Friday, October 4, 2013

12 Cancer-Fighting Superfoods

12 Cancer Fighting Superfoods:

Cancer is the nation's second leading cause of death. What can you do to protect yourself? Eating a diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits, including juices made from 100 percent fruit juice, can make a big difference in your cancer risk. Add 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days a week and you'll reduce your cancer risk even more.

So what should you eat? Look for foods with phytochemicals, which are found in beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale. Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, and collard greens are packed with fiber, lutein, and carotenoids, all cancer-fighting substances. Foods rich in the vitamins C, E, and A, all antioxidants themselves, can protect you from cancer by preventing the growth of free radicals in your body.

Here are 12 superfoods that will help reduce your risk of cancer: cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, watermelon, beans, broccoli, peppers, sunflower seeds, blueberries, strawberries, dried apricots, whole wheat pasta.

Drizzle your veggies or pasta with fresh, high polyphenol olive oil and you have added a healthy array of antioxidants to protect yourself with the simple pour of a bottle! Here's how easy it really is...........

Caprese Salad (Tomato, Mozzarella, & Basil Hors d'Oeuvres)

2 vine ripened tomatoes, ¼ in. thick slices
12 large whole fresh basil leaves
1.2 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, ¼ in. slices
Salt and pepper to taste
Hojiblanca, Arbosana, Basil, or Tuscan Herb EVOO (about 3 tbsp)
Traditional (18 Year) Aged Balsamic Vinegar (1-2 tbsp)

Place sliced tomatoes, basil leaves, and mozzarella slices around edge of a serving dish, alternating and overlapping them. Drizzle Extra Virgin olive oil over all of them, and serve immediately. You may also like to “anoint” this traditional dish with a dash of our smooth 18 Year Aged Vinegar.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nine Reasons to Add Sweet Potatoes to Your Diet!

It's sweet potato season, and here are nine reasons to add sweet potatoes to your diet! (plus an amazing recipe)

They are high in vitamin B6.
They are a good source of vitamin C.
They contain Vitamin D.
Sweet potatoes contain iron.
Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag­nesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral.
They are a source of potassium.
Their rich orange colour indicates that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids.
There are versatile.

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Here's our best sweet potato recipe:

Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and each cut
lengthwise into 8 wedges
1/3 cup Delizia Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic
2 tablespoons Delizia All Natural Organic Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 teaspoon Galena Garlic Pink Himalayan sea salt

Heat oven to 400F. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of a half sheet jelly-roll pan.

Thoroughly shake or whisk together the Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic and Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In a large bowl toss to liberally coat the sweet potato wedges with the balsamic-olive oil mixture.

Arrange the potato wedges on the parchment paper lined pan in a single layer, without over-crowding. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast for 45 minutes until tender and the balsamic glaze has caramelized.