holiday health: ate too much?

This post is part of the Healthbuzz December series, Holiday Health, by Foodbuzz.

It happens to all of us. The allure of exciting appetizers, festive cocktails and far too many cookies every time you turn around can make it extremely difficult to keep up with your normal, healthy eating habits. The problem isn’t over-eating at one party, it’s what happens following the party. It’s easy to give up and start thinking that since you’ve over done it last night, the cookie today won’t make any difference. It’s important to remember every day starts new and every day is the perfect time to continue your healthy eating and exercise lifestyle.

I really like to focus on “clean eating” after I’ve eaten too much and by that I mean lots of veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and tea. That also means skipping the alcohol, coffee, dairy, refined (white) flour and sugar. Working up a sweat and keeping your eats clean will leave you feeling better in no time!

Clean Eating Example:

Morning:

Lunch:

  • Big Salad: full of greens, veggies, some protein and good fat. My favorite?
  • A mix of romaine and something dark like spinach or arugula (6 cups); any veggie I can find like cabbage, peppers, carrot, cucumber, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, etc (3 cups); some protein and fiber from a grain like quinoa (3/4 cup) or beans (1/2 cup); and some good fats from flax oil (1 Tbsp) or chopped avocado (1/4 cup). Serve with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Dinner:

  • Baked salmon (4-6 oz)
  • Brown rice (3/4 cup)
  • Roasted or steamed broccoli (1-2 cups)

Snacks: (If hungry)

  • Palmful of almonds
  • Vegetables and hummus

What do you do when you over-indulge? How do you stay on track throughout the Holidays?

chinese hot & sour soup

When Justin from Marx Foods contacted me about participating in “A Chile & A Spoon” Blogger Recipe Challenge, I accepted immediately – I love a good challenge and I love anything with some spice. As I considered what to make Asian foods kept coming to mind. I am after all, still obsessed with all flavors Asian. So I turned to the Internet and determined the essential flavors and ingredients of a classic hot & sour soup.

This Chinese classic had phenomenal flavor. It is spicy from the chilies, sour from the vinegar and savory from the chicken broth and Asian sauces. The pork and meaty mushrooms take this soup from starter to meal, and it is definitely substantial enough for a meal.

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup - 4 servings

  • dried chilies (I used Japones Chilies, a medium heat Asian Chile)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 lb pork loin, thinly sliced into bite size pieces
  • 8 oz exotic mushrooms (mix of baby bella, oyster and shitake), sliced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 can bamboo sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, whisked together
  • green onions, thinly sliced

Soak chilies in boiling water for at least 30 minutes. Drain from water.

Heat oil in wok and when hot add pork, stirring frequently for about 3-4 minutes.

Prepare sauce: combine vinegars, fish and soy sauce and sesame oil.

Add mushrooms, ginger, bamboo sprouts and sauce to wok. Cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add chicken broth and chilies. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Prepare cornstarch: mix 1 tsp cornstarch with 2 tsp water. Add to soup mixture and  stir well.

Taste soup – at this point I added a touch of salt, pepper and 1 tsp of sriracha.

While stirring soup, pour eggs into wok. Divide into soup bowls.

Garnish with green onions and a chile pepper.


top foodie gifts of 2010

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we can officially start thinking about Christmas. Are you excited or annoyed? I’m really excited and have already started my shopping! :) Since today is the day that the shopping frenzy typically begins on I thought I’d give you a shopping list for every foodie on your list.

From Left to Right:

  1. Truffle Salt: my favorite salt for eggs, popcorn, mashed potatoes, etc. It is delicious on everything!
  2. Subscription to the top food magazines: Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur, etc.
  3. Flavored Vinegars: versatile and can add that extra something to vinaigrettes. (not pictured)
  4. Chocolate Nut Butters: self-explanatory and sure to make that morning toast extra special.
  5. Bacon: it’s all the rage and my favorite, Nueske’s has gift baskets and ships everywhere!
  6. Specialty Cocktail Mixes: we tried a home made Basil Limeade from Golden Fig (Thanks for the recommendation Kate!) and it was as amazing as it sounds.
  7. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, by Anthony Bourdain.
  8. Heirloom Beans: much more fun than the garbanzo bean standard.
  9. Mo’s Bacon Bar: See #4 and #5.
  10. Cookie Exchange Tags: sharing recipes for Christmas Cookies will never get old.
  11. Food for those in Need: the best foodie gift of all.

What’s on your wish list this year?

thankful for

thanksgiving with family. hot yoga. red wine. the taster. wisconsin cheese.
a healthy body.  an abundance of food. travel. parents.
warm boots. haiti. amazing friends. christmas cookies. twitter. a job. blogs.
coffee. a mom who didn’t make tater tot hot dish so i can appreciate it now.
college degree. in-laws. cooking on sunday afternoons.
fresh flowers. greens. green tea. purses. pho. finding a wedding photographer.
brothers who bring cheese. sauteed kale. blue eyes. babies.

 

What are you thankful for today?