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Testing a core Topic

Section 1

Ask a Mindful Man: Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Seamus Mullen

Section 2

Easy and Nutritious Turkey and Veggie Saute

Section 3

Crispy Shawarma Spiced Chickpeas Recipe

Section 4

5 Unconventional Ways to Cope With Stress

Health Concerns

Ask a Mindful Man: Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Seamus Mullen

Seamus Mullen also happens to be a ‘miracle’ healer who fought his way back from death’s doorstep using food and functional medicine.

If he was any cooler he’d be ice. Dry ice that floats and fascinates you for days.

Ask a Mindful Man is our fresh-off-the-boat blog series featuring the raddest and baddest fellas in the house. Twice a month. Six quick questions. One mega man.

‘sup Seamus. Cool steak. What’s your mantra lately?

“My mantra tends to be ‘use it or lose it!’ This goes for a lot of things…things in general, I mean what value do material objects have if you can’t use them? But literally I think of it in terms of the body- the human body is really good at doing whatever you do a lot of…if you do a lot of sitting around eating potato chips, it gets really good at sitting around and eating potato chips. If you do a lot of movement and laughing, it gets good at moving and laughing. 1% theory….99% practice.”

How’d you sleep last last night? What do you do when you can’t sleep? (and what do you wear to bed, just curious)

“I slept like a rock…when I can’t sleep I take a cold shower. I know it seems counter intuitive, but after the initial shock, it seems to calm the nervous system. Then some box breathing exercises and poof! I’m asleep!  Oh and what did I wear? I usually  roll with nothing at all, but I recently discovered the most comfortable boxer-briefs ever by a company called Saxx. They are made out of the most comfortable material and have a well designed…how do I say….c@#k-pocket.”

Any sweet vacation plans coming up?

“I’m off to Provence in two weeks to lead a Chef on Wheels cycling trip. We ride during the day and stay in a chateau and cook delicious meals at night. It’s a blast.  I think there may be a few openings if anyone wants to join, sign up here.”

The most important thing your mother taught you? (about health or love or none of the above)

My mom is a very healthy person, always has been. I think the one thing that has been really fundamental to her health and that I try (often fail) to emulate is the notion of moderation. She is a very disciplined person and while she loves her dark chocolate, she is very capable of rationing off one or two small pieces a day and savoring them. She is the anti-binger in every sense of the word. She enjoys all things and doesn’t forgo pleasures, but she is well measured in her indulgences.

We have a kitchen at Parsley – when you come over what will you make us?

I’m a sucker for eggs….so I think we’d have an egg sesh and we could play with the myriad preparation of Eggs and Spring veggies. Like beet pickled eggs with trout caviar, poached eggs with asparagus, morels and herbs, frittatas with chia, bitter greens and avocados and a good old fashioned hard boiled egg with an anchovy bagna cauda dipping sauce. Eggs.

What do you look for in a doctor?

Someone who connects the dots and doesn’t just look in verticals of symptoms. Someone who acutely understands that the body is a system and there is a relationship between all things that happen within the body. Someone who listens. Someone who is open minded in her approach to treatment. Someone who is able to truly offer guidance.

Thanks a billion Seamus. See you soon for those beet pickled eggs. Until then we’ll be bookmarking your website.


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Recipes

Easy and Nutritious Turkey and Veggie Saute

This turkey and veggie recipe is a great one-pan recipe from our 7 Day Detox lunch recipes. It is easy to prep and quick to cook, ideal for any weekday lunch or dinner. The sweet and colorful carrots pair perfectly with the ground turkey, and will liven up your plate!

In addition, you can customize the recipe with your favorite mixed greens or steamed veggies. Add a side of grains to switch things up! This recipe is nutrient rich for a healthy gut.


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Ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Ground turkey
  • Mixed greens or steamed veggies
  • Optional: Side of grains
  • 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in a pan. When oil is shimmering add in garlic and carrots, sauté until the carrots start to soften. Add in ground turkey and sauté until cooked throughout. Serve with mixed greens or steamed veggies of your choice, side of grains optional.

 

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Recipes

Crispy Shawarma Spiced Chickpeas Recipe

Want a snack that’s crunchy, salty, easy to take on the go and still healthy? This roasted chickpeas recipe is quick to make and packed with flavor.

A crunchy, salty snack doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. You can make your own roasted chickpeas at home as a great snack for adults and kids alike. They also make a great appetizer or addition to a tapas plate.

The key to making chickpeas really crispy is to drain, rinse, and dry the chickpeas really well before baking. The less moisture you have going into the oven, the crispier they will be overall.

We’ve got a crispy chickpea snack recipe you will want to make every week. You can change the spice combinations in infinite ways and use them to top salads or soups, or add extra protein to meals.

Spicy roasted chickpea ingredients

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and soluble fiber, which can improve gut health. They also boast micronutrients like folate, iron, phosphorus, copper, and manganese.

Spice blend

The flavor-packed spices on these chickpeas aren’t just for taste. They actually have a range of health benefits: Cinnamon promotes balanced blood sugar regulation, turmeric and ginger have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, cardamom is a great antioxidant, and coriander contains borneol and linalool which improve digestion.

Avocado oil

Avocado oil is rich in oleic acid, which some research suggests has beneficial effects in inflammatory-related diseases. It also has a high smoking point, meaning it can be used at high temperatures before it begins producing smoke and oxidizes, releasing harmful compounds.

Crispy shawarma spiced chickpeas recipe

Makes five ¼ cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz) organic chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • ½ tsp Sea or Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tbsp Shawarma Spice Blend (recipe below) or other seasoning of choice.

Shawarma Spice Blend (Makes four 1 tbsp servings)
Adapted from Minimalist Baker

    • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp cardamom
    • 1 tsp ground coriander
    • 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
    • ½ tsp ground ginger
    • 2 tsp smoked paprika
    • 2 tbsp ground cumin
    • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Drain chickpeas well, rinse with clean, filtered water, and drain again.
  3. Spread chickpeas out on a clean, absorbent towel and gently roll and dry the chickpeas.
  4. Transfer dried chickpeas to a large mixing bowl and toss with avocado oil.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Turn and shake pan halfway through the baking process for a more even crisp.
  6. Remove from oven and toss with seasoning while still warm.
  7. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before eating.

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Mental Health

5 Unconventional Ways to Cope With Stress

 

  1. Stop trying to tackle stress! Once I accepted that there will always be some form of external “stress” in my life, I relaxed into the journey and let go of how things “should be”.  Over the years I’ve rewired my brain to embrace challenges as opportunities and it has created a ripple effect in my life that has had immeasurable benefit in my personal and professional life.
  1. Stress is sneaky: In my work as a Functional Nutritionist, I teach people that stress isn’t just emotional. I remember showing signs of stress in the form of weight loss resistance, psoriasis flare ups and headaches, even when I was care free of external stressors. Blood sugar spikes, nutrient deficiencies and unmanaged autoimmunity will initiate a stress response in the body.
  1. Digital detox: I’ll admit, cute kitten videos and stories of triumph on the Internet are a refreshing break from my work life, but largely, I’ve come to see technology as a major trigger of stress for most people. One click here and there, and all the sudden you are on a rabbit chase of trying to find out if the latest “green” hair care product is linked to cancer all when you simply wanted to check your email! Embrace weaving a digital detox into your weekly routine by going for walks and plan a picnic date with friends. Nature has an incredible ability to get us grounded and activate our parasympathetic nervous system. When our parasympathetic nervous system is activated, we replenish energy stores, digest our food better and lower inflammation.
  1. Ask for help: I finally realized I didn’t have to conquer everything by myself. Saving face and “pushing through” was exhausting and only added more stress to my life. There is nothing heroic about trying to do it all alone, in fact, two of the greatest ingredients for a long healthy life are community and humility. Most importantly, when I stepped up and asked for help during times of stress, I empowered others to help me, and in turn, made them feel valued and fulfilled.

5)  Self talk: When I played college basketball, I would talk to myself to calm my nerves and help me harness my ability to make the right play. Once young adults enter the work force we stop having a dialogue with ourselves. Talking to yourself enables your brain to slow down, evaluate options and make rational decisions.

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