Nutrition is very important to me. I dedicate a lot of time and cooking towards healthier, lighter, and nutritiously well-balanced recipes. I would like to dedicate this section of the blog to share better eating and cooking tips with you and provide information to help you achieve a more balanced nutritious lifestyle. I will be updating this page often!
A healthy relationship with food is fundamental for you to be able to truly savor and enjoy eating a meal; whether at a social event or at home.
“Let food be thy medicine.” -Hippocrates
Food is fuel
First and foremost, food is fuel for the body. When you approach food as nourishment, you will look at food choices more carefully to give your body the best sources of energy it needs to function properly and at its best.
Food is culture
Food is also culture, celebration, and memories. In moderation, we should allow ourselves to enjoy foods that celebrate culture, family, travels and bring back good memories from the table (pending no health related issues of course).
My passion for nutrition / Disclaimer
I have a Masters degree in International Health & Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. I am neither a nutritionist nor a registered dietician and will not give you nutritional or dietetic advice. This page is simply to share my view on nutritional and health information and hope to motivate an interest in you to further educate yourself on nutrition, better eating, and healthier cooking techniques. Hope you enjoy this page and come back to it often!
Selection of Healthy & Low Fat Recipes back to top of page
- 3 Bean Salad (in 5 minutes)
- 3 Minute AsparagusApple Cake (low fat)
- Asian Pear with Gorgonzola, Ricotta & Mint
- Chocolate Soufflé (low fat)
- Cucumber & Smoked Salmon Canapé with Wasabi Cream
- Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese, Rosemary & Honey Spread
- Grilled Eggplants with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil
- Pineapple Lemon-Lime Zest & Mint
- Ricotta Ravioli
- Salmon couscous
- Sautéed Mushrooms
- Seafood Stew (moqueca)
Nutritional Sources back to top of page
I will be providing book reviews and websites with good nutritional resources.
From Farm to Table:
- Interactive map showing seasonal fruits & produce by state (US only) – provided by Epicurious
- Farmers markets search by zip code (US only) – provided by USDA
Healthy Tips back to top of page
I will be providing healthy eating, cooking tips, and healthy substitutions in this section.
Healthy Eating Tips:
- Drink plenty of water! (At least 2 Liters per day)
- Eat small portions 5-6 times a day to speed-up your metabolism and allow for easier digestion.
- Avoid processed foods and sugars or eat small amounts in moderation.
- Avoid caffeine and sodas.
- Drink green, white, and jamine teas.
- Keep a food journal/diary to better assess the foods you are eating (sometimes we are not aware of portion size until we write it down).
- During travel, enjoy local foods. However, eat high fat/sugar/salt foods in moderation.
- Buy fruits and produce in season! They are fresher, cheaper and will taste better.
Healthy Cooking Tips & Substitutions:
- Use less oil and butter when cooking.
- Use more herbs and spices instead of salt for flavor.
- Serve small portions of high fat/high sugar/high sodium (salt) foods.
- Experiment with your cooking! Try reducing the amount of fat/sugar/salt in a recipe!
- Use low-fat yogurt in recipes that call for sour cream or mayonnaise.