Nutrition

May 17, 2016

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The BOWL - Why Everyone Seems to Be Eating Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner out of a Bowl

Bowls, once known best for holding a nourishing breakfast, are expanding on that theme and branching out to claim lunch and dinner too! And they’re making a savory appearance on restaurant menus not only across the nation but across the globe too! You’ll find them as grain bowls, macro bowls, veggie bowls, poke (sushi-style) bowls, buddah bowls and more. A flurry of Bowl cookbooks has hit the shelves solidifying the ‘bowl’ as a top trend in 2016!

At Crisp Kitchen & Juice, we're not all about trends but rather delicious combinations and we've created an entire good-for-you grab-and-go menu around our own bowl concept. Customers love the creative combinations and the convenience of a whole meal in one bowl. It’s how we eat at our home in the Napa Valley most often. (read more)

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April 12, 2016

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Flourish With Spring!

Spring is upon us and this season usually starts out wet and cold in March and ends up wet and warmer, in May and June. In Ayerveda, it is also known as the Kapha season – which is characterized by dampness and moisture. As we look around in the early part of the season, we notice the world is slowly coming out of hibernation. The first spring flowers poke their heads above the warmer earth, the radishes are quick to sprout and the birds' almost euphoric singing signals that their spring ritual, mating season, has begun.

Many of us will notice a natural, yet distinct, shift in our cravings as winter gives way to spring. The arrival of warmer weather often marks a decline in our desire for the heavy, substantive foods that are so essential during the winter months and we'll notice an increasingly insistent preference for lighter fare. Appetites may decrease and we may find ourselves craving fresh tree fruit and berries, spring vegetables, and crunchy spring greens. It’s our body’s way of telling us that it’s time for some spring-cleaning.  Spring-cleaning is a good idea, inside and out!

As the vegetation that surrounds us begins to awaken and the trees begin to flower, naturally releasing their pollen, people who are susceptible to allergies will undoubtedly feel the effects in their respiratory system. Aside from a shift to a somewhat lighter diet, paying close attention to the ‘tastes’ of spring – bitter, pungent and astringent - can be a big help not only to allay allergies but to create a heightened sense of well being too!

Food can be spicier this time of year and it's also good

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March 21, 2016

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Spring Guide

Eating in Concert with the Seasons
SRING  March 21st - June 20th

Set Roots to Sustain You this Spring and Bloom your Full Potential
– with a nod to Ayerveda teachings and a dash of common sense

“…all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming …”
-E.E. Cummings

As the cycles of nature move forward, and winter melts into spring, the birds, bees, flowers, trees and human hearts are all nourished by more hours of sunlight. Spring, with its endless opportunities, is a season of birth, renewal, and growth – a time for the earth to manifest the latent potential within all things both literally and symbolically. Spring also skews heavily toward new beginnings as we set roots that sustain us throughout the rest of the year.

The landscape is coming to life.  Seeds are germinating, flowers budding, insects buzzing, leaves unfurling. We sense a natural opportunity for a fresh, clean start; our bodies are primed to lighten things up, cleanse, rebalance and rejuvenate. A renewed sense of joy and inspiration happily surrounds us! It’s spring!

And since the cycles of nature hold great wisdom, being in tune with these cycles each season is of great value to our health and wellbeing. Harvesting and eating food in season strengthens your connection to those cycles. We are intimately connected with the environment around us and, when we are in tune with the natural cycles of seasonal nourishment, there is ultimately more nutrition to be derived from good local, seasonal sources. It makes us stronger — in our immunity, our digestion and our ability to fight infection. (Read more)

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February 11, 2016

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Focus #2 - Back to the Earth - How Seasonality Affects our Nourishment

Building Block #2: Embrace Seasonality

If you’ve heard Jason Mraz sing his classic, Back to the Earth, you can’t help but be inspired! HIs voice is at the same time joyous and comforting and I love the tune … and the message, well, it’s right on point. If we take this to heart when making our food choices, it’s definitely a step in the right direction! (more)

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February 09, 2016

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It's Not the Calories That Matter Most

Building Block #1: Focus on eating nutrient dense foods rather than counting calories.

Calories. Calories. Calories. We are bombarded with calorie propaganda from the moment we wake. When did we forget that eating was supposed to be an enjoyable experience? That it’s nourishment that we’re after – and it can be wonderfully satisfying especially when we gather around a table with family and friends? It might seem easier to blame all of our woes on something as simple as a calorie since it may be a bit easier to control one element without thinking more about the whole. But you may be surprised to learn that one calorie isn’t like the next. (read more)

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February 09, 2016

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Winter Guide

Eating in Concert with the Seasons
WINTER December 21st – March 21st 

Insulate Your Well-Being This Winter
– with a nod to Ayerveda teachings and a dash of common sense

Winter. It’s a time to rest, reflect, notice your space, vision and even hibernate a bit. This season holds the perfect antidote to the fast-paced movement of the summer and fall. There is a gentle stillness that characterizes winter, and with it comes a subtle invitation to redirect our own energies. (read more)

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February 05, 2016

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Building Your Base – You’ll be satisfied well beyond dinner

 

We’ve likely all now heard that every meal should include a rainbow of colors. While that may be a vast improvement upon much of America’s current ‘plate’, I really like Deepak Chopra’s counsel on that subject as he delves further into what truly keeps us nourished and satiated. (read more)

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