FOODIE KITCHEN TOUR 2017

The most important part of your kitchen besides the foods you fill it with are the pots & pans. I take pride in my pots and pans and I was just introduced to an awesome one.  It is so important to replace your pots and pans often – old ones can even be toxic.  This HEXCLAD has so many beautiful benefits :

http://hexclad.com/ Their patented HexClad pattern allows you to get that great stainless steel sear with little or no oil and best best of all…virtually no sticking! Unlike other pans, our exteriors clean up easily because their patented HexClad design is on the outside too.  PFOA Free I Oven Safe to 500°F I  Metal Utensil Safe I Dishwasher Safe I Scratch Resistant I  Stay Cool Metal Handles I Tri-ply Construction I Lifetime Warranty I Nonstick Inside and Outside

This is the most MODERN beautiful pan in my kitchen and it cooks amazing. I just used it during my prep for my cauliflower mesh and it cooked the garlic so evenly and quickly.

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Hexclad, a stainless steel cookware line that is engineered for cooking with little or no oil and virtually no sticking is perfect to replace your older and possibly toxic line.

  • Same advantages of stainless-aluminum-stainless
  • Faster heating and greater heat retention
  • Combines performance & durability
  • Lower energy use, longevity and strength
  • Ultra-effective nonstick surface that enables less sticking of food items without the use of oil
  • Stay-cool handle, which doesn’t require potholders or grips during use
  • Dishwasher safe and can be used in the oven up to 500 degrees
  • Tri-ply layered construction via laser on both the inside and outside of the pan to enable superior nonstick capabilities

A great gift for a wedding / shower is this 6 piece set that contains 3 with lids : hexclad 2.jpg

 

I just got this amazing Avocado Oil Spray in my gift bag I am really loving it :

  • EZ Spray Can to spray directly on food or pan
  • High Temp Cooking with no breakdown up to 500 degrees
  • Great on Salads, Baked Goods, Oven Fries, etc

I am so glad I tried it because I am now hooked on this website https://chosenfoods.com/collections/pure-oil-sprays

I want to try it all !

Speaking of cooking …. I always have questions about my fish and meat qualities and what to buy and where. I met the folks behind TRUTH NORTH SEAFOOD COMPANY and did a tasting of their salmon and scallops and they were incredible – available at WHOLE FOODS. Tonight we are actually going to have some Salmon we cook it in our cast iron pot and it is amazing. Their website is beautiful if you are a foodie like me check it out – http://www.truenorthseafood.com. There is a whole section called SEAFOOD school – I love that.  I love now knowing a brand that I learned a bit more about so when I go into the stores I can look out for this brand – especially smoked salmon I am always confused on what to get but now I know – check out their website – it will inspire you to eat a lot more fish ! true north

It is so fun because my father in law knows I like to eat grass fed meat and he was in a store and heard about PRE and bought it for us and made a beautiful steak dinner for us a few months ago. I then got to meet the wonderful people behind this brand and taste a few of their other products – we used their chopped meat for a delicious bolognese sauce in our instant pot with red wine but more on them :  http://www.pre-brands.com

PRE is changing the game. Taking taste back to its roots. A modern approach to old-fashioned methods: the highest animal welfare practices, open grazing conditions, natural diet and ongoing quality checks!

I think their packaging methods are fantastic too and is so important –  patent-pending package is vacuum sealed and 100% transparent so you can see just what you’re getting. You can buy on 

PRE offers a full lineup of hand trimmed steaks, different lean points of ground beef and seasonal specialty cuts, individually portioned and packaged.

  • No Added Antibiotics
  • No Added Hormones
  • 100% Grass Fed
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I love potatoes – I think I eat a bit too many and was so lovely meeting Kay from The Sweet Potato Council – she gave me some beautiful sweet potatoes I used to make a sweet potato hash for breakfast with maple syrup it was so good. I am always telling my dad to eat more sweet potatoes – they have antioxidants, Vitamin A, they are only 100 calories and low in fat, they are fiber rich, have Vitamin C that helps your immune system and they are a low glycemic food !! They are also high in potassium to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance.  She gave me so many amazing tips and even some recipes.  You can learn more http://www.casweetpotatoes.com/ – their website is beautiful.

I love to make sure I have a lot of protein and goodness in my diet – I loved talking to one of my favorite brands http://shop.thinkproducts.com – They have this new bar that I am loving   —

Protein & Superfruit Bars are a line of soft and chewy baked bars that combine the benefits of protein with real fruit and lower sugar. These gluten free bars contain 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber, and are made with nutritious ingredients such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains. Two of my favorite flavors are :  Coconut Almond Chia and Lemon Cranberry Chia

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One of their tagline is PROTEIN IS THE ENGINE OF A BUSY DAY.
Speaking of Protein BURT BEE’S is getting into the protein game

Get everything you need to start your day off right in one delicious glassful. Burt’s Bees™ Daily Protein contains 15 grams of plant-based protein and was crafted with the perfect mix of plant-based protein and vitamins from fruits and vegetables to give your day a nutritional boost.

