Dr. Ann

Inflammation is a key driver of most chronic diseases and the anti-inflammatory power in ginger is off-the-charts.The potent inflammation busters in ginger are called xanthines. These valuable agents are also work horses for boosting immunity and fighting viral infections. For optimal results, include ginger, powdered or fresh, in your diet regularly – daily is best. […]

Dark leafy greens are one of the healthiest foods (arguably THE healthiest food) on the planet and thanks to this study, their disease-busting credentials are bigger than ever. Based on a review of six studies including over 220,000 people, eating more leafy green vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes (British Medical […]

  Here are the superstar foods that are always available in my pantry: Almond butter  Organic quinoa  A variety of canned and dried beans  Canned red sockeye salmon  A variety of bagged teas   Steel cut oats or old fashioned oats  Cocoa powder  Brown rice  Honey or molasses  Organic vegetable broth  Food Should Taste Good multigrain tortilla chips   […]

Serves 8-10 Canned salmon is an underutilized superfood. I grew up eating this recipe once a week and feel so grateful as I know my brain benefited. This is a good recipe for getting kids to eat salmon and is more economical than fresh. Ingredients Salmon cakes: 2, 15oz cans of red sockeye salmon (with […]

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. […]

Serves 4 This hearty and savory salad features lots of superstars and works as a side or a main dish. Ingredients 2 cups cooked brown rice 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 whole carrots, shredded 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 cup cashews, toasted and roughly chopped (or keep whole) 1/2 cup apricots, […]

Substituting some of your animal-based proteins with vegetable-based proteins is a wise thing to do. By making this swap, you can enjoy your protein along with: A much smaller carbon footprint Phytochemicals Zero cholesterol Negligible to zero saturated fats Beneficial fiber A higher nutrient density Fewer calories The best plant-based sources of protein include: beans/legumes, nuts, […]

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 […]

Getting lots of dietary potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Here are the foods that provide the most potassium: Blackstrap Molasses Cantaloupe Avocado Beet greens Peaches Prunes Tomato juice Yogurt Snapper Lima beans Salmon Soybeans Swiss chard Apricots Oranges Pumpkin seeds Sweet Potato Banana […]

Although no one likes to be fooled, researchers from Penn State University have done that. For this clever evaluation, researchers offered 41 unsuspecting young men and women breakfast, lunch and dinner once a week for three weeks.  At each meal, a single dish was altered to substitute pureed “hidden” steamed vegetables in place of other ingredients.  […]

Serves 6 This is a wonderful recipe to take advantage of the superstar legume, edamame. And with the flavor and health blast you get from the other ingredients – the sky is the limit! Ingredients 1 lb. frozen edamame (cook per package instructions) 1 red bell pepper, diced ½ cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced 1/3 […]

I include fresh garlic in my diet every day. Here are 5 reasons why you should too! Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic that has antiviral and antibacterial properties. (If I feel a cold or bug coming on, I make a garlic kale salad that has at least 8 cloves of minced garlic in it. […]