We all want to be healthy and vibrant, and we all want to look and feel young. Scientists have identified many strategies for healthy living that help prevent disease and slow the aging process. For example, we know that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables can fight damage to our cells and chromosomes caused by free oxygen radicals; that polyunsaturated fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, can lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood, protecting our heart; that certain foods, such as ginger and mustard, can reduce inflammation, keeping our arteries healthy and our skin from swelling; that vitamin E can strengthen our hair and skin, helping us look our youngest.
But many of us don’t know how to incorporate these foods in our diet. I’ve spent the last twenty years investigating natural ingredients that help me feel my best, and have combined this knowledge with current scientific research to create the recipes in this book. My recipes—many of them quick and easy to prepare—show you how to cook with super foods and ingredients that carry enormous health and anti-aging benefits. They also feature a wealth of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, polyphenols, and a host of other beneficial compounds—what I call FoodTrients™—not found in the highly processed foods that you pick up in the prepared foods section of the supermarket or at the drive-through. And they taste great!
FoodTrients offers simple ways to prepare delicious meals with unique ingredients—such as ginger root, coconut milk, turmeric, moringa, jackfruit—and more familiar fare—such as blueberries, cinnamon, olive oil, seafood, and soy: everything you need to look and feel younger on the inside and on the outside. Welcome to a younger, healthier you!
— Grace O