The Dancing Gourmet: A Ballerina’s Healthy Recipes for Fitness

Linda Hymes shares a full repertory of delicious, healthy recipes that are fit for dancers and non-dancers alike in The Dancing Gourmet: Recipes To Keep You on Your Toes. Heck, these are recipes to keep you fit. Hymes knows the secrets of preparing tantalizing dishes that won’t add to your waistline- she trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City before becoming a professional ballerina for fifteen years. After retiring, she pursued her greatest passion- food- and attended the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu in London.

The Dancing Gourmet is a perfect marriage of gourmet food and elegant aesthetic. Anyone who loves ballet or who wishes to look like a dancer by eating right will enjoy the mouth-watering, colorful photos of food and Hymes during some of her finest dancing moments- both seem to jump right off the page. The Dancing Gourmet is flavored with humor throughout it pages: the recipes are categorized by ballet’s positions of the feet, from first position (appetizers and small plates) through fifth position(entrees). The final section involves the prerequisite visit to the Land Of the Sweets (a reference from the second act of the much-beloved Nutcracker) which no ballet career or gourmet dining experience should be without.

Eating right doesn’t have to be a punishment. In fact, it can be quite pleasurable. Choices from the third category of salads (not just rabbit food!, according to Hymes) such as the grilled chicken salad with spicy blackberry dressing, thai eggplant salad with pickled garlic, and sole and salmon twirls with maple glaze are appealing, or curried banana balls with masoor daal and cold sesame soba with tofu for the vegetarian crowd. Top it all off with a cup of fresh-brewed chai and a slice of pavlova cake. Brava!

Smart Cooking With Cookery Advice For A Healthy You

Cooking has different meanings for different people. Its meaning varies from person to person. For some it is a part of everyday life, for some a hobby and for some it is therapeutic. A mother cooks for her children and in return gets the most precious gift, a smile on her family’s face. It also can be a hobby where all the creativity is channelized into creating new and innovative dishes and of course a stress buster. Cooking offers a kick start to a new you after a long and a stressful day. Everyone who cooks needs to be given some cookery advise at some point and finding the right source can be tricky.

Cooking and eating is fun and fulfilling but what is more important is to follow the right ways and techniques while cooking and consuming you favorite foods. All of us have at some point during our childhood learnt about the food pyramid which shows us the right amount of servings of certain foods one should have. But do we even remember what the proportions of those foods should be? Thus the USDA in the year 2004 has set new guidelines for the Food Pyramid Recommendations. USDA has also found that almost 90 percent of Americans do not follow these recommendations.

Cookery advise can range from the ideal food servings to cooking tips to serving tips. But the most common and widely suggested cookery advise given is to have four to five servings of fresh fruits and vegetable every day.

Other cookery advise includes:

Add color to your plate and have good servings of red, yellow and green fruits and veggies every day. They are high is essential victims, minerals and antioxidants.

Incorporate whole grains and milk products in your daily diet.

Balance your diet with right amounts of meats and veggies.

Limiting the use of sugar, oil and fatty foods is important.

Opt for white meats like poultry, and sea food instead of red meat.

Switching over to olive oil in place of vegetable oil or butter for everyday cooking will prove to offer great health benefits.

Add a variety of cheeses in your diet.

Use whole wheat breads and buns.

Go organic

Opt for backing in place of frying

Shallow frying absorbs more oil that deep frying so avoid it as much as possible.

This is an extremely healthy and refreshing veggie and sprouts salad that both kids and elders will definitely enjoy. You will need dices vegetables like cucumber, green, red and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, blanches corn kennels, bean sprouts, chopped parsley, lime juice, olive oil and seasoning. In a bowl mix all the ingredients and season with salt and crushed white pepper. You can also add in cheese bits and vegetables of your choice. Serve chilled. This can be served before or after meals and is also great refresher after a long and stressful day.