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Restaurant Hacks For The Home

The holiday season is fast approaching, which means more gathers. Whether you’re whipping up a small dinner or hosting guests, cooking at home doesn’t have to be stressful and complicated. Make cooking at home easier and better by using these ingenious restaurant hacks in your own home kitchen.

  • Burned Foods
    Salvage a burned meal by sticking it in the freezer for a couple minutes. Although this will not remove the charred look, it can help to eliminate the bad taste.
  • Tomatoes
    Rather than discarding tomato “guts,” use a cutting board with an attached trough to capture the liquids and freeze it in ice cube trays. You can then use these tomato juice cubes to season future meals.
  • Iceberg Lettuce
    To easily remove the core from a head of iceberg lettuce, with the core-side down, slam the head against a cutting board. Then, turn it over to remove the middle.
  • Tongs FTW
    Rather than using slotted turners or spatulas to flip meats, reach for a sturdy pair of tongs that will make it much easier.
  • Clean Cutting Boards
    Want to cut down on cleaning? Cover your cutting board with a layer or two of plastic wrap before prepping your fruits and veggies. When you’re done, you can simply remove and discard the plastic wrap.
  • Deglazing Your Cast Iron Skillet
    You can use a generous amount of cheap vodka to de-glaze your skillet without disrupting its seasoning and safely lift the food remnants for a scrub-free soak.
  • Crispier Bacon
    Coat your bacon slices in flour. It will still taste like bacon, but you get an extra crunch.
  • Knives Knowledge
    According to professional chefs, all you really need is a classic chef’s knife, and offset serrated knife, and a paring knife. Invest in quality knives, follow the care instructions closely, and learn basic knife skills.
  • Protect Against Peppers
    Before chopping spicy peppers like habanero and jalapeño peppers, coat your fingers in olive oil (remember to get under the fingernails, too). After you’re done chopping, use plenty of dish soap to wash it away.
  • Heat Your Plates
    Put heat-safe plates in the oven before plating your meal. This will keep your food at the right temperature longer than a room-temperature plate.
  • Taste As You Go
    Whenever you introduce a new flavor as you’re cooking, be sure to taste it to make sure you’re not over or under-seasoning your dish.

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At the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli, we serve a variety of signature sandwiches and salads made to order. We are now open weekdays 8:00am-7:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or have our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS. We also provide catering for business lunches, special events and parties. Call 909-596-5225 to learn more!

Breads & Their Benefits

Bread has gotten a bad rap over the years thanks to its high ranking on the glycemic index scale. With white bread specifically, the sugars are quickly broken down and sent into the bloodstream. This causes blood sugar levels to spike and increases your chances for obesity and diabetes. Luckily, there are many other, healthier options for bread than white bread.

Ezekiel Bread
No added sugar and sprouted whole grains make Ezekiel bread a top choice. The sprouting process increases the amount and bio-availability of vitamins and minerals, and can be done either dry or wet.

Dry sprouting: Sprout the grain and then dry it to lock in the nutrients when they are at their peak. The sprouted grain can be stored until it is cooked or milled into sprouted grain flour to then make bread.

Wet sprouting: Mash wet, sprouted grains into a thick paste used to make breads, tortillas, and more (often described as “flourless”).

For vegetarians, Ezekiel bread is a great choice. It’s made from wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, which, when all are sprouted and combined, create a complete protein similar to that found in milk and eggs. In addition, it also contains all nine essential amino acids.

Flaxseed Bread
Flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, especially for vegans since oily fish and fish oil are not an option. Flax seed and flaxseed bread can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

Rye Bread
Rye bread is made with rye flour which comes from a wheat-like plant. A study on mice that were fed whole grain diets based on either wheat or rye showed that whole grain rye reduced body weight, slightly improved insulin sensitivity, and lowered total cholesterol in mice. Other studies found that people who ate rye bread for breakfast had decreased hunger and desire to eat eight hours later in comparison to those who ate wheat bread.

Oat Bread
Oats are one of the healthiest sources of good carbs as they are slow-digesting, and thus, make you feel fuller longer. Oats also provide a high amount of beta-glucan (a cholesterol-lowering fiber) which has been shown to reduce certain cancers (such as colon cancer), diabetes, digestive problems, and heart disease. They also have more protein than wheat, and contain various vitamins (ex. vitamin E), and nutrients (ex. iron, calcium). Oat bread may contain whole grain oat groats, steel cut oats, and thick oats.

