You’re Cleaning Mushrooms Wrong

This is a public service announcement, and it won’t take long. If you’ve been reading Heated this month, you may have noticed that we’ve been talking a lot about meat alternatives — such as high-tech burgers that “bleed” like beef but are made mostly of plants (that sort of thing), and this mushroom-nut burger. Well, before any of this stuff existed, people who wanted something “meaty” without eating meat ate mushrooms. For better or worse, the default “oh, so you don’t eat any meat?” dish served to vegetarians at restaurants and parties was a portobello “burger” or some analogous concoction where the mushrooms masquerade as meat.

Whether you cook mushrooms constantly, infrequently, or somewhere in between, there’s a decent chance you’re cleaning them wrong.

There’s this myth that you should never ever wash mushrooms because they’ll absorb too much water. Instead, what we’ve been taught to do is daintily wipe the dirt off with a damp cloth or paper towel.

This is maddeningly slow and a huge waste of time. To clean mushrooms, you should rinse them under running water. Yes, mushrooms are porous, and if you leave them sitting in a bowl of water they will soak it up like a sponge. But a quick blast of running water to wipe the dirt off will not make them any worse for wear, and will save you a lot of time and frustration in the kitchen.

If cleaning mushrooms is less frustrating, maybe we’ll cook more mushrooms. If we cook more mushrooms, maybe we’ll eat less meat. If we eat less meat, maybe (definitely) we’ll be healthier and so will the earth. PSA over.

By: Mark Bittman

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Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections

Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has stopped routine food safety inspections of seafood, fruits, vegetables and many other foods at high risk of contamination because of the federal government’s shutdown, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s commissioner, said on Wednesday.

— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/health/shutdown-fda-food-inspections.amp.html

U.S. Citizens Should Switch to Brazil’s Dietary Guidelines

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Brazil’s nutritional guidelines focuses on cooking healthy whole food meals at home. It also encourages their citizens to eat more natural and minimally processed foods. I love Brazil! They also urge their citizens to be critical of the misleading marketing practices of Big Food industries. On the other hand, the United States allow Big Food industries to dictate what the American citizen should be eating.  It’s also shocking to learn precisely how food companies lobby officials, co-opt experts, and expand sales by marketing to children, members of minority groups, and people in developing countries.  All the misleading scientific research on genetically modified foods, commercials, food pyramids, and those “Got Milk” ads by famous celebrities are all a BIG joke; which ultimately sends the wrong message.

I say we all should switch to the Brazilian food guideline and get healthy. Could you imagine the U. S. promoting eating home cooked whole foods at home? Unfortunately, I can’t!  Nonetheless, It has been proven that eating meals as a family is linked with increased child and adolescent intake of fruit and vegetables and other healthy foods.  Teaching children at a young impressionable age the importance of eating whole foods is vital for their future and generations to follow.

It starts at home.  Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.  As parents we are responsible for teaching our children about healthy whole foods.  A major part of the fast food education has always been in written form on advertisements, banners, brochures, and articles.  Cutting back on television watching also will have a huge effect on their exposure. These misleading outlets have a major influence on children’s diet.  Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal is a book that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry.  I highly recommend reading it and the official nutritional guideline by the Brazilian government.  I say, AWESOME JOB Brazil!

Suggested Readings/Credits

Brazil has the best nutritional guidelines in the world

Brazil Nutritional Guidelines

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

Photo by: Yasuyoshi Chiba

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Fresh homemade cranberry sauce is one of the easiest side dishes to make on Thanksgiving Day. Make this simple dish in the morning, cool it on the stove, and place in the refrigerator until dinner time.  There are many variations to this simple dish, but the main ingredients will never change. All you need is a sweetener, some juice, and fresh cranberries.  For my recipe, I’ve added orange peels just to enhance the zest from the orange.

Ingredients:
1 bag (8 ounces) fresh organic cranberries
1 cup turbinado sugar or brown sugar
3 orange peel strips (optional)
1 cup of organic orange juice

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Directions:
In a medium saucepan combine cranberries, sugar, orange strips, and orange juice. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook until thicken, 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.  

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Images by OrganicREADY

Facts:
Cranberry health benefits

Quick Snap Shot!

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Just a little bit of everything in this vegan lunch. I have my green juice, a big bowl of vegetables, fruit and whole grains. That’s what I love about eating a plant-based diet, there are no rules. Mix it all up and it’s still healthy.

Excerpts from the Spring 2013 Kaiser Permanente Journal says,

“Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”

Get on the bandwagon!

Simply Vegetables Sandwich

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A simple vegan sandwich with fresh garden tomatoes on the side. It has baby spinach, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and sprouts with lite French mustard on my favorite 7-grain bread.

This is super easy, all vegan, and delicious. You can customize your vegetable sandwich with whatever you desire.

Healthy eating for the best you ever!

OrganicREADY on the Go!

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Here I am as usual picking up some fresh organic vegetables from my local farmers market. I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to support your local greenmarket. It’s a place to find fresh local produce and artisan goods, gather and socialize, and reconnect ourselves with our community and our environment.

Other great articles on farmers market.
I Love My Farmers Market
My Farmers Market
Grow NYC Greenmarkets

Vegan Salad: No lettuce Required

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Who says, you need lettuce to make a salad? I know, but I won’t mention who for the sake of his reputation. A salad doesn’t need lettuce in order for it to be considered a salad. A salad can be a combination of any fruit, vegetable, or grain.

This particular salad I’m showcasing doesn’t have any. It’s just a simple organic salad I put together at work. It has tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, peaches, apples, and a baked sweet potato. Most of these items, came from my local farmers market. It’s important that everyone go out and support their local farmers market.

It’s really an awesome feeling meeting and buying foods from the actual growers. Plus, the freshness and flavors of the fruits and vegetables are amazing. There’s also dairy farms, turkey farms, organic bakery’s, honey farms, fresh eggs, wine, wild fish and so much more.

Grocery store foods are highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Buying from local family owned farms the food is generally grown organically while using methods that minimizes the impact on the earth, and the food is fresher and healthier. Please go out and support your local farms.

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Here’s a picture of everything before it was cut up. There was no reasoning behind selecting these items. They were randomly selected with only one goal in mind, “I’m not paying for another city lunch!” Buying lunch in Manhattan can be very costly, so I try to bring in my lunch as much as I can. Plus, its healthier preparing and cooking your own meals.

Find out below where you can locate your local farmers market. Go out and support them!

Other Reads:
Farmers Market in NYC: Grownyc.org
My Farmers Market
Find Your Local Farmers Market Here

Day 2: Of My Vegan Diet – Breakfast

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Ok, it’s day 2 of my vegan diet and it is going great thus far. Earlier for breakfast I had organic oats w/Flaxseeds, mixed with 1 tbs of wheat germ, almond milk and some raw orange blossom honey I purchased at my local farmers market.

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I drink a lot of fluids throughout the day. It’s 10:30am and I already had two cups of green teas and my smoothie. My smoothie had spinach, blueberries, strawberries, mango and almond milk.

I bought a lot of fruits to work just in case I get hungry in between meals. I’m not snacking on any processed foods just raw foods and maybe some nuts.

It’s an amazing feeling because my bowels have been very frequent throughout my first and second day already.

It’s a great feeling!

Vegan Cupcakes!

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I stopped in at Sprinkles Cupcake for a vegan cupcake. My detox begins on Monday, so a little indulgence this weekend won’t hurt. At least it’s a vegan cupcake. Next week, I’m abstaining from sugary foods and beverages, caffeine, carbs, and animal protein. I’m excited to start My 14 Day Vegan Diet/Detox.