Posts Tagged ‘nutritional counseling’

Friday is BYOB (Bring Your Own Belly)

June 10, 2010

You know what they say, “There ain’t no party like an Ooh-I-just-felt-him-kick-and-oh-by-the-way-where’d-you-get-that-nursing-bra party.” This Friday night come get crazy with us at the Pregnant New Yorker’s Alternative Health Expo. This Mardis Gras for soon-to-be mommies runs from 6-9  at Kinespirit (40 East 23rd Street) and yes, we’ll be there with our delish mmmunchkin-in-the-oven muffins. Classes and discussions will include Introduction to Gyrokineses, Nutritional Tips by yours truly, Feng Shui for the Nursery and Breast Feeding 101.  There will be demos, classes, mini consultations and a lot of free stuff.  Can’t wait to see you there!

It’s Meatless Monday (alright, yesterday)! And I heart ‘shrooms

June 1, 2010

I don’t mean to get all retro ‘90’s on you, but I am really digging Portobello mushrooms lately. To avoid showing my age, I sometimes refer them as crimini mushrooms (that’s what they’re called before they grow up into giant portobellos) or by the English translation of their name – Big hat mushrooms.

Anyhoo, Portobello mushrooms have lots of potassium, niacin and selenium, they are guilt-free eating, and most importantly they can be delish.

As I was perusing one of my favorite Raw Food Detox book (sexy, I know), I found this super easy recipe for Marinated Portobello Mushrooms that is so tasty it made its way into my rotation right away.

Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Makes about 2 ½ cups

3 portobello mushrooms, stems removed and chopped into cubes

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Celtic sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and allow them to marinate for as few as 2 hours or as long as 2 days.

I’m Digging Two Moms In The Raw

May 28, 2010

Here’s my latest discovery – Two Moms In The Raw. Nope, it’s not a video you can get fired for looking at on your work computer. It’s the name of an amazing brand of gluten-free, organic, 100% raw crackers and granola bars made from millet, buckwheat, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds. And they’re delish.

What started out as a quest for wellness resulted in a product line dedicated to creating these convenient, nutritious, raw products for the whole family.  Thanks to Two Moms In The Raw, you and your kids can enjoy dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, organic and raw treats that are not only super good for you, they are addicting!

Try their granola bars in goji berry, raisin, cranberry or blueberry or have their sea crackers made with flaxseed and kombu in garden herb, pesto or tomato basil. You won’t regret it.

But the real story here is how I discovered just how delicious these products are. I tried them right in the aisle at Whole Foods.

As I contemplated purchasing these products, I must admit I hesitated slightly because they are a little pricey.  So I did what I normally do and ask around if anyone has ever tried them before I spend my hard earned cash on them.  No one had so the Whole Foods guys told me I could just open the bag and try them.  Imagine that!  Of course I shared them and everyone loved them.

Next up, I try the same tactic at the Hermés store.

Lunch Encounters of the Third Kind

May 18, 2010

The Child Nutrition Act still has not been passed. Ugh. If the Senate doesn’t act soon there will not be a Child Nutrition Bill this year at all.  That means next year there will still be junk in schools, new funding for expanding farm to school programs will be scrapped and it will be virtually impossible for schools to serve free meals to all students in low income schools.

The Community Food Security Coalition has an action alert that spells out what you can do to move this bill along. Check out http://bit.ly/aRgqEl

Your voice matters.  Help turn school food reform dreams into a reality and take action.  As Michelle Obama said, “We are calling upon mayors and governors; and parents and educators; business owners and health care providers.  Anyone who has a stake in giving out children the healthy, happy future we know they deserve.  All we need is the motivation, the opportunity and the willpower to do what needs to be done.” And then she gave Sasha and Malia the mommy look and they quickly gulped down their green peas and strawberries. I’m just saying she walks the walk.

It’s Meatless Monday! And John Cleese Highly Recommends Rhubarb.

May 17, 2010

I’m headed off to the farmer’s market to pick up some Rhubarb. Why? Oh, nothing. Not only is Rhubarb high in fiber, low in calories and cholesterol free, it is a good source of Vitamin A and potassium.  Betcha didn’t know one cup of cooked rhubarb has as much calcium as a glass of milk.