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  • • 15 grams of plant-based protein from Pea, Rice, Flaxseed, Sunflower Seed, and Oat
  • • 2 servings of fruits & vegetables*
  • • 10% recommended daily value** of 12 essential vitamins***
  • • Non-GMO and 70% organic ingredients
  • • Gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free, with no artificial sweeteners or flavors

BURT’S BEES™ DAILY PROTEIN VANILLA SHAKE INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC PEA PROTEIN, ORGANIC BROWN RICE PROTEIN, HONEY POWDER (MALTODEXTRIN, HONEY), ORGANIC SUNFLOWER SEED PROTEIN, NATURAL FLAVORS, ORGANIC INULIN (AGAVE FIBER), PARTIALLY HYDROLYZED OAT FLOUR, ORGANIC FLAXSEED PROTEIN, CARRAGEENAN, SEA SALT, ORGANIC STEVIA LEAF EXTRACT, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE NUTRIENT BLEND (SPINACH, BROCCOLI, CARROT, BEET, TOMATO, APPLE, CRANBERRY, CHERRY, ORANGE, BLUEBERRY, STRAWBERRY, SHIITAKE MUSHROOM), MONK FRUIT EXTRACT

BURT’S BEES™ DAILY PROTEIN CHOCOLATE SHAKE INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC PEA PROTEIN, ORGANIC ALKALIZED COCOA POWDER, ORGANIC BROWN RICE PROTEIN, HONEY POWDER (MALTODEXTRIN, HONEY), NATURAL FLAVORS, ORGANIC SUNFLOWER SEED PROTEIN, ORGANIC INULIN (AGAVE FIBER), PARTIALLY HYDROLYZED OAT FLOUR, ORGANIC FLAXSEED PROTEIN, CARRAGEENAN, SEA SALT, ORGANIC STEVIA LEAF EXTRACT, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE NUTRIENT BLEND (SPINACH, BROCCOLI, CARROT, BEET, TOMATO, APPLE, CRANBERRY, CHERRY, ORANGE, BLUEBERRY, STRAWBERRY, SHIITAKE MUSHROOM), MONK FRUIT EXTRACT.

Read more at http://www.burtsbees.com/product/daily-protein

One of the brands I really like is Vegan Smart – they have a vegan protein chocolate blended mix we use for our home made ice cream in the blender. We have that at night but it is great to have in the morning was your shake for breakfast it contains fiber, protein, omega- 3 and 22 vitamins and minerals !  They have a ton of flavors you can check out more here : https://www.livevegansmart.com/
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Muuna contains zero artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

Muuna, the new way to cottage. It is pretty amazing if you want to hear more check out http://muuna.com/about/. I was able to try one cup but would love to try all flavors this a great treat especially after a workout ! This is also an amazing breakfast !
I met the woman behind a new book about juicing Karliin Brooks, author of Squeeze Life and the founder of The Squeeze, a cleansing and juicing lifestyle brand located in NYC. https://thesqueezejuice.com/pages/squeeze-life – I really liked the imagery of her book and tried some of the food but just noticed there is one in BUSHWICK that is so cool

I loved this one : I HAVE A HEART-ON –Get your blood pumping with this alkalizing blend of beta-carotene, calcium, iron, phytonutrients and protein, which is guaranteed to give you a lift by improving circulation and fueling your cells. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Swiss Chard, Pineapple, Dandelion, Parsley, Lemon and Peppermint. The book looks beautiful so definitely check that out and I had one of the burgers and a kale wrap and they w

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I love HEMP HEARTS and I met one of the loveliest ladies behind https://manitobaharvest.com/products/hemp-hearts/   – they are so good to put on your oatmeal, in your smoothies, to just munch on –  Nutrition Straight From The Bag!

Shelling the hemp seed produces the most nutritious and tender part of the seed, the heart. Hemp Hearts taste great, are easy to use, and nutritious too! There’s no need to grind or cook Hemp Hearts, they’re ready to eat straight from the bag and are simple to incorporate into your diet. Try sprinkling them on salads, cereal, or yogurt or blend them into smoothies. Hemp Hearts may look little, but they contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omega-3 and omega-6 per 30-gram serving (more than a comparable serving of flax or chia).  They have some amazing recipes here too https://manitobaharvest.com/recipes/

Why eat hemp foods? It’s simple: protein and omegas! Hemp foods are rich in protein and have all 10 essential amino acids. They also contain omega-3, omega-6, stearidonic acid (SDA), and the rare omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). What’s so great about GLA? Well, GLA has been shown to help with cholesterol, inflammation, skin and hair health, balancing hormones, and general heart health. Plus if that wasn’t enough, hemp foods also contain magnesium, fibre, iron, zinc, and phosphorous.

