I had the amazing opportunity to spend a month on a food adventure in Thailand. During my time there, I fell in love with the kind and warm Thai people. I also became absolutely fascinated with the freshness and zest of Thai Food. In each and every delicious meal I enjoyed in Thailand, my plate was filled with fresh and local ingredients from the outdoor markets. Walking through the Thai Food Markets, I experienced the greatest of foodieland adventure. Filled with sweet and tangy fruits, crispy and fresh veggies, and magnetic and charismatic farmers, Thai markets are treasured destinations for foodies and excellent places to discover some of the world’s most delicious and nutritious foods! In this post I am sharing some of my favorite Thai Farmers Market finds!
In Part 4 of the Gut Health Series, I want us to explore the effects of a probiotic-rich diet. Probiotics are one of the hottest and trendiest topics in the wellness world. We see probiotics in TV ads, magazines, and in every corner of our grocery stores. Nowadays, we find a myriad of food products claiming to be rich in probiotics. I am writing this article to bust some myths around probiotics and to provide you with trustworthy insight into the possible health benefits of a probiotic-rich diet.
Hola Happy Eaters,
Today, I want us to go on an exploration of your gut (aka our intestines). Actually, taking care of your gut health is one of the single most important mindful living habits that you can adopt. In the Mindful Nutrition Blog, I will post a 5 part series on Gut-Health that will explore in-depth the key components for achieving gut health and well-balanced digestion. Why is gut health so important?
Chances are that as the clock hit midnight on 1-1-17, you set some New Year’s Resolutions. A new year brings this sudden rush of enthusiasm that inspires us to set new goals. Now that it’s more than halfway through the year, there are many of us who have fallen short of sticking to our goals. In fact, we might have abandoned goals for the year. Remember, it doesn’t matter how many times you fail to achieve your goals. What does matter is that you get back up, brush the dirt off your shoulders, discover a new intention, set kind and achievable goals, and go for it. Here are a few tips to help you reignite your goals of exercising and leading a more active and mindful lifestyle. There’s no better time than now!
Living in New York City, I am lucky to be able to eat at some of the best falafel joints outside of the Middle East. At both Taim (Israeli restaurant) and Mamoun’s (Syrian Restaurant) in Manhattan, Middle Eastern salads are a delightful staple of almost every falafel sandwich and veggie platter. Whenever I am in need of a crunchy, refreshing, and slightly tart side dish or topping, I turn to my Middle Eastern Salad.
My very simple and zesty Middle Eastern Salad recipe was influenced by my family and our love for Arab and Israeli food. The Middle Eastern Salad is a staple in our home. Perhaps, it found its way into Guatemalan cuisine from Middle Eastern immigrants who have been welcomed into Latin America. I’m not sure exactly how this lemony salad made its way into my family’s table; but, I am eternally grateful for it!
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The Thai Cocojito was inspired by a drink I had at a beach shack in Koh Lanta, Thailand. Koh Lanta is a beautiful, pristine island off the Andaman Coast. While in Koh Lanta, I ate the most delicious Pad Thai on planet earth and kept hydrated with the freshest coconuts and natural fruit juices/smoothies. While tourism is growing in Koh Lanta, it remains mostly untouched and true to its cultural and food traditions. The people of Koh Lanta are some of the most genuinely kind and warm people I’ve had the pleasure to encounter.
Coffee will always hold an esteemed seat at my Latin American family’s table. With family roots in Guatemala- a country that produces some of the best coffee beans in the world- my parents were raised with coffee as one of their basic food groups. Y’all can rest assured, that in my family’s home, there is always coffee after every meal.
My love of coffee evolved from a sweet, morning ritual I shared with my dad during my childhood. Every morning before heading off to work and school, my family had breakfast together. Being conscientious parents and fearing that they would stunt my growth, my mom and dad did not let me drink coffee except during family breakfast. My dad would always let me have 3 tiny sips from his coffee cup to start off the morning. He would tell me that it was the family’s secret to keeping healthy and happy. It stuck with me- 3 sips of coffee in the morning are the key to happiness- at least for some of us!
I’m not advising that you give your children coffee except for the occasional sip. I am just saying that if you truly love coffee and it adds a simple pleasure to your daily hustle, you should happily enjoy it without worrying that you’re being unhealthy. I love healthy living, and I also love coffee!
This delicious chocolate coffee smoothie makes it possible for me to enjoy nourishment and coffee together in one cup! When you take a sip of this smoothie, you’ll be immediately transported back to the memories of your favorite childhood chocolate milkshake. You’ll delight in its creaminess and earthiness!
Are we making school meals great again?
Have school meals ever been great for our children? I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever been enthused by a school lunch. As a dietitian nutritionist, I have worked in Headstart (preschools) and after-school programs evaluating the quality of school snacks and lunches, and can attest to the fact that the food we feed our children in schools is usually not delicious, nutritious, nor high quality. Under the Obama administration, nutritionists, the medical community, and concerned parents experienced unprecedented support to improve the nutritional quality of the food we serve our children. Using school lunch policies and the Let’s Move Campaign, Mrs. Michelle Obama and the Obama administration dedicated resources to promoting the health of our children through balanced eating. While there were obvious challenges in changing school lunch menus, independent studies conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that improvements were being steadily achieved in providing better nutrition for our children. You can read Marion Nestle’s short and sweet post on the improvements we’ve made under the Obama administration’s rules for school food. Granted, by the end of the Obama Administration, our school lunches were still not yet ideal; however, they were well on their way to being great with the help of regulations that adhered to dietary recommendations for improved health.
Out there in some parts of the wellness world, there is this belief that coffee is bad and unhealthy . While I have a deep admiration for all the morning loving people that don’t need coffee or a special morning drink to start off their day, I must confess that when my alarm goes off, I am a walking zombie. It doesn’t matter how early I go to bed, I can always snooze and sleep some more. The only way for me to get my day started and jolt some life into my body is by drinking a warm, comforting drink. While I love coffee the most, I also enjoy drinking other warm elixirs like black and green tea, matcha, spiced chai, turmeric tea, tulsi (tulasi) tea, chamomile, and ginger lemon tea.
For me drinking a warm drink to start my morning is not about getting a caffeine boost, but it is about connecting to my family food traditions and creating a nurturing morning routine.
There is a lot of misinformation in the wellness world: myths about detoxing and eliminating certain foods and drinks from your diet. I am writing this post to deliver the good news: most likely, you can keep enjoying your beloved coffee! If you are in good health and do not suffer from gastritis, arthritis, GERD, or other inflammatory bowel conditions, coffee can be a healthy drink to enjoy, so long as it’s in moderation. Coffee is rich in phenols (a type of antioxidant), which provide protection against chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases (1,2,3,4) . You can be healthy and happy while loving coffee!