The “dirty dozen” and “clean 15″ are two lists I refer to very often. While we all know that buying organic is always best, it’s often much more difficult and not to mention (ok, I’m going to mention) costly. It helps to save time, money, and health to keep these lists in mind while shopping. Knowing which items are often pumped with pesticides and those that typically are not gives us a guide of where to spend a little extra mula and when it’s not so necessary. Here ya go, folks. The clean and the dirty…not that there are not a dozen or 15 because I’ve found some variety and wanted to include them all, regardless of the catchy rhymes.
The Clean: (safe to buy non-organic)
- sweet corn
- sweet peas
- sweet potatoes
The Dirty: (buy organic when possible)
- cherry tomatoes
- greens: spinach, kale, lettuce, and collard greens
One Healthy Breakdown: be aware and shop smart. Stay green and clean!
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love. ~ Henry Drummond
The tradition of the Sunday feast accomplishes more than just feeding us. It nurtures us. ~ Chef John Besh
The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done. ~ Allard Lowenstein
The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. ~ Benjamin Mays
True story: I became a serial flosser this week. That’s someone who flosses…every day. Yes, this is big…really big. Who else goes to the dentist and promises him/her that you’ll start flossing more? Then maybe you floss that night, maybe the next night, maybe for a week…but if you’re like me, life gets in the way and the flossing stops. Oops. That’s no excuse, I know. One Healthy Hamptons is all about health from head to toe. Plus, who doesn’t love a pretty smile?! So, lets talk chompers.
Of course, brushing is always expected, but did anyone ever explain why flossing is actually important? Personally, I’ve gone years and years at various dentists and years at the orthodontist, all preaching about floss, but not one of them explaining WHY until I met Linda at Hampton Dental Group last week. Linda took the time to explain why flossing is so crucial and her spiel turned me into a flosser for life. Allow me to share…
Flossing is not just to get food out of our teeth. When we floss, it’s important to get the floss all the way down to the gums and then to pull left and right to get everything out of the spaces between our teeth and gums, where the toothbrush can’t reach. Not only does this remove food that begins to attract bacteria, but it also removes and prevents tarter, which causes gingivitis. We’ve all heard this big, scary, nasty word, but what does it really mean? Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, which eventually causes destruction of the bond between the jaw bone underneath the gums and the teeth. As a result of a destroyed connection of the bone, teeth rot and eventually, die or fall out. Let me break it down so you too become a regular flosser: Flossing cleans, prevents tarter, keeps gums healthy, and keeps teeth alive and well. AKA = flossing = teeth. Not flossing = dentures. If you’d like your teeth in tact for many, many years to come, join me and FLOSS on the reg! It’s not too late to save those chompers
One Healthy Breakdown: the power of floss!
MUFA’s (monounsaturated fatty acids) relax our fat, so literally, we can eat away fat in our body. They reduce inflammation in the body; the less inflammation, the less the body will store fat. ~ Dr. Oz, The Dr. Oz Show
Fried rice is one of those amazingly delicious indulgences I never thought of making at home. Until I did. And put it on instagram. And got lots of likes. So I decided I’d share my recipe for fried rice that is delicious AND nutritious! Forget the take-out, this recipe is a win-win and a whole meal in itself! Now if I could only crack the egg like the true hibachi masters…
Makes two large servings: (recipe is flexible, use what you have/like)
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 egg and 1 egg white
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- Green peas
- Bean Sprouts
- Broccoli or broccoli slaw
- Water chestnuts
- Edamame (cooked and de-shelled)
- Lean protein (chicken, beef, tofu, tempeh, etc. Your choice)
- 1 small piece of ginger root or dash of ginger spice
- 1.5 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons safflower oil (or oil of choice)
Cook lean protein in 1 teaspoon safflower oil and a teaspoon of soy sauce. In separate pan, sauté scallions, garlic, and ginger in safflower oil until light brown. In one more pan, sauté all vegetables and add scallion mix at end. Add rice, coconut oil, protein, edamame, and remaining soy sauce and mix all together, cooking on medium heat. Lightly beat egg and egg whites and pour over rice. Continue to mix until egg is cooked and spread evenly throughout. Remove from heat once rice is desired consistency/crispness (just takes a minute or two)
One Healthy Breakdown: Another great comfort food gone healthy!
Healthy is about body composition, not just being skinny. Fill your body with real, wholesome foods that make you feel great. ~ Kylie, immaeatthat.com