Anti-Aging: 13 Spices & Herbs

SPICES & HERBS

Our amazing Earth produces a wide variety of SPICES and HERBS that contain thousands of plant chemicals that are

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

and

POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS

ginger – turmeric – cinnamon – cloves – oregano -

parsley – rosemary -

thyme -mint – tarragon – dill


Check out Dr. Oz 

Top 10 Anti-Aging Spices & Herbs

So spice up your food and know that your are fighting against aging!


Let us know what your favorite spices & herbs are and how you use them in your kitchen!

Anti-Aging: 12 Oatmeal

OATMEAL


Add oatmeal to your normal diet to slow down the aging process because it

  1. lowers cholesterol

  2. boosts immune system

  3. stabilizes blood sugar

  4. reduces risk of diabetes

  5. has special antioxidants to protect heart

  6. prevents breast cancer

  7. gluten-friendly – it has a small amount of gluten but studies have shown that adults and children with celiac disease can tolerate it

Add other Anti-Aging foods to your oatmeal… like

Check out  Mr. Breakfast.com for 144 

different ways to make oatmeal!

Let me know what you try and how you like it!

Anti-Aging: 11 Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate = Health Food =


 TRUE!!!!!!!!

It is an ANTI-AGING food!

It has Cocoa that contains a plant compound called flavonols.

Flavonols have an impressive array of benefits including:

  • lowering blood pressure

  • lowering cholesterol

According to FitDay, Dark Chocolate

  1. Is Good for your Heart (helps prevent blood clots)

  2. Is Good for your Brain (increases blood flow & reduces stroke)

  3. Helps control Blood Sugar (has a low glycemic index-won’t spike blood sugar levels, good for circulation & it helps keep blood vessels healthy)

  4. Is FULL of Antioxidants!  Helps free your body of FREE RADICALS

  5. Contains Theobromine – shown to harden tooth enamel

  6. Is high in VITAMINS & MINERALS!

  • Potassium

  • Copper

  • Magnesium

  • Iron

The copper and potassium in dark chocolate help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Check out some of the Best Dark Chocolate in the world

 DON’T GO CRAZY!

I’m not telling you -and me – to go crazy on Dark Chocolate!

It’s high in FAT!

Remember, Milk Chocolate IS NOT THE SAME!

If you don’t like the DARK, transition yourself by first choosing a chocolate that is at least 60% cocoa.  Once you are use to the flavor, increase to 70%, 80%, and then even 90% pure cocoa.

One of our favorite way to add Dark Chocolate:

We grate it over our oatmeal!

My kids love this.

What’s your favorite kind of 

DARK 

CHOCOLATE?

Anti-Aging: 10 Prunes

PRUNES…Dried PLUMBS

One of the healthiest foods!

They are most commonly known as a natural laxative, but there are numerous other benefits from these fruits.

Prune Nutrition Facts

HealwithFood.org
Glycemic Index (GI) Rating: Although rich in simple sugars, prunes do not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, possibly because of their high fiber, fructose, and sorbitol content. Therefore, prunes have a low GI rating of 29. The Glycemic Load (GL) of prunes is 9.57 (low).
Calories: Prunes have about 240 calories per 100 grams (67 calories per 1 ounce).
Macronutrients: Prunes are rich in carbohydrates. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber (6.1 grams per 100 grams). Prunes contain very little protein and hardly any fat.
Vitamins: Prunes are a good source of vitamin A and vitamin K.
Minerals and Trace Elements: Prunes are a good source of potassium, copper, boron and magnesium.
Phenolic Compounds: Prunes are rich in phenolic compounds (184 mg/100 g) such as neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids.

Anti-Aging: 9 RED WINE

RED WINE

“Red wine contains the superstar Antioxidant resveratrol, which can improve blood flow in the brain by 30 percent.”

Pilates Style

To get the health benefit,

you just need one glass of wine up to five times per week.

If you DO NOT drink,

don’t start just to get the health benefits.


Anti-Aging:: 8 Pomegranate Juice

POMEGRANATE JUICE!

Studies suggest  that long-term consumption

of pomegranate juice may::

It contains more

ANTIOXIDANTS than other juices!

To get the health benefit,

drink 4-8 oz a day.

