15-Minute Sauteed Fennel Salmon – Healthy Food Tip and Recipe


#AceRecipeNews – May 17 – Sauteed Fennel Salmon

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A serving of 6 of the World’s Healthiest Foods can fulfill your entire day’s requirement for vitamin C! These include: papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels spouts, strawberries and pineapple. For a fresh look at Vitamin C from the perspective of food. Today’s RecipeIf you don’t know what to serve for dinner tonight …

This is a great way to enjoy fennel. The flavor of the fennel wonderfully complements the rich taste of salmon for a complete meal that takes only 15 minutes to prepare!

15-Minute Sautéed Fennel Salmon

15-Minute Sautéed Fennel Salmon Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 lbs salmon fillet, cut into 8 pieces, skin and bones removed
  • 1 TBS + 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large fennel bulb sliced thin, save 1 TBS chopped green tops to use for garnish
  • 2 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and white pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Season salmon with a little salt and white pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 TBS broth in 10-12 inch stainless steel skillet. Healthy Sauté fennel bulb in broth over medium heat for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  3. Add 1/4 cup broth, lemon juice, pinch salt and pepper, and place salmon on top.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes. Do not overcook fennel, or it will lose its flavor. Sprinkle with chopped green fennel tops. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve.

Serves 4 Serving Suggestions: Serve with

  • Pureed Sweet Peas

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Healthy Food Tip

Why is it that iron, and calcium are considered nutrients that cancel one another out, but actually occur in high content, together, in leafy greens?

Studies on human subjects have shown that calcium can inhibit iron absorption, regardless of whether calcium is consumed in the form of a supplement or as a part of the food matrix. Importantly, research studies don’t show significant changes in indicators of iron status in individuals with high calcium intakes over long periods of time. Therefore, the inhibitory effect on iron absorption may be of short duration and/or there are likely mechanisms in place that allow the body to conserve iron stores or compensate for this interaction.

The mechanism for the inhibitory effect of calcium on iron absorption is not completely understood. Some research suggests the interaction is an intestinal absorption event that occurs at the cellular membrane level; however, it is also possible that the inhibition occurs during iron transfer into circulation.

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Marinated Bean Salad – Healthy Food Tip and Recipe


#AceRecipeNews – May 17 – Delicious and Healthy Food Tips From George

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A serving of 6 of the World’s Healthiest Foods can fulfill your entire day’s requirement for vitamin C! These include: papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels spouts, strawberries and pineapple. For a fresh look at Vitamin C from the perspective of food. Today’s RecipeIf you don’t know what to serve for dinner tonight …

This is a great dish to add to your Healthiest Way of Eating because you can keep in your refrigerator for 3-4 days and its flavor gets better each day!

Marinated Bean Salad

Marinated Bean Salad Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBS minced onion
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 cups fresh green beans cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 2 cups or 1 15 oz can (BPA-free) lima beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups or 1 15 oz can (BPA-free) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large ripe fresh tomato, chopped
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh basil (or 2 tsp dried basil)
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried oregano)
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried parsley)
  • 3 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Mince onion and press garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out its health-promoting benefits.
  2. Fill the bottom of a steamer with 2 inches of water.
  3. While steam is building up in steamer cut green beans.
  4. Steam for 5 minutes. A fork should pierce them easily when they are done.
  5. Drain and rinse canned beans. Let beans sit in colander for another couple of minutes to drain excess water.
  6. Mix all ingredients together. If you have the time, let it marinate for at least 15 minutes. It can keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Keep on hand for a quick meal.

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Healthy Food Tip

What does it mean to be healthy?

The dictionary defines health as the state of being free from illness, disease or injury. The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Here at the World’s Healthiest Foods our focus is on educating our readers how food and nutrition are essential for good physical health. Food is the key to life. It is the source of energy and essential nutrients that are required to sustain our bodies and prevent disease.

