The conventional wisdom of which foods are good and which foods are bad is constantly changing. This is a subject I would like to address in future programs and on this blog. My first pick of 2006 are avocados. For quite some time, avocados have gotten a bad rap, unfairly I might add.
So many people think of avocados as a fat-laden luxury equivalent to mayonaise or even pork. The truth is that the fats found in avocado are heart healthy and an incredibly rich source of cholesterol lowering phytochemicals, similar to those found in olive oil. They are also packed with vitamins E, C, and B, folic acid, riboflavins, and loaded with fiber. The fats found in avocados help your body absorb beta carotene and lutein more efficently than eating carotenoid rich foods without avocado. Thirteen times more in fact.
Though some people fear consuming any fat, you must include heart healthy fats in your diet in order to efficently absord many nutrients. So skip the chips, cheese, fried fast foods, and enjoy one of life’s great pleasures instead. Include avocados as part of your regular diet plan. Your palate and your body will thank you.
New Resolutions It seems that every new year brings on the same commitments to change as the last. We promise ourselves to change our diets, our sleep patterns, get more exercise, read a great book, even drink more water. The problem is not so much that we are entrenched in bad habits that we simply […]
Vegetarian Holidays Our very first episode of Totally Vegetarian was created because of the dilemma of what to make for a vegetarian holiday meal. Because holiday meals are usually based on family and cultural traditions, often the idea of introducing something new and different presents panic and dismay, yet there are so many wonderful meat […]
Selecting Salt Many viewers ask about the amount and type of salt I use. I feel like I mention it often, but I’m always happy to talk about my choice of salt. I like and always use a moderately coarse kosher sea salt. Not so coarse that it must be ground by a device, but […]
Pasta Leftovers Leftover pasta can be a great quick meal when you’re in a time crunch, but the longer you store it the tougher and starchier it gets. Four days is about the limit for keeping plain, undressed pasta. After that, the best you can do is add it to a soup. My method for […]