Whole Wheat Bread
When choosing whole wheat bread, be sure to choose 100% whole wheat versus enriched wheat flour. Although the U.S. requires manufacturers to enrich wheat flour with vitamins B1, B2, B3, and iron because processing takes over half of the nutrients out, the same amount that’s been depleted is not put back in. In its original, non-enriched form, whole wheat is a great source of dietary fiber, manganese, and magnesium.

Remember, in order for something to be whole wheat, the product has to be made from the entire wheat kernel. Therefore, whole wheat is one kind of whole grain. While all whole wheat is whole grain, not all whole grain is whole wheat.

Whole Grain
Whole grain foods contain a bevy of nutrients, fiber, and healthy plant compounds naturally found in the grain. You want to look for products that list the first ingredient as “whole wheat,” “whole oats,” or a similar whole grain.

For further clarification, whole grains can mean it has one of many types of healthy grains included, while whole wheat labels the specific grain that’s being used.

Multigrain Bread
Multigrain bread is another that may be confused with whole grain bread. Multigrain means a food has more than one type of grain, although they might not all be whole grains. You want to check the label to ensure that you are choosing multigrain bread with whole grains.

Brown Rice Bread
This is a great options for those who are vegan and gluten-free. With brown rice bread, you still get the benefits of fiber, proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium natural to the rice, without gluten or any animal products/byproducts.

Gluten-Free Bread
With gluten-free bread, the wheat, rye and barley are substituted with cornstarch, rice flour, tapioca starch and potato flour. This bread should be reserved for those with Celiac disease or with gluten allergies since gluten-free diets are often stripped of lots of nutrients. If you have neither condition, try a different type of healthy bread on the list.

Sourdough
The making of sourdough bread is quote labor-intensive. The longer rise time increases the lactic acid and creates and ideal pH for the enzyme phytase. This enzyme breaks down phytates, which bind to minerals like iron, zinc, and manganese, slowing their absorption. The long fermentation process allows the bacteria to break down the carbs and gluten in the bread, making it easier to digest and releasing the nutrients so that they are easier to absorb.

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Don’t forget – our new store hours are in full effect! We are now open Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. Spread the word & join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Common Fried Chicken Mistakes

Did you know September is National Chicken Month? While we do love our Chicken Shawarma and Grilled Chicken sandwich, we can’t deny the deliciousness of fried chicken. The best fried chicken offers great flavor along with a crispy, crunchy exterior that houses juicy, moist meat. Before you fry some chicken at home, review these common fried chicken mistakes.

Mistake: Only Using Drumsticks.
Sure, the fried drumstick is a staple, but you can fry the whole bird. Separate the thighs from the drumsticks, and slice large chicken breasts into pieces (they will cook faster).

Mistake: Frying Fridge-Cold Chicken
If you want to do it right, let your chicken sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before frying. If you fry it straight from the fridge, the temperature of your oil will drop and the chicken will not cook evenly.

Mistake: Skipping The Brine
No one likes dry chicken and starting with brine will keep your chicken moist. If you opt to skip the brine, a four hour (or up to 24 hour) dip in seasoned buttermilk is recommended. You can use buttermilk in the breading process as well, but if you have the time, it doesn’t hurt the end product.

Mistake: Skipping The Breading
The breading is what makes each bite crispy and crunchy and keeps the moisture in. Want to successfully bread your chicken? Start with brine (semi-optional), flour, beaten egg and/or buttermilk, and more flour. Using flour before and after the liquid dip gives the egg/buttermilk something to cling on to. And during the last flour step, don’t shake off excess flour to create a better crust. Adding a little cornmeal to the flour in the last step adds more texture and crunch.
Bonus tip: Season every step of the way since you won’t be sprinkling the exposed meat directly with salt and pepper. For example, you can add a little cayenne to the flour or hot sauce to the egg/buttermilk if you like.

Mistake: Wasting Money On A Deep Fryer
To be honest, all you really need is a heavy-bottomed cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven.

