Baked Salmon with Southeast Asian Marinade

In honor of Heart Association month, we found that delicious and healthy recipe from mayoclinic.com for baked salmon. Not only is this great for your heart, it would please your mouth buds as well!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 salmon fillets, each 4 ounces
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup diced fresh fruit, such as pineapple, mango and papaya

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, add the pineapple juice, garlic, soy sauce and ginger. Stir to mix evenly.
  2. Arrange the salmon fillets in a small baking dish. Pour the pineapple juice mixture over the top. Put in the refrigerator and marinate for 1 hour. Turn the salmon periodically as needed.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 2 squares of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Place the marinated salmon fillets on the aluminum foil. Drizzle each with 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil. Sprinkle with pepper and top each with 1/2 cup diced fruit.
  4. Wrap the foil around the salmon, folding the edges down to seal. Bake until the fish is opaque throughout when tested with the tip of a knife, about 10 minutes on each side. Transfer the salmon to warmed individual plates and serve immediately.

What other recipes do you have?

Click here for the original recipe and nutrition info—courtesy of http://www.mayoclinic.com

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Eat These Foods for Healthier Teeth

The Huffington Post wrote a great article on what to eat to gain healthier teeth. The reason for the plaque buildup in your mouth is due to the starchy or sugary food that you eat or drink. The sugars or starch mixes with the plaque which creates acid in your teeth, breaking down the hard enamel on the surface resulting in tooth decay.

A solid rule is to avoid any kinds of food that has sugar, acid and stickiness such as the popular candies: Starburst and Skittles. The article also shows some top foods proven to protect your pearly whites in research or clinical practices.

1. Cheese—Cheese is a great choice, because it is low in sugar and acid and high in calcium. Another ingredient it has is casein which is a protein that is found in milk and it helps fortify the tooth’s surface helping to resist cavities.

2. Sugar-free gum—this favorite food to chew on usually contains Xylitol. It is the sugar replacement in gum and it helps prevent “harmful bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar that generates, thus generating harmful acids that degrade tooth enamel.”

3. Raw Veggies (especially celery)—Fresh vegetables are good for your teeth, because they require you to chew, creating lots and lots of salvia! Celery in particular is pointed out, because it breaks down into tiny tough strands that naturally clean your teeth.

4. Yogurt—another contender that has casein!

Click here for the original article and more foods—courtesy of Huffingtonpost.com

So what do you do to help protect your teeth?

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Health Boosting Chocolates are on the Rise

So far most Americans know that dark chocolate has more health benefits than milk chocolate, but imagine chocolate with other health-boosting compounds to help prevent against heart disease, cancer and stroke. The markets for these kinds of chocolates are increasing 10% each year. It is now making annual sales of $600 million a year which is only a small percentage of the functional food industry—products marketed as having health benefits—which totals an estimated $20-30 billion a year.

Chocolatiers over the past several years have been creating different kind of chocolates that can help increase stamina, sharpen cognitive skills, and boost the immune system.  They have been doing this by adding a range of super-foods, supplements and spices to their recipes. For example, Antidote Chocolates based in New York have ingredients such as fennel to help with digestion and juniper berries to reduce water retention.

However, nutritionists say that overall dark chocolate must be dark in order to be healthy and that any chocolate containing less than 70% cacao will “offer few benefits and little functionality.” Also remember that chocolates can be full of fat, calories, and sugar so any health benefits can be offset by this. Be sure to read the ingredients and ask questions before purchasing.

Would you be ordering any of these “super” chocolates soon?

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Read original article here—courtesy of Times Healthland.

Can a Blood Test Help Predict Your Death?

A new study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the European Society of Cardiology Congress discovered a certain enzyme that could be linked to both heart disease and cancer. By measuring this enzyme in blood, it could serve as an early predictor of who is most likely going to die from these health problems.

The study had almost 2,000 participants joined in two separate long-term trials where the researchers measured the level of cathepsin S, an enzyme involved in breaking up proteins. They followed the participants for 12.5 years and found that, “those who have the highest level of cathepsin S were more likely to die than those with lower or half of those levels.”

It is yet to be clear how cathepsin S might be related to heart disease or cancer, but this study is the first to find a marker associated both these leading killers of U.S adults. Overall, it is too early to know if cathepsin S will be handy in predicting who has the greatest risk, but already pharmaceutical companies are keeping their eyes on the progress.

Read the original article here-courtesy of Times Heathland

What do you think of this new study?

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Snacks under 80 Calories

We found an article on Health.com where they gave us different snacks that were less than 80 calories. Below are the top 3 snacks that we thought were satisfying and curb your craving without the guilt!

  1. Root beer float: 62 Calories—-8 ounces A&W Diet Root Beer and 1/3 cup fat-free vanilla ice cream.
  1. Gooey treat: 60 Calories—-Mallomar
  1. Old-school ice cream: 70 Calories—-Creamsicle low-fat pop

What are some of your favorite low calorie snacks?

Click here for more ideas and original article- Courtesy of Health.com

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Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt

AARP.com wrote a good article that summarized the difference between Greek and regular yogurt. Below are just some of the highlights:

Protein: Greek yogurt wins by having nearly twice the protein.

Sodium: Greek has half the salt.

Calcium: If you’re looking for more calcium, regular yogurt is the way to go. It has about three times as much calcium.

Calories: It is about the same if you are comparing similar flavors and fat levels.

Carbohydrates: It depends. Greek plain yogurt has half the sugar than the regular.

Fat: It also depends. Full-fat Greek yogurt has three times the fat of regular, full-fat yogurt. However, there is nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt as a buying option.

Greek yogurt is usually pricier than regular yogurt, because it takes about three times as much milk to produce a pound of Greek yogurt compared to the regular kind. The reason behind this is the process—for that Greek yogurt taste, it would need to be strained to remove most of the liquid whey to give it that thicker consistency it is known for.

For more info and the original article click here—courtesy of AARP.com

So which one do you usually like better?

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Top Fat Burning Foods

If losing weight is part of your New Year’s resolution, then these foods are some of the top fat burning foods you need to know.  Health.com gives us some suggestions to burn more calories than ever before.

  1. Whole Grains—By eating whole food in general, your body burns twice as many calories than processed foods.
  2. Low-Fat Dairy Products—These food such as cheese are rich in calcium and vitamin D which can help preserve and build muscle mass—vital for keeping a tough metabolism.
  3. Green TeaThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking about 4 cups of green tea a day helped people drop more than six pounds in eight weeks! Supposedly, there is a compound in the brew that temporarily increases metabolism after sipping it.
  4. Hot Peppers—The compound, capsaicin, that gives chili peppers their spicy kick, heats up your body and makes you melt additional calories. Any form of pepper works such as raw, cooked, dried, or powdered. This is great news for those who love spicy food.

Click here for more foods—courtesy of Health.com

What are some of your suggestions?

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