BONE BROTH IN A CROCKPOT

SEOUL SECRETS: HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BONE BROTH IN A CROCKPOT (GLUTEN FREE AND PALEO!)

BONE BROTH IN A CROCKPOT

BONE BROTH is all the rage these days and rightfully so.  It’s a staple in the Korean traditional diet — and it’s a staple in many ethnic cultures.  BONE BROTH is especially making the rounds in LA these days with celebrities toting their cups of bone broth from Erewhon rather than their previous go-to cups of lattes!  The best part is it’s so easy to make homemade bone broth in a crockpot!

I talked about bone broth as one of the health trends last year – and this nurturing and nutritious ritual is still making its mark.  It has a lot of bang for its buck so to speak!  It’s super inexpensive to make while offering up innumerable benefits — from beauty and skin first aid to healing ailments in the gut, improving joint health, remineralizing teeth, boosting the immune system, overcoming food intolerances and reducing the appearance of cellulite!  Talk about nutrient density!  


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WHAT IS BONE BROTH?

First and foremost, it’s (chicken/turkey/beef) soup for the soul and the body!

It was a way my ancestors used every part of the animal – from the neck and skin and tendons.  The parts would be simmered over many days releasing healing nutrients like collagen (which helps form connective tissue) and glutamine and a variety of minerals from magnesium, calcium and so on.  (Thank goodness today’s crock pot takes the tediousness out of it!)  The best part is it tastes so darn delicious and is super healing during this cold and flu season!



HOW TO MAKE BONE BROTH IN A CROCKPOT

INGREDIENTS

3-4 lbs of chicken meat with bone

3-4 carrots, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

2 onions sliced in half

4-5 garlic cloves

1 tsp celtic sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2-3 T apple cider vinegar (This is crucial!!  It helps pull the minerals from the bones!)

2-3 sprigs of thyme, parsley, oregano (optional, but it tastes so good!)

collagen (optional, but I love the added boost)

20 cups of water


bONE BROTH IN A CROCK POT
bone broth in a crock pot
bONE BROTH IN A CROCK POT
BONE BROTH RECIPE INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS ON MAKING BONE BROTH IN A CROCKPOT

Place everything in a crockpot and let it simmer on low for 24 hours.

(My mother in law just bought me this one and I love it!)

Remove from heat.

Remove liquid from solids.

Drink up!!


BONE BROTH IN A CROCK POT


+++ That’s it!  Super easy peazy.  That’s how you make homemade bone broth in a crockpot!



+++ AND STAY TUNED READERS!  Coming up on the blog are interviews with ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, wellness and yoga junkie and lifestyle guru, THE BALANCED BLONDE (JORDAN YOUNGER) AND THE STUNNING ASHLEY BORDEN, CELEBRITY TRAINER TO RYAN GOSLING,  REESE WITHERSPOON AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA!


 

 

SEOUL SECRETS – KOREA IN THE SUMMER 2017 :: MY PHOTO JOURNAL

KOREA IN THE SUMMER

I love Korea so much that I visited my motherland three times in the last two years. In APRIL, there were breathtaking cherry blossoms and crisp, cool weather. In October, the trees were blanketed by the most stunning and richly colored autumnal leaves. And in June / July, there were fun music concerts in the parks, loads of bingsu cafes to indulge in and vibrant tourism stirring about! It’s the perfect land to visit all year round!  Korea in the Summer is hot and humid indeed, but it’s still fab. Check out some of my photos (taken from various places in South Korea) and be sure to add Korea to your bucket list!

I made my most recent trip with my Taekwondo school and brought along my entire family.



{ and away we go… lax  –> seoul }


KOREA IN THE SUMMER



{ first stop… seoul. sometimes it was rainy and muggy, other times hot and dry. }



{ underground shopping. oksa, anyone? }



{ k-beauty (my obsession) is poppin’ everywhere! }



{ we visited the lotte world tower which is 123 floors and the 5th tallest building in the world. and yes, we headed straight to the top! }



{ spotted this building in the middle of seoul at cheonggyecheon. i can’t make this up. }



{ gyeongbokgung palace. where modern meets tradition }



{ i showed my daughter the history of her predecessors at the korean war museum }





{ taken outside of the museum of korean history in seoul }



{ we headed to jeju island where tourists and residents flock. it’s a stunning island where you can eye the waterfalls, walk the sands and bathe in lushness. It’s a quick 45 minute flight from seoul. }



