OG MASTA BLASTA IN DA KITCHEN

tomatobarLearn to love REAL food while mastering your creative culinary experience. It’s as easy as “Prep and Play!” Sourcing fresh food options, while omitting processed picks, helps stock your kitchen with solutions to the dreaded question, “what’s to eat?”

Treat your fresh food picks with the gourmet goodness recognition they deserve. The faster you prep, the more options you will have jump out at you when surfing for snack, or entrée options. Below are a few quick tips to help guide you to becoming an OG Master Blaster.

  • Stay away from whole grains that are not sprouted (even if it says “organic”). Wheat is especially unhealthy, so try gluten free options including brown rice, organic corn and/or almond and coconut flour based eatable options.
  • The animal products (beef, lamb, game, organ meats, poultry and eggs) that you consume should come from free-range, pasture-fed animals. Buying locally ensures sure you are getting naturally raised, grass fed products from local businesses (farmers) whose livelihood depends on producing quality results for. If these are unavailable, try to buy organic products at the store.
  • Look for wild caught seafood. Eating wild caught fish and shellfish from unpolluted waters, especially high fat fish like wild caught salmon, is healthier for humans AND the environment. (Avoid farm raised if at all possible.) Wild salmon have higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids than farm raised salmon. Farm raised fish and shrimp are fed diets of genetically engineered grain products, foods that are not normal and increase the omega-6 fatty acids in the final product. Increasing your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids offsets the high levels of Omega 6 fats in the standard American diet.

Chop Tips

  • Save time by prep cooking weekday meals on the weekend. Boil eggs, cook brown rice, grill, slow cook, or roast meats and roots (including potatoes, beets, yams). These will make tasty meal components that will be easy to build satisfying sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks and entrees during the week. If you don’t have time on the weekend either, spend an evening prepping the basics ready for quick evening meals and healthy snacks (instead of reaching for cheap and easy chips, etc.) chop fruits and veggies into bite-sizes, simmer or broil “happy” meats (free-range, organically fed).
  • Cook in stainless steel, cast iron, glass, stoneware, or good quality enamel. Cooking acidic foods in aluminum will result in a metallic taste in the food, and could result in heavy metal poisoning, which affects the kidneys. In addition, Teflon should not be heated to more than 500 degrees as it emits toxic gases at higher temps.
  • Although steaming or sautéing foods is healthy, roasting is the BOMB! Delicious and nutritious, roasting veggies means more flavor and nutrients since there is leaching by steam or boiling water, and whatever you roast becomes instantly delicious as the cellular walls soften and release that full sweet essence of veggie sweetness…especially when smothered with a quality oil.
  • If you use a microwave, make sure you cook the food in a glass container. Transfer any food stored in plastic to a glass or ceramic container first.