Healthiest Foods You Can Get

Here are some of the Healthiest Foods You Can Get…  Enjoy

This will help you get an idea about what foods are the best for your body.

Fruit

Apricots

Apricots contain Beta-carotene which helps to  prevent radical damage and also helps to protect the eyes.  A single apricot contains 17 calories,  0 fat, and one gram of fiber.  You can eat them dried or soft. Very seasonal, so enjoy them while you can.

Mango

A medium sized mango packs 57 MG of vitamin C,  which is nearly your entire daily dose.  This antioxidant will help prevent arthritis and also boost your immune system.  Not to mention that mango is a delicious fruit!

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes contain 117 GG of vitamin C, which is almost twice the recommended dose.  Half a melon contains 853 MG of potassium, which is nearly  twice as much as a banana, which helps to lower blood pressure.  Half a melon contains 97 calories,  1 gram of fat, and 2 grams of fiber. A readily available treat.

Tomato

A tomato can help cut the risk of bladder, stomach, and colon cancers in half if you eat one daily.  A tomato contains 26 calories, 0 fat, and only 1 gram of fiber.  Practically a staple in every household, and rightly so.

Vegetables

Onions

An onion can help to protect against cancer.  A cup of onions offers 61 calories, 0 fat, and 3 grams of fiber.  From the same family as garlic, but without the pungent smell.

Broccoli

Broccoli can help protect against breast cancer,  and it also contains a lot of vitamin C and beta- carotene.  One cup of chopped broccoli contains 25 calories, 0 fat, and 3 grams of fiber.  Easy to add to stir fry dishes.

Spinach

Spinach contains carotenoids that can help fend off macular degeneration, which is a major cause of blindness in older people.  One cup contains  7 calories, 0 fat, and 1 gram of fiber.  Try adding to lasagne.

Nuts and Beans

Peanuts

Peanuts and other nuts can lower your risk of heart disease by 20 percent.  One ounce contains 166 calories, 14 grams of fat, and over 2 grams of fiber.  Beware of peanut allergies!

Pinto beans

A half cut of pinto beans offers more than 25  percent of your daily folate requirement, which  protects you against heart disease.  Half a cup contains 103 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 6 grams of fiber.

Skim milk

Skim milk offers vitamin B2, which is important for good vision and along with Vitamin A could improve allergies.  You also get calcium and vitamin D as well.  One cup contains 86 calories, o fat, and 0 fiber.

Seafood

Salmon

All cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and  tuna are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids,  which help to reduce the risk of cardiac disease. A 3 ounce portion of salmon contains 127 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 0 fiber.  Wild caught is best.

Crab

Crab is a great source of vitamin B12 and immunity boosting zinc.  A 3 ounce serving of crab offers  84 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 0 fiber.  A little difficult to eat, but worth it.


“Health A to Z” – S

The Letter S.

Salmon

When choosing salmon select those which have been wild caught. Salmon is salmon an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and selenium. It is also a very good source of protein, niacin and vitamin B12 and a good source of phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6.

Salt

Salt is essential to life. Select a natural salt (like hand harvested French Salt) which contains trace minerals and

Salt Harvesting by Hand
Salt Harvesting by Hand

no aluminium silicate – an anti-caking agent found in regular salt. (Aluminium has been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.).  Natural salt should be unbleached, unrefined and not laced with harmful chemical additives. Salt is vital to the interplay of fluids in and out of our cells. Salt regulates the water content in our cells where the water cleanses and allows toxins to be extracted.

Avoiding processed foods will assist in avoiding hidden salt intake.

Selenium

A essential mineral which we require in trace amounts. Selenium supplements are rarely required, however some people have other conditions which prevent them from absorbing selenium, or people may live in areas where soils are selenium depleted. Observational studies indicate that death from cancer, including lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers, is lower among people with higher blood levels or intake of selenium. In addition, the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer is significantly higher in areas of the United States with low soil selenium content .

Research suggests that selenium affects cancer risk in two ways. As an anti-oxidant, selenium can help protect the body from damaging effects of free radicals. Selenium may also prevent or slow tumor growth. Certain breakdown products of selenium are believed to prevent tumor growth by enhancing immune cell activity and suppressing development of blood vessels to the tumor.

Superfoods

I call foods which are nutrient dense and low in calories superfoods. For example:-

Acai Berry

Avocado

Chlorella

Goji berry

Mangosteen

Maqui Berry

Noni

Pomegranate

Salmon

Spirulina

Stabilized Rice Bran

Wheatgrass

Feel free to add you own superfood choices as comments


Salmon, Broccoli and Mushroom Pasta Recipe

Want a delicious recipe using whole, natural foods? Try Salmon, Broccoli and Mushroom Pasta.

Try this easy, quick recipe which can be adjusted, as required, to suit a varied number of people.

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Ingredients

Salmon steaks – 1 per person

Broccoli – 1 cup per person – cut in small “trees” washed and drained in cold water – not tightly packed.

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Mushrooms – 2/3 medium sized ones per person – brushed and sliced

Cherry or grape tomatoes

Garlic – 2 cloves per person or to taste – crushed

Salt – natural salt is best

Black Pepper – ground to tastegrape-tomatoes

Small amount of butter – please use real butter

Cream – the runny sort you can cook with

Fettuccine – quantity to suit the number of people you need to serve – cooked in salted water.fettucini

Method

Pan 1 – get the pasta cooking – follow directions on the pack.

At the same time:-

Pan 2 – Melt the butter in a large frying pan – add the sliced mushrooms and garlic – stir till partly cooked.

Add the cream and cook till slightly thickened.

Add the tomatoes and take off the heat immediately and set aside.

Then, after Pan 2 is done

Pan 3 – Start cooking the salmon in a frying pan – very simply. Just sprinkle a little salt and place in pan skin side down. No need to add any oil or fat as there should be enough fat in the salmon to stop it sticking. Cook on medium heat 5 minutes or until browned, then turn and cook another 3 minutes. When cooked, turn off the heat and set aside.

Check the pasta – it’s probably cooked by now – if so drain and set aside.

Pan 4 – A small saucepan with a tight lid – get the pan hot, then add the broccoli pieces (which should still have water in them from being washed) and replace the lid – beware it will sizzle and steam –  toss the broccoli briefly and turn off the heat – leave the lid on.

Everything is now cooked, so put it together.

Add the cooked pasta to the Mushrooms, tomatoes and cream sauce and gently stir. Add ground black pepper to taste.

Add the cooked broccoli to the pasta – stir gently.

Break up the salmon steaks into flakes and place on top of the pasta.

Serve immediately with a green salad of baby spinach, butter lettuce and cucumber.

I think you’ll find it’s delicious!

You can adjust the recipe to suit your taste and budget – e.g.  fewer salmon steaks, more broccoli.


Dr Perricone – The Weight Loss Diet