Summertime barbeques, Superbowl parties, and taco tuesdays are all great excuses to serve some guacamole. But, lets face it, we’ve all struggled with a little guilt over how many calories we are consuming chip by chip. This Edamame “Guacamole” recipe is about half the calories of avocado guacamole and is higher in protein too. Delicious and healthy! You don’t need an excuse to serve this any day.
Half the calories and 3 times the amount of protein of guacamole made with avocados – 86.7 cal., 6.7 g protein 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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