• Healthy Eating,  Side Dishes,  Vegetables

    5 Ways the Potato Can Be Healthy Food

    Making a Potato Healthy Recent research has determined THE POTATO can be healthy.  At only 110 calories for one medium russet potato, they are high in fiber, calcium and potassium.  If cooked properly, they can help lower blood sugar levels. The key to lowering blood sugar, while still enjoying the fluffy, creamy potato, is to accompany your ‘tater with “spud buddies.”  Coined by America’s Test Kitchen, “spud buddies”  are blood sugar helpers which prevent rapid glucose absorption. A List of 5 Spud Buddies 1.Add avocado as a GOOD FAT.   Mash up an avocado and place on top of a baked potato instead of butter or sour cream.   2.Include an…

  • Healthy Eating,  Pasta

    Pasta Can Be Healthy

    DAY 6 of my 100 Days of Real Food Challenge and my #1 issue is PASTA!  I crave it constantly. Scientific research claims when we crave carbohydrates, it is usually due to the association of comfort and our mood. Besides the energy boost, carbohydrates provide solace during stressful times. Although I don’t feel it, subconsciously, I probably am stressed due to my food restrictions for 100 days!The Process of Pasta Most standard pasta is made with refined bleached or unbleached flour, which is on the restricted list.  During the refining process, the nutrient-rich outer bran shell and inner germ layer are removed from the grain, leaving just the starchy endosperm. …

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    Food Politics,  Healthy Eating

    Brain Fitness Starts In the Kitchen

    We have all been told by doctors, scientist and researchers, the key to healthily living is diet and exercise.  But recent research suggests exercise, not necessarily intensive exercise and eliminating processed foods can increase your life by 7 years! The MIND Diet We have all heard about the heart benefits of the Mediterranean diet, however research by, Martha Clare Morris, ScD,  who is the Director of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Section of Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology at Rush Medical College has shown the MIND diet (derived from the Mediterranean diet) significantly slows cognitive declines such as Alzheimer’s disease. Morris’ tested more than 1,000 volunteers in the Memory and Aging Project. …