Have you ever wondered if there is a healthy food that makes you feel good without a lot of calories? A healthy food concoction that you can drink several times a day? Something you would even crave on a daily basis. It is similar to a smoothie or should I say Froothie (that’s my version of a super Food Cocktail). Which I explain in a while.
A smoothie is around for a while and I have always enjoyed them tremendously. I also used to use a juicer on a regular basis until I got tired of throwing all the good pulp away. On the other hand my experience using a blender to “juice” up vegetables and fruit didn’t always worked out, because it wasn’t smooth enough.
However, I found a machine that is able to give you the best of both; a blender and a Juicer. How can this work you might ask. To be honest I don’t really know. I’m talking about the NutriBullet. You might have heard about it. The NutriBullet is a so-called blender of its own class. Actually the inventor of the nutribullet call it the extractor, simply because the blender is so powerful, it does the same job like a juicer only to keep the pulp in the drink. I only have this machine for about 2 weeks now and don’t want to miss it one day. It comes with a complete recipe book so you never run out of ideas.
The Nutribullet makes any type of smoothie in seconds. Best of all it takes not even a minute to clean it. I have about three blenders at home which I hardly use for that only reason that it takes too long to clean and they are not powerful enough to do the job. That said there is one excellent mixer out there, which I think is the king of all mixers: The Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend, 2 Speed. No other blender comes even close in performance except the Nutribullet. I have used the Vitamix on my job for many years, and it never broke once, but it cost easily three times as much as the Nutribullet. In the same token the Vitamix is much bigger, which has the advantage of making two or three smoothies at the same time. The Vitamix is also able to blend hot food like soups and sauces and comes with its own recipe book, too.
Nutribullet Versus The Vitamix – Which is better?
By the way I’m not getting paid to write about either blender, I just like both. However, I placed a link for you to take a look at both machines so you can look up the details. In the event you decide to buy the Nutri Bullet or the Vitamix through one of my links I would earn a tiny commission, which would make me happy and you even happier. I promise 🙂 If you have any previous experience with either one I would love to hear your opinion.
The recipe for this super food cocktail is one that I have used for many months now, but can really enjoy it since I have the Nutri-bullet. Of course you can make this healthy cocktail in any blender, you might just have some small bits and pieces in it.
Enjoy Your Food and Eat Slowly…
There is one fundamental reason this super food cocktail has so many health benefits for us. Because it is food that was made drinkable, so we don’t need much chewing. We humans don’t like to chew. (It’s a fact for most of us) We are always in a hurry. Although there is a reason why we should chew thoroughly – and that is a better digestion with better nutrition absorption. This super food cocktail enables a perfect digestion and since you have a variety of fruit, vegetables and grains you’ll receive a super dose of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fats.
I make a drink like this every morning for my family. Actually I prepare it the night before. I put all ingredients in the blender cup, cover it and in the morning I just blend it. It’s surprisingly luscious, delightful as it is addicting.
For those of us who have allergies to grains, soy or lactose I recommend to just leave these ingredients out and replace them with other fruit and vegetables.
A Super Food Cocktail #HealthyFridays
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks,
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
1/2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 organic apple, quartered and seeded
1 small banana
1 organic carrot
1 cup of organic baby spinach, kale & red Swiss chard
1/2 cup organic blueberries
1/2 cup of organic raspberries
5 pieces of asparagus
1 tbsp flax meal
1/3 cup coconut water
1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
All seeds must first be milled.
Than add all other ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy
For all non vegetarian you can add 1/3 cup of organic vanilla yogurt to this super food cocktail. However, I guess tofu would work great too just to add more protein to the shake. The organic baby greens like spinach, kale and Swiss chard are offered in some supermarkets. Some call it the super greens. If you can’t find this mixture of lettuces than baby spinach is just fine.
I would love to hear your opinion?
Do you own a Nutribullet or Vitamix? Do you like it?
Do you have your own “super food cocktail” recipe? Tell me about it?
After raising two boys into young adults I realized we have grown up in a fast food society where processed foods rule. Thinking back I regret having done some fundamental errors. I always thought – OK – if the kids behave I will reward them with a treat. And the treat was the kid’s meal at Mc Donald’s (that’s when they were really small), since they had an indoor playground where they could play after their meal. What a terrible mistake. I instilled junk food as a way of an incentive for my kids. I can never forgive myself for that. I remember my kids knew all the burger joints by name before they were able to read. I know it’s my fault, I didn’t know any better than. However, I always eat by example. For instance my kids would say I eat trees for breakfast. That tree like food was home-baked whole grain bread with lots of nuts and seeds. They rather loved the mushy white bread, which I refused to buy. Today, I must say they eat the same way as I do putting fibers, fruit and vegetables first. It could have gone wrong, too.
