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Healthy Dish, Healthy Thanksgiving

Berries, spinach, nuts, oranges, red bell pepper are considered “super-foods” because they contain  exceptional amounts of nutrients that promote specific health benefits.  What if you could consume all these great foods in one simple dish? Try the recipe below – it is one of my favorites and perfect for Thanksgiving Day or any occasion. It is beautiful, delicious, easy to make, and wows your guests.

Specific health benefits?  Enjoy these huge health-boosters along with the great flavors! Berries provide anti-oxidants that block cholesterol -hardening plaque (atherosclerosis) in arteries and provide anti-inflammatory agents that prevent plaque from breaking off, forming blood clots. Further, berries contain components that block platelet stickiness (clots). Besides these heart and artery benefits, berries provide  lots of fiber, Vitamins A and C, and potassium, among other healthy nutrients. Cranberries help prevent urinary tract and bladder infections, as well.  All berries are all-star fruits. 

Spinach, like all green leafy vegetables, provide a wealth of health- Vitamins A, C, K, almost all B’s, magnesium,  potassium, zinc, calcium, manganese, copper, iron, fiber  – all of which conduct primary metabolic functions in the body crucial for heart, bone, muscle and overall health.  Greens help prevent cancer, heart disease, hypertension, cataracts, vision loss and cognition loss with age, and they block inflammation and unhealthy  free-radical created during metabolic processes.

Nuts lower LDL cholesterol, when consumed as part of a low saturated fat diet; and reduce diabetes risk, due in part to their high-magnesium content and fiber. Nuts contain a great mix of quality nutrients. 

Oranges and red bell pepper, both loaded with vitamins A and C, are key anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents for the body, fighting heart disease, cancer, and infection, and boosting immunity. So, enjoy this holiday favorite – and appreciate it being a recipe for health!

Spinach Cranberry Salad

8 cups fresh spinach leaves, washed and torn

One red bell pepper, diced

One fresh orange, segmented and sliced

1/3 cup green onion, minced

¼ cup walnuts or almonds or pistachios or your favorite nut

Dressing:

¼ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce (homemade or canned)

 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons olive or canola oil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground pepper

1. Combine first 4 ingreidnets in salad bowl.

2. Combine and whisk dressing ingredients.  Add to salad and toss.

Serves 6.       

Nutrient analysis per serving:   125 Calories, 9 gm fat, 150 mg sodium, 4 gm fiber. Standouts: meets 51% of your day’s needs for Vitamins A & C; 40% of folic acid needs; 15-20% of iron, Vitamin E, magnesium needs; 15% of Potassium needs .

Source:  The Cooper Clinic Solution to the Diet Revolution by Georgia Kostas, available at Amazon or http://www.georgiakostas.com          

Heathy eating can transform your health, energy and weight. For more resources and nutrition and healthy eating tips, visit www.georgiakostas.com/Products.aspx . Follow me on Twitter / @georgiakostas, Facebook / Georgia Kostas Nutrition, and LinkedIn / Georgia Kostas.

Georgia’s Favorite Beef Filet: Simple-and-Delicious

Did you know? May is Beef Month!  And, May 28th is Hamburger Day! Choose 90% lean ground beef, and add twice the amount of tomatoes, lettuce and onions for the healthiest version!

Entertain guests this Memorial Day weekend with my favorite simple and delicious beef filet recipe:

2 6-oz tenderloin filets, cut 1.5 inch thick

1 teaspoon canola oil

½ teaspoon melted butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Marinade:  ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce 

                    ¼ cup sherry

                    1 tablespoon olive oil 

                    1 tablespoon Greek seasoning blend

                    ½ teaspoon pepper 

Instructions:

  1. Combine 5 marinade ingredients. Marinade filets in sealed plastic bag 1- 3 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, add 1 tsp. canola oil. Heat on high until skillet is hot. Place filets in skillet. Sear each side approximately one minute.  Reduce heat to low. Cook approximately 5 minutes each side (“medium” doneness), turning once with tongs, to avoid losing meat juices if fork used.
  3. Sprinkle lightly with salt to taste and brush each side with 1/8 teaspoon melted butter.
  4. Side dishes:  sautéed mushrooms, steamed spinach, grape tomatoes, and mashed potatoes go great with this recipe and are healthy add-ons!!

For more beef receipes, visit http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/. Enjoy!

Celebrating National Nutrition Month (Part 2 of 3)

Color Your Plate like an Artist’s Palette

It’s March and color is on your mind! You may be relishing in tabloid analysis of what color of dresses celebrities wore on the red carpet for the Oscars last week. You may be starting to think about what colors of flowers or produce you want to plant in your garden this spring. Or, if you are like me, you’re celebrating National Nutrition Month by discovering the different array of foods you can use to color your plate.

Here are a few examples of foods you can use to color your plate like an artist’s palette this month and all year long:

Color: Green
Foods: Spinach, lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprout
Health benefits: Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease, macular eye degeneration, cataracts, inflammation, colon cancer, heart disease, bone loss

Color: Red
Foods: Berry, tomato, tomato sauce, apple, watermelon, radish, pomegranate
Health Benefit: Helps prevent cell damage, breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure

Color: Orange
Foods: Sweet potato, carrot, apricot, cantaloupe, orange
Health Benefits: Helps prevent heart disease, stroke, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis

Color: Yellow
Foods: Butternut squash, crookneck squash, corn, pineapple, lemon
Health Benefits: Helps prevent heart disease, stroke, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis

Color: White
Foods: Garlic, onion, pear, black-eyed pea, cauliflower, chick pea, mushroom
Health Benefit: Helps prevent high blood pressure

Color: Purple
Foods: Grape, fig, blueberry, black currant, red cabbage, eggplant, black bean, plum
Health Benefits: Helps prevent memory loss, cancer, heart disease

Help me add to my list. What foods do you enjoy that add color to your plate? Please enter your examples in the comments below.

Don’t forget to check out Part 3 of my National Nutrition Month blog series: Count Your Portions before they Count You

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