Handy Oil Health Chart

Cooking-Oils-Comparison-Sample1How healthy is your oil? Most of have probably heard that olive oil is unhealthy cooking at high temps, but what’s a high temp and what’s the best thing to use for high heat? I’ve always used sesame oil for stir fry but turns out that’s not an awesome idea for health because it’s very high in Omega 6 which is very bad for you. I found this handy chart by Eating Rules that I now have printed out in my kitchen and I made a small cheat sheet from it for my wallet to take to the grocery store.

EATING RULES OIL COMPARISON CHART

What am I using now for stir fry? Mostly apricot kernel oil which has a neutral taste and almond oil to add some nutty quality. I add just a small dash of sesame AFTER cooking to get a bit of that sesame taste we are looking for. I’ve also started using avocado oil in place of my olive oil for much of my cooking to get much better health benefits.

Stevia it’s not as healthy as you think

Stevia it’s not as healthy as you think

images-1As I look for sugar alternatives I’m constantly finding that real organic cane sugar (not the white stuff in your mass supermarket) is often the best choice.  Here’s a great article written by The Food Babe on 101 Days of Real Food about the latest sugar alternative of choice, Stevia, and why you might be reaching for the wrong alternative.

Superfood Prickly Pear Recipes

Superfood Prickly Pear Recipes

imgresPrickly Pear Cactus is now being called a superfood for it’s cholesterol lowering and antioxident properties.  Here’s a link to some fantastic sounding recipes I’ll be trying soon.  Great news is that Prickly Pear is so sweet you can use it to sweeten things without sugar, plus it’s a really fun neon pink color.  You will find it in latin markets and in some parts of the country you find it in the grocery store when in season.  Here is an online source for some prickly pear products http://www.arizonacactusranch.com/order-our-products.html