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Avoiding the Most Common Nutrition Mistakes

March 5, 2015

465464639If you are serious about losing weight and getting healthy, it is essential to focus on your nutrition. Keep reading to learn about some of the most common nutrition mistakes that might be keeping you from achieving your goals:

Skipping on Healthy Fat

When most people hear the word “fat,” they think of the layers of skin that they do not want coating their stomachs, hips, and thighs. There is a big difference between bad fat and good fat, though. Omega-3, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats are an important part of a healthy diet and they can help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease. Try to incorporate olive oil, avocados, nuts, flaxseed, and fatty fish into your diet to get plenty of these healthy fats.

Being Afraid of Eggs

Eggs have a bad reputation as raising cholesterol levels. Researchers have recently discovered, though, that eating eggs will not raise a person’s cholesterol. Eggs are full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that are an important aspect of a nutritious diet. Eggs are actually some of the best foods that you can eat.

Eating Processed “Health” Foods

When you walk through the aisles in the grocery store, it is very easy to find countless low-fat, low-calorie processed food items. The problem with processed foods is that they are usually full of chemicals, sugar, and other ingredients that are actually bad for you. You should always read food labels and try to buy natural, clean foods with genuine nutritional value.

If you want to learn how to prepare healthy meals, Chef Chic can help. We offer cooking classes that give you the information you need to make better nutritional choices. Our personal chef can show you quick and easy ways to prepare healthy meals. We also offer catering services and table-ready meals that can help you on your journey to better health. To learn more about our Tucson catering and personal chef services, visit us online or call (520) 406-2757.

 

 

A Guide to Healthy Cooking Oils

February 20, 2015

457087057If you are starting to make an effort to eat healthier, it is essential to pay attention to the oils with which you cook. Use this guide to learn about healthy cooking oils to use for your food:

Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats

A lot of people cook with saturated fats like butter, lard, and shortening. These kinds of fats can raise cholesterol and increase your risk for heart disease. If you switch to polyunsaturated fats like canola oil, sunflower oil, and walnut oil, though, you can lower your cholesterol and your risk for heart disease. Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil and peanut oil. They can also improve your cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease. Whenever possible, you should try to cook with polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats to aid with your cooking.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Extra-virgin olive oil is a great option for your cooking needs because it is full of antioxidants that can improve your heart health. It is best to use extra-virgin olive oil for foods that will benefit from its flavor like steamed vegetables or to make salad dressing.

Canola Oil

Canola oil is a great option to use for baking and sautéing. Although it does not have as many antioxidants as extra-virgin olive oil, it does have a long shelf life. You can even use canola oil to tone down the taste of olive oil while still enjoying its heart-healthy benefits.

Walnut Oil

Walnut oil comes with a nutty taste that a lot of people appreciate. It also has a lot of omega-3s, which can benefit your heart. You might want to try walnut oil in salad dressings or in baked goods.

If you want to learn how to cook healthier meals, you should sign up for cooking classes with Tucson’s Chef Chic. Chef Wendy can also serve as a personal chef to meet all of your catering needs. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (520) 406-2757.

 

Tips for Choosing a Caterer

February 5, 2015

iStock_000003143945XSmallWhether you are throwing an engagement party, a wedding reception, or a work event, the catering is one of the most important elements of the gathering. Use the following tips to choose a caterer that can meet all of your food and drink needs for your next event:

Start Talking

While it is important to let a caterer talk about his or her menu options, you should also spend some time talking about yourself, your event, and the kind of food that you want. If you can have an open and honest conversation with a caterer, it is much easier to determine if he or she will meet your entertaining needs.

Discuss Your Budget

Financial restrictions might also affect your choice of caterer. Before you start interviewing potential companies, you should determine your budget so you know exactly how much you can spend on the menu for your event. This way you can decide right away if a caterer fits into your budget.

Ask If You Can Do a Tasting

The best way to judge a caterer’s capabilities is to actually taste the food. Ask a caterer if you can do a tasting so you can get a better idea of the kind of food he or she makes and whether or not it will meet the needs for your next event.

Find Out How Much Input You Have in the Menu

Some caterers only offer specific menus that they put together. Other companies allow you to have more say in the final menu creation. Decide what you want for your event and figure out if the caterer can handle it.

If you are looking for one of Tucson’s best caterers, look no further than Chef Chic. We can handle the cooking so you have time to actually enjoy your event. We also have cooking classes and personal chef services. To learn more about our catering services, visit us online or call (520) 406-2757.

 

 

Key Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

January 20, 2015

iStock_000005944102XSmallYour wedding should be one of the most special days of your entire life. When you are searching for the perfect caterer for your big celebration, ask the following questions to ensure he or she can meet all of your culinary needs:

Do You Specialize in a Particular Style?

It is important to find out whether or not a caterer offers a certain kind of food before you agree to work together. If the catering company doesn’t cater to certain dietary needs, decide whether or not you want to utilize their services based on your guest list. If they leave the menu options up to you, it gives you the opportunity to decide what kind of food you want to serve at your reception.

Can I Do a Tasting?

You should always try to taste a caterer’s food before you make your final decision to see if it meets your idea of a delectable meal. Ask if you can taste items that you plan to put on your wedding menu so you know what you and your guests can expect on your big day.

What Is Your Price Range?

While you are trying to finalize your wedding budget, it is important to have a good idea of how much each service will cost. Talk to the caterer about the size of your wedding to figure out what you can expect to pay to take advantage of his or her services.

Will You Be at the Reception?

Some caterers prepare the food and drop it off at your venue. Other companies will actually come to your event to ensure that the meals are prepared and served properly. Check with the caterer to find out if he or she will be at the reception so you can make realistic plans for the day.

If you are looking for a top caterer in Tucson, look no further than Chef Chic. With multiple menus and the attention of a personal chef, we can ensure that your wedding catering is exactly what you want it to be. To learn more, visit us online or call (520) 406-2757.

Keeping Up with Your New Year’s Resolutions for Eating Better

January 6, 2015

57565370If you are like most people, you probably use the New Year as a chance to start over and make important changes that can help you live a better life. Use the following tips to make sure you keep this year’s resolution to eat better:

Learn About Healthy Foods

One of the best ways to improve your eating habits is to educate yourself about nutrition. Sign up for some cooking classes so you can learn which kinds of foods your body needs to thrive and how to prepare them. The more that you know about food, the easier it will be to eat healthier meals on a regular basis. Once you start eating the right kinds of foods, it will be a breeze to reach your health and wellness goals.

Find Someone that Keeps You Accountable

Trying to stick to a resolution on your own can be tough. If you enlist the help of a friend or family member, though, it will be much easier to keep your resolution. Staying accountable to someone else is a more effective way to keep yourself on the path toward eating better. When you have someone else with which to share your journey, the connection gives you more motivation to keep going.

Get Some Help

If you are not the best cook, you might want to take advantage of local catering services. A personal chef can bring you table-ready meals that are delicious and nutritious. If you are really committed to eating better throughout the year, this is a great way to ensure that you have the foods you need to keep up these newly formed healthy eating habits.

Chef Chic offers catering services throughout the Tucson area to help you eat the way you want to eat. With catering services, cooking classes, and a specialty café, we make it easy to fill your plate with delicious and healthy foods. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (520) 406-2757.

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