Food As Medicine Education Director Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, shares these tidbits of wisdom to help you eat healthy in the simplest way possible. Visit Kathie’s blog to learn more great tips on a healthy lifestyle.
To create and maintain good gut health – and a happy microbiome, opt for whole foods and by whole I mean minimally processed, unadulterated and not created or “enhanced” in the lab. Meals made with simple, nutrient-dense ingredients, as close to the vine as possible will deliver the maximum benefit to your belly, brain, heart and just about every cell in your body. Your body deserves and will run a lot better on good fuel, so don’t settle for a so-so tasting, take-out dinner that’s loaded with unhealthy fats, salt and hidden sugar(s). Instead, head to the kitchen and whip up something that is delicious and nourishing.
By Rebecca Katz, MS
Food As Medicine Executive Chef, author and food DIVA Rebecca Katz was kind enough to allow us to share this utterly delicious and brain healthy treat from her newest book, The Healthy Mind Cookbook, with you. ps — They’ll be on the menu at Food As Medicine, June 11-14 in Minneapolis! Yum!
My dad, Jay, had this delightful habit; whenever you told him something that struck his fancy, he’d roar, “That’s FANTASTIC!” and gleefully clap his hands for emphasis. This was doubly true if you told him he was getting chocolate for dessert. Jay never met a piece of chocolate he didn’t like, and I have a feeling that just hearing what’s in these truffles—dates, cherries, and walnuts, smothered in chocolate, rolled in coconut and curry—would’ve given him cause to offer up a standing ovation. Studies suggest walnuts may boost memory, while chocolate, as we all know, is the ultimate mood boosting agent. One bite of this dessert and you’d be hard-pressed to feel any stress.
By Marti Wolfson
Marti Wolfson, who is part of our marvelous culinary education team at Food As Medicine, shared this helpful report after last year’s program. Clearly, we should all be thinking about healthy fiber!
Last year I had the privilege of presenting alongside some of the most influential lifestyle medicine professionals at the Food as Medicine Conference in the Berkshires. While this program is geared towards teaching health professionals how to effectively integrate nutrition into their practices, there were many pearls of wisdom which any layperson could find beneficial in making healthier dietary choices day to day. Of all the nutritional takeaways one was repeated over and over again throughout the presentations: Eat Your Fiber.