Starting Your Own Organic Food Restaurant

With natural and organic food increasing in popularity due to consumers’; awareness of the dangers of processed, genetically modified (GM), and mass-produced food in the market, now is the perfect time for you to start your own organic food restaurant! However, like any other food business, setting up a restaurant dedicated to serving natural and organic food requires special attention to detail. Taking note of these basics will ensure your customers’ satisfaction and health in the long run: Continue reading

Reduce Debt, Lose Weight

Obesity is fast becoming an international problem and one of the associating factors is income. A brand new study, carried out across 9000 residents of Germany, has determined that debt can be linked to obesity.

The reason for this is the price that suppliers and supermarkets place on healthy foods.  We all know that sweet and sugar-laden foods are cheaper and, with the economic crisis showing no signs of abating, it makes sense that costs have to be cut. Continue reading

Transitioning to a Healthier Lifestyle Effectively

Healthy living is a very popular topic these days not just among women, but also among men. With a lot of changes happening in the environment, everyone should adapt and adjust to survive. Apart from global warming, newly discovered diseases and illnesses are also a threat to humankind. Talking about health, it is always better to take preventive measures rather than undergo a healing process. Thinking of the future is the right attitude to take to live longer and happier. With more people getting aware of the benefits of healthy living, more people are now transitioning from a typical lifestyle to a healthy one.

Lifestyle modifications are indeed difficult, but it can be done. It is not easy to transform from a lifestyle where week-end beer sessions and eat-all-you-can are always present. Yes, these activities can give gustatory satisfaction, but what most people are not aware of is that eating or drinking anything without knowing its contents and possible effects on the body is a big contributor to a variety of diseases.

It is never too late to start a lifestyle that is focused on living healthily. The first thing to do is to avoid everything that does not provide positive effects to your body. This may include alcohol, cigarettes, fats, sweets, and many more. Engaging in sports as a form of exercise is a way of keeping physically fit. Not only does exercise keep you trim and strong, it can also help in maintaining the good condition of the internal organs such as the heart and lungs.

Watching what you eat is also very important. Eating more fruits and vegetables not only gives you better health, it helps you lose weight. They provide the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals the body needs daily. It is better if you can consume organic foods, which are free from pesticides, fertilizers and hormones, and other toxic substances.

While there are a lot of organic products being sold in grocery stores today, shopping at a local farmers’ market is still preferred. This is to ensure the freshness of the goods as well as avoiding preservatives which are used by grocery stores to maintain the freshness of their products. Apart from organic foods, it is a convenient and practical idea to buy some kitchen gadgets for fresh and raw food preparation. For high quality food processors and the best blenders for smoothies, visit this website.

An Organic Visit to Vietnam

A few months back a new restaurant opened in our area, a Vietnamese one. Having never tried this style of cuisine before my friends and I decided to give it a go.  I couldn’t believe the taste sensations and I can honestly say I have never tasted food quite like it.  I asked the owner about the ingredients they use and he assured me that, where possible, they use natural and organic ingredients. He also suggested that I visit Vietnam if I wanted to sample the real thing.

A Foodies Trip to Vietnam

So my friends and I did a little research and found a fantastic travel company that arrange Vietnam holidays. Imagine my delight when I discovered that they did a tour package called Culinary Delights of Vietnam – we booked straight on to it.

We thought it was just going to be a tour around markets and a few demonstrations and tastings of local cuisine so you can imagine how we felt when we learned we would be doing the cooking!  First off though, we needed to learn what ingredients were used.

Local-Grown Crops

The range of different crops grown and used in Vietnamese cuisine is amazing. We learnt that they only use organic food and only use natural foods for coloring.  Some of the locally grown crops that they – and we – used are:

  • Corn
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Rice
  • Peanuts
  • Bananas
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Beans

They also grow things like tea, coffee and sugarcane as well as cotton and Jute.

Organically Real

I can honestly say that every ingredient that went into the dishes we prepared and others that we sampled were completely organic and, for those who say that organic food is tasteless, I beg you to visit a country like Vietnam and see how it’s done. Better still, grown – you can’t beat the taste of home-grown vegetables and at least you know what you are eating.

Prepared properly, organic and natural foods have more flavour – more real flavour that doesn’t rely on added ingredients to make it taste good. It’s all in the preparation and you can produce the healthiest and tastiest meals known to mankind if you just prepare the ingredients right.