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Need a Boost? Why I Started Incorporating Beef Liver into My Diet, And Why You Should Too by Chef Paige G
Tonight, I finally did something that I have been meaning to do for quite a while. I cooked Tacos using what is called beef boost instead of regular ground beef. What is beef boost, you ask? Beef boost is a blend of the ground beef everyone knows and loves with beef liver (The beef boost I bought is 90% ground beef to 10% liver).
If you are like me, the idea of eating liver is not very appetizing. Trust me, I was not expecting something to salivate over... I was pretty sure it would taste pretty gross actually. Then WHY was I so excited to start cooking with this boost? Because I know how great eating organ meat is for our bodies, and I was ready to bite the bullet and start benefiting from this powerful superfood…yes, I said superfood.
During this time of year I'm always looking to more earthy, heartier, rustic dishes to warm body and soul. Chestnuts similar mushrooms not only pair nicely with many wines but also contain great benefits. Including folate which you find in leafy greens as well as a good source of fats the body needs. Check out the additional vitamins and minerals chestnuts provide below and enjoy your winter celebrating.
As the holiday season draws near, we all try to find ways to enjoy the food without the consequences of eating it. The danger here is the misleading advertisements that tempt you with low or zero-sugar items and even low glycemic index sugars. Many of us have heard about the perils of aspartame, but that is not the only harmful sugar substitute. Erythritol is another artificial sweetener that is commonly found in sports drinks, energy drinks, and chocolate bars. It boasts zero calories and zero effect on your blood sugar. However, the downsides to it are hardly discussed. It is made from man-made GMO cornstarch, so it is an ultra-processed food. Not only is it a GMO, but it is also often combined with other artificial sweeteners. It can cause gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and are even more severe for children. Erythritol may even cause allergic reactions on your skin. So, while the “zero”s are appealing, especially when we are all consuming extra sweets, they come with their own set of issues. There’s even less reason to consume erythritol when there are so many healthier sugar substitutes at our disposal like stevia, raw honey, and monk fruit. These are substitutes that also do something for our health. What we consume should not just pass through us unnoticed, it should benefit our bodies.
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 2 quart baking dish with coconut oil
2. Prepare the mushroom soup and friend onions – recipes below
3. Wash and trim about 2lbs fresh green beans (optional: shred in food processor for French style beans)
4.Place green beans in a pot and cover with soup. Simmer for 10min until beans are softened. Pour into baking dish and top with onions.
5. Bake 15min
Healthier Fried onions
3 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ cup non daity milk unsweetened
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
½ teaspoons salt + white pepper
¼ cup gluten-free flour mix (or use brown rice flour)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Whisk flour, paprika, garlic powder, and salt in a shallow dish. Toss onions in flour – then dip in milk – then toss in flour again. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion along with any remaining flour mixture and cook, turning once or twice, until golden and crispy, 4 to 5 minutes.
Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 cup avocado oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
1 pound cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped
4-5 cups veg stock
fresh thyme – just pull the leaves from a few stems
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons sweet rice flour –whisked with 1/4cp veg stock
In a large pot sauté the onions in the oil until soft, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, and half the mushrooms; sauté for a few minutes more.Add the stock, herbs, pepper, and salt. Simmer for 15min. Add the cashews and sweet rice flour and simmer another 15min. With an immersion hand blender, blend until smooth and creamy. Add the other half of the chopped mushrooms and simmer 10 more min.
Nutribullet has come out with a blender that acts as scale, balancing out the ingredients for smoothies, juices, soups, dressings, just for you-based on your dietary needs! How it works. Purchase the #nutribulletbalance, download the app and plug in your diet. Updated and modern dietary lifestyle choices included such as Keto, Paleo, plant based and food restrictions. The app will tell you how many carbs, sugar content and calories as well.
Are you trying to lose those last 10lbs? Plug in your diet and manage your weight.
With Nutrition bullet balance have your Whole Health Everyday Chef clean, chop up ingredients and balance out your perfect smoothie made just for you.
If you're like me, these fall Santa Ana winds stir up your allergies like no other. And I've tried every remedy out there.....
After further research I came across different types of honey to aide in the symptoms of the season.
Buckwheat honey in particular assists in reducing coughs and sore throat. Whereas, Manuka honey is a probiotic, heals wounds and is a strong immunity booster!
A year ago when I decided to make a change to become a personal chef it was the best decision of my life. I went from making food and creating dishes for mostly people I would never see not utilizing my background in Nutrition to help and often time the opposite making delicious food that wasn’t the healthiest.
These days I see the impact of my job every day. Clients who are well on the road to better health, parents telling me they get to spend more time with their kids, individuals who wore off vegetables years ago now wanting them more then ever. I get to use my degree in nutrition and my background in fine dinning and seasonal cooking to make a positive impact on peoples lives.
Not that it wasn’t without challenges along the way. With the support of the Whole Health Everyday chef team there was never a diet problem, new diet, or situation someone hasn’t encountered and couldn’t help me through.
I look forward to the next year and helping more people eat and feel better
Intermittent Fasting (IF) is the hot new phrase that is being used all across the health and fitness community. It is an eating pattern, rather than a diet, that goes between periods of fasting and feasting. There are different ways to accomplish this style of eating, but the most popular patterns are highlighted below.
• 16/8 protocol-skip breakfast, restrict eating period to 8 hours (ex: 12-8pm), and fast for 16 hours
• 24 hour protocol-fast for 24 hours, once or twice per week
•5:2 protocol-eat normally, then consume 500-600 calories on two non-consecutive days in the week
The Mexican Riviera, specifically the city of Tulum has been a hot travel destination for the last few years. Pictures of its perfect turquoise waters, cream colored sandy beaches and jungle hideouts have been a regular fixture on everyone’s Instagram. My husband and I decided to make it this year’s vacation destination and we found that it had much more to offer than its natural beauty and hippy chic vibe.
Our main reason for visiting this area was the world-class diving in the famous freshwater cenotes and coral reefs off the coast of Cozumel. And to be sure, it was world class. If you enjoy scuba diving or even just snorkeling the state of Quintana Roo (which encompasses Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Tulum) is one of the best in locations in the world.
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