Dr. Ann

Carotenoids are plant-based pigments known for their robust antioxidant power as well as their brilliant orange to reddish hues. Here are the foods that contain the most carotenoids… Carrots Orange/yellow/red bell peppers Apricots Collard greens Kale Acorn squash Sweet potatoes Spinach Pumpkin Tomatoes (especially canned tomatoes) * The orange hues from the carotenoids in collards, kale and spinach […]

Serves 6 Kale is the healthiest food on the planet. This is a simple recipe that is great for those who want easy cooked greens that are tasty too. Ingredients 2 lbs. kale stems removed and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp. EVOO ¼ cup water Directions Heat EVOO in skillet over medium- high […]

Pumpkin Granola Serves 8 This is a delicious granola that incorporates so many superfoods including canned pumpkin, quinoa, and Chia seeds. My special thank to Keely Morris for sharing this recipe! Ingredients ¼ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and pat dry with paper towel 2 cups rolled oats ¼ cup real maple syrup (or honey) […]

Dr. Ann’s No-Lettuce Salad Recipe Serves 4-6 Who said that salads sans lettuce are not yummy. This crunchy and refreshing salad was a staple pre-dinner salad when my kids were young. We all loved it and you can whip it up in less than 5 minutes. Ingredients 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 yellow bell […]

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 […]

Including a bowl of cereal for breakfast is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to tap into the health-boosting power of whole grains. Eating whole grain cereal may be especially valuable for reducing the risk of high blood pressure. After following over 13,000 male physicians for 16 plus years, scientists found that men […]

Here is my best guidance for doing your protein right when dining out: Seafood including fish or shellfish is an excellent choice because they provide healthy omega 3 fats and negligible saturated fats. Americans are not consuming optimal amounts of seafood, so this would be my top recommendation for a healthy protein. Of course, do not even consider ruining such […]

The stunning blue to purple hues in plant-based foods come from a special class of plant pigments called anthocyanins. In the lab, anthocyanins exhibit dazzling anti-inflammatory power, but studies in real people have been lacking. In one of the very first large-scale studies in human subjects, these potent plant-based compounds displayed great promise for improving […]

In as little as two weeks, a daily dose of a sugary beverage can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in healthy young subjects. That was the riveting conclusion from a clinical trial that is the first to show a direct dose-response relationship between sugary beverage consumption and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. For this […]

  Beans – Beans are the most underutilized economic superfood. This humble nutritional powerhouse of a food group is worthy on many fronts particularly for appetite control, healthy metabolism, cardiovascular health, and brain health. Strive to include a serving in any form and in any variety each day.     Dark Leafy Greens –   Dark […]

Fiber’s reputation as a nutritional hero continues growing. In fact, fiber may be the real fountain of youth. That was the upshot of an Australian study that followed the diets and health statuses of over 1,600 adults for a ten-year period. At the beginning of the study all of the study subjects were age 49 or older and […]

Artichoke Hearts – Even right out of the can or jar, this drably colored veggie rivals berries with its supreme antioxidant power—providing 8 times more than oranges! They are also a great source of vitamin C and fiber, including a special form of fiber called inulin that nourishes the growth of the “good” bacteria in the […]