Quark – the New Low, Fat, Low Salt, and Low Sugar Healthy Protein

In my last article, I wrote about Creme Budwig wherein one of the central ingredients is quark.   I had never heard of let alone tried quark.   My girlfriend in London told me it’s the best and healthiest new dairy protein on the market.  I found it easily in the grocery store in London and Geneva.  And I am loving the taste.  I even used it on nachos as a sub for sour cream!  For the lactose intolerant one can buy goat milk quark from Whole Foods!

And if you are worried about eating dairy – remember ladies, the woman who eat full fat dairy – strange though it may seem – have an easier time conceiving.  Look it up.  Dairy keeps you fertile.  And lactic acid is wonderful for the skin!  (Even applied on the exterior as those of you who have read this site know…)

But what is quark exactly and why is it so damn good for you?  Continue reading

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Cranberries – a Superfood You Never Really Considered

Most women think that cranberries are useful only for helping eradicate or prevent UTI infections.  But the health benefits of cranberries are far more wide-ranging and even a tad surprising.

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a small round red colored fruit which is native to America.  It typically grows in bogs.  If you’ve ever been in Nantucket you may have seen its extensive bogs.  Nantucket is home to some of the largest contiguous cranberry bogs in the world where cranberries have been grown since 1857. American cranberry is one of the only three species of fruit native to North America. The other species are blueberry and bilberry.  Cranberry gets its name from “crane-berry” because its stem and flower resemble the head, neck, and beak of a crane.

Cranberries are high in vitamin C and fiber and only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries.   They have strong antibacterial effects in the body and eating cranberries prevents viruses and bacteria from attaching itself to the body.  Something else to think about before sleeping with someone you don’t know well! (While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that works.) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding research on the cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections and other conditions, and other researchers are investigating its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections.

One cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. Only blueberries can top that: Wild varieties have 13,427; cultivated blueberries have 9,019. Continue reading

What 10 Foods Will Give Your Skin the GLOW of Youth?

Envy that dewy complexion of the sixteen year old girl standing next to you in line at the grocery store? Looking for that special plumpness associated with the magic of youth that no filler can ever replicate? (Unless you want to look like a human chipmunk that is…) Find a way to incorporate the below 10 foods into your diet on a regular basis. Continue reading