So much fun this week at Rancho La Puerta teaching a beautiful cooking class in La Cocina Que Canta-the kitchen that sings! I had an incredible group that came down to cook with me and we had the best time. The theme was adding flavor with spices so I taught a Moroccan Spiced Salmon, an Apple Fennel Galette, Provencal Roasted Fennel, a delicious Spinach & Parsley Soup, Citrus Carrots & Parsnips, Cauliflower & Chick Pea Salad with Quinoa, a Kale & Brussels sprouts Salad, a Vegan chocolate mousse with lavender salt . All vegetables came from the organic farm right outside our door.
Salvatore, the farmer who has been working at the Ranch for over 20 years, was enthusiastic about showing us around the farm; describing the soil conditions and all the various vegetables that were being harvested. 80% of the food and vegetables served comes from this incredible productive garden. With our recent cold snap, he described how the citrus trees were heavily damaged due to the morning frost but he reassured us that they would be ok once the weather warmed up.
Look at this amazing bed of romaine lettuce-a staple at the ranch and is included in most salads during lunch and dinner. I had so much fun exploring and checking out all the vegetables including fennel, parnsips, broccoli, arugula and spinach!
Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Healthy On You and Salkexcellerators event. We had a great turn out of both Healthy On You and the Salk community to learn about the latest research on oncology, the micro biome and healthy lifestyle trends. Salk research scientists Amy Rommel and Shiela Rao joined me on a panel to discuss how food impacts our health through what we eat including sugar, gluten and other inflammatory causing agents in our diets.
What was really amazing was listening to Sheila explain her research on gut health, probiotics and the latest cures that take place in the intestinal tract. Amy, picked up where she left off describing her research on cancer cell which behave in a similar fashion as stem-cells. While finding a cure for cancer is not likely, figuring out a way to have cancer cells behave less like stem cells is the key to managing the growth of these cells. The reason: stem cells tend to grow their own blood supplies and when the blood supply is cut off, the generate a new blood vessels to feed themselves. Fascinating stuff.
Regarding healthy research trends, they all agreed with me that researching new anti-inflammatory ingredients is one of the next big health trends. Many companies today are looking into spices like turmeric, ginger, peppers and host of other anti inflammatory foods that they will incorporate into new products in the years to some. Starbucks is already doing it-some markets have a cayenne pepper inspired drink called the Chile Mocha!
You can wait on that research or just incorporate more spices into your cooking with Healthy on You Organic Spice Blends!
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'It's All About Your Food!" event sponsored by Healthy On You & The Salk Institute last Wednesday at our home. Amy Rommel, the Salkexcellerator research fellow discussed her research on the deadliest form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. She also discussed food and its relationship to cancer and gave her final word on GMOs in our food supply. Great evening with the Salk and the Healthy On You community, learning about health and healthy eating!
People are still taking about how much they learned about our food supply and so-called healthy foods. Amy was able to deliver valuable advice about avoiding fat-free foods (yogurt, milk etc.,) sugar-free substitutes (stevia, truvia etc.) and limiting your sugar intake, especially high fructose corn syrup. She stated that in her lab, when she is growing cancer cells for research, she feeds the media sugar because it promotes cell growth. Say no more!
Another interesting point she makes is that eating GMO produced food is not always bad. Its already in so many products we currently consume such as cotton and those delicious tomatoes we love that stay fresh longer. I learned that most tomatoes have been genetically modified with the addition of Vitamin A because as a population we are deficient.
So, not all GMOs are bad, but it would be great to know when the foods you eat are genetically modified in some way. She states, "the only real way to avoid genetically modified foods is to buy 100% Organic, Certified Organic, and USDA Organic-labeled products."
Look out for some clips from her talk here on my blog.
Can regular exercise help you fight off the big "C?"
Apparently so, according to a new study by the journal of the National Cancer Institute. This is great news for people diagnosed with Cancer. After an cancer diagnosis, patients tend to fall into depression and exercise quickly falls to the wayside. But exercise actually retards the growth of tumors by feeding them oxygen. You would think it's the opposite. Armed with this new information, if you've been recently diagnosed with cancer and your doctor clears you for exercise, go out for a walk, jog or run today!
Healthy On You Recipes and cooking tips by Samantha Binkley. Many of these recipes use Samantha's 100% Organic Spice Blends that take the guess work out of cooking.