Looking for a fast, easy and healthy dish for your next soiree? Try out this new Thanksgiving fave in our house: Asian Black Rice Salad! The subtle heat of the hot sesame oil along with the crunch of the veggies and antioxidant-rich black rice make this dish a healthy and memorable addition to any table.
Asian Black Rice Salad Ingredients:
2 cups cooked black rice
1/2 cup napa cabbage, chopped (substitute chopped kale, if desired)
1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup scallions, chopped (substitute chopped yellow or white onion, if desired)
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/8 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbl soy sauce or gluten free Tamari
2 Tbl roasted sesame seeds
1-2 Tbl sriracha
1 Tbl hot sesame oil
1 tsp garlic powder
Combine the rice and veggies in a large mixing bowl
Whisk the sesame oils, rice vinegar, Tamari, and garlic powder
Pour dressing over the rice and veggies and stir so you’re coating the rice
Transfer the dressed rice and veggies to your desired serving dish
Overeating and indulging are often synonymous with “holiday,” aren’t they? And although we consider the winter holidays the main times of temptations, even the summer, the alleged season of beach bodies and barely-there bikinis, can tempt us with sweet treats, scrumptious side dishes and delicious seasonal cocktails.
Let’s take our most recent holiday extravaganza: July 4th. BBQ’s, potato salads, cold beer and cupcakes, oh my! And when you take your celebration on the road, though, like we did this year with a jaunt to the Holy City of Charleston, SC, the sensational local cuisine (and cocktails) is quite irresistible. It’s inevitable that the lighter-fare summer diet takes a hike! From “adult slushies” to French fries to boiled/fried/steamed shrimp to crab dip…oof. Walks on the beach and around Old Town did little to minimize the physical effects of the decadence, and we certainly felt like we needed to detox by the time we arrived back in the ATL.
Our group of detox’ers wasn’t quite what you’d call “amenable” to the thought of a drastic 180, like the Master Cleanse or other fasting-type cleanse in order to combat our recent eats, so we took a middle-of-the-road approach: clean eating accompanied by this gentle herbal total-body cleanse.
We embarked on a 30-day “adventure cleanse” of eating clean, living right, upping our physical activity, cutting back on sugar and alcohol, and revving up this lifestyle change with proper herbs and supplements to support our bods as they cleaned everything out of our organs and colon. We were very regimented for the first week, and then eased back into our healthy-living for the rest of our month.
Once our bodies adjusted to the herbs and such, we were not really interested in diverting from our plan because the temptations just weren’t appealing, believe it or not! We started feeling so good, it wasn’t worth backsliding.
Here’s a peak into some of the food & drinks we had for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
With these sorts of dishes on the menu, you’d never know we were detoxing, and we hardly did either!
Tell us, how do you bounce back from booze and binges? We’d love to hear, so share your tips and tricks below.
It’s Hemp History Week, which, perhaps to the chagrin of some, is notactually a week dedicated to gettin’ your ganja on! Instead, it’s a week devoted to spreading the word on the nutritional and environmental punch powerfully packed into this wee seed.
In terms of health benefits, hemp is one of the few sources of vegetable protein that contain ALL essential amino acids, which are critical for not only physical, but mental health, as well. Certainly something of which to take note, my vegan friends! Amino acids are the compounds in proteins that are critical for regenerating cells and building and strengthening your muscles, including your brain. These protein sub-units keep your noggin in peak performance by not only helping to combat stress, but also by helping to strengthen your memory.
Hemp also contains those super sexy fats that always make the headlines: Omega-3 & Omega-6.
Omega-3’s and -6’s are known to reduce inflammation and cholesterol and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases like heart disease and even Cancer. Additionally, the benefits to mental health are my favorite part of these fatty acids. From memory loss to depression to ADHD (Attention Dialed to a Higher Dimension), many mental hiccups can be treated or prevented to a certain degree with Omega-3 & Omega-6.
And get a load of this: Hemp is not only a source of nutrition for your body, but beneficial to the environment, as well. According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, one acre of hemp can produce 4 times more paper than one acre of trees, and fewer caustic and toxic chemicals are used to make paper from hemp than are used to make paper from trees, resulting in less pollution! Additionally, one acre of hemp produces twice as much fiber as an acre cotton, yet without requiring nearly as many pesticides, and it has even been shown to purify soil and repel weeds. Sounds like a must-have on any farm, commercial and otherwise!
But, where do I find these hemp products and what do I with them, you ask? Well, here we go!
Many hemp products, like the milk & seeds, can be found at your local grocery store or Whole Foods. For instance, my favorite, Living Harvest Tempt’s Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp milk can be found in the natural food section at the local Kroger (which I love in my smoothie or on cereal, as it tastes subtly earthy, like soy). For more of the boutique hemp products, such as raw hemp butter, Amazon.com is your go-to. Like you would with any cooking oil, use hemp oil to sauté veggies or make salad dressing, and for a little texture fun, add the seeds to your smoothie, your granola, or on top of any salad, as the seeds don’t have a pungent taste. Two tablespoons contains 6 grams of fat (including 882 milligrams of ALA), 2 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein, so they’ll round out any meal or snack, from a nutritional standpoint, very nicely.
For more information on hemp, check out these sites and share your thoughts with us below, as always!