Dr. Ann

I consider beans the most underutilized and under-appreciated superfood.  Here are 8 reasons to include them in your diet every day. Beans have megawatt nutritional power.  They provide a vegetable protein, more fiber and folate than any other food, potent antioxidants, and several key minerals. Beans fill you up without filling you out.  Their high […]

When it comes to nutritional value and eating for better health, sweet potatoes trounce white potatoes. Whether your goals are improved weight control, heart health, cancer protection, or anti-aging, sweet potatoes are a far superior tuber. Here are 5 great reasons to choose sweet potatoes over white potatoes. Sweet potatoes have a much lower glycemic response—meaning they […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Serves 4 plus This is a yummy cold weather soup and a delicious way to get in curry, carrot’s, and tomato’s immune boosting power! Ingredients 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 lb carrots, cut into ½ in rounds 1 lb yellow tomatoes (red plum will work fine), cut into quarters 2 […]

I am totally bullish on regularly drinking freshly brewed tea as a quick, easy, and highly effective means of delivering a hefty dose of healthful antioxidants to your cells. Thanks to a report from Food Research International (Sept 09), there is a simple and tasty way to turbo charge the process – add some vitamin […]

Although it contains “sugar,” molasses also provides an impressive array of “healthy” goodies that give it a huge nutritional edge over other sweeteners. This bold and robust natural sweetener is chock full of health-boosting antioxidants and minerals. A single tablespoon provides over 35% of the daily value for manganese and copper and about 20% of […]

Mushrooms are great for you! Super low in calories (20 calories per ½ cup), but high in key nutrients including B vitamins, copper, potassium, and selenium — it’s wise to get into the habit of including them regularly in your diet.  A little known fact is that mushrooms are particularly high in antioxidants. According to […]

What we eat and how we sleep are linked. That was the conclusion from a study evaluating diet and insomnia status in a large group of post-menopausal women. For this study 53,069 women kept food diaries and reported their sleep status at baseline and at the end of three years. The results? Women who consumed […]