What Your Teen Needs To Eat To Be Healthy

teenagers As a chef, husband, and father, I care a great deal about what my family eats. I pay close attention to the diet of my 2 adolescent sons who both play sports. At this time in their life, poor diet can not only be detrimental to their health now but can also cause serious problems when they are adults.

The growth spurt that occurs in adolescence is second only to that which occurs in the first year of life. For this reason, nutrient needs are higher during the teenage years than any other time in life as they are necessary to achieve full growth potential. The greatest amount of nutrients are needed during the peak of the adolescent growth spurt. The nutrients required at this time may be twice as high as other times during adolescence. If these needs are not met, puberty and overall growth are slowed and certain diseases and other problems may also develop such as anemia and vision impairment. Lean body mass is also reduced due to lack of nutrients at this time. Nutrient deficiency at this time also lead to adult diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. (Story, n.d.).

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Tried & True: Seared Sea Scallops with Asian Influence

2011-01-27 11.13.22This is a recipe I learned in school at Le Cordon Bleu and have since revised and added it to my personal cache. The original recipe serves 8. Here I have scaled it down to serve 4.

People tend to love this recipe as it puts a new twist on a common stir fry by adding the scallops.

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Can American Wine Compare to the French?

carousel_wineSome may inquire as to why a chef or restaurant would choose to serve or carry American wines over the French versions which many consider to be the best. In reality, American wines have continuously stood up to the test against French wines proving to be just as good as and many times better than its French versions.

The American Wine Industry began to get attention in the 1960’s. By the 1970’s, Americans were producing wine that could compete with the French who had been the number 1 wine producers throughout history. Even though American wine was comparable to that of the French, the world still did not accept that any wines could be better than those produced in France.

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Hiring A Personal Or A Private Chef: Which is right for you?

Hiring-a-chefI have recently decided to change my service from that of a Personal Chef to a Private Chef. As a Personal Chef, I did not like the fact that the integrity of my food relied on you, the client, and your ability to reheat. I prefer to cook and serve immediately as one of the things I love about being a chef is being able to see and hear you enjoying the cuisines I have made. As I began to discuss this change with current clients, I realized that most of you do not understand the differences between these 2 types of chefs, Personal and Private, and which would be best for your family.

As you, and millions of others, seek alternative, healthier sources of food, you are quickly discovering that hiring a chef is a possibility. If interested in hiring a chef for your family, you must decide whether it is a Personal Chef or a Private Chef that better fits your needs.

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Tried & True: Grilled Chicken over Lemon Pasta

imagesMade this for the family! Changed it a bit from the original I found on FoodNetwork.com. I added a marinade for the chicken and changed the pasta from penne to spaghetti as we had a ton left over from spaghetti with meat sauce the night before. I also did not cut up the chicken breasts into the pasta. I sliced and laid the chicken breasts on top of the pasta. There were a few other revisions as well. Check out my version of the recipe.