I had a great night last night in Anaheim Hills at the Fairmont School speaking at their Chalktalk series. Families, great staff, some Natives and some future Natives were in the crowd.
Chef Tanya with two future Native Foods Cafe regulars!
We discussed healthy eating tips and we realized it's not what your kitchen can do for you, it's what you can do in your kitchen. These six things I thought everyone with kids (and without) should have in their arsenal and always close at hand to keep eating well a simple task.
1. Oatmeal-Quick for a snack, a great breakfast with some berries and walnuts for you and the kids.
Chef Tanya throws rolled oats in the Boogie Bars at Native Foods Cafe.
2. Legumes-These are lentils, garbanzos, black and red beans. Keeps your engine on. You can use to make ethnically diverse dishes. Think Mexican black beans, East Indian Lentils, Middle Eastern garbanzos, etc.
Oooohhh garbanzos... in the new Italian Wedding Salad on the Native Foods Cafe Winter Menu.
3. Dark Leafy Greens-Steam them, saute them, chop them in salads, add them to your cooked beans for a hearty soup.
It is easy to have a love affair with kale... just ask Gandhi or the Greek Gyro, on the menu at Native Foods Cafe.
4. Fresh Berries- an easy to eat fruit, kids can snack on them and they go good in the oatmeal.
Fresh blueberries top the decadent Native Cheesecake...
5. Avocados-The California wonderfood. Slice them, spread them, guac them.
Oh avocade... you are so creamy and dreamy. I'd add you to just about anything...
6. Olive oil-Ready to make a fresh easy salad dressing or saute some onions and garlic for a flavor base for your grains, legumes, veggies and soups.
Olive oil makes a great hair conditioner too!
Chalk one up for healthy kids and parents!
Chef Tanya Petrovna of Native Foods Cafe doing her thang!