Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


Barley and Bean Salad with Lemon, Basil, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

This delicious salad is perfect for quieting inflammation in your body. Serves 4-6 This hearty salad is prefect as a main dish or on the side. Ingredients 2 cups cooked barley 1 15oz. can of beans of choice, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 3 green onions, sliced […]

Olive oil has a well-deserved scientific reputation as a stellar food for chronic disease prevention and, thanks to a powerful study, its life-preserving credentials just are even bigger. The study followed the dietary habits of over 40,000 Spanish adults and found that those consuming the most olive oil were significantly less likely to die vs. those […]

Strawberries are visually stunning, scrumptious to eat, and exploding with health-boosting prowess. One cup of strawberries provides over 100% of a day’s requirement for vitamin C along with 12 other essential nutrients. But what really launches this beauty queen of fruit up into the realm of superfood stardom is her antioxidant power. In one recent […]

In a very large study (188,000 people!) of how various flavonoid antioxidants may impact blood pressure, researchers found that study subjects who consumed the most anthocyanin antioxidants were less likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure. Anthocyanins are the pigments that give the stunning red/purple/blue colors to fruits and veggies like berries, beets, red […]

  Optimal nutrition is fundamental to a life of wellness and achieving nutritional excellence begins with making the right choices in the grocery store.  In fact, much of the work of healthy eating is done right in the grocery aisles.  What follows are some basic rules of the road that will guide you through your […]

Over the past two decades, whole grains have garnered a sparkling reputation for broad-spectrum disease protection and a large review of past studies adds further credibility to this wholesome food group. For the review, the researchers selected studies that focused on whole grains and the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. When […]

Want to defend your body against the ravages of stress and at the same time slow down your aging? Then get healthy! In a totally uplifting and encouraging report, scientists found that adhering to the “three pillars” of healthy living – staying physically active, getting adequate sleep, and eating right – was a powerful antidote […]

Buy your starch staples in volume. There is always superior “value in volume,” and the starches I recommend are some of the very best nutritional buys of the entire grocery store, going for as little as 10 cents per serving. Choose the biggest bags or containers available for your brown rice, oatmeal, dried beans, quinoa, […]

Metabolism is the process by which your body uses fuel provided by foods you eat to produce energy at the cellular level. Of all the things you could do to ensure a healthy, robust metabolism – nothing is more effective than regular physical activity. The reason is simple – exercise can enhance metabolism through four […]

Normally, white potatoes are on my list of forbidden foods because of their high glycemic response (which means they send your glucose levels up high and fast because of their rapid and easy digestibility). If you have a craving for them, here are 4 simple strategies that you can use to turn this high glycemic […]

There are now a host of milk alternatives available in the standard grocer including oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, and almond milk, among others. Although these “milk alternatives” can be a convenient substitute for those who cannot drink cow’s milk or soy milk, they are comparatively nutritional weaklings, particularly in their protein content. 1% […]

  If you want more life, eat more fruits and veggies, especially veggies! That is the conclusion from a large study that followed the eating habits of over 65,000 British adults over a 12-year period. Study subjects who consumed the most fruits and veggies, in this case seven or more servings a day, were 42 percent less likely […]

Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables nature has given us. It is super low in calories and filled with cancer-fighting agents called isothiocyanates. Purple cabbage has the added benefit of anthocyanin pigments that quiet inflammation too. Here is one of my favorite recipes for this amazing veggie: Black Skillet Red Cabbage Serves 6 This is […]