LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anyone who thinks they have to sacrifice great-tasting food in order to feel good and look great hasn't met Daphne Oz. The New York Times best-selling author, celebrity chef and co-host of ABC's hit lifestyle television series, "The Chew," knows all about how to make living well fun, easy and above all – delicious. Oz was the featured presenter at Morinda's recent International Leadership Conference in Los Angeles.
According to Oz, "Eating healthier is simply being mindful about the foods you eat, without depriving yourself of things you love. One example of this principle in practice is to embrace ingredients and cooking methods that limit the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), harmful compounds that form in the body when excess sugar and protein combine."
These ingredients and cooking methods are what Oz focused on during her presentation at Morinda's International Leadership Conference. Morinda's mission is to help people live younger, longer, not only by creating TruAge products that fight AGEs from the inside out, but also by encouraging AGE-less lifestyles - healthy lifestyles that manage AGE levels.
"As a healthy-living expert, Daphne Oz is a boundless source of easy tips for making health a priority and not an obsession. She is a living, breathing example of how easy and delicious it can be for anyone to achieve an AGE-less lifestyle while enjoying foods they love," says Shon Whitney, Morinda's vice president of marketing and sales. The following is a sampling of Oz's insights on leading a healthy lifestyle.
Try different cooking methods
Certain cooking methods that involve high heat, such as grilling, broiling, sautéing or browning, can increase the AGE content of the food you ingest, so be adventurous and try different techniques. Cooking methods that use water, such as poaching, stewing or steaming, can dramatically reduce AGEs in foods, yet make for succulent and flavorful meals. For meats, try using an acidic marinade with lemon, lime or tomatoes for a smart and delicious treat.
Focus on fresh foods
Opt for fresh rather than artificial ingredients. For example, choose bright, colorful fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, Cornelian cherries, cranberries, olives and kale. They're good for you for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they have natural antioxidants and other elements that can lower AGE levels. Fresh foods with high water content are also healthier, such as watermelon, cucumbers, celery and tomatoes, because they flush toxins out of the body.
Replace old ways with new
Eat fewer solid fats and more fish, legumes and grains. Instead of snacking on salty processed chips, munch on omega-3-rich walnuts. Avoid grabbing sugary, carbonated beverages and instead drink non-caffeinated liquids such as reduced fat milk or water. If you want a flavored beverage, try adding a slice of lime to your water.
By following Oz's advice on living a healthier, AGE-less lifestyle, you'll not only choose and prepare foods wisely, but you'll feel better and look great too. The following recipe offers an easy way to get started.
CITRUS MARINATED CHICKEN
Courtesy of Daphne Oz
• 6 chicken thighs, boneless, skin on
• 1/2 orange, juice and zest
• 1/2 grapefruit, juice and zest
• 4 cloves garlic, smashed
• 1/2 bunch parsley, torn
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more
1. Combine the orange and grapefruit juice and zest, garlic and olive oil in a baking dish. Place the chicken in the dish and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to allow chicken to reach room temperature.
3. Wipe excess marinade ingredients off the chicken and season on all sides with salt and pepper. Place the chicken thighs in an oven-safe vessel or on a baking sheet, skin-side up. Drizzle with olive oil.
4. Bake until thighs are no longer pink at the bone and juices run clear, about 1 hour (165 F internal temperature).
About Daphne Oz
A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Oz delights in sharing the unique insights that helped her create a healthy lifestyle without ever giving up the foods she loves. Her tips and recipes balance being healthy and happy through the enjoyment of fresh, flavorful foods that are easy to prepare, save calories and reduce damage to the body, while leaving plenty of room for tasty indulgence.
In her first hit book, "The Dorm Room Diet," Oz detailed how she avoided gaining the dreaded "freshman 15" while attending Princeton University, and how she permanently shed more than 30 pounds by making smart and delicious food choices. Today, as a sought-after speaker, she has appeared on "Good Morning America," "Fox & Friends," "The Dr. Oz Show," "The Rachael Ray Show" and "The Wendy Williams Show," in addition to co-hosting on "The Chew" and "The View."
Founded in 1996, Morinda is a global, research-driven company with a mission to use the power of nature to help people live healthier, longer lives. Cutting edge technology and extensive research have allowed Morinda to develop an innovative TruAge product line, as well as other natural wellness products that reflect its passion to help people live younger, longer. Morinda is headquartered in Provo, Utah, and has a presence in more than 70 countries worldwide. Learn more at www.morinda.com.
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