Developed in the 1990’s by the National Institutes of Health and five research centers to research the role of diet on blood pressure, this plan was found to significantly lower blood pressure compared to control diets after two weeks.  It focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy foods, fish, poultry, beans, nuts [...]

May is Mediterranean Diet Month


May is Mediterranean Diet Month The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern based on the traditional cooking style and habits followed by people in countries living near the Mediterranean Sea. Increasing research has shown that this diet is associated with decreased inflammation. So, what’s in it for you? Decreased inflammation has been linked to protection [...]

Hummus & Greek Salad


Hummus & Greek Salad Ingredients ⅓ cup cherry tomatoes, halved ⅓ cup sliced cucumber 1 tablespoon chopped red onion 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper 1 tablespoon feta cheese 1 4-inch whole-wheat pita ¼ cup hummus Preparation Active: 10 minutes Ready In: 10 minutes Toss arugula in a bowl with [...]

March is National Nutrition Month AND Save Your Vision Month!


March is National Nutrition Month AND Save Your Vision Month! What better time to take a look at what you can do to improve your eye health?  The American Optometric Association says that adding certain nutrients to your daily diet can help preserve your vision. Those nutrients are lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamins C and E, [...]

Salmon Sorrento


Salmon Sorrento 4 Servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 5 medium Italian plum (Roma) tomatoes (diced) 6 medium black olives (coarsely chopped) 6 medium green olives (coarsely chopped) 3 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. fresh, coarsely chopped or finely chopped parsley, Italian (or flat leaf) preferred 1 Tbsp. capers (rinsed, drained) 1 1/2 tsp. bottled, minced garlic OR 3 medium garlic cloves (thinly sliced) pepper (to taste) 1 lb. salmon fillet 202 Calories per serving [...]

Banana-Avocado Bread


Banana-Avocado Bread Hands-on: 20 min Total: 25 min Serves 14 Ingredients: 2 cups white whole wheat flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 3 large ripe bananas 1 ripe avocado 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (or unsweetened almond milk) 1 1/2 tsp.vanilla extract 2 large eggs Preheat oven to 350°. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry [...]

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Bad Fat vs. Good Fat??


For many years, we have been under the impression that fat is “bad.” But as more research is done, we’re finding out that not all fats are created equally. Our bodies do require some fat. Fats play an important role, including assisting in blood clotting and muscle movement, and building cell membranes. While all fats [...]