Eat Well, Be Happy – Episode 318

Episode 318

with Debra Stark & Robin Johnston

  • Farro Pasta with Kale and Shrimp
  • Roasted Cauliflower, Nut Cheese and Cannellini
  • Korean Chicken Wings with Parsnips, Potatoes

Raw Green Smoothie with Avocado

I know that I’ve shared this with you before, but just in case you want a smoothie that isn’t sweet, that is green and tangy, here you go. Greens alkalize the body, and this smoothie is great to correct over-indulgences….The pear is absolutely essential here because it mellows out everything else.

Absolutely, positively use organic ingredients. Organic means no pesticides or herbicides. I have yet to hear anyone say we need pesticides and herbicides for our good health….

Date, Cardamom Cacao Smoothie

Aren’t we lucky that each day, every New Year, affords us the chance to start anew? Here’s a tasty smoothie to get you back on track. Add laughter, sunlight on your face, exercise, and a good book, too.

I use my super Vitamix blender, because it easily handles ingredients that regular blenders balk at.

I’ve fallen in love with maca powder in smoothies that have ingredients like bananas and chocolate. Web MD says, “Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine.” Maca enhances energy, memory, corrects hormone imbalance & boosts immunity.

Yes, there are many foods to enjoy for breakfast, and one would think that smoothies are a no-no when it’s cold. But New Englanders eat more ice cream than any other part of the country, and eat most of that in the months of January and February. So I’m on a smoothie kick this January!

Aids to Digestion

The digestion section of a health food store can be overwhelming. Do you want digestive enzymes? What about probiotics, or herbal bitters? Hopefully, this guide will help. If you want more help, come in and talk to one of us. Either way, everything here is pretty benign and can help with everyday problems as well as those that are deeper. And even if you don’t pick the “right” one, it’ll probably do some good.

But first, a quick glance at how digestive tract works, start to finish.

In the mouth, we chew chunks of food into smaller pieces. Our saliva also contains an enzyme which begins the digestion of starches. We chew, we swallow, and food travels to the stomach.

In the stomach, churning continues to grind food into a paste. In addition, strong acid and enzymes break down protein (and kill pathogens). Only after this is complete does the stomach begin to discharge its contents. So, as you can imagine, meals with a lot of protein slow things down a bit.  Nutrients don’t absorb through the stomach – except alcohol.

Speaking of Dates, Al Ajwa Dates

We had the opportunity to taste Al Ajwa dates at a trade show some months back. We thought they were unique, and so despite the fact they are called “the world’s most expensive dates”, we bought them for you.  I have some at home and treat myself to one each day.

What makes Al Ajwa dates different? They are the lowest glycemic-index date grown, and have been proven to be effective in controlling glycemia in type-2 diabetic patients (J. Agric.Food Chem. 2013, 61, 5834-5830); and they show moderate COX-1 and -2 enzyme inhibition, similar to ibuprofen for inflammation – but taste a lot better than ibuprofen (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2013, 61, 5834-5840).  Like all dates, they are rich in potassium to help with things like blood pressure, and full of magnesium to keep bones strong and heart rhythm steady. Do they contain fiber? Lots of fiber.