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Chef Viviani cooks up the perfect frittata in less than 15 minutes during his new online show "Chow Ciao!"  

Healthy diet may help teens prevent depression

by Natalie Brunell
Oct 05, 2011

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Recipe: The Perfect Frittata

Fabio Viviani whips up a healthy egg frittata in the first episode of "Chow Ciao!" that features his signature Italian twist on preparing nutritious foods.


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 eggs
1 cup chopped green onions
8 thin slices prosciutto
1/2 cup ricotta cheese, at room temperature

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

Serves: 4

Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Add beaten eggs, salt and pepper.

When eggs begin to set, add green onions by sprinkling over the top.

As eggs set, push cooked edges toward the center using a spatula or wooden spoon, letting uncooked portion flow underneath, make sure you don’t scramble.

Cook eggs for 2 minutes until set. Carefully flip forming frittata in the pan so that the browned side is up.

Remove fritatta from heat, and place on a cutting board.

Spread ricotta cheese on top and cover with sliced prosciutto.

Drizzle remaining olive oil on top of the frittata. Cut into 4 equal sized pieces.


Recipe by Fabio Viviani courtesy of Yahoo!

Everyone knows eating a good diet can help you look your best.  But new research suggests nutritious foods may bolster mental health for adolescents.

Half of all cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14, and 75 percent by the age of 24, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.  And young adults between the ages of 11 and 18 may be at a greater risk of developing mental health problems such as depression when they consistently eat processed foods, according to a recent study published in PLoS One.

The Australian study surveyed approximately 3,000 adolescents once in 2005, and again in 2007. Researchers analyzed data from detailed questionnaires about the participants’ everyday diet and psychological symptoms, which ranged from no mental health problems to high levels of symptoms.  They also surveyed information about socioeconomic status, gender, age and physical activity habits.

They found that diet quality was linked to mental health both at the start of the study and two years later, even after adjusting for mental symptoms at the baseline, or start, of the study. The adolescents whose diets showed improvement over the two years also improved in mental health. Those whose diets deteriorated over the same time period tended to experience a decline in mental.

“In the U.S., as in the rest of the world, diet quality appears to be on the decline largely due to the availability of highly processed, high-fat, refined sugar foods,” said Dr. Felice Jacka, a psychiatric epidemiologist from Deaken University’s Barwon Psychiatric Research Unit who led the study.

For mental wellness, Jacka recommends a proper diet including the same types of food that contribute to overall physical health: green leafy and colored vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, lean meats, fish and low-fat dairy.

“Children are growing up in households where preparing and cooking whole foods is not the norm and they do not have the cooking knowledge and skills to take this into adulthood,” she said.

But a movement toward establishing healthier eating habits in young people is already underway with nationwide programs such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and television programs geared at demonstrating healthy food preparation.

Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, best known as a two-time contestant on Bravo’s "Top Chef," is among the professionals in the food industry who is making healthy cooking accessible to everyone.

In his new online cooking program “Chow Ciao!,” which debuted Tuesday, Viviani pairs up with Yahoo! to demonstrate a back-to-basics cooking approach: how to create a delicious, healthy meal in 15 minutes or less.

“If you want to keep your body clean, you have to get your hands dirty,” Viviani said. 

Viviani is also the founder of Kids Health Café, an online forum addressing health concerns about children that includes pointers on exercise, recipes and nutritional advice. 

He offers three tips to anyone who wants to create a habit of eating well on a busy schedule. First, cook your own food and buy quality ingredients.   Next, keep it simple.  Use only three or four ingredients to keep preparation time under 15 minutes, so that healthy food can still mean relatively fast food.

And the final tip, don’t be afraid to get your hands in the mix and work with the food.  “The more you do, the better you’ll feel,” said Viviani.