I love it when I find a great new food product that helps me accomplish my healthy eating goals. I recently discovered the gluten free crispbreads at Trader Joes and I can’t get enough of them. Made with oats, nuts and seeds, they are more substantial than a cracker with a tender, crispy consistency that is great with almost everything. I have one with a hunk of organic cheese and apple as a snack or quick breakfast, crumble them over my salads instead of croutons and use them as a base in place of bread for an open face sandwich or avocado toast. They best part is they have 6 grams total carbs and 3 grams fiber which means only 3 grams net carbs per crispbread, making them perfect for low carb and keto diet plans. Find them at your local Trader Joes next to the other crackers, and enjoy!
I have my clients always ask the difference between soy sauce, tamari and coconut aminos. Yes the amount of sodium if a significantly different. Soy sauce is close to 1,000mg of sodium per tablespoon vs coconut aminos being only 300mg.
As a chef at Whole Health Every day and someone who tried to promote healthy habits, I try and keep up to date with the latest research on diet and nutrition. One of my favorite and most trusted resources for the most current health news is Foundmyfitness.com, the website founded by research biologist and health advocate Dr. Rhonda Patrick. The website aggregates articles on a wide variety of subjects related to health and fitness, and includes links to the original scientific study. One of the most interesting articles I have read on the website recently is titled “High Intensive Intermittent Exercise reduces markers of inflammation and oxidative stress.” If you are eager to learn what the latest research in health and nutrition has learned go ahead and take a look at FoundmyFitness.com or download the app on your mobile device.
Touch your tongue to the top of your mouth. What you're touching is your palate. We are born with more than 10,000 taste buds that send receptors to the brain that detect when you are eating. Most taste receptors are on the tongue. Your sense of taste can range anywhere from the simplest foods to the most intense flavors such as Caviar. My favorite is Caviar and Champagne! Caviar is Roe from Wild Sturgeon which are Beluga and Ossetra. I top my Lobster Rolls with it. Delicious!
I consider myself having a sophisticated palate. I love a variety of foods with intense flavors. Pleasing my palate satisfies my soul and I tend to find it hard to lose weight at times because I want more. The key here is moderation and it only takes a little bit to satisfy your craving if you take the time to chew and taste your food. Cleansing your Palate with sorbet before the next course can really make flavors more intense also. Try adding in beverages such as wine, beer and spirits to the menu. They enhance the flavors on your palate. I often do food tastings that are not only eye pleasing but also pleasing to the Palate. It is very important to carefully choose ingredients of high quality and taste. Some of these high quality priced items are Truffles, Foie Gras, Kobe Beef, Caviar & various healthy oils. In France “Amuse Bouche” which refers to “a single bite sized hors d’oeuvre” are just enough the palate. As a Chef it is my job to create something beautiful to the eye yet pleasing to the Palate!
I recently read an article about how good hemp seeds are for you and how they’ve gotten a bad rap because of their botanical relationship to medicinal varieties of cannabis. Hemp contains a small amount of TETRAHYDROCANNABINOIDS (THC) It has been researched extensively and science shows when it’s not smoked it can have substantial health benefits with almost no side effects.
The 7 benefits of Hemp seeds:
Rich in GLA-researchers have discovered that GLA supplementation is necessary for proper hormone health and can help greatly with PMS symptoms.
Arthritis and Joint Pain-researchers have concluded that hemp seed oil has anti-arthritic effects, which can help patients suffering from its symptoms.
Weight Loss-Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings. It’s recommended that adding 4 TB to your breakfast will help curb excess hunger the entire day. This is because of all the fiber they have.
Digestive Health-High in insoluble and soluble fiber, hemp seeds provide more than enough bulk to keep your gastrointestinal system regular and feeds the probiotics in your gut to help secure a robust immune system. This means it can relieve constipation naturally.
Hair, Skin and Nails-the Oil in hemp seeds penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes healthy cell growth. Since hemp seed oil is also good for skin disorders, such as psoriasis, and eczema, it’s a good ida to eat at least a couple tablespoons everyday to maximize these benefits.
Cancer-Because of its perfect fatty acid profile of omega-3 fats and GLA, hemp seed helps naturally balance inflammation levels and strengthen the immune system.
