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Roasted Vegetable Bean Salad

In Autoimmune disease, Fighting Cancer, Gluten-Free diet, Meal Ideas, Recipes, Vegetarian on October 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

roast veg bean salad 1 cropJust because fresh, summer vegetable season is drawing to a close does not mean you have to stop eating them!  Vegetables of all shapes, sizes and colors provide an abundance of nutrition, are naturally low-calorie, loaded with antioxidants for fighting disease and inflammation, and fill a hungry tummy for an extended period of time (thank you, fiber!).  Whether you are watching your waistline, trying to prevent cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, or managing inflammatory autoimmune conditions, such as scleroderma, lupus and multiple sclerosis, this salad is a healthy addition to your eating plan.  It is compatible with vegan and gluten-free lifestyles as well.  Some of the ingredients are available fresh all year round whereas others will be found in your grocer’s freezer during the off season (which are equally nutritious and healthful).  This tasty and refreshing salad makes an excellent pack-n-go lunch choice or a light meal to share among friends.  The recipe as outlined below makes three generous servings containing 260 calories, 20 grams of carb, 16 grams fat (only 2 grams saturated…nice!), 8 grams fiber and 8 grams of protein.   Enjoy!

Salad Ingredients:

1 cup of peeled fresh or frozen edamame (green soybeans); steam frozen in microwave 4-5 minutes

1 cup fresh or frozen corn, steamed in microwave 3-5 minutes (cut fresh off cob)

2 cups fresh or frozen thin green beans, washed and cut into pieces (blanch fresh beans in boiling water for 90 seconds; steam frozen beans in microwave 3-4 minutes)

1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise

1 orange and 1 yellow bell pepper sliced into 1-inch pieces  (organic is best)

10-15 large fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons (this will serve as primary leafy green)

Dressing Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/8 cup red wine vinegar

1 tsp. honey

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper

Preparation Instructions:

1.  Prep edamame, corn and green beans as described above.

2.  Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Combine sliced peppers and tomatoes in small amount of olive oil and spread in single layer on baking sheet lined with parchment or foil coated with cooking spray.  Roast for 15 minutes (until blistered), remove vegetables from oven and roasting pan, and place on new foil for 10 minutes to cool.

3.  Combine all cooled vegetables into large mixing bowl:  corn, edamame, green beans, roasted peppers, tomatoes and basil ribbons.

4.  Whisk together dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl and toss with vegetables.

5.  Chill at least 2 hours before serving to allow for flavor enhancement.

6.  Serve with warm bread, as desired.

Would you like more healthy recipe suggestions?  Interested in learning realistic strategies for creating a balanced lifestyle to meet your individual health needs?  Consider ordering the second edition of my book,  “You Gotta Eat!” at www.thenuttynutritionist.com.  Eat well!  Feel well!

“Eating Well with Scleroderma” Video

In Wellness, Autoimmune disease, Scleroderma on September 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Living with an autoimmune chronic disease, such as systemic scleroderma, fibromyalgia, lupus or Crohn’s, undoubtedly tests one’s ability to maintain a happy and productive life. In my opinion, there is no worse feeling than losing control over your own body. The unpredictable nature of autoimmune illness renders you helpless in the face of physical pain, debilitating fatigue, and unceasing emotional turmoil, and has the capacity to steal your quality of life. Systemic scleroderma invaded my body over 11 years ago, and I have struggled to meet every physical and emotional challenge this savage beast has thrown my way. As a practicing dietitian, I have the advantage of knowing how to modify my eating and lifestyle habits to manage the symptoms and resulting stress. I would like to share the filmed presentation I offered at the national Scleroderma Foundation’s annual Patient Education Conference in Atlanta this past summer. Even though the presentation is tailored to the specific needs of patients with scleroderma, the information and suggestions apply to everyone living with autoimmune illness.

The direct link to the presentation will not paste on this page, so I suggest connecting here to http://www.youtube.com and then typing “Linda Kaminski Eating Well with Scleroderma” in the search box at the top on the YouTube home page. It will be the first title listed. Enjoy and I hope my suggestions help you live a longer, healthier life DESPITE scleroderma or any other autoimmune condition. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns: lindakaminski@thenuttynutritionist.com

Live well! Feel well!

Daily Healthy-Living Tips

In Trends, Wellness on June 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Over the past several years since starting this blog, I have written many full-length articles on a variety of trending nutrition topics.  In 2013, “short and sweet” bursts of health information via Twitter and Facebook have taken center stage and become the preferred medium for timely information and idea sharing.  Many of my blog followers have stated that they have a harder time finding the time to read lengthy articles, and instead, would prefer shorter bits of information to “consume” (pardon the pun!) on a daily basis.  I, too, struggle to find the time to write longer articles these days, so I have taken to offering daily healthy-living tips on my Facebook Page:  The Nutty Nutritionist, LLC.  I have no plans to discontinue this blog any time soon, so please continue to enjoy referring to all the information and articles contained within.  However, if you like my writing style and find me a credible source of healthy-living information (which I truly hope you do!) I encourage you to become a follower of my Facebook page by clicking the “like” button at the top of the page.  In doing so, you will receive timely, daily tidbits on nutrition, exercise, and stress management in your NewsFeed, which you can begin to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle that very same day!  Click on this link to check out all the daily posts I’ve written over the past month:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nutty-Nutritionist-LLC/274318459268754  If you like what you read, please become a follower!   Whenever I post something you find compelling or useful to you, I encourage you to click “like” for that specific post or to “share” it on your own wall.  This way, you can help alert your friends of the information and help them live healthier lives too:)

Here’s to your health, my friends!

Live well!  Be well!

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