It was an honor to be in New York City this week leading a media event and cooking demo with Master Chef top 4 finalist Chef Cate Meade and talented food blogger and stylist Jessica of Savory Experiments. Thank you to NAKANO and Holland House for inviting us and for everyone who attended and tried out dishes!
Here are some tips I shared during the event:
Instead of dreading the New Year, start 2020 on a delicious, healthy and flavorful note by making conscious decisions that will inspire you to develop healthy eating habits. Here are five key takeaways that I want you to think about as you start the new year:
- You don’t have to add a lot of calories or fat to recipes in order to bump up the flavor. Use low calorie flavor hacks to enhance your recipes in 2020 including spices, herbs and NAKANO rice vinegar.
- Making home-cooked meals is good for your health. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that meals eaten away from home are typically higher in fat and sodium, which we want to limit in excess due to their links to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Cooking less and consuming more meals prepared away from home, is a trend that is only increasing according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cooking more allows you to have control over the ingredients including the amount and type of fat used and the amount of sodium.
- Preparing healthy, balanced meals doesn’t have to be hard, simply focus on these three components: protein, carbohydrates and veggies (fiber). Use low calorie flavor hacks like spices, herbs and rice vinegar to enhance the dish.
- For quick and healthy meals in 2020 – keep these 5 affordable and nutritious items in your pantry/fridge: low-sodium canned beans or eggs for protein, frozen vegetables, whole grain rice or quinoa, your favorite dried herbs or spice and NAKANO rice vinegar.