Dr. Ann

This diminutive legume is surprisingly powerful on the nutrition front.  It is home to a full package of minerals, a big dose of hunger-fighting fiber and protein, and scores of vitamins. Scientists have learned that green peas also contain a unique assortment of powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that show great promise for general health […]

I recently reviewed all of the studies I had in my files related to dark chocolate, and I am happy to report the following science-based health benefits: Enhances blood flow, including blood flow to the heart and brain Lowers blood pressure Improves the function and health of blood vessels Lowers triglycerides Raises HDL (good) cholesterol […]

In a powerful study that tracked the dietary habits of over 200,000 US adults for up to 26 years, apples and blueberries popped off the page as being supreme foods for type 2 diabetes protection. Relative to the lightest blueberry eaters, blueberry lovers (two or more servings a week) were 23 percent less likely to […]

Parsley offers a treasure trove of nutritional goodness for virtually no calories. In addition to delicious flavor, this refreshing herb is a wonderful source of vitamins A, C, K, and folate, along with the minerals iron, calcium, and potassium. What is most special about this healing herb however is its robust supply of flavonoids. Parsley […]

The delectable Mediterranean Diet, characterized as rich in fruits, veggies, legumes, fish, and olive oil and low in red meat, sugar, and refined carbs has been strongly tied to lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, dementia, obesity, and depression. It is a proven winner for health and taste. Here are two […]

  The “crunchy trio” – An equal parts mixture of roasted peanuts (I love the deluxe Virginia-style), roasted edamame, and dried wasabi peas. I make my own mix and eat about ¼ cup with a big glass of water. Chocolate/banana yogurt. 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt blended with 1 heaping tbs. of 100% cocoa […]

This is one of my favorite healthy recipes: Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers Serves 4 These are divine and hearty enough for a main dish. Ingredients Canola pan spray 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup quinoa or brown rice 4 large red bell peppers 1 tbs EVOO 1/2 cup chopped onion 6 oz zucchini, quartered lengthwise […]

Here are the foods that contain the most carotenoids… Carrots Orange/yellow/red bell peppers Apricots Collard greens Kale Acorn squash Sweet potatoes Spinach Pumpkin Tomatoes (especially canned tomatoes) * The orange hues from the carotenoids in collards, kale and spinach are masked by their leaves rich supply of green chlorophyll. Join me for a wellness retreat on January […]

Fill up first on foods that have lots of bulk, but minimal calories, i.e. the “big, yet skinny” fruits and veggies. Physical bulk in the GI tract provides great appetite suppression!  At a holiday cocktail party go straight to the fruit and veggie platter first and really indulge; use high-fat dips sparingly. If available, make […]

Roasting is arguably the easiest and tastiest way to prepare your veggies. It preserves their nutrients while concentrating their natural sugars and flavors, which makes them particularly yummy to even the pickiest palates.   Watch the video here! Roasting also shrinks them in size (because it removes their water), making it easier to consume more […]

If you love your pasta and are looking for one that you can indulge in, enjoy and feel great about, I am delighted to tell you about Explore Asian brand Organic Black Bean Pasta. Believe it or not, this delicious pasta is made exclusively from organic black beans and water with no additional ingredients. A single serving […]

Over the past decade, fiber has garnered a well-deserved sparkling track record for guarding health. To drive sales, the food industry has pounced on the opportunity to exploit fiber’s glowing reputation by adding processed, chemically-extracted fiber, commonly inulin, to the full gamut of processed foods—including cereals, protein bars, yogurt, bread, ice cream, amongst many others. […]