healthy eating for healthy aging

Nutrients

Put lentils on your recipe radar screen

Put lentils on your recipe radar screen

Lots of home cooks find dry beans (legumes) intimidating. Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans — they take a really long time to cook. Soaking them overnight before cooking helps, but the beans still need to simmer for hours. That means planning your meal one 

Jackfruit: meat texture without the nutrients

Jackfruit: meat texture without the nutrients

photo of jackfruit by Shahnoor Habib Munmun via Wiki Commons If a food product is described as “meat alternative”, I’ll check it out. What are the ingredients? What is the nutritional content? It’s not enough for the product to just resemble meat. A food that 

Home-Grown Strawberry Season

Home-Grown Strawberry Season

Do you remember when fresh fruit was seasonal? Apples in fall; peaches, melons and plums in late summer; oranges and grapefruit in winter; strawberries in late spring/early summer. Now the average grocery store sells all fresh fruit all year long. When I was a kid, 

Back to prunes

Back to prunes

When you think of foods that build strong bones, what comes to mind? Milk? Cheese? Yogurt? Prunes? Yes prunes. Not because they’re a significant source of calcium. Instead, prunes provide biologically active substances that support the complex process of bone building. I was inspired to 

7 Almonds a Day

7 Almonds a Day

True story: a friend told me that her doctor advised her to eat “seven almonds a day”. Why? No explanation given. I’m not sure what the specific benefit would be, but nothing wrong with eating seven almonds, which is about 1/3 ounce. Seven almonds provides: 

Should you be taking vitamin C?

Should you be taking vitamin C?

In this time of increased concern about immunity, our thoughts turn to … megadoses of vitamin C? True, vitamin C — ascorbic acid — does play a critical role in immune function. Can megadoses boost immunity? Until around 1970, vitamin C was just another vitamin,