Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fight Oxidation with Anti-Oxidants

A big thank you to the 18 or so participants in my Kitchen Corner class last night! They discovered how great sprouted wheat berries are in my Ultimate Minestrone and how to make creamy non-dairy soups by blending nuts or seeds. I stressed the importance of consuming a large amount of foods that contain anti-oxidants. These are colorful fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. Scientists indicate that we get 10,000 oxidative hits a day. I like to compare this to an apple after you cut it open. Set it on the counter for a while and it starts to turn brown. That's oxidation. Eating colorful fruits and veggies that have a lot of anti-oxidants will fight those free radicals that attack our cells and cause us to age and possibly cause our cells to become cancerous.
I also taught this to an amazing group of ladies in my breakfast smoothie class this morning at the Bridge Recovery Center. They learned how to make 3 yummy green smoothies loaded with anti-oxidants.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cruciferous Power

 Last week we learned why greens are so great. This week we are going to learn about cruciferous vegetable. These vegetables are the best of all the greens and even  a few vegetables that aren't so green. Here is a list:
Kale, collards, bok choy, arugula, water cress, brussle sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, horseradish, radish, mustard greens, turnips, rutabaga, and there are a few others but these are the most common and easy to find.  Type this list up. Post it on your refrigerator and get 2 servings a day. A serving is 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked.

Why are cruciferous vegetables so great?

Cruciferous vegetables have powerful anti cancer compounds. When you chop, blend, or chew these vegetables, you activate those anti-cancer compounds which have been shown to detoxify and remove carcinogens, KILL cancer cells, and prevent tumors from growing.
Pharmacol Res 2007;55:224-236     Reported by Joel Fuhrman, MD.
Our cells get damaged every day. If we don't want those damaged cells to become cancer, we must eat cruciferous veggies! Eat them every day.

Twenty-eight servings of vegetables per week decrease prostate cancer risk by 33%, but just 3 servings of cruciferous vegetables per week decreased prostate cancer risk by 41%.
J. Natl Cancer Inst 2000;92:61-68    Reported by Joel Fuhrman, MD

What if we were to eat 28 servings of vegetables a week AND 3 servings of cruciferous vegetables?

One serving per day of cruciferous vegetables reduced the risk of breast cancer by over 50%!
Int J Cancer 2009;125:181-188
What would 2 servings do? There is no excuse for this epidemic!

Join me at the Kitchen Corner ( Wednesday January 23rd at 6:30 pm to learn about how to incorporate these amazing foods into your diet deliciously!

The reason cruciferous vegetables are so powerful against cancer is that they have phytochemicals in them that prevent new blood vessel growth, which is needed for tumor growth. No blood vessel growth, no tumor growth.
Need some tasty ideas to get them into your diet?
Add a leaf or two of kale or collards to your morning smoothie.
Shred cabbage (red is best) on your salad
Any cruciferous veggie is good on a salad
Use cabbage leaves instead of lettuce on your sandwich or wrap
Use cabbage leaves instead of bread for your wrap
Have an open faced sandwich and us a cabbage leaf for the top to hold things together
Chop up broccoli very fine and use in place of or for 1/2 of the hamburger in any recipe. Trust me!! I love it in my chili.
Cut Brussle sprouts in half, steam and use in place of chicken in casseroles. Trust me on this one too!
Blend steamed cauliflower to a cream and use in place of cream in soups and casseroles.

I've added a recipe for Kale and Black Bean Tacos from my book Whole Good Goodness to my recipe page. They might not sound very good but these are the best! My very favorite quick and easy recipe. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Power of Greens!

If you have absolutely no time to cook healthy, there is one simple thing you can do to add powerful health promoting nutrients to your diet. Green smoothies!
Greens are the healthiest foods on the planet and blending them up in a smoothie makes over 90% of the nutrients bioavailable. That means your body will absorb them instead of flushing them down the toilet because we didn't chew our salad good enough. You can find an easy smoothie recipe here:
  Use the basic principle in this recipe then go crazy and be creative. It's fun and you'll feel great!

What is it about greens that are so great? 

 #1 - Greens contain a carotenoid anti-oxidant called Lutein. Studies show that people with the highest levels of lutein in their blood have no cholesterol in the arteries.
I put them in everything!

#2 - Not only do they contain the antioxidant lutein, they also contain another antioxidant call zeaxanthin. These two antioxidants are the only known carotenoids located in the human retina. Light must pass through lutin and zeaxanthin before being transmitted to the cells that send visual information to the brain. They also protects the eye from damage from blue light and improves several aspects of visual performance. Reported by Joel Fuhrman, MD
Eat your greens every day!

#3 - Each daily serving of leafy green vegetables produces a 9% decrease risk of type 2 diabetes.
Reported by Joel Fuhrman, MD
Published in Diabetes Care 2008;31:1311-1317

Include a nice big leafy green salad with your favorite veggies every day. Make sure you add a healthy salad dressing. Try my Sweet Mustard Dressing on my recipe page.

#4 - One study showed that 1/4 cup of greens a day will cut your risk of heart attack by 67%! (Am J. Clin. Nut 2010)
They protect blood vessels, reduce oxidative stress, and reduce inflammation. They are only about 100 calories per pound and are between 25 - 39% protein.
They are one of the highest nutrient, lowest calorie foods you can eat.
Join me at the Kitchen Corner in St. George on January 23 to learn how to make 3 delicious soups using these ingredible foods.

#5 - If you find yourself at a salad bar this weekend and you are wondering which greens are the best to put on your salad, spinach gives you the strongest protection against all the cancers tested including breast, pr...ostate, pancreatic, stomach, kidney, lung and brain tumors. Lettuces tested were boston, endive, radicchio, romaine, and spinach.
This study was reported by Michael Greger, MD on his web site

#6 - Greens are low calorie density. They are also high nutrient density. That is an excellent combination. Low calorie, high nutrition. Watch this great video clip from one of my favorite nutrition experts:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Warm and Cozy Comfort Foods

Here is your Health for Life Cooking menu for January 2013.

Tomato Soup
My favorite soup as a kid was Campbell's Tomato Soup. The best part about it was adding a package of Saltine Crackers to it. I have always liked chunky soups but that was ridiculous. At 190 mg of sodium for every 5 crackers, I'm sure I was getting above the daily limit just in the crackers. The soup alone has 480 mg in just 1 cup. This home made version is much better nutritionally and tastes great. I make it a little thicker than the Campbell's and add some my own oven baked croutons that make this soup very satisfying. 
White Bean Potato and Broccoli
This is an updated version of my White Bean Potato in my cookbook Whole Food Goodness. I've add blended cauliflower to give the soup extra creaminess, and I've also added mushrooms and chopped broccoli to give it a powerful nutritional boost. A bowl of this soup will give you your GOMBS for the day. Greens, onions, mushrooms, beans, and seeds. According to Dr. Joel Furhman, these foods fight cancer with every bite! And most importantly, it's rich, creamy and so delicious!

 Brown Rice Risotto
This recipe is adapted from Katherine Lawrence, a Cancer Project instructor. Along with the onion, garlic, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, I've added mushrooms, carrots, and peas to meat my nutritional goals. Mix in some short grain brown rice and a rich creamy sauce made with nutritional yeast and sesame seeds and you have a very flavorful and satisfying meal.

And there you have it! Health for Life Cooking to start off your New Years resolutions. One class will be offered this month in April's Kitchen on Tuesday January 8. We will begin at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you in class.

My Kitchen Corner cooking class will be on Wednesday January 23. I will be demonstrating the White Bean Potato and Broccoli Soup, Tomato Soup, and Ultimate Minestrone. Check here for details.

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