Like many of us, the desire to embrace a healthier diet often becomes a New Year’s resolution. We seek out nutrient-dense foods that not only shield us from chronic diseases but may also contribute to reversing certain ailments and slowing down the aging process. Grace O, the visionary behind FoodTrients, is now showcasing a selection of delectable recipes designed to support us in fulfilling our New Year’s resolutions for a healthier lifestyle.
FoodTrients is a unique approach to fresh, nutritional, and age-defying foods, which was originated by Grace O, and is her name for the natural anti-aging properties of food. Her recipes are built on the foundations of modern scientific research and ancient knowledge of medicinal herbs and natural ingredients from cultures all over the world.
Grace focuses her recipes on nine categories of FoodTrients that she believes are essential to healthful living:
To start off 2024, Grace has selected two recipes from her award-winning Age Gracefully Cookbook: The Power of FOODTRIENTS to Promote Health and Well-being for a Joyful and Sustainable Life.
Recipes and photos may be reprinted with the following credit: Recipes and photos reprinted with permission of www.FoodTrients.com and The Age GRACEfully Cookbook by Grace O.
Carrots are well known for their beta-carotene content, which our bodies convert into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that is needed for healthy immune function. Carrots have hundreds of other carotenoids that help inhibit cancer growth. They also contain lutein, which is beneficial to eye health. Our bodies process the nutrients in carrots more efficiently when they are cooked. In this quiche, the carrots stay bright orange and firm, a nice contrast to the silky custard base.
1 (9-in.) whole-wheat pie crust
2 tsp. canola oil
4 slices turkey bacon, chopped
2 tsp. chopped garlic
½ cup chopped onion
1 cup diced fresh mushroom
1 cup egg substitute
½ cup half and half
½ cup fat-free evaporated milk
3 Tbs. tapioca flour
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
2 cups shredded carrots
Spinach contains iron as well as age-defying antioxidants. Grapefruit is chock-full of vitamin C and potassium. You can use vitamin-C-packed pink or white grapefruit in this salad, though pink grapefruit has the added benefit of lycopene. If you use whole segments of the grapefruit, you’ll also add fiber. The candied walnuts and dried apricots balance the acidity of the grapefruit and increase the antioxidants in this dish. My Honey-Lime Dressing perfectly complements the mellow flavor of the spinach.
1 bunch or 1 bag spinach leaves
1 whole grapefruit, segmented
¼ cup candied walnuts
¼ cup dried apricots
2 recipes Honey-Lime Dressing to taste.
Yields about ¼ cup
This is a very versatile dressing that you can toss with any mixed greens. The lime juice provides immune-boosting vitamin C, while antioxidant compounds in the chili powder help to neutralize free radicals in your cells. If you want a spicier dressing, add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Both contain capsaicin, which stimulates circulation. To use this dressing with fruit salad, simply omit the allicin-rich garlic–it will be nutritious!
1 ½ Tbs. lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 ½ Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
½ tsp. chili powder
Sea salt to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a container with a tight-fitting lid and shake until well blended.
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