What to Feed a Child with Allergies

by Rose Elder

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At this point, as a mom, I finally feel in control. I have a happy healthy baby. We do have a million restrictions that we have to deal with; Like traveling or eating out much at all. We really can only feed him at home or he will react to food cross contamination. It is super frustrating at times, but I am just thankful allergies are his only hurdle. I keep reminding myself it could be so much worse.
Happy Monday!

Cauliflower Tacos

By Rose Elder

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I was telling my mother about todays post. And she was like: Ok, so, the cauliflower is the wrap? No mom, they are simple cauliflower tacos. So the cauliflower is a spread in the taco? No mom, the cauliflower is used instead of the protein! So for anyone that likes to have meatless Mondays this is a great option for you. This is also a fun way to add more vegetables to your diet! I mean it, they are so tasty and you feel full after eating them as well.

Here the recipe, this makes 4 tacos, so double the recipe if you need more:

Ingredients

  • 1 head or organic cauliflower
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 habanero chile (you can also do jalapeño)
  • 1 tbs of lime juice
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • shredded cabage
  • bunch of cilantro

 

Directions

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Cut the head of cauliflower into little florets. Cover them with the olive oil and pinch of salt. In a cast iron pan (very important, specially to add flavor), cook them at 425 f in the oven for 50 minutes tossing them half way. They shouldn’t be mushy.

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Cut the habanero chile very small and mash it into the avocado. Add the lime juice and salt. You can also use your immersion blender instead. Set aside.

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Cut the onion and cilantro and mix it to the shredded cabbage. Set aside.

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Heat up your tortillas in a griddle. Spread a thick coat of the avocado mix on the tortilla. I would even spread it a little bit more than I did so when you bite at the top of the taco you not only bite into the cabbage mix.

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Add the cauliflower and top the taco with the cabbage mix. You are done with a super simple, healthy and delicious meal.

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Happy Monday everyone!

Visiting San Diego California with Children

by Rose Elder

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I want to start by mentioning some our great beaches. It is an amazing way of keeping kids busy for most of the day.

Beaches

Pacific Beach
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Coronado Island. Here you can arrive by boat via Downtown San Diego’s waterfront. There are several places that rent bicycles and you can cycle around the island. It is pretty safe because there isn’t much traffic around the residential streets. Then you can enjoy a treat at Hotel Del and get your feet wet at one of the most amazing beaches you will ever see.
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Downtown La Jolla has a beautiful area called La Jolla Village. The ocean view is incredible. There are several playgrounds and parks where your kids can run around. There is also good entertainment to watch the seals for free at The Children’s Pool. La Jolla Shores is a great beach as well, it’s very wide so there is plenty of space for the kids to build sand castles.
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Enjoy amazing gelato at Bobboi Natural Gelato 
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Windansea. You can watch some of the best surfers in the city ride waves at this beach.
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Stop at Caroline’s Seaside Cafe at La Jolla Shores for a nice lunch with an incredible view.
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Balboa Park

From museums to restaurants and playgrounds. Balboa is one of the largest parks in the country. It is worth spending a full day here. There are several museums catered for kids as well as playgrounds and great restaurants like The Prado and Panama 66.
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Have lunch at Panama 66. Very welcoming to families, good food and great beer. Alexander had 2 PB&J’s!
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Liberty Station

This is a whole development next to the San Diego Bay waterway. You can also spend if not a full day here, a good part of it. NTC playground is one of the coolest playgrounds we have in the city. Have lunch at Stone Brewery or Liberty Public Market. Visit Moniker General to do a little bit of shopping while enjoying good coffee. If you really want to keep the kids busy take them to Kidventures and Corvette Diner.
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The San Diego Central Library

There is a kids section at the library that is worth visiting if you are around. There are obviously many books as well as interactive digital tools. There are also reading times for kids, just look them up here.

You might event want to stop at Petco Park to watch The Padres play baseball if they are in season. They have a kids section with a huge sandbox and tickets are pretty cheap, around $10-$15.

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The Coaster to Solana Beach

A fun experience for the kids can be taking The Coaster train that departs from Santa Fe Station in Little Italy, to north county. Stop at Solana Beach and walk around Cedros Street. They have amazing little boutiques and galleries. Solo is for sure my favorite.

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North Park

North Park is this hip neighborhood where a lot of young families live. They have several restaurants with kid areas you can check out. You can go to the free arts and crafts Saturday afternoons at ChuckAlek where you can enjoy a beer while your kids have a great time. Before or after you can stop at Encontro or Waypoint Public to have a nice meal. And please stop by Pigment, this amazing boutique I make any excuse to go to.
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South Park

You can visit South Park after going to North Park or vice versa. They are pretty close to each other, maybe a 5 minute drive. Here you can walk the streets, stop at Station for a burger. Station is a pretty cool place with a kids area, so its always busy. Visit The Gold Leaf and Junc Boutiques. Then have an ice cream at The Daily Scoop on Juniper or a chocolate dessert at Eclipse bar and bistro.

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The Childrens Museum 

Located in Downtown San Diego. It is pretty amazing, super modern and ample. Many hands-on activities for the kids. I believe it’s $8 per person to get in.

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The San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo if you have the time it is incredible. It is huge, so it will take you all day to see it. The only problem with the zoo, if you care, is that in the summers it is packed. It is honestly hard to walk around. I try to go with girlfriends early mornings in the fall.

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The Waterfront Park

The Waterfront Park is located in Downtown San Diego west of Little Italy. It is one of the most amazing parks you will ever visit and it is free! They have a huge area where the kids can splash and a playground with fun and creative structures. If you have the energy take a 20 minute walk to The Headquarters and have lunch at Puesto. Great Mexican food! Don’t forget to walk around Seaport Village after your meal.

