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Superfoods for Every Age

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By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

Superfoods are so packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, phenols, flavonoids and omega 3's, that they can help anyone perform better, regardless of sex or stage of life. That said, each decade of life has certain unique nutritional challenges. While these foods can indeed be eaten by anyone at any time, they have extra added value for those in a particular decade of life for reasons explained below.

Yogurt contains live bacteria known as probiotics, which have been shown to have numerous health benefits. Recent research showed that one particular strain of probiotics -- Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG -- may help to reduce tooth decay, while other strains may help fight eczema. There's also good evidence that probiotics suppress H.pylori -- a bacteria that can cause peptic ulcers -- in children and adults. Yogurt is also a great source of protein -- necessary for muscle development -- and calcium, which is critical during the teen years to maintain healthy bones in adulthood.


Green vegetables
Green veggies are important at any age, but men and women in their twenties are notoriously lax about eating them. Vegetables in the brassica family, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower, contain powerful plant compounds known as indoles, which have been shown to help prevent cancer. In addition, all green vegetables are loaded with potassium, which helps strengthen bones by neutralizing body acids formed during metabolism. Tip: if you can't get your full servings of veggies a day, try one of the fabulous, convenient green drinks like Barlean's Greens.


Cranberry and Pomegranate Juice
Some more expensive juice products may contain more exotic berries, but these two easy-to-find supermarket juices rank just as high in the nutritional sweepstakes. One study showed that cranberry juice cocktail had the highest phenol content -- a natural antioxidant that helps protect cells and DNA from damage -- of 20 fruit juices tested. Compounds in cranberries have also been shown to inhibit urinary tract infections, while compounds in pomegranate juice have been shown to lower blood pressure as well as have anti-cancer effects. Additionally, studies have shown that pomegranate juice demonstrates a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health and can help get oxygen to the heart during exercise.


Wild Salmon
Wild salmon may be the best source of the all-important omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA and has an additional health benefit not often found in the farm-raised variety: A healthy dose of a powerful antioxidant called astaxathin, which helps protect cells and DNA from damage caused by pollutants and chemicals. Omega-3's protect both the brain and the heart and have recently been found to have anti-aging activity as well. They improve mood, lower triglycerides and even reduce inflammation and pain, which can be common among weekend warriors in their 40's.


Nuts and Beans
Two superfoods tie for first place during your fifties: Beans and nuts. Beans are a staple in virtually every one of the "Blue Zones," areas around the globe that have the highest number of healthy centenarians -- people living to 100 in vibrant good health. High in fiber, they help promote good digestion and regularity, as well as provide a great source of protein and low-glycemic carbohydrates. Studies from Harvard consistently show that people who eat about five one-ounce servings of nuts per week have 35 percent less risk of cardiovascular disease.



The sixties is a time when many people complain that their vision isn't what it used to be. However, two powerful carotenoids -- lutein and zeaxanthin -- can help, and they're found in spinach. The major robber of vision in adults is a condition known as macular degeneration; lutein and zeaxanthin are now known to not only slow or possibly reverse this debilitating condition but also help the vision of healthy adults as well. Plus, spinach is packed with iron, calcium and potassium, and one cup contains five grams of protein and four grams of fiber to help aid digestion.

Seventies and Beyond...

Many older adults simply do not get enough protein for optimal health. Eggs are the perfect solution, and by eggs we mean the whole egg -- not just the whites! Eggs are one of the best sources of choline, a nutrient that the body uses to make one of the most important brain chemicals for thinking, memory and cognition. One egg contains a healthy dose of immune-stimulating vitamin A as well as more than six grams of extremely high-quality protein. It even contains vision-enhancing lutein and zexanthin, which are found in the yolk. And don't worry about cholesterol; it has virtually no effect on blood cholesterol.

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Mini Red Velvet Cheesecake
by Jennifer Iserloh, Posted Feb 8th 2010 @ 1:00PM

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I'm fascinated by traditional recipes that get passed down from one generation to the next. Red velvet cake is one of those recipes. The moist, rich cake is historically made with lots of red artificial food coloring and topped with delicious, but highly caloric cream-cheese frosting. I love the idea of updating it in the form of a healthier, mini-cheesecake.

I've used canned beets to achieve the red velvet color and reduced-fat cream cheese and sour cream to cut the richness. These make great one-bite wonders for Valentine's Day, or any time you want to entertain.

Find the recipe for these lite delights after the jump.

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Makes 24

24 mini Nilla Wafers
1 8-oz package reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup pureed beets, canned or steamed
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven at 300°F. Line a 12-cup mini-muffin tin with paper liners. Place a Nilla Wafer into each muffin cup.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg white and vanilla, and mix well. On low speed, beat in sour cream until just combined. Reserve 1 cup of the batter and set aside for the swirl or simply beat in the beets and cocoa powder for an all-red cheesecake.

For the swirl, fill each muffin cup halfway with the white batter. Spoon a dot of the red batter on top of each, and with the tip of a knife, swirl the red batter in.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges of the cheesecake begin to firm while the center is still soft. Remove cheesecakes from the oven and cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 mini cheesecake): 43 calories, 1 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 5 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 41 mg sodium.

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Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah invites Kinfolk, friend and interested parties to attend the High and Holy Feast of Ostara, an open ritual for all who wish to attend. This is the celebration of the Spring Equinox, a Solar Celebration of the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. On this day we honor Frigga in one of her many guises as Ostara.

Please bring your gardening tools, seeds, pots and any other needs for your gardening, to be blessed for a fruitful growing season. Ritual starts at 12pm with a gathering of the Folk, Feasting to start at 1pm, with ritual starting at 2pm on March 20, 2010, and will be held at the Kindredstead, 729 Adams Ave, Ogden, Utah, 84404.

Talia will be in charge of our arts and crafts, we will be decorating pots and starting seeds that were blessed during ritual.

Spring has come! For this, we are thankful!
The Divine is present all around,
in the cool fall of a rain storm,
in the tiny buds of a flower,
in the down of a newborn chick,
in the fertile fields waiting to be planted,
in the sky above us,
and in the earth below us.
We thank the universe for all it has to offer us,
and are so blessed to be alive on this day.
Welcome, life! Welcome, light! Welcome, spring!
Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah is a practicing green Kindred, please bring your eating set for feasting. This set consists of a plate, bowl, cup, and silverware.

Please bring a camp chair, and your eating set, with a potluck food to share with everyone at ritual.

Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah is a practicing ancestral Kindred, please bring your ancestral item to add to the ancestral altar, your items will be cared for and protected for your use during Sumble.

Again a reminder: please bring your gardening tools, seeds, etc to be blessed during ritual, your eating set, a camp chair, a potluck food to share with everyone, and your ancestral altar item to be used during Sumble.

We look forward to seeing you at Ritual. Please call 801-624-9382 or 801-648-3699 if you have any questions about the ritual or the above aforementioned items.


Bernadene Whitten, a Gythia for Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah
Kelly Richan, the Senior Godhi of Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah

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