Dr. Ann

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, […]

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. […]

Serves 5-6 After many rounds of testing, I finally perfected this delicious recipe…it’s one of my absolute favorites! Ingredients 2 large omega 3 eggs 2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. Old Bay A pinch of salt 1 stalk of celery, finely diced 2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped 1 […]

When it comes to diet and health, it is the full spectrum of foods you consume that matters the most. In an evaluation from Sweden’s Lund University, scientists documented the awesome, collective health-boosting power multiple great-for-you foods can provide vs. individual ones. For this evaluation, 44 healthy, but overweight study subjects were put on a dietary regime […]

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 […]

Want to lower your risk of death from any cause, including cardiovascular disease and cancer? Eat an anti-inflammatory diet! In a study involving over 68,000 adults who were followed for 16 years, those who included the most anti-inflammatory foods in their diets enjoyed the following benefits relative to those eating the least: 18 percent less […]

Broccoli can already claim superstar status for cardiovascular and cancer protection, and thanks to an exciting study, fighting arthritis may be added to its disease-busting credentials. In a series of three separate lab experiments, researchers from the University of East Anglia were able to show that sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli, blocks the destructive inflammation […]

Dr. Ann’s Vegetable Lasagna Serves 8 This is one of my favorite ways to get kids that “hate” veggies to eat them! Ingredients 9 lasagna noodles (Barilla “no boiling required” brand is easiest) 1, 8-oz. container of sliced, fresh mushrooms 1 cup pre-packaged shredded carrots 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 3 tbsp EVOO 1, 15-oz. can […]

Fiber has a long list of health benefits. Here are the best ways to get more of this special compound in your daily diet. Consume as many fruits and veggies as possible. The superstars for fiber content include berries (raspberries #1), snow peas, apples, canned tomato products, pumpkin, cauliflower, avocado, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, […]