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Cabrillo National Monument

The views are out of this world. I can go on and on on the history here, but what you need to see is the views of downtown San Diego and the bay, the light house and visit the cemetery on your way out.

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I really hope this answers some of your questions on what to do when you visit this amazing city with your families.

What are some of your favorite spots in San Diego?

 

Portobello Tacos

by Rose Elder

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Meal time: Nagaland House Ribs from Bon Appétit

by Rose Elder

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My day gets much more exciting when I hear the mailman dropping off the mail and I see my new Bon Appétit magazine in it! I’m telling you, it makes me so happy. I stop what I’m doing to browse through it before I can finally sit down and read it cover to cover.

The magazine has gotten so hip and fun. Their recipes are very creative because they are using unexpected ingredients in new ways. It has become this multicultural mix of recipes that implement flavors from all different countries and regions around the world.

I’m the kind of person that loves to create something new everyday in my kitchen. I rarely repeat a recipe. I see ingredients and decide on a whim what to do with them. I’m not saying I’m the best cook, but I will admit I am creative. I just saw this great advertisement of Williams-Sonoma that said something like: “Life is short, so cook accordingly”.

The latest’s issue cover had this amazing looking recipe. It looked so enticing, fun and different. I went to get pork ribs right away to try to make it. I couldn’t find a couple of ingredients but I substituted them for very similar ones. I failed to find the tamarind concentrate, so I used three fresh tamarind pods. I forgot to buy the apple juice, so instead I used 2 applesauce pouches of my kids! I can’t imagine how amazing the recipe would be if I had found the exact ingredients.

The ribs were so delicious! The garnish on top was just the perfect punch of flavor and acidity to contra rest the light sweetness and spiciness of the ribs. The end recipe didn’t have that strong pork flavor sometimes ribs have. They only thing I would change is that I would’ve added more cucumber to the garnish. It was it was so good I wished I had more of it to be able to have cucumber in each bite. You can’t taste one particular flavor when you combine all the final ingredients in your fork, the flavors just work together to make it a truly special bite.

Here are some photos of the process, it was a little long, but really easy:

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Nicholas approves!

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To get the full recipe please follow this link: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/nagaland-house-ribs-with-tamarind-glaze

 

 

 

 

Power Breakfast

by Rose Elder

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During the weekend most of us eat out abusing fat and carbs. This is not only a delicious recipe, it’s also a power breakfast you can have at home to start your day with the right foot. You might even feel a little less guilty about missing healthy vegetables, proteins and healthy fats later in the day.

Here is the breakdown of the health benefits:

Red/Purple onions:

They are common and inexpensive. Red and yellow onions are one of the well known sources of quercetin. Quercetin is in both red and yellow onions, a kind of vitamin that searches and collects free radicals. Onions are full of antioxidant properties that help fight cancer cells. They are also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

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Cremini Mushrooms:

Creminis have been discovered to be at the top of the list, above other exotic mushrooms (like shiitakes) , for their beneficial properties. They are excellent at regulating inflammation in the body, helping especially people that suffer from arthritis. They are great at assisting the cardiovascular system, lowering the risk of possible damage to the aorta. They are also great also at fighting breast cancer. Give some more Creminis, please!

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Red Tomatoes:

Excellent source of antioxidants and lycopene. Lycopene is closely related to bone health. They are also good at lowering cholesterol minimizing the risk for heart related problems.

Cilantro: Is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Also a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fibers.

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Eggs:

Excellent source of protein. Full of vitamin B2, B6 and B12. Also a great source of zinc, iron and copper.

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I added half an apple and vegan gluten free bread. Happy Friday everyone!

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Tip: Use oils that have a high resistance to heat. I use avocado oil from Costco.

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Green Juice and the Secret Behind Doing it Right.

by Rose Elder

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I have been working with Monica Prieto, certified Health Coach in the San Diego area, for the last three years. After weaning my first son I started gaining weight exponentially and nothing I was doing was working to stop it.

I exercised and lowered my carb and sugar intake like I had done in the past when I wanted to lose a few pounds, but the weight wasn’t coming off. Monica and I studied Fashion Marketing together a few years back and I had seen online that she had become Health Coach, so I gave her a ring. She has completely changed my life for the better. She is so well informed and well studied that every time I see her she teaches me the latest and greatest discoveries in nutrition.

One of the best habits she got me into since the beginning was making my own green juice (NOT smoothie). Doing this has improved my energy levels, my digestion, keeps me healthy all year long, and keeps my mind sharp. But there are rules in juicing right, very important ones or it is all for nothing.

She insists on two main things:

  1. Make it yourself fresh every morning so the nutrients are intact and drink it right away. (freshly cold-pressed juice purchased a day or two before it’s ok too, if you are willing to pay the price which ranges around $10.00)
  2. Drink it first thing in the morning and wait 25 minutes before you consume any solid foods.

The second “rule” is because she wants you to digest the green juice so it reaches your body cells. If you eat something right after drinking it, the green juice will stay in your stomach for hours digesting with the solid food and by the time the nutrients are absorbed most of them will be gone and you will mostly get the sugar from the vegetables instead of all their amazing properties.

Here are some recipes she has given me over the years for green juice:

This Detox juice she recommends to drink it after a weekend of eating out of the house or after a trip, or just because you need a cleanse:

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This one is targeted for your skin. The properties of the carrot are greatly beneficial to your skin.

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Need to burn some fat? I know I do, so this is a great start to our day.

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I will be bothering Monica constantly to get the latest tips in nutrition so I can pass them along to you.

You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook and if you live in the area feel free to email her to moni.healthcoach@gmail.com