Healing Foods

  • Good Nuts to Crack

    Wish you could ditch your snack attacks? Maybe you don’t need to after all. Research shows munching on smaller meals throughout the day can actually help you shed pounds—but only if you choose wisely.

    From almonds to pistachios, tasty munchies to boost your health.
    By Molly Lyons
  • Grilled Cod With Black Bean–Mango Salsa

     

    4 1/2 pounds cod fillets
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin
    olive oil

    Black Bean-Mango Salsa
    Makes 6 cups

    1 lime
    1/2 orange, reserving zest
    1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 small, minced jalapeño pepper (optional)
    1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 small mango, diced (1 cup)
    1/2 cup green onion, finely sliced
    1/2 cup chopped cilantro

    1. Mix together all black bean–mango salsa ingredients at least 30 minutes (and up to 24 hours) prior to serving.
    2. Lightly brush cod fillets on both sides with extra-virgin olive oil and grill 6 to 7 minutes on each side, until fish is opaque.
    3. Mound 1 1/2 cups of black bean mixture on a plate. Lean each piece of grilled cod against salsa.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 339.1 calories; 2.1 g fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 93.5 mg cholesterol; 46.1 g protein; 33.6 g carbohydrates; 7.8 g fiber; 136.7 mg sodium

  • Say "C" to Stave Off Arthritis

    Eating vitamin C–rich foods may protect your knees from osteoarthritis, reports a recent study in Arthritis Research & Therapy. Here’s why: They’re packed with antioxidants, which protect cells from oxidative damage, and oxidative damage breaks down cartilage—the “shock absorber” in the knee joint.

    By Celia Shatzman
  • The Healthy Heart Diet

    When Mary Anne Nally of Southold, New York, went for her annual physical, she feared what her doctor might say when he saw her blood-test results. “High cholesterol runs in my family, and even though I eat a relatively healthy diet, I had a sneaking suspicion mine was high too,” says the 54-year-old.

    By Lambeth Hochwald / Recipes by Maria Cooper
  • Better Berries to Fight Cancer

    The next time you toss a handful of berries into your morning smoothie, reach for freeze-dried instead of fresh or frozen. Science now indicates that freeze-dried berries, specifically black raspberries, inhibit cancer development by restoring hundreds of cancer-altered genes to their normal state.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Grain and Vegetable "Meat" Loaf

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    1 cup millet
    2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
    1 1/2 cups soy granules
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    1 teaspoon minced shallots
    1 cup chopped onions
    1 cup chopped zucchini
    1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
    1/2 cup white wine
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/4 cup julienned fresh basil
    1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
    2 teaspoons of tamari soy sauce
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    1 1/2 cups cooked lentils, pureed
    2 tablespoons egg whites (from 1 egg)
    Sea salt to taste
    Freshly ground black pepper to taste

    1. Simmer the millet in 2-1/2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 20 minutes. Fluff the millet with a fork before using.
    2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil with the soy sauce. Add the soy granules. Remove the pot from the heat, and let it sit covered for 10 minutes. Fluff the granules with a fork before using.
    3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and shallots, and cook, stirring, until golden, about 1 minute. Add the onions, zucchini, and red peppers, and cook, stirring, for 4 to 6 minutes. Add the wine, coriander, basil, and parsley. Simmer until the liquid is reduced 75 percent, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
    4. Mix soy sauce into cooked rice.
    5. Add the rice, lentils, soy granules, millet, and egg white to the sautéed vegetables, and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly.
    6. Spray a nonstick loaf pan with canola oil spray, and firmly press the mixture into the pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing.

    nutrition info (8): 236.1 calories; 3.2 g fat;1.1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 23.6 g protein; 33.9 g carbohydrates; 276 mg sodium

  • Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Onion Dip

    1 pound sweet potatoes, scrubbed
    1 medium carrot, peeled
    and thinly sliced
    1/2 medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced
    1 tablespoon tahini
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon curry powder
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil, and roast for 50 minutes or until cooked through. Uncover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the skin, and chop the potatoes into medium-size pieces.
    2. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add the carrot and onion, return to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer for 10 minutes. Do not drain; set aside.
    3. In a food processor, combine the sweet potato, the carrot-onion mixture with the cooking liquid, and the remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth. Refrigerate, covered, till ready to serve or for up to three days.

    nutrition info (per 1/4 cup): 63 calories; 0.9 g fat; 0.1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.2 g protein; 12.9 g

  • Veg Out

    Ask a roomful of vegetarians why they decided to make the meat-free leap, and you’ll likely get a roomful of answers. Some might love animals. Some might have ecological reasons. Some might have eschewed their steak-eating days to lose weight.

    Becoming a vegetarian can do wonders for your health—if you do it right
    By Bryce Edmonds
  • Quinoa Vegetable Soup

    3/4 cup quinoa
    1 tablespoon canola oil
    2 onions, finely diced
    3 carrots, peeled and finely diced
    3 stalks celery, finely diced
    2 zucchini, finely diced
    1/2 cup yellow corn kernels
    1 red bell pepper, finely diced
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    2 teaspoons sea salt
    12 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
    1 28-ounce can whole, peeled tomatoes
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
    Freshly ground black pepper

    1. Rinse quinoa well, and drain. Heat large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add quinoa, and stir constantly for 10 minutes, or until the moisture evaporates and the quinoa crackles and becomes golden. Transfer quinoa to a bowl, and set aside.
    2. Heat oil in large, heavy stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery. Sauté for 12 minutes. Add zucchini, corn, red pepper, garlic, and salt. Sauté 3 minutes longer, or until vegetables begin to release their juices.
    3. Add stock, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the toasted quinoa, and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until quinoa is almost tender.
    4. Squeeze the tomatoes into the soup, and add the juices from the can; then stir in the cumin and coriander. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
    5. Stir in the cilantro, and season to taste with pepper and more salt, if desired.

    nutrition info per serving (10-12): 156 calories; 4 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 23 g carbohydrates; 152 mg sodium

  • Cool Beans

    You know how that school-yard rhyme goes: Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart. But Donna M. Winham, a nutrition professor at Arizona State University who has conducted extensive research on beans’ impact on overall health, says this nutritious food protects more than your ticker.

    7 beans that prove good things do come in small packages
    By Wendy McMillan