Author Archives for Debi Morris

12 Best Foods: Walnuts


In these times when it seems like every other day we discover that old favorites are bad for us, it’s nice to see some foods reinstated back into the good to eat category. And among those, nuts are most welcome back into the healthy fold. Nuts are full of “good” fats and, when eaten regularly, […]

12 Best Foods: Tomatoes


What makes tomatoes stand out as one of the 12 best foods, according to Dana Jacobi, is their abundance of lycopene. Lycopene, combined with a wide range of other beneficial phytochemicals that tomatoes possess, help protect us against cancers and heart attacks. Tomatoes are also rich in vitamins A and C, and are a good […]

12 Best Foods: Sweet Potatoes


According to Dana Jacobi of the 12 Best Foods Cookbook, we should eat sweet potatoes because they have more beta-carotene than carrots and more than twice as much as winter squashes. Beta-carotene is associated with boosting the immune system and reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol. It also helps prevent the formation of age-related cataracts and […]

12 Best Foods: Spinach


Everybody knows spinach is packed with power. It’s loaded with antioxidants and folates, and may also help in maintaining memory and reducing the risk of stroke, according to Dana Jacobi, author of the 12 Best Foods Cookbook.
Spinach his high concentrations of Vitamins C, K, beta-carotene, thiamine and riboflavin. In addition, it has plenty […]

12 Best Foods: Soy


In the 12 Best Foods Cookbook, Dana Jacobi tells us that soy earns the top spot as the Best Food because:
. . . it offers so many benefits and delicious possibilities. The health benefits come from its protein, isoflavones (estrogenlike substances for which soy is the only major food source) and other bioactive elements, […]

12 Best Foods: Salmon


Salmon is the healthiest seafood choice because it contains an abundance of omega-3 essential fatty acids, says Dana Jacobi in the 12 Best Foods Cookbook. It is also one of the most versatile fish: it can be grilled, broiled, baked, sauteed, steamed, poached, braised, and even stir-fried. You can use canned salmon […]

Mediterranean Couscous and Lentil Salad


Summer is almost over around these parts, but even with that teeny hint of fall in the air there’s plenty of time to enjoy a nice cool salad. This refreshing couscous and lentil salad has just the right balance of flavors to make it the perfect accompaniment to almost any main dish–meat, seafood, or […]

12 Best Foods: Onions


In addition to the sulfur compounds that give alliums their bite and make them heart-healthy, onions have antioxidant flavonoids that garlic does not have. While raw onions are best, eating them cooked still provides useful benefits. They’re rich in vitamin C, potassium and calcium, and contain the phytonutrients thiosulfinates and fructooligosaccharides, flavonoids (red […]

Carrot Ginger Soup


The World’s Healthiest Foods website will tell you that carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds and one of the best sources of pro-vitamin A carotene. Carrots can help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, and have properties that help protect vision, especially night vision, and can help provide protection against macular degeneration […]

12 Best Foods: Oats


Oats provide fiber that lowers blood cholesterol levels, and thus reduces the risk of heart disease. They are an excellent source of thiamine, selenium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, and the phytonutrients lignans, caffeic and ferulic acids.
One cup of oatmeal made from old-fashioned rolled oats contains 4 grams of fiber, half soluble, half insoluble, both […]