There’s nothing like hearing Donny Hathaway croon the tune of ‘This Christmas’ to get you in the holiday spirit. But when the fire side is blazing bright while you sneeze all of your insides into a tissue, that spirit can start to ‘blow’ away (pun intended, lol!).
My purpose with AC Art Of Food is to consult year-round on how to not only eat deliciously healthy, but to also provide natural prevention tips to boost your immune system and to try and keep you from having to medicate because your body has been taken over by illness. To be clear, my suggestions are just that, suggestions based on my research and study but more important, my experiences and the experiences of others I encounter.
Listed in the middle of the homepage of AC Art Of Food, you can find the section ‘Food Is Medicine’. This is a collection of natural minerals and herbal remedies that get my family and me through the year shielding us from the ‘cooties’...in addition to my daily cup of steamy green tea. And while these remedies are great in aiding in prevention, proper diet, rest, regular exercise, fresh air, washed hands and stress relief, are just as important in living an all around healthy lifestyle.
Food is Medicine
For the purpose of actual application, the following is what I rely on whenever I get ‘that’ feeling, aching, or when I see one of the kid’s noses running, or when I hear my hubby sneezing more than 2 times within a 30 minute span…yeah, I’m on it!
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Please keep in mind that when encountering an illness, it is of VITAL importance that you seek professional medical help and speak with your doctor to get an ‘ok’ before taking any medicines, treatments, or tonics. TRUST, allergic reactions are REAL.
what are your go-to remedies that get you through the cold/flu season?
What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
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Sandwich this delicious filling between your favorite choice of bun. My family typically raves over a potato roll. However, we have also ventured out to the Hawaiian, brioche, artisan rolls, and of course for my keto-diet-friendly foodies, a nice firm leaf of romaine a scrumptious substitute!
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So as the self-appointed Culinary Health Consultant of Savannah State University Tiger Alumni (lol!), I have devised 3 Get-back-right 'Post-Homecoming Detox' recipes for the week after to recoup and re-align from the past weekend 'activities'.
Ultimately, this is simply an awesome way to jump-start to a healthier body and lifestyle, inside and out!
Enjoy the recipes below along with these helpful tips below:
1. No fried food for the next 3 days.
2. No artificial or added sweets for the next 3 days.
3. No alcohol for the next 3 days.
4. Drink 8oz. of warm lemon water every morning.
5. Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in water everyday.
**POST-HOMECOMING 'Tiger' DETOX**
- Gallon of water
- 1/2 sliced cucumber
- 1 inch peeled ginger root
- 1 lemon sliced
- handful of fresh mint leaves.
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 apple
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 inch turmeric root
- 1 cup spinach
- Blend until smooth.
- Container of low-sodium vegetable broth
- 4 green onions chopped/sliced
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- the juice of 2 limes.
What's your favorite part of homecoming?
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This one-pot wonder is such a velvety taste of wonder that you will not believe how super easy it is to make! Each ingredient is sautéed in one pot, melding together a delicious symphony of vegetables, natural sweetness, and healing spices that welcome the cooler weather approaching.
Warm healing spice notes from the turmeric, cumin, and nutmeg in this recipe make this Maple Butternut Squash Soup actually a Super Food Soup! Oh, and did I mention this rich delicious bowl of goodness and mercy is VEGAN! *Insert warm and fuzzies here*
Try this recipe and let me know what you think! Don’t forget to post pics to the comments below!
Last weekend I decided to bring the retro 'dinner party' term to life in 2018. What started off as a make-up for a missed birthday event for a friend, turned into a beautiful opportunity to celebrate a good friend, along with good food!
My initial dried fruit of choice was cranberries. However, right next to the package was an equally tasty looking bag of dried cherries! Needless to say, either one would work magically, but my love for cherries during the summertime spoke a little louder given that I could bring them to life in the Fall. Not to mention the awesome health benefits cherries have such as melatonin(sleep aid), cardiovascular health, anti-aging properties, as well as having the power to lower hypertension.
