Dr. Ann

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, […]

Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners may actually work against our efforts to lose weight. Now, Harvard researchers may have uncovered why. In a series of laboratory experiments, the researchers found that aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) actually blocked an enzyme called intestinal AP that plays an important role in maintaining normal metabolic function. When this […]

Like their bean cousins, lentils are cheap, versatile, filling, and power-packed full of fiber, B-vitamins, protein, minerals, and antioxidant polyphenols.  They provide more folate than any other food and have an edge over other legumes because they cook quickly, require no pre-soaking, and tend to cause less gas. Try one of my favorite lentil recipes: Simple Lentil […]

Nut’s stellar reputation as a workhorse for fighting disease just scored a huge scientific victory. In one of the largest studies to date, scientist found that simply consuming a daily, modest handful (20 grams) of nuts (any variety to include peanuts) was linked to the following health benefits: A 30 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease […]