asian fusion vegan meal at franchia

for variety, my friends and i went to Franchia for a vegan meal, asian fusion style. the restaurant is beautiful, like their website. to start, we had ‘clam’ chowder, spicy rice cake sticks, peking buns, spicy ‘tuna’ roll. the ‘clam’ chowder tasted good and had a great ‘clam’ texture. the peking bun was very tasty – so much that you didn’t miss the meat, and the spicy ‘tuna’ roll had the flavor spot on. while the appetizers were fun, the main meals were only ok. i had the tofu and vegetable claypot in spicy ginger sauce that was quite plain. … Continue reading asian fusion vegan meal at franchia

6 foods that fight pain

instead of taking medication, changing one’s diet can help fight pain. Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices: turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tart cherry, curry rosemary Non-animal sources of protein: fish (canned salmon, black cod, tuna, sardines, halibut, mackerel, herring, anchovies), legumes, dried beans (lentils, soybeans, black beans), grains (quinoa, millet, spelt), and plant (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed) Healthy fats: coconut oil, olive oil, grape-seed oil, avocado, ground flax, nu butters, omega-3 fortified eggs Wide variety of plants: kale, whole grains, beans, lentils; whole rainbow: dark green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple fruits and vegetables; whites (cauliflower, garlic, onion); blacks (black beans) … Continue reading 6 foods that fight pain

caffeine in beverages

the recent news of the 30-year old woman dying from excessiveness (including drinking nearly 2 gallons of coke a day), reminds us that anything in excess can be deadly. while tea is supposed to be good for you, because i drink a lot of it i question how much caffeine is in various drinks – and how much is too much? according to mayo clinic, one should not have more than 500mg of caffeine a day. they also provide a table of caffeine content per popular drink. if you drink any combination of caffeinated drinks, it is good manage your caffeine intake … Continue reading caffeine in beverages

broadway shake at tom’s diner

“da da da-ta, da da da-ta, da da da-ta da-ta da-ta … I am sitting, In the morning, At the diner, On the corner …” before Suzanne Vega’s hit song in the early 80s and the Seinfeld sitcom in the late 80s thru late 90s, lived a diner on a corner in the upper west side named Tom’s Restaurant. around since the 1940s, it is a popular place for hungry Columbia University students to eat and hang out – as well as – devoted fans and tourists to visit. i’ve had many meals there with some favorites including the cheese fries with gravy … Continue reading broadway shake at tom’s diner

school lunches reforms

with work from a lot of great movements from first lady michelle obama, jamie oliver and chefs, there’s a change in the school lunches: whole milk just got expelled from school and white bread is up for suspension. this Wednesday, the healthy school lunch movement earned a $3.2 billion dollar raise, and with it a new set of mandates for cafeterias nationwide. the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a federally funded, five-year plan to improve cafeteria food and reduce childhood obesity. the new guidelines, impacting about 32 American million kids, will guarantee more fruits, veggies and whole grains on the lunch table. … Continue reading school lunches reforms

more reasons to drink water

i know i have not been very good about drinking water although my greatest vice is iced jasmine green tea, which isn’t the worst. but here are 5 more reasons why it is important to do so: It will help you de-stress You’ll lose weight You’ll be less apt to get sick You’ll be more comfortable It will help regulate your blood pressure ________________________________________________________________________________ original article on Yahoo! Shine by Paula Spencer Scott for 5 Surprising Reasons to Drink Water Continue reading more reasons to drink water

health facts about coffee

earlier this year, i read an article about the reasons not to quit coffee and now there are some more reasons! here are some health benefits of coffee: 1. It may help ward off depression. A study which followed a group of women for 10 years found that women who regularly drink fully caffeinated coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers. 2. It may help promote a healthy weight. Drinking coffee after a meal, it causes your body to more slowly process the meal you just ate. Caffeine decreases the rate at which the stomach dumps … Continue reading health facts about coffee

healthy ingredients swap

with simple food swaps, everything you already eat can have a place in a healthy lifestyle by replacing high-calorie and unhealthy ingredients with good-for-you items that taste just as delicious. * Caesar Salad Swap out: Bottled Caesar dressing Swap in: Simple homemade Caesar dressing Ingredients 1/4 cups pasteurized egg substitute 1 clove garlic, minced 1-1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan 8 cups romaine lettuce coarsely cut Preparation In small bowl, whisk together egg substitute; garlic, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and … Continue reading healthy ingredients swap

hankering for hanco’s

if you’re on your way to stroll along the brooklyn promenade or check out newly expanded paths of piers 1-6 of the brooklyn bridge park, you can stop the new vietnamese place on montague street: hanco’s. their vietnamese sandwiches are awesome – you can choose their traditional sandwich; specific meats: grilled pork or chicken; or vegetarian: tofu with a mild or spicy sauce. each sandwich is stuffed with cilantro, pickled radish, cucumber and carrots, and your chosen protein and wrapped inside a super crispy yummy bread – white or whole wheat. i’ve tried several of them but my favorite is the … Continue reading hankering for hanco’s

“scary” food myths – busted!

been scared by some food myths? here are some that are BUSTED! Nutrition “Scare” #1: Fat Will Make You Fat! A diet high in healthy fats proved to be superior to a low-fat diet, both in terms of weight loss and overall health benefits. Saturated and trans fats have given fat a bad name, but the truth is that the unsaturated fats found in foods like nuts, salmon, and olive oil are a key component in a healthy diet. Nutrition “Scare” #2: Bread Will Make You Fat! Eating the right kinds of breads and other grains can actually help you … Continue reading “scary” food myths – busted!

foods that boost immunity

below are five foods that can help you if you have a cold or the flu. Kefir/Yogurt Many yogurts and almost all kefir, a fermented milk product, contain probiotics, the so-called “good” bacteria. Probiotics can help with diarrhea and other intestinal disorders. Probiotics may also help reduce the severity of colds and the flu. Opt for the yogurt and kefir that contain live and active probiotics. Black/Green Tea Green and black teas are also a good source of polyphenols, or plant antioxidants, that can help prevent free radical damage in the body. May aid in defending against cold and flu. … Continue reading foods that boost immunity

milk without the moo

since i have become milk intolerant tho luckily not lactose intolerant, i still have been able to enjoy many things but thing i miss most about milk is having cereal! although i tried some moo-les versious, none tasted right but maybe i haven’t the right one. according to women’s health, some milk substitutes are better for certain things so i’ll have to try it out! Almond Milk Taste: Creamy, rich, and slightly nutty with a hint of sweetness Pros: Least caloric, fortified with vitamin E, calcium and vitamins A and D. Cons: Milk contains small amounts of these nutrients and also … Continue reading milk without the moo