The word nutrition comes from a Latin root nutr-, which means to nurture or nourish. Nourishment is that which sustains life. Therefore, the science of human nutrition focuses on nourishing human life. From the moment of conception until death the body needs energy and nutrients to carry out vital functions such as breathing, digestion, metabolism, and every other physiological process in the body. Nutrition is thus the study of food; its nutritional components; the nutrient requirements of humans; and the means by which humans can maintain health and prevent disease through optimal nourishment from a healthy diet.

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I have using your book since last April and have been able to lose 25 pounds and now weigh below 150 which I haven’t seen in many years. I have also brought so many numbers in my blood work back into the normal ranges. I attribute much of this to relearning how to cook in a more healthy way! Thanks. I’ve ordered this book for 2 of my adult children. – Edith

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` Nasi Goreng with Lime and Sugar Barbecued Chicken’


#AceRecipeNews says this is Rick Stein‘s recipe that is serves up tasty Indonesian fried rice – ideal for barbecues, or for using up leftover cooked meat and veg.

nasi_goreng_with_lime_87031_16x9For this recipe you will need 8-16 bamboo skewers (18cm/7in long), soaked in cold water for 1 hour.

Ingredients for the barbecued chicken

3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp crushed white peppercorns
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 lime, juice only
500g/1lb 2oz skinned boneless chicken thighs, each cut into 2.5cm/1in strips

For the spice paste

2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 fat garlic cloves, roughly chopped
50g/2oz shallots, roughly chopped
25g/1oz roasted salted peanuts
6 medium-hot red chillies, roughly chopped
1 tsp blachan (shrimp paste)
1 tsp salt

For the nasi goreng

300g/10½oz long-grain rice
sunflower oil, for frying
6 large shallots, thinly sliced
2 large free-range eggs
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp ketjap manis
1 tbsp light soy sauce
5cm/2in piece cucumber, cut into quarters lengthways, sliced
8 spring onions, trimmed, thinly sliced on the diagonal
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation method

  1. For the barbecued chicken, mix the crushed garlic, crushed white peppercorns, sugar, fish sauce and lime juice together in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. To cook the chicken, thread the marinated chicken pieces onto parallel pairs of the soaked bamboo skewers (this helps to stop the pieces from spinning around as you turn them).
  3. Preheat the grill to its highest setting (or prepare the barbecue).
  4. Grill the chicken skewers for 6-7 minutes, turning regularly, until golden-brown and caramelised on the outside and cooked through (no trace of pink should remain).
  5. Slide the barbecued chicken off the skewers, cut into chunks and set aside.
  6. For the spice paste, blend all of the spice paste ingredients in a food processor to a smooth paste.
  7. For the nasi goreng, cook the rice in boiling, salted water for 12-15 minutes, or according to packet instructions, until just tender. Drain, rinse well with boiling hot water from the kettle, and drain well again.
  8. Spread the rice out onto a large baking tray and set aside until cold (but do not refrigerate).
  9. Heat 1cm/½in of the sunflower oil in a large, deep-sided frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns golden-brown when dropped into it. (Caution: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.) Add the sliced shallots and shallow fry, stirring now and then, until crisp and richly golden-brown. Remove the onions from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on plenty of kitchen paper. Sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside until cold and crisp.
  10. Beat the eggs in a bowl with some salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  11. Heat a couple of tablespoons of the sunflower oil in a small frying pan over a medium-high heat, pour in one-third of the beaten egg and cook until it has set on top.
  12. Flip the egg over, fry it for a few more seconds then turn it out onto a chopping board or plate, roll it up tightly and set aside until cold. Repeat the process twice more with the remaining egg.
  13. When the egg rolls are cold, slice them into thin strips.
  14. Heat a wok over a high heat until smoking hot. Add two tablespoons of the oil left over from frying the shallots, then add the nasi goreng paste and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  15. Add the tomato purée and ketjap manis and stir-fry for a few seconds, then add the cold cooked rice and stir-fry for a further 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.
  16. Add the barbecued chicken pieces, fried shallots and strips of omelette and stir-fry for another minute.
  17. Add the soy sauce, cucumber and most of the spring onions and mix well.
  18. To serve, spoon the nasi goreng onto a large warmed platter. Sprinkle over the remaining spring onions and allow people to help themselves.

