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CELERY, THE GUT HEALER
Long misunderstood and unloved, celery is having its moment. Pure juiced celery is exciting nutritionists and celebrities alike, with evidence demonstrating that the oft-neglected crudité is a powerful means of supporting digestive health and boosting the immune system. Containing coumarin, which encourages the production of white blood cells, and mineral salts, which help regulate and restore stomach acid pH (with adequate stomach acid levels, food can be digested and nutrients properly absorbed), this liquified veggie deserves some love. Juiced rather than whole celery is said to preserve more nutrients and deliver a more concentrated form of the vegetable. But in juicing, fiber is lost, so make the choice based on what’s best for your dietary requirements. Add It To Your Day: We love Pressed Juicery’s Celery Juice ($7, pressedjuicery.com) for its refreshing and hassle-free version of the bright and zingy beverage. Holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman recommends drinking 16 oz celery juice first thing in the morning before breakfast to aid in digestion for the rest of the day. While the store-bought variety is convenient, if you have a juicer at home, juicing your own celery is a more cost-effective option.
RECOVER THE RATIONS
Food insecurity and food waste are two real and ever-growing issues in the United States. Food Rescue US aims to solve both by connecting fresh, surplus food from donor restaurants, farmers’ markets or supermarkets to families in need. Become a volunteer and help out by downloading the free app. Alerts are sent out when extra food is available to be ferried between donors and soup kitchens. Join in 17 locations across the United States. foodrescue.us
NETFLIX & DROOL
Netflix has released a four-part mini-series based off the James Beard Award winning cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Hosting the show is the cookbook’s author, Samin Nosrat, previously best- known for being Michael Pollan’s culinary instructor. Using travel as a means to explore flavor, Nosrat takes the viewer to a new locale in each episode meant to exemplify the aforementioned salt, fat, acid and heat. The series is part travelogue, part guide, with step-by-step recipes in each episode. Deeply curious about ingredients and techniques, yet accessible to any level of culinary skill, Samin’s goal is to demystify the elements of good cooking. Visiting Japan’s Shodo Island in search of umami, Italy’s Emilia Romana province for luscious fat, Mexico’s Yucatan for the bright balance from acid, and Berkeley, California, to master heat in its various forms, we’re already salivating for more. (Netflix, out now)
Looking to decompress after a long day? A new YouTube sensation might do the trick. Videos capturing a whispered voice, the sound of a gently stirring spoon or the clink of a chopping knife are a few examples of the new craze of videos named or tagged ASMR (short for autonomous sensory meridian response). Meant to elicit a head-tingling response, ASMR videos are also proving to be a method to aid in relaxation, calm panic and even promote sleep. Our favorites are – you guessed it – those involving food. Check out the Peaceful Cuisine YouTube channel to get a sample of the budding trend. While it might sound bizarre, the science is beginning to back up the allure, with a study in the International Journal of School & Educational Psychology finding that when mindfully consumed, ASMR videos may be therapeutically beneficial to well-being.