Every college town has special traditions that get passed down through generations of students. The traditions that stand the test of time and become rights-of-passage are those that appeal to, and connect, the diverse communities that make up college campuses – from the students to the professors, locals to transfers, and innocent incoming freshman to wise graduate students.

Since the late 1990’s, the tradition in Davis has included challenging friends to conquer the Wiki Wacky Woo, the signature cocktail made famous at the bar at Café Bernardo Davis.

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This beautiful egg-shaped plant with its vibrant, purple skin is most commonly known as the ‘eggplant’ in the U.S. but I prefer the name ‘Aubergine,’ a more elegant term for this delicious and nutritious vegetable.

Aubergines actually come in a variety of shapes and shades, from short to long and thin to wide and in shades of purple, white or green. No matter the size or color, there are many nutritional benefits from each variety. One cup contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates, with 2.5 grams as dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein and less than 1 gram of fat. More importantly, the dark purple skin variety of the aubergine is full of polyphenols, which are known to have anti-inflammatory benefits and cancer-fighting properties when consumed.

Unfortunately, I have found many people don’t know how to prepare aubergine, and in fact, some have never even tasted it. I have to admit, the word ‘eggplant’ does not sound very appetizing, but let’s get beyond the name and get adventurous. If we call it ‘aubergine,’ it does sound more appealing!

For those of you who are trying to reduce your intake of grains and take a more whole foods approach to your diet, try replacing breads and pastas with aubergine in some of your meals. From pizza to lasagna, the possibilities are endless.

Recipe: Aubergine Toast

Cut the whole vegetable into ½ inch thick slices, sprinkle with salt and let sit for 15-30 minutes. While the aubergine is resting, get out two bowls. Crack two raw eggs into one bowl and whip them. In the other bowl, mix together ½ cup almond meal, ½ cup finely ground parmesan cheese, 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper; mix.
With a paper towel, dry off the slices and one at a time, dip a slice of the aubergine into the egg batter and then coat both sides with the cheese mixture and place on a non-stick baking tray. When finished, bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes on one side; flip the slices and bake for another 10 minutes.
Serve warm or cold. I always double the recipe so I can have toast all week. Enjoy.

For more information on this topic, feel free to email Paula Hendricks at paulahendricks@hendricksforhealth.com

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With the warm weather approaching, berries are in full bloom in most parts of California. From blue, red and black-colored berries, the health benefits of these delicious low carbohydrate fruits can bring a boost to your immune system, your metabolism and help regulate blood sugar levels. Berries are full of rich antioxidants that help prevent inflammation in the body, which can lead to premature aging and disease. Let’s discuss a few of these super food fruits.
Red raspberries top the list for naturally rich sources of fiber, about 8 grams per cup, which is more than any natural grain and without a large carbohydrate burden. This super antioxidant rich fruit has a powerful ability to suppress inflammation in the body, which can ward off diabetes, improve arthritis and cardiac health.
Most scientifically known for their benefits in cognitive improvement and protecting memory-associated brain regions, beautiful blueberries also have the ability to block enzymes in the intestines that promote carbohydrate absorption. This helps reduce the amount of sugar stored as fat, which can improve weight loss efforts.
Strawberries, one of the most popular berries in the world, are also one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, containing approximately 84 mg in one cup. This low-carb fruit only has 10 grams of carbohydrates in one cup, 5 of which are fiber. Containing rich amounts of folate and potassium make this super food a wealth of health, from reducing the risk for cancer, including breast and colon, to inhibiting tumor growth.
Stay young, mentally alert, and healthy by making berries part of your daily food intake. And it’s is so simple to incorporate them into meals. Toss them into a salad, boil them down to make a natural jam, blend into a Greek yogurt smoothie, or add some whipped cream atop a freshly rinsed berry medley for a delicious, simple dessert.

For more information on this topic, feel free to email Paula Hendricks at paulahendricks@hendricksforhealth.com

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(paragary restaurant group)

(cafe bernardo)

(centro cocina mexicana)