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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Grocery shopping for youth and vitality

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  • It’s  a common question - what’s for dinner? Entwined in this daily dialogue is considering the need to dash into the grocery store on the way home from work. Before making a “supermarket pit stop”, Dr. Eudene Harry, author of “Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps,”  suggests adding the following items to the shopping which he said can help people “look and feel more youthful and boost resistance to certain illnesses.


    Harry said the following five food combos are not only nutrition-packed, they are readily available and easy to prepare:


    •  Tomato, garlic, chicken and  almonds: Tomatoes contain one of the world’s most concentrated  sources of cancer-fighting lycopene, which is best absorbed from tomatoes that  are cooked. Garlic has been used for centuries for various health purposes and  is a known free-radical destroyer. Nuts help to lose weight, maintain healthy  blood pressure and support moods; almond crumbs are a great substitute for  bread crumbs on chicken. Pair these goodies with whole wheat couscous for a  full dinner.


    •  Pomegranate-Balsamic tempeh: With  its high protein, fiber and isoflavones content, and meaty texture, tempeh is  heavily utilized by vegetarians. It’s made from soybeans processed in a manner  similar to cheese making. Like tofu, tempeh takes on the flavors with which it  is cooked or marinated, including zesty-tangy balsamic vinegar – perfect for  accentuating salads.


    •  Mashed cauliflower gone Greek: Not  only does the “original” yogurt have a thicker texture and richer taste, it’s also denser in lactobacilli, the healthy bacteria that may delay the onset of  cancer. And yogurt is low in fat and high in protein, which is essential for  many body functions, including building and repairing muscle tissue, organs,  bones and connective tissue. Rather than add fatty, cholesterol-filled butter  and sour cream to starchy potatoes that stick to your ribs, why not pair two healthy options with mashed cauliflower with Greek yogurt and fresh black pepper for simple goodness?
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    •  Sushi – wild salmon, minced cucumbers,  shredded carrots, kelp, sesame seeds and rice: A sushi roll is much  more filling and satisfying than a non-sushi eater would think. Many grocery  chains offer ready-made rolls, but they are also fairly easy to make. A bamboo  roller is a great start; place a sheet of nutrient-dense kelp as the first  thing on the roller, and add, lengthwise, desired ingredients. Your first try  is not likely to be perfect, but the tasty and healthy ingredients will be  there.


    •  Fruit salad for dessert: Bring  together chopped apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon and pineapple  with blueberries and grapes for a sweet and juicy post-dinner palate-cleanser.  Lemon juice prevents fruits from bruising. If that’s not enough, combine the  salad with Greek yogurt – perhaps blended with vanilla or almond extract – and fiber-filled granola for a parfait.
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