A Change is in the Air
Being a chef has helped me choose the right foods to be part of a healthy cuisine. I was always an advocate of a healthy diet and try to help out with tips and hints among my friends and family members. For that reason I have decided to change my core concept from the very general Culinary Blog to a more whole foods approach with healthy eating habits. I’m planning to carry out this change within the next month or two.
Look Out for My New #Healthy Friday Series
As of next Friday I’m introducing a new series of Healthy Friday posts, where I will uncover and analyze unhealthy foods, eating habits and suggest healthier alternatives. I will expose the very foods and ingredients that make us sick and emphasize the ones which keep us healthy. If you haven’t signed up to receive my posts my mail I hope you consider doing so. Subscribe to Kraemer’s Culinary Blog by Email
The Future of Our Health is Determined by the Choices We Make….
That is in particular true with the type of food we choose to eat. Well, some get away with eating junk food all day long and still don’t get sick. However the growing obesity rate in the world suggest otherwise. We have never had so many obese children. Our healthcare cost is through the roof. If we don’t change the way we eat we essentially program our bodies to fail, which is unsustainable for a nation.
I choose this vegetable wrap because it appeals to kids as it does to adults. Who doesn’t like a wrap? I don’t believe in meaty sandwiches all the time and this vegetable wrap is a refreshing change. Obviously, adding a piece of grilled chicken or steak would complement this wrap too.
Eating healthy is easier said than done. Almost every day I think about to diversify my diet, yet I hardly do something about it. My problem is; I love the good old wholesome bread with lots of grains and fibers. Although there is nothing wrong with that I just have to eat more veggies and fruits. With a busy job all that goes up into smoke and by the end of the day all I have eaten was my breakfast and a lousy snack. Does that sound familiar or am I the only one struggling to eat better?
A Bowl of Oatmeal Everyday
Well my New Year’s resolution is among a few other things to eat healthier. Foods like a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, grilled fish, salads and more fruits are on the agenda. Yeah-yeah it’s all talk – talk – talk. I‘ll be a better eater next year?! All these damn resolutions, serious! If I want to eat better I’ll better start right now. What do I need a New Year’s resolution for – there are for procrastinators. So here is bowl of oatmeal with blueberries. I started to eat healthier just a few moments ago and it’s up to me to keep it up!
A Chef’s Weakness – The Diet
It sounds paradox, but many chefs have at one point in their life struggled to eat a wholesome diet. One would think chefs have everything at their disposal. While that is certainly right it is common for chefs not to eat all day. Yes, chefs taste their wonderful creations, yet what is a teaspoon of food here and there. It’s a teaser nothing else.
Of my twenty odd years as being a chef I have always enjoyed cooking. Believe it or not there was a time in my life where I couldn’t eat all day while cooking in the kitchen. This is a well-known problem among chefs. We stay in the kitchen all day tasting and smelling food, to the point that our appetite is completely turned off. I’m not telling you a story just check anyone who works in a kitchen, they will attest to that.
Worse is – when I came out of the kitchen – I got hungry, really hungry. And you wouldn’t guess what I was craving for: Junk food, salty, greasy unhealthy food. Which is a shame, because I was right at the source. Fruits, vegetables, steaks, fish and my favorite bowl of oatmeal with blueberries was always at my fingertips. One day I became very ill and that’s when I changed my diet. Now I’ll eat on time every time. Although sometimes I’ll catch myself craving for junk food but that passes after a few minutes.
So, as for my part I’ll forget about all these healthy New Years resolutions and start to eat healthier now, this moment and then – keep it up! Cheers to healthy eating!! Happy New Year!
What are your New Years resolutions?
Have you had any problems eating healthy and what did you do to change that?
Except blueberries cook all ingredients in a stainless steel pot for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
I usually add blueberries towards the end so they get a little warmed up in the oatmeal.
Decorate with apple slices and tangerine.
Once the oatmeal is cooked and served in a bowl I like to pour a bit of cold soy milk on top. [br] The reason my bowl of oatmeal is so messy is that I used frozen blueberries and poured the leftover juice over it. Deliciously healthy!
It has been 15 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and left us with no power, water or heat. I would like to apologize for not posting lately, but it was just impossible for me to get power.
I have to admit I have seen better days. Sandy flexed her muscles and showed us that Mother Nature is still in charge. No one really wanted to believe that this storm would hit this community so bad. In the end it was a 15 foot coastal flood wave which basically rolled over our sea town. It didn’t end there; the 36 hour tropical storm that followed the flood, blasted with 95 miles per hour winds and finished the disaster for what is now known as the worst storm New York has ever seen.
What Bragging Rights and Hurricanes Have in Common?
