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Green Has Never Been So Good: Tasty Recipes For Nutrition

Posted by on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

We’re excited for the New Year and hopeful this year may be the one where we finally unlock the key to Alzheimer’s disease. We strongly believe that prevention to the disease, at least for many, may be in our own hands through a diet filled with nutrient-rich foods and lacking in unhealthy foods associated with the Standard American Diet. Dark leafy greens are bursting with an array of essential vitamins that can help you ward off Alzheimer’s. Most of us know we should be eating more leafy greens, but we’re in the dark about how to add them to our diets, so we’ve pulled together some ideas to help you get started.

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Today is an excellent day to get started down a path to healthier, cleaner eating. In the south, collard greens are traditionally prepared on New Years day along with black-eyed peas. The green leaves are supposed to represent dollar bills, and eating them on New Years Day is believed to bring good luck and financial stability in the coming year. Try eating some collard greens today for good luck and good health!

 

 

 

Kale is also a popular green that tastes great prepared in a variety of ways. You can bake them into crunchy chips for a snack, braise them with some garlic and a dash of apple cider vinegar, eat them raw in a salad such as this massaged kale salad, or throw them into a juicer for a green machine juice. The important thing to remember with kale is to remove the large rib in the center of the leaf, unless you’re throwing the leaves into a juicer. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you, it just tastes more bitter than the rest of the leaf.

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Popeye was definitely onto something – spinach is a fantastic all-around green. Because of its mild flavor, it can be innocuously added to a variety of foods. We recommend throwing it into recipes for a bump in nutrition in some of your standard recipes. It’s one of the most popular greens to use in smoothies and  can be easily added to pasta dishes that include tomato sauce such as lasagna or Mexican dishes such as enchiladas or quesadillas. There is no need to do anything other than throw a handful or two into your recipe, and the spinach will simply cook down and become part of the dish.

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Here is one of our favorite ways to incorporate spinach into a meal:

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Black Bean and Spinach Quesadilla (Serves 2)
½ Can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 Whole flour tortillas or low carb tortillas

1 Cup low-fat shredded colby-jack cheese

2 Handfuls of baby spinach, cleaned

Sauce

½ cup low fat yogurt

Chipotle powder to taste

Make the sauce first by mixing the yogurt with the desired amount of chipotle powder and set aside.

Begin the quesadillas by heating a 12-inch frying pan over medium heat. Take one tortilla, and fold it in half to find the halfway mark. Unfold the tortilla and fill one half with ¼ cup of the cheese. Sprinkle the desired amount of black beans evenly across the cheese, and then do the same with a handful of baby spinach. Top this with another ¼ cup of cheese, then fold the other half of the tortilla over the top with the ingredients. Repeat this for the second tortilla, and then place both of them into the preheated pan. Cook for about 5 minutes or until medium brown and crispy on one side. Flip both to the other side, cooking until medium brown. When the quesadillas are done, cut them into the desired number of triangles and serve with the sauce and some fresh avocado.

 

 

For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit theadplan.com to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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