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My feature in Forbes.com
Nicky Moona, a chef, author and proponent of yoga-style cooking, was radiant in an emerald tunic Saturday afternoon, standing behind an eight-burner stove in the kitchen of a Midtown Manhattan Williams-Sonoma store.
“When you know how to use spices, you don’t need to rely on tons of fat for flavor,” she told an interested crowd, watching in various states of winter-wear undress.
"These dishes are low in calories and have virtually no fat,” she added, turning off the final burner beneath a foursome of Thanksgiving side dishes: green beans, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and a cranberry chutney.
"SPICING-UP THANKSGIVING" DEMONSTRATION AT WILLIAMS - SONOMA BY NICKY MOONA!
Join us and bring your foodie friends and family on Saturday, November 19th at 2.30pm at the Williams-Sonoma store on 121 E 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 for a free and special "Thanksgiving" cooking demonstration with Nicky Moona.
Learn how to easily incorporate spices for a scrumptious and flavorful Thanksgiving!
Take home fresh new ideas for cooking and entertaining. We hope to see you there!
121 E 59th STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10022
The many wonders of the herb cilantro - (my favorite garnish!)
Cilantro/Coriander is commonly used in both Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, and has long been revered for its medicinal properties. It's known as a home remedy for aiding with digestion, relieving feelings of nausea and helping to stop cramps. A new study suggests the oil from its seeds could also combat serious bacteria like E. coli and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) .......read more: http://huff.to/qERLxh
Yogurt helps Weight-Loss...Yep! Yogurt gives you flat abs..YES!
Yogurt's got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It can also help you lose weight!. Eat 18 ounces a day and you can drop a jeans size. People who ate that much -- in conjunction with cutting their total calories -- lost 22 percent more weight and 81 percent more belly fat than dieters who skipped the snack, according to research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. http://bit.ly/n3HZxi
The New Weight-Loss Vacations
Geared to shed the fat-farm stigma and focus on a more holistic approach to health, today's spa vacations are now committed to wellness as well as weight loss
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Honey, a good alternative to sugar?...... Yes - in small quantity
If you are trying to reduce your intake of refined sugar, honey is one alternative. Honey has some health benefits over sugar, as it:
- - Is sweeter than refined sugar, so you can use less.
- - Contains trace enzymes; minerals, including calcium, magnesium and potassium; amino acids; and vitamins, including a wide range of B vitamins such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine.
Eat Spinach regularly to stabilize blood sugar
Spinach truly is one of the healthiest foods you can eat.
- -Spinach help stabilize blood sugar among diabetics.
- -Spinach is loaded with flavonoid that functions as antioxidant and anti-cancer agent.
- -Spinach is a rich source of Vitamins C and A, it is an anti-aging vegetable.
- -Spinach is a good source of Vitamin K, which aids in the formation of the blood substance required for clotting of blood.
"AMLA" - The Indian Gooseberry, a "SUPER FRUIT" with numerous health benefits
Amla fruit, or what is often referred to as indian gooseberry fruit, has numerous health benefits. The plum-sized fruit grows on a small leafy bush that has a strong lemon scent. This fruit is full of vitamin C, protein, fiber and minerals. The amla fruit is revered by both the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine.
Vitamin C Source: The amla fruit is even better than the orange fruit in its vitamin C levels. It has 30 times more vitamin C than an orange, which makes it one of the richest vitamin C fruits available. Research has proven that vitamin C can reduce the severity of colds, act as a natural antihistamine and boost the immune system. To get the full vitamin C benefit from the amla fruit, it should be eaten raw.
Antioxidants: Foods rich in antioxidants can protect from harmful free radicals, which contribute to a variety of serious diseases including cancer. Amla is one of the healthy fruits that is rich in antioxidant chemicals such as quercetin (also found in apples), gallic and ellagic acids (found in green tea), and corilagin.
Cancer-Fighting Benefits: A study done in Japan by scientists at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nagasaki University discovered through preliminary research that amla fruit extracts prevent the growth of cancerous cells. The cells that reacted best to the amla fruit extracts were the cells of the stomach, skin and womb. Along with these results and the powerful combination of antioxidant chemicals found in amla fruit, it is no wonder that this fruit is playing an important role in the fight against cancer.
Anti-Inflammatory Benefits: Amla fruit is known for having anti-inflammatory properties along with its other healthful benefits. It has been found to be effective against hay fever, which causes inflammation of the nose and eyes, and also has been found to reduce inflammation caused by arthritis and joint pain.
Other Benefits of Amla: Whether eaten raw, mixed with other herbs, or dried and used as a seasoning, amla fruit is one of the healthiest fruits around. Research has proven that amla can help prevent free radicals, fight cancer and reduce inflammations caused by various conditions, but it can do so much more. Other benefits of eating and ingesting amla fruit include regulating bowel movements and easing constipation because of its high fiber content, and preventing cataracts in diabetic patients by blocking aldose reductase, which contributes to the onset of cataracts in diabetic patients. Amla also can be helpful in relieving stress. Research has shown that amla fruit acts as a sedative, which improves sleep, relaxes muscles and can have a calm, soothing effect.
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Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic Foods
by Nicky Moona
"You are what you eat" -- what does that statement mean to you? To most people, it simply means that the vitamins, carbohydrates, and proteins in food build cells, blood, and bones in the body. In yoga, however, "You are what you eat" has a far more subtle and powerful meaning. Food is known to directly influence consciousness and feelings. It can induce bliss or anger, contentment or restlessness, thoughts of the sacred or the profane. The quality of the food you eat literally creates your state of mind, emotions, and consciousness. The teachings of yoga advocate a vegetarian diet with special emphasis on foods that bring peace to body, mind, and spirit.
