Health Tips by Tasneem Legohn, RD

Olive Oil

The robust flavor and the variety of cooking applications makes olive oil one of my favorite oils. But did you know that olive oil also has anti-inflammatory and heart protective properties? . Research suggests that the high monounsaturated fatty acid content in olive oil can help decrease the risk of heart disease by reducing cardiovascular biomarkers in the blood. . Eat Well, Live Well

Ever Tried Soy Pasta?

I love pasta (who doesn't?). I recently tried soy pasta and I was thoroughly pleased with the taste, texture, and nutritional content. For those monitoring their carbohydrate intake, soy pasta has about 1/2 the grams of carbs compared to a serving (2oz dried) of regular pasta. Soy pasta also contains significantly more protein and fiber compared to regular pasta. Soy pasta is also a great source of iron. Hey, it is gluten free too (for those with Celiac disease/gluten intolerance)! Eat Well, Live Well.

Have an Orange

End your meal with a citrus orange for a sweet treat that delivers extra water and fiber to aid in digestion! And of course this would include a dose of vitamin C to bolster your immune system.

Boost Your Immune System

Bolster your immune system this cold and flu season by consuming foods high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C has anti-oxidant properties to support your immune system. Guava, kiwi, citrus, papaya, mango, pineapple, strawberry, acerola cherry, Chili peppers, sweet bell pepper, kale, broccoli, and brussels sprouts are all excellent choices to increase vitamin C intake. A good ol' vitamin C tablet is acceptable as well. You can still eat fruit/ veggies that are not in season by purchasing them frozen! Hand washing and/or using hand sanitizer is also important to prevent the spread of germs. Stay healthy this season! Eat Well, Live Well.

Pumpkin Season

It is officially pumpkin everything season. Pumpkin pastries and breads, pumpkin beverages and spices. Pumpkin itself is a good source of the antioxidant beta carotene (Vitamin A), it is low in calories, and ~3gm of fiber (cooked) per cup. Pumpkin can be used to makes, soups, stews, and baked goods. Pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Enjoy the benefits of pumpkin this season. Eat Well, Live Well. pic: Chicagotribune.com

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