Archive for July, 2011


Crispy Spinach

We had crispy spinach at an Indian restaurant and it was delicious. Here’s a recipe that we’re going to try… I just wanted to put it up first so we’d remember it. We tried once making it at a higher temp (450F), but put too much salt by accident and couldn’t eat them. They looked pretty though:

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CRISPY BAKED SPINACH
Ingredients:

  • organic baby spinach
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • other spices, as desired/ to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the leaves in a large bowl, and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with just a little bit of salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Toss gently with tongs.
  • Spread the leaves out on a single layer on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, until the leaves are crispy. Serve immediately.

A Great Article (Part 1) by Michael Eads, MD about transitioning to a low-carb lifestyle.

Some interesting notes:

  • If you’re a addict (i.e. carbs/ sugar) listening to your body is dangerous!  You need to detox before you can trust your body is not just trying to maintain your habit!
  • Adaptation to a low-carb lifestyle can take a few days or several weeks, and typically feels LOUSY (I KNOW!!) while you’re body is changing how it processes fuel (i.e. food). This is a terrible time to worry about exercise. Forget it – you’ll be too exhausted.
  • TO ADAPT TO A LOW-CARB LIFESTYLE MORE QUICKLY: EAT MORE FAT.

A Great Article (Part 2) by Michael Eads, MD about  low-carb eating.

Some more interesting notes:

  • Sodium is important in transitioning to low-carb eating because you’ll release a lot of retained fluid, which washes away electrolytes (also magnesium/ potassium). The best salts to use are “Celtic Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt or one of the other grayish, pinkish kind of grungy looking salts.”
  • Drinking water helps burn fat!! Really!!
  • Remineralize your water by adding a pinch of one of the above-listed salts (add just a pinch, so you can barely taste it).
  • His recommended supplements: multi-vitamin without iron, ALA (or r-ALA), CoQ10, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium (by prescription), vitamin D3 (dose recommendations in the article)
  • Tinto de Verano (drink) – “half fruity Spanish wine and half sparkling water poured over ice with a slice of orange and slice of lemon thrown in.  It’s kind of sangria lite.” Sounds yummy!