My 2-year-old granddaughter seemed to welcome her newborn baby sister with bland indifference. I observed her as she played with her blocks and other toys and did not appear to be perturbed by the presence of a new member in her family. After she had dinner, I was surprised when she set out deliberately for the couch, wrapped her mother’s pillow around her lap, lifted her shirt, and clutched her bear to her chest. It was dinner time for her bear! While it was fun to watch her precise imitation of breast feeding, it made me stop and wonder how we as adults subconsciously follow patterns of behavior that may not reach our cognitive awareness. Continue reading →
A nutritious brown bag lunch is not only easy to prepare, but economical and healthier than the usual cafeteria fare or fast-food options. Not to mention, a good midday meal can help bolster those notorious mid-day slumps and keep you on your game. Here are a few tips for bagging a healthy lunch.
Think Outside the Box
The healthiest lunches should contain foods from three different food groups: a protein, whole grain, and a fruit and/or vegetable. However, this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the Continue reading →
Research continues to show that adding specific foods to your diet can help support brain function, memory and cognitive skills. Who wouldn’t want that? The Journal of Neurology recently found that the Mediterranean Diet may reduce small-vessel damage to the brain. Try these healthy tips from the Mediterranean Diet not only for your body, but also your brain:
Majority of your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
Limit red meats and eat fish and poultry at least twice a week
Use healthy fats like fish and olive oil. A recent study shows that Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and seafood boosts memory function by 15%
Try cooking with olive oil, canola or walnut oil instead of butter
Alternate your protein choices; nuts, nut butters and beans are great alternative sources of protein
By incorporating these healthy foods into your diet, you can begin to benefit from their positive effects on brain function. The Mediterranean diet is a great way to explore a healthy style of eating. Give it a try, what do you have to lose?
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3. Tsivgoulis, G, et al. 2013. Adherence to a Mediterranean diet and risk of incident cognitive impairment. Neurology, 80 (18), 1684-1692.
4. Science Daily, March 2013
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The term “Healthy” has a bad rap! When we hear the term “healthy” we automatically think “tastes bad”. Right? But, just because something has that label doesn’t mean it is any less delicious than the less healthy version!
Chocolate, for instance, can be healthy for us but the sugar that usually accompanies it is not. By using some healthier ingredient options you can have a delicious dessert that won’t taste “healthy”. Enjoy!
NO COOK CACAO TRUFFLES
3/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder (available at health stores) or Cocoa Powder
It’s the beginning of the new year, and there is no better time to take stock of our belongings and reorganize! When it comes to the kitchen, there is no better place to get started then the pantry. This year, I challenged myself, and now I challenge you, to do out with the old and unhealthy, and bring in the new-nutritious.
Make your kitchen pantry work for you, not against you!
Kitchen pantries come in all shapes, but whether yours is a full sized closet or a combination of a bookshelf and a couple of small cabinets (like mine), the pantry is the soul of any kitchen. As fresh foods come and go out of the refrigerator and freezer, the pantry holds all the boxed, canned and bottled goods, whether they are spices, oils, pasta, sauces or soups, that add bulk