Figs are an ancient fruit that grew wild in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Today, most of the fresh figs in our markets are from California. While they are high in natural sugars, they also deliver a payload of potassium, iron, and ounce for ounce, more calcium than skim milk. But what makes figs a nutritional rockstar is that they are a delicious fiber delivery system. Two little fresh figs boast 4 grams of high quality fiber. This is great news since major studies have shown that fiber is one of the three top food factors associated with fewer wrinkles and less aging. Fresh figs, available from June through September, are super fragile and last only a week after harvested. In season you will see three types of figs:
* Black Mission figs- black/purple skin and pink flesh
Every year there seems to a new miracle food– acai berries, pomegranate juice and coffeeberry all promised to be the key to health and beauty, but just turned out to be expensive fads. When I started to hear about quinoa, I thought it was just another hard core health food. But quinoa is truely a great new addition to a beauty diet.
Quinoa is a pseudo cereal that looks like a grain but is actually closely related to beets and spinach. It has the mild taste and texture of couscous or rice but with more protein and HALF the carbs. Gluten-free quinoa is so nutritious that it is a candidate crop for NASA’a Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long term human space flights.
Shrimp is the fish that even people who don’t like fish are happy to see on a plate. I confess that shrimp is one of my favorite foods. Like that scene in Forrest Gump, I like broiled shrimp, shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, shrimp salad, stuffed shrimp…. I also felt that a dinner of shrimp was a great low calorie meal. It was low in salt, calories and fat and high in protein and omega3. It all true.
A four ounce serving of shrimp has just 99 calories and 21 grams of protein. It also offers just about a full days requirement of omega 3 and 1/2RDA of vitamin B12. But shrimp is not the perfect food. Turns out that, ounce for ounce, shrimp has as much cholesterol as beef, which means its not … Continue Reading… →
This week Fashion Flash is hosted by the fabulous Black Cat Fashion Plus. This comprehensive site has a unique and always on point approach to fashion. It provides a great overview of gorgeous things to wear if you are not size 2 and/or under 23. And its the best web source for dresses with, wait for it, sleeves.
And this month its National Nutrition Month and I’m exploring different diets to find the most effective anti-aging food plan . This first one is the DASH diet originally developed for people with heart disease. Its low in fat, salt and cholesterol and rich in fruits and vegetables. So far, so good. But it recommends up to 11 servings of carbohydrates, much too high even when its the “good” carbs. It is also … Continue Reading… →