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Clean Plates: Must have!

4 Apr

Clean Plates by Jared Koch, is a must read, not only for health foodies, but for anyone thinking of eating healthier.

Jared tells you every single thing you need to know about a healthier diet, simplified and straight to the point. He breaks it down to The Five Precepts – five easy to follow steps to a healthier you!

Apart from the great nutritional advice, Clean Plates is also a restaurant guide to healthy and sustainable restaurants in LA (Manhattan and Brooklyn versions available as well).

The restaurants featured in the book have to serve delicious and nutritious food. They have been carefully selected for their tasty plates, the use of healthy ingredients, like meats from animals raised in farms, without the use of hormones, or the type of sweeteners used for their desserts. Also important are food preparation and cooking methods.

This is a book you can take with you everywhere. Plus, there is now a free app for you iphone.

Remember… Eat Healthy, be Happy!

Food of The Week: Quinoa

3 Apr

Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein, like meat, milk, eggs, soy  or fish. It is the most nutritious of all the grains and has a delicious nutty taste. It was the staple food of the Incas and it’s considered a superfood due to it’s nutritional properties.

Quinoa is rich in calcium, iron and magnesium, high in vitamins B1, B2, B6, E, folate, copper, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.

The nutrients in quinoa are beneficial for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Quinoa also helps reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and colon cancer.

Fresh quinoa must be soaked in water for at least 2 hours, to remove compounds known as saponins that give quinoa a bitter taste. I usually soak it for longer to let it sprout.

Quinoa Salad

(Serves 2)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 tomato, cut into cubes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • Cilantro, mint, salt and pepper

After soaking the quinoa, rinse carefully and add to a pot with the water. Add sea salt or Kombu and then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, add salt and pepper as desired. When the quinoa is cooked add and mix with the rest of the ingredients, serve and enjoy!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!