foods that boost immunity

below are five foods that can help you if you have a cold or the flu. Kefir/Yogurt Many yogurts and almost all kefir, a fermented milk product, contain probiotics, the so-called “good” bacteria. Probiotics can help with diarrhea and other intestinal disorders. Probiotics may also help reduce the severity of colds and the flu. Opt for the yogurt and kefir that contain live and active probiotics. Black/Green Tea Green and black teas are also a good source of polyphenols, or plant antioxidants, that can help prevent free radical damage in the body. May aid in defending against cold and flu. … Continue reading foods that boost immunity

brain boosting foods

According to Dr. Mike Moreno, author of The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results, these are must-have endurance foods recommended: Beef, extra lean: High in iron, a mineral that improves memory, alertness and attention span. Beets: Contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that helps relay signals from one brain cell to another. Blueberries: Excellent source of antioxidants and “anthocyanins,” compounds thought to help protect brain cells from toxins, improves use of glucose in the brain, and promotes communication between brain cells. Broccoli: Packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that help protect brain tissue from toxins. Carrots: High in beta … Continue reading brain boosting foods

15 healthy snacks under 150 calories

it’s hard not to grab for greasy chips and empty calorie pretzels for a snack. but here are some healthy alternatives: 1/4 Cup Guacamole With 1 Sliced Medium Red Bell Pepper (140 Calories) 1 Cup Strawberries Dipped in 1 Tablespoon Melted Semisweet Chocolate Chips (115 Calories) An 18 Rabbits Bunny Bar (120 Calories) 2 Kavli Golden Rye or Wasa Fiber Rye Crispbreads With 2 Tablespoons Hummus and Cucumber (120 Calories) 45 Pistachios (148 Calories) Medium Apple With 1 Level Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter (143 Calories) 3 Finn Crisps With 1 Ounce Herbed Goat Cheese (140 Calories) 2-Percent Greek Yogurt (130 … Continue reading 15 healthy snacks under 150 calories

caesar on the lighter side

in addition to improving school lunches with the food revolution, jamie oliver also encourages families in the communities and at home to cook healthier in their own kitchens. to make it even more interesting, enter the weekly food revolution competwition! competwition #2 is a recipe for one of my favorite dressings: caesar dressing. now i LOVE my caesar salads but i am not kidding myself – i know that caesar dressing isn’t the healthiest dressing. so i HAD to try jamie oliver’s caesar on the light side. today i made the lighter caesar salad – i made a few adjustments … Continue reading caesar on the lighter side

5 new superfoods

the best and healthiest changes like clothing fads. but it is good to know what other foods are out there that are good for you. here’s a list of new “superfoods” from SHAPE magazine. some are hard to find so don’t take off the greek yogurt and flaxseed from your grocery list yet – they are still good for you! Skyr This Icelandic yogurt is technically a soft cheese, but its texture and nutrients are similar to Greek yogurt, and it includes the same basic ingredients: skim milk and live active cultures. Skyr is made using a centuries-old straining processes … Continue reading 5 new superfoods

yogurt with granola

it’s good to snack between meals but the danger is to reach for unhealthy snacks. so i found a healthy snack that satiates the munchies and has a satisfying crunch! Ingredients 1/2 cup no fat greek yogurt 1 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal 1 cup Bear Naked Fit granola Preparation Mix the cereal and granola together. Enjoy with the yogurt. Continue reading yogurt with granola

food for beauty

i’m not big on makeup so i’ll have to depend on food and genes to not look frightful when i leave the house! so Women’s Health provided some “beauty products” from the supermarket. similar to the previous lists of healthy foods, it’s another reason to eat more good stuff! 1. Blueberries and pomegranates These fruits protect you from fine lines and dryness. Plus, their high vitamin C content keeps your skin nice and plump, says Glassman 2. Dark chocolate Dark chocolate can help protect your skin from sun damage and amp up blood flow to your tissues, keeping skin nourished … Continue reading food for beauty

frozen fruit smoothies

i try to eat healthy when i can but sometimes it gets a bit pricy, especially when some of the ingredients are recommended to be organic – including fruit. in comes frozen fruit. when i looked at frozen fruit packages before, some of the packages included sugar as well as other (undecipherable) ingredients. but recently i found these frozen fruit packages from trader joes where the only ingredient is the fruit, such as pineapple, mangos and mixed berries … and they have organic, including organic strawberries and organic blueberries. now i wouldn’t replace my love of fresh fruit for frozen … Continue reading frozen fruit smoothies

healthy packaged foods

in our busy schedules, it would be hard to make everything from scratch. so, it is good to know that some packaged foods we can find in our local supermarkets are healthy. according to the editors of Prevention, here are twelve that are healthy, tasty, trans-free and low in sodium and sugar: Cereal: Ambrosial Venetian Vineyard Granola This sweet and crunchy organic granola wowed our tastebuds with its combination of walnuts, dates, and raisins. It packs in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and 28 g of whole grains and has no added oil. Healthy highlights:Though it’s a little caloric, at 230 calories … Continue reading healthy packaged foods

30 healthiest foods

in the goal to eat healthy, it is nice to get a little help as what foods we should have more of. so is the list from real simple’s article on The 30 Healthiest Foods: Mushrooms Meaty and filling, as a stand-in for beef they can slash up to 400 calories from a meal. They may also protect against breast cancer by helping to regulate a woman’s estrogen levels. Barley Another high-fiber cholesterol fighter. On weeknights use the pearl or quick-cooking variety. More time? Give hulled barley, with its extra layer of bran, a go. Walnuts A surprisingly good source of … Continue reading 30 healthiest foods

chipotle-lime chicken tacos

i used to think that tacos were only ground beef with taco seasoning, diced tomato, grated carrots and shredded lettuce in a hard taco shell. i was perfectly fine with that too cuz i love it! since i started watching food shows, i learned that there are many other variations of tacos, like a fish taco with tilapia seasoned with anise seeds and a chile mole. yum! anyhoo, when i saw claire robinson make this on her show, i knew it was going to be delicious. i could just taste it in my tongue – and it was everything and then … Continue reading chipotle-lime chicken tacos

fresh fruit salad with honey vanilla yogurt

i’ve been trying to eat more yogurt (because practically every health article says how good it is for you) but pre-packaged yogurt with fruit has a lot of sugar so i wanted to learn healthy yogurt recipes. i saw this on food network a while ago and even though i’m not big on honey, i was curious how this would taste. i’m glad i gave it a try. the plain yogurt with vanilla and honey tastes great but over the fresh fruit salad, it is awesome! sweet and healthy – it’s the perfect dessert or snack anytime. Ingredients For the yogurt … Continue reading fresh fruit salad with honey vanilla yogurt