Cottage Cheese- good news/bad news

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…

Melon Season is Here!

Nothing says the start of summer like the piles of round sweet melons  in supermarkets and farm stand tables.  Melons, including honeydew, watermelon, persian and casaba, are low calorie, affordable and offer a range of vitamins and minerals.

Waterrmelon is mostly water but its red flesh is a great source of   cancer fighting lycopene.  Cantaloupe  is the nutritional  rock star of the melon world.  The sweet rich orange  flesh is packed with  beta carotene, potassium, vitamin A ( 80% of RDA) and vitamin C ( 60% of RDA).  Since  both of these vitamins are closely linked  to  smoother less  wrinkled skin,  cantaloupes   should be part of  beauty diet.

In recent years there have been outbreaks of illness linked to cantoloupe contaminated during storage.  To reduce problems buy whole rather than cut-up … Continue Reading…

Yogurt- The True Fountain of Youth?

Yogurt  is arguably the oldest   health food.  The Egyptians  called  yogurt and honey the foods of the gods while Abraham was said to owe his long life to his regular diet of yogurt.  At the turn of the century, the Noble prize winning scientist Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff  suggested that  it was the special bacteria in yogurt that  was  behind the long  and healthy lives of yogurt loving  Bulgarian  peasants.

While it sounds  like a  plot  point of a 19th century novel,  yogurt  can actually be  a genuinely healthy food.   It is super rich in protein, calcium and a host of B vitamins.  Many people who are lactose intolorant can  eat yogurt without problems, since the lactose is concerted into lactic acid  by the same bacteria which convert milk into yogurt.  These bacteria, known as lactobaccillus  … Continue Reading…