Dr. Ann

Knowing that herbs and spices are teeming with potent antioxidant compounds, researchers from Penn State set out to determine if adding a blend of herbs and spices to a high fat meal could mitigate its adverse effects. For this study, they fed 6 overweight, but healthy men two separate test meals on two separate days. […]

In a first-of-its-kind laboratory evaluation, scientists have preliminary evidence that prebiotics, dietary fibers that feed the good bacteria in our guts, may benefit sleep and stress resiliency. For this lab study scientists fed one group of mice a diet enriched with prebiotics and a control group of mice the same diet without the prebiotics. The […]

To fully experience all the dazzling benefits of fruits and veggies, science says to aim for 8 or more servings a day. Here is my personal failsafe means of doing so.  I eat 1 cup of berries (typically frozen) and ½ of a banana at breakfast = 2.5 servings  I include a piece of whole […]

The single most powerful influence you can have on your microbiome is to “feed it” properly! The good bacteria in your gut thrive on the fiber present in the plant-based foods you eat. In contrast, the bad bacteria tend to prefer processed, industrial foods and animal foods that lack fiber. And when it comes to […]

If you are looking for a tasty and easy way to get even more nutritional oomph from your salad veggies, then look to eggs. That was the conclusion from a study that sought to find out if adding cooked eggs to a salad would increase the absorption of a prized group of veggie-based compounds called carotenoids. For […]

Let’s Talk About Garlic Did you know that garlic… is a medicinal food? can help prevent colds and the flu? can help lower blood pressure?  Did you also know that when you use it at home YOU ARE IN CONTROL of how many health benefits you can get from this superstar food? Join me in […]

Boosting metabolism, lifting mood, decreasing pain, and now living longer—those are some of the health accolades that have been tied to eating hot peppers. For this latest study, scientists analyzed chili pepper intake in over 16,000 Americans followed for up to 23 years. They then compared the study subject’s chili pepper intake to their risk […]

Diverticulitis is considered a disease tied to modern living, and it has become increasingly more common, particularly in younger adults. Avoiding processed foods, eating an abundance of plant-based foods, controlling your weight, and being physically active are additional steps to reduce your risks of this painful GI condition.   Join us Friday, March 3rd at […]

The only type of yogurt I recommend is plain and I recently discovered a delicious and healthy way to sweeten it. Take 1/3 to ½ of a diced ripe banana and microwave for 30-40 seconds. This softens it making it really easy to quickly blend into your yogurt and significantly boosts its natural sweet flavor. Try it – it […]

How does this method of cooking vegetables make them so epically delicious? Roasting vegetables naturally concentrates their inherent sweetness and flavor, while taming their bitter essence that can be a turnoff to many palates. Trust me – a roasted veggie has an entirely different flavor profile than a steamed one! If you’re a parent with […]

  If you enjoy munching on almonds, I have some great news for you. A significant portion of their calories are not absorbed into your body after you eat them! Meaning, they actually have less calories than their package label claims. Past studies have indicated that some of the fats in nuts (due to their […]

If you are looking for a tasty, healthy, and highly effective way to quiet your hunger and eat less—look to beans. In a hot-off-the-press, placebo-controlled clinical trial that pitted bean-based meals head to head with meat-based meals, beans came out on top. For this study, investigators fed 43 young men three different test meal burgers, […]