Mistake: Using Oil With A Low Smoke Point
EVOO is tasty, but is not what you should use for fried chicken. Due to its low smoke point, you’ll be left with bitter-tasting chicken. Instead, choose neutral-tasting oil with a high smoke point, like canola, vegetable, or peanut oil.  And a thermometer is crucial to track and maintain the oil temperature (keep it at 350 degrees).

Mistake: Eyeballing The Temperature
Aside from using a thermometer to monitor the oil temperature, you need a meat thermometer to ensure the meat’s internal temperature is 165 degrees. You don’t want to risk having an evenly browned piece of chicken that’s raw on the inside. Remember that white meat cooks faster than dark meat. And don’t crowd the pan – this will lower the oil’s temperature, increase cooking time, and make the breading greasy.

Mistake: Letting The Chicken Cool On Paper Towels
While paper towels soak up excess fat, they also make your fried chicken soggy due to the steam. Drain your fried chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet. This will enable your pieces to cool, crisp, and dry off all at once. Be sure to allow it enough time to cool to avoid searing-hot meat.

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In case you missed it, we’ll be extending our store hours! Starting October 1, 2019, we will be open Monday-Fridays 8:00am-7:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:00pm. We’ll be unveiling our dinner menu soon so stay tuned. In the meantime, stop by for a yummy breakfast or lunch made fresh to order!

End Of Summer Grilling Tips

Although summer is coming to an end, the weather is still perfect for outdoor grilling. Whether you’re grilling to say goodbye to summer or take advantage of the beautiful weather, make the most of your grill with the smart grilling tips.

  • Control The Temperature

Temperature plays an important role in food safety, especially when you’re outside with elevated temperatures. That’s precisely why when you’re grilling, a meat thermometer is a necessity. It is the most accurate way to control temperature and ensure you don’t give your guests food poisoning.

  • Never Run Out Of Gas

Here’s a smart tip to determine propane levels. Take a pitcher of hot water and slowly pour it over the top of your propane tank. The hot water will warm the metal where the tank is empty, while the metal next to the liquid propane will stay cold. You can feel for the level where the hot meets cold and determine whether or not it’s time to stock up.

  • Clean Your Grill Grates

Keep your grill grates clean to avoid the nasty flavor of burnt grease. Turn up the heat and burn off as much grease as possible, and remember to tend to the underside of the grill grates as well. For a cheap and safe DIY grill scraper, use a wadded up piece of aluminum foil.

  • Dimple You Burgers

If you’re looking for perfectly done burgers, dimple them. Form the burgers to your preferred thickness and then make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Because burgers tend to puff up under heat, the dimple prevents uneven cooking and raw centers.

  • Grill Perfect Chicken Breasts

To avoid unevenly cooked chicken breasts, the trick is to pound the chicken breast flat first to eliminate the troublesome teardrop shape. But remember to cover the meat with plastic wrap before pounding to prevent raw juices from splattering.

  • Dry Your Meat

Moisture on the surface of meat creates steam and prevents browning. If you are not marinating your meat, pat the food dry before placing it on the grill. Then apply a fine coat of oil to promote browning.

  • Double Up On Tools

To prevent contaminating your cooked meat with raw juices, designate one tool for raw meat and the other for cooked.

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Join us for yummy signature sandwiches or freshly made salads today! We’re open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm & Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. Stop in or have our food delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Take Your Sandwich To The Next Level

So you’ve created your own sandwich masterpiece using your favorite fresh baked bread, topped it with your favorite ingredients. You’ve fashioned a balance of textures and flavors and are ready to dig in. But before you do, may we suggest finishing off your sandwich with a pan-fry? Whether your sandwich was on toasted bread or not, finish it with a pan-fry and your taste buds will thank you later. Here’s why:

  • These days, we eat with our eyes (or phones) first, and a pan-fried sandwich is a treat. Just imagine a golden, glistening pan-fried sandwich versus untoasted or dry bread.
  • Pan-frying your sandwich adds crispy texture that your sandwich may need. If you have a good balance within your sandwich, it simply adds another element, but if you have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for example, you might need that crispy texture to balance it out.
  • The bread is the first thing that hits your tongue, and pan-frying it ensures a delicious bite through and through.
  • If you’ve piled your sandwich high with yummy ingredients, it can benefit from pressing weight on top as you pan-fry it. This will flatten your sandwich to a mouth-fitting height, allowing you to get every ingredient in every bite.
  • The caramelized fat provides a subtle change of flavor that elevates any filling, sweet or savory.