For the cheese spread, cream cheese is added to create a more smooth consistency when spreading as opposed to the goat cheese alone having the tendency to crumble when applied. But no worries, the tangy goat cheese flavor still reigns supreme!
The baguette in this assembly presents a heartier vehicle for this delicious foodie topping combo that brings its own delicious identity when drizzled with fresh extra virgin olive oil. The sprinkle is simply added flavor. Remember, in cooking you must season each layer for maximum flavor!
What's your favorite dinner appetizer go to? Post it below in the comments and let me try it too!
*happy NATIONAL TACO DAY*
Even though the shell has been replaced with a cool and refreshing crisp lettuce leaf, the warm vibrant and rustic flavors of the curry spice balance this one-handed masterpiece perfectly. With Abstract Spice as the all natural seasoning base for flavor, the added rich fall spices of curry and paprika are heightened for a more distinguished tasting taco. Taking this flavor to an additional level is the arugula. Usually I have fresh cilantro as a garnish for my tacos that packs bright flavor, however, the 'peppery' bite of arugula deepens the warm spice tones to pair even more harmoniously with these tacos. Finishing with a squeeze of lime adding delicious zing to the layers of flavor and freshness, these tacos are a force to be reckoned with!
Like with many of my newer recipes, my Green Goodness Curry Taco Boats also include simple ingredients and preparation making it an ideal recipe to prepare during the week. You can even prepare the curry seasoned filling ahead of time and just heat and serve when you like. These are also super convenient for packing for lunch!
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR TACOS? LET ME KNOW AND MAYBE I'LL FEATURE YOUR RECIPE IN A POST!
Hey hon! Because salmon is not always in season I try at all times to get it wild, obviously even when it IS in season. However, if it's out of season I try to purchase it at @costco where they have a sticker on the package of their fresh salmon when it's out of season that states it's antibiotic free/responsibly raised. Try to go to a fish market if possible though. You know our ❤30349❤ connect 'Fulton Bay Fish Market' on Roosevelt is a trusted neighborhood spot- but remember they're closed Sun-Tues😉. And if you want a larger selection, you can't beat @yourdekalbfarmersmarket - open err'day from 9am-9pm! (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving). As far as the types of fish that I ADORE, and of course good for you😜, are trout(my fav right now❤), good ol' whitting is awesome as well. Cod is also an excellent thicker meaty fish compared to these others I mentioned. Hope this helps babe!! Let me know!!
What are your reservations about fish? What is your favorite way to prepare it? Let me Know inthe comments below and maybe I'll try it out and feature you in my next fish post!
And can you believe it, they have the nerve to be better for you than your standard white flour based pancake too!
Around this time right at the turn of the season, grocery store shelves are packed with pumpkin spices throughout! I snagged my spice at one of my favorite farmer's markets that I have been patroning for as long as I can remember! Yep, none other than Your Dekalb Farmer's Market! My goodness, they have everything in there!
These Fall Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes are sure to become a season tradition in our home. Obviously butter and maple syrup are a must. But adding warm spiced apples on top would definitely set these babies off right!
There's no better way to say 'Welcome Fall'!
What are your favorite fall time breakfast favs? Let me know in the comments below and share your delicious ideas!
What's more is that this delicious recipe has the comforting flavor of homemade mashed potatoes, without the guilt! Only 33 calories and 3 carbs per serving! Compare that to the 129 calories and 25 grams of carb in real mashed potatoes per serving!
Are you a fan of cauliflower or nah?
Drop a comment below and let me know how you prepare your cauliflower!
Now don't get me wrong, nothing says summer like a delicious bowl of strawberry shortcake, but now that I'm incorporating everything into creating a healthier lifestyle, I decided to bring this cherished, comfort-food dessert into a delicious treat- minus the 'cake'. What's more is I can do it for under 100 calories a serving!
