in the news: the secret to staying young

With all the talk about antioxidants, what are they and what do they really do?
The cells in our body are constantly under attack from free radicals.  The free radicals are naturally produced as your body makes energy from food but can also come from environmental stresses – pollution, smoking, etc.
What is so bad about free radicals?  The damage that they cause is thought to increase LDL cholesterol, play a role in alzheimer’s disease and in aging in general.
This is where antioxidants come into the picture – they work to cancel out the free radicals.   Vitamin C, E and carotenoids are the main sources of antioxidants so adding them into your diet is a good idea.  They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and can help to protect brain, vision and slow the aging process.
Antioxidants really are the fountain of youth.
photo by Nadia

huevos rancheros



This is an easy, satisfying meal (although anything that involves eggs usually is for me) that comes together quick and provides lots of filling protein and fiber.  I served my eggs over a bed of organic baby romaine and black beans, sprinkled with Habenero hot sauce.

There is something about eggs and beans that I just love! Maybe it reminds me of Mexico – beaches, ocean, sun……take me back!!
What is your favorite way to eat eggs?

heirloom tomatoes & salad

These beautiful heirloom tomatoes were picked for their interesting shape but the flavor was unfortunately not as impressive. The salad however was delicious. I made a basic vinaigrette with shallots, mustard, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Tossed with Earthbound Farms Fresh Herb Salad, pine nuts and goat cheese it was a great combination for a hot summer night.

ask the nutritionist: eating at the airport

Finding a healthy, decent-tasting meal at the airport is like playing the lottery. Will I have time to grab something before grabbing my connecting flight? What restaurants will they have? Since I live in Minneapolis, I am lucky to have a lot of good airport dining choices and I usually am able to pick up a great salad to go – my favorite?  French Meadow Bakery & Cafe (a Minneapolis local) which offers organic, fresh, delicious food. (gasp! I know, it hardly seems possible)

While recently at Midway airport with about 5 minutes to spare I quickly scanned what was there and managed to find a “Pub” with to-go salads. I grabbed a Greek salad and fruit cup along with some raw onion crackers that I had brought along. Was it the best salad I’ve ever had? Obviously not, but it sure beat McDonalds. 
Score: B (I would have given myself an A but there was a lot of plastic waste that I was feeling really guilty about)