Archive for May, 2009

Hydroponic Greens

On a recent trip to whole foods, I was delighted to find not only the usual organic, local produce but also some hydroponic greens. I stocked up on hydroponic boston lettuce and watercress (which by the way is LOADED with potassium, calcium, vitamin c and iron).  I think the last time I saw hydroponic greens was on a trip to Epcot, visiting The Land. I remember learning about the futuristic way to grow produce pesticide free and  with a perfect combination of nutrients. iStock_000000478077XSmall

So what exactly is hydroponic growing? According to “Hydroponic growing techniques are soil-less and use water to transport nutrition to the plant. Our process uses nutrient-enriched water flowing through a channel to feed our lettuce the perfect combination of nutrients required for vigorous growth. Of course water quality is key and we operate our own ground water resource that is filtered with a combination of reverse osmosis, mechanical filtration, or sterilization at several stages in the growth cycle.

We also carefully monitor our greenhouses, regulating temperature, humidity and light levels. We enhance CO2 levels and extend Winter daylight so our lettuce grows at the same optimal level year-round. Optimal nurturing at each phase of development allows us to offer the finest, best-tasting, longest-lasting lettuce in the world.”

Look for some hydroponic greens are your next trip to the market!


Turmeric Reduces Weight Gain, Suppresses Fat

Turmeric has long been associated with good health and longevity.  Its healing properties have been known for centuries in the Eest.  Now, according to new health benefits are being discovered.  Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (USDA HNRCA) have found another possible benefit of turmeric. The curcumin it contains appears to reduce weight gain and suppress the growth of fat tissue.  To read the full story in its entirety, click here

Not sure how to incorporate this spice in your life?  Try this easy tofu scramble. It makes for a diverse breakfast option!

Tofu Scramble

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
   1 block firm tofu
2 to 3 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon tamari soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1 red onion, chopped
½ red bell pepper, chopped
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon umeboshi vinegar
Dash of black pepper
  1. Press tofu to remove excess water and crumble into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  3. Add tofu, tamari and turmeric.
  4. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  5. Add onion, red pepper, paprika, umeboshi vinegar and black pepper.
  6. Cook for 5 more minutes or until mixture thoroughly heated.

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Boosting Metabolism Recipe: Seared Salmon with Orange Glaze + Sauteed Greens

The past couple of months have been pretty hectic with work and preparing for my sisters wedding. Now that her wedding came and went:( its time to fully get back into my regular routine. So one of things that I have put back on my to-do list is to visit the Union Square Farmers Market every Monday to purchase my produce for the week. I was delighted to go yesterday and find a bounty of delicious looking fresh, local foods. Here’s what I stocked up on: gala apples, swiss chard, asparagus, tatsoi (similar in taste to bok choy), mixed greens, radishes, spring onions, green garlic and shitake mushrooms.


I put together this quick, easy meal that is perfect to rev of your metabolism with the omega 3’s, citrus, garlic, selenium (shitake mushrooms), coconut oil and greens…

Seared Salmon with Orange Glaze

4 6-ounces of wild salmon fillets (best choice is Alaskan)

1 tbsp coconut oil

1/4 cup tamari

1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup maple syrup

3 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1/2 tsp ginger, minced


Mix tamari, orange juice, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar and ginger together. Pour the marinade over the fillets, and turn to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Remove the salmon from the marinade, reserving the marinade, and season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat for 1 minute on each side. You should hear a sizzle. Remove fillets from the heat and transfer to a glass baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven.

Meanwhile, pour the reserved marinade into the skillet and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until thick and syrupy. Remove the salmon from the oven, drizzle the with the remaining glaze and serve.

Sauteed Greens + Shitakes

1 tsp coconut oil

1 green garlic, chopped

2 spring onion, chopped

1 cup of chopped shitake mushrooms

3 cups of swiss chard, cut into 2 inch pieces

3 cups of tatsoi

1 tbsp tamari


Combine the coconut oil, onion and garlic in a large skillet over warm over medium heat. When the garlic begins to color add the chard, tatsoi and shitake mushrooms. Cover for 3 minutes, then stir until tender.

Want to find out more about boosting your metabolism? Join me in my Healthy Living teleclass series Wednesday, May 20th, 7pm EST. For more information click here

Naturopathic Doctors Call For Real Health Care Reform

Today, 100 naturopathic doctors and supporters met on Capitol Hill to advocate for an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system.

“The healthcare system must address the underlying factors that lead to chronic disease,” says Karen Howard, Executive Director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. “Nearly 40% of all U.S. deaths are from heart disease, and more than two thirds of Americans are overweight. We need to move past this broken model and create a system that focuses on overall health, wellness and enabling the body’s natural healing process.”

This is the change we need. By empowering people to take charge of their health by incorporating more whole foods, exercise and stress reducing activities we can significantly lower the amount of money we spend on medications and operations.

This is exactly what Integrative Nutrition students are doing. Yes, we are a school, but we are also a movement. Students and graduates are out in their communities teaching men, women and children the importance of whole grains, fruits and vegetables as well as balancing other aspects their lives.

Do you want to be a part of this movement?

NuVal: Nutritional Scoring

There is so much confusion in the supermarket these days, so I’m thrilled to hear how the new Nuval system will work.  Nuval is a Nutritional Scoring System, designed by Dr. Katz ( Former Director of Public Health at Yale and Guest lecturer at Institute for Integrative Nutrition) to help consumers make educated choices in the market. The system was designed by an independent third party (having nothing to do with government, lobbyists, etc) to simply help consumers.

The NuVal™ System (put together by leading scientists and nutrition experts) considers more than 30 different nutrients and nutrition factors – and their impact on health outcomes – to determine a food’s Score, so it gives a robust and fair account of a food’s true nutritional value. The NuVal System scores food on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal Score, the higher the nutrition. It’s that simple. 

Pepperidge Farm Classic Hot Dog Buns has a score of 10, while Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread score 81. Quite a difference! Going back to our organic cereal comparison, Kashi Strawberry Fields scores an 11, while Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs scores a 91. 

While the system will be extremely helpful for consumers, there are some misleading bits of information. The system marks fat-free milk for example as having a score of 100, yet we know countless information that talks of the ill effects of dairy.

For more information on how the system works check out the video below…look for the system to roll out in a store near you soon.

I’m Healthy, I Eat Organic

Recently I had a client come to me who couldn’t understand why she wasn’t losing weight.  She said “I eat so healthy, I eat everything Organic”.  Upon further investigation, I came to understand that the list of organic foods she ate was not limited to produce but things like organic cereal, organic cookies and organic milk.  cascadian-farms

There seems to be a misconception that organic=good for me.  While switching to organic groceries is definitely recommended in order to stay clear of toxins and chemicals, it is not a free pass to losing weight and good health.  Organic products still use sugar for example. It may be organic sugar but it still has the same effect on your body as conventional.  Take organic cereals for example.  There are several on the market, especially granola’s that are awfully high in sugar…about 16g per serving. If you are going to eat cereal, look for organic cereals that have no more then 6grams per serving.  Here are a few to try Cascadian Farms Purely O’s (1gram sugar/serving),  Barbara’s Bakery Puffins (5gram sugar/serving & wheat free), Nature’s Path Crispy Rice Cereal (2gram sugar/serving, gluten free)

Want to find out other ways to lose weight? Join me for my upcoming teleclass “Ditch The Diet: Boosting Metabolism” May 20th 7pm est.  For more information and to register click here