While this post is primarily about strawberries, other fresh fruit is super ideal to make variations to this delicious and light recipe. Sliced banana, slivered almonds, and a cherry on top is sure to be your new guilt-free-go-to banana split fav, but don't stop at fresh! Grilled fruit loves fresh whipped cream just as much. In fact, grilled pineapple and peaches literally curls my toes and drives me into my happy dance! And just in case you were wondering, my son thought it would be a great idea to secure a chocolate sandwich cooke as the topping in the pic below, lol!
I must admit I was a bit hesitant to even think that whipped cream would satisfy my sweet tooth for a cool, refreshing, vanilla topping. I naturally coveted 'ice cream' as the ideal accompaniment. Boy was I wrong! Whipped cream is super light yet flavor potent, and might I add nearly 230 calories LESS than its iced counterpart! YES! Two tablespoons of 'real' whipped cream is only 15 calories with less than 1 gram of sugar! (...I'll wait and let you read that again). This is literally a win-win situation. So check the recipe below and become a winner!!
What delicious variations would you try with whipped cream and fruit?
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These bars are perfectly convenient to grab-go-and-toss in your lunch or workout bag. I enjoy a bar 30 minutes prior to my workout to get the fuel needed to power through my workout with a 'boosted' calorie burn weapon!
The sweet-tart juicy burst from the dried cherries combined with the creamy chocolate goodness of the chips is like a symphony of flavors backed with the satisfying crunch of the walnuts. While I would not recommend these bars as a dessert treat since their sweetness is mainly derived from the cherries and dark chocolate alone, this dense bar is a super delicious treat that motivates me to live my best workout!
*NOTE: To make this more of a sweeter treat, add 1/2 cup brown sugar to the mix.
Check the numbers below!
Calories: 240 Cholesterol 0mg Total Carbohydrate 29.4g Dietary Fiber 3g
Total Sugars 11g Protein 10.1g
what's your go-to pre workout boost? let me know in the comments below!
Well, it depends ultimately on what you're looking for. Salads are light and refreshing meals that don't make you feel guilty...right? Well you may be surprised to find the calorie counts to be high and health ratings low in some of your favorite salads. This is largely due to the high-fat content in the dressings that make them taste sooooo good! For the amount of dressing added to these 'healthy' salads from our favorite restaurants, calories can skyrocket upwards of 300 calories alone! Not only that, but add the cheese, nuts, dried fruits, meats protein, boiled egg, croutons, etc., and your healthy-option-salad is running neck-and-neck with, if not exceeding the calorie count of your average cheese burger combo meal.
No fear, AC Art Of Food is here! My Black Bean & Greens Salad is a super healthy flavorful one that includes a modest selection of ingredients that are flavor-packed and nutrient rich. Simplicity speaks volumes!!
RULES OF THUMB:
- Less is best- choose your favorite 3 ingredients, no more than 4 and add to your salad greens.
- Oil & vinegar, or my favorite, lemon & oil are super delicious with a pinch of sea salt, garlic powder, and fresh cracked pepper- don't knock it 'till you try it, you'll be surprised!
- Want more of a creamy taste- make avocado one of your toppings with the dressing option above.
- WRAPS: Size is everything! Smaller wraps tend to run between 75-120 calories, much lower than their larger counterparts and are just as filling! Portion control is key- EVERYTHING in moderation.
What's your flavor- Salad or Wrap? Let me know in the comments below!
I used a pan to prepare half of the patties until I looked over my shoulder at the air fryer calling my name. One of my best girlfriends had just raved about a batch of turkey burgers she prepared in hers that were amazing! Not only that, but the time, calorie count, and clean up were all a favorable 'win-win'! In almost no time at all, dinner was served!
What's more, this dish can be created vegan and vegetarian! Omit the turkey patty and add in your favorite veggie meat-alternative protein (veggie/bean burgers work beautifully!). Want a more clean and less processed approach? Omit the patty altogether and opt for a portobello mushroom cap or eggplant slice- make it your own!
