cooking energy

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in cooking with kids, exercise, families, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, raising children, wellness | 4 comments

6835168360_2805c66ff0“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” -Harriet van Horne

Try this experiment:

1. Cook a meal after an argument you had, a broken tire, commuting delays, or after a general bad day.

2. Cook a meal after you just finished a project you are proud of, just came back from an inspiring exercise session, snuggled with your kids, husband/wife, pets, took a leisurely stroll, or after a general good day.

In each case, what do you think your food will taste like?

The energy that we put into making our meals is incredibly important. When we are in a negative state of mind, the end result of our meal won’t taste very vibrant. When we are in a positive state of mind, our food will sing with good energy, taste, texture and overall appeal.

We teach this fundamental concept to our cooking class students and summer campers. Learning how our energy affects our food (and countless other aspects of our lives) at a young age will help solidify good cooking habits for the future.

The next time you cook, think about what mood you are in. If you are in a bad mood, try simply smiling while sautéing, prepping, assembling – maybe put on some music. Even these little steps can cause a major shift in your energy.

Your taste buds will thank you!

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on the importance of water

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in healthy lifestyle, wellness | 2 comments

358189259_fd05cc1126“Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital.” – Kelly Barton

With a humid summer heat wave reaching our city this week, it’s the perfect time to revisit the importance of water.

As the quote states above, water is often times overlooked in our diet.

The vital power of water is a necessity that we can’t live without.

Make sure you are drinking enough water today, and everyday!

Inspire others around you to do the same, and we will all be much better off.

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Quinoa everything salad

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in fast food, healthy food, lunch time, nutrition, Recipes | 0 comments

photo-49It’s easy to dress up quinoa, since it provides such a neutral base.

Use up lots of goodies sitting your fridge with this delicious, nutritious, and quite stunning quinoa salad.

Serves 2 – Prep time 5 minutes – Total time 7 minutes (not including the 20 minute quinoa time)

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa, 1 cup
  • Carrots, 1 medium sized, chopped
  • Scallions, 2 chopped
  • Raisins, handful, chopped
  • Almonds, handful, chopped
  • Red onion, 2 slices, chopped
  • Cilantro, handful, ripped
  • Lemon juice, 1 tbsp
  • Maple syrup, 2 tsp
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp
  • Black pepper, a few grinds

Directions:

1. Cook quinoa: Place quinoa in a pot, with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then to a simmer. Once all water is absorbed (about 20 minutes), remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes. Then fluff with a fork. Cook more quinoa if you want to use some later in the week, place in a container and refrigerate.

2. Prep your ingredients: Chop carrots, scallions, raisins, almonds, red onion, rip cilantro, and in a separate bowl whisk up lemon juice, maple syrup and olive oil.

3. Assemble + cool: Add all your chopped goodies into the cooked pot of quinoa, mix well. Pour dressing over, mix again. Cool in the fridge or eat right away.

You’ll be amazed at how delicious quinoa is!

Of course, feel free to use whatever you have in your fridge. This salad would taste great with all sorts of other veggies like mushrooms, peas, beets, kohlrabi, edamame, sunflower seeds, pepitas…the possibilities are endless with this versatile super-seed!

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avocado banana blueberry smoothie

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in fast food, healthy food, nutrition, Recipes | 0 comments

8126608990_b4902babfeOMG, you are going to love this smoothie, and so will your kids!

It’s very filling, nutritious and super tasty!

Serves 3 – Prep time 2 minutes – Total time 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana, thawed for a few minutes
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Directions: 

1. Cut your avocado in 1/2, let your banana thaw for a few minutes.

2. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

3. Enjoy for breakfast or snack!

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avocado banana blueberry smoothie

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in fast food, healthy food, nutrition, Recipes | 0 comments

8126608990_b4902babfeOMG, you are going to love this smoothie, and so will your kids!

It’s very filling, nutritious and super tasty!

Serves 3 – Prep time 2 minutes – Total time 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana, thawed for a few minutes
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Directions: 

1. Cut your avocado in 1/2, let your banana thaw for a few minutes.

2. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

3. Enjoy for breakfast or snack!

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