By: Kim Macy, Miraval’s Pastry Chef
In Miraval’s newest book, Sweet & Savory Cooking, Executive Chef Justin Macy and his wife, Pastry Chef Kim Macy share their secrets for making delicious, healthy dishes. Here’s a sneak peek of some of Chef Kim’s easy tips to make your desserts with less fat and fewer calories. Pre-order Sweet & Savory Cooking now before it hits bookstores January 7, 2014 for more healthy cooking tips and one-of-a-kind recipes.
Sneak Peek of Sweet & Savory Cooking: Simple Tips to Reduce Calories and Fat in Baking•
• For a virtually fat-free pastry crust, I make a meringue crust. It’s a light and airy alternative and made with egg whites, cream of tartar, sugar and a touch of vanilla extract. Be sure to only use no-bake fillings such as pastry creams, lemon curd or fruit compotes with this crust.
• For a creamy whip topping for any dessert, I make my pastry cream with nonfat milk as a low-fat alternative.
November 2013 Recipe of the Month
Miraval's newest cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cooking, is a blend of two styles of cooