Dr. Ann

If you enjoy eating mushrooms, you will be excited to know that this superfood appears to lower the risk of depression. Go fungi! In a study that followed the diets and mental health status of about 24,00 US adults between 2005 and 20016, scientists noted a strong link between mushroom consumption and lower odds of depression. […]

Cheerfulness helps maintain a sharp mind as we age. That was the uplifting conclusion from scientists at Northwestern University who monitored the emotional states and memory of aging adults over an extended period. Using a scientifically validated questionnaire, 991 middle-age and older adults reported on their emotional status in the previous 30 days on three […]

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 […]

There is widespread scientific consensus that dining out increases the risk of eating excess calories and well-conducted studies confirm it. According to a comprehensive evaluation by USDA researchers, here is what you can expect in terms of extra calories when you choose to eat foods away from home. Each additional meal or snack consumed outside […]

Exercising at any point in the day is great, but here are some reasons getting your movement in early may be best: It begins the day on a positive “healthy” note that can set the tone for the rest of the day. It provides an opportunity to tackle and fully complete an activity critical for […]

Ginger is a superstar spice, especially for its anti-inflammatory power. Here are easy ways to eat more of it! Use fresh ginger root to add flavorful intrigue to your dishes. Chop or grate it into sauces, salad dressings, or right on top of your salad, poultry or seafood. Snack on candied ginger or make it […]

Padding your dishes with extra veggies is a proven means to reduce caloric intake while boosting nutrient intake. Here are some simple ways to take advantage: Shred veggies (or buy them already shredded) carrots, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, etc. and add to meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, and baked goods like muffins. Add canned pumpkin or canned […]

              Wild, organic blueberries or mixed berries A variety of bulk raw nuts Fresh frozen fish Packaged spinach Packaged peas Packaged shelled edamame Packaged organic chicken breast and thighs Frozen butter beans 100% whole grain corn tortillas Ground flax seed  

Appetite control is the Holy Grail for weight control.  Here are 3 simple and delicious ways to help you eat less.   ???? Dig the Power of Protein. Protein is nature’s diet pill – providing longer lasting appetite suppression than either fats or carbs. Include some healthy (lean) protein at every meal. The right dose […]

In one of the most uplifting studies I have reviewed, researchers reported that as little as a few minutes of physical activity in the great outdoors provides a significant mental lift. In the evaluation, which included over 1,100 people of all ages and genders, scientists determined that just 5 minutes of “green exercise” (physical activity in […]

Serves 6 Just your classic recipe tweaked to be 100% healthy. Ingredients 2 large eggplants, sliced 1/4 inch thick Kosher salt 2 eggs, whisked 2-3 cups whole-wheat breadcrumbs 2 tbsp EVOO 2 tbsp canola oil 11/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1, 24-oz jar marinara sauce 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped Canola pan spray Directions Place […]

A clinical trial from the University of Exeter reported that we can eat our way to more energy with the venerable beet.  The 8 young males in the study who consumed beet juice for 8 consecutive days prior to cycling on an exercise bike were able to cycle up to 16% longer than when they consumed […]