The highest form of duty to oneself is the partaking of foods that are directly beneficial to health. “What” you eat and the “state of mind” you eat in have direct impact. The state of your health is dependent not only on what you choose to eat but also on what you choose not to eat. Being aware of the types of foods you consume—in terms of both benefits and ill effects—is very important.
Fundamental Yoga Food Distinctions: Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic Foods
Sattvic Food (Eat the most)
Sattvic means “pure essence.” A Sattvic diet includes the consumption of pure foods that lead to the essence of true health. This is the purest form of the yoga diet and most suitable for serious yoga followers. It not only nourishes the body but calms and purifies the mind to maintain a peaceful state, enabling the body to function at its maximum potential while attaining spiritual growth. This type of food is all natural and easily digestible. It generates vitality, vigor, energy, and mental alertness; increases strength; eliminates fatigue; and enhances spirituality, peace, and tranquility. The human body has fundamental requirements: fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, fiber, and water. The Sattvic diet satisfies these requirements by including the majority of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds, therapeutic spices, herbs, milk and natural sweeteners.
Rajasic Food (Eat moderately)
Rajasic food signifies the “can-do” attitude, and provides that extra stimulation the body needs at times. It is believed to generate ambition, anger, greed, lust, and egotism. However, it also generates excitement, fantasies, sensuality, sexuality, and the energy we need to accomplish, create, and achieve. We require a certain amount of Rajasic energy to survive; it enables us to keep pace with the changing world around us. For understandable reasons, Rajasic foods are recommended for only moderate or occasional consumption. These include all spicy, hot, bitter, sour, gaseous, and pungent foods, which are not as easily digestible as Sattvic foods. Examples include too salty, bitter, sour, and gaseous foods such as toor lentils, white urad lentils, black and green gram, chickpeas, soybeans; hot spices such as chilies and black pepper; and stimulants such as onion and garlic, tea, coffee, tobacco, soda, chocolate, and refined sugars.
Tamasic Food (Eat less)
Tamasic foods are known to benefit neither the mind nor the body. Under their influence, the body’s resistance to disease is destroyed, and the mind is filled with pessimism and the negative emotions of greed, anger, and impure thoughts. This type of food is very difficult to digest and generates the least amount of energy, often leading to dullness and lethargy. Tamasic foods enhance laziness, compulsion, suffering, depression, and dullness of the mind. Tamasic foods are impure, stale, fermented, highly processed, and addictive. They include meat, fish, eggs, intoxicants, alcohol, stale food (food kept for more than twenty-four hours). Processed, canned, and frozen foods are Tamasic, as well as foods containing preservatives, chemical additives, artificial flavors and colors, and reheated and deep-fried foods. These foods consume large amounts of energy while being digested and are believed to create antagonistic feelings. The body feels heavy, and the mind unfocused and uninspired. Tamasic foods are anathema to the basic goal of yoga: the union of mind and body.
The yoga diet’s potential for physical and mental transformation and its accessibility make it an ideal diet for people who want to be healthy and happy. And who in the world would want anything different.
Published 06.21.11 at 12:30 PM
Walnuts are top nut for heart-healthy antioxidants
ANAHEIM, March 27, 2011 — A new scientific study positions walnuts in the No. 1 slot among a family of foods that lay claim to being among Mother Nature’s most nearly perfect packaged foods: Tree and ground nuts. In a report here today at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, scientists presented an analysis showing that walnuts have a combination of more healthful antioxidants and higher quality antioxidants than any other nut.
“Walnuts rank above peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and other nuts,” said Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who did the analysis. “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people don’t eat a lot of them. This study suggests that consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet.”
Walnuts are the top nut for heart-healthy antioxidants.
Vinson noted that nuts in general have an unusual combination of nutritional benefits — in addition those antioxidants — wrapped into a convenient and inexpensive package. Nuts, for instance, contain plenty of high-quality protein that can substitute for meat; vitamins and minerals; dietary fiber; and are dairy- and gluten-free. Years of research by scientists around the world link regular consumption of small amounts of nuts or peanut butter with decreased risk of heart disease, certain kinds of cancer, gallstones, Type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.
Despite all the previous research, scientists until now had not compared both the amount and quality of antioxidants found in different nuts, Vinson said. He filled that knowledge gap by analyzing antioxidants in nine different types of nuts: walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, and pecans. Walnuts had the highest levels of antioxidants.
Vinson also found that the quality, or potency, of antioxidants present in walnuts was highest among the nuts. Antioxidants in walnuts were 2-15 times as potent as vitamin E, renowned for its powerful antioxidant effects that protect the body against damaging natural chemicals involved in causing disease.
“There’s another advantage in choosing walnuts as a source of antioxidants,” said Vinson, who is with the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. “The heat from roasting nuts generally reduces the quality of the antioxidants. People usually eat walnuts raw or unroasted, and get the full effectiveness of those antioxidants.”
If nuts are so healthful and nutritious, why don’t people eat more? Vinson’s research shows, for instance, that nuts account for barely 8 percent of the daily antioxidants in the average person’s diet. Many people, he said, may not be aware that nuts are such a healthful food. Others may be concerned about gaining weight from a food so high in fat and calories. But he points out that nuts contain healthful polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats rather than artery-clogging saturated fat. As for the calories, eating nuts does not appear to cause weight gain and even makes people feel full and less likely to overeat. In a 2009 U. S. study, nut consumption was associated with a significantly lower risk of weight gain and obesity. Still, consumers should keep the portion size small. Vinson said it takes only about 7 walnuts a day, for instance, to get the potential health benefits uncovered in previous studies.