Monthly Archives: November 2012

Anti-Aging, Energizing – Açaí Bowl

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The best anti-aging, energizing solution- I make my acai pudding with unsweetned acai pulp 1 tsp of molasses, 1/4 cup rolled uncooked oats, 1 or 2 whole bananas with a splash of water blended together in my vitamix served with banana slices on top- keeps me energized for hours!

Here’s what the experts say:

It may seem odd to start this list of superfoods with one you’ve likely never even heard of, but studies have shown that this little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world! Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) is the high-energy berry of a special Amazon palm tree.

Harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, açaí tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature’s perfect energy fruit. Açaí is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Although açaí may not be available in your local supermarket, you can find it in several health food and gourmet stores (often in juice form). A new product featuring the unsweetened pulp is now also available, and I highly recommend that you choose this form of açaí.

Açaí pulp contains:

  • A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.
  • A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
  • An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.

The fatty acid content in açaí resembles that of olive oil, and is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid is important for a number of reasons. It helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane; together they help make cell membranes more supple. By keeping the cell membrane supple, all hormones, neurotransmitter and insulin receptors function more efficiently. This is particularly important because high insulin levels create an inflammatory state, and we know, inflammation causes aging.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/health/Acai-Dr-Perricones-No-1-Superfood#ixzz2DY6w1ndO

 

Heart Healthy Oatmeal!

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This is my signature recipe- cooked old fashioned rolled oats. My favorite toppings are seasonal berries, roasted unsalted almonds, apples, and cinnamon.

Cholesterol Levels

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, elevated total cholesterol is a chief risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Especially dangerous is low density lipoprotein cholesterol — a form of cholesterol that deposits plaque in your body’s arteries. Consuming soluble fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal is an effective way to reduce elevated cholesterol levels, according to MayoClinic.com. Soluble fiber forms a sticky gel in your digestive tract that grabs and clears cholesterol from your body. MayoClinic.com recommends consuming approximately 1.5 cups of oatmeal per day to reap its cholesterol-combating benefits.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/533469-health-benefits-of-oatmeal/#ixzz2DXxIYUsK

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