New Years Dinner with 6 Superfoods!

Start the new year off right by combining 6 SuperFoods into one meal!

Here’s the SuperFoods:

  • Pork Chops
  • Vinegar
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cheese
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Mushrooms

Here’s the facts on the foods:

Pork Chops

Pork contains almost five times the selenium—a mineral linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer—of beef and twice that of chicken. And Purdue University researchers found that a 6-ounce serving daily helped people preserve muscle while losing weight.

Vinegar

Scientists in ­Sweden discovered that when people consumed 2 tablespoons of vinegar with a high-carb meal, their blood sugar was 23 percent lower than when they skipped the antioxidant-loaded liquid. They also felt fuller.

Red Pepper Flakes

A Dutch study found that consuming a gram of red-pepper flakes—about half a teaspoon—30 minutes prior to a meal reduced calorie intake by 16 percent. Plus, new research suggests its active ingredient, capsaicin, may help kill cancer cells.

MoneyMamma101 SECRET:  Not many people (coughs… me) can handle spicy foods.  There is an EASY work around to this!  Buy some size 00 empty capsules, stuff them each with 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, then take 1 hour before a meal.  A capsule takes about 30 minutes to dissolve so this would put the flakes in your stomach at the beneficial 30 minutes until meal time window!

Full Fat Cheese

This dairy product is an excellent source of casein protein—one of the best muscle-building nutrients you can eat. Danish researchers found that even when men ate 10 ounces of full-fat cheese daily for 3 weeks, their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol didn’t budge.  Just make sure you’re not picking up a cheese that includes an old school fire retardant!  I like to use Organic Valley Grassmilk Raw Sharp Cheddar or if your looking for single slices, reach for the Horizon Organic American Singles.

Iceberg Lettuce

Conventional wisdom suggests this salad staple is nutritionally bankrupt. But as it turns out, half a head of iceberg lettuce has significantly more alpha-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant, than either romaine lettuce or spinach.

Mushrooms

This fungi’s metabolites—­by-products ­created when mushrooms are broken down during digestion—have been shown to boost immunity and prevent cancer growth, report researchers in the Netherlands.

When you put these 6 super-foods together you get more bang for your body! 

Here’s the meal deal:

Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chops

Ingredients:
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 (1/2-inch) bone-in pork chops (about 3 ounces each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Begin by making the marinade. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, vinegar, cumin and red pepper flakes. Easy, right?

Sprinkle both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper and place in a re-sealable plastic bag with the marinade. Let rest on the counter for 1 hour. That’s easy.

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Remove the pork chops from the bag and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on the grill and cook until the pork chop releases from the grill, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for another 3 minutes. If using a grill pan, be sure to do in batches so you don’t steam the chops. And don’t worry if you have neither; you can do this in a pan.

To finish off the ingredients for the 6 superfoods, you’ll want to add a side salad of Iceberg lettuce, fresh mushrooms, cheese, and whatever else you’d like on your salad.  If your really wanting to kick your body into superfood drive you can even use a vinaigrette dressing to top it off!

Don’t forget to finish the meal off with some sides of your choosing, such as green beans, corn, potatoes, etc.

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