Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: October 20, 2008

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Are there healthy alternatives to all that candy on Halloween?

When I was a kid there was a family down the street that always gave apples. Interestingly, it was a popular stop. The mother who came out had a terrific act, having dressed up in a dramatic witch costume and handing out the "magical" apples. Sometimes getting us to eat better is just in how the message is delivered!

About five years ago I lived next door to a woman who gave money. She saved up her spare change through the year and doled out about 30 - 35 cents to each kid (about the cost of candy). The kids were always delighted at this - even more so than getting candy. I do this now and love the squeals of "Mooomm, I got money!" almost every time.

Along healthy lines, trail mix is a great way to go. Choose those with a mixture of nuts, seeds and dried fruits and avoid the mixes that contain candies like M&Ms. Halloween Candy

Featured Recipe

Chicken Marsala

Chicken MarsalaThis is such an old fashioned recipe. It was a menu favorite in Italian restaurants when I was growing up and I almost think of it as comfort food. It makes a quick and easy dish for small dinner parties but it's simple for weeknight meals as well.

You might not think it worth going out and purchasing a bottle of Marsala for. The wine doesn't have to be terribly expensive and it will keep fairly well. Then as long as you have chicken breasts you have an easy and elegant meal.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin® (warfarin) users and is low in sodium, lactose-free and safe for those with GERD / Acid Reflux. Those who are gluten-sensitive should avoid it.

Chocolate is Good For You!

ChocolateAside from being delicious, chocolate is generally thought of as being bad for you. While it does contain fat, its fats are the less harmful ones, stearic and oleic fats, and they don't cause a rise in blood cholesterol levels. Because it is made from a plant, it contains some beneficial substances associated with other foods of plant origin. There are small amounts of copper, zinc, iron and magnesium, along with polyphenols (chemicals that have been implicated in research studies as providing potential health benefits).

Both cocoa powder and chocolate are derived from a bean that's high in flavonoids (known antioxidants). As with other antioxidants, flavonoids have been associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

It seems that unsweetened powdered cocoa contains the highest quantity of these antioxidants, followed by dark chocolate and then milk chocolate. The more diluted the finished cocoa, the less flavonoids in each serving. According to one research study, a 40 gram serving (about the size of a standard chocolate candy bar) of milk chocolate contains about 400 milligrams of antioxidants. This is equal to a typical serving of red wine, which has also been recommended for its flavonoid content.

Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Dr. Gourmet

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users:
The Cookbook

Just added! eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users now comes with a detailed table of contents - so you can find your favorite recipe easily. Already have the book? Download the Table of Contents

Many of our readers have written to ask about a book on Coumadin use, and we're pleased to announce that eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users is now available for purchase in both spiral-bound paperback and PDF format!

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users

Over 200 pages long, it's packed with vital information for Coumadin users, including information on dosage, interactions, and contra-indications. Most importantly, it contains a complete six-week eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users, with weekly meal plans, shopping lists, and recipes, plus frequently asked questions and answers. It's just $27.95 for the spiral-bound book and 14.95 for the eBook! To purchase, visit: eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users: The Book.

Try My eatTHISdiet!

My eatTHISdiet is Dr. Gourmet's newest version of his popular diet plan. This free and easy to use meal planner can help you create two-week meal plans for your entire family. It'll even make use of the leftovers!

Use it to lose weight or just eat healthier with Dr. Gourmet's delicious and healthy recipes. On Coumadin®? Lactose intolerant or gluten sensitive? Have GERD / acid reflux? My eatTHISdiet will create a plan for you, too! Get started on My eatTHISdiet.

Rather eat familiar foods? Try My eatTHISdiet - The Comfort Food Diet. Eat the foods you love and still eat healthy!

Hand on Heart

Hand on Heart

Dr. Harlan's latest cookbook, Hand on Heart, includes several of the recipes from drgourmet.com, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

© 2008 Harlan Bros. Productions | www.drgourmet.com | Read past issues.