August 30, 2021

Munch a Bunch of Savory Spinach!

This quick and easy spinach recipe is the perfect way to prepare the best tasting side dish around. Buy spinach in bunches to cut down on plastic packaging then sauté it with some simple herbs and spices for the most flavorful preparation. When you need a break from green salads or want a warm dish in colder weather, cooking spinach is a perfect way to get nutrients and antioxidants. Garlic, lemon juice and fresh capers add an unexpected zest and richness to a simple veggie dish. Spinach has protein; folate, which promotes healthy skin, hair, and eyes; lutein, which may […]
April 26, 2020

Spinach and Grapefruit Salad

Spinach contains iron as well as age-defying antioxidants. Grapefruit is chock-full of vitamin C and potassium. You can use vitamin-C-packed pink or white grapefruit in this salad, though pink grapefruit has the added benefit of lycopene. If you use whole segments of the grapefruit, you’ll also add fiber. The candied walnuts and dried apricots balance the acidity of the grapefruit and increase the antioxidants in this dish. My Honey-Lime Dressing perfectly compliments the mellow flavor of the spinach. SERVES 2 Ingredients 1 bunch or 1 bag spinach leaves 1 whole grapefruit, segmented ¼ cup candied walnuts ¼ cup dried apricots 2 […]
March 18, 2020

Grapefruit Is an Age-Defying Hero

An excellent source of vitamin C as well as pantothenic acid, copper, vitamin A, fiber, potassium, biotin, and vitamin B1, grapefruit is also a good source of dietary fiber. The pink, red or ruby varieties contain the carotenoid phytonutrient lycopene, which is found to be a more powerful antioxidant than other carotenoids such as beta-carotene and research has suggested it may significantly reduce risk of stroke. Studies have also indicated that people with a diet high in lycopene have a lower risk of certain cancers, particularly prostate cancer. In my cookbook, The Age GRACEfully Cookbook, you’ll find an easy and delicious recipe for Spinach […]
May 28, 2019

Leafy Greens Can Help Memory

Losing your memory? Then you may want to make a simple, healthy adjustment to your diet: add more leafy greens. Why? Because a recent study found that eating leafy greens may help to preserve your cognitive abilities into old age. The results were published in the journal FASEB. Eating Leafy Greens Daily Slows Mental Aging By 11 Years In a recent study, participants examined the nutrition intake of 954 older individuals (average age 81) and followed them for an average period of almost five years. Previous research has shown that a plant-based Mediterranean-style diet may help to prevent dementia and […]
August 14, 2018

Sage-Breaded Chicken Salad Is Tasty Toss-Up

If you like a little zing in a salad, you’ll want to try this one! It’s a beautiful blend of spinach, snap peas, avocados, strawberries and chicken. Tender basil leaves add mild flavor and vivid color to the fabulous, nutrient-loaded vinaigrette. Sage-Breaded Chicken, Spinach and Snap Pea Salad Ingredients: 1 egg (lightly beaten) ¼ cup sour cream ¾ cup Italian-flavored bread crumbs 1½ tsp. ground sage 1 pound chicken tenders 5 ounces baby spinach 2 cups snap peas (chopped) 2 cups strawberries (sliced) 2 avocadoes (thinly sliced) ¼ cup roasted unsalted almonds (chopped) ¼ cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves […]
July 24, 2018

Pineapple & Spinach Make a Super Smoothie

Spinach is a super food that’s chock full of nutrients such as potassium, iron and calcium. The pineapple, banana and maple syrup gives this super smoothie a tropical twist. Pineapple-Spinach Smoothie Ingredients: 1 cup coconut milk (from the refrigerated section, such as Silk brand, not canned) 1 cup lightly packed baby spinach ½ cup plain, whole-milk Greek yogurt ½ cup frozen pineapple ½ medium, frozen, sliced banana (about ½ cup) 2 Tbs. hemp seeds 1 Tbs. maple syrup (optional) Directions: Place coconut milk and spinach in a blender. Process on high until greens are finely blended. Add yogurt, frozen pineapple, […]
May 29, 2018

Snazz Up a Salad With Sage & Snap Peas

Put a little more spring and some snap (peas) into your next salad with this tasty recipe! Tender basil leaves available on young spring plants add mild flavor and vivid color to the fabulous, nutrient-loaded vinaigrette. Sage-Breaded Chicken, Spinach and Snap Pea Salad Ingredients: 1 egg (lightly beaten) ¼ cup sour cream ¾ cup Italian-flavored bread crumbs 1½ tsp. ground sage 1 lb. chicken tenders 5 ounces baby spinach 2 cups snap peas (chopped) 2 cups strawberries (sliced) 2 avocadoes (thinly sliced) ¼ cup roasted unsalted almonds (chopped) ¼ cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves (snipped) FOR THE WHITE BALSAMIC […]
February 28, 2018

Mushroom & Spinach Risotto Brings on the Flavor

Each box of risotto contains a seasoning packet, but you’ll need only one for this recipe; save the other for flavoring soup stock or another grain dish. If boxed Creamy Parmesan Risotto isn’t available, purchase two regular-flavor risotto boxes; use 2 tablespoons butter instead of 1 tablespoon olive oil in step 2, and stir in ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese in step 3. Mushroom and Spinach Risotto Ingredients: 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided ½ cup thinly sliced leeks (half-moon slices), rinsed thoroughly 8 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms 2 boxes Lundberg Organic Risotto Creamy Parmesan (flavor packets removed) 2 cups […]
May 21, 2017

Spinach Strawberry Booster Smoothie

When you need a quick boost, this simple and delicious smoothie is sure to hit the spot. An easy on-the-go breakfast or post-workout treat, this healthful beverage is packed with antioxidants for recovery and protein for satiety and energy. Smoothies with greens in them don’t have to taste gritty; instead be sure to flavor your greens appropriately with the essence of vanilla and fruit. Balancing a smoothie with protein is key but there are options other than protein powder to do the trick. Whole food sources such as yogurt offers protein while choosing a plain variety of either dairy or […]