What are your plans this summer? Perhaps you will be sitting by a lake, enjoying some time on a patio or lounging by a pool. Whatever your plans are, summertime is the perfect time to enjoy eating live, whole, fresh foods. From wild blueberries and juicy oranges, to buttery pears and fresh herbs – this is the best time of year for taste!
In this edition of the Dr. Joey newsletter, you will find articles, products and recipes designed to tempt your senses on many levels. From “green” pans that will help you make the most delicious dishes to goji berries and help planting your own organic garden –you will find it all.
Wishing you best health and happiness,
Dr. Joey Shulman DC, RNCP
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Edward & Sons Baked Brown Rice Snaps
The cracker aisle is full of options that can leave you confused but Edward & Sons keeps it simple with their gluten-free, all-natural brown rice snaps.
The plain variety has only two ingredients – organic brown and white rice flour. At 60 calories for 8 crackers, you can dress these crackers up with goat's cheese, avocado, nut butter, hummus or whatever tickles your fancy.
The snaps come in 9 flavors and are available at your local health food store.
Barbara's Bakery Multi-Grain Cereal Bars
Barbara's Bakery is known for their low-sugar, wholesome cereals but they also do cereal bars!These sweet, fruit-filled bars are made with oats and barley instead of wheat and are sweetened with fruit juice instead of sugar.
Kids will love their soft, moist texture and at 150 calories per bar, it's a healthy treat for grown-ups too. www.barbarasbakery.com/snacks-multigrain
The Original GreenPan™
We want the convenience of non-stick but we don't want the known carcinogens and pollutants like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE) in our food and the environment.
The solution is the GreenPan™, the first eco-friendly PFOA/PTFE-free fry pan that uses a Thermolon coating to ensure healthy non-stick cooking. GreenPan™ performs just like regular non-stick cookware but release 60% less carbon. It's also made with used, uncycled stainless steel and ergonomic aluminum handles.
Available at Sears and Cayne's Superstore. We can't wait to get our hands on one! www.green-pan.com
Young Urban Farmers
Founded in 2009 by under-30 entrepreneur Chris Wong, Young Urban Farmers is an up-and-coming Toronto-based business that designs, installs, plants, and maintains edible vegetable gardens in backyards, front yards, balconies, and rooftops across the GTA. All the work is done for you, leaving you with a beautiful, deliciously edible landscape.
Bonus: Shulman Weight Loss clients get 10% off any container garden setup until July 31 and consultations are always free. Check out www.youngurbanfarmers.com to get started on growing your own produce!
BioGaia Probiotic Chewable Tablets and Drops
How do you get a clinically effective dose of probiotics into someone who doesn't swallow pills? BioGaia, a world leader in probiotics, specializes in probiotic supplements for infants and children.
Its chewable tabs and drops contain 100 million live Lactobacillus reuteri bacteria, the same bacteria found in mother's milk that's designed to build her baby's immune system. L. reuteri is proven effective against diarrhea, infant colic, H. pylori and gum disease. Check out www.biogaia.com and order by calling 1-800-263-4057.
Goji Berries - During the Tang dynasty, there was a Buddhist temple that was covered with goji vines. Over the years, countless berries fell into the well that supplied water to the monks who lived and prayed at the temple. These monks became famous because into their old age they maintained full black heads of hair, lost no teeth and exuded the glow of good health in their faces. How has this accomplished? By the daily consumption of goji berries! Basic studies of the plant's chemical composition reveals that the goji berries contain two powerful phytochemicals, beta-sitosterol and kukoamine, which have cholesterol-lowering effects. (For this reason, goji berries have been contraindicated for people on blood thinners.)
Goji berries are also high in antioxidants beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and vitamin C. They actually have more beta-carotene than carrots and more vitamin C than some oranges. Try goji berry tea or sprinkle some on your soup or hot cereal for an exotic twist. The dried berries contain 150 calories per 1.5 ounces, 5 grams of protein, 32 grams of carbohydrates and no fat.
The newest trend in the food world is an omnivorous diet that includes meat, but not as the centerpiece of the every meal. Practiced by visionaries like David Suzuki, Albert Einstein and even the Dalai Lama (yes, he eats meat), the flexitarian diet has endless appeal for mostly vegetarians and hard-core meat eaters alike. In their new cookbook, Canadians Nettie Cronish and Pat Crocker make the transition to “meat optional” eating easy for families with recipes that have a vegetarian and meat variation.
For instance, you can enjoy Mâche with Roasted Beets, Walnuts and Blue Cheese or have an equally tasty and balanced meal with Mâche with Roasted Beets and Grilled Beef. Each dish comes with instructions on when to separate the vegetarian portions, when to add meat or fish, and what to add instead of meat in order to maintain healthy protein levels.
Keeping with the health-conscious theme, Cronish and Crocker discuss what organic really means, how to pick quality produce and how to dish out appropriate serving sizes. Delicious kid-friendly flexitarian recipes and desserts like Quinoa Pecan Fudge Cupcakes are also included in this beautiful book. Everyday Flexitarian is all about inclusion, versatility and simplicity, and that's why we recommend it for great food ideas.
RECIPES OF THE MONTH
Mango Cashew Salad
2 mangos, peeled and cubed
½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced
16 cashews, unsalted
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
a pinch of hot red pepper flakes
Toss the mango, onion, bell pepper, cashews and cilantro together in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of two limes over mixture, hit it with the hot red pepper, toss and serve.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Per serving (¾ cup)
Calories 166, Protein 3g, Carbohydrates 26 g, Fat 7g, Fibre 3g
De-constructed Entree Chicken Caesar Salad
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp Montreal steak spice
2 heads romaine lettuce hearts
shaved Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 anchovy fillet, minced
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1 clove garlic, minced
fresh ground pepper to taste
- In bowl, toss chicken with half of the oil and the steak spice; let stand for 10 minutes.
- In large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; cook chicken, turning once, until golden brown and no longer pink inside, 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes; thinly slice crosswise.
- Meanwhile, trim end of each lettuce, leaving core attached. Quarter each head lengthwise through core.
- For the dressing, in bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, Dijon, anchovies, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper.
- To plate up, arrange 2 lettuce quarters on each plate; top with sliced chicken. Drizzle with vinaigrette and top with shaved Parmesan.
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Calories 400, Protein 38g, Carbohydrates 13 g, Fat 11 g, Fibre 7g
Thai mango chicken rice wraps
Serves 1 (3 rice wraps)
3 Rice wraps
4 ounces of BBQ chicken (firm tofu sliced for a vegetarian option)
¼ cup of sliced mango or pear strips
3 thinly sliced avocado strips
¼ cup of red pepper slices
¼ cup of fresh basil
- Place rice wraps on a roomy counter or tabletop together with a large bowl of hot water (you will have to dip your fingers in, so not too hot)
- Slip one of the rice wrappers into the hot bowl of water and allow 15-2o seconds to soften.
- When the rice wrapper is soft, remove it from the bowl and place on a clean surface. Add chicken sliced, mango (or pears), 1 slice of avocado per wrap, pepper slices and fresh basil. Then fold over one end.
- Continue by folding the other end over. Then lift the long side of the wrapper and tuck it over the filling to create a log-like roll.
- Roll up the remaining rice wrap, pressing the end down to secure it and enjoy!
Per serving: 330 calories, Total fat 8g, Protein 35 g, Carbohydrates 29g, Fiber 3 g.
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