Foods that minimize the signs of aging

January 8, 2009 5:47:00 PM PST
Getting older is a fact of life, and if you walk into any department store, the number of products that are supposed to halt the aging process can be overwhelming. Nutritionist and wellness coach Rania Batayneh says forget the often costly products! She has two easy recipes and simple nutritional tips to turn back the hands of time on aging.

Below are easy dishes to make with three to five ingredients that you can find year-round in California. They take about 10 minutes with preparation and cooking time.

Lady Green with Envy
This is named after Rania Batayneh's catering company Lady Green. The philosophy is about eating clean and living better. When you look good everyone will be green with envy!

4 main ingredients and a sauce

2 cups of Broccoli
2 cups of Edamame (soy is found in so many products ranging from hand creams to face creams)
2 cups of Sugar snap peas
Veri Teri Teriyaki sauce

Cut the veggies to your desired size and then sauté. You can buy the edamame shelled (which means out of the pod)

Add the Veri Teri sauce or you can use Bragg's amino acids to keep the sodium down.

This is a great side dish or you can throw in some chicken and you have a dinner!

About the ingredients:

Brocolli: Part of the cruciferous vegetable family. The family of Cruciferous vegetables includes cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, turnip, brussel sprouts, radish and watercress. Cruciferous vegetables assist the body in its fight against toxins and cancer. If possible, eat them raw or very lightly cooked so that the important enzymes remain intact.

Soybeans: Soy is shown to decrease the topical signs of aging. It has a reputation of for improving hyper-pigmentation, elasticity and moisture in the skin. This makes us look less affected by sun spots and keeps our skin plump with moisture. Anything dry can look more wrinkled for example.

Sugar snap peas: Add crunch and natural sweetness to the meal. They are high in fiber and that will help to lower your cholesterol. A lot texture and crunch.

Antioxidant Beet Salad:
People love this because it is sweet and high in antioxidants

4 main ingredients to yield 4 cups of the finished salad

6 cups of Beets
½ cup Walnuts
½ cup Dried cranberries
1 cup of pomegranate seeds- bumps up the anti-oxidants
A raspberry vinaigrette (Like the one from Trader Joes)

This is a bright deep colored salad, so like berries, you get tons of anti-oxidants

You can enjoy as is or add some goat cheese on greens and make it a fuller salad.

About the ingredients:

Beets: Are really good for your heart and keeping your insides young.

Walnuts: Feeding your brain keeps you young. Think about a walnut. It looks like a brain. Great for your memory. Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, but a lot of people worry about possible mercury contamination. That's where walnuts come in. It turns out that walnuts are a great (and mercury-free) source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. As a snack you can enjoy ¼ cup. It comes in at about 180 calories.

Dried Cranberries: Full of vitamin C and fiber. Also shown to help promote urinary tract health by decreasing infections as well as preventing ulcers.

Pomegranates: High in polyphenols and really a wonderful food to prevent heart disease and certain cancers.

Anti-aging beverages:

  • Green tea, black tea, white tea
  • Coffee (in moderation) this is actually the #1 consumed antioxidant in America!
  • Wine
  • Water

    About Rania Batayneh:
    Rania Batayneh, MPH is a Nutritionist and Personal Chef with a private practice in San Francisco. Her Mediterranean upbringing fostered in her a love of cooking and an appreciation for living well. The eating strategies she develops for each client is grounded in science yet relates to your lifestyle, needs, and food preferences. It is a plan of action and it works!

    Her goal is to change your lifestyle for lasting results. Part of her weekly routine includes practicing Bikram yoga as well as writing for her first book, 'Confessions of a Nutritionist". Her role model is her mother who embraces living well and honoring your body. Rania has been seen on MSNBC and NBC11. Her nationwide client base has benefited from her in-home kitchen makeovers as well as online consulting.