As the holiday season approaches, many of our social calendars are being filled with holiday parties and family get-togethers. Good food, drinks and company always make for a festive atmosphere, but what happens if we have food allergies or intolerances? So many of the typical party foods are laden with gluten, dairy, you name it…which has the potential to stop us from enjoying the same refreshments that are on offer, especially if you are at a work function and don’t want to come off as the picky eater or play 20 questions with the party organizer about ingredients. And what if the party is after work and before dinner, and you’re HUNGRY? Here are a few tips that require a bit of proactive-ness and pre-planning on your part, but really could pay off at the end of the day and help you enjoy the festivities.
It’s the season to do some roasting and I’ve been directing people to our Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb recipe in order to see the recipe for perfect roasted potatoes within it for too long. So here it is, plain and simple, very deserving of a post of its own. The way to make roasted potatoes that are super crispy on the outside yet still warm and soft on the inside. The trick is to parboil then “chuff” the potatoes (see translation below).
It’s the sweet spot between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we’re in full holiday swing, with sugary sweets and drinks abounding, even while we’re probably still recovering from our Thanksgiving feast, am I right? If this sounds familiar to you, the idea of intermittent fasting may have crossed your mind once or twice. After all, why not give your digestive system a break and reduce your caloric intake in between two gigantic food holidays?
Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so on the ball that we’re already planning your Thanksgiving leftovers for you – and yes, in a healthy way! Even if your Thanksgiving table was filled with fatty sugary carb-y options (basically unhealthy), I’m guessing you also had some nice veggies on the table too, right? Green bean casserole anyone? So use those green veggies, and add a few of your own at home after the big day and treat yourself to some leftovers that will be good for your taste buds and your waistline! Here are our favorites:
This is not a post about healthy holiday recipes. It is not a post about how to stick to portion control at the holiday buffet (although we do have one about that too). The holidays are a time where people cook up a storm and put time, love, and care into creating delicious and yes, indulging, meals and desserts. And we believe that we all have a right to enjoy these holiday goodies and to indulge in what the season has to offer!
For many of us, stuffing is the icing on the cake of a holiday meal (if I may mix food metaphors). Growing up in a Chinese –American family, our stuffing wasn’t the bready, sausage-y kind, it was the Chinese sticky rice kind. You might recognize sticky rice from dim sum – it usually comes in a steamer wrapped in lotus leaves. For the holidays, it is perfect as a stuffing for a turkey or goose, or just as a delicious side dish. I hope you like it – I certainly do. In fact, for the entire year leading up to the holidays, I look forward to my annual sticky rice fix, and when the time comes, I somehow can’t seem to stop myself from “tasting” enough of it to fill up before the holiday meal is even served!
Whether you have a specific fitness goal or are just trying to stay healthy, exercising regularly is an integral part of any healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend working out 45 minutes to an hour a day (30 minutes for beginners) for weight loss and fitness. The best way to do this is to make exercise a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. If you’re like most people and find it hard to motivate yourself to get to the gym, find a class that sounds fun or enlist a family member or friend as a workout buddy. Finding that external support not only makes it more fun, but creates a sense of accountability that really works!