Kitchen Shrink: It’s true! Caesar salad tops list of fountain of youth foods
By Catharine L. Kaufman
The new year brings us all another birthday and that means we’re all getting a year older, darlings. But that doesn’t mean we have to look older. Remember the portrait of Dorian Gray? Here’s my A (for anti-aging) List for foods that will erase years from your appearance and physique — my birthday present to you!
The tropical guava is a Vitamin C powerhouse, having four times the amount as oranges. Like a collagen factory, guava helps build and plump up cells for a glowing, more youthful complexion. Try a guava smoothie; guava salsa with jicama, fresh lemon juice and cilantro served with grilled fish or topping for a seafood cocktail; or eat it straight up for your daily dose of anti-aging.
Two Brazilian nuts a day will keep the plastic surgeon away. This hard-shelled nut loaded with the trace mineral selenium is responsible for replenishing damaged cells ravaged by free radicals. Munch them whole, or crush them and blend in your oatmeal or sprinkle on your breakfast cereal or yogurt. But they’re high in fat content, so make the cut-off two.
This versatile nut has a triple boon – for healthy hair, skin and nails thanks to the load of vitamin E it packs warding off free radical damage by the everyday bad guys, such as UV rays and environmental toxins. A handful will provide half the daily-recommended dose. Spread some almond butter on a slice of cracked whole wheat toast with jelly or toss them in an Asian chicken, shrimp or veggie stir-fry or salad.
Germ of an Idea
Wholesome wheat germ loaded with zinc has a reputation for healing wounds, repairing cells, and helping other skin disorders like eczema and acne. Blend in your smoothies, muffins and other baked goods or sprinkle on a mixed green salad.
Cool as a Cucumber
Whether you place those refreshing slices on your tired and puffy eyelids or eat this cooling food, your skin will be treated to an anti-aging boost thanks to the high water and silica content for a glabrous, glowing complexion. Try cucumber in Greek, Persian or sweet and sour salads, as a sandwich topping or a salsa dialing-up the flavor of grilled fish or chicken.
Raisin in the Sun
It’s ironic that these dried out, wrinkled little grapes will help make your skin blossom with a youthful radiance, add a sparkle to your eyes, and prevent squinting. Packed with vitamins and minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus, raisins have been found to maintain balance or homeostasis, and act as an anti-viral and bacterial agent to cleanse and clear the cooties from your system.
Lead a Horse to Water
To keep your skin hydrated and flush impurities from your body, drink plenty of H2O — about six to eight glasses a day. For a more palatable swig, add a splash of pomegranate juice, a squeeze of lemon or lime, or float some citrus slices, pomegranate seeds or berries on top. Also, eat water-packed foods like watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melons to plump up those shriveled cells.
Romaine lettuce, the Vitamin A king of leafy greens, will rev up skin cell turn over to rejuvenate your skin and give you a glowing complexion. Also rich in Vitamin K, these luscious leaves will reduce bone loss to help keep your jaw and chin line youthful. Romaine can replace any lettuce for salads, but is most divine in a classic Caesar.
Did you know that Caesar salad is a multi-tasking dish that can complement an assortment of entrees to please the most discriminating carnivore or pescavore, or can be converted into a meal by adding chunks of organic chicken or grilled wild-caught shrimp or salmon. The best part is, you’ll look younger after each serving.
‘Benjamin Button’ Caesar Salad
(Where possible, use organics)
3 romaine hearts, torn in bite-size pieces
Sea salt and cayenne pepper to taste
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 can anchovies, drained
1 tablespoon fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup croutons (good quality store-bought, or bread lightly toasted, rubbed with garlic and olive oil, cut in bite-size squares)
Take a large wooden salad bowl; rub the bottom with the garlic clove and sprinkle liberally with sea salt. Add lemon, mustard and cayenne and stir until salt is dissolved. Blend in oil, then add lettuce and anchovies, sprinkle with cheese, and gently toss. Sprinkle in croutons. Enjoy immediately.
P.S. A true Caesar calls for a coddled egg (boiled in the shell, gently for a minute or 2). For food safety reasons, I’ve omitted the egg, but if you’d like the classic recipe or any additional anti-aging recipes, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.FreeRangeClub.com.
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