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03Sep

Charred Kale

The Quick Alternative to Kale Chips!

Charred Kale

As you may know, we like to prepare healthy foods for our clients. What you might not know is how often we get our clients hooked on kale in various forms and fashions. This recipe is one of our favorites,in addition to Kale Chips (because we love dehydrating kale),  and we think it's a great weeknight-dinner friendly side dish. 

Posted in Culinary

23Dec

Donating Food This Holiday Season

Tips to make sure that you are donating the healthiest options.

Donating Food This Holiday Season

Throughout the holiday season many businesses, community organizations and churches hold food drives, and the food banks throughout Austin and Travis County greatly benefit from people’s generosity.  When making a donation, it is important to donate food that is safe and nutritious. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can enhance the value of the food donations you make.

 

Posted in Coaching, Fitness, Culinary

01Aug

Drink Your Salads!

3 Salad Smoothie Recipes; using fruit, salad greens and vegetables!

Drink Your Salads!

Yes, you read that right. I am urging you to drink your salads. I spend a lot of time trying to constantly improve my eating habits. Last year, I began having salads for lunch everyday. I added all kinds of things to my salads (all healthy choices, of course).

What happened, though, was that the bulky nature of the salad filled up volume in my stomach without providing me with enough caloric density to power me through the afternoon hours.

What to do? Keep the salad by blending it with fruit and milk substitute, add other calorie dense food to lunch and feel more satisfied! It was a super delicious and nutritious decision. I am able to control my afternoon cravings, have more fruit and veggies during the day, and I love the fresh taste the smoothies provide.

Most salad greens work well –

Posted in Fitness, Culinary

31Oct

Halloween "Monster Mash" Smoothie

Pumpkin, Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Halloween

Treat your body this Halloween with an energizing, colorful and tasty beverage.

  • We use a greens (superfood) powder for the eerie color but you could just add a few drops of blue and yellow food coloring.  
  • Green Tea Matcha and Maca powders provide lots of energry to help you get through the crazy fun night!
  • WARNING - We could not, in good conscience, advise anyone to consume this smoothie after 2 PM due to the amount of caffenine from the Green Tea Matcha powder.
  • You will, however, love the list of benefits from the Matcha: mental clarity, the "even kill" energy boost and an overall feel-good, mood enhancement.
  • You can find the Maca powder from any health food or nutritional supplement store, we like Navitas Naturals.
  • We order our Green Tea Matcha online at Amazon.com because it is not easy to find in an organic and plain version. Most stores carry non-organic and sweetened powders.
  • You won't believe how great the Pumpkin tastes in this mix!

Posted in Culinary

12Dec

Holiday Party Menu Ideas

We are sharing a few of our fool-proof party menus!

Holiday Party Menu Ideas

As Christmas slowly approaches, we find ourselves swamped with cocktail parties, company dinners, white elephant gift exchanges and those horrible buffets of endless glob and goop. Now, let's see what we can do about those interesting looking appetizers!

We would like to share some of our most requested plans with you, in hopes that you become INSPIRED to serve a delicious, homemade meal to be proud of! These menus have been used on numerous occasions by our best private chefs for catering their clienteles' holiday gatherings with rave reviews!

Do remember this, Inspired Culinary is available for parties of any kind, we love celebrating with you!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  today to learn more about getting your next party custom catered by our professional personal chefs!

Posted in Culinary

14Nov

Ideas for Keeping Your Thanksgiving "Spirits" Flowing!

Chef Sarah's Cocktail, Beer and Wine Recommendations for your Thanksgiving Holiday

Ideas for Keeping Your Thanksgiving

After working in the food and beverage industry for many years, I would like to hope that I know a few things about "adult beverages". I wanted to step away from the usual Turkey 101 or Thanksgiving side dish know how and give our clients, fans, and followers some advice on how to keep everyone (of age!) happy, chatty and thankful!

