Jujubes, Chinese Dates or Red Dates

2 Feb


Try new foods…I came across this fruit which has been called “The Healthiest Fruit on Earth”. Jujubes, Chinese Dates or Red Dates are seventy to 80 times higher in Vitamin C than grapes and apples. They are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. They stimulate the production of white blood cells, which improves immunity, and decrease the levels of cholesterol in your bloodstream, which helps protect the liver. Like acai berries and other antioxidant foods, they are believed to suppress cancer cells. When dried they are sweet and chewy … it is like eating a huge raisin.
Do not hesitate to incorporate new healthy foods into your diet! I am now adding Red Dates to my daily smoothies and even putting them in my herbal infusions…just give them a try!


Organic mozzarella, tomato and farro salad with homemade pesto.

1 Feb
Organic mozzarella, tomato and farro salad with homemade pesto for school lunch today. Another week is over and we are already in February! Time flies! I hope you are sticking to your 2013 year’s resolution and that you are staying healthy and feeling good!
As we approach Super Bowl Sunday, the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving, make wise choices…start the day by eating a nutrient-rich breakfast consisting of a green juice (check my recipes) and eggs or oat meal. Drink plenty of water before the game and while at the party start by eating what’s healthy first…go for the veggie tray, and guacamole…then, if you want to, try some of the other foods…you’ll see that cravings for what’s unhealthy will lessen substantially…keep in mind that you want to Feel Good and avoid having to call in sick on Super Bowl Monday!!! Have a great weekend! 🙂

Green Juice

30 Jan

IMG_1231Got to love my daily juice! Today’s juice not only helped me recover from my morning workout, but it also brought back some of my childhood memories…when I used to go to Cartagena in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia I would go to this tiny fruit shop to get the most delicious melon juice: thick yet refreshing! Mine today was similar but not quite the same…I used melons, which gave it a sweet taste, but I added other ingredients that gave it the green color as well as extra nutrition: kale, banana, spirulina, maca powder and camu camu powder…Great way to start my weekend!!

Quinoa, vegetable and chicken soup.

30 Jan

Today’s tip is to get the kids involved when planning and making lunch boxes! Shop for lunchbox items with them and ask for their help in the packing process…your kids will have more pride in consuming what they helped to create!
In today’s lunchbox we packed a homemade quinoa, vegetable and chicken soup which will sure warm up and energize their day! Quinoa is a very nutritious food, high in minerals, amino acids and nutrients. It is easy to digest, has a low glycemic index, and can help us with memory as it is a rich source of B vitamins… the most convenient thing about it is that I made it last night, just had to warm it up in the morning, and leftovers can be frozen for later … A hearty, nutritious and satisfying soup, perfect for the winter months!

Quinoa, vegetable and chicken soup (It can be made with vegetable stock and without the chicken if you prefer to have a vegetarian option)

4 cups chicken stock (see recipe for homemade chicken broth in previous posts)
1/4 organic frozen corn
1/4 organic frozen green peas
(you can use your choice of vegetables)
1/3 cup of quinoa
1/3 cup shredded chicken (cooked while making chicken stock)

Add the vegetables, quinoa and shredded chicken to 4 cups of chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until vegetables and quinoa are tender.IMG_1255


Healthy Lunch Boxes

30 Jan

ImageOne of the biggest challenges for us parents in terms of health and nutrition, is making sure our kids are eating well at school. A healthy lunch can stabilize their energy, improve their concentration, and even out their moods. By encouraging healthy eating habits when they are young, we can make a huge impact on our children’s relationship with food and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy and happy adults.
I pack my girls’ lunch boxes on a daily basis and I have to tell you that it’s not a simple task! Trying to diversify the flavors, ingredients while keeping lunches healthy and appealing at the same time is quite difficult. But I am proud to say that most of the time I get empty lunch boxes at the end of the day, and I know they are getting a balanced and healthy nutrition!
Some tips I want to share:
– Always include fruits, vegetables, and a protein source such as chicken, beans or tuna.
-When making sandwiches choose whole grain bread instead of white bread (the fiber and protein from the bran and germ in whole grain bread provide a more constant source of energy)
– Avoid sugary drinks like soda, fruit punch, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sweet tea, and other sugary drinks (these will raise blood glucose and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving)
– Choose healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks, and sea weed, instead of empty calorie snacks (chips, cookies).

Today’s lunch consisted of:

– Chicken salad sandwich made with leftover home made roasted organic chicken, a little bit of organic mayo, and seasoned with turmeric (that is why the salad looks yellow :)…turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory) in organic whole grain and seeds bread.
– Carrots
– Pomegranate seeds
– Quinoa and black bean chips

Always remember to have ice packs in their lunch boxes to keep food cold and fresh!