TIP OF THE WEEK

Lots of things in life create messes that need to be cleaned up - even in our bodies. Think of a playroom after a long day of family fun - toys and games strewed about the room, which if not tidied, we often end up tripping over. The same holds true for our bodies. After a holiday season of overeating and overindulging, our bodies need straightening up to function at their best, otherwise our digestive system becomes cluttered with toxins. And with cold and flu season in full swing, a body clean up will not only help to improve your digestive system, but it may also help boost your immune system as well.

The goal of detoxing is to eliminate toxins in the body. Toxins are unusable products resulting from the metabolism of nutrients, pollutants, pesticides, food additives, medical drugs and alcohol. A true detox doesn’t require fasting or flushing your colon clean, instead it’s finding ways to boost your body’s own natural detoxification system to rid itself of harmful toxins. Just follow these five easy detox fixes from Registered Dietitian Ashley Koff to clean-up your diet and your health:

Eat organic. Reduce the toxins you take in by choosing organic foods that contain no artificial ingredients or synthetic preservatives and are GMO-free. Jumpstart your day with a granola that is rich in flax seeds and high in fiber.

Power up with plants. Phyto (plant) nutrients such as antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, spices, whole grains, nuts and seeds create your bodies clean up team. Eat more and let them naturally help clean up your digestive system.

Follow the rainbow. Variety is essential to a healthy diet, and it is important to add a rainbow of colorful, spices and blends of grains, seeds and nuts to your diet.

Find fiber In order to eliminate toxins through our body’s digestive tract, we need to eat foods rich in fiber and nourish good bacteria it is also important to choose foods that contain nutrients like magnesium that support healthy motility of the digestive tract and bitter herbs which help stimulate the digestive tract.

Nourish with nutrients. Our internal detoxification system needs the right nutrients to nourish our bodies. Add healthy and good-for-you foods such as, broccoli, garlic, leeks, sesame seeds, greens and beans to your diet to boost your energy level and cleanse your body at the same time.

Finally, detox foods can be delicious as they are nutritious. Check out this fiber-rich recipe that is sure to have your friends and family asking for seconds.

Roasted Squash with Crunchy Pumpkin Topping

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 1 hour

Serves

6 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup Nature’s Path Flax Plus Pumpkin Flax Granola

1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper

1 large butternut squash (about 3 lb.), peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes

2 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

Mix together Pumpkin Flax Granola, bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, ¼ teaspoon each pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper.

Spread evenly on baking sheet; bake for 6 or 7 minutes or until mixture is crisp and golden brown.

Toss together squash, brown sugar, thyme, and remaining pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper; arrange on prepared baking sheet.

Roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until fork-tender and lightly browned.

Arrange squash on platter and top with granola mixture.

Tip: To make fresh bread crumbs, pulse day-old bread in a food processor until it resembles coarse crumbs; store in airtight container in the freezer for up to one month.

— Brandpoint

EASY RECIPE: Classic Cheesecake

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 5 hours, 45 minutes (including refrigerating)

Makes: 16 servings

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

4 packages (8 ounces each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 eggs

1 cup canned cherries

Heat oven to 325 F. Mix graham crumbs, sugar and butter; press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each until blended. Pour over crust.

Bake 1 hour, or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours. Top with canned cherries, if desired.

— Family Features

NUMBER TO KNOW

7,042.3 gallons: The world record for largest bowl of soup was made in The Netherlands on May 16, 2009. The vegetable soup included more than 16,000 pounds of tomatoes.— More Content Now

FOOD QUIZ

Which is the most popular soup in the United States?

A. Chicken noodle

B. Clam chowder

C. Tomato

D. Potato

Answer at bottom of column.

WORD TO THE WISE

pho: Pronounced “fuh” it is a hearty broth-based Vietnamese soup most often made with beef. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. — Cookthink

THE DISH ON…

‘Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook’ by Marco Canora

In November 2014, chef Marco Canora opened Brodo, a bone broth takeout window in New York City, Now he’s sharing some of his most popular recipes with enthusiasts who can’t make it to his trendy restaurant. He instructs where to buy and what kinds of bones to look for, and how to serve broths year round and incorporate them into recipes such as risotto. Canora became interested in broths while trying to turn his own health around and explores the medicinal effects of this wonder food.

— The Experiment

FOOD QUIZ ANSWER

A. Chicken Noodle

— More Content Now