Studies show that diets loaded with vegetables lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, and a variety of other health issues. But the CDC reports that most people eat less than half of the recommended daily servings. So how do you add more veggies to your daily diet? Try these "tips and tastes," and you’ll not only add more veggies, you’ll feel more energetic and healthy from the benefits of more fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients!
Artichokes are one of the best vegetables you can eat for better health. Anthocyanins, quercetin, rutin, and many other antioxidants contained in fresh artichokes offer a range of health benefits ranging from cancer prevention and immune support to protection against heart and kidney disease. Artichokes also contain lots of fiber, about 10 grams per artichoke.
Below is a great recipe that incorporates the green veggie. Enjoy!
• 64 oz. of vegetable broth – organic or homemade
• Juice of 1 lemon...
o 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
o 1 small red or white onion, peeled and chopped
o 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
o 1 to 1 ½ tsp chili pepper
o 4 gloves garlic, chopped fine
Some herbs for taste and presentation (optional)
Heat oven to 400o. Place the prepared potatoes (or yams) and onions in a reusable plastic bag. Drizzle in the olive oil. Shake bag to coat vegetables well. Next, spread the vegetables into a glass baking dish in one layer;...
It’s no wonder we think of golden yellow and warm orange when we think of Autumn – and not just because of the changing of the leaves. These are also the colors of some of the season’s healthiest vegetables – providing a great alternative to traditional (sauce-and-cheese) comfort foods! In fact, Fall is an ideal time to add root vegetables to your table.
Why are root vegetables so good for you especially this time of year?
As the weather turns cooler, our bodies need more warming foods. Root vegetables, which grow abundantly this tim...
Following my previous blog post, here's a great recipe that is sure to keep your skin glowing due to it's high omega-3 content:
Salmon with Red and Orange Vegetables
• 2 King salmon (wild) fillets, washed and patted dry, skin on
• 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
• 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped small or minced
• 1 red pepper, chopped
• 1 bunch kale, chopped or torn into small pieces
• ½ cup of vegetable stock
• 2 to 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
• 2 TBSP fresh-squeezed lemon juice ...
Let’s talk organic! You can reduce the amount of toxins you eat by buying organic fruits and veggies whenever possible to avoid consuming pesticides. Buying organic may cost more, but it is an excellent investment in your health. Still, organic is more important for some fruits and vegetables over others. Take the lists below with you when you grocery shop!
The Dirty Dozen
Food guru Dr. Andrew Weil, among other leading health experts, recommends that we buy organic for the following dozen fruits and veggies:
One of the best benefits of juicing is the nutritional power packed into just one glass! Most people simply don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables to reap the disease-fighting benefits. While you wouldn’t normally sit down to a plate of 10 vegetables/fruits, you can make a smoothie or juice with the equivalent amount and drink to your health!
It’s important to know your juice and smoothie ingredients and which are best for you:
Not Good: Supermarket juices/smoothies often contain lots of added sugar, artificial ingredients and preser...
After a long run during the winter, I often replenish lost fluids and nutrients by eating a delicious homemade soup. After today's 10 miler, I opted for a vegetable soup prepared by my wonderful husband. He calls it my Recovery Soup! It does wonders for filling and warming me up!
Good news, Bee Fitters! According to this week’s, Women’s World, there is new research from Harvard stating that if you have a family history of cancer, you can cut your risk by 32 per cent or more just by eating a variety of bright colored fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids, the pigments that make kale green, oranges and carrots orange and tomatoes red, are responsible for helping break down harmful toxins in the body before they can wreck havoc on our cells. You don’t have to prepare a big meal to get in your daily requirement of ri...