ahead party salad in last week’s blog entry I promised to post. That’s because of the huge amounts of the rarer fat component omega-3 that walnuts have. More
11 Feb 2014
in Appetizers, food, health, science, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, brain, men's health, minerals, nutrition, nuts, omega-3, vitamin E, walnuts
Can you spot the walnut hiding among all these other tasty tree nuts?
Develop the jaw,
But walnuts, stewed,
Are more quietly chewed.
—with a gentle nod to Ogden Nash
I’m nuts for walnuts…
I lied, when I promised I’d stop waxing poetic about nuts. I forgot about the walnut, one of nature’s treasures! Carrying on with my nutty soliloquy, I present verse 4.
Crunchy or pureed, if we’re smart, walnuts will be found hiding on our plates in everything from soup to salads! I’m so impressed with walnuts’ healthy benefits, I hardly know where to begin… perhaps with the letter A. More
18 Sep 2012
in food, health, recipes, science, Side dishes
Tags: anemia, antioxidants, brain, children, corn, digestion, fiber, nutrition, okra, prostate, seeds, stroke, vegetables
Annie Okra hits the target every time when it comes to scrubbing out our innards. Also known as “lady finger,” this nutritious green pod is rich in fiber as well as some other gluey stuff. This duo helps digest your dinner. More
09 Jul 2012
in Drinks, food, health
Tags: artificial sweeteners, avoiding sugar, brain, calories, cancer, children, desserts, diet soda, honey, maple syrup, nutrition, Stevia
Princess of sweet
Once upon a time, there lived a magical sweetener, named Stevia. Cousin of Chrysanthemum and sister of Sunflower, Stevia was incredibly sweet. The truth is Stevia was 300 times sweeter than her ugly stepmother, Sugar. Better yet, Stevia was sweet without any added calories. And best of all, Stevia was so much kinder than any of her catty artificial friends, who promise the same calorie-free hit but deliver nothing but trouble. More
26 Dec 2011
in Breads, Breakfast foods, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: brain, Christmas, eggs, eyes, family, fats, mood, nutrition, presentation, protein, Valentine's day
Love on toast!
Here’s a twist on a favorite recipe that has love written all over it… a heart-y breakfast to get the family into a peaceful mood for Christmas. It’s made with eggs, Vinny’s theme in recent posts.
Eggs often get a bad rap in the press. But they have lots going for them, More
18 Nov 2011
in food, health
Tags: avocados, brain, fats, nutrition, trivia
Vinny loves creamy smarty-pants avocados
Vinny just passed a nutrition quiz with flying colors. Want to try it yourself? More