Thursday, September 15, 2011

Don't be scared!

Once again, Americans were jolted today by a new study telling them they were unknowingly poisoning themselves and their children: According to Dr. Oz, regularly drinking apple juice, over a long period of time, can lead to arsenic poisoning.

What they DON'T tell you is that over 70% of the apple juice we consume in America is made from apples that come from China- where they use arsenic based pesticides and farming. Simple solution: buy locally farmed apples, locally made juice and/or buy a juicer and make your own juice!

Remember- always do your own research especially when new "studies" like this suddenly arise.

Here is an episode of All About Health with Vicky DeRosa where I speak with Vicky and a fellow health-expert on relevant topics:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

for Perfect Brown Rice, cook it like Pasta!

Light, fluffy, each individual grain cooked al dente- not too moist or mushy- perfect:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil

2. Rinse desired amount of (uncooked) brown rice under running water for a few seconds.

3. Add rice to boiling water, stir well, turn heat to medium and boil uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

4. Pour rice into a fine strainer and let drain for a few seconds.

5. Return rice to original pot which should still be hot and dry. Cover. Let steam 10 minutes off the heat.

6. Uncover and gently fluff with a fork.


IMPORTANT NOTES:
-ratio of rice to water must be at least 1:5

-rinsing uncooked rice under water before cooking rids the grains of any excess starch (which contributes to that unwanted sticky/mushy result)- no matter how you cook your rice, I recommend rinsing it first.

-to bring water to a boil twice as fast, cover the pot with a lid

Monday, September 12, 2011

Best Advice

"How you spend your dollars at the supermarket is the most important way to create changes in the food industry." -Jamie Oliver


Concrete Proof: When the campaign against high fructose corn syrup really gained speed, consumers became aware of how prevalent this ingredient really was.  They started switching over to products without it and one by one, big brands started removing or replacing it from their products to keep up.  Now very few products, even high calorie, nutritionally vacant foods rarely have HFCS as it's second or third ingredient, if in it at all.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Eating with your eyes

Studies have indicated that "pre-eating" is nutritious: If a dish looks appealing, the body absorbs more nutrients from it.
(from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 1977)

homemade apple pie


worth the extra work

The 5 Senses

We use them every day, all day- but do we take care of them as well as we should?

Which vitamins and nutrients correspond with which sense to come... (e.g. Did you know a deficiency in zinc can deplete your sense of taste?!)

Blogging on the Road!

via BlackBerry

Friday, September 9, 2011

Seeds in the Middle

if you've been looking for a new cause to support, look no further:

Seeds in the Middle <-- (click here)

A non-profit working with elementary and middle school students in Brooklyn's most underprivileged neighborhoods, introducing them to healthy, accessible food!

Come to their next event on October 15, 2011- some of Brooklyn's best restaurants will be there, supporting the cause and giving out tastes of their famous dishes!