Monday, February 13, 2012

Just Say No to Eating Animals Monday: Volume #39: Healthy Salad





We had pancakes and eggs all weekend, and then my husband sent me this article today
about over-eating and memory loss
.

Excessive calorie intake isn't only making us fat.

A new study from the Mayo Clinic found that people over 70 who ate higher-calorie diets had an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a stage of memory loss that often precedes dementia (via Time Healthland).

Researchers divided 1,233 participants—163 who had symptoms of MCI—aged 70 to 89 into three groups based on the amount of the calories they consumed each day.

The group who ate the highest amount of calories (between 2,143 to 6,000 calories per day) were twice as likely to have MCI compared to those who consumed the lowest amount of calories (between 600 to 1,526 per day).

“Not only did each category show differences, but we also saw a dose-response trend,” study author Dr. Yonas Geda told Loren Grush of FoxNews.com. “This means that if you keep increasing and increasing caloric intake, then the risk of developing MCI keeps increasing. So we looked at each category separately, and then we looked at [and observed] a trend overall.”


So we still have to eat and I love food too much to not have something delicious, but who says great tasting food can’t be good for you?

So I had an idea, that combined the delicious honeybell tangerines I shipped from FL, it’s the end of the citrus season there, pomegranate, just-shelled pistachios, and home-cured olives. But when I put those ingredients together, no ordinary salad dressing would do, a drop of rose water was essential.

Souk Salad

8 c. of torn romaine

1 honeybell tangerine, peeled and chopped

¼ c of olives, pitted and chopped

1/3 c. of just-shelled pistachios, chopped

½ c of pomegranate arils

¼ c of thinly sliced red onion

Vinaigrette

5 ¾ T water

¼ t of rose water

¼ c. of EVOO

3T Champagne wine vinegar

2 t Dijon Mustard

Salt and Pepper to taste

Toss ingredients and then add 3 T. vinaigrette and serve.

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