Healing Foods

  • Banana Ginger Muffins

    1 2/3 cup mashed ripe bananas
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
    1/4 low-fat plain yogurt
    2 egg whites (or 1 egg)
    1/4 cup skim milk
    1 cup plain fl our
    1 cup whole-wheat fl our
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup raisins

     

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine mashed banana, sugar, and olive oil in a bowl, mixing well. Add molasses, yogurt, egg whites, and milk. Set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and spices. Add banana mixture and stir well until combined. Fold in raisins.
    4. Pour into muffin tin greased with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

    Nutrition info per serving (12): 208 calories; 2.9 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 0.4 mg cholesterol; 4.1 g protein; 44.1 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g fi ber; 118.6 mg sodium

  • Healthy Pantru: Strawberries

    A bowl of this juicy, sweet fruit tastes too much like dessert to be such a nutrient-rich food, and yet new research shows strawberries may help prevent cardiovascular disease. “They are rich in anthocyanins, plant compounds that have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect,” says Shari Lieberman, author of The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book (Avery, 2007).

    By Lisa Turner
  • Oil Change

    We should all know by now that nature’s given us good fats and bad fats, and that opting to eat only the good variety can help prevent everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer.

    by Pamela Bond
  • Oil Change

    We should all know by now that nature’s given us good fats and bad fats, and that opting to eat only the good variety can help prevent everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer.

    by Pamela Bond
  • The Beat-Cancer Diet

    Of the more than 1 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year, roughly 700,000 can blame their condition at least in part on their high-fat, low-fiber diets. But a growing body of research suggests it’s never too late to change that.

    What to eat to feel better, stay stronger, and get healthier, for good.
    By Meghan Rabbitt / Recipes by Jeanette Hurt
  • Egg-White Breakfast Casserole

    1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup onions, diced
    12 egg whites
    1/4 cup fat-free milk
    2 slices whole-wheat bread, torn into pieces
    1 cup broccoli fl orets, steamed
    1 cup spinach, stems removed, steamed
    Pinch nutmeg
    Fresh ground pepper and sea salt, to taste
    2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
    3 to 4 whole cloves; 3 to 4 peppercorns
    1 slice of onion
    1 clove garlic
    1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
    2 teaspoons oil drained from sun-dried
    tomatoes
    2 1/2 teaspoons whole-wheat fl our
    Cayenne, sea salt, pepper to taste

    1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil and onions. Cook until caramelized.

    2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9- by 9-inch baking dish. Whisk egg whites and milk. Season with cayenne, sea salt, and pepper. Spread bread pieces along bottom of pan; top with caramelized onions, broccoli fl orets, and spinach. Pour on the egg-white mixture. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper, and the Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

    3. While casserole bakes, put milk, cloves, peppercorns, and a slice of onion in a small pot. Cook over medium-high heat about five minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand for 15 minutes.

    4. Mince garlic and drained sun-dried tomatoes.

    5. Drain milk through a strainer into a bowl to remove cloves, peppercorns, and onion. In same pot, over medium heat, add oil and fl our. Stir to make a roux. Slowly add milk, whisking in a little at a time. When thickened, whisk in sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.

    6. Serve casserole slices with a tablespoon of sundried tomato cream sauce on top.


    Nutrition info per serving (based on 6): 152 calories; 3.2 g fat; 0.7 g saturated fat; 2.7 mg cholesterol; 14.5 g protein; 17.3 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g fi ber; 304 mg sodium

  • Chicken Spinach Salad

    For the Dressing:
    1 orange
    1 lime
    1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    Pinch cayenne
    Salt, pepper to taste

    For the Salad:
    6 cups spinach leaves
    1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
    3 Roma tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
    1 red bell pepper, julienned
    1/2 cup baby carrots, cut matchstick thin
    1/3 cup dried cherries
    1/3 cup shelled pistachios
    2 tablespoons whole-wheat fl our
    1 teaspoon orange zest
    1/2 teaspoon lime zest
    Pinch cayenne
    2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 large chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
    Juice of 1/2 lime

    Dressing:
    1. Zest orange and lime, setting aside 1 teaspoon orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon lime zest. Juice orange and 1/2 of lime, reserving second half for chicken.

    2. Using a food processor, add juices, zests, cilantro, honey, and mustard. Pulse until well mixed. Add olive oil, a little bit at a time, and pulse until emulsified. Add cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste.

     

    Salad:
    1. Mix first seven ingredients in a bowl.

    2. In a separate, small bowl, mix flour, fruit zests, and cayenne.

    3. Pound the chicken breasts to 1/2- to 3/4-inch thickness and dredge in flour mixture.

    4. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. After one minute, add oil and chicken breasts. Turn every two minutes, cooking for 10 minutes. Squeeze the juice of half a lime over the chicken. Remove from heat, slice, add to salad, toss with dressing, and serve.
     

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 451 calories; 22.4 g fat; 3.2 g saturated fat; 68.4 mg cholesterol; 33.1 g protein; 31.5 g carbohydrates; 5.5 g fiber; 157.6 mg sodium

  • Yogurt Parfait With Grapefruit, Berries, and Granola

    2 cups plain Greek-style or regular yogurt with the whey drained
    3 tablespoons honey
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract, preferably Tahitian vanilla
    2 grapefruits, peeled and segmented with the pith removed
    2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
    1/4 cup of organic raspberries
    1/4 cup of organic blackberries
    1/4 cup of organic strawberries
    1/4 cup of organic blueberries
    2 tablespoons granola or crushed nuts
    1 tablespoon cinnamon

    1. In a large bowl, mix yogurt, 2 table- spoons honey, and vanilla.

    2. In a separate bowl, mix together fruit.

    3. In four separate parfait glasses, add the fruit and yogurt in alternating layers. Top with granola, and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 215 calories; 2 g fat; 0.3 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 10.4 g protein; 40.2 g carbohydrates; 5.3 g fiber; 40.3 mg sodium

  • Turning the Tides

    Buying seafood these days is no easy feat. With wild fish stocks disappearing fast and concerns about the safety of farmed fish rising (not to mention the negative impact it’s having on the ocean environment) health-conscious consumers want to know which is better: wild or farmed?

    The smartest seafood choices for your health—and the Earth.
    By Alison Anton