Want to test it out? Here’s what you need to do:

  • You will need a hot skillet, a little butter or oil, and a heavy pot or pan to weigh your sandwich down – no fancy sandwich press needed.
  • Heat a pat of butter or a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over low to medium heat. Alternatively, you can spread the fat directly onto your bread slices before placing your sandwich on the hot pan. And if you feel so inclined, you can spread mayo instead of butter on the outside of the bread.
  • Cook your sandwich for about two minutes on each side, or until golden brown or any cheesy filling begins to melt. Place your weighted plate, lid, or pan on top of the sandwich to ensure total contact between bottom bread and hot pan. Allow both sides to crisp completely and serve warm.

When it comes to sandwiches and preferences, we believe to each their own. But we do think this finishing touch trick is worth shot. If you try it out or have other tips to share, let us know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

If you’d rather leave the sandwich-making to us, feel free to join us Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm (closed Sundays). We also offer catering services for your business meetings, parties, and special events. Call 909-596-5225 for more information.

Wrapping Sandwiches

Whether you order a sandwich from the shop or make it at home, we can all agree that the technique for wrapping a sandwich can be just as important as that sandwich building itself. A poorly wrapped sandwich can result in a soggy and sad mess. To keep your sandwich’s shape and hold the ingredients in place, utilize these sandwich wrapping techniques.

Before we begin, you will need parchment paper or waxed paper and tape. You can use the precut sandwich papers, or simply cut sheets straight from the roll. And if you have a hot sandwich, or are planning to slice your sandwich in half, aluminum foil will come in handy.

Flat Sandwiches
For flat sandwiches, you want to begin with a rectangular sheet of parchment (or waxed) paper. Set the paper on the work surface in front of you vertically (a.k.a. portrait, not landscape).

Place the sandwich in the center of the paper, and, if the bread has a discernible top, bottom and sides, set it so that the top is away from you.

Next, bring the top and bottom edges of the paper together over the center of the sandwich, and line them up. Fold the edges down by half an inch, crease sharply, and then continue folding in half-inch turns and creasing sharply until the fold is flush with the surface of the sandwich. The number of folds will vary depending on the size of your sandwich and the length of the paper.

The left and right sides of the paper will then look like flattened tubes. Starting on one side, use your fingers to press the opposing edges into the center, forming a pleated triangle. Press down and crease the triangles edges, including at the base of the sandwich, and then carefully fold it underneath. Repeat these steps with the other side.

If you are wrapping a hot sandwich, you may use this same method with foil instead; however, skipping the parchment paper may make it hard to eat on the go as the foil may cling to parts of your sandwich.

Subs & Wraps
For long sandwiches, it can be tricky since the measurement of your paper will depend on the size of your sandwich.  A good rule of thumb is to cut a piece of parchment paper that’s about one and a half times the length of your sub or wrap.

Again, begin by setting the paper down in front of you vertically (like with the flat sandwich), and then place the sandwich diagonally across the paper near one of the corners.

Next, lift the corner closest to the sandwich up and over the sandwich, and then press it flush. From there, roll the sandwich in paper toward the far opposite corner, folding in the sides as you go. Once the sandwich is fully rolled with everything tucked in, use a piece of tape to secure it.

And if your sandwich is hot, you can use this technique to wrap it with foil alone or over the paper.

For additional protection, you can place these wrapped sandwiches in a sturdy container to prevent smashing. And if you have any other sandwich wrapping tips or techniques, feel free to share with us and your peers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Join us for signature sandwiches, fresh salads, and baked goods six days a week! We’re open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm (closed Sundays). Visit us in store or have your favorites delivered via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Sharpen Your Sandwich Skills

As National Sandwich Month rolls on, we continue celebrating by enjoying scrumptious sandwiches. If you are looking to improve your sandwich making skills, check out some of these smart sandwich hacks.