Which version of this dish would you prefer? How can you make it your own?
Let me know in the comments below!
*The 7 day flex taste & move Challenge*
...are you ready for the first day of the rest of your lifestyle?
Exclusive to only this AC's Cart Of Foodies FB GROUP and site subscribers!
7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge
- What it is: A 7 day meal plan and fitness challenge with options...it's FLEXIBLE
- Who: AC's Cart Of Foodies FB Group & AC Art Of Food site subscribers ONLY! (You have to subscribe to this site www.acartoffood.com in order to join the Facebook Group 'AC's Cart Of Foodies'!)
- When: Saturday, September 8th (Receive your meal plan and choose your workout and get ready to 'Taste & Move' Sunday!)
- Why: To help you jump-start the new you, and the FIRST day of the rest of your new lifestyle!!🤗
• An AC Art Of Food customized 7 day meal plan (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks) focused on **culinary health**- this is NOT a 'diet'. Unlike most meal challenges, the 7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge has a meal plan that you can eat for a lifetime!
(ACAOF's term **culinary health** is a mindful healthy eating lifestyle. It is not meant to restrict, but more so to incorporate better eating habits and eliminate the crap that ultimately harms your body)
• 7 different workouts with 7 daily routines each from various movement experts/trainers who have created specific routines just for my ACAOFoodies to choose from for your 7 days based on what best fits you!
• Each day of the challenge will also be accompanied with an inspiring motivational passage curated by a phenomenal author just for ACAOFoodies that will encourage you to be the best you, inside and out....and to keep you going!
• Plant based with options for your protein of preference. All meals have been specially designed for this challenge😋
The Workouts: (each workout listed has 7 days of routines):
•To be clear, the value of this challenge is priceless!!
But as a thank you and to show appreciation for my loyal subscribers and ACAOFoodies the **7 Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge** is FREE!!
AC Art Of Food's new monthly interactive custom meal plans will be available with 6 and 12 month subscription discounted rates coming this Fall!
🤓So stay tuned to our AC's Cart Of Foodies Group page for more info and to ask questions in preparation for September 8th!!🤓
🥘. 7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge
...are you ready to start the First day of the rest of your lifestyle?
I’m super excited to share this, so come along and join me in this true journey of culinary health! Comment below with your thoughts on eating to increase the health level of your blood.
An awesome not-so-new Super Food I adore is amazing matcha! I was already a fan of green tea when I discovered this powerfully beneficial beverage. I first became aware of matcha several years ago from Dr. Oz and became obsessed with finding out more!
Simply put, matcha is finely ground green tea leaves- the best of the best tea leaves that is. Matcha has been a beneficial zen hot beverage of choice in Japanese culture for thousands of years and is a ceremonial tea tradition. Similar to the already cancer fighting, immune boosting properties, and weight loss aid of the traditional green tea leaves that are steeped for tea, matcha is that much more potent. Matcha also breaks down fat in the body from entering into cells which makes it an amazing defense against cardiovascular disease and obesity. Be mindful that matcha’s fine green powder contains about 30 grams of caffeine. However, this caffeinated ‘boost’ is more of a calm alertness as opposed to the jolt-then-crash that coffee often times causes.
It is suggested that you have a small bamboo whisk in order to blend the fine grounded powder completely into the boiling water. The actual process of whisking the tea is itself a traditional Japanese zen ritual, and it is highly recommended to prepare this tea properly. However, I never picked up a whisk, but I did rediscover an alternate way of dissolving and getting the most out of my sipping. Actually my Aunt Colette taught me this process years ago with her coffee:
- Add your small amount of matcha powder to the cup.
- Add in a liquid sweetener such as agave or honey.
- The sticky texture adheres to the fine powder and dissolves it as you stir this mixture together with a fork. You’ll notice a deep green shiny paste.