{ beach swimming at 9:00 pm }



{ this was taken at jeju island’s national stone art museum. }



{the interior of a traditional home in jeju island }



{ traditional jars used to make kim chee }



{ we stayed at the shilla hotel where everything is clean, artistic, adorable and intentionally done. this is their poolside sleeping pod. }



{ poolside food for the kids }



{ food fare … here is a photo of our friend cyrus enjoying ramen with gatorade. east meets west? }


KOREA IN THE SUMMER    


{ we visited this amazing michelin approved restaurant }



{ and this happened }



{ we found a beautiful tea shop in Insadong that served green tea shaved ice (below) and chilled mitsugaru, a heavenly treat!)



{ also in insandong was this hilarious turkish ice cream man. ice cream comedy! }



{ the beautiful bulguksa buddhist temple }


   

    


{ north chungcheong }



{ we visited pyeongchang, where the winter olympics will be taking place! they’re already beginning to prep.}



{ alas, the trip ended. and we headed back to cali..cali…cali. until next time. 안녕}



WHAT A BLACK BELT MEANS

SEOUL SECRETS :: WHAT A BLACK BELT MEANS — AND WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE REACHING FOR THE NEXT LEVEL

GETTING OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE

What a black belt means to one person differs from what it means to another. To me, becoming a first-degree black belt was a self-admittance of being normal — and then shooting for the stars.  It meant actioning past obstacles, avoiding complacency and never falling prey to aimless sleepwalking.  The requirement of continuous and intentional forward motion was startling, loud, humbling, cumbersome — and yet, energizing.

3.5 years after stepping into my first Taekwondo class — I earned my first black belt with my name emblazoned in Korean characters.  I hurried out to buy my first black dobak which has been a huge honor to wear — and those who wear it understand.

I was finally among the best.



Then I stepped foot into my first black belts only class on the following Tuesday night and I realized I was starting it all over again.  Being the newbie on the black belts only mat was equivalent to being the new kid in street clothes on the white belt mat.  That first class and then the long path between then and now was a humbling, honorable and frustrating one.  It was an arduous commute where I was trying to stake my claim, own it — and persevere to rise again.

Yet I kept falling backward — perhaps due to injury, perhaps due to feeling clumsy in a room full of precision — and perhaps moreso due to my inability to memorize anything and everything.  Parenting and lack of sleep can do that to you.

This second road was a rougher one for me; it took me almost double the time to rise from first degree to second degree than it took to earn the initial belt.  Yes, I had some work commitments and a couple of pregnancies and baby rearing to-dos thrown in there that could account for the time stretch — but perhaps the largest explanation for the delay was my self-insinuated expectations.  There was a greater emotional weight and a deepened respect for the art – leading me to not just be someone who memorized the Hapkido and the Taekwondo kicks and the forms, but to really earn my place as a higher belt; I knew I’d be thrust into coexistence with the excellent.  And as most of us know, shame and honor are leading characters in the Korean culture.



This isn’t to be misunderstood as self-imposed debilitating perfectionism – but it was crucial to me to be the best that I could be — and that would become a big educational theme in my second-degree pursuit.  I aimed to give it my all and deliver a performance on a night that would make my Grandmaster, Masters, instructors and myself proud.   To earn a place among the upper degree cohorts.  It was a big undertaking for me, cementing the motivation to train my hardest.

But with the attempt of training to be the best I could be arrived the question of when I should test.  Will I be better next year from the hours of repetition and training — or will I grow weaker from injury and age?  The emotional weight vest of self-expectations juxtaposed alongside a reality of an arguably more physically feeble body that has already fallen prey to a variety of permanent injuries was a real struggle.  Even a month ago, over a period of 2 weeks after a bad landing, I questioned whether I should test.

This preparation for my second degree has been a challenge.  And at many times dispiriting.

But here’s what I decided.  I would prepare the best I could, injury and all, and do my best.  It would allow for internal nourishment, spiritual growth and a continued dismissal of mediocrity and complacency.  As long as I kept moving, I learned and accepted that that was growth to me.  And as long as I was committed to the continuance of growth, I was ready to test.

So this road of travel over the past 5-6 years has taught me a lot about what a second degree black belt means; it has been about internal nourishment and trying to be the best version of myself, spiritual growth and finding a foundation, making a change and being of service — and most importantly, staying humble.

And of course, never allowing room for complacency.  To me, living a life complacently meant you were living a slow life.  Or a fast death.  However you should perceive it.


