When I think about an Earth Day meal, I think fresh, green and local! In an ideal world, this would describe how we eat every day. But even if you’re just getting into the swing of a natural-food approach to eating, why not make Earth Day your first day on the path to becoming the healthiest you yet?
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You may be familiar with a Mediterranean diet, which typically is rich in vegetables, fruit, beans, olive oil, nuts and fish. What do those foods offer your body? The veggies and fruit provide you with fiber, vitamins and minerals, while beans offer both fiber and protein. Olive oil and nuts are powerhouses of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which are healthy unsaturated fats, sometimes referred to as “good fats.”
Using real butter in homemade mashed potatoes will set you back 11 grams of fat and 100 calories for every tablespoon mixed in! Instead, spruce up your spuds with a scoop of hummus. It not only adds unique flavor but gives everyone’s favorite creamy potato side dish an added protein boost. Use pre-made store-bought hummus to save time!
Can’t decide which dip to serve with your chips? Make one that blends two of everyone’s favorites with this clever recipe for Guacamole Hummus. Just toss a can of organic chickpeas, a ripe avocado and a few other simple ingredients into your food processor for a smooth, creamy creation to scoop up and enjoy with dippable snacks.
In the heart of winter, nothing seems to take the chill off like a steaming bowl or mug of soup. Cooking a soup meal can be a lovingly drawn out affair, or as simple as opening a can. Many people have found a happy medium by buying ready-made beef, chicken or vegetable broth, and adding their own fresh root and green vegetables in a slow simmer.
This light pasta dish is bursting with the fresh green goodness of cilantro and tender sweet peas. A nice change of pace from traditional red or heavy cream sauces, its light dressing is made from extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese, with a hint of red pepper added for kick.
Q: My hands are extremely dry and rough, especially during this time of year. What do you recommend to help keep them moisturized and feeling good?
Dr. Linda Miles, D.O.M., responds:
We know winter can be especially drying for our face and hair, but our hands may be the most used and exposed body parts. Also, as we age, the skin on the back of our hands tends to become thinner with very little fat underneath. All of these factors make our hands extremely vulnerable to everyday wear and tear, and aging. To help keep your hands hydrated, healthy and looking and feeling great, try these simple hand care tips:
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