- Mix in your hot (not boiling) water and you have a delicious zen, disease fighting beverage to get your day going. I like mine with a touch of almond creamer.
This beautiful antioxidant green powder can be found in health food stores, some mainstream groceries, specialty food stores, vitamin shops, and as well as online. Unlike regular, yet beneficial green tea, matcha costs a pretty penny. However, a very small amount is needed when preparing this tea. Beware of the premixed matcha ‘drinks’ that are heavy ladened with sugar and milk cultures that can defeat the entire purpose of sipping this green medicinal gem. So make sure you check the contents and seek a 100% matcha powder. This way you have control with your add-ins of sweetners, non-dairy creamers (latte), etc.
An interesting find in my research is that of the lead content in matcha. Most of the superb quality green tea leaves are grown and harvested in Japan where the natural elements of preserving the tea leaves increase the levels of this element. Approximately 90% of the lead remains in the leaf after being steeped for traditional green tea. However, since matcha is the actual green tea leaves themselves grounded, all is consumed. For this reason, I would suggest one cup in a day. And remember when steeping regular bag tea not to leave the tea bag in your cup. Steep to your level of taste strength, which should be anywhere between 2-4 minutes, then toss.
Not much of a tea fan? No problem! Matcha powder can be added to pancakes and waffles, smoothies, salads, cocktails, ice cream, many pastry items such as cookies and brownies, and so much more! Just a teaspoon of matcha goes a long way and adds endless possibilities to your culinary creations. There's something for everyone to enjoy to benefits of this ancient healing powder!
For even more info about this power packed super powder, check out this awesome report from CBS This Morning!
Matcha madness: Rising popularity of green tea jolt in U.S.
comment below and let me know how you enjoy your matcha!
Aaaaaaahhhh, yes, yesterday was a good day! So much so that I’m sharing with you the fall-off-the-bone tender and delicious comforting recipe below. Stay tuned for the Red Wine Black-eyed Peas & Lentils recipe as well!
And as always, remember to subscribe to my site, and of course let me know in the comments below how you like the recipe or maybe even share your own version of this comfort food classic!
As I glanced over at the fruit on my counter, I noticed an almost too juicy pink grapefruit that had about one more day left before I would toss it into my compost bin. That’s when the ‘AHA!’ hit me! Why not?! It’s in the citrus family but with a sweet and bitter twist at the same time. Why not try a different and complex flavor boost with grapefruit? And it did not hurt one bit for me to be reminded as I gazed out my kitchen window that fennel was growing beautifully in my garden this season- I thought it the perfect accompaniment with this fruit. What’s more, fennel greens/tops pack a similar, yet more potent punch in comparison to dill.
End result, my favorite seafood seasoning of the summer! These flavor combinations resulted in this trout being off the taste charts!!
Now, I simply adore the sharp zip in flavor I get from citrus when enjoying seafood, but all seasonal fruit is fair game!!😋
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The Verdict: I felt the crab croquettes lacked flavor. I was somewhat disappointed that I didn't taste the sea-sweetness of fresh crab in these little bites. While I was thankful they were not loaded down with stuffing/breading like some, basic bland crabmeat rolled in panko and deep fried, unfortunately allowed much to be desired. Not to mention I was saddened by the very sauce I've seen Chef make on TV. The 'Comeback Sauce' reminded me of the combination of a well known salad dressing sandwich spread and ketchup mix. Thankfully my palate was saved with the broccolini which was prepared to perfection! And the hubby's club sandwich was fresh, delicious, and exactly how I would make it!! Trust, adding sliced boiled egg and avocado to a traditional club sandwich makes everything right with the world!re to edit.
The Verdict: AWESOME!! I do believe my favorite part of the bar though was the amazing variety of sweet and luscious tropical fruit- truly earth's candy if I ever tasted. Our amazing server Bridgette gave us an awesome tip: Come down to dine 30 minutes prior to the end of the buffet. That way we'd pretty much be satisfied for most of the day! Boy was she ever right! And as an added bonus, Bridgette became such an insight to me as our 'culinary health' discussions regarding blood conditioning provided validation for a facet of AC Art Of Food. She was and is a true gem!
