There are many variables involved in how long you live, but by following a healthy lifestyle, staying active and eating a nutrient-packed diet, you can help slow the aging process and perhaps even stave off age-related diseases, including osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease. Decrease signs of aging by trying any one of these recipes:
Quinoa Raspberry Salad
The mother of all anti-aging recipes. Quinoa is a high-protein grain that originated in South America. Due to its nutritional value, it is often called the “mother of all grains.”
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup mixed seeds pumpkin and sunflower
- 400 g mixed beans rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- Put quinoa and 3 cups water in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put cranberries in a small heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and soak 10 minutes. Put mixed seeds in a frying pan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes, or until they start to brown. Tip into a salad bowl.
- Drain cranberries. Add to salad bowl with mixed beans, parsley and quinoa. Stir to mix well.
- Put vinegar, oil, and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Whisk together, then stir dressing through salad. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until required.
Recipe Credit: readersdigest.ca
“Cheesy” Kale Chips
This healthy homemade snack is packed with superfoods. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse on its own, with tons of calcium and cancer-fighting sulforaphane and carotenoids. Nutritional yeast gives these chips their “cheesy” flavor, and when fortified with B12, contains all the essential amino acids and B-complex vitamins you need for a robust nervous system and healthy metabolism.
- 1 1/2 cups kale, washed, thoroughly dried, and cut into bite-size pieces
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Toss kale in oil and yeast flakes until well coated. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning often, until crisp and golden at the edges. Store in an airtight container for up to three days.
Recipe Credit: fitnessmagazine.com
Salmon Over Sweet and Sour Cabbage
In this spa-style supper, slow-simmered red cabbage, studded with blackberries, delivers a day’s supply of vitamin C, a nutrient linked with lower stroke risk. The simple-prep broiled salmon rejuvenates skin with omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 medium sweet onion
- 1 head red cabbage (2 pounds)
- Pepper pepper
- 1/2 c. dry red wine
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 pt. blackberries
- 4 piece skinless center-cut salmon fillet
- parsley leaves
- In 12-inch skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until just tender, stirring. Add cabbage and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook 3 minutes or until just starting to wilt, stirring.
- Add wine and vinegar. Heat to boiling. Cover; simmer on medium 25 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in blackberries and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Line jelly-roll pan with foil. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper on top of salmon. Transfer to pan. Broil 7 minutes or until just opaque throughout.
- Divide cabbage among serving plates; top with salmon and parsley.
Recipe Credit: goodhousekeeping.com
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