  • It’s Got To Be Serrated
    When it comes to cutting sandwiches, always use a serrated knife to avoid a smashed mess. Because a serrated knife “saws” through your sandwich, it is less likely to result in a flattened or squashed sandwich. Whether you cut your sandwiches straight down the middle or diagonally is at your discretion.
  • No Mayo? No Problem!
    Instead of reaching for the mayo, try an avocado. Simply mash the avocado and spread it on your bread like you would with mayo. Not only is it healthier, but it can add a new element of flavor to your sandwiches.
  • Sturdy Sandwich
    No one likes it when their sandwich falls apart. To prevent this, layer the heaviest ingredients first, such as your meat and cheese. Next, add the medium weight ingredients like tomatoes or avocado, and then top it off with light toppings like lettuce.
  • Wrapping Technique
    Packing a sandwich for lunch or going on a picnic? Using the proper wrapping technique will prevent your sandwich from becoming soggy or squished. Start by wrapping your sandwich in a layer of parchment paper. This breathable wrap will prevent sogginess. Next, put the wrapped sandwich in a sturdy food container to keep it from getting squashed.
  • PB&J Time
    If you’re making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, to eat not or a little later, try spreading peanut butter on both pieces of bread (feel free to use as much or as little as you please). The peanut butter on both slices will prevent the jelly from bleeding through the bread.
  • Tastier Tomatoes
    After slicing your tomatoes, place the slices on a paper towel before putting them in your sandwich. This will prevent sogginess and gives you a chance to season your tomatoes beforehand.
  • Bread Variety
    If you want to switch up your sandwich routine, you can try changing the bread. Pita pockets, bagels or English muffins are great substitutes.
  • Cover It Up
    If you are using round meat slices, there’s a trick to maximizing your bread coverage. For the round meat slices into quarters and place them in each corner of the bread. Then continue adding until your bread is covered.
  • Prep It Good
    Assemble the interior of the sandwich by layering condiments in between slices of meat and cheese. Put each sandwich interior into a ziplock bag and store them in the fridge or freezer. When you need a sandwich in a hurry, just grab a bag and a couple of slices of bread and you’re all set!
  • Toasting Trick
    Love toasted bread but not the way it can tear up your mouth? Next time, put both slices of bread into the same toaster slot. The outsides will get toasted while the insides stay soft.

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Don’t feel like making your own sandwich? Not a problem! Enjoy one of our yummy signature sandwiches in our dining room, on the patio, or have it delivered to your door. Find us on DoorDash or UberEATS, or visit us at 105 E. Arrow Highway in Pomona (on the northeast corner of Garey Avenue and Arrow Highway next to Johnny’s).

Healthy Benefits Of Peanut Butter & Jelly

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic American favorite, and with good reason – they’re delicious! While these sandwiches may evoke sweet childhood memories or provide an occasional sweet treat, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches also provide some surprising health benefits. Read more to find out how healthy this yummy sandwich can be.

Protein
Protein contributes to healthy muscles, skin, hair, and teeth and plays a role in hormonal function. It also helps to keep blood healthy. A serving of peanut butter (2 tbsp) contains about 8g of protein, and using whole wheat bread can increase your protein intake.

Fiber
Fiber promotes regularity in digestion and helps control cholesterol levels. It also helps to keep you full longer. Luckily, jelly made from all fruit contains more fiber than other varieties, and peanut butter contains 2g per serving.

Healthy Fats
Did you know peanuts are a good source of heart-healthy fats? Unsaturated fats found in nuts can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. They also help your brain, skin, and even provide an energy boost. Peanut butter can provide some of these benefits, and, in moderation, jelly can be a healthy part of a low-fat and heart-healthy diet.

Antioxidants
Vitamin E is an antioxidant found in peanuts and can help protect your body from free-radical damage that contributes to the development of cancer and heart disease. In addition, resveratrol is another antioxidant found in peanuts and peanut butter that has potential to protect you from cancer and heart problems. It also has anti-aging, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, and offers protection for healthy brain function.

Vitamins
Jelly is made with fruit, thus, you increase your vitamin C intake when you consume it. Vitamin C is important for immunity, would healing and the health of your teeth and gums. While jelly contains trace amounts of some B vitamins, peanut butter is good source of several B vitamins, which are necessary for your body to use the energy it gets from the foods you eat. Niacin is one of the B vitamins found in peanut butter, and one serving offers 24% of your daily needs. And adequate intake of niacin could reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Another B vitamin found in peanut butter is folate, which helps prevent birth defects in gestating infants.

