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Understanding the Importance of Eating Healthier

December 20, 2014

475389587Many people realize that what they eat can have a profound impact on the way they feel as well as their overall health. If you are ready to start eating healthier, consider having a personal chef prepare your meals and stock your kitchen for you. Healthy eating habits start at home, and it’s much easier to make the transition if the guesswork is taken out of it for you. When you have fresh, nutritious meals ready to eat, you’ll be less likely to stop at the drive-through or order pizza again for dinner. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of eating healthier.

General Well-Being

It’s a simple fact that you need food to fuel your everyday activities. With the proper nutrients, you may feel better and have more energy. The foods you eat also help protect your cells and repair damage that has occurred within your body. You need protein to have a healthy immune system, and to help build and repair muscle tissues. Carbohydrates and fats act as fuel, giving you the energy you need to make it through another busy day at work. Essential vitamins and nutrients assist with vital functions, and a balanced diet is key for making sure you get enough of everything.

Healthy Weight

While you should be conscious of the quality of the foods you’re eating, you should also be aware of how much you’re eating at any given meal. If you take in more calories than you burn, you risk gaining weight. Talk with your personal chef about your caloric needs, and you can have your meals portioned out so you get the right number of calories.

Disease Prevention

Maintaining a healthy weight can help in preventing certain diseases, but there are other medical conditions that can arise that are related to nutrition, as well. For example, not getting enough calcium can contribute to osteoporosis, and too much saturated fat can increase your risk of heart disease.

Chef Chic is happy to work directly with you to help you eat healthier—and enjoy doing so. Call us at (520) 867-9597 to learn about our personal chef services in Tucson. Visit us online for a look at our extensive menu options.

Healthier Alternatives to Traditional Holiday Foods

December 6, 2014

72967304The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to start making your plans to gather with your friends and family to celebrate the season. Along with spending time with the people you love, the holidays have another main focus: delicious food and drinks. If you’re like many people, you may be looking for healthier alternatives from your personal chef for celebrating the holidays this year. You can still have tasty meals without all of the guilt normally associated with traditional holiday foods. Keep reading to learn about a few healthy alternatives you can ask your personal chef to prepare for you.

Dark Meat

The main attraction of a traditional holiday meal is a large, juicy turkey roasted all day to perfection. While turkey meat itself is high in protein and lower in calories than other meats, many people lose these benefits by eating only dark meat smothered in rich gravy. Instead of choosing only dark meat, have a mix of dark and white, or just white meat for your dinner. Opt for a gravy that’s made with defatted pan juices and use just a drizzle instead of an entire ladleful. For your turkey sandwich leftovers, again choose white meat, and use light mayonnaise.

Mashed Potatoes

What would a traditional holiday meal be without a large scoop of mashed potatoes sitting next to the turkey and stuffing? Mashed potatoes are delicious, but are usually made with milk, butter, and salt to get that rich flavor. This year, opt for mashed sweet potatoes which are more nutrient-dense, or ask your personal chef for baked sweet potato rounds that are great for snacking as well as a side dish.

Stuffing

Traditional cornbread stuffing is often made with pork sausage and cooked inside the turkey, which makes it absorb all the fat that’s cooked off. Opt for a wild rice stuffing and have it cooked in a separate pan to reduce the amount of fat and calories you’re getting.

Let Chef Chic help you make your holiday meal a little friendlier for your health. Call (520) 867-9597 to inquire about having us prepare your holiday meal so you can enjoy your time with friends and family. We are happy to work with all dietary needs and restrictions.

Mealtime Habits of the Highly Successful

November 20, 2014

Wok with vegetables and shrimpIt is no secret that the foods you eat have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness. The way you eat these foods can also affect how you look and feel, however. Use this guide to learn more about mealtime habits of successful people so you can finally start to achieve your body goals.

They Have a Food Routine

Instead of trying to decide on new meals every day, successful people tend to eat mostly the same foods. This does not mean that you have to eat the same exact foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, but you should have a few healthy meals from which to choose. Whether you take a cooking class to learn how to create these meals or you hire a catering service to make them for you, adding simplicity to your diet can help you reach your goals.