WHAT A BLACK BELT MEANS


INTERNAL NOURISHMENT AND BEING THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF

Over years of training and with each birthday, I have been caring less about failures and falls and losses — realizing they’re all pit stops on the road to success and serve as accidental educational centers.  Whether it’s a bad grade in school, a business deal leaving you with a financial loss, a tournament embarrassment, a personal relationship leaving you with emotional bankruptcy – your only failure is earned when you give up or stop trying.

With each day of training, with each day of trying, with each fall, your mind becomes stronger and with heightened dexterity — and your halts, slowdowns and reassessments become real learning points.

If you try a fight one way and it leads to an embarrassing demise, for example — or a flying side it and it lands you with ligament and meniscus obliterations –  you reassess your strategy and make that loss an illuminative lesson. You try different angles, speed.  Or you stop doing something entirely and then focus on what you can do well.  It’s just like any process gained through life – finding what works for you and what doesn’t.  Careers, friends, partners, food groups — and then staying loyal to what does.

Be efficient in your training and in life – fine tune your greatest traits, then discard the rest.  Simply put, self-betterment is about figuring yourself out.

Consequently, you see your forces of invincibility and your reparations of weaknesses bleed outside of the mat and into all areas of your life.  The workplace, the school yard, your personal relationships.  With each fall, you build yourself up.  With each new tear down, you’re stronger.  Get familiar with pushing past the pain period!  It’s what will set you apart.  Perfectly analogous to the way our muscles and body work, in the literal sense.

My intent in this second degree path has just been to nourish myself, to embrace being a learning junkie, to grow.  It has been about the simple action of taking a step in the right direction, any action – with intention.  I’ve learned that any forward movement per se is the antidote to fear — and in so doing, software upgrades are allowed — boosting your system whereby you’re led to intellectual richness, physical strength and perpetuitous mental agility.

Grandmaster Chong, every day, is a learning junkie.  He’s a 9th degree Grandmaster who continues to train as a student every day in Taekwondo, Jiu Jitsu, Escrima and Kendo.

He walks through the fundamental and rudimentary lessons of martial arts practices, bowing before the mat. He’s a testament to a “student” being one’s highest calling.

Falls don’t matter.  Embarrassments don’t matter.  Quitting matters.

Life has no guarantees – so always remember to nourish yourself first so you can keep on trekkin’.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH:  THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PLAYING WITH THE BEST TENNIS PLAYERS

Of equal importance, this second-degree path has been about deliberately surrounding myself with people smarter and better than me.

In our global environment that’s increasingly competitive and moving at an exponential rate, it’s crucial to not only stay in the game but to stay in charge and stay on top.  Our world and our life in it is about balancing a diet of life’s externals, its contaminants and its stresses – and developing methodologies to dodge from any hurtful ramifications.

Taekwondo has been the perfect climate and metaphor for that.  Taekwondo is a martial art where there is pressure and a fast pace; there are opponents and stressful situations.  Therefore, it’s critical to set your goals and internal GPS high.  Go through each day on the mat and in life with purposeful, ambitious and zealous intention.  Strategize.

And how do you do that?

You do it by surrounding yourself with people who are smarter than you, wiser, more experienced – and those also of a healthy competitive mindset.  A tennis match so to speak.

In schools, you have your teachers, your coaches – in college and grad school, you have your professors and your peers.  At work you have your bosses, your CEOs, your CFOs —  and on the mat you have your Grandmaster and Masters and the best athletes and intellects of the school.  Surround yourself with them.  Go find your Grandmaster, your mentor, your Malcolm X, your Yoda.  They won’t be finding you.

If you feel like you’re on top of the game with nowhere to go, that leads to complacency and a life of futility where “ignorance is bliss” is embraced.  Aim to avoid that route — but instead, inject yourself into situations where you’re constantly inspired and learning.

You need inspiration to maintain tenacity — and you need tenacity to be the fighter who falls down 10 times and gets up 11.  Being surrounded by the best and witnessing the pinnacles of physical prowess and grace and perseverance are things to be embraced and necessaries that enable you to see that you too have the power within to overcome anything.  By being among the best and by being taught by the best, you’re always on, always thinking, always turned on, always inspired.

It’s always critical to have people ahead of you.  Not just to keep you humble – but to deliver access to opportunities and visions you didn’t have before.

FOUNDATION

So many people are searching and seeking.  For answers, for reasons, for validation, for happiness, for feeling.  And people may turn and become artists, writers, athletes, religious fanatics in that pursuit.  Some turn to yoga, tai chi and meditation.  Some may turn to drugs and other addictions.

Taekwondo has become my foundation.  As a sport and as an art, it consumes me  — and I am addicted to the feeling it transports.  Taekwondo has been the approach for me that gives me the foundation I need — emotionally, physically, pragmatically.

And more importantly, it has given me a spiritual walk – which allows me to appreciate life, things, gifts.

As we have seen, the more material success one achieves in life and the higher up one goes, it often leads to one losing their spiritual guide and soul — and it’s more difficult to find what makes one happy.    Taekwondo’s practice, its teachings and its inculcated moral code disallow for that.  External successes and material wins now give me peace and appreciation — not an insatiable appetite for more.

I’m evidence for what can happen when you embrace commitment at any age.  When you seek a foundation on a random weeknight.  I vividly recall that first night when I trepidatiously walked into this Taekwondo studio; it was the moment I laid my first foundational brick.  And that night has proven itself to be the most important night for me (as well as the nights I wed and gave birth).

On another note, meritocracy often isn’t seen in other aspects of life.  We’ve all seen that.  But it resides here on the mat.  I love the challenge and the feeling of getting better – I love when your own success lies in your own hands.

As a woman, it’s an invigorating feeling to feel good at what you do — to feel strong and powerful.  And know that by working on it, you will get better.  As a woman and especially as a mother, it’s so important to show this revelation, this possibility to my children.

MAKE CHANGE AND BE OF SERVICE

Being of service is the essential key in every area of life.  I see Grandmaster Jun Chong and Master Mason Williams serve as missionaries in what they wholeheartedly believe in — and their moral responsibility and generosity to pass it down.  They are of service, daily.

Being of service in any way, on and off the mat, touches the lives of those you know and those whom you may never see.  But perhaps the greatest visibility is how it makes you feel about yourself.  They’re all small steps in changing the world.

Help others succeed.  Be Superman.  Use your prowess, clout and strength and put it toward good things.

It’s also something I see Crystal doing every day. Volunteering her Saturday mornings at 6 am to drive out to the valley to help me.  Meeting me at the studio at 7 am to hone the techniques before our 8 am black belt class.  She knew I was a prisoner in my own home with 2 small children — so she intentioned to ease the process for me.  She aimed to earn nothing.  Not money.  Not accolade.   No favors.  Nothing.  But in so doing, it makes me want to pass that baton — and so on and so on.

Helping others is humbling.  And since all matter in this world is interconnected, it gives you the ability to heal the world.

GRATITUDE

My second degree path has also been about expressing gratitude daily.  You are here because of your health, your parents, your teachers, your cohorts, your nutrition, your shelter, your plain ol’ good luck.  Realize that and say your thanks.  With that always comes the continuance of that and more.

I express gratitude for certain things specifically.  I am grateful for my body, my mind, my family, my friends, my education and career, my limbs, my freedom from illness, our democratic world.

I am grateful for my father for always setting the example of the necessity to grow and learn – things outside of your realm.  He is one who always acknowledged that life (and medicine) were all interconnected so it was crucial to learn all the spokes.

I am grateful for my husband and my mom, my sister and my children – for always encouraging me and cheering me on.  I started Taekwondo at a later age and have been obsessed and committed to it in a way hopeful (and perhaps naive) girls in their teens or early 20s are committed to a hobby they hope to make a career.  And I was never mocked.

And I’m endlessly grateful for Grandmaster Chong for serving as the pinnacle of discipline, mastery, invincibility, growth and humbleness – and to Master Williams not only for his empathic support — but for his philosophical and obsessive compassion for Taekwondo – and his self-insinuated obligation to keep the Jun Chong name and brand and Taekwondo itself residing on top.  He seeks to preserve the legacy.

I am grateful for Master Mason Williams, Master Phillip Rhee, Crystal, Jonas, Armen for being the branches of a luminous tree that Grandmaster Chong rooted for us.

And of course for Gywnn, Lily and Nico for training and pushing me as we enter together this next realm of growth.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – MLK, JR.


WHAT A BLACK BELT MEANS



WHAT A BLACK BELT MEANS

 

 

 

 

Best korean restaurants in los angeles

SEOUL SECRETS :: 12 OF THE BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

:: WELCOME TO THE NEWEST SEGMENT OF SEOUL SERETS!  THE BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES!  ENJOY! ::
CHOSUN GALBI |

This is where you go when you’re experiencing Korean food for the first time — or where you bring your non-Korean friends if they’re experiencing it for the first time.  It’s clean and modern and Westernized enough to not intimidate the first timers.  For sure it’s on many people’s list as one of the best Korean restaurants in Los Angeles!



SSAM |

This stop is one of my all time faves and I forget about it for some reason.  The food is so flavorful and fresh and I love that they give you ssam (a variety of tasty, crisp lettuce leaves) to scoop your rice and fish/meat/chicken/tofu in.


PARK’S BBQ |

This is Jonathan Gold’s favorite Korean BBQ joint!  You can’t go wrong with it.

best korean restaurants in los angeles
best korean restaurants in los angeles

MOODAEPO II |

This is one of most popular all-you-can-eat BBQ restaurants in Koreatown!

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES



KANG HO DONG BAEKJEONG |

This is a super popular Korean BBQ restaurant with both Korean Americans and non-Koreans — and the food is super yummy.  Fresh, flavorful and always with a variety of textures!

best korean restaurants in LA
best korean restaurants in LA

KOBAWOO HOUSE |

I don’t eat pork — but KOBAWOO is famous for their pork dish called “boss am.”  I love their spicy buckwheat noodle dish!

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Best Korean restaurants iN Los angeles

YONG SUSAN |

If you’re looking for authentic Korean royal cuisine, stop by Yong Susan.  They feed you like a prince so come with an appetite.  This was one of the first ‘fancy’ Korean restaurants in Los Angeles.  And by fancy, I mean one of the first non-hole-in-the-walls.  I love their food — and we celebrated both of my daughters’ DOLs here.  The best part is they wrap up your meals with sweet delicious sikhye (sweet rice beverage).

Best Korean restaurants iN Los angeles

Best Korean restaurants iN Los angeles
Best Korean restaurants iN Los angeles


| Ma Dang Gook Soo |

This is a simple place that specializes in noodle dishes, but has my go-to vegan/vegetarian dishes like bibimbop as well.  This is located at the same place as the BCD Tofu House on Western + 9th.


best korean retaurants in los angeles


| Kyo Chon Chicken |      

Excellent fried chicken imported from Korea!

best korean restaurants in LA


| WI SPA |

The food was shockingly delicious at the tiny restaurant located inside the popular Korean spa, WI SPA.  In between ice rooms, ice baths and scalding hot clay room saunas – you can indulge in dduk mandoo guk (rice cake soup), sullungtang (ox bone broth soup), kim chee fried rice – or some refreshing bingsu (Korean shaved iced)  – my all time refreshing treat!  My Korean mother, in the Korean fashion, has very high standards — and she too was super pleased!  Soup, sauna, steam room, repeat!

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES


++ If you’re like me and a gigantic fan of hot and comforting tofu soups and dishes, these two places are delicious and super popular!

BCF TOFU HOUSE |

We go here and get take out from this place VERY often.  They only use organic tofu!  My go to dish is the yah chae soon dooboo.  (i.e., the vegetable tofu soup).  Super healthy and super comforting.

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
BCD Tofu

BEVERLY SOON TOFU RESTAURANT |

This is another great place – but it’s not a chain like BCD.  This is the favorite of many.  It’s for sure tasty — and was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.”

BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Beverly Soon Tofu

++ All photos courtesy of the respective awesome Korean restaurant.

+++ Thank you for reading!  Stay tuned for my interview with ARIANNA HUFFINGTON!

 

 

 

INFRARED SAUNA BENEFITS

SEOUL SECRETS | INFRARED SAUNA BENEFITS

Everytime I see someone smoking, I think….really?!  I do everything to leech impurities and toxins from my body — and people are voluntarily sucking it in.  Anyway, I drank the Kool Aid — and I’m obsessed and in love with my infrared sauna.  There are too many infrared sauna benefits to mention!

If you need a brand recommendation, Healthmate’s Infrared Sauna is a good one — but be sure you shop around for yourself and read all the various reviews of the competing brands.  Find the one that is best for you.  Research is the best insurance!



I was in Seoul, Korea (the land of my peeps and where I discover all the beauty and fashion and health trends) — and this anti-aging secret was all over the place.  Malls, gyms, you name it.  I’ve been eyeing for one since — and I finally caved to the splurge.  Because it’s a financial and house space commitment, I kept waivering and researching all the different options and brands.  But my Utopia in a Box arrived last May —   and I’ve been using it everyday.  It targets the feet, legs, knees, lower back – while achieving the same detoxifying benefits as the traditionally sized models.

I start my day in it.  Every.  Single.  Day.  After drinking my lemon water, I have my black coffee (or my bulletproof coffee) — and sit and detoxify while sitting in my infrared sauna with my lap top and all my pending blogs waiting to be written.  And I’m good to go!  It’s also a great place to sit during meditation — or a a great place to catch up on reading, especially all of those magazine subscriptions that have been stacking up.




I love that my face is out of it (so I don’t feel overheated) — and that my hands are free to work, write, type.

And infrared saunas are great because the infrared rays heat up your body from the inside out!  They penetrate deep into the body (a couple inches through the dermal layer), hitting your organs rather than the air.  And with that, they’re great in terms of energy efficiency.  (I didn’t even notice our bill go up!)

And because the rays penetrate at such a deep level, they deliver these favorite benefits of mine.

INFRARED SAUNA BENEFITS
My Infrared Sauna

Pain reduction:  This was the #1 reason why I bought this.  I was feeling knee tenderness (from my torn ACL), lower back pain that made getting out of bed a 5 minute process (a result of 2 toddlers and being kicked HARD in the back and ribs area during sparring on one special day), hip pain (I have no idea why – but probably because of the aforementioned), and blackberry thumb/carpal tunnel (from typing and texting).  No joke, all of this pain is gone now.  I don’t know if it’ll return once I stop using the sauna, but there’s no reason to find out.  (Many athletes use this as a form of therapy for strength and endurance training.)

On one Sunday, my legs were so sore and tight – I couldn’t even fathom making it through my 8am Black Belt training that was to take place in a few hours. I was totally fine (!) after 15-20 minutes in the box!

Increases circulation.  Infrared saunas deliver oxygen rich blood throughout the body and brings relief to muscle and soft tissues.

Detoxification:  Because infrared saunas improve circulation and elimination through the skin, detoxification is enhanced and accelerated.  And it does wonders for our digestive organs.  It induces up to 2-3 times the sweat volume!

Reduction of the appearance of cellulite.  Cellulite is fat, acidic waste and trapped water.  Gross.  The sauna helps you shed the toxins and the fat!

Increases heart rate:  You can sit passively but get a workout at the same time.  My normal resting heart rate is 50-55.  It elevates to almost double that just by sitting  – which is great for boosting your cardiovascular endurance and burning calories.   These contraptions have been proven to burn 400-600 calories in 30 minutes, depending on your body weight.

Improves immune system:  I must say I haven’t been sick since May and I’ve missed 2 rounds of my kids’ and husband’s colds!

Weight loss:  The more you detoxify, the less your body needs to store fat to protect your organs.

Great for sun damage.  Helps pull out the UV radiation.  Sign me up, right?!



Should you get one?  Heck ya!  It creates the perfect balance of calm, serenity and energy!  I feel limber and pain free.

If you can’t afford to get your own or you don’t have the space for it, then for sure check out any of the infrared sauna salons around your town.  You can even get a groupon for it.  That’s how I tried my first one.  And I’ve been obsessed since.

And that’s it for my most recent SEOUL SECRET!


INFRARED SAUNA BENEFITS
Personal Infrared Sauna


+++ AND STAY TUNED READERS:  Coming up on the blog are interviews with KIMBERLY SNYDER (holistic nutritionist and author of 3 NYT BESTSELLERS), the one and only ASHLEY BORDEN + CELEB MAKEUP ARTIST GILLIAN WHITLOCK!  OH, AND OUR INCREDIBLE KIM SHAPIRA, M.S., R.D. WILL BE COMING BACK TO VISIT US.  SO STAY TUNED FOR THAT!  GOOD TIMES ARE A’COMIN!  


 

 

 

 

SEOUL SECRETS :: HEALTHY KOREAN SNACKS FOR THE FAMILY

How do you keep your family healthy, nourished and satisfied?  Well, we’re huge fans of healthy Korean snacks that pack a nutritional and flavorful punch!  Below are some tasty treat ideas that keep all of us satiated and pleased — by satisfying our sweet, salty and crunchy cravings in one mouthful!

(My suggestions below are available at Whole Foods, Amazon or Asian markets.)