WARNING…
Pomegranate juice has 30 grams of SUGAR – more than an equal size serving of some soft drinks – do DON’T over do it!  4-8 oz is all that you need!!!

Anti-Aging: 7 BEANS

…BEANS…

FACT :: There are aproximatly 13,000 species of beans and legumes in the world!  Now that’s variety!

Diets rich in beans are being used to:

  • reduce risk of many cancers

  • improve diabetics’ blood glucose control

  • lower blood pressure

  • regulate  colon function

  • lower cholesterol levels

  • prevent and cure constipation

 Richly colored dried BEANS offer a lot of antioxidant protection!  Red kidney beans actually have more antioxidants than blueberries!

Beans are loaded with

FIBER and PROTEIN


Brown Rice and Black Bean Burritos Rachael Ray

Ingredients
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes, diced
  • 2 14-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 large, whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 cup of smoked white cheddar
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 4 small tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch (about a handful) of cilantro leaves removed from stems
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A few dashes hot sauce
  • 1 jicama, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks

Preparation

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat with the stock or water and brown rice. Season with salt and pepper, and bring up to a bubble. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, about 25 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork.
While rice is cooking, place another pot over medium heat with 1 turn of the pan of EVOO, onion, garlic, jalapeño, salt and ground black pepper. Cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cumin and cook about 1 minute then add tomatoes and beans, and heat through, about 2 minutes. Keep warm until the rice is ready.
Just before the rice and beans are ready, place a dry skillet over medium heat. Warm the tortillas in the pan until hot and lightly blistered. Transfer finished tortillas to a plate and cover them in a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm.
When everything is ready, lay down the tortillas and divide the cheese evenly between them. Divide the rice and beans between the tortillas as well as the lettuce, tomatoes, scallions and cilantro. Roll up each burrito.


The Ultimate Chili Allrecipes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine

 Directions

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until evenly browned. Drain off grease, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine the cooked beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, celery, red bell pepper, and red wine vinegar. Season with chili powder, cumin, parsley, basil and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to distribute ingredients evenly.
  3. Cook on High for 6 hours, or on Low for 8 hours. Pour in the wine during the last 2 hours.

Anti-Aging: 6 Cruciferous Vegetables

CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES

Cruciferous vegetables are from the mustard family ::

MUSTARD GREENS, CABBAGES, BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, 

BRUSSELS SPROUTS, KALE


They prevent and slow down aging in the body!

They are filled with vitamins, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.

By adding these foods to your daily diet, you may be lowering your risk for cancer!

Some have shown to STOP the growth of cancer cells

for tumors in the:

  1. breast
  2. uterine lining (endometrium)
  3. lung
  4. colon
  5. liver
  6. cervix

                                        according to the American Institute for Cancer Research

These vegetables fight against the overload of 

free-radicals that cause cancer by reducing oxidative stress.



Cruciferous veggies also protect against cardiovascular disease.  Studies have shown that diets rich in these foods lower amounts of inflammation in the body!

Which cruciferous vegetables have the most vitamin A, vitamin C, and folic acid?

The answers are:

  1. Kale (vitamin A)

  2. Broccoli (vitamin C)

  3. Brussels sprouts and broccoli (tied for folic acid)

Brussels sprouts have the most vitamin E (about 9% of the Daily Value) and vitamin B-1 (15% Daily Value). And it’s broccoli and Brussels sprouts again that have the most healthy plant omega-3s: A cup of broccoli contributes about 200 milligrams, and a cup of Brussels sprouts about 260 milligrams.

Here’s a comparison table of cruciferous vegetables, including the nutrients for which they contribute at least 10% of the Daily Value. Keep in mind that about half of the fiber in cruciferous vegetables is super-healthy soluble fiber.

Per 1 cup:
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cabbage
B. Sprouts
Bok Choy
Kale
(steamed) (frozen, cooked) (raw) (cooked) (cooked) (cooked)
Calories 44 34 22 60 20 36
Fiber 5g 5 2 4 3 3
Vitamin A 33% DV 1% 2% 16% 62% 137%
Vitamin B-2 16% 9% 3% 11% 10% 8%
Vitamin B-6 17% 12% 7% 21% 22% 14%
Vitamin C 165% 75% 38% 129% 59% 71%
Folic Acid 23% 18% 10% 23% 17% 4%
Magnesium 12% 5% 4% 10% 6% 7%
Potassium 14% 7% 6% 14% 18% 8%
Omega-3s 200 mg 140 mg 60 mg 260 mg 100 mg 100 mg

Tips for Enjoying Cruciferous Vegetables

To maximize taste and nutrition, here are some tips for buying and cooking cruciferous vegetables:

  • Don’t overcook cruciferous vegetables. They can produce a strong sulfur odor and become unappealing.

  • You can buy several types of cruciferous vegetables ready-to-go in the frozen or fresh packaged sections of your supermarket, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

  • No raw veggie platter is complete without dark green broccoli or snowy white cauliflower florets.

  • Add raw broccoli or cauliflower florets to your green salad to give the nutrients a big boost.

  • Add chopped cruciferous veggies to soups, stews, and casseroles.

  • When buying fresh broccoli, look for firm florets with a purple, dark green, or bluish hue on the top. They’re likely to contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than florets with lighter green tops. If it has yellow in it or is limp and bendable, the broccoli is old — don’t buy it.

according to WebMD

Cauliflower Tomato Soup

One of my family’s favorites from Allrecipes.com

Ingredients


  • 1/4 cup sliced leek (white portion only)

  • 1/4 cup chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup, undiluted

  • 1 1/4 cups water

  • 1 cup fresh cauliflowerets

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
  1. In a saucepan, saute leek and celery in butter until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 12-16 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Brown Rice and Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

I use this as a side dish or a stand alone meal.

  • cook the brown rice according to the instructions

  • steam either frozen or fresh broccoli & cauliflower

  • combine them

  • drizzle Braggs Liquid Amino’s and Flax Seed Oil on top and mix

  • if you are really feeling healthy, sprinkle kelp flakes over the rice and veggies!

OK, now it’s your turn.  I want to hear from you.

PLEASE share your Cruciferous Vegetables recipes!

Anti-Aging: 5 Apples

APPLES * APPLES * APPLES

Apples are so awesome and will help slow down the 

AGING PROCESS!

Here’s why:


Studies have shown that eating APPLES assist in

  • bone strength

  • asthma prevention

  • Alzheimer’s Prevention

    Cornell University found, in a study on mice, that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

  • lowers cholesterol

  • helps prevent lung, breast, colon, and liver cancer!

  • diabetes management

  • great for the skin

  • weight loss

Eat your apples and eat the skin!  A lot of the nutrients is found

IN THE SKIN!

How do you eat APPLES?

  • throw them in your smoothies

  • juice them

  • make apple sauce

  • apple butter

  • apple preserves

  • eat them plain

  • eat them with peanut/almond butter

If you have a creative way of adding apples to your meals or snacks, please share what you do and send me a picture -

I would love to post it!

Anti-Aging: 4 Nuts

…NUTS…

Long term studies have consistently shown that people who eat nuts several times a week have a 30-50% lower risk of heart disease!

Eat your nuts People!

The type of nut you eat doesn’t make a huge difference,

but some have more heart-healthy goodness than others.

Walnuts. Almonds. Hazelnuts Nuts. Brazil. Pine Nuts. Pecan. Pistachio. Cashew.

 GOOD GOOD GOOD!

Eating Nuts Regularly

  • lower the LDL :: low-density lipoprotein/ bad cholesterol in their blood.  Remember, high LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease.

  • reduces risk of developing blood clots :: can cause heart attacks.

  • improves the lining of the arteries

    The Good Stuff In NUTS
(The amounts vary from nut to nut,
but nearly every nut has some level of each of these nutrients.)

  • Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Fiber :: plays a role in preventing diabetes

  • Vitamin E ::  stops the development of plaques in the arteries – plaque narrows the space blood can flow – plaque can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or heart attack

  • Plant sterols ::  some nuts have this and it lowers your cholesterol.  Often times this is added to orange juice and other products, but it occurs naturally in nuts.

  • L-arginine :: shown to make the walls of the artery more flexible and less prone to blood clots.

  • Unsaturated fats :: YOU NEED THESE good fats – monounsaturated & polyunsaturated – lowers bad cholesterol

    Slow down the aging process by controlling inflammation and

    eliminating  free radicals from your body through your diet!

    Let us know how you like to eat your nuts.

    What’s your favorite nut?

    Share your recipes!!!