Why Cooking From Scratch is Better

Here on the blog, I’ve shared quite a few recipes in the last 6 years. Personally, I prefer eating simple meals using real food. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating out occasionally, or that I don’t like short cuts in the kitchen. Unlike many people, I cannot live on take out. In the US, 60% of households order takeout weekly. With talks about America’s eating habits reaching unhealthy levels, there are ways to turn things around. This includes cooking from scratch and being responsible for what goes into your home-cooked meals. Indeed, you may not be able to cook all the time, and that may require eating out or ordering takeout. However, you benefit more when your meals are cooked from scratch. It can even help bring families together. Having everyone sit at the table and share your evening meal builds strong bonds. Today let’s discuss the main reasons for cooking from scratch.

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Balsamic-Glazed Salmon

Besides having great taste, wild salmon with that red hue greatly helps our bodies. It’s a great source of protein, potassium, and selenium, a mineral that protects bone health, improves thyroid function, and reduces the risk of cancer.  Salmon can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, aid in weight control, and protect brain health.The vitamin B12 in salmon keeps blood and nerve cells healthy and helps you make DNA. But for your health, the true beauty of salmon is its wealth of omega-3 fatty acids. Most omega-3s are “essential” fatty acids. Your body can’t make them, but they play critical roles in your body. You may see farmed salmon that looks red – that is a food dye added to look like wild salmon with its antioxidants. Try to always get wild caught salmon for its health benefits if possible.

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3 Tips To Deal With Inflammation

Diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent chronic inflammation

Today I’m sharing 3 tips to prevent and deal with inflammation.  Inflammation is a necessary part of the body’s immune response, but too much inflammation can lead to disease. Chronic inflammation may contribute to diabetes, obesity, celiac disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.  Most of our common ailments are caused by our bodies’ inflammatory response.  

 

A. Diet Rich in Plant Foods

 

Several years ago I began having problems with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. After reading articles and books on various approaches to a healthy diet, my diet began to evolve. Originally, it was suggested that I try a Paleo diet, but I had been on a high protein diet much of my adult life, and I wanted to see how changing that would affect me.  I searched for more information – online and in the library.  I read a book by Dr. Weil and read about an anti-inflammatory diet on his website.  I started following Forks Over Knives on Facebook and explored their website.  ForksOverKnives.com has over 400 tasty recipes, expert tips, and tools to help you transition to the life-saving, whole-foods, plant-based diet. Read More

Start Your Day With A Spinach Smoothie

I originally wrote this post in 2016 but have updated it with more info and photos.

 

 

Why eat spinach?

 

I love spinach. Spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.   It is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package. Dark leafy greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. Just do a search for the word spinach and you will see pages of articles  on the health benefits of spinach. Just eating one serving of spinach a day can make your brain 11 years younger.  A diet rich in leafy green vegetables help prevent cognitive decline according to recent research.   It slows the aging process. Read More

Pear and Pomegranate Salad

In California here in the U. S., the season for pomegranates is from October through January.  Now is the perfect time to review its great health benefits and make an effort to add the fresh seeds to our dishes.  The pomegranate seeds and the juice from them are the only edible parts of the plant and are a super food.  The juice was shown in a research study to have the highest level of antioxidants of all the fruit juices. It helps keep your arteries clear and lowers blood pressure. Read More