When choosing rhubarb, look for stalks that are bright and colorful with no wilting leaves.  If you are not using the rhubarb right away, cut off the leaves as soon as you get home,  put the stalks in bags and store in the fridge. And remember: Do not eat the leaves. They are poisonous!

Here’s a Meatless Monday Recipe for Rhubarb Tart. Look, if it’s good enough for John Cleese…

p.s. I’m not going to lie. This recipe takes time.  If you’re a person of leisure, by all means make your own crust, but if you’re a busy bee, I suggest buying your pie crust at wholly wholesome (http://whollywholesome.com/products/pie-shells.php).  I like to have a few organic whole wheat crusts in my freezer for special occasions. Like when I make a pie.

INGREDIENTS

FILLING

2 cups diced fresh rhubarb

3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced, divided

1/4 cup sugar,

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon cold water

3 tablespoons red currant jelly

CRUST

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

3 tablespoons 1% milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons canola oil

PREPARATION

To prepare filling: Combine rhubarb, 1 cup strawberries, sugar and lemon zest in a large nonreactive saucepan. Let stand for 20 minutes (35 minutes if rhubarb is frozen). Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring often, until the rhubarb is tender but still holds its shape, 5 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth. Stir into the simmering fruit. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is clear and very thick, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and refrigerate until chilled.

To prepare crust & assemble tart: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom with cooking spray.

Spread oats in a small baking dish and bake, stirring occasionally, until toasted, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Place the oats in a food processor and process until finely ground.

Combine milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk the ground oats, flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Drizzle oil onto the dry ingredients and stir with a fork or your fingers until crumbly. Use a fork to stir in the milk mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead 7 to 8 times. Roll the dough out to an 11-inch circle, dusting with flour if necessary. Transfer to the prepared pan, pressing to fit. Trim the edges.

Line the tart shell with a piece of foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake the tart shell until set, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove weights and foil or paper and bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes more. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Shortly before serving, spread the strawberry-rhubarb filling evenly into the tart shell. Arrange the remaining 2 cups strawberries decoratively over the filling.

Heat jelly in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. With a pastry brush, glaze the strawberries with the jelly.

Wait. My husband just ate WHAT?

May 14, 2010

Many of my clients harbor nightmares from their childhood of being forced to eat their Brussels sprouts and hating every minute of it.  Even as adults, it’s hard to convince them that Brussels sprouts actually taste good, even delicious. But they are.

If you make them right.

Here is one of the easiest and most scrumptious ways to cook Brussels sprouts that will not only turn those naysayers around but have them begging for more.  FYI,  Brussels sprouts are are full of  many essential vitamins, folate and fiber as well as an excellent source of Vitamin C. And now they supply 100% of your daily recommend dose of Na-Na-Na-Na-Told-You-So.


3 or 3 1/2 cups of Brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 425.

Line a baking sheet with foil.

Cut each sprout in half lengthwise.

Place sprouts in a plastic bag with oil and toss to coat.

Place sprouts in a plastic bag with oil and toss to coat.

Place sprouts on baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.

Bake until outside leaves begin to brown and crisp and inside is tender.

Something Amazing Just Popped Up

May 13, 2010

Imagine gelato, sorbet or frozen yogurt made fresh daily, using only hormone-free milk, locally sourced ingredients, no high-fructose corn syrup, gluten free (depending on your creations), no artificial colorings or flavorings and preservative free.  Not only that, what if it came on a stick and (control freaks get ready) you could customize it to your own personal taste by dipping it in chocolate, rolling it in stuff like pistachios and brownie chunks and biscotti chunks.

Oh, now you’re listening.

I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend Popbar.  Here’s how it works.  You choose your basic popbar and then pick your “poppings” (their word, not mine).  Poppings include almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, shredded coconut, granola, coffee grains, biscotti crumbles and brownie chunks.  If that is not enough, then you get to choose a signature dip dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate.  Double dipping is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.

If you’re not in the mood to make your own, don’t worry they have many pre-made flavors to choose from.  And by pre-made, I mean made that day. As in, just before you walked in to Popbar, some dedicated Pop-nician (my word) was lovingly slathering chocolate and brownies on the gelato you were dreaming of. It’s like they’re reading your mind.

From vanilla gelato dipped in chocolate with drizzled chocolate on the bottom to chocolate gelato dipped in dark chocolate with hazlenut poppings, the choices are pretty much endless. You can even go guilt-free with their popsorbetto, made with 100% fruit. Which is fine. More brownie chunks for me.