They Actually Eat

Some people try to severely limit their caloric intake in order to lose weight. Your body needs calories for energy, though. If you deprive yourself of the food you need, you might not see the results you want. It is important to eat enough calories each day starting at breakfast. You might want to keep track of your calories to ensure that you are eating the right amount every day. Think about eating a lot of small meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism functioning at its best.

They Drink Water

Staying hydrated is an essential element of losing weight. Drinking water also helps you feel full faster. When you drink enough water, your body is able to achieve homeostasis, which enhances every function.

If you need some help creating healthier mealtime habits, Tucson’s Chef Chic is here for you. We can serve as your own personal chef to create delicious, healthy meals that help you see the results you want. We also offer cooking classes to help you learn how to create simple, nutritious dishes at home. To learn more about our services, call (520) 406-2757.

Hottest Food Trends in 2014

November 6, 2014

iStock_000003118718MediumPeople are starting to care more about what they eat while still wanting to experience new, exciting flavors. Use this guide to learn about some of the hottest food trends of 2014 so you can fill your plate with nutritious, delicious meals.

Local Flavors

Chefs across the country are starting to focus on locally sourced food with which to create their culinary masterpieces. Restaurant patrons are starting to care about where their food came from. Chefs bring in everything from meat to produce from local distributors to get the best flavor and most nutritional value for their patrons.

Colorful Vegetables

Instead of the typical vegetables like broccoli or asparagus, chefs are starting to experiment with a menagerie of colorful vegetables to bring their patrons exciting new flavors. Not only do they want to create menu items to cater to all of their patrons, but they are also using vegetables like Swiss chard and yucca to add depth to a meal. Even people who claim not to like vegetables can appreciate these unique flavors.

Gluten Free

The gluten-free movement seems to have taken the culinary world by storm. In order to keep up with the growing need for gluten-free menu items, chefs are experimenting with new ways to create favored dishes without this controversial ingredient.

Nuts

As more people move toward healthier ways of eating, nuts are gaining popularity. Since they are packed with protein and heart-healthy benefits, more people are choosing to add nuts to daily meals. Chefs are even incorporating nuts into their menu items to help everyone find healthy, delicious meals.

Whether you want to try out some of these food trends or you just need some help with the cooking, Chef Chic is here for you. Take advantage of these personal chef services in Tucson so you can get healthy, delicious meals without spending hours in the kitchen. We also offer cooking classes to help you figure out how to prepare meals for your needs. To learn more, call (520) 406-2757.

Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party

October 20, 2014

party (1)It might feel like a long ways away, but the holidays will soon be upon us again. As the temperatures start to cool off, remember that the holidays are just around the corner. This year, host a holiday party to remember with your close friends, or throw a big bash with coworkers, family, neighbors, and their significant others. Hosting a holiday party can be a bit overwhelming even when you have outside catering, which is why it’s important to start your planning earlier rather than later. Keep reading for tips on hosting a holiday party.

Hire a Caterer

Whether you’re having a small party or a larger soiree, the food will be one of the main draws of your event. Instead of trying to cook for a large group of people and accommodate a variety of different dietary needs, let an outside catering company handle feeding all of your guests. Not only will a catering company save you a ton of time before the party, but you’ll be able to mingle with your guests and enjoy yourself rather than spending the entire time in the kitchen. Many caterers offer special holiday menus to keep with the spirit of the season.

Pick a Party Style

The holidays are a time to spend gathered around the people you care about—but you’ll need to decide what kind of setting you’d like to do that in. You can host a holiday cocktail party and provide finger foods for guests to munch on, or you can opt for providing a sit-down dinner that’s a slightly more formal affair. Buffets are a great choice regardless of how many guests you have. You can have all of the catering dishes out and guests can serve themselves, which invites a much more convivial atmosphere. If you opt for a buffet, make sure you have seating options so that not everyone has to stand up while they eat.

Let Chef Chic make this year’s holiday party in Tucson one to remember. We offer an extensive catering menu, plus a special holiday menu that will delight all of your guests. Contact us at (520) 867-9597 to inquire about catering services from our award-winning chef.

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