Seeing disasters like this on TV is one thing experience it first hand is nerve reckoned. I thank god my family and neighbors are fine. Some neighbors, who actually laughed at me for evacuating to higher grounds, lost their cars and almost their life. Of course anyone stays behind has bragging rights, but for what cause? Houses burned down and fire departments couldn’t help since the roads were flooded with over 4 feet of water. Bragging rights?! – No thank you. The hardest part, after returning to the house, was the cleanup progress. It felt like there is no end in side. Even worse seeing the all so dear memories such as childhood pictures floating away is heart ranching.
Hey, life goes on, but why should I burden you with my worries. Everyone got their own problems so I don’t want to add to those. However there is a good side to this. Communities come together and help each other. We all got a little closer – the nice and not so nice neighbors. Differences were put aside and friendships were made or refreshed. And the moral of bragging rights and hurricanes are: Both can have dangerous consequences.
In my next post you’ll find out how we made out without power, heat and water and how wood stove cooking and candle light dinners made our day a little sweeter.
Coconut Rice Pudding with Warm Dark Cherries
Here is a little teaser we cooked on the wood stove. It’s a very simple coconut rice pudding which I served with warm dark cherries. You can serve it with any fruit you like, I find rice pudding taste just great with saucy fruits.
Coconut Rice Pudding with warm cherries is one of my favorite childhood dishes. It’s not every ones taste because it’s sweet, but to me it’s very satisfying. My Mom cooked this dish at least ones a week and all of us were fighting for the leftovers.
Coconut Rice Pudding with Dark Warm Cherries
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
Coconut Rice Pudding
1 cup Arborio or short grain rice
4.5 cups vanilla soy milk
0.5 heavy cream
0.5 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon and more for sprinkling on top
1 tsp vanilla
1 fl oz Orange liquor
0.3 cup coconut flakes
Pinch of salt
2 cup dark sour cherries
1.5 cup juice from cherries
1 tbsp cherry liquor or Orange liquor
1 tbsp cornstarch
Coconut Rice Pudding
In a heavy bottom pot bring all ingredients to a simmer and stir frequently with a wooden spoon. Cook until rice is soft and most of the milk is absorbed.
Warm Dark Cherries
Bring cherry juice and liquor to a boil. Add cornstarch and Stir. Add only so much cornstarch until juice is lightly thickened. Pour cherries in to juice and serve over coconut rice pudding.
It is important to use short grain rice or Arborio rice, since this rice is ideal to absorb the milk. It also becomes softer and taste just better than long grain rice.
For the fruit you can use what ever you like, whether it’s can fruit or fresh. Everyone has their favorite. I also like to use fruit cocktail or orange mandarins over the rice. Don’t forget to sprinkle the dish with cinnamon.
I like my rice pudding to be more on the liquid side. Because I like to munch on it all day – it will set and will become more pudding like.
This chocolate banana snack will sooth your cravings for something deliciously sweet. Chocolate banana snacks are healthy and quick to make. I wrote this post at my parent’s home, during my visit to Germany. I will get more into detail about this great trip in later posts. While I was there I had this one day I was craving something sweet, but couldn’t figure out what I wanted. It is a tradition in our family to have coffee and cake around 4pm. However cake is something I love, but that would have taken too long to bake to satisfy my sweet tooth. I have to admit once I crave sweet foods, I have to follow through. I know it’s a bad habit. It sounds silly, but that’s just me. However, I don’t go for first candy I see. It has to be a bit healthy, too.
Chocolate Banana Snack
So while I searched my parents home for goodies I discovered a professional crêpe stove. This one actually belonged to my sister who used to run a creperie in my home town in Germany. ” That’s awesome” I said to my self. Who in a world has a professional crêpe stove at home. “I’m going to make myself some decent crepes” I happily said. Unfortunately the electric cord was missing so I couldn’t make crepes that day. I spoke to my sister to bring the cord so we can make crepes one day.
Back to my cravings. I usually would make myself a granola cereal with bananas and vanilla soy milk, which is one of my favorite snacks or quick meals. This wasn’t what I wanted even though it is healthy. These thoughts brought me to this chocolate banana snack, which by the way is much more nutritious than cake.
For this recipe I melted the chocolate. Not to be confused with tempered chocolate, even though it would look better. Since I only used a small amount of chocolate it makes no sense to temper it. Premium chocolate obviously taste better than no name brand. I used 60% dark and 40% milk chocolate.
Chocolate Banana Snack with Coconut
I think this snack would be perfect for Halloween. Instead of feeding our children unhealthy candy, chocolate banana snacks are appealing and healthy.
What is your favorite snack? Do you have one?
Do you crave foods or am I the only one? Let me know. Leave a comment.
Place about one tbsp of chocolate cereal mixture on each banana slice.
Than pour warm chocolate over the cereal snacks.
Sprinkle coconut flakes atop the chocolate banana snacks.
Decorate with dried cherries.
Dip a whisk into the chocolate and in a quick left and right motion drip chocolate all over the plate.