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#Chefs-tip : “Healthy Eating Bok Choy Recipe”


#AceRecipeNews says a little used and rarely tired is”Bok Choy” abd it is good and full of nutrition, so thought a simple 4 minute, recipe is in order.

Enjoy this great tasting recipe and get 375% of your Daily Value for vitamin A, 318% DV for vitamin C, 188% DV for vitamin K and 69% for folate!

4-Minute Healthy Sautéed Bok Choy Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutesIngredients:

  • 1 lb bok choy, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 TBS low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 drops soy sauce
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional:
  • 1 TBS grated ginger
  • 2 TBS tofu, cubed
  • toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Chop bok choy and garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting properties.
  2. In a stainless steel heat broth. When it begins to steam add bok choy and healthy saute, Healthy Sauté for 4 minutes.
  3. Toss with garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste and any of the optional ingredients you would like to include.

Serves 2

Nutritional Profile

4-Minute Healthy sautéed Bok Choy
1.00 serving
(280.93 grams)
Calories: 218
NutrientDRI/DV
 vitamin A337.8%
 vitamin C141.3%
 vitamin K90.2%
 folate37.7%
 vitamin B627.6%
 calcium24.2%
 manganese19.5%

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In order to better help you identify recipes that feature a high concentration of nutrients for the calories they contain, we created a Recipe Rating System. This system allows us to highlight the recipes that are especially rich in particular nutrients. The following chart shows the nutrients for which 4-Minute Healthy Sautéed Bok Choy is either an excellent, very good, or good source (below the chart you will find a table that explains these qualifications). If a nutrient is not listed in the chart, it does not necessarily mean that the recipe doesn’t contain it. It simply means that the nutrient is not provided in a sufficient amount or concentration to meet our rating criteria. (To view this recipe’s in-depth nutritional profile that includes values for dozens of nutrients – not just the ones rated as excellent, very good, or good – please use the link below the chart.) To read this chart accurately, you’ll need to glance back up to see the ingredients used in the recipe and the number of serving sizes provided by the recipe. Our nutrient ratings are based on a single serving. For example, if a recipe makes 4 servings, you would be receiving the nutrient amounts listed in the chart by eating 1/4th of the combined ingredients found in the recipe. Now, returning to the chart itself, you can look next to the nutrient name in order to find the nutrient amount it offers, the percent Daily Value (DV%) that this amount represents, the nutrient density that we calculated for this recipe and nutrient, and the rating we established in our rating system. For most of our nutrient ratings, we adopted the government standards for food labeling found in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration‘s “Reference Values for Nutrition Labeling.” Read more background information and details of our rating system.

4-Minute Healthy sautéed Bok Choy
1.00 serving
280.93 grams
Calories: 218
Nutrient Amount DRI/DV
(%)
Nutrient
Density
World’s Healthiest
Foods Rating
vitamin A 10134.87 IU 337.8 27.9 excellent
vitamin C 106.04 mg 141.4 11.7 excellent
vitamin K 81.19 mcg 90.2 7.4 excellent
folate 151.00 mcg 37.8 3.1 good
vitamin B6 0.47 mg 27.6 2.3 good
calcium 242.59 mg 24.3 2.0 good
manganese 0.39 mg 19.5 1.6 good
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Foods Rating
Rule
excellent DRI/DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10%
very good DRI/DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5%
good DRI/DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5%

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#Chefs-tip ” Beauty of Eating Cabbage”


English: green cabbage

English: green cabbage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceFoodNews says getting children to eat anything such as green-stuff, or something good-for-you ,such as a a vegetable, is really hard nowadays’ as l have found working with the elderly and disabled. The word cabbage being one such word’s ,as it conjures up those nasty school dinners, of yesteryear, that were so overcooked and sour and did not resemble this gorgeous vegetable to the right. Any form of nutrition had been boiled out! Even meals that were simply called “Boiled Beef and Carrots” left people just eating the meat and leave their veg, on the plate.

