Whoosh! And the Holiday Season is suddenly upon us. Seriously, HOW did this happen?
I’M NOT READY!!!
But I will be. (She says, as she tries to calmly reassure herself.)
There are, after all, still ten whole days until Christmas. That’s enough time.
. . . Isn’t it? (She asks hopefully.)
At least I have the Christmas Day Dinner Menu all planned out. It includes Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, a new side dish recipe I recently stumbled upon.
I’m a BIG FAN of Brussels sprouts, so I’m really excited to try this one out. Plus, Brussels sprouts, as a member of the Brassica family, are one of the best anti-cancer foods there are (as I’ve told you like a BILLION times…)
It contains quercetin... ellagic acid... anthocyanidins...EGCG catechin... sterols... gallic acid... caffeic acid......
That was the take-home message of last week’s blog.
So, I hope, every now and again, you have been taking time for yourself to rest!
I have been, too.
Naturally, I’ve also been doing all I can to knit my knee cap back together again – while keeping all my other 205 bones healthy, strong, flexible . . . and fracture-free.
This week, I share with you 7 BONE-BUILDING AGENTS which I have been using (some of which you might never have guessed!)
You don’t need to break a bone before you can try these for yourself.
Even if this doesn’t apply to you, know that after the age of 30, the rate of bone breakdown exceeds that of bone repair and bone building.
Diet and lifestyle can negatively affect bone health. ...
1. Cut avocado into cubes and place in bowl. Squeeze the juice of half a fresh organic lemon all over the avocado and gently toss to combine.
2. Add remaining salad ingredients and dressing. Gently toss once more.
3. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving to allow flavors to blend.
I really don't know what took me so long... I had snagged this recipe out of a friend's cookbook years ago, but only recently did I get around to trying it out. What was I waiting for, I now ask myself.
It's WONDERFUL! Comfort food at its best. AND loaded with anti-cancer ingredients (onion, carrot, cauliflower, legumes, and curry powder.)
Don't wait as long as I did to discover this little culinary treasure! Try it for yourself. Soon.
2 teaspoons organic, raw, unrefined coconut oil
1 yellow onion, minced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 small head cauliflower, chopped into florets (about 3 cups)
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces, or 428 g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 can (13 1/2 ounces, or 400 ml) organic coconut milk
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
A couple of weeks ago, I sang the praises of chia seed, and offered some suggestions on how to use it to whip up a tasty, nutritious breakfast pudding. (I hope you've tried it.)
Since then, I discovered that chia isn't just breakfast food. With a few modifications and embellishments, a simple "breakfast pudding" can be transformed into a sexy Valentine's Day dessert!
If you are over the age of fifty, chances are that your physician has recommended that you take a "baby" aspirin as a preventative measure for heart disease.
Well, ahem... Since February IS, after all, "Heart Month" ... and Valentine's Day IS around the corner, allow me to weigh in on this topic....
Aspirin, in some ways, is a "miracle drug". It works by blocking the production of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which regulate every cell in the body in many of their complex interactions.
Some of these prostaglandins (i.e. "bad" prostaglandins) play a role in inflammation and heart disease. They can make your blood more likely to aggregate (clump together) and set you up for heart attack or stroke.
Nobody wants that.
So, aspirin works its magic by blocking these bad prostaglandins. Fair enough.