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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energy, and Supercharge Fat Loss

** A complimentary copy was received for review.

Manuel Villacorta’s new book makes bringing Peruvian superfoods easy, delicious, and healthy. Whether your goal is a healthy reboot, weight loss, or an introduction to clean eating, let Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energy, and Supercharge Fat Loss guide you.

I am a trend setter. That’s right, this woman, raised on traditional Southern foods in all their fatty goodness, is a trend setter. I’ve incorporated superfoods into my diet for several years now. No television doctor introduced them to me. And they were a bit cheaper then. Sigh. I love cilantro, avocado, sweet papaya, beans, artichokes, and purple and sweet potatoes. Chia and quinoa came to the party later, but cacao has been on my love list forever. Purple corn? It’s so pretty in summer salads and salsa. While some of this delicious goodness was easy to find and use, things like yacon, yucca, and Pichuberries, Maca, and Inchi Seeds did not hit my radar until recently. And what the heck are Kaniwa, Kiwicha, Camu, Aji, and Lucama? Manuel Villacorta, M.S., R.D. introduced me to them and a batch of fantastic recipes in Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energy, and Supercharge Fat Loss. Whether your goal is a healthy reboot, weight loss, or an introduction to clean eating, make this book your guide.

The 135 recipes in Whole Body Reboot include smoothies, breakfast, sandwiches, curries, salads, soups, stews, snacks, dips, and sweet treats. I dove into the recipes right away because it was snack time when the book arrived. The Chia Cacao Protein Smoothie (page 154) hit the spot. It was sweet, chocolate and banana goodness that tasted like the frosty goodness I used to love from a fast food chain. I’ve had it a few times now and occasionally shared a taste with Hubs and Daughter. Son refused to try it because I used almond milk, but the other family members liked it. I whipped up the delicious Garbanzo Saltado (page 109) to serve as a lunch side dish. It was yummy at the final tasting after preparation and even better the next day after the flavors had more time to blend. The Mu Shu Pork-Peruvian Fusion Lettuce Wraps (page 173) made a nice change from our usual Latin night dishes. The meat-eating family had pork, while the vegetarians had seasoned meat substitute instead. Everyone was happy and enjoyed the nearly utensil-free meal. The addition of quinoa to one of our grab-and-go breakfast options (Quinoa, Spinach, and Egg Muffins; page 79) was a protein-packet hit with everyone. Another big hit was the Breakfast Brain Food Parfait (page 69). It was not limited to breakfast. This treat contains the creamy, sweet, and crunchy goodness that I crave at snack time. The Purple Potato Frittata (page 77) is on the menu for the next Breakfast for Dinner Night.

One thing I truly like about this book is seeing suggested ingredient substitutions on the ingredient list and not at the end of the recipe. I probably liked this little edit more than a normal person would. It makes it easier to whip up a recipe from a stocked pantry when the ingredient swaps are so accessible. If your have a household of eaters with different styles, this book works. There are gluten-free, omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan recipes in the mix. If you’re new to clean eating and want to lose a few pounds, Villacorta includes seven-day menus full of superfood goodness.

If you’re feeling sluggish after a post-holiday splurge or need a jump start, the 5-day Smoothie Detox (Chapter 2) might do the trick. Snacks are included on the detox menu and the Cheat Sheet (page 24) shows you how to fight cravings. Try the Red Reboot for a powerful phyto-chemical punch. If you make it the night before, remember that Chia seeds thicken and you may need to add additional water to reach your desired consistency.

Red Reboot

Red represents energy, strength, power and courage, according to color psychology. Red fruits and vegetables are rich in lycopene and anthocyanins, powerful phyto-chemicals that possess the characteristic red pigment. Lycopene and anthocyanins are linked with:

Ingredients for 1 Serving

1 ½ cups Strawberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup Tomato
½ cup Cooked Beets
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1 teaspoon Camu Camu powder*
¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Coconut water
20-25g protein, Protein powder (rice, pea, or whey)

*Note: Camu Camu is a Peruvian super food that provides therapeutic levels of vitamin C in its natural form. Refer to Appendix C to find where to buy camu camu. If you choose not to purchase camu camu, skip this ingredient. Another great alternative to include a Peruvian super food with Camu Camu is to add a shot of youthH2O.

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Add tap water until it reaches the desired consistency.
Recipe from Whole Body Reboot by Manuel Villacorta / HCI Books/December 2014 – ISBN: 9780757318214

If you want to pump up the daily menu with superfoods, order Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energy, and Supercharge Fat Loss . Pick it up before March 31 and receive an exclusive e-book of recipes and a 25% discount from Villacorta’s online shop.
Villacorta says ‘stop dieting and start living.’ Whole Body Reboot is a step in that direction.

Disclosure: Sherrie Thompson received a complimentary copy of this book for her review. No monetary compensation was received. Sherrie's thoughts, opinions and ideas are 100% her own words and have not been influenced by the sponsor.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Adding Fiber and Omega-3 to Our Diets with Chia Seeds

January 1st, 2015 marked the first day on a new healthy diet journey for my husband and me. Since the first of the year we have cut out a lot of fat, preservatives and other things from our diet that most feel are unhealthy. We've increased our intake of fresh fruits and juices and have been limiting the processed foods.


