The DC Ladies: http://www.thedcladies.com Washington DC | Lifestyle Tips for Women | Entertaining to Philanthropy | Entrepreneurs Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.9 7 Foods to Add to a Healthy Kitchen in 2017 http://www.thedcladies.com/2017/01/17/7-foods-add-healthy-kitchen-2017/ http://www.thedcladies.com/2017/01/17/7-foods-add-healthy-kitchen-2017/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:06 +0000 http://www.thedcladies.com/?p=30577 If you’re looking to improve your health, increase your energy and fight off pesky illnesses, look no further than these seven foods. Every whole foods kitchen needs to be stocked with certain essentials that can elevate our health and these superfoods do just that. I make sure I’m always stocked with number 1 and 3 […]

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TDCL-7 Foods to Add to Your Healthy KitchenIf you’re looking to improve your health, increase your energy and fight off pesky illnesses, look no further than these seven foods. Every whole foods kitchen needs to be stocked with certain essentials that can elevate our health and these superfoods do just that. I make sure I’m always stocked with number 1 and 3 throughout the winter months to keep the sniffles away.

1. Fermented Foods – These are foods like unpasteurized sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, raw yogurt, kombucha, miso and tempeh. They are naturally rich in probiotics and feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Fermented foods also help to improve digestion and make it easier for us to absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat.

Try this: Add a handful of fresh-from-the-farm green beans to a mason jar, fill with a clove of garlic, fresh or dried dill and a few peppercorns. Add 2 tbsp sea salt and fill with water.  Add the lid, gently tighten. Leave on your counter for a few days until you see bubbles, then place in the fridge. Voila! Homemade Fermented Veggies!

2. Coconut & Its Products – I love all things coconut and it’s a great whole food to add to your recipes, especially if you’re trying to avoid dairy. You can drink coconut milk and electrolyte-rich coconut water, add shredded coconut or coconut flour to your baking and snack recipes, and the king of all things coconut is the oil. Coconut oil is great for high heat cooking and sautéing vegetables and meats. Coconut oil is primarily saturated (over 90%), with the bulk of it coming from lauric acid, a medium chain saturated fatty acid, which has anti-microbial properties.

Try this: Make this delicious Fat-Burning Chocolate Smoothie with coconut oil.

3. Bone Broth – This superfood is becoming quite trendy and rightfully so. It’s made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals and key amino acids, such as glycine and proline, which are needed to make collagen. Potential health benefits include joint and bone health, along with some claims of reducing inflammation.1

Try this: Save money and make your own broth or stock from leftover bones.

4. Ghee (Clarified Butter) – Ghee is made from butter that has been slow-cooked to remove the water and milk solids, making it a great high-heat cooking fat for those sensitive to dairy. It contains Vitamins A, D, E and K2, along with butyric acid and other short-chain saturated fats that may reduce inflammation, promote gut health and inhibit cancer growth.2

Try this: Sauté your favorite vegetable or protein in a tablespoon of ghee. My favorite is kale or collard greens, with some pan-seared salmon.

5. Mushrooms – Mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and all of the B vitamins, selenium and copper. They are powerful immune modulators and possess anti-cancer properties.3 Load up on all different kinds like Portobello, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, and Maitake.

6. Raw Cacao – My personal favorite superfood is Cacao – or pure raw, unheated chocolate from the cacao pod. It’s full of antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, iron, copper, and manganese. It can also reduce insulin resistance, which is another common risk factor for many diseases like heart disease and diabetes.4

Try this: I like blending raw cacao in my smoothies and teas and using it in snack items, like these Cherry Chocolate Bites.

7. Sea Vegetables – I know what you’re thinking, but stick with me here. There are so many different ones to choose from like arame, dulse, nori, kelp, chlorella and wakame. These edible sea veggies are full of iodine, which can promote healthy thyroid function, along with fiber and health-promoting plant compounds.5 Nori is typically used in sushi rolls, arame is great in a salad, and chlorella is typically ground as a powder and used in smoothies or as a supplement.

Try this: Toss some fresh wakame with a little rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds and sesame oil for a delicious salad.

How many of these foods are in your kitchen right now? Share your favorite uses in the comments!