Minerals
As a whole, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich contains a few minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. Potassium helps to regulate a healthy blood pressure while magnesium and calcium play role in healthy bones. Zinc is important for vision and wound healing, and iron is a necessary nutrient for healthy blood oxygenation.

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Stop by and celebrate National Sandwich Month with your favorite signature sandwiches from the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli! We’re open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm & Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. We also offer delivery via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Salad For Breakfast

The idea of a breakfast salad may sound taboo at first, but it deserves to be given a try. Having a salad for breakfast can start you with a great amount of nutrition and energy for the day. The trick to a delicious breakfast salad (or any salad for that matter) is to build it with only the foods you want to eat. Here are some tips to get you started on a healthy and yummy breakfast salad.

Greens
For your base, you should concentrate on antioxidant-rich leafy greens like kale, microgreens, or spinach. Feel free to mix it up, too. You can add cabbage and romaine for a delightful crunch, arugula for a peppery kick, or beet or turnip greens to cut back on your food waste.

Protein
Protein helps to boost metabolism and keep you feeling full longer. And what food offers a good amount of protein and screams breakfast more than eggs? Aside from that, you can incorporate Greek yogurt, tofu, or bacon into your breakfast salad.

Fiber
Up your fiber intake by adding grains or beans. Quinoa, farro, barley, or brown rice can make your breakfast salad more filling. You can even add roasted chickpeas in lieu of croutons.

Natural Fats
Add fats from fruits, seeds, and oils to help fill you up (o clarify, fruit means avocados).You can add nuts and seeds for a yummy, crunchy texture, and extra virgin olive oil is great for dressing. You can make it creamy with a dollop of hummus.

Fresh Fruit
Create a sweet and savory salad by add pomegranate seeds, slices of citrus, mango, watermelon, or berries – the possibilities are endless. You can also use fresh citrus juices or berries for the dressing.

When it comes to breakfast salads, feel free to experiment with different recipes, greens, toppings, until you find your favorites. If you must use store bought dressings and fried and refined toppings, do so in moderation. But remember, it’s your breakfast salad and you can build it however you like it.

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Join us for breakfast six days a week! Our breakfast menu is available Monday-Saturday until 10:30am. Visit us in store or have our food delivered to you via DoorDash or UberEATS.

Ayurvedic Diet: What You Need To Know

You may have heard of Ayurveda and the Ayurvedic diet, but do you know what it is? Ayurveda is a holistic medicine practice from India. “Ayu” means life and “veda” means science, therefore it technically means “the science of life.” Ayurveda has been around for over 5,000 years and basically promotes a more natural lifestyle that subsequently makes you feel better. In the West, many have adopted an Ayurvedic lifestyle that includes local, seasonal foods chosen for an individual’s unique set of biophysical needs, practicing stress-management techniques, and drinking herbal teas.

When it comes to cooking, essentially all cooking is Ayurveda. Choosing fresh produce, whole grains, sustainable protein sources and spices promotes Ayurveda. Whether you want to adopt an Ayurvedic diet or not, these Ayurvedic cooking techniques will help to make your meals healthier.

Think Seasonal
Start with your local farmer’s market as it is a helpful resource to inform you what’s growing in your region. You can chat with farmers to understand how their fresh produce can be incorporated into your cooking. Remember, Ayurveda promotes keeping it simple and local.

Spice It Up
Spices support digestion, provide other health benefits, and are key components in Ayurvedic cooking.
Even in small amounts, they support the entire system.  For example, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, ginger supports the immune system and digestion, and cardamom can lower the acidity of coffee.

Plan Ahead
Meal prep is an easy way to save time and energy. Planning ahead eliminates the need to ponder your meals daily and prevents you from ordering takeout. You can try soaking beans and rice in the morning so they cook faster when you get home. Or you can make spice blends on the weekend so they’re ready for you whenever you decide to meal prep.

Cook A Little Everyday
Preventable health issues are on the rise, thus it is imperative that we start cooking healthy food at home. If you eat out for a majority of your meals, start by cooking one meal at home each day. Then you can increase this at a steady pace so that eventually you are making most of your meals at home. Cooking at home is rewarding as saves time and money and is a great way to bond with your loved ones.

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Join us for yummy sandwiches and salads made fresh to order! We’re located at 105 East Arrow Highway (the northeast corner of E Arrow Hwy & Garey Ave) and open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm & Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm.