Blog Posts by CSass

  • 4 Hot, Healthy Food Trends & One That's Sort of Healthy

    Frankenfood is out - way out. Today's hottest food trends are all about keeping it real. When it comes to what we put in our bodies it seems that clean is the new black! Check out these four trailblazing food trends and one that has at least some health merits.

    Simplicity
    Research finds half of consumers deliberately steer clear of preservatives, and over 40 percent shun artificial flavors and colors. Bravo! As a result trendologists have seen a decrease in the average number of ingredients in 56 percent of the food and beverage categories they track. The popular term used to describe this trend is 'clean.' Examples of products that pull it off deliciously include Larabar PB&J (complete ingredient list: dates, peanuts, unsweetened cherries, salt - yup really, that's it!), Haagen Dazs Five Ginger Ice Cream (complete ingredient list: skim milk, cream, sugar, ginger puree, ginger, ginger juice, egg yolk), and Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice Cereal (complete ingredient list: puffed whole

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  • Break Your Weight-Loss Plateau with These Foods

    Did your New Year start with a weight-loss bang that gradually dwindled to a dull thud? Get the scale moving again with these four superfoods:

    Raspberries
    The natural chemical responsible for raspberries' mouthwatering aroma is similar to capsaicin, the substance that puts the heat in hot peppers and has been shown to fire up metabolism. But one of the greatest benefits of this gorgeous berry is its fiber content. One cup provides a whopping 8 grams, over 30 percent of the recommended daily intake. A classic fiber study concluded that for every gram of fiber we eat, we eliminate about seven calories, and research in Brazilian dieters found that over a 6 month period, each addition gram of fiber resulted in an extra quarter pound of weight loss.

    How to Eat More:
    Raspberries are one of the 5 foods included in the 5 Day Fast Forward (solid food detox) in my new book. When combined with four other superfoods (whipped into a smoothie along with yogurt and almond butter and sprinkled into

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  • 4 Sneaky Ways to Eat More Antioxidants

    We've all heard that eating more antioxidants is one of the keys to fending off the aging process and fighting disease. But did you know that how you prepare your food could dramatically impact the amount of antioxidants your body absorbs? Here are four stealth ways to sneak in even more.


    Eat Roasted, Not Raw Peanuts A study from the US Department of Agriculture measured the antioxidant levels in peanuts roasted at 362 degrees from zero to 77 minutes. The longer, darker roasting was consistently associated with higher antioxidant levels and better retention of vitamin E. The levels increased by well over 20 percent. Other studies have shown a similar effect for coffee beans.


    Chop Carrots After Cooking Research at the University of Newcastle in the UK found that chopping after cooking boosts carrots' anti-cancer properties by 25 percent. That's because chopping increases the surface area, so more of the nutrients leach out into the water while they are being cooked. By cooking them

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  • 5 Memory Boosting Power Foods

    Have you ever bumped into someone you know well but can't recall their name? Frequently forget where you put your keys? Between stress and sleep deprivation we all experience those absentminded moments, but another culprit could be the lack of key nutrients tied to memory. These five foods can help you fill the gaps:


    CELERY

    This crunchy staple may seem like a nutritional throwaway, but it actually contains an important mineral, potassium, which plays a key role in maintaining the electrical conductivity of the brain. Potassium is also involved in higher brain functions like memory and learning.
    How to eat it: Slather on some natural peanut butter and sprinkle with raisins (old school ants on a log) for a quick snack that will satisfy your crunch tooth.

    CINNAMON
    Cinnamon improves the body's ability to regulate blood sugar and this aromatic spice also boosts brain activity. Research shows that just smelling cinnamon enhances cognitive processing and cinnamon has been shown to improve

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  • 3 "Health" Foods That Aren't So Healthy

    Have you ever bought food that you thought was healthy and then looked at the ingredients and saw a ton of bad-for-you ingredients, like refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners? Beware of these healthy imposters - options that seem nutritionally superior, but really, not so much! Here are three foods to watch out for next time you're grocery shopping.

    Veggie Sticks or Puffed Veggie Snacks They may look like dried veggies but the first ingredient in many of these snacks is potato flour with veggies far lower in the ingredient list (which means they make up a smaller percentage of each bite). They also tend to have more sodium - up to twice as much - and you only save about 30 calories and 3 g of fat per serving compared to their traditional counterparts. Stick with good old fashioned potato chips, as long as the only ingredients are potatoes, pure vegetable oil and salt. They're much more natural and potatoes are a good source of potassium and antioxidants.

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  • 5 Hot New Superfoods

    Is Greek yogurt already old hat? If you love expanding your nutrition horizons get ready for a whole new crop of superfoods bound to become the next big thing:

    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 that removes the whey (liquid), which makes it creamy and thick (stick a spoon in it and turn it upside down - it won't fall out!) without providing any fat. A single 6 oz container of plain, nonfat packs 17 g of protein compared to about 15 g in Greek and 8 g in traditional yogurt.

    Teff
    Whole grains have been white hot for the past few years but the most recent trend is 'what's old is new again' and teff is an ancient grain that fits the bill. This African whole grain is used to make spongy Ethiopian flatbread. It's known for its sweet, molasses-like flavor and its versatility; it

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  • Surprisingly Healthy Easter and Passover Foods

    Holiday meals are all about tradition, and some of the most customary foods served during Easter and Passover slyly pack a pretty significant health punch . Here are five reasons to feel a little virtuous this season:



    Eggs

    Eggs get a bad wrap they truly don't deserve. Yes the yolk is where all the cholesterol is, but dozens of studies confirm that saturated and trans fats are the true heart disease triggers, not cholesterol - eggs are low in saturated fat and are trans fat free. In addition to high quality protein the yolk is also where the vitamin D (linked to a number of health benefits including weight control) and choline are found. Adequate choline is tied to brain health, muscle control, memory, reduced inflammation - a known trigger of aging and disease - and heart health.


    Potatoes

    Spuds have earned a reputation as nothing more than a fattening waste of calories, but they're actually one of the healthiest foods on the planet. In addition to providing fiber,

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