Food & Recipes

  • Tooth-Friendly Foods

    You brush and floss daily, and these are important steps in your daily routine. But did you know that a few of “nature’s toothbrushes” also can help keep your mouth healthy? From fighting periodontal disease to killing bacteria and fighting stains, certain foods and beverages play a vital role in oral care.

    Brush up on ways to keep your mouth healthy.
    By Gina Roberts-Grey
  • Bone Builder Smoothie

    1/2 cup low-fat, calcium-enriched vanilla soy milk
    1/2 cup non-fat plain or vanilla yogurt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3/4 cup canned prunes (or dried prunes soaked for 20 minutes in warm water then drained)
    1 large sliced frozen banana
    1 scoop vanilla-flavored soy protein powder
    1 tablespoon agave nectar (if desired)

    Garnish: several banana slices on the rim of each glass

    * To freeze the banana, peel and slice, place in a plastic bag, and freeze overnight.


    Blend together in blender. Enjoy!

    Nutrition information per serving: Calories 310; Protein 12.2 g; Carbohydrates 67 g; Total Fat 0.8 g; Saturated Fat 0.1 g; Cholesterol 2.5 mg; Sodium 148 mg; Fiber 5.6 g

  • Post-Exercise Recovery/Anti-Aging Smoothie


    1/2 cup pomegranate juice
    1/4 cup açai or mangosteen juice
    1 cup frozen cherries
    1 cup frozen blueberries
    1 cup low-fat or fat-free vanilla yogurt
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 scoop vanilla-flavored whey protein

    Garnish: whole blueberries and a sprig of fresh mint


    Blend together in blender. Enjoy!

    Nutrition information per serving: Calories 319; Protein 16 g; Carbohydrates 61.5 g; Total Fat 2.1 g; Saturated Fat 1.1 g; Cholesterol 22.5 mg; Sodium 96 mg; Fiber 3.6 g

  • Cranberry Cure-all

    Holistic practitioners have long extolled the virtues of cranberry juice for overcoming urinary tract infections (see Alternative Medicine Chest in the January 2007 issue), and in recent years, researchers have identified proanthocyanidins (PACs) as some of the berry’s more important health-promoting constituents. The berries also pack more antioxidants than grapes.

    By James Keough
  • The Truth About Pasteurized Milk

    Eating in the raw is all the rage, and the fad doesn’t end at flax crackers and seed cheese. A growing number of health savvy folks are also asking for raw milk, charging that pasteurization destroys milk’s beneficial enzymes and nutrients. Meanwhile, organizations like the FDA and CDC warn that raw milk carries pathogenic bacteria that pasteurization kills.

    By Lisa Turner
  • Healing Food—Metabolic Syndrome

    The biggest epidemic in America hasn’t come from birds, Asia, or germs. It’s caused by the food we put in our mouths, and it has already affected some 70 million to 100 million American adults.

    By Jack Challem
  • Taking Cholesterol to Heart

    The last time Bonnie went for her annual check-up her doctor warned her to watch her cholesterol. At 240, it hovered well above the normal 200-or-lower range, making her a likely candidate for a heart attack. Instead of filling the prescription he handed her for a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, however, Bonnie sought a second opinion and a more comprehensive blood test.

    By Dennis A. Goodman, MD, FACC
  • Quest for Healing—Go Ahead: Indulge!

    I’ve often regarded chocolate as a guilty pleasure, but it really goes beyond pure indulgence, doesn’t it? Yes! Recent scientific evidence has shown that if we have enough chocolate, it will lower our blood pressure, potentially lower our cholesterol, give us some of the vitamins we get in our servings of fruit and vegetables, and may even act like a baby aspirin.

    By Judy Brooks
  • Good Food—Healthy Holiday Parties

    Stringing up multicolored lights and decorating the house for the holidays just puts me in a good mood. I guess that’s because I like throwing parties and having the chance to cook for friends and family. We all have a lot to be thankful for, and there’s nothing better than good food and good conversation to underscore that theme.

    By Maureen Callahan, RD
  • Start Your Day Warm and Healthy

    I am a huge fan of breakfast. I coach my busy husband on the importance of squeezing in that first meal of the day and insist on sending our kids off to school after a substantial and healthy meal. After all, a brain needs fuel to function, including glucose, vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.

    By Karen Albright Lin