Sweet potatoes are packed with valuable nutrients, including carotene, manganese, copper, biotin, and vitamins C, B6, B5, and B2. And don’t forget about the fiber! One cup of sweet potatoes has 7 grams of fiber. Sweet potatoes also help boost antioxidants in the body to gobble up free radicals. To top it off, these yummy veggies can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
This winter salad will satisfy your need for something fresh and light, while keeping the body warm. Using collard greens as the basis for this salad gives us just enough heartiness to ward off the cold days of winter. This recipe is from chef, author, and TV host Christina Pirello, who is also on the faculty of MUIH’s Nutrition and Integrative Health program.
An elegant and oven-free holiday dessert, this versatile recipe can be made as a chocolate almond pie, as well. The recipe was provided by Dana Filatova, a nutrition graduate student at MUIH, who will be an intern in the nutrition clinic of our Natural Care Center beginning in February 2013.
A festive start to your holiday meal, this delicious soup helps improve circulation and digestion, and strengthen the immune system.The warming ginger is known to improve circulation and digestion; it helps to move heat into the extremities. Astragalus is an adaptogen* that helps to strengthen the immune system; it nourishes and strengthens the digestive function and supports absorption of nutrients. Turmeric has a beneficial anti-inflammatory and antioxidant quality. Adding black pepper (piperine, the alkaloid found in black pepper) enhances the bioavailability of the curcumin, the constituent that has healing properties in the turmeric.
An acorn squash was used for this recipe, but you can use any type of winter squash. Squash is high in vitamin A, complex carbohydrates, and an array of minerals, including potassium and magnesium. Winter squashes are sweet and warming, and influence the spleen, stomach, liver, and large intestines. In addition, winter squashes are excellent Qi tonics. The recipe was provided by Victoria Yunez Behm, nutrition graduate student at MUIH who will be an intern in the nutrition clinic of our Natural Care Center beginning in February 2013.