The Healthiest Fall Foods To Stock Up On Now

Posted on October 01

Autumn is officially here and the harvest season also brings a plethora of fresh produce like root vegetables, juicy apples, pumpkin and winter squash.

Incorporating seasonal foods in your daily diet is a great way to make your meals more flavorful as well as nutritious—without breaking the bank.

So, take your healthy eating game a notch higher this season by loading up on these seasonal superfoods that I recommended:

Apple: Apples are full of vital nutrients including Vitamin K, potassium and immune-boosting Vitamin C. You also get plenty of dietary fiber (pectin) from both its skin and its flesh. This form of soluble fiber helps improve blood sugar control, aids digestion and helps with cholesterol management because its peak season is fall, apple has an optimal taste and texture during autumn months. Besides eating them as is, you can eat them with nut butter, add them to your salads, enjoy them baked with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top or blend them into your pancake batter.

Eggplant: Eggplant is a great low-calorie vegetable to cook with. One key health benefit of eating eggplant is that it's a good source of fiber. It's is also full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, especially potassium and vitamin B6. You can grill or roast the versatile vegetable, turn it into a dip, stuff it with a healthy filling or toss it in your salads and wraps.

Pumpkin: Canned pumpkin contains beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A, which is great for your eyesight. Additionally, pumpkin is a good source of potassium. Whether you choose to make a savory pumpkin soup, include it in your muffins for an extra Vitamin C and potassium punch or whip up a creamy pumpkin spiced smoothie, you’ll be able to reap its nourishing benefits.

Butternut Squash: Butternut squash is loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals–of which are beneficial to your health. The primary vitamins and minerals in butternut squash include beta carotene antioxidants, vitamin C and manganese. Beta carotene is the precursor to Vitamin A which is important for your eye health.

Leeks: Nutrient-dense and low in calories, leeks bring a mild-onion flavor to your hearty fall soups and cruciferous packed salads. They are rich in antioxidants and sulfur compounds, including kaempferol and allicin, which offer protection against heart disease and certain types of cancers. Apart from soups and salads, you can add them to your favorite pasta and stew recipes, mash them into a sauce or eat them roasted.

Pecans: Pecans add a crunch and texture to your favorite fall eats. These nuts are a source of Vitamin E (which is both immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory), heart-protective B-vitamins and magnesium–which can improve your mood and lower your stress levels and your blood pressure. They are also an excellent source of fiber. Just one ounce of pecans provides 10% of your daily fiber needs. You can throw them in your favorite oatmeal and trail mix recipes, sprinkle them over salads or add them to your breakfast parfait for an added crunch.

Brussel Sprouts: These cruciferous veggies pack in potassium, iron, and heart-protective B vitamins—including B6 and thiamin. Brussel sprouts contain prebiotics which probiotics feed off. Combining prebiotics with probiotics boosts their gut-healthy benefits. Brussels sprouts can be used in a number of ways. You can enjoy them sautéed with a bit of olive oil and sea salt, toss them in a casserole or add them to a salad, stir-fry or pasta recipe.

Parsnip: Parsnips contain essential nutrients such as Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. They are also a great source of fiber–with 7 grams in one cup. The versatile root veggie can be added to soups, stews or made into fries.

Beets: Both golden and red beets include fiber, iron, potassium and folic acids. If you're tired of eating roasted beets, blend them to make a dip, turn them into baked chips or sneak them in your desserts.

Swiss Chard: This leafy green is an excellent source of Vitamins A and K and dietary fiber. It is a perfect ingredient to add to your green smoothies. Also, it tastes great in a light sauté and serves up well in soups.

Cranberries: These bright red berries not only spruce up your salads and festive fall dishes but also serve to benefit your overall gut health and immunity. The low-calorie superfood is high in vitamins, fiber, minerals and antioxidants.

