A New Year to Improving Your Focus

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Coming close to the New Year, everyone is starting to this of their new years resolution!

Mine personally is to becoming more organised and strengthen my memory! You can do this by getting enough sleep and playing brain games like Sudoku. But did you know that there are some Delicious foods that you can eat to help your brain even more? Here is a list of 8 great foods for your brain to incorporate into your diet in 2018:


 

Beets - Beet Memory loss! Beets are one of my favourite Holiday sides! Who knew they reduce inflammation, and help get rid of toxins in your blood. They are also great to boost your energy for that new workout class you joined!

 

Avocado - Ah, The millennial favourite -Avocados. They are FULL of folates and vitamin K which helps prevent blood clots in the brain (Yikes!) It helps cognitive function, meaning it helps you concentrate and improves your memory.

 

Leafy Greens - Lettuce Celebrate the new year with more greens! Spinach, swiss Chard and Romaine can have some great benefits. Darker greens like Kale can even help patients of dementia  help  prevent mental deterioration, and slow dementia down

 

Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is super easy to incorporate in your daily diet! It can be used to substitute butter to grease your pan when making scrambled eggs, or used  to cook almost anything in a frying pan! It is another anti inflammatory food that will helps with memory loss, but it will also kill bad bacteria in your stomach!

 

Dark Chocolate - Treat yourself to amazing blood flow to the brain! Its rare to find anyone who doesn't like chocolate, and if you are eating the right type, it can have great benefits to the brain. Not just any kind of chocolate has benefits though, make sure it is 70% cocoa or more, to get the most benefits. (Also eat in moderation, just like everything else!)

 

Blueberries - Have a Berry great day with this incredible fruit! Because of their high levels of gallic acid, blueberries reduce degeneration and stress in your brain!

 

Salmon - Salmon has omega-3 fatty acids thats helps your brain run smooth as butter! It also can prevent ADHD in children, and helps them keep focused! Whether it is in your favourite sushi roll or a full on filet, Salmon is another must eat item!

 

Walnuts -  These nuts are incredible as salad toppers and have a high saturation of minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that can improve mental alertness. The vitamin E  in walnuts can also help ward off Alzheimer’s!




 

Our Top 5 Favourite Global Holiday Food Traditions

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5 Global Holiday Food Traditions that will make you want to celebrate all month long!

There are almost 30 different global holidays in December! So there are some incredible traditional meals or food traditions from all over the world, and they will make you want to celebrate ALL month long!


 

Milk and Cookies

We all know the tradition of Santa’s Milk and Cookies - but where did it come from?

During the depression back in the 1930’s, parents were looking for a way to teach children the value of charity and gratitude for the gifts they were about to receive. Which is why it’s one tradition we can really get behind.


 

Candy in your Shoes?

 

This is a tradition that is celebrated in Christianity all over the world, but mostly in Europe. Children put their slippers or socks at the end of their bed, and sometimes in the living room on St. Nicholas day (which depends on what region you are in). In the morning they wake up to little treats like candies and cookies in their footwear! Sometimes they get little gifts as well.

 

Latkes (Fried Potato Pancakes)

 

This incredible dish is a Jewish tradition, to eat during Hanukkah. The oil it is cooked in symbolises the oil that burned for 8 days during the rededication of the Holy Temple. These are so simple to make and require only 6 main ingredients:

  • Russet potatoes

  • Yellow Onions

  • Eggs

  • Flour

  • Cooking oil

  • Kosher salt

 

There are many different versions and variations of this recipes that include different ingredients like zucchini or celery. And they are usually served with sour cream and applesauce on the side!

 

Kentucky Fried Chicken

 

In Japan, home cooked meals are not the norm for the Holidays, in fact most families will be ordering from the American food chain months in advance to get the infamous Christmas Chicken Dinner! Most families don't celebrate Christmas but thanks to a KFC marketing campaign in 1974, it became a huge tradition to order anyways, since turkey is a meat you cannot find in Japan. Here at Toben we love fried chicken too! Check out these Fried Chicken and Waffle cones we served up this year:  (Picture from FB instagram event)

 

Lentil Soup

 

In Italy is it believed that eating Lentil soup on New Years will bring you prosperity and good luck! This soup is usually accompanied by a spicy sausage called cotechino, making it a incredibly delicious way to start off the new year!


 

What is your favourite traditional dish or food based tradition during the holidays? Let us know down below!

 

Behind the Man : Toben Kochman | Business Owner Vs. Dad

Want to know more about our very own Toben Kochman? We were able to take some time and ask him a few questions to better understand what it takes to balance a successful business and home life. 