So ask yourself why?

Well if you ever saw a picture of stewed cabbage ,over cooked and limp, you would not want to eat it either?

But times change and recipes try to show us the real benefits of eating this wonderful vegetable, As cooking cabbage slowly and not taking too much notice of our mother’s and their way’s, back from the 50’s and 60’s, this lovely green vegetable, will not lose all of its sulfur compounds six hours after being cut, nor does it lose all of its sulfur compounds after being cooked. Much of the sulfur in cabbage and other foods is attached either to proteins or related compounds, and this attachment prevents it from being lost completely. There are several dozen sulfur-containing derivatives of the amino acid cysteine found in cabbage and an equivalent number of associated sulfoxides as well. Other sulfur-containing (thiol) molecules are formed when cabbage is cooked. While some of these compounds are definitely volatile and lost during cooking, or over time after the cabbage has been chopped, not all are removed.

English: Cabbage

English: Cabbage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In addition, the cutting process may actually increase certain health benefits since some of the newly formed (and transformed) sulfur-containing molecules have been shown to have cancer-preventive properties. This includes the sulfur-containing glucosinolates, which are formed when an enzyme called myrosinase is activated. Because the cutting and chopping of the cabbage is an event that activates myrosinase enzymes, it’s actually helpful to let your chopped cabbage sit for a few minutes before cooking it (if you are planning to cook it). This time period will let themyrosinase enzymes convert some of the original sulfur-containing molecules in cabbage into glucosinolates. If you cook your chopped cabbage immediately after chopping, the heat will denature the myrosinase enzymes and the sulfur-containing glucosinolates will be unable to form.

I haven’t seen studies showing the rate of sulfur-related changes in cooked cabbage over time. Nor have I seen studies showing sulfur-related changes in chopped raw cabbage. It’s the antioxidant nutrient loss—and particularly the vitamin C loss—that shows up as most time-sensitive in both chopped raw cabbage and chopped cooked cabbage.

Overcooking vegetables, including cabbage, is one of the best ways I know to rob vegetables of their nutrient benefits; when it comes to cabbage this includes its sulfur-related benefits. I recommend about five minutes (at most) for the steaming or “Healthy Sautéing” of raw cabbage. Prior to cooking, I recommend about the five-minute waiting period to allow sulfur-related changes to occur in the freshly chopped cabbage.

Virtually all types of cabbage will store safely in the refrigerator in whole-head form for at least one week. But a partly chopped cabbage head should be tightly covered and kept for no more than three to five days. Many raw cabbage recipes will contain either vinegar or lemon juice and these acidic liquids will help preserve the refrigerated cabbage-containing recipe over a period of several days. For optimal health benefits, however, I recommend enjoying a raw cabbage dish as soon as possible after it has been prepared.

 

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#Chefs-tip “Eating Oatmeal Gives You Energy and is Slow Burning”


Oatmeal with Blueberries

#AceFoodNews says very few people know that one of the best all round and full of nutrition foods, is simply      “Oats or Oatmeal” this food or breakfast cereal mixed with other health giving foods, can set you up for the day. As it will make you feel warm, content and not hungry for many an hour, and with people on the go in today’s busy world it is perfect for any busy person, and as a chef l eat it daily together with fruit, nuts or a combination of both.

During my recent search and trawling through of my emails l came up with this simply recipe from my friend George Mateljan of the W.H Food foundation who as you know l post a number of his tips and recipes. As to know what is inside a recipe is important, but knowing what the various ingredients ,there health giving properties as a chef working with elderly and disabled person’s is equally important.

I never malign anyone but have always said the difference between a chef and a cook ,however good is simply knowledge of their ingredients but also knowing the science of cooking, and nothing can replace experience.