References:

  1. Zhong, Z. “L-Glycine: A Novel Anti-inflammatory, Immunomodulatory, and Cytoprotective Agent.” Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care.S. National Library of Medicine, 06 Mar. 2003. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.
  2. German, J. Bruce, and Cora J. Dillard. “J Bruce German.” Saturated Fats: What Dietary Intake? Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 01 Sept. 2004. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.
  3. Hassan, MA. “Mushroom Lectins: Specificity, Structure and Bioactivity Relevant to Human Disease.” International Journal of Molecular Sciences.S. National Library of Medicine, 8 Apr. 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.
  4. Davide, Grassi. “Insulin Sensitivity Increased in Glucose-Intolerant.” The Journal of Nutrition. American Society for Nutrition, 7 Sept. 2008. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.
  5. Kapil, Umesh. “Health Consequences of Iodine Deficiency.” NCBI. National Institute for Health, 7 Dec. 2007. Web. 8 Dec. 2016.

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National Harbor to Hold Election Returns Viewing Party http://www.thedcladies.com/2016/11/08/national-harbor-hold-election-returns-viewing-party/ http://www.thedcladies.com/2016/11/08/national-harbor-hold-election-returns-viewing-party/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:36:43 +0000 http://www.thedcladies.com/?p=30524 Looking for a fun place to watch the election returns? The Capital Wheel will change colors to reflect ABC election returns, election results will be shown on the plaza big screen, wheel and restaurant discounts for voters WHAT: National Harbor will host an election returns viewing party on the Waterfront Plaza (157 National Plaza).  In addition, the Capital […]

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TDCL-Things-To-Do-National Harbor to Hold Election Returns Viewing PartyLooking for a fun place to watch the election returns? The Capital Wheel will change colors to reflect ABC election returns, election results will be shown on the plaza big screen, wheel and restaurant discounts for voters

WHAT: National Harbor will host an election returns viewing party on the Waterfront Plaza (157 National Plaza).  In addition, the Capital Wheel will provide $5  discounts to those showing a sticker that they voted and Redstone will offer 10 percent off for anyone showing their voting sticker in the restaurant. The Capital Wheel will change colors to reflect ABC’s reported returns.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Harbor Waterfront Plaza (157 National Plaza, National Harbor, Md.)

INFO: WJLA and NewsChannel 8 will be broadcasting live from the Plaza and will live stream the Capital Wheel as it changes colors based on returns being reported throughout the evening. For more information on National Harbor, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.

photo credit: PhotosbyMCH

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Shelley is Back in the Saddle… http://www.thedcladies.com/2016/11/07/shelley-back-saddle/ http://www.thedcladies.com/2016/11/07/shelley-back-saddle/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:11:58 +0000 http://www.thedcladies.com/?p=30518 Monday, November 7, 2016. WOW! I cannot believe I’m sitting “here” on my computer writing to our wonderful community for the first time in what feels like not months, but almost years! November is typically the month where we give “thanks.” And I can’t think of a better way to kick our site back up […]

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tdcl-shelleys-back-in-the-saddleMonday, November 7, 2016. WOW! I cannot believe I’m sitting “here” on my computer writing to our wonderful community for the first time in what feels like not months, but almost years!

November is typically the month where we give “thanks.” And I can’t think of a better way to kick our site back up by thanking our community for all of the support and love that it has given me these past few months. For those of you who don’t know, I’m going to let you inside for a moment into the goings on in my personal life so you can better understand what happened and why there was such a big step back from this site and our community.

Last March my husband, Kenny, and I sold our family home. Selling a home is stressful enough. But even before then my life had slipped into an emotional roller coaster, as we were doing this because our 30-year marriage was ending —  which in itself is enough to knock someone over. I knew this was going to be a long, hard road – especially being that I am also a special needs mom.  Naturally I worried about how this would affect my daughter, Hadley, while deeply worried about how to keep her life as stable as possible at the same time striking it out on my own. Sarah, the other love of my life and Hadley’s older sister, was also struggling with all the rapid changes. While happily married, the dissolution of her parents’ marriage and the loss of her family homestead was deeply painful. We were all suffering.

In March, Hadley and I moved out and began our new journey together. The rumblings of the ground below me started to shake, but I was keeping up a pretty good front. We had moved into a Rockville rental apartment less than half the size of the main floor of my former 5,000+ square foot home in Potomac. Absent now was Kenny’s daily presence, forcing me into a more challenging schedule where Hadley’s 24-hour care and assistance is concerned. Particularly so after a presumably reliable caretaker decided her career path needed a new direction.  Hadley and I were truly on our own, which is ok, but another unexpected step back. At this point I’m really beginning to bite my nails.

About late April, Hadley’s insurance company thought it would make better financial sense to change her medication to a generic brand. After 15 stable years, I didn’t think so, and neither did her doctor who also wrote and called them repeatedly with the request to keep it at brand name. Our pleas were rejected. I was worried for obvious reasons about something happening to her. You know that mother’s instinct? Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise… it kicked in big time. Hadley hated the taste of the generic medication and kept it in her mouth until it formed a pancake, and then she’d gag and spit it out. It became a huge ordeal to get her to take her medication, and soon she refused it as well as any food. One frightful afternoon she threw up and aspirated, the result of which caused her to have pneumonia. This is challenging enough for someone without disabilities. But Hadley’s communication and motor skills are severely impacted by her Cerebral Palsy. She could not tell us her symptoms or where it hurt.  She could not take herself to the bathroom to throw up. Her illness combined with her permanent impairment resulted in a month-long hospital stay. This included transporting her from Shady Grove Hospital to GW Hospital for emergency thoracic surgery to save her life. Needless to say, this was emotionally and physically stressful for me as I was with her 24/7 —  only going home twice in one month to shower and change my clothes… not a good look.

Finally on July 1st we went home. Hadley left GW with a PIC in her arm for which I had to learn how to administer daily IV antibiotics; something I dreaded. Exhausted and taxed, but thrilled to be home and finally working with improving her physical mobility after being in bed for a month. Kenny came over to help, but left for the 4th of July weekend. Unbelievably, and unbeknownst to him, he returned with Group A Strep. Eight days later he very unexpectedly passed away.

Both devastated and shocked I went into what I call real survival mode… what else could I do? It has been such an emotional year for me I just had to take a step back. For those of you who actually know me, you know that I jump in at 100% when I do something and hate to do anything half-hearted. Therefore, it was just better to step away until my head was on a little tighter. I’m happy to say that time is coming around, it is a daily process, one step in-front of the other. But I do know that I started this site almost eight years ago to help myself, and once again know it will help me while I also encourage others. I’m very excited about getting back to the grind with the site and launching the programs in 2017 that I was very much hoping to do this year and working on rebranding and a huge relaunch. A rebirth… a new year… new goals… and new dreams. It is because of my sisterhood with you that I am able to do this, and I am so very thankful and appreciative from the bottom of my heart!

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Savor a delicious juice that tackles a problem at the source http://www.thedcladies.com/2016/09/19/savor-delicious-juice-tackles-problem-source/ http://www.thedcladies.com/2016/09/19/savor-delicious-juice-tackles-problem-source/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:00:30 +0000 http://www.thedcladies.com/?p=30461 Founded by friends Ann Young and Phil Wong while still students at Georgetown University MISFIT is a NOT a juice company. Yes, they do sell delicious cold-pressed juice, but their real mission is to solve the problem of the 6 billion pounds of fresh produce that is unsold or unharvested each year just because it’s […]

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TDCL-Social-Good-Savor a delicious juice that tackles a problem at the sourceFounded by friends Ann Young and Phil Wong while still students at Georgetown University MISFIT is a NOT a juice company. Yes, they do sell delicious cold-pressed juice, but their real mission is to solve the problem of the 6 billion pounds of fresh produce that is unsold or unharvested each year just because it’s ugly. We’re not talking about a bruised or wrinkled apple here, but an oddly-shaped one that is too unique for the produce aisle, or the cover of Bon Appétit magazine.

Love ugly food and change the world

You might not know it, but there is a movement to love ugly food. Grocery stores are beginning to stock their aisles with these cosmetically challenged fruits and veggies. I even found some at my local Giant. Not only are Ann and Phil working to solve the food waste problem, but their juices also limit the amount of food that ends up in landfills, reducing the amount of methane emissions in the air, and the water wasted during the growth process.

How trash can become a business opportunity

Working with CSAs, food distributors, and local farms MISFIT collects the surplus of unwanted produce and makes their 5 flavors at the food incubator, Mess Hall. A couple of flavors are changed seasonally after tons of experimentation and feedback, and they even develop certain flavors to address the specific surplus of their sourcing partners, like too many strawberries.

A startup dream made reality

In just a short time MISFIT has grown to where it can now be found at 40+ locations throughout DC, as well as in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. This rise has involved a lot of hustle, a fellowship at the Halcyon Incubator, utilizing their network, and of course, asking for help. Besides juice, MISFIT works to build a community that practices what it preaches, by hiring employees from nonprofits like DC Central Kitchen, and creating initiatives with The Capital Area Food Bank. Ann and Phil have big goals in store for MISFIT and looking to expand even more. So grab your bottle of “Pear to the People” and vive la révolution of ugly food.

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