From an article by Allison Young for 

Women’s Health magazine,

here is a way to make eating heathily

much more interesting.

Take a look at 8 fresh cancer fighting,

age-defying, energy boosting

ingredients to add to your plate:

Kefir

With more protein and less sugar than yogurt, but the same tangy taste, probiotics and creamy texture, Kefir is thought to be an immune system enhancer, and may protect against colon cancer.

What is kefir?

Try It Instead of yogurt in salad dressings or smoothies. Plain kefir is in the dairy aisle, but Lifeway makes a dessert-ready frozen variety too.

Jicama

This slightly sweet and crunchy root veggie stars inulin, a belly-flattening
fiber that acts as a prebiotic to promote helpful bacteria in the gut.
It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C, which may boost collagen and
fight wrinkles. 

Try It Cooked or raw in slaws, stir-fries, tacos, and
salads, or tossed in lime juice and sprinkled with chili powder. Find it
at farmers’ markets or Mexican groceries

Chia

One tablespoon of these nutty-tasting edible seeds has as much fiber
as a bowl of oatmeal, plus bone-building calcium and heart-healthy
omega-3s.
Chia is also a good source of iron, which many women don’t get
enough of,
 (Related: 8 Surprising Foods for Heart Health)
Try It
On cereal, salads, and soups, or use it to thicken puddings and
stir-fries. (The seeds absorb liquid and acquire a gel-like texture.)
Available at natural grocery stores.

Sprouts

 

Three-day-old broccoli plants may contain 

up to 50 times more 

of the
anticancer agent sulforaphane 

than mature stalks, 

but without the
pungent taste.

Try Them On sandwiches, wraps, pizza, baked potatoes, 

stews, stir-fries, tacos, and just about anything else you can think of. 

Black Garlic

 Fermentation gives this garlic its sweet, clove-and-caramel flavor and
concentrates its natural antioxidants to nearly double that of a raw
bulb. These compounds help lower cholesterol and can help decrease
cancer risk, says Janet Helm, R.D., of NutritionUnplugged.com. And the black stuff comes with no nasty breath! 

Try It In fondue, sauces, pizza, and, believe it or not, cookies, brownies, and cakes. Order some at blackgarlic.com.

Kelp

A possible anti-breast-cancer crusader, kelp is loaded with vitamin
K, calcium, and other essential nutrients. And its natural alginate
fiber may help block fat, says nutritionist Christine Avanti.

Try It
In powdered form, mixed into meatballs and soups; use sheets (kombu) as
uber-low-cal wrappers. Some specialty stores carry Sea Tangle Kelp
Noodles (kelpnoodles.com), which have just six calories per serving!

Nutritional Yeast 

A single serving of these cheese-like flakes has an incredible nine
grams of satiating protein and provides more than your RDA of B vitamins
to help boost energy, squash stress, and decrease your risk for chronic diseases.
Try It
As a dairy-free sub for Parmesan on popcorn, potatoes, pasta, or
scrambled eggs. You can find this yeast in specialty markets or
health-food stores.

Barley

 

 This sweet, nutty supergrain is rich in niacin (for healthy hair and
skin) and cancer-fighting lignans. Plus, “the soluble fiber keeps your
cholesterol levels healthy, cutting your risk for heart disease,” says
Geagan.

Try It In place of pasta, rice, or
oatmeal. Or swap Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Barley Flour
(bobsredmill.com) for up to a third of the flour in baked goods. Both
are available at regular grocery stores.

 

This is pretty hideous!
Men’s Health magazine ran a piece on 
the 5 grossest things we’re eating.
Here’s what they said:

1. Grain Products

 Why they’re gross: Many packaged breads and baked goods
contain L-cysteine-a non-essential amino acid made from dissolved human
hair (often from China) or duck feathers (mmmm). Food manufacturers use
the ingredient as a commercial dough conditioner, meant to improve the
texture of breads and baked goods.

Why it’s bad: Eating
something derived from the human body violates the religious and ethical
beliefs of Muslims and vegans. Plus, eew! If you want to avoid
ingesting hair and feathers-and really, who doesn’t?-try eating
unprocessed whole grains like oats and brown rice, and make your own
baked goods whenever possible. (Search: Which whole grains are the healthiest?)

2. Shrimp

 Why it’s gross: Depending on where your shrimp comes
from, it could be tainted with chemicals used to clean filthy
shrimp-farm pens. Just as disgusting, farmed shrimp from overseas is
often full of antibiotics, mouse and rat hair, and pieces of insects
(yummy!).

Why it’s bad: Only about 2 percent of all imported
seafood is inspected, meaning this nasty stuff is making its way onto
your plate. Contaminated shrimp tends to come from critters imported
from overseas shrimp farms, so if you’re looking for safer-and more
appetizing-options, choose domestic shrimp. (Search: Make sure you’re eating the healthiest seafood in the sea).

3. Salad Dressing

 Why it’s gross: Big food corporations often add the
chemical titanium dioxide-commonly found in paints and sunscreens-to
processed foods like salad dressing, coffee creamers, and canned icing
to make them appear whiter.
Why it’s bad: Titanium
dioxide is a component of the metallic element titanium, a mined
substance that’s sometimes contaminated with toxic lead. Plus, most
white dressings (like cream-based ranch) aren’t great for you anyway.
Both your health and your waistline will fare better if you go with an
olive oil- or vinegar-based salad topper instead. Or, better yet, make
your dressing at home.

4. Jelly Beans

 Why it’s gross: Many artificial food dyes-found in
hundreds of everyday foods-are made from petroleum-derived materials.
Food producers use these chemical dyes in cereals and candy to make them
more “fun” for kids, in pickles to make them appear fresher, and in
place of real ingredients in a variety of other packaged foods. Betty
Crocker Carrot Cake Mix, for example, is actually a carrot-free product,
with “carrot flavored pieces” cooked up from corn syrup and artificial
colors Yellow 6 and Red 40.

Why it’s bad: Orange and purple
food dyes have been shown to impair brain function, and other dyes have
been linked to ADHD and behavioral problems in kids, as well as
brain-cell toxicity. And not only are these additives potentially
hazardous, but they’re also a rip-off! It’s cheaper for food companies
to use fake dyes in place of real ingredients, so you end up with food
frauds like Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast, a “juice” product
without a trace of cherry or berry juice (check out our full list of the 20 Worst Drinks in America). Get your brightly colored foods from the produce aisle only!

5. Canned Mushrooms

Why they’re gross: The FDA legally allows 19
maggots—tiny, rice-shaped fly larvae that feast on rotting foods—and 74
mites in every 3.5-ounce can of mushrooms. Bon appetit!

Why it’s bad: While
maggots do have their place in the medical world—they can help heal
ulcers and other wounds—most of us would agree that they don’t have a
place in our mouths. Opt for fresh mushrooms instead, and if you need
another reason to ditch canned goods, consider this: Most are lined with
bisphenol A (or BPA), a plastic chemical that causes unnatural hormonal
changes linked to heart attacks, obesity, and certain cancers.

 

Today I have a yellow shoot.

Everything I see is yellow.

Today I want giallo