Grilled Watermelon with Feta and Mint

One of the prime pleasures of summer is ripe, juicy watermelon. Watermelon is not only delicious but also very nutritious. As I wrote last summer, (Watermelon’s Great Health Benefits), this red fruit is filled with antioxidants, lycopene, vitamins, and minerals. As a matter of fact, ripe watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes. It is low in sodium, calories and fat. What could be better than healthy food that has great taste?

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Clean Eating With Eggplant 4 Recipes: Gluten Free and Vegetarian

Eggplant is a great addition to your clean eating diet. Right now eggplant is available at my local farmer’s market. Beautiful piles of purple eggplant, smaller varieties and round large ones, are tasty and nutritious. They can be fixed many ways as either a side dish or the main event at a meatless meal. Eggplant or aubergine is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.

 

 

Ripe harvested eggplants in wooden box placed on grassy ground

 

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Wellness: Your Diet Changes Your Genes – You Are What You Eat

One morning I checked my Twitter feed and found an interesting link to new research on genes and health. As usual, I began clicking links from one article to another going on an amazing hunt for information. Most of us think of genes as the unchanging and stable part of us inherited from our ancestors. I learned that genes, a part of the DNA molecule, have small chemicals that attach in a process called epigenetics. When they attach to genes, they ‘mark’ the gene.  These complex chemical compounds tell the genome what to do, and the marked gene is sometimes passed on as cells divide. Read More

Crispy Cabbage Waldorf Salad

Several years ago I wanted to come up with a cabbage salad. I love cabbage – its crunchiness and taste.  Cabbage is a low-calorie, fiber-rich vegetable with health-benefiting phytochemicals. It is healthy and filling with lots of fiber. I am not a fan of most cole slaws as most restaurants pulverize the cabbage and carrots in a food processor until it has little resemblance to the original produce and then douse it with too much sugar. Every now and then I am pleasantly surprised but not often. I really like chewing a great salad whether lettuce or cabbage and savoring the flavor.  A local diner I love gave me the idea for cabbage Waldorf with their chicken Waldorf salad with carrots, celery, apple and fresh sliced grapes instead of raisins. The mound of salad is surrounded by beautiful red slices of tomato. This quickly became one of my favorite lunches at the diner. Read More

Healthy Diet: The Wonderful Avocado’s Health Benefits

I was introduced to avocados in my twenties when I first moved to Florida. Living in Miami, co-workers and friends often had fruit trees in their yards. Seasonally bags of oranges, grapefruit and avocados would be brought to work and distributed. Florida avocados are much bigger than Hess avocados, and friends taught me how to make guacamole from my gifts. We would make a big bowl and sit with guacamole and chips while watching a Dolphin’s game on Sunday. Great fun. Read More

Healthy Diet: Health Benefits and Risks With Low-Cost, Nutritious Beans

Beans are such a healthy addition to your diet. Because a 1/3 cup of cooked beans  contains around 80 calories, no cholesterol, lots of complex carbohydrates, and little fat, they are a nutritious ingredient in your recipes. They have lots of vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins and potassium. Beans are low in sodium and high in fiber which promotes digestive health and relieves constipation. Eating beans may help prevent colon cancer, and reduce blood cholesterol (a leading cause of heart disease). The complex carbs and protein help manage diabetes by releasing a slow, steady source of glucose. This prevents sugar spikes associated with simple carbs. Read More

The Ancient Fruit, Pomegranate, Has Super Food Benefits

The pomegranate is an ancient fruit that has been eaten for thousands of years. Originally from Persia, the pomegranate spread throughout the Mediterranean area in ancient times. Today it is widely cultivated for its beauty as an ornamental shrub and especially for its fruit. The fruit has a tough outer layer and a large center of juicy seeds. Only the seeds and juice from the seeds are edible and are extremely nutritious.
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