Pomegranate: These sweet and tart gems add antioxidants and a unique burst of flavor to your favorite autumn drinks and dishes. While antioxidants can be found in many fruits and vegetables, pomegranate juice has, on average, more antioxidant capacity than red wine, grape juice, or green tea.

Other nutrient-dense whole foods that you should eat more often this season include celery, pears, red grapes, sweet potato and cauliflower.

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Have you Been Told By Your Doctor That You Will Be Type Two Diabetic for the Rest of Your Life?

Posted on September 30

*Weight loss immediately after diagnosis is the most effective way to send type 2 diabetes into remission, new research has found.

Patients who shed 10 per cent or more of their body weight in the first five years have the highest chance of setting themselves on the road to recovery, a study by the University of Cambridge found.

Obesity is the biggest risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes and the disease affects around 400 million people worldwide.

It puts sufferers at risk of heart disease, stroke, blindness and amputations, but can be managed long term through lifestyle changes and medication.

It is also possible for sufferers to return their blood glucose levels to normal through diet, exercise and weight loss.

Friday Funny....

Posted on September 27

Low Carb Blueberry Muffins (Keto/Paleo)

Posted on September 25

I have been experimenting with different recipes and have come up with one that I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

(BTW.... I have never been a baker, but I feel zero guilt when I eat one of these!)

Ingredients:

2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup of granulated monk fruit (granulated xylitol or stevia)
1 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup butter (measure sold, then melt)
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pint blueberries

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with 12 muffin liners.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, sweetener, baking powder and sea salt.

3. Mix in melted butter, almond milk, eggs and vanilla. Then fold in blueberries.

4. Evenly fill the 12 muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes.

I chose to use a bit of the coconut flour as it adds more sweetness to the muffin, but I did not like it when I used 100% coconut flour. You can also use coconut oil instead of butter, but it is a bit more "greasy".

1 muffin: 210 calories, 3 grams of net carbs, 7 grams of protein and 19 grams of fat.

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Common Sources of GMOs...

Posted on September 18

Orange & Ginger Glazed Salmon

Posted on September 11

Ingredients:
1 lb salmon
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Glaze:
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon garlic minced
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons fresh ginger minced

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Line sheet pan with tin foil.
3. Place salmon on sheet pan skin side down, sprinkle with salt and set aside.
4. In a small pan add ingredients for glaze and cook over medium-high heat until it has reduced by half.
5. Once the oven is heated and sauce is done pour 1/2 of the glaze over the salmon.
6. Place in oven and let cook for 12-15 minutes. When almost done pour/brush a little more of the sauce over the salmon. Save the remaining for service.
7. Let cook another 3-5 minutes until fork tender.
8.Serve and spoon additional sauce as needed.

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Blueberry Mint Smoothie Recipe

Posted on September 09

Ingredients

2 cups frozen organic blueberries
1 cup water
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup orange juice (can sub a small orange)
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Procedure

Blend blueberries, water, mint leaves, avocado, orange juice and lemon juice in a blender until smooth.

(Serves 2)

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Friday Funny....

Posted on September 06

I often get asked about portion control.....

Posted on August 28
 
We love to rush our meals and inhale snacks on the go, but this can prevent us from engaging our senses and registering when we have had enough to eat.
 
It takes approximately 20 minutes to have the feeling of fullness, so if you eat quick, you will typically over eat.
 
By slowing down, you may just cut portions in half naturally!
 
When we stop eating when we are actually full, this is called intuitive eating and should be our guide for portion control.
 
If you are eating due to stress, boredom, emotions, holidays or celebrations, you may need to portion your food first because you are eating while distracted and not paying attention to feelings of fullness.

Vegetables....

Posted on August 27

As much as cavemen, vegans and everyone in between argue about the best diet for long term health, the one common denominator is a diet rich in vegetables. The bulk of your daily carbohydrate intake should come from non-starchy vegetables, 1-2 servings of fruits and limited grains to keep up nutrition and keep down your inflammation and waist line.

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