Recently we've been reading a lot of good things about adding CHIA seeds to your daily diet. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are an excellent source of Omega-3 (promotes heart health) and they are a good source of fiber (not found in fish oil). 

We received a package of the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia CHIA SEEDS to try out for all of you. They are all nautral, sodium free, gluten free, vegetarian and contain no cholesterol. They are from the makers of the famous Chia Pet and for over 30 years they've been sourcing quality Chia seeds. 

One tablespoon equals 60 calories. I am unfamiliar with using Chia Seeds but did read that you can add them to your oatmeal, cereals, muffins, breads, cakes, cupcakes and all sorts of other things. We decided to add 3 tablespoons of Chia Seeds to my favorite blueberry muffin recipe. I simply mixed them into the batter along with the other dry ingredients called for in the recipe that I used and baked as normal.

Once our muffins were done we enjoyed them with just a tad of natural honey butter melted on the top. OH MY GOSH, they were delicious. The funny thing is that NOT ONE member in my family even noticed that the Chia Seeds were in them! That's right, I was able to sneak in a healthy ingredients and they didn't even notice! I love that! 

The package recommends using 3 tablespoons in your favorite drink or smoothie but I tossed them into my muffin batter and no one was the wiser. I highly recommend you do the same! 

I am going to go out and buy some additional fresh fruits this weekend and try the Chia Seeds out in a good old-fashioned peach & banana smoothie too! YUMMY ~ I can't wait! You can learn more about Chia Seeds by visiting Chia.com

Disclosure: Shelly Hill received a complimentary pair of gloves for her review. No monetary compensation was received. Shelly's thoughts, opinions and ideas are 100% her own words and have not been influenced by the sponsor.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cocktail Drink Recipes Made with Whiskey

With whiskey sales on the rise, more people are discovering there are plenty of ways to drink the distilled spirit than just straight on the rocks.

Drink mixologists enjoy finding more and more ways to complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether its syrups, fruit juices, vermouth or even tea.

A growing willingness to experiment with whiskey and bourbon as the primary ingredient in a variety of cocktails is just one of several ways consumer habits have been changing, says Steven Earles, CEO of Portland-based Eastside Distilling (www.EastsideDistilling.com).

“People are drinking less wine and more whiskey, and women have become more inclined to give whiskey a try,” says Earles, whose company already experiments with a variety of flavors in its drinks, such as Cherry Bomb Whiskey and Oregon Marionberry Whiskey.

The trend of finding more ways to include whiskey in cocktails also may be just one of several factors helping to add to the bump in whiskey sales. As of November 2014, Whiskey sales were near $4 billion, in contrast to $3.5 billion in 2013, according Nielsen research. For distilleries, those numbers may mean a toast is in order. For consumers, that toast may involve a mix of flavors made just to their liking – but definitely is still on the rocks.

Recipes For Mixing It Up Yourself

Perhaps the classic whiskey cocktail is the Old-Fashioned, around since the late 19th Century. But for those looking to add even more variety to their whiskey and bourbon selections, Eastside Distilling offers these cocktail recipes:



Earl’s Demise Recipe


25 oz. Cherry Bomb Whiskey (one 750ML bottle)
12.5 oz. Burnside Bourbon
75 oz. Smith Teamaker Earl Grey Tea (chilled)
25 oz. Orange juice
25 oz. Simple syrup
12.5 oz. Sweet vermouth
5 tablespoons Peychaud’s Bitters

Mix all the ingredients in a large punch bowl, then add ice or ice ring. Serve in small punch glasses. The mixture serves 10-12 people.

The Sideburn Recipe

1 ½ oz. Burnside Whiskey
¾ oz. Aperol
½ oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. lavender simple syrup
13 oz. Old Fashioned glass over ice

Fill a 14 oz. rocks glass with ice, add all the other ingredients and stir.


Eastside Civil War Recipe


1 ½ oz. Burnside Bourbon
½ oz. Cocchi Torino Sweet Vermouth
½ oz. Cynar
2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
Amarena cherry

Add all the ingredients, except the cherry, to a 16 oz. mixing glass (pint glass). Fill to within 1 inch of the top with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an Amarena cherry.


Marionberry Beret Recipe


1.5 oz. Marionberry Whiskey
.5 oz. Dry Curacao
2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit juice
Served on the rocks

Fill glass with ice, add Burnside Bourbon and recipe ingredients.

About Steven Earles: Steven Earles is the CEO of Portland-based Eastside Distilling, (www.EastsideDistilling.com), a producer of handcrafted spirits created from local ingredients and focused in small batches to ensure unparalleled quality. He is responsible for Eastside’s day-to-day operations as well as overseeing the company’s brand development and financial strategy. Earles, who joined Eastside in 2009, has more than two decades of executive experience and orchestrated the development and building of one of the largest land-development companies in southern California.