VIDEO: Healthy skin needs essential minerals and fats to do its job and to look its best. Find out which ones you need and where to get them. Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter, provides an overview of the key minerals and essential fatty acids necessary for healthy, youthful and radiant skin. Producer/Editor: Karen Owoc. Director of Photography: Michael Davich. TheHealthReporter.tv
The presentation of our food is just as important as what’s actually on our plate. But some foods don’t score so high when it comes to being visually appealing. In fact, they’re downright unappealing. However, close your eyes and give the following health foods a try because they really are worth including in your diet.
Burdock Root: This plant is traditional in Japanese cuisine. A popular Japanese dish is “kinpira gobo” where the root is shaved into little strips, combined with carrots and braised with soy sauce, sugar, mirin and/or sake, and sesame oil. It’s often pickled and used to fill sushi rolls. This root contains no cholesterol and is very low in sodium, high in dietary fiber, and rich in manganese, magnesium, potassium and B6.
Octopus: These sea creatures are a great catch for divers and eaten regularly in Hawaii. They aren’t pretty to look at with their ugly head, big bulging eyes, and eight arms bearing suction cups, but if you’ve ever had the experience of eating them fresh out of the water, salted and served hot off the grill, you’ll agree they’re worth the culinary adventure. Also known as “tako” in Japanese cuisine, it’s included in sushi and other side dishes. Octopus is low in saturated fat and a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, and a very good source of protein, vitamin B12, iron, copper and selenium. Continue reading “Ugly Foods Worth a Second Look”
The next time you have an inextinguishable craving for brownies — make them with dark chocolate for the extra flavonoids (antioxidants). But did you know that you can substitute flax seeds for part of the oil in the recipe? Give it a try — you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Flax seeds are powered packed with omega-3 fats and there’s strong evidence that these essential fats reduce your risk for heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Your body needs them to control brain and immune functions as well as for blood clotting, lubricating joints, decreasing inflammation, and cell growth. They’re also the components of cell membranes. For this reason, omega-3’s are also great for your skin! A sign that you’re deficient in this fat is dry skin. Continue reading “Brownie Makeover”
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fats that your body can’t make on its own and can only get from the food you eat. So here’s one way to slip some healthy fat into your diet.
It’s currently recommended that you consume 7-11 grams of omega-3 fatty acids each week. They’re crucial for brain function and there’s strong evidence they reduce your risk for heart disease. These fats are also great for your skin! (See Eating for Healthy Skin – Part 2.) Continue reading “Omega Muffins”
Icelandic Arctic char, also known as salmon trout, is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. If you haven’t tasted Artic char, it’s well worth giving it a try. Arctic char tastes similar to salmon (even looks like salmon with its pinkish-orange flesh), but is milder in flavor.
Arctic char is an excellent choice if you don’t like a strong tasting fish, but want to include fish in your diet for its health benefits. Be sure not to overcook this versatile delicacy or you’ll lose its natural moistness. A quick grilling on both sides is all you need. Continue reading “Grilled Arctic Char with Cilantro Island Sauce”