Ten Powerhouse Foods
By: Leanne Ely
There are foods that are foods that are healthy and then there are foods that are powerhouses. I’ve got ten here that are supersonic super foods that you absolutely should include in your diet if you want to lose weight, get as healthy as you can and look your best! Here they are:
1—Tomatoes. The all-powerful tomato can do all kinds of things, besides make your favorite spaghetti sauce. It’s rich in lycopene, an important nutrient that may lower the risk of all kinds of cancer, prostate included. Plus the vitamin C factor is an added bonus!
2—Greens. I love braised greens (steam them till bright green, then sauté in olive oil and garlic, put a lid on them and let them finish cooking after I turn off the heat). Any kind of green will do, from Swiss chard, to kale, to collard greens. They’re all delicious. I can eat 1/2 a pound in one sitting!
3—Almonds. I’m a huge fan of nuts, especially raw almonds (and walnuts, too). I place 10 of them in a ramekin and munch them at my desk, lingeringly (it’s too easy to eat too many, so I measure them out). I take my time and they seem to last. I also make up little ziplock bags of almonds to have on hand. One bag of these nuts is always in purse for an emergency snack!
4—Salmon. I absolutely adore grilled salmon. It’s gotta be WILD though, if you want the benefit of the omega 3 fatty acids (farm raised doesn’t cut it). My absolute fave is wild Alaskan Sockeye. I just had it for dinner tonight (with some braised greens) and I’m in love. I heat up the barby (I have a gas one), throw the frozen salmon on, skin side down, sprinkle some salmon seasoning from Paul Prudhomme (generously, I might add) and that’s it! EASY BUTTON and absolutely delicious; no planning necessary!
5—Frozen berries. I make my smoothies from frozen berries every morning. I buy the wild blueberries and blackberry/raspberry mix. Blueberries are especially healthy and have more antioxidants in 2/3 of a cup than FIVE servings of broccoli!
6—Fermented Foods. It can be yogurt or kefir. Kefir is like liquid yogurt. Chocked full of probiotics, yogurt and kefir helps your body balance in the gut. Remember those stories of people living to be 120 years old in Russia? Yogurt and kefir were what they credit their longevity to; that’s nothing to sneeze at! If you need to go dairy free, you can enjoy kimchee or sauerkraut instead!
7—Onions. The lowly onion seems to find its way into most everything you make, especially come dinnertime! Eating onions is a cheap way to get your flavonoids in; important nutrients that help protect your lungs from cancer and your gut from ulcers. Not only that, but they help prevent heart disease and raise the “good” cholesterol in your blood.
8—Oats. Fiber rich, oats help your body to stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol. A perfect breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal with about 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries stirred in, yum! Fiber is critical for important bodily functions, if you know what I mean and oatmeal is a great way to get it.
9—Dark Chocolate. HALLELUJAH!!! At last, my dream came true! When some girls were singing, “someday my prince will come,” I was humming, “someday they’ll discover chocolate is healthy”. Well, I have found my prince charming, and can have my chocolate and eat it too! Dark chocolate is rich in catechins and flavonoids, giving you a big dose of antioxidants and helping to boost the good cholesterol, too. An ounce a day is more than adequate and it needs to be dark, the darker the better.
10—Oranges. While we may no longer suffer from scurvy, a lot of us have marginal levels of vitamin C in our blood and some of us have a deficit. When you consider the fact that oranges in their flavonoid richness have the ability to fend off cancer and cardiovascular disease and protect one’s DNA, it’s amazing that most of us aren’t chugging a glass each morning of OJ! Get the pulp-rich variety and you’ve got extra C to boot.
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Saving Dinner Fundraising Freezer Meals Were a Lifesaver for This New Dad
By: Daniel Munns
My wife and I recently had our first child and the weeks that followed the birth of our baby girl were the most amazing weeks of my entire life. They were also some of the most hectic, stressful, and sleepless! The last thing we wanted to do after a long day practicing, and learning, parenthood was to think about what we would do for dinner.
Thankfully, we are blessed with helpful family members who came through in our time of need to rescue us from choosing takeout every night. We also owe a big thank you to the menus in the Saving Dinner Fundraising Freezer Meals Package. Thanks to loving new grandparents and these menus, we were supplied with a month’s worth of meals we could store in our freezer and pull out to cook when needed. This was a huge help to us new parents!
If you are not familiar with the freezer meal concept, these packages are basically a do-it-yourself version of those dinner assembly franchises you may recall from a few years back. You prepare a large group of meals at once, store and label them, and then pull out later when you are ready to eat. They are a great way to take advantage of a meat sale at the grocery store, or as in our case, to bring to a friend or family member in a time of need.
Also, the cool thing about Saving Dinner freezer meals is they aren’t those gross “heat and eat” kind of meals. You know what I’m talking about, twice-baked casseroles that look more like a reheated Stouffers creation. These meals are assembled fresh, frozen then cooked up fresh. We never felt like we were eating anything but fresh food. Big, big difference!
Can you imagine that, a fundraising product that you can actually use? After years of purchasing, or selling, those unwanted items from your children’s fundraisers, wouldn’t it be nice to support a good cause and get something useful for yourself? If you have any questions for how Saving Dinner can help your organization raise funds, send us a note here.