Full Time Chef, Business Owner and Dad

Full Time Chef, Business Owner and Dad

Whats a quick glimpse of a typical ‘day in the life of Toben Kochman?’

"An early wake up with the kids is definitely part of the routine.  Usually, I’m showered and making breakfast for the family around 7 a.m.  I come into work with both office duties and kitchen obligations.   I check in with my kitchen team who are usually busy putting out breakfast/lunch services and make sure there are no issues.  I sit down, try and get my ‘creative processes’ done early when there aren’t too many other things that are clouding my mind.  This would be menu development, kitchen operations or marketing ideas.  Often I sit and try to analyze all the things I can be doing better as both a chef and owner of a bigger company.  It’s challenging but very motivating.  I try and get into the kitchen for atleast 50% of my day and keep my skill set sharp.  I love taking on fish and meat butchery, sauce work and finite knife skills.  I often have to squeeze in meetings with some of my lead chefs, event managers, my truck team, or my Facebook team.  I leave the office around 6:30-7 p.m. just in time to put my daughter to bed and read her a couple stories.  Then I make dinner, usually with my son by my side helping me and asking me lots of questions about what I’m doing.  My wife, son and I eat dinner together around 8 p.m. and then we try and get him to bed – a real struggle!  I wind down the day watching some Netflix and drinking lots of tea with a light snack and try to get to sleep around 10-10:30 p.m.

What is the biggest struggle being a business owner and father

"The biggest struggle is making sure I have enough time to dedicate myself 100% to both roles.  With multiple branches of the business that need my guidance and insight it demands a lot of quick thinking (sometimes on very little sleep!) The kitchen hours are long and very physically demanding.  Then, when I get home, I need to make sure I have enough energy left in the tank to be able to care for the kids.  They are young and full of energy which is amazing, but, sometimes it’s challenging to bring myself to their ‘level’.  Eg.  If I’ve been working til 1 or 2 a.m. on a Saturday night, I still need to be up with them at 6 a.m. making them breakfast and keeping them busy!"

What business wisdom do you hope to pass on to your children

"Take risks!  Follow your heart and passions and find people who share similar goals.  Trust your employees and learn when to step back and let them shine!  Constantly learn from your mistakes and wake up each day trying to better yourself and your employees.  Stay positive through all the ups and downs and believe in your business! "

What’s your favourite thing to do with your children when you are not working?

"The best is taking them somewhere they’re experiencing for the first time.  They are 3 and 1 ½ so this happens often.  We go to different zoos, farms for apple picking, amusement parks and I love how their beautiful faces light up when they see all the new amazing things.  They both love ice cream so usually that has to be factored in to most of the days we spend.  We always have a blast!"

 

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice : Turmeric

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice : Turmeric

Specializing in Global cuisine, we here at TOBEN love using all different kinds of spices and flavours for our dishes. Widely used in Indian & Asian culture for both flavour and colouring, Tumeric is one of those spices we can't get enough of. 

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SPICE:

TURMERIC


Definition of turmeric

1:  an Indian perennial herb (Curcuma longasynonymC. domestica) of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome

2:  the boiled, dried, and usually ground rhizome of the turmeric plant used as a coloring agent, a flavoring, or a stimulant

3:  a yellow to reddish-brown dyestuff obtained from turmeric

 

Not only is Turmeric used in dishes to add colour and/or flavour, but there are many different health benefits that go with it. 

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC

  • Antioxidant: Ability to quench free radicals that can cause mutation in our DNA.
  • Cancer Preventative: The cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoke, barbequing, and smoke of any kind are suppressed by curcumin.
  • Liver Protective: Shown to have a protective effect on the liver and is incredibly effective at increasing bile release, which helps with fat digestion.
  • Wound Healing: Natural antiseptic & antibacterial properties to keep infection away from cuts and burns.
  • Super Brain Function: Greatly reduces the rate of mental decline.
  • Natural Pain Killer: Helps reduce the sensation of chronic pain
  • Promote Weightloss: Helps manage weight loss and aid motabolism 
  • Reduce Depression:  A staple in Chinese medicine for helping lift the mood in cases of depression
  • Skin Healing: Can help internally and topically with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin condition

For those interested in reaping the benefits of Turmeric, we have listed some quick suggestions to add turmeric to your everyday life

ADDING TURMERIC TO YOUR LIFESTYLE

  • Scrambled Eggs or Frittatas
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Rice
  • Greens
  • Soups
  • Smoothies
  • Teas

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