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Hungry Girl Today: 04.13.07


Food can sharpen your memory, ease a headache, or fight a cold. Go, food!


People who suffer from depression often lack B vitamins. There are plenty of
mood-lifting foods, though, that can come to the rescue. Avocados, for
example, are a rich source of B vitamins, and bananas (packed with
magnesium and vitamin B6) can help relieve stress and anxiety. The
selenium found in Brazil nuts and the folic acid found in asparagus can also
help stabilize your mood. Other 'happy foods' are salmon, sweet potatoes,
and chocolate!


Protein (especially from sources that are also high in iron) is great for
providing an energy boost. When you're feeling sluggish, just reach for some
lean beef, chicken, turkey, clams, shrimp or eggs, and you'll start to feel
more alert. Just be sure not to pair that lean protein with foods high in fats,
since the two nutrients eaten together can make you feel tired. Green peas
and good old-fashioned water are also great fatigue-fighters!


Garlic helps combat cold and flu infections. So sprinkle some garlic powder
onto your fat-free pizza or add sautéed garlic to your grilled veggies if you
feel a cold coming on. You can even microwave garlic until tender, and then
spread the softened stuff onto bread in place of butter (Heads up! You will
likely become 40 percent less smoochable after you do this.) If eating all that
garlic doesn't sound appealing, take garlic supplements instead. Or try these
other infection-fighting foods: oranges, oatmeal, and pineapple!


People who suffer from headaches are usually lacking magnesium in their
diets. Luckily, increasing levels of the mineral in your body can help fight dull
aches and even sharp migraines. Cereal rich in whole grains is a fantastic
source of magnesium (a half-cup of our fave, Fiber One, provides 10% of the
RDA of the stuff). Leafy green veggies and nuts are also high in the mineral.
Many people also use ginger to thwart and prevent migraines. Other
headache-stompers include brown rice, orange veggies and cherries!


Are you losing your keys all the time? If you want a sharper memory, munch
on an apple or a pear. Turns out these yummy fruits contain a mineral called
boron, which improves memory and alertness. Some studies also suggest
mashed potatoes and barley can cause almost instantaneous memory
boosts. (Pssst... Try Amy's Vegetable Barley soup for a low-cal dose of the
stuff!) Wondering what other foods are great for memory improvement?
Blueberries, acorn squash, papaya, strawberries and spinach. Yum!

Saturday, April 14th, is National Pecan Day. Celebrate with a few healthy
pecans (they're packed with vitamin E!), but don't get too "nutty" (they're
also packed with calories and fat)!

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