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Eye on L.A. for Jan. 26, 2008

Originally aired Sat., Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.
January 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
This week on Eye on L.A.: Life, health, age and foodLENGTHEN YOUR LIFE SPAN

For information on Dr. Gary Small and his book, "The Longevity Bible," visit: http://www.aging.ucla.edu/LongevityBible.html


For more information on the cost of services at the California Health & Longevity Institute inside the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and Concierge Medicine L.A. in Brentwood, visit:




From "Cooking the Real Age Way" by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and John La Puma, M.D. Double Sesame Salmon with Mango-Avocado Salsa

*If eaten 12 times a year, it will make your Real Age 4.2 days younger*

One-quarter cup plus 2 tablespoons hot mango chutney, such as Crosse & Blackwell brand
One mango chopped
4 (5- to 6-ounce) salmon fillets with skin
Three-quarter teaspoon salt, divided into one-half and one-quarter teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon mixed white and black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 cup diced ripe fresh mango
One-half ripe medium avocado, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat broiler. Spread 2 tablespoons chutney over skinless side offish. Sprinkle one-half teaspoon salt and the sesame seeds over fish, patting to coat. Place salmon on rack of broiler pan, skin side down. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 5 to 6 minutes, or until fish is opaque in the center. Meanwhile, combine remaining one-quarter cup chutney with vinegar and one-quarter teaspoon salt. Stir in mango, avocado, and cilantro. Serve salsa over fish.

Black sesame seeds can be found at Asian grocery stores or the ethnic section of select supermarkets. If not available, use 1 tablespoon of regular white sesame seeds. A tablespoon of Eden Shake may also be used. This bottled table condiment consists of white and black sesame seeds, seaweed flakes, and seasonings, and can be found at health food stores and some supermarkets. This recipe also would work well with halibut fillets.

Chutney and other thick, sweet toppings are great glazes for fish. The fish doesn't need to marinate, because the flavor is baked right on. Try orange marmalade or whole raspberry preserves. Experimenting in the kitchen is a very good thing.

Toasted Oatmeal with Double Mango and Toasted Walnuts

*If eaten 12 times a year, it will make your Real Age 11.8 days younger*

3 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
4 cups skim milk or fat-free soy milk
½ cup diced dried mango
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 large ripe fresh mango, diced (2 cups)

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread oats in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Place nuts on small baking sheet. Bake oats and nuts 6 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted. Set nuts and oats aside separately.

Combine milk, dried mango, salt, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan; bring just to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to low; add toasted oats. Simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until thickened, stirring only once or twice. Transfer to serving bowls; top with fresh mango and toasted nuts. Serve with additional milk, if desired.

Dried strawberries or golden raisins may replace dried mango; 2 cups sliced strawberries may replace fresh mango. Brazil nuts may replace walnuts. One half-teaspoon cinnamon may replace nutmeg. For a lighter, less aggressive flavor, use true cinnamon, sometimes called Ceylonese cinnamon, if you can find it.

Toasting rolled oats is one way to boost flavor without adding calories or unhealthy fats. Over-stirring the oatmeal changes the texture from smooth to too smooth and a little pasty. Just let the simmering milk do its job.

To take the "RealAge" test, visit www.realage.com


Some might say that Los Angeles is quickly becoming one of the top dining cities in the country with as many restaurants as New York City and with many of the world's most talented chefs relocating to the lower left coast. And Southern California's 2008 Zagat guide is filled with many new options. Eye on L.A. visited seven highly rated restaurants in the L.A. area, from the best pizza in town to a brilliant sunset view with your gourmet meal -- take the tour and enjoy.

For locations and more information on the restaurants Eye on L.A. toured:










"Nancy Reagan: A First Lady's Style" is a new exhibit running at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley until November 2008. Over 50 years of fashion is showcased, beginning with the suit Mrs. Reagan wore to marry Ronald Reagan in 1952 and ending with the suit she wore to his funeral in 2004.

For more information on the exhibit, visit: