Posted on December 31, 2012 by Chef Zane Holmquist | in Chef Zane | Comments Off
Makes 1 qt, serves 6-8
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup cream
1 ½ cup dry white wine
1 to 1 ½ tbsp. cornstarch slurry (1 part cornstarch, 1 part cold water)
5 oz. Emmenthaler cheese, grated
4 oz. Gruyère cheese, grated
½ tsp. nutmeg
salt to taste
fresh ground white pepper to taste
2 oz. kirschwasser
- Rub a thick bottom pan with garlic.
- Add cream and white wine; bring to a boil.
- Thicken with cornstarch slurry to a nappé.
- Add cheese mix in slowly; keep stirring until cheese is melted.
- Adjust the consistency with slurry or wine.
- Add nutmeg, salt, pepper.
- Finish with kirschwasser.
Serve with country bread (Italian pagnatta is my favorite), diced apples and pears.
Posted on December 20, 2012 by Sarah Myers | in Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Spa's Wellness Coach - Keri | Comments Off
If the holiday season were only filled with visions of sugar plums we wouldn’t have to give gaining weight a second thought. Here are five suggestions from our wellness staff for avoiding weight gain and enjoying a healthy holiday season.
1. Get Up and Get Out
This holiday plan activities that get you out of the house and away from the platters of food. Skiing or snowshoeing are our preferred activities in the great outdoors. Attend group fitness glasses to burn calories and energize your mind. Guests of Steins enjoy complimentary access to a full schedule of wellness classes.
Have you ever noticed how much more lip balm you use in the winter? It may be colder outside but that doesn’t mean our bodies need less water. Your body is made up of 60% water. Research from the Institute of Medicine shows that men need 3 liters of water and women need 2.2 liters of water every day. Staying hydrated results in higher caloric burn, better digestion, and keep energy level high.
3. Take Time to Rest
It is not uncommon to lose sleep during the holidays. Sleep deprivation tends to lead to cravings for sugary, carb-loaded foods. While getting a full night sleep is best, we recommend guests visit our Five Star Spa for a wellness treatment.
4. Avoid Baggy Clothing
Resist the temptation to put on sweats and loose fitting clothing during the holidays. You don’t need to wear tight clothing but simply something that fits to remind you to control your portion sizes. Steins skier buffet has an abundance of new culinary creations each day, including a full table to desserts.
5. Plan and Track What You Eat
Start the day off right by eating a healthy breakfast, which has been shown to prevent overeating later in the day. Take a few minutes before each meal to make a plan. Take the time to enjoy the smell, texture and taste of each bite. Here are 5 free apps to help with planning and tracking.
Posted on December 10, 2012 by Sarah Myers | in Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Spa's Wellness Coach - Keri | Comments Off
New research shows that even if you work out every day, you still need moderate activity throughout the day. For those who sit for more than 6 hours a day, it is shown to put you at greater risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death.
Advantages of moving
Getting up and moving around helps burn more calories. Standing an extra hour a day will burn 50 calories. That is 350 extra calories a week, 1400 calories a month and around 5 pounds a year in weight loss.
Along with the additional calorie burn, the health benefits include: lower cholesterol, stronger heart, lower risk of type 2 diabetes and t
he added benefit of a more positive attitude thanks to the increase in dopamine.
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8 ways to get more daily physical activity
• Take the stairs rather the elevator
• Visit a co-worker in person instead of sending that email
• Stand at your desk
• Take a walk on your lunch break
• Clean up your workspace
• Wear comfortable shoes so you want to walk more
• Use hand weights at your desk
• Do some stretches
When it comes down to it
Sitting too long is not good for you, no matter your fitness level. Moving throughout the day is beneficial to your overall health.
References: Science Daily. “Even Physically Active Women Sit Too Much, Study Finds” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2012; 9 (1): 122 DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-9-122. Am. J. Epidemiol. (2010) 172 (4): 419-429.