What’s in Season in Winter

In the late fall and winter months, seasonal vegetables can seem sparse and uninteresting after riding the coattails of summer’s avocado and tomato bounty. However, many varieties of satiating root vegetables and antioxidant-rich leafy greens are available, which are perfect for the cold winter months. Here is a handy list* of produce that is in

Creating Healthy Recipes for Kid Chefs

by Ashley Moulton, Founder, CEO, and Nomster in Chief of Nomster Chef Nomster Chef is a digital library of illustrated recipe storybooks that help kids cook with their parents. I’m on a mission to raise a healthier generation of kids and a happier generation of parents by helping families cook together, and I’m thrilled to share

Flawless Flavors — A Balancing Act

There is a science to taste that involves the tongue, the nose, the brain, and numerous other factors that are being studied in labs around the world. But on a basic level, taste is what inspires us to eat; it elicits enjoyment and cravings and makes us want more of whatever it is we’re putting

What is a Coulis?

Meet Chef Student Meredith Stone Favorite Inspirational Quote: “Food is medicine, consciousness is everything, and a clean body makes a happy existence.” Gwyneth Paltrow Reason for becoming a chef? Most of my childhood meals consisted of meat with a side of canned peas and corn. It wasn’t until I was 25 when I moved to

Sweet Alternatives: A Sugar Substitution Guide

  All concentrated sweeteners are best used sparingly so that blood sugar levels can remain stable. For daily sweet treats, fresh, seasonal fruit makes an ideal choice. For baking or other sweetening needs, the following chart can help guide your decisions on what to use for more healthful alternatives. Selected highlights from the “Healthful Sweet

Culinary Careers Panel

  Natural Chef students have a unique ability to change the world through nutrition throughout various employment sectors including hospitality, nonprofit, corporate & residential dining, catering & food production companies, schools, resorts, spas, and health clubs. Students may choose to work directly for a company or organization or become a food entrepreneur and start up

Soaking Times for Seeds, Nuts, and Grains

Adding soaked or sprouted seeds to each meal provides satiating fat and a rich array of bioavailable nutrients the body will need to prepare for the days ahead. Here are some guideline: FOOD SOAKING TIME (hours) SPROUTING TIME (days) Almonds 8-12 No Sprouting if pasteurized; 3 Days if truly raw Adzuki Beans 8-12 4 Amaranth

The 411 in Sprouting

Sprouts provide a concentrated source of nutrients and are fairly simple to make. What you’ll need: Seeds (grains, beans, nuts) – see sprouting chart for amounts Water to soak and cover And time, as the seeds need to be soaked over several hours. Seed Chart – Click on the image to enlarge. Chart provided by

Pucker up!

Lemon season has begun! That being said, it is important to know how to use the abundance of lemons before they go bad. Never throw out a lemon! Lemons are one of those foods that can be used in almost any form.  If you can’t use them while they are fresh on your counter, squeeze

Cutting Open a Coconut

The first time I saw a coconut being cracked open, I was in Nicaragua with my parents and little brother, visiting my relatives. Only 10 years old at the time, I watched a young man hold a coconut in his bare hand while striking it with a machete with the other hand. I cringed at