Dr. Ann

Learn to jack up the healthfulness and flavor of your meals using these quick and easy techniques! Here are 10 simple ways to dramatically boost the nutrition and flavor of your dishes in less than 10 seconds. 1.  Add 1-2 TBS of toasted wheat germ or shelled hemp seeds (hemp kernels) to your morning cereal, oatmeal, […]

Cheap, convenient and oh-so-tasty, black beans are the cream of the bean crop. These black beauties have megawatt nutritional goodness including a whopping dose of very “filling” fiber and protein, a full spectrum of minerals, loads of B-vitamins, and antioxidant power that rivals red grapes and cranberries. Enjoy them canned, fresh, frozen, or dried. Dr. […]

A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition adds to the ever-growing list of modern-day chronic diseases linked to the regular consumption of high glycemic (rapidly digested) carbs like white potatoes, white bread, sugar, and sweets.    In a study involving over 4,000 subjects aged 55 to 80, those who consumed the highest glycemic diets […]

My daughter Lucie loves baking healthy treats. Here are some great tips we’ve both adopted for healthier – and wildly delicious – baking: Substitute canola oil for shortening, stick margarine or butter. Canola oil/butter blends also acceptable. Use ground flax seeds, ground nuts or prepared all natural nut butters in place of bad fats (butter, […]

Not all salads require lettuce. Here is a great recipe for one of my favorite No-Lettuce Salads: Ingredients Serves 4 to 6 -1 red bell pepper, chopped -1 yellow bell pepper, chopped -1 seeded, peeled cucumber, chopped -10 baby carrots, diced -1 avocado, diced -½ to ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese -EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) […]

Make a delicious breakfast that will keep your stomach (and your brain!) happy all day. If you want optimal appetite control over the course of the day, be sure to include a nice dose of healthy protein with your breakfast meal. My top picks for healthy breakfast proteins include: Raw or roasted nuts Nut butters – […]

Some vegetables are better for you raw, while others are better for you cooked. Your best bet is to include some of both each day. I always include at least one cooked vegetable and one raw variety or varieties as part of my family’s dinner each night. For more on the healthiest ways to prepare […]

To take full advantage of broccoli’s powerful cancer-fighting compound, sulforaphane, eat it raw, lightly cooked (steam 2-4 minutes), or pair it with some mustard, arugula, radishes, brocco-sprouts or wasabi. All of these simple strategies boost the formation and absorption of the “active” form of sulforaphane. It only takes 3-5 weekly servings of broccoli to reap […]

Did you know that frozen produce, contrary to conventional wisdom, is just as nutritious, and in some cases, may even be better for you than fresh? Here’s why: Produce that will be frozen for transport can be picked at the “peak” of ripeness thanks to flash-freezing technology that literally locks in their nutritional value, while simultaneously imparting long-term […]

Dark chocolate scores again! This time for metabolic health. In a study that included 1,153 adults between the ages of 18 to 69, those that consumed chocolate daily had lower blood insulin levels and better insulin function, both of which are telltale markers for superior metabolic health. These results are not surprising. Chocolate, particularly dark […]

Those well-deserved darlings of the healthy fat world strike again. This time in an eye-opening study that looked at how omega 3 fats taken in the form of a daily supplement affects kids’ behavior. For this well-conducted, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial (the only type of study that can prove cause and effect), researchers gave 100 […]

Eating fresh produce is a must for healthy living! Here are my top tips for getting the most bang for your buck while picking out the healthiest options at the store. 8 Tips for the Best Bargains in the Produce Aisle Look for “locally grown” or “in season” signs. They are usually a better bargain, fresher and […]