SEA’S GIFT ROASTED SEAWEED SNACK

This is our ALL TIME go-to!  The kids devour it and eat sheet after sheet, package after package.  They take the seaweed to scoop up rice or they just eat them up on its own.  (I’m a huge fan of their Sweet ‘n Salty and Onion flavors.)  These snacks are organic, iodine rich and abundant in minerals and vitamins — and so easily portable.  What’s not to love!? I order these by the boatload from Amazon.

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CRUNCHY RICE ROLLS

These crunchy rice rolls are another ginormous win.  Gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, crunchy and delicious.  We eat them on its own or with some PB or almond butter smeared on top!  It’s our answer to the tasteless rice cakes from the 90s.  (If you want to be really bad and make it really good, add a touch of Nutella.)

 

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As you can see, my kids are really into them!  They can eat half a pack in one sitting which I’m totally fine with!  There are no preservatives and they’re almost calorie free!  But somehow JayOne has managed to make them mmm mmm GOOD! Ask my daughters below!


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Mmm. Mine!
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No, MINE!

SWEET SEAWEED SNACKS

These are ridiculous.  They’re great sprinkled over a hot bowl of rice —  but my girls love to dig in with their hands.


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There are tons of brands out there these days — but I like these.  JayOne / Sea Gifts is Korean owned, they’re the OG – and I can trust their ingredients and its manufacturing.

It’s so easy to feed kids with nutritious and delicious treats these days.  Seaweed and rice can really be altered into some super crunchy and satiating yumminess!  The best part is that they’re portable and can be easily stashed in your purse or diaper bag!  Let me know what you think!


 

KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP

SEOUL SECRETS | KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP (FOR THE SEOUL) 미역국

KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP 

WELCOME BACK TO SEOUL SECRETS!  The second in a series of all the health, beauty and lifestyle treasures from the city that’s sweeping the nation.  SEOUL!  Bone broth is all the rage these days — however my go-to miracle soup has always been Miyeokguk – Korean Seaweed soup.

It’s super easy to to make — and it’s nutritious and delicious (and brings good fortune) to boot!  Miyeokguk – Korean Seaweed Soup is a big part of the Korean cultural tradition.  Women have been known to eat vats of this during pregnancy — as well as immediately after giving birth as it stimulates breast milk production and overall health.  Korean students, too, are known to eat this up as it boosts brain power and kicks those scores up a notch!  

You devour it on the morning of your birthday since it’s the food your mom ate on the day you were born.  (To this day, my mom still makes it for me (and my babies) every birthday morning!)  It’s a reminder to be grateful of the care given to you by your mother.  (Lots of guilt in the Korean culture too!)

Seaweed is rich in iodine and calcium and delivers its promises – so it’s no wonder that Koreans are drinking the Kool Aid.  My two girls love it and always ask my mom to make the Korean Seaweed Soup no matter the day or time.

This is how my mom and sister make it – ish.  (They don’t measure anything — so they’re guesstimations.)  

Enjoy!


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KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP

INGREDIENTS FOR KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP

1 cup of dried brown seaweed (which can be purchased at any Korean store)

1 lb. organic chicken with bone  (you can go without if you want a vegan version)

1-2 T of gook gan jang (which is Korean soy sauce with a strong, fermented salty flavor and comes from bean paste)  (you can use tamari sauce if you want a gluten free version)

6-7 cups of water

1 teaspoon minced garlic (or more per your preference)



DIRECTIONS FOR KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP

Clean the seaweed and soak in water until soft.


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Soak the seaweed for about 15 minutes.  (It expands into approximately 4 cups of seaweed!)
 
Clean it well as it may have some sand in it.
 
Then drain and chop it so they’re the size of your finger.

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KOREAN SEAWEED SOUP

 Bring the chicken to boil.  Boil it long enough to make a tasty broth.


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  Add garlic while boiling chicken.




When the chicken is done, peel the meat off the bone, shred it — and put it into a bowl.

Add a little bit of gook gan jang to the shredded chicken.  (You only need a little to flavor the meat.)
 
Then add gook gan jang to the broth (teaspoon by teaspoon to taste). You don’t need too much.
 
Add seaweed to the broth.  Boil for a few minutes to soften and flavor the seaweed.
 
Get a bowl and ladle the broth and seaweed.  Add the seasoned chicken (that you set aside earlier) on top and sprinkle with roasted sesame seed.

CHAP SOO SAY YO! (ENJOY!)


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