Tip Tuesday – Cook With Juice!

A good way to eliminate some calories while adding flavor (and antioxidants!) to your dishes is to cook with juice!

  • Cashew – Made from part of the cashew tree, but not the nut itself, the juice adds a nutty taste. By subbing cashew juice for sauce in a stir fry, you are improving your body’s absorption of the meat’s iron, due to the high vitamin C content!
  • Orange – You can get rid of oil based mixtures and marinate your chicken and fish in this classic breakfast standby! Citrus enhances the natural flavors of poultry AND keeps them super tender.
  • Pomegranate – Loaded with polyphenols – antioxidants that can stave off heart disease and cancer – pomegranate makes a delicious, thick reduction to pour over pork, chicken or beef.
  • Carrot – This beta carotene-laden juice promotes healthy vision and helps protect against heart disease, and it works well in Asian noodle dishes. Spices such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon and cumin enhance the sweet and savory flavor of the juice.

Superfood Saturday – Brussels Sprouts

Confession: I hated these things until I was about 30 years old. They look like eyeballs, and I just couldn’t wrap my brain around eating them (though I did try). They were (that’s right, past tense!) one of VERY few veggies I dislike – joining broccoli rabe and asparagus (I have also come around on Asparagus, but not broccoli rabe — too bitter!).

True to form, my foodie husband managed to find a preparation I actually enjoy, and actually go back for seconds of! He roasts them with some olive oil, and adds in some bacon for texture (and okay fine, a little taste!) and it works perfectly! We have also had them without the bacon and I still enjoy them!

Their glucosinolate content helps us battle cancer and detoxes our body — moreso than any other vegetable!

brussels-sprouts

 

Superfood Saturday – Goji Berries

Goji. Goji berry. That’s fun to say… don’t mind me, I love things with fun names. Anyways…

You have probably heard of today’s superfood, but have you tried them? Goji berries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • vitamin C
  • fiber
  • iron
  • vitamin A
  • zinc
  • antioxidants

They are also a low sugar nutritional option, making them ideal for Diabetics (but as with anything else, you might wish to discuss this with your medical team!)

goji-berries

Superfood Saturday – Pumpkin

We pick them. We carve them. We illuminate them. But do we eat them? Some people do, and those people know what they are doing – pumpkin is a fantastic superfood for plenty of reasons, but one of my personal favorite benefits is the extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best!

But there are plenty of others, too, and you can also used canned pumpkin year round!

pumpkin

 

Superfood Saturday – Asparagus

Asparagus

I have to eat crow, here. I can very vivdly remember my mom making Asparagus Sandwiches (sauteed asparagus on toasted bread with salt and pepper), and gagging just watching her. She loved it, and ate it often, and I gagged. I didn’t like asparagus. Asparagus was just one of my two real vegetable holdouts as a kid. I didn’t like asparagus and I didn’t like Brussels sprouts. I have no idea why.

Fast forward to about… hmm 5-6 years ago, the roommate of my then-boyfriend (now husband!) grilled some up. I believe they had some Parmesan cheese, some balsamic, and salt and pepper. And I don’t quite remember how I agreed to try one, but I did. I think it was the fact that this kid, a chef, had such a broad knowledge of food, and such a variety of ways to prep it, that I really had this kind of unwavering trust – I would pretty much try anything he made, he had that much skill with food.

So I agreed to try it, and it was DELICIOUS. And I was HOOKED. My husband makes it frequently and I can never get enough, it’s so good.

And here’s the best part: it’s SO GOOD for you! It is loaded with all sorts of benefits! It’s a little superfood powerhouse!

 

 

Food Swap Friday – Sweet Potato Fries vs French Fries

French fries… okay, yes, they are good… but they are bad. So bad for you.

They are loaded with saturated fat, simple carbs, and sodium.

food swap - sweet potato vs french fries

A better option is fiber-packed Sweet Potato Fries! I wasn’t always crazy about them, but I started to come around and now I love them… and I find that, because they are sweeter, I need less of them to feel full and like I satisfied my craving.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of calcium, vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and beta carotene. They are also low on the Glycemic Index, making them a good choice for Diabetics.