 

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I think GAIA is a great company and was so glad to check out all their products – http://www.gaiaherbs.com. One of their products I use all the time is :

Golden Milk

A delicious blend of Turmeric, Dates & Herbs Gaia Herbs Golden Milk is based on the traditional Ayurvedic recipe that has been savored for centuries and used to support the mind and body in a number of ways.* Within the ancient branch of medicine in India known as Ayurveda, Golden Milk is a tonic that’s meant to be nourishing, while also tasting delicious.

But super excited to try :  Mushrooms + Herbs Reishi+Turmeric  Reishi+Turmeric combines the best-known immune Mushroom, Reishi, with Turmeric, for a blend of extracts that supports both the immune and inflammatory responses.* Reishi+Turmeric also contains Shiitake, another immune-supporting Mushroom, with fermented Ginger root as a warming Herb that acts as a bioenhancer (similar to Black Pepper in our Turmeric formulas).* Traditionally, Reishi is a mushroom that has been used in a variety of ways: to support heart health, as a calming adaptogen, and to support energy and stamina.*

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I love Matcha Love – I will state I have been a Matcha fan for years now since I went to Japan so this is a sudden trend I jumped on although I will jump on all health food trends all the time

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So what is Matcha ?  Matcha is a powdered, whole leaf green tea, native to Japan. Its origins are ancient, going back to the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, yet that hasn’t stopped it from being a part of modern life. In Japan, its unique qualities and taste are loved by people from all walks of life—from old-fashioned traditionalists to stylish urbanites.

green tea contains one third of the amount of caffeine found in coffee I matcha is made from ground tea leaves I when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf I  matcha enhances mood & gives you energy

Matcha Love has so many amazing recipes by the way – http://matchalove.com/recipe/ & learn more on their website – you can shop from their website too

Speaking of Tea – one of my favorite tea brands TEAVANA launced ready to drink craft ice teas. Available at Starbucks. There are several flavors but my favorite was :  Passion Tango Herbal Tea — This blissfully punchy tea blend combines lush hibiscus, apple and Thai lemongrass. The iced teas are 100 calories or less with just the right amount of sweetness.

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Another refreshing drink in a beautiful bottle – great for a fancy picnic or backyard party http://www.drysparkling.com/our-story/ – I love their website because they show their flavors but they also tell you if you want to make a cocktail what to mix it with and also like wine otherwise what it pairs well with – for instance the Lavender flavor :  calories 70-

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Pairing Ideas

  • pork tenderloin
  • tiramisu
  • hazelnut gnocchi
  • salted caramel
  • cheese courses
  • seared halibut

Mixology

  • vodka
  • gin
  • Frangelico
  • St. Germain

Lavender is rosemary’s more beautiful, refined sister.

Btw the cocktail page is really incredible – http://www.drysparkling.com/mix/ – inspires you to want to throw a lovely dinner party or garden party with cocktails.

I just tried Corazona’s HeartBar Oatmeal Squares  and learned something new about plant sterols … you can learn more here – http://www.heartbrandfoods.com –   plant sterols- to block the absorption of LDL “bad” cholesterol into the blood stream I   fiber  from ingredients like oats, help absorb and sweep cholesterol from the body I  healthy benefits from ingredients like walnuts are important elements of a cardioprotective diet & tasty — there is one with cherries and it is so good !

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Some other bars I recently tried were :  Organic Plant-Based I  20 g Plant Protein I  3.2 g BCAAs I  9 g Fiber I USDA Organic I  Non GMO Project Verified I NSF – Certified for Sport I Informed-Choice.org – Trusted by Sport Vegan • Gluten Free • Dairy Free • Soy Free

  • Every product in Garden of Life’s complete Sport System is rigorously tested and certified Truly Clean.  You can learn more here : https://www.gardenoflife.com/content/products/bars/
  • I want to try some of their super seed bars GOL.jpgShout out to Don Saladino, Top Fitness Expert and Celebrity Trainer who is always a few steps ahead of traditional fitness trends. Don is the one who got me hooked on these awesome Garden of Life bars – they are great for post workouts.

Ha – and I say I have to work out because I eat ice cream – If you know me I love ice cream — and ice during the Summer… I found the most adorable ice pops for this summer that look like unicorn ice pops I adore the look of them – they are a classic Italian ice spin – fat free, non – DGMO and no high fructose corn syrup. They are only 45 calories. The cotton candy is the cutest. The cool part is the retail is $2.99 – I am definitely going to have these at a Caravan Stylist Studio party !

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