Check them out at http://www.pop-bar.com

Let’s Get Cooking

May 11, 2010

Yesterday, I spent the day in my test kitchen trying out new recipes.  Besides the fact that I ate way too much cookie dough and muffin batter and that I probably have salmonella, it was a pretty good time.  I really love being in the kitchen, which is a surprise to most of my friends who knew me when I couldn’t even boil water.

I experimented making new muffins for toddlers that were both nutrish and delish, as well as created some healthy summer recipes for us older folks who keep putting off going bathing suit shopping.  (How many times can your friends tell you it’s just the lighting?)

Anyhoo, here is an EASY, and I mean EASY, recipe for a healthy gazpacho that takes literally five minutes and will hopefully prevent you from buying that always-a-don’t bathing suit with a skirt.

5 Minute Gazpacho

5 medium vine-ripened organic tomatoes (about 4 ½ cups)

½ medium organic cucumber, peeled and slice (about 1 cup)

½ cup cooked or canned garbanzo beans

1/8 cup chopped organic red onion

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup vegetable broth

¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Garnish (optional)

½ cup chopped avocado, tomato, and/or peeled cucumber

Blend all ingredients except optional garnish in a food processor or blender until smooth, 2-3 minutes.  Transfer to a container and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  Ladle into soup bowls and top with garnish, if desired.

from Petit Appetit Cookbook

Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

May 7, 2010

Hannibal Lechter aside, did you know that fava beans were eaten in ancient Rome and Greece and even Gladiators ate them with barley to give them strength for battle? These tender, creamy members of the pea family are also known as broad beans, pigeon beans, horse beans and Windsor beans and make their appearance in early spring.

Great steamed and served with olive oil, salt and lemon, they are also delish in purees, soup, added to pasta or just sprinkled with sea salt. Favas are high in fiber and iron, have no cholesterol, low in sodium and fat and high in protein. It’s also been said that these little guys are libido boosters. So, there’s that.

Be sure to shell your favas before eating and don’t eat them raw, some people of Mediterranean descent have an allergic reactions to raw or unpeeled favas called favism. Shelling favas are labor intensive so make your husband do it, I mean, allow plenty of time.

Here’s an easy recipe for fava bean dip

Fava Bean Dip with Goat Cheese and Garlic Recipe (from Simply Recipes)

INGREDIENTS

2-3 pounds fresh fava (broad) beans, shelled (about 2 cups)

1 Tbsp salt

1/2 cup chopped green garlic (can substitute 4 cloves chopped garlic)

Olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup or more water

5 ounces goat cheese

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

METHOD

1 Remove the outer shell from the fava beans. The easiest way to do this is to work over a large bowl, bend the fava bean pod near one of the beans, squeeze the bean with your fingers, to have it shoot out into the bowl when the bean snaps. Keep squeezing, pinching and snapping, until you’ve de-beaned all the pods.

2 Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the shelled beans, simmer for 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove beans from the hot water and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and to shock the beans into maintaining their bright green color. When the beans have sunk to the bottom of the bowl of ice water, fish them out and remove and discard the outer peel.

3 In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium. Add the chopped green garlic (or chopped regular garlic cloves) and cook until softened, but not browned, about 3 or 4 minutes.

4 Place shelled and peeled beans in a food processor with softened green garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and water. Pulse until smooth. Stream in a tablespoon or two more of olive oil while puréeing.

5 Scrape mixture out of food processor into a bowl. Mix in the goat cheese until well combined. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

Serve with sliced cucumbers or jicama.

Makes about 2 cups.

Radish Chips anyone?

May 6, 2010

Radishes really don’t get the respect they deserve.

Usually just seen as a fun, colorful garnish, these little earthy-spicy guys are not only versatile but a great source of vitamin c and rich in minerals like sulphur, iron, and iodine. Braise them, drop them in salads with fennel and grapefruit, you can even bake them. Pick some up at your local farmer’s market and try this easy, delicious, nutritious, low-calorie recipe for Baked Radish Chips:

Ingredients:

10 radishes

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp garlic salt

½ tsp paprika

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice radishes
  2. Steam in microwave for 5 minutes
  3. Put in bowl with spices; stir
  4. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, flip the chips and bake for another 10 minute, lo