All posts tagged: healthy

Hangover Begone!

Your inbox is overflowing with holiday party invitations and caroling soirees. Yet, with each fete, the chances of getting a hangover increases. It’s the perfect storm of too many parties, family gatherings, and flutes of champagne on pretty silver platters floating around you. Now, how do you survive the holiday season hangover free? First, start the day with lots of healthy food, water, your vitamins (especially Vit B) and perhaps even a run or yoga class before the shindig starts. As a bonus, these steps make your skin glow as well as prepping your body for a night of festivities that won’t have you reaching for a painkiller the morning after. Full-proof ways to avoid a hang over 1. Start the party with a glass a water, then alternate between glasses of water and alcohol. Your host/ waiters/ friends probably likes to see a full glass in everyone’s hand, it means that guests are taken care of and the party is a success. It’s psychological, but even a glass filled with water will put everyone …

The Healthy, Easy Spaghetti-Squash

When people think “squash,” it’s likely that they think of soup, or maybe some sort of buttery mash. But there’s one squash that doesn’t look like baby food or need copious amounts of butter to make its flavor shine. That’s right, it’s all about the spaghetti squash. However, I have to be honest:  the first time I made this gorgeous veggie, it didn’t turn out picture perfect. Or even picture “okay.” Actually, it was a disaster! After I baked the squash, I poured a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce directly on top of it, didn’t even heat it, then sprinkled it with cheap parmesan cheese. This was 15 years ago when food blogs didn’t exist. You are probably too savvy to make such a culinary faux pas. However, here are a few tricks to help you along the way. Now, the great news: spaghetti squash is carb-free, gluten-free and holds an almost nonexistent fat content which makes it a perfect replacement for pasta. Still not hooked? Check out how healthy it is for you: Filled with omega-3 fatty acids which …

2014 Thanksgiving Food Trends

Everyone loves Thanksgiving. It’s non-denominational, totally appropriate to have friends at the table, and it’s focused around FOOD! What could be better? How about a Thanksgiving that doesn’t also require a gallon of Pepto Bismol and a Coscto-sized tub of antacids. This years trends are centered around flavor, adding new unexpected spices and more fresh organic ingredients. Take a look at the trends that pay homage to the past with a modern, tasty, and wholesome twist. Organic Turkey You guessed it, the trend continues to center around organic, free range, Heritage turkey.  Not only does free range/organic turkey taste better but its healthier. Who needs more hormones, chemicals and antibiotics in their body? Turkey is high in protein and low in fat. Even the dark meat isn’t too bad for you as long as you don’t eat the skin. It may come as a surprise but turkey meat is actually the healthier option when compared to chicken. Dark turkey meat is comparable in nutrients and calories to white chicken breast, but it’s tastier. However, chicken thighs have 3 times the fat as a …

Miracle Pantry Item

I was fighting a cold for about 2 weeks so I popped into one of those “famous juicerys” that are sprouting up on every street corner and ordered myself a Garlic Elixir (AKA cure for the common cold). Have you heard about these elixirs? Picture the chic counterperson juicing 3 lemons, a handful of ginger and several cloves of raw garlic then pouring everything into a fancy shot glass. I desperately shelled out the $8 (ouch) and received my shooter. Words fail to explain the explosion of acidic, pungent, and overtly spicy flavor that overpowered my tastebuds. I may have even lost consciousness for a minute. It was intense, crazy, and surprisingly interesting all at the same time – like riding a roller coaster. It’s abundantly clear why the Romans thought feeding their soldiers garlic made them more courageous. As for my unrelenting cold, it ran for the hills, actually into the next galaxy. This got me thinking about this misrepresented and oddly nick-named (stinking rose) ingredient. Garlic seems to scare a lot of people (not to mention those …

The Half Shell

Everyone has heard the old adage “the world is your oyster” by Sir William Shakespeare. But, the real question is…why haven’t you made the oyster your world. This handheld, portable food has captivated foodies for centuries with its elegant appearance, unique taste, and mysterious aphrodisiac properties. Most people fall into the category of lovers or “shruggers” of raw oysters. It took me at least a dozen oyster tries over the course of 15 years to finally fall in love with these gorgeous salty treats. As with all infatuations, I have become obsessed with the history, healthy benefits and yummy recipes. In 1870’s, most San Francisco residents ate oysters daily from successful gold miners to the local street vendors straight out of the bay. Today, 98% of the oysters we eat are farmed/sustainable and delicious. They provide a source of protein and minerals, low in cholesterol and carbohydrates. Basically, every foodie dieter’s dream. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, great for your skin, heart and helps lower cholesterol. These important fatty acids also improve brain function which helps release …

Dancing to the Beet

These groovy red, yellow, candy stripped beets are back in style. They are gorgeous, they are healthy, and…lucky you…they are in season! If you thought the only way to eat them was in a 1980’s terrine with dry goat cheese and sub par pistachios, welcome to this millennium. They are in everything from sweets to meats and those greens tops are showing up in the fanciest of juice establishments. We have collected our favorite curious moments, health facts and recipes to share with you, enjoy. Vibrant Health Benefits: Good source of folate, potassium, vitamin C and fiber Has shown to prevent artery and cardiovascular disease as well as lowering blood pressure Boosts your stamina during workouts by reducing oxygen consumption during submaximal exercise The juice/extract contains betanin, which has strong antioxidant activity and has been seen to have protective effects in various cancer cell lines (such as breast, prostate, liver, skin) Supports detoxification in the body and liver Helps fight inflammation in the body I like to roast 6-7 beets in the beginning of week then add them to salads, quinoa, …