What is a FoodTrient?

The inspiration for my empowering FoodTrients program—this website, the cookbook, my board of advisors—really came from my father.  He was a physician and he had a way of looking at food as though it could heal us.  He understood the value of the vitamins and minerals found in fresh foods and how those elements could supplement our health.  Food like organic fruits and vegetables, wild fish, and humanely raised animals has so many good things in it: antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatory agents, fiber and anti-bacterial compounds.  I needed to come up with a term to encompass the anti-aging properties of food.  So I call them FoodTrients.  Think of them as nutrients that lead to our overall wellness and help us age gracefully. I focus on these FoodTrients in my cooking.  I start creating a recipe only after I find a fruit or grain or spice that has something beneficial to offer my body.  For instance, I know that the spice turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric can therefore reduce swelling in the arteries.  Arterial inflammation leads to things like blood clots and strokes.  I don’t want that.  So I reach for turmeric.  This bold yellow spice also keeps nasal passages from swelling too much during an allergy attack.  And its anti-inflammatory powers can keep red blotches from appearing on my skin.  So I know I want to get turmeric in my diet.  But how?  Unless I eat Indian food every night, I don’t normally come across this spice.  Here’s where I get to work.  I taste, I experiment, I make meal after meal until I hit upon a delicious recipe or two that incorporates this beneficial food.  To see what I came up with for this spice, look at my Turkey in Turmeric Sauce recipe.

Throughout this website and in my cookbook,FoodTrients: Age-defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life, you’ll find that I focus on 26 FoodTrients like fiber, isoflavones, curcumin, Omega-3s and more. I’ll show you the benefits of these incredible anti-aging nutrients — antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, immune-boosters, mind and beauty enhancers, and disease prevention (see the chart below with the icons). And I’ll also introduce you to some of the lesser known FoodTrients like anthocyanins and anthocyanidins.  (For the sake of simplicity, I’ll call them anthocyanins.)  These flavanoids are found in red, purple, and blue plants, especially berries, grapes and eggplant.  They have been shown to improve capillary function and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.  So if I need more anthocyanins in my diet, I come up with a recipe for blueberries like my Helpful Hempmilk Blueberry Smoothie.

On this website I’ll go into more detail about the FoodTrients I focus on in my cookbook and offer some delicious recipes for aging gracefully.


About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that. foodtrients.com
What Do FoodTrients Do?
anti-inflamatory Anti-Inflammatory

Reduces inflammation process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

anti-oxidant Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

immunity-booster Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

mind Mind

Enhancers encourage vibrant skin and hair and improve mood and mental agility.

disease-preventing Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.