Decorate plate with berries and place chocolate banana snack on it. Enjoy
Bring the water in the double boiler to no more than 120 Fahrenheit. Remove the double boiler from the flame and let chocolate melt. Stir occasional with a wooden or plastic spoon. Repeat process if chocolate is not molten thoroughly.
The chocolate can also be molten in a microwave. I don’t like this method, since the chocolate can over heat. Chop chocolate into small pieces so it can melt faster. Stir occasional and check the microwave often if chocolate is not overheating.
While I prepare myself for my upcoming trip to Germany, here is an old favorite snack of mine served a bit different than usual. – Before I get to this I’d like to mention the little story that lead me to write this post in the first place. I was recently invited on a party, which was held at a fairly decent catering hall. Among the appetizers was a crudite platter. A boring platter with carrots, green peppers, celery and cherry tomatoes served with I think was store-bought ranch dressing (which is OK). The platter had no decoration at all. – My question is: Is it so difficult to make a crudite platter more appetizing? Don’t get me wrong there are many chefs and caterers out there who take great pride in serving brilliantly decorated appetizer platters. What I learned in recent years is that caterers have come to the point of dropping this hors d’oeuvre from the menu completely. Yet many customers ask for it. So why not reinvent the old?
Why do we serve hors d’oeuvres?
An hors d’oeuvre is served to simply whet your guests appetite to what is yet to come. (except on receptions). It is usually served before the actual dinner starts, so guests can mingle and get comfortable. However, in my opinion an hors d’oeuvre as well as the famous amuse-bouche is testament of what the chef & his or her team is capable of. So whether it’s a simple crudite served in shot glasses or platters – as a host it is my job to impress my guest with the very first opportunity. – The Hors D’Oeuvre –
Crudite Shots versus Platters? What is Your Favorite and Why?
Crudite shots are not very useful when drinks are served. Yes they look great, but having two glasses in your hand leaves you with confusion. So it’s important to keep this in mind before deciding of either. I just think crudite shots are fun – dipping, eating and chatting – walking around with your little shot glass. Having someone passing the crudite shots around is another fun way. The colorful little glasses make a nice impression on a party.
Spice it up a bit.
To make this old-fashioned appetizer “pop” I added jalapeno peppers and avocados to the ranch dressing. The jalapeno gives it a little zing and the avocado some depth. There are lots of alternatives to add flavors to your dipping sauces. From peppercorns, herbs, cheese, chilies to horseradish, the sky is the limit. However, the foundation is always the same; it’s either mayonnaise or vinaigrette based (there are exceptions). I prefer a mayonnaise based sauce, because it sticks better to the vegetables. I know it’s more calories, but more flavor too.
Unfortunately, I had limited vegetable at hand for my crudite. I usually would add red radishes, button mushrooms and broccoli just to mention a few.
Veggies for Crudite
Organic or Not Organic?
I prefer to buy organic produce, because they are free of pesticides. That said organic produce is expensive and I’m not always willing to pay the high price. You can find out more and form your own opinion about organic foods by visiting the EWG (Environmental Working Group). There, you’ll find a ton of information and you might end up supporting them by subscribing to their newsletter. But hold – sign up to receive my blog post first – I would really appreciate it. 🙂
Let’s not forget the health factor in these little crudite shots. Organic or not, both produce are nutritional and packed with vitamins and minerals.
Shot glasses for crudite
Do you like crudite? Do you prefer them served in shot glasses or platters?
Do you think they are old-fashioned ? What’s your opinion?
Organic vegetables or not. Does it matter to you?
I would love to hear your opinion. Leave a comment
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Recipe Type: Appetizer, Hors D’Oeuvre
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
Prep time: 25 mins
Total time: 25 mins
1/4 romaine or iceberg lettuce, finely chopped
1 carrot, cut in 8 – 3 inch long slices
1/2 cucumber cut in 4 -1/4inch thick slices & 8 – 3 inch long sticks
1/2 red bell pepper, cut in 8 – 3 inch long slices
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut in 8 – 3 inch long slices
1/4 red cabbage, cut in 8 – 3 inch long slices
8 asparagus, cut 3 inch long with head on
4 grape tomatoes each on a 4 inch skewer
4 – 4 inch long celery stalks with leaves on
1 cup ranch dressing
1/4 avocado, mashed
1 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
Mix avocados, jalopeno with the ranch dressing.
Fill the shot glass with an inch of lettuce as a bed for the ranch dressing. Spoon about 1 tbsp of the ranch dressing into the glass than add all other vegetables. Add an extra spoon of dressing to it.
If you don’t serve the crudite right away, keep the vegetables moist. That is done by covering the vegetables with a moist towel. It is also possible to submerge them for a few minutes in ice-water to keep them hydrated. However, keeping the vegetables too long in the ice-water will drain them of essential vitamins and minerals.
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