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… →
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 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… →