The Verdict: A toe-wiggling winner!
The Verdict: The perfect ending bite to a perfect vacation!
All the more reason to Jazz Up The Ordinary!
I try my very best to develop and enhance recipes that are the tastiest versions of plants. While I have a few tricks up my sleeve that produce delicious outcomes, one of my favorite methods is using infused oils and vinegars- full flavor less guilt. You can always make your own collection of these tasty culinary accessories and bottle them, as I tend to do from time to time. But what I love to do (and most convenient) is pick up the delicious bottles of gourmet oils and vinegars from the foodie aisles of my neighborhood TJMaxx, HomeGoods, and Marshall’s.
From exotic herb steeped vinegars to rare truffle and fruit infused oils, you can’t beat these culinary-dream-finds that for the most part are under $10! And some for as low as $4.99! Plus the flavor enhancement it adds is unbeatable. Both my roasted green beans and grilled rainbow trout were popping with amazing flavor. The added benefit also is that these oils are healthy ones full of the 'good fat' our bodies and brains need to thrive. The general base of the oils I find are olive(virgin and extra virgin), grape seed, and avocado. Did I mention these make wonderful gifts for the foodie in your life? #WINNING
So the next time you’re out shopping for throw pillows for your couch, or that perfect dress for your vacation, don’t forget to visit the specialty foodie aisles and grab a few bottles of these treasures, your tastebuds will thank you!
Be sure to comment below and share your fav finds from these stores that you’ve discovered, I’d love to hear about them!
This very well may be one of the easiest, quickest, healthiest, and super delicious ‘no fuss’ way to celebrate with your tastebuds as well as your eyes! Super simple because all you need is fresh veggies (or fruit), Abstract Spice, sticks, and a fire! Now, I do generally like to add a drizzle of flavored olive oil once the kabobs are done for an extra layer of flavor!
5 KABOB KICK-OF TIPS
- Be sure to soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes prior to making your kabobs. This prevents potential mini fires when setting the sticks directly on the heat.
- For best results, DO NOT soak/marinate your veggies/fruit. While this is an awesome flavor booster, it doesn’t work well with kabobs simply because marinating veggies and fruit will leave them wilted and soggy. Not ideal for grilling kabobs since the heat will already soften the veggies/fruit in the process.
- Try to pierce each ingredient as much in the center as you possibly can. This helps with balanced cooking and easier eat-ability(yep, made that word right on up, lol!). There’s nothing worse than going in for a bite of your kabob and having pieces fall off the skewer because they were pierced too close to the edge.
- When grilling your kabobs, temperatures may vary based on a traditional charcoal or gas grill. For this reason watch your kabobs and turn when the char on your veggies is prevalent on the edges, maintaining the veggies still at their bright color in the middle. This way you get the desired bbq flavor with the veggies still crisp and vibrant. Try turning approximately every 2 minutes.
- If adding an animal protein to your kabobs, be sure they are in small portions to adhere to the short cooking time on the grill. For this reason, marinating land protein such as chicken or beef is essential since this process breaks down the meat. However, for seafood, I do not recommend marinating since sea protein cooks super fast. *For contamination purposes, prepare animal protein and vegges separately*
FRUIT: Pineapple, Nectarines, Watermelon, and other melon are seasonal and perfect for the grill. Because of their firmer flesh they can withstand direct heat better than most other fruit, maintaining and even intensifying their flavor!**
Pretty easy, huh? Feel free to throw in marinated tofu or tempeh as well! The veggies/fruit you select to go on your skewers is completely up to you. This also goes for the order in which you stack them. Personally I always shoot for the 'rainbow' in trying to find the brightest most vibrant plants, which coincidentally are so easy to find in the summer!
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