Snack Today: Parsnip and Carrot Chips with Salt and Vinegar

carrots+parsnipsIf salty crunchy snacks are your thing, this alternative to fried potato chips will be your new favorite treat. At about half the calories of your traditional potato chips, these parsnip and carrot chips are baked instead of deep fried.

Parsnips are much like a cinnamon-infused, blonde carrot and they are loaded with potassium. Chock full of vitamin A, carrots are antioxidant powerhouses. This snack is also a good source of fiber.

So next time you need to satisfy your salty snack craving, try salt and vinegar parsnip and carrot chips!

Parsnip and Carrot Chips

4 large carrots
3 parsnips
Braggs apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
Oil spray (such as olive oil)

1. Preheat oven to 300. Liberally coat 2 baking sheets with oil spray.

2. Use a vegetable peeler to make long, thin strips out of the carrots and parsnips. Continue reading “Snack Today: Parsnip and Carrot Chips with Salt and Vinegar”

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Building Strong Bones with Diet, Exercise and Bone Guardian

greensAs we age, our bone density decreases and diseases such as osteoporosis can occur. The best way to avoid this, or decrease the chance of this disease, is by making sure your bones are strong now. Exercise, diet and supplementation are all important for building strong bones and maintaining bone health.

Many studies have shown the value of calcium along with other minerals  and vitamins in supporting bone health. The best way to get calcium and other supportive nutrients is a combination of diet and supplements. This has shown to be a more effective way of protecting bone mass than diet alone or supplementation alone.

So first thing, make sure that you are eating healthfully. Make sure that your diet contains foods that are rich in calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and zinc. Although dairy is most people’s go-to for bone health, there are many other options for getting your calcium and other bone-supportive nutrients. Continue reading “Building Strong Bones with Diet, Exercise and Bone Guardian”

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Processed Meat and Bowel Cancer: WHO Finds a Link

bacon-hot-dogsToday the World Health Organization (WHO) linked processed meat and bowel cancer. The WHO announced that eating processed meats can increase the occurrence of bowel cancer. Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation. Most processed meats contain pork or beef. The report defines red meat as beef, lamb and pork.

The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, put processed meat like hot dogs and ham in its Group 1 list, “carcinogenic to humans.” Tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes are also on the Group 1 list.

The risk which seems to be most associated with processed meats made from red meats. And red meat was classified as a “probable” carcinogen in its Group 2A list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weed killers. Continue reading “Processed Meat and Bowel Cancer: WHO Finds a Link”

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Dinner Tonight: Zucchini Pancakes

zucchini-pancakesIn our family, the pancake is not just a breakfast food. Maybe it’s because we top them with local maple syrup, but pancakes are always a hit in this house. This is why I also try to make them as nutritionally dense as possible… from beet pancakes to pumpkin pancakes, there are a lot of delicious additions you can make to regular pancake batter. Get creative!

Zucchini is one of my favorites things to add to pancakes. It is a light-tasting vegetable that belongs in the squash family and is a late summer crop. Luckily, we have had a mild fall, so there are still some lingering in local gardens.

Zucchini has a range of nutrients including vitamins B6 and C, potassium and manganese, and with a medium-size zucchini containing only 30 calories, it is great for those who need to watch their calorie intake.

This recipe combines grated zucchini with ricotta for a high-protein meal that can be enjoyed any time of day. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Zucchini Pancakes”

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New Research on Supplemental Calcium

bone-healthStudies recently published in the the British Medical Journal suggest that taking supplemental calcium does not boost bone density or prevent fractures as people get older.

In the new studies, scientists in New Zealand looked at the effect of diet and supplements on bone health in people over age 50. The first study found that increasing calcium intake from dietary sources or by taking supplements produced small (1%-2%) increases in bone mineral density, and the second found there was no evidence from clinical trials that increasing dietary calcium intake prevented bone breaks.

The researchers concluded that most people should get enough calcium through a normal diet with the inclusion of dairy products, vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, soy beans, nuts, and anything made with fortified flour. Currently, the US National Osteoporosis Foundation promotes at least 1,200 mg calcium, plus 800-1000 IU of vitamin D daily, as a goal for women age 50 or older. Many also believe that few people can achieve these intakes through dietary means alone, and this is where nutritional supplements may be beneficial. Continue reading “New Research on Supplemental Calcium”

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October 2015