Defy Aging with the ABC's of Youth

Defy Aging with the ABC’s of Youth

A is for anti inflammatory foods. Almonds and avocados contain monounsaturated fats that help to increase our good cholesterol, HDL. HDL functions as an anit inflammatory agent in our body!

B is for brain food. Fight aging with omega 3 fatty acids like salmon or cod liver oil. The omega 3 fatty acid known as DHA has been shown to improve memory as reported in the Chicago Health and Aging Project.

C is for cereal grains. Cereal grains like whole wheat berries, rye berries and quinoa are low glycemic grains. Prevent blood sugar and insulin peaks by choosing these grains. This can help you to decrease your risk of high insulin levels, diabetes and ultimately Alzheimer’s disease.

100% Juice is okay

In a study reported in the Archives of Pediatrics, children age 2-11 who consumed 100% juice about 4 oz daily also had a higher intake of whole fruits. There was no difference in weight status or the likelihood of being overweight among the 100% juice drinkers. Theresa A. Nicklas; Carol E. O’Neil; Ronald Kleinman
Association Between 100% Juice Consumption and Nutrient Intake and Weight of Children Aged 2 to 11 Years
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(6):557-565.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS:

100% juice is okay in moderation. Be sure the juice you give is 100%.

Parents of picky eaters…

Below is taken from Smart Brief:

Pureeing may be key to make children eat veggies, data suggest
Children ages 3 to 5 almost doubled their intake of vegetables on days when they were given meals that included regular vegetable servings and dishes with pureed veggies versus days without the pureed veggies, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found. Children appeared to like the doctored recipes as much as they liked the standard meals, but researchers noted that this is not the only strategy parents can use to make children eat vegetables. Reuters (7/26).

Fight aging with fat.

Fight aging with fat! Stay young by consuming monounsaturated fats like almonds and avocados. These MUFA’s help increase our good cholesterol known as HDL. HDL cholesterol is anti inflammatory and heart protective. So add some almonds and avocados to your salad!

Farm to Table

“The greatest thing you can do for your children is to cook and share food
with them. The precious moments you spend together around the family table
go way beyond the food itself; they lead to an understanding of the benefits
of healthy eating and are the basis for good family relationships.”– Jacques Pépin, national spokesperson of Spoons Across America

Jacques Pepin said it well. Fortunately, it is summer so sharing the education of where food comes from is easy. Grab your cotton, reusable tote and head to the Farmers Market. This is a great experience for you and your children to find new foods to enjoy. My favorite find at the Union Square Greenmarket – fiddleheads!

New York and LA Markets:

http://www.grownyc.org/ourmarkets and http://www.farmersmarketla.com/

Pass the Peanut Butter

We have all read that peanuts are a heart healthy snack, but the literature speaks of peanuts not peanut butter with addded oils and added sugar. Read your peanut butter ingredient list. Are there more than 2 ingredients? If so, consider switching to the real thing to get your dose of peanuts.

1. Try making your own peanut butter at the health food store. You just put the peanuts in the machine and get peanut butter made of peanuts only!!!

2. Whole Foods 365 Brand Peanut Butter (ingredients are peanuts and salt).

3. Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter (ingredients are peanut and salt).

Yummy Popcorn

Popcorn is a great snack. It is naturally high in fiber and free of trans and or saturated fats. The key is to find popcorn that hasn’t been dressed, salted and buttered by food companies. Your best option is to pop your own corn kernels in an air popper. If time and space are an issue, find a no or low salt, saturated fat free popcorn. Two wholesome options include BEARITOS Organic Microwave Popcorn, No Salt or Oil and Good Health’s Half Naked Popcorn. Remember, always double check the food labels to ensure food products have not changed their ingredients and consequently their nutrition facts.