Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
For dessert its fresh homemade fruit compote. Your choice of fruit, but I chose:
1 pear ripened
2 peaches ripened
3 black apricots soft and ripened
Friday, December 25, 2015
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
We all know that salmon is good for us. It is an oily, fatty fish that is a great source of the so called “good” fat or omega 3. It is also a good source of calcium and vitamin D. But, buyers beware when it comes to salmon because not all salmon is alike.
When choosing salmon you should always pick wild salmon over farm raised salmon. The main reason is that farm raised salmon is upwards of 8 times more toxic than wild salmon due to the confinement of the salmon, the feeding and general living conditions. The Seafood Watch Guide strongly advises against eating farm raised salmon and suggest the best salmon to eat is wild Alaska salmon.
Ordinarily, I would say that eating wild Alaska Salmon is the best, but my experience is slightly different. I was raised in the outdoors of Maine. Much like Alaska people in Maine hunt, fish and gather local food for consumption. That means that food is usually consumed in season, fresh and local. My parents owned two homes. One on the ocean and one in-land near the lakes and streams. My father would fish for salmon and when caught we would have salmon fresh from the pure waters of New England for dinner that night. The taste and the texture was something you have to experience for yourself. To me caught fresh and cooked immediately is the only way fish should taste.
Times have changed and I now live in the City. However, I still eat wild Salmon and prefer it from the colder waters of Canada or Alaska. Wild Alaska Salmon may not be fresh from the water to the pan, but it is a better choice than farm raised.
I like my salmon poached with a side of dill weed and dill sauce. Dill weed is an herb that is an excellent source of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and C and zinc, folate and calcium, as well as a host of other vitamins and minerals.
Dill has all the characteristics to be consideredt as one of the most valuable functional foods. 100 g of dill weed provides only 43 calories, but its nutritional profile holds its own against other high calorie food source such as nuts, cereals and the meat group.
So when it comes to health step to the wild side and ask for Alaska wild salmon and a side of weed! Dill weed –that is!
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Of all the fruits I love to smell, fresh ripe peaches are the best. I love the sweet, but tart smell that can only be described when you taste the succulent juicy flesh. When I was young peaches were a delicacy that only appeared for a short time in the summer. Today you can purchase peaches anytime and from most anywhere. However, there is a big difference between peaches that are in season and peaches that are imported from somewhere else, which are usually hard and mealy because they were picked before they had a chance to ripen. I like my fruit in season and local. It makes a big difference in the taste and the quality. Humans evolved eating local foods that were vine ripened. As a naturopath I would always advice eating as fresh and as local as possible.
Peaches are a great source of many vitamins and minerals including a great source of potassium. A shortage of potassium has been associated with fatigue, anxiety, hypertension, muscle soreness and poor memory, as well as heart issues.
Peaches are also a good source of fiber. They help to keep the intestinal system clean by providing a mild laxative effect. And because peaches are about 80 percent water and a good source of fiber they can be effective when it comes to losing weight. What’s not to love here?
Peaches originated in China. The Chinese place great nutritional and magical significance to peaches. They are an ancient symbol of fertility. The peach is a symbol of an omen, signifying good luck, abundance and protection. The fruit is believed to offer immortality, or at least a long life. Eating peaches is good for your health and good health insures a long life. I’m loving this fruit!
Peach blossoms mean generosity and bridal hope. She’s a real peach means she’s a very sweet girl and what a peach means what a good “looker”. It was by a peach tree that the protagonist of the Tale of Kieu fell in love. Ah, love…
The peach has become a word to signify someone we love, something sweet, something tender and something beautiful? With it’s beautiful pink blossoms turning into a succulent fruit that is not only good for your health, but also a symbol of love, is it any wonder that Steve Miller Band sang to my heart as they penned the lyrics,” I really love your peaches, let me shake your tree.”
Saturday, December 05, 2015
We cannot stop radical ways of thinking, but we can through yoga begin to see the world as embedded and connected to the universal energy of spirit. When we see the world this way we transcend the separateness of the ego. We cannot stop the violence in the world. But we can each of us do our part to bring peace by not doing physical harm, not using words that hurt and by mastering our thoughts, moods and attitudes. Just practice compassion and understanding. Remember we are all connected to the universal spiritual energy of life. Harm one you will harm all. Do no harm.
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Balsamic vinegar can make even a non-Italian smile. Balsamic vinegar is one of my favorite ways to dress up salads, vegetables and fruit. It’s low in calories and high in health. It taste good and adds a zip to most foods. I repeat; it taste good and is low in calories. Are you smiling? Feeling happy?
True balsamic vinegar is not really vinegar. Rather it is made from the pressing of two grapes, Trebbiano and Lambrusco, resulting in a thick syrup that is aged for a minimum of 12 years. The syrup is aged in different types of barrels such as oak, acacia, chestnut, cherry, mulberry, ash and sometime juniper. Traditional balsamic vinegar comes for either Reggio Emilia or Modena Italy. Different ages of vinegars carry different labels.
The flavor intensifies over the years, with the vinegar becoming sweet and very concentrated. During this period a small portion of the liquid evaporates. It is said this is the “angels” share. Somehow that conjures up happy thoughts in my head.
My two favorite balsamic vinegars are Elsa which is great for salads, meats and vegetables and Riserva di Famiglia which is good also for salads, but is a little sweet so works great on fruit with a little cheese. Both are quite expensive, but well worth the cost. You only use a small amount so they last a long time. Once you have tried these balsamics you will never go back to commercial vinegars again.
I promise these little gems will not only make your taste buds happy, but they are also good for your health. Balsamic vinegar boosts the activity of pepsin, an enzyme that breaks down protein into small amino acids that can be easily absorbed by the body. Pepsin helps to improve the body’s metabolism as well. Balsamic vinegar improves insulin sensitivity, allowing for easier regulation of blood sugar.