In this recipe it uses water, you can use milk and either full-fat, low-fat or semi-fat and of course for a special treat add a little cream, l have even tried Creme Fraiche But just good olde porridge {as we call it in the UK} Porridge (also spelled porageporrigeparritch, etc.) is a dish made by boiling ground, crushed, or chopped cereal in watermilk, or both, with optional flavourings, usually served hot in a bowl or dish. It may be sweetened with sugar, or served as a savoury dish. The term is usually used for oat porridge (porridge oats); there are similar dishes made with other grains or legumes, but they often have other unique names, such as polentagrits or kasha. with milk and honey will do just the trick. Either way just enjoy it!

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A perfect way to start a day of healthy eating. And who would have thought that a bowl of oatmeal could provide over half of the daily value for those hard-to-find omega-3 fatty acids!

Perfect Oatmeal

Perfect Oatmeal

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 TBS ground flaxseeds
  • 1 TBS blackstrap molasses
  • 1 cup milk or dairy-free milk alternative

Directions:

  1. Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
  2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, cranberries, walnuts, and flaxseeds. Stir, cover the pan, and turn off heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Serve with milk and molasses.

Serves 2

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#Chefs-tip ” Benefits of Broccoli”


English: Broccoli Deutsch: Broccoli

English: Broccoli Deutsch: Broccoli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceFoodNews says one of the most under estimated foods on this planet for both its goodness and healing properties is Broccoli.

Did you know that broccoli is one of a small number of vegetables that contribute to a significant reduction in heart disease? Of the more than 100,000 individuals who participated in seven prospective studies, those whose diets most frequently included broccoli, tea, onions and apples (foods all rich in flavonoids) benefited with a 20% reduction in their risk of heart disease! Flavonoids (or bio-flavonoids) (from the Latin word flavus meaning yellow, their colour in nature) are a class of plant secondary metabolites. Flavonoids were referred to as Vitamin P [1] (probably because of the effect they had on the permeability of vascular capillaries) from the mid-1930s to early 50s, but the term has since fallen out of use.are an amazing array of more than 6,000 plant nutrients found in fruits and vegetables that not only provide them with much of their beautiful colour, but are associated with their many health benefits.

English: Fractal form of a Romanesco broccoli

English: Fractal form of a Romanesco broccoli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

also contains health-promoting Organosulfur compounds are organic compounds that contain sulfur.[compounds, which help activate and stabilize the body’s antioxidant and detoxification mechanisms. Other sulfur compounds, which are produced as a result of cutting, chewing or digesting broccoli, increase the liver’s ability to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially toxic, cancer-promoting substances. Letting your broccoli sit for 5-10 minutes after cutting (before cooking) will enhance the transformation of some of these sulfur compounds into their active forms and further increase the health benefits broccoli delivers to you.

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Why I should eat the stems and leaves of broccoli

The Latest News About Broccoli
Broccoli can help prevent three metabolic problems in the body: (1) chronic inflammation (2) oxidative stress and (3) inadequate detoxification.The Latest News About Broccoli.

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” Sweet Potatoes High in Antioxidants”


#AceFoodNews says another guest news and views post, which l will start posting as from this week as “Food of the Week” with recipes that are good and full of nutrition with highlighting the value of good eating and vitamin enriched foods.

Food of the Week . . . Sweet PotatoesSweet potatoes are in the peak of their season and are our food of the week. These delicious vegetables are so rich in antioxidants. They have a high concentration of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene (the redder varieties also contain lycopene), as well as vitamin C, all of which act as powerful antioxidants to help combat free radical activity that would otherwise damage cells. internal structures and cell membranes. Additionally, they contain unique root storage proteins that have been observed to have significant antioxidant capacities. In one study, these proteins had about one-third the antioxidant activity of glutathione, one of the body’s most potent internally produced antioxidants. Read more … Sweet Potatoes.

7-Minute Healthy Steamed Sweet Potatoes
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The Food Tip of the Week:
Tips for Preparing Sweet Potatoes

The Latest News About Sweet Potatoes

#AceHealthNews says how sweet it is for your health to eat sweet potatoes! Not only do they taste like dessert, but they also provide some surprising health benefits … The Latest News About Sweet Potatoes.

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” Avoiding Inflammation of the Body By Avoiding Certain Foods”


#AceFoodNews says that inflammation is becoming increasingly associated with conditions that range from arthritis to heart disease and even weight gain, it is no wonder that interest in its prevention has come to the forefront of maintaining health. Inflammation in and of itself is not a bad thing; in fact, it is a protective tissue response to injury or destruction of tissues. Therefore, we don’t want to stop the entirety of inflammatory mechanisms in our body if we want to promote good health. What we want to do is control inflammation and not have excess inflammation occurring in our body. It is chronic, excessive inflammation that can propagate health conditions and related symptoms.

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English: tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adopting healthy eating habits helps prevent inflammation in three fundamental ways. The first of these involves avoiding inflammatory triggers in your meals. That means that one way to avoid inflammation is to avoid foods to which you are sensitive, which we discussed the last week. The relationship between food sensitivities, inflammation and weight gain is a fascinating topic, which will be covered in the coming weeks.

Avoiding artificial additives, including artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives is another way to lessen inflammation as these are also inflammatory triggers, not only in the digestive system, but in other body systems once these food toxins get absorbed. On a day-in and day-out basis, processed foods containing these additives can trigger chronic, low-level inflammation throughout the body.

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A 1-liter glass bottle and bowl Bertolli brand Riserva Premium extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil from Italy, Greece, Spain, and Tunisia, and bottled and packed in Italy. Olive oil purchased in a Stow, Ohio store. Photographed in Kent, Ohio, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The second way to keep inflammation at bay is to select foods rich in anti- inflammatory nutrients. At the top of the anti-inflammatory nutrient list are two broad groups of phytonutrients called flavonoids and carotenoids. Many flavonoids and carotenoids have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which are often unique to the specific food involved. Richly colored vegetables and fruits are some of your best bets here, including dark green leafy vegetables, beets, and berries. While it’s important to ensure that you are getting adequate supplies of carotenoids and flavonoids, this shouldn.t be at the expense of other nutrients since all are important. Yet because carotenoid– and flavonoidcontaining foods are also generally rich in so many other vitamins and minerals, they can make great overall contributions to your nutrient goals.

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Español: Aceite de Oliva Virgen Extra Denominación de Origen Montes de Granada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can also be considered anti-inflammatory because omega-3 fatty acids, like alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), can be converted into regulatory molecules that put the brakes on inflammation. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include: fish such as wild caught salmon, sardines, tuna, and other cold-water fish; and, nuts and seeds, especially flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. Other foods that contain omega-3s in lesser, but still very helpful, amounts include organically grown soybeans, winter squash, and purslane.

Extra virgin olive oil is another food that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Some of these benefits come from oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, two unique polyphenols found in olives. It is important to note that these two phytonutrients are more concentrated in extra virgin olive than in other types of olive oil.

#AceHealthNews says Enjoy your Healthiest Way of Eating and Cooking this week.

Courtesy of George Matejlan Foundation and W.H Foods  

 

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” Mint Garbanzo Bean Salad”


#AceFoodNews says “Start The New Year Off With A Healthy Meal That Is Full Of Nutrition”

Today’s Recipe: Copyright © 2013 The George Mateljan Foundation, All Rights Reserved

If you don’t know what to serve for dinner tonight

This salad can be kept in your refrigerator for a few days getting more flavourful as it marinates. It’s a great lunch or dinner addition to your Healthiest Way of Eating.

Minted Garbanzo Bean Salad

Minted Garbanzo Bean SaladPrep and Cook Time: 15 Minutes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium fresh tomatoes, seeds and excess pulp removed, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups peeled diced cucumber, (cut lengthwise and scoop out seeds), diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely minced
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 cups garbanzo beans or 1 15oz can garbanzo beans(BPA free), rinsed and drained well
  • 3 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2-1/2 TBS chopped fresh mint
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce, use tender whole leaves for bed

Directions:

  1. Mince onion and press garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting benefits.
  2. Mix all ingredients except lettuce together and chill. This is best if it chills for at least 15 minutes. Serve on a bed of lettuce.

Serves 4

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