Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Eat Local

Not only is eating local food better for the environment by burning less fuel, it’s also better for your health. The produce is more flavorful and contains more nutrients as it has less miles to travel. You are able to support the local economy and can truly find out about your food, simply by asking the source directly. Local food also supports the Ayurvedic principal of eating seasonal foods. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables helps you keep your body in sync with the cycles of Nature. Here are a few ways you can go Local.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Consciously Happy

If you've been following me for awhile, you would know that I've always focused on providing my family with home-cooked meals. Sharing these recipes here on c-cooking, brought me to take a year-long nutrition course at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) which started in July. One of the key philosophies of the school (which makes total sense) is that it's not just the food you eat, but also elements in your life, such as relationships, career, physical activity... your happiness, that has more impact to your health and being healthy. This month the awareness of happiness led to today's post.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Healthy Eating Shopping Guide

Not sure what to buy when shopping for food? Want to make informed choices for a healthy diet? Here are a few suggestions and lists to help you stock up on nutritious foods. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Maple Quinoa Crunchy Granola

Who doesn't love "dessert" 
first thing in the morning?
When we stayed at our friend's house for the weekend a few weeks ago, I thought it would be nice to make a different kind of breakfast (think gluten-free) for everyone, so we picked up some stuff to make parfaits. They had KIND Maple Quinoa Clusters on-hand which both my kids and I fell in love with. I'm used to making my own granola, so it was nice to try another product, especially having heard good things about this particular brand.

Of course, I needed to try to make this as one bag wouldn't even last a day in our household. ;-) My first attempt at a copycat KIND recipe came from gluten free on a shoestring tasted great, but didn't "cluster" and the taste of millet was quite strong, so I adapted the recipe a bit the second time around by grinding up some of the whole grains and adding water to help everything stick together. It is a little on the sweet side, so you can totally skip the sugar, which I did today, and it still tastes great. 

All these gluten-free whole grains are packed with protein, fiber and nutrients, making this granola a superfood super breakfast, snack or even dessert! ;-)