When I was in high school a ball of cottage cheese on a ring of canned pineapple was the ultimate diet meal. Former President Nixon made headlines when he shared that his favorite lunch was cottege cheese topped with ketchup. For years these slightly sour milk curds were the ultimate symbol of weight control. Over the years, cottage cheese has fallen out of favor — a loss for easy healthy meal plans.
Cottage cheese is made from the separation of solids and liquid in milk. The whey is poured off and the cuds are rinsed, but not pressed into true cheese. ( and yes, this is where the nursery rhyme “curds and whey” came from). Cottage cheese is a wonderful source of protein and vitamin B12. One half cup of full fat … Continue Reading… →
The yellow and rust colors of fall have made me hungry for the sweet, fleshy meat of winter squash. Butternut, crook neck, turban and acorn are shaped differently but offer very similar nutritional payloads. The deep orange color is packed, I mean packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. One half cup of cooked squash can have 100-200% of the RDA for this essential vitamin as well as 25% of the RDA of vitamin C. Fat free and salt free, one half cup has 120 calories and 12 grams of carbs. By comparison, the same amount of a white potato has about 60 calories and the same amount of carbs.
Given the slightly stringy/gritty texture of winter squash I expected squash to be a good source of fiber. I was wrong. In fact … Continue Reading… →
Mushrooms are one of my favorite veggies– except that they’re really not a vegetable at all. Mushrooms are a fungus- a plant that has no leaves, no roots, and no seeds. Mushrooms don’t have chlorophyll, vitamin A or vitamin C. But its not what they aren’t or don’t have that make mushrooms so important for a healthy diet.
Mushrooms have this wonderful meaty texture yet clock in at only 20 calories per cup which delivers a few grams of protein as well as healthy amounts of B vitamins and iron. Keep in mind that dried mushrooms lose a good deal of this nutrition. Fresh cooked mushrooms have 3X the niacin, 2X the iron and 15X the riboflavin of serving of canned mushrooms. This is not such a hardship since canned … Continue Reading… →
Its hard to open up a health or beauty magazine without an article that links diet and beautiful skin. While its certainly a no-brainer that what we eat affects how we look I want substantive claims that directly link good nutrition to smooth younger looking skin.
Some of the best evidence comes from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, aka the NHANES study. This long ( ten year), large (17K men and women) study compared daily food intake with a wide range of health issues including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But what makes this a must keep study for me is the relationship they studied between diet and wrinkles. To bottom line it, the NHANES found that people on diets high in protein, fiber, vitamin C, linoleic acid and … Continue Reading… →
I’m working my way through the vegetable aisle, picking out items in no particular order. Recently I added big bunch of curly kale to my cart and started to explore its nutritional profile. I was blown away! This common, affordable leafy green is so high in nutrients its ridonkulus. One half cup of cooked kale, which clocks in at just 21 calories, is practically bursting with a boatload of the strongest antioxidants. Its got twice the RDA for both vitamin A and vitamin C–both key anti-wrinkling nutrients. It even has respectable servings of calcium, iron and fiber. But wait there’s more. There is evidence that kale is anti-inflammatory, offering a healthy dose of cancer fighting indoles. Even better, Kale preserves these nutrients after steaming, a stint in the microwave or stir … Continue Reading… →
This week Fashion Flash is hosted by The Shoe Dish – an incredible site devoted to footwear. Now I like to think I have a black belt in shopping, but The Shoe Dish introduced me to new styles and brands that I never knew existed. For example, on The Shoe Dish I found a pair of back kitten heel D’orsay pumps that were as comfortable as they were sexy. Wore them last week to a reception and it was the first time in years I didn’t limp home.
During the fall my once boringly normal nails became soft and peeled off. At first it was just an annoying cosmetic problem — but then the peeling problem took my nails below the fingertip. It didn’t look good and felt worse
Surfing the web for solutions, I read that biotin, a form of B vitamin, had been linked to soft peeling nails and biotin supplements could help. if, But and its a big but, biotin deficiencies are considered very, very rare. Best sources of biotin are commonly found foods includinng eggs, fish, beans, yeast and potatoes. Here was my first clue.
After the BP oil spill in May, I decided to stay away from fish. In June the wide spread Salmonella outbreak in eggs, had me crossing off eggs from my shopping list. Add to that that I don’t like beans, avoid carb rich potatoes and who actually eats yeast … Continue Reading… →