Posted in Culinary

02Sep

Launching Inspired Culinary

IFW Launch

Launching Inspired Culinary

The team members of Inspired Culinary are excited to launch their new venture. To celebrate the rebranding of the culinary service started over fifteen years ago by Kimberly Putman, we want to offer any existing or new customers 10% off of their next Inspired Culinary service when they also purchase a culinary gift certificate over $200 or more!

Posted in Culinary

08Sep

Metabolism, Energy, Glucose and You: The Mystery Solved!

Daily Menu and Workout Ideas Included

Metabolism, Energy, Glucose and You: The Mystery Solved!

Do you ever wonder how to unravel all of the advice you hear, read and watch on TV about the “right” way to eat in order to maximize your weight loss, raise your metabolic rate, and increase your energy?  I am going to help you sift through all of that information and give you a plan to follow each day.

Posted in Coaching, Fitness, Culinary

30Sep

Oatmeal Flour Waffles with Mixed Seeds, Toasted Walnuts and Sweet Potato “Butter”

Perfect for a post-workout snack!

Oatmeal Flour Waffles with Mixed Seeds, Toasted Walnuts and Sweet Potato “Butter”

I was "Inspired" to make the following breakfast meal by some very wonderful clients that brought me a delicious jar of sweet potato "butter" from a farmer's market in North Carolina. First of all, I LOVE homemade waffles – not just any kind – but the way I make them...oh, and by the way, I almost never make these for breakfast – but I prefer to use them for snacks!

We decided to include this post on both our Inspired Culinary and our Inspired Fitness Facebook pages because the waffle recipe is not only a great and yummy snack idea – it is one that is perfect for a post-workout snack. These waffles can be stashed in a container in your gym bag – no heating or toasting required before munching. You can spread the sweet potato butter on like peanut butter and stack your waffles for travel – or just skip the butter on the "to go" waffles – you won't even miss it! I love the added protein and good fats in these waffles.

Posted in Culinary

18Apr

Online Cookbook

Inspired Recipes, a growing database to help inspire you!

Online Cookbook

We chose the name "Inspired Food and Wellness" for our new business name in hopes that we would "inspire" our friends, family and clients to be healthy and enjoy delicious, carefully prepared foods. With that in mind, 

Posted in Culinary

13Sep

September Recipe - Roasted Acorn Squash with Bourbon Caramel Glaze

Roasted Acorn Squash with Bourbon Caramel Glaze

September Recipe - Roasted Acorn Squash with Bourbon Caramel Glaze

What produce is in season in September?  Believe it or not, winter squash starts to find its way to local farmers market in late summer!  What are some of the health benefits of winter squash?

  • High in Vitamin A
  • High in Fiber (6 grams per 1 cup serving)
  • High in Potassium
  • Balanced Omega Profile

Posted in Culinary

31Oct

Thanksgiving Menu

Pre-Order a Healthy, Prepared Feast for your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Thanksgiving Menu

Leave all the worry and work to the professionals! We can deliver a delicious meal, provide reheating instructions and even help you pick out that perfect bottle of wine! 

Click through to see our Thanksgiving Menu with all of its options and yummy offerings.

Happy Eating!

Posted in Culinary

17Oct

TREAT! Easy, Fool-Proof & Delicious Kale Chips at Home

SImple, Nutritious and Addicting - Kale Chips

TREAT! Easy, Fool-Proof & Delicious Kale Chips at Home

We can't tell you how many times we have been asked how we make our Kale Chips so crispy and delicious. While we have the benefit of a food dehydrator for our culinary business, we have developed a recipe for ovens that gives dehydrator quality at home. This recipe has been used many times by our chefs in real homes and is less expensive than packaged kale chips, not to mention healthier and better tasting.

Kale Chips can be the ultimate healthy snack. They can be mixed into salads, stirred into soups, or used as a pasta topper. Try our recipe for delicious homemade Kale Chips!

Posted in Culinary

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