HEART HEALTH-Some of the key ingredients in building a healthy heart include fiber, plant-based protein, healthy fats and eating less sugar. Hemp seeds help in doing all of those things.
I’m sure looking forward to implementing hemp seeds into my morning routine after reading about how healthy they are. I know I could use all of these benefits!
More ways to enjoy hemp seeds:
WHE chefs are often asked what our favorite pans and chef Sarah is here to explain why Sur La Tables are her favorite.
Sur La table has the most incredible nonstick, silicone coated recycled steel pans. The eco-friendly coating contains No PTFEs or PFOAs. No oil sprays needed!
Whether I'm baking, roasting chopped veggies or making homemade chicken tenders —no other pan cleans up more easily. link to buy
There is nothing worse than bad sushi. You have a bad steak and you may think the restaurant had an off night. You have bad (raw) fish and you start contemplating if you will ever eat fish again.
Shunka, located at 369 E. 17th Street in Costa Mesa, is hands down the best sushi I have ever eaten. One of my go-to spots, is unbelievably fresh, delicious, and very reasonably priced. The chef/owner does an amazing job with his creations. Order up the Omakase and your taste buds will be dazzled. Opt to go early or during the week, as no reservations can be made. Grab a fun friend to have dinner with and prepare to leave Shunka with a full and happy tummy!
There are so many choices on the market for alternative milk these days. Soy, almond, coconut, hemp, rice… I have tried them all, with varying degrees of success. Recently, I started a diet that is heavier in healthy fats and low in carbs, so I was looking for a milk substitute that fit macronutrient profile. I discovered one that I had not seen before at my local Gilson’s, a product called Milkadamia. Milkadamia, as the name suggests is made from the fat –rich macadamia nut. It is made in Australia from raw, sustainably harvested macadamia nuts. It has 50% more calcium than regular cow’s milk, is carrageenan free, at 5 grams fat, 1 gram carbs and 1 gram fiber per 8 oz. serving, is perfect for all my low carbs breakfast smoothies. Surprisingly, as whole macadamia nuts are often very pricy, Milkadamia is fairly un expensive, around the same price or less as some brands of almond milk. So, if you are ready to switch up your milk or nut milk game, give Milkadamia a try! If you want my smoothie recipe please comment below!
Kampachi Vs. Kanpachi:
(AKA Hamachi) Fresh in season, sustain-ably farmed in Hawaii ocean- NO hormones, Antibiotics - perfect for Sashimi, Poke, Ceviche, or lightly seared served w/ a citrus Vinaigrette, maybe sesame.
little buttery-not as buttery as sea bass, black Cod/Butter fish. Very Mild.
They are basically the same fish...yellowtail. Kampachi has taken fashion as yellowtail from Hawaii. Japanese yellowtail is often referred to as Kanpachi, and local yellowtail can be referred to as Amberjack. Confusing!
Kampachi = Hawaiian yellowtail
Kanpachi = yellowtail (variations for region & age)
Amberjack = variation of yellowtail
Bottom line: It's all pretty tasty at your favorite sushi place!
Now Hamachi is Extremely OVER fished from Japan-Amazing tasting fish but best to do your part to keep what we have in ocean to build it back up.
Fresh Kanpachi at Pavilions and Santa Monica Seafood Counter.
Stand back Ahi, Cuz Kanpachi is Seriously one of the best tasting Pokes' Ive had in a long time.
Sous Vide. My new favorite cooking obsession. The sous vide has been in restaurants for years, but the appliance is now being seen in households. It is safe, easy, and the food tastes amazing! A quick sear on a piece of protein that has been slowly cooking in a temperature controlled water bath equals perfection. The sous vide is great for an effortless weeknight dinner, a romantic date night, or even a large party.
The sous vide is very safe, as long as you take the correct precautions. The danger zone for bacteria growth is between 40oF and 140oF, so properly chilling the cooked food is crucial. Also the bags used do not contain BPA or Phtalate, so there are no risks associated with heating the plastic vacuum-sealed bags.
I highly recommend the sous vide and there are many different products on the market, ranging in price.