Healing Foods

  • Heart Matters

    If you’re thinking, “Why should I worry about heart health?” here’s a reality check: A third of Americans already have some form of the condition. Even if you don’t have a family history of cardiovascular problems, you should take steps to protect your ticker. Why? Because your heart rules the health of every other system in your body.

    Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women. Try these 19 simple ways to lower your risk today.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Fruit Fighters

    The term “superfruits” might make you think of cape-clad produce ready to leap to your nutritional rescue. In fact, many marketers want you to believe that mysterious fruits like mangosteens and goji berries have magical health-boosting properties.

    Fend off disease with these natural - and delicious - healers.
    By Molly Lyons
  • Spiced Pears

    6 large pears
    1 1/2 cups unsweetened pear juice or nectar
    1/4 cup raw honey
    1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger, cardamom, cloves
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    3 tablespoons ghee
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 cup slivered almonds

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and butter an 11-by-18-inch baking dish.
    2. Cut each pear lengthwise into quarters, remove the core, and place skin side up in baking dish.
    3. In a separate bowl, mix juice, honey, and spices. Pour mixture over pears, and dot with ghee. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
    4. Remove foil, and bake for 5 to 10 minutes until pears are soft. Transfer pears to serving platter, and pour reserved liquid into a saucepan.
    5. Add vanilla, and heat mixture over high heat until syrupy, about 10 minutes.
    6. While syrup is reducing, toast almonds.
    7. Pour syrup over pears, and top with almonds.

    nutrition info per serving: 262 calories; 5 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 2 g protein; 57 g carbohydrates; 8 g fiber; 7 mg sodium

  • Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

    2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1 1/2 cups fresh apple juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger
    (or ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger)
    4 apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1/3 cup raisins

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan, and add sweet potatoes.
    2. In a small bowl, combine apple juice, vanilla, and spices. Pour mixture over sweet potatoes, cover, and bake for 50 minutes.
    3. Add apples and raisins; cover, and bake for 30 minutes or until tender. Uncover, and bake for 5 minutes to brown the top. Serve warm.

    nutrition info per serving (8): 124 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 31 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 22 mg sodium

  • Dal with Winter Vegetables

    3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1 cup peeled and cubed
    butternut squash
    4 cups water
    1 tablespoon freshly
    grated ginger
    2 teaspoons turmeric
    2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1 teaspoon iodized salt (must be iodized on a sattvic diet)
    1 1/2 cups dried yellow lentils
    2 cups broccoli florets
    1 teaspoon brown
    mustard seed
    2 teaspoons cumin seed
    1 teaspoon fennel seed

    1. Add 2 tablespoons ghee (or oil), carrots, and squash to a large saucepan. Sauté for 8 minutes.
    2. Add water, ginger, turmeric, coriander, salt, and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for one hour.
    3. Add chopped broccoli and an additional cup of water (omit the water if you prefer a thick dal), and simmer for 10 minutes.
    4. While broccoli is cooking, toast brown mustard, cumin, and fennel in a skillet over high heat for 1 minute, or until spices become fragrant.
    5. Add remaining ghee or oil to the skillet, and sauté 1 minute. Combine with the broccoli and lentil mixture, and serve with basmati rice.

    nutrition info per serving: 158 calories; 7.8 g fat; 1.1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 6.2 g protein; 18.6 g carbohydrates; 7.1 g fiber; 417 mg sodium

  • Nourishing Happiness

    Two months had passed since my daughter was born, and still I was walking around in a fog. I understand, based on comments from friends and family, that I radiated happiness during this time, but what I remember is struggling with sleeplessness and the constant demands of a newborn—my 8-pound bundle of joy had the clear upper hand.

    The yogic way to feed body and spirit
    By Melissa B. Williams
  • Black Bean Salad

    1 15-ounce can black beans, drained, rinsed, and chilled
    1 mango, diced
    1/2 red bell pepper, diced
    1 scallion, sliced thinly
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
    1 to 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno
    1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
    Salt to taste
    2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

    Mix everything but the cheese in a bowl. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for an hour before serving for best flavor. Add cheese just before serving.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 271 calories, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 7 mg cholesterol, 12 g protein, 35 g carbohydrates, 11 g fiber, 28 mg sodium

  • Lava Flow Hand Rolls With Onion-Soy Sauce

    1/4 onion, diced
    1/4 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
    1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
    4 tablespoons soy sauce
    4 large leaves of red chard
    3/4 cup cooked brown sushi rice
    8 1-ounce slices of sushi-grade, raw ahi tuna
    8 slices of ripe papaya, about the same size as the ahi slices
    1 avocado, sliced into eighths
    1 ounce of microgreens or sprouts, evenly divided for four rolls
    4 roughly chopped macadamia nuts

    1. Place onion, vinegar, lemon juice, and soy sauce in a small bowl, and set aside.
    2. Lightly steam the chard leaves for 2 minutes. Run under cool water, and pat dry. Stack 2 leaves on top of each other with the underside up and the thick side of the stems closest to you. Fill the center with 2 to 3 tablespoons of rice, flush with the thick edge of the stem, leaving the upper half of the leaf empty.
    3. Add 2 slices each of ahi, papaya, and avocado. Top with microgreens and one chopped macadamia, and fold the sides together and the bottom of the leaf up over them. Repeat with remaining chard leaves.
    4. Spoon onion-soy mixture inside and serve.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 220.3 calories, 10.8 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 15.3 g protein, 18.4 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g fiber, 720 mg sodium

  • Carob and Psyllium Shake

    1 cup unsweetened vanilla soymilk
    1 scoop (24.3 grams) vanilla whey protein powder
    1 tablespoon unsweetened carob powder
    1 tablespoon psyllium seed husks
    2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
    1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder
    3 ice cubes

    Place everything in a blender, and blend until smooth.

    nutrition info per serving (1): 289 calories, 12 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 24 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 123 mg sodium

  • Carob and Psyllium Shake

    1 cup unsweetened vanilla soymilk
    1 scoop (24.3 grams) vanilla whey protein powder
    1 tablespoon unsweetened carob powder
    1 tablespoon psyllium seed husks
    2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
    1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder
    3 ice cubes

    Place everything in a blender, and blend until smooth.

    nutrition info per serving (1): 289 calories, 12 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 24 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 123 mg sodium