Jackie tackles the tough – and for many – very personal subject of cancer this week. With 35% of all cancers being nutrition-related, Jackie discusses how cancers are linked to nutrition and why and what you can do to lower your chances of developing diseases with a few simple changes to your diet. Also, what “superfoods” you can incorporate into your diet to lower you risk of cancer.
This week’s recipe features a number of cancer-fighting ingredients and is delicious and easy-to-make to boot! Jackie’s NutriFit clients go crazy over her Armenian Vegetable Casserole and this week she’s sharing the recipe with you!
Jackie’s guest this week is founder of OnPurpose Magazine, JW Najarian. JW is a proud veteran, who has started a linkedin group of over 40,000 to help vets connect to each other, and a cancer patient fighting to overcome stage 4 prostate cancer. In addition, he has interviewed a number of up and coming authors to help their book promotions and has interviewed over 200 celebrities, including Buzz Aldrin, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family).
Armenian Vegetable Casserole
Servings: 3 Serving Size: 2 ½ cups
1 whole(1 lb.) can reduced sodium pear-shaped tomatoes
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2″ thick slanting slices
½ cup catsup
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
1 tbsp.extra virgin olive oil
½ lb.green beans
1 tbsp. NutriFit Mediterranean Salt Free Spice Blend
2 large onions, cut into 1″ cubes
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup reduced fat, plain yogurt
2 large stalks celery, cut into 1/2″ thick slices
2 large thin-skinned potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
3 small zucchini, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Snap off the ends of the green beans and cut into 2" lengths. In a 5-quart (or larger) casserole combine the green beans, eggplant, onions, carrots, celery, bell pepper, and potatoes.
3. Drain the juice from the tomatoes into the casserole. Chop the tomatoes and add them to the casserole, along with the olive oil, catsup, sugar, and Mediterranean Spice Blend; stir gently. Cover the casserole and bake for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are almost tender, removing the lid and basting the vegetables with the juices after 30 minutes.
4. Remove the casserole from the oven and gently mix in the zucchini. Return it to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Serve hot or at room temperature with a generous spoonful of yogurt on each serving.
Food Exposed with Jackie Keller
Jackie Keller has dedicated her life to helping people improve their health and lives. On this segment, Jackie discusses how nutrition relates to cancer and what you can eat to lower your risk of cancer.
Learn the health benefits of each ingredient in her NutriFit recipe for Chicken Salad with Spiced Sesame Sauce and make it in your kitchen along with Jackie!
Be sure to tune in Tuesdays for full episodes of Jackie’s show – Food Exposed – where she discusses the latest news in health and wellness; share recipes, tips & coaching advice as well as interview top guests in the health and fitness world!
Connect with Jackie on Twitter (@Jackie_Keller) and on Facebook (facebook.com/username.jackiekeller). Learn more about Jackie’s company, NutriFit, at www.nutrifitonline.com and facebook.com/nutrifitonline
Meet Jackie (Creator, Host):
Jackie Keller is the Founding Director of NutriFit, LLC, Los Angeles’ premiere healthy food company. Formed in 1987 by Jackie and her partner/ husband Phil Yaney, NutriFit® specializes in fresh, gourmet, customized and delivered meal programs, full-service nutritional support, including gourmet meals, wellness coaching, and health-related products.
For more than 25 years, Jackie has shared her expertise with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Reese Witherspoon, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Andrew Garfield, and Matthew Fox. NutriFit® takes a comprehensive, all-inclusive approach to understanding the unique needs of each client.
Jackie is a Board Certified Professional Wellness Coach, nutrition educator and Le Cordon Bleu-trained culinary expert. She is also the author of Body After Baby: The Simple 30-Day Plan to Lose Your Baby Weight Fast (Avery/Penguin Group; May 2007), and Cooking, Eating & Living Well, a cookbook and guide to nutrition-related lifestyle change. She writes a monthly column for Life After 50 Magazine.
A longtime advocate for environmental causes, Jackie regularly incorporates produce into NutriFit® meals from their own sustainable farm, under the brand SimpliHealthTM Growers. Additionally, Jackie gives back by donating to over 80 international and national charities, including such as The American Cancer Society, The National Wildlife Federation, The Humane Society, The Sierra Club, and local groups such as Heal the Bay and Tree People. NutriFit® was awarded the Restaurant Neighbor Award by the National Restaurant Association in 2010, as well as the State of California’s Fit Business Award in 2006, 2007, and 2010. Jackie is part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and actively promotes sustainable practices.
Meet JW (Guest):
JW Najarian, Founder of the online magazine On Purpose Magazine (OnPurposeMagazine.com), spent over 35 years as a computer and network engineer and project manager, getting the opportunity to work in many different industries at the small and fortune 500 corporate levels.
2006, one year before the complete crash of the real estate markets, JW decided to totally change careers and moved into commercial real estate.
In an attempt to help the commercial markets, JW started the Commercial Real Estate Professionals and Investors Group (CREPIG.COM), which now reaches over 40,000 real estate investors and professionals.
JW interviewed bankers, brokers, lenders and world economists and delivered that content to the CRE market to try and find connect his group members and the industry with answers.
During this time JW became active in philanthropic causes. As a member of the board of Humanity Unites Brilliance, that organization generated over $2 million in humanitarian giving in just 2 years and also as the Los Angeles coordinator for Feed333 in December of 2008 working with the Salvation Army, Feed the Children and The NBA Players Association we were able to serve over 5000 families over 20,000 meals, hygienic products and toys in one day, to the working poor in South Central, Los Angeles all a part of the largest one day food distribution in the United States. http://www.imsalvationarmy.org/usw/www_usw_southcal.nsf/vw-news-34/0DD6FD8A9BBDF6928825761D0073C281?opendocument
JW, a proud veteran, has also used Linkedin to build a large group of US Veterans, over 40,000 at this time, to help them to network, find jobs, resources and reconnect with other vets. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/US-Veteran-87020
JW had already caught the interview bug and was now interested in producing content with intent and purpose. On Purpose Magazine was created to create interesting, educational, entertaining content that had a purpose or had the potential to help or enlighten. JW has interviewed over 200 celebrities about their foundations and causes and gets them to do shout outs to the vets, he also interviews bestselling authors and tries to help new and up and coming authors with their book promotions.
JW is a survivor of child sexual abuse and a 5-year addiction to meth-amphetamines. More recently (April 2013), JW has been diagnosed with a very aggressive stage 4 prostate cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.
“I believe that my journey and my diagnosis is a gift that has helped me become more grateful, forgiving, empathetic and more alive than ever. I have been able to come to grips with a terrible self worth and self loathing and I am glad to be able to say that I can now own my story and drop the shame and blame.”
This has made the message the On Purpose Magazine puts out even more important to JW. JW’s goal is to leave the planet a little better for being here and the greatest gift he has ever received is when he is told that something he did or said made a difference in another’s life so JW loves to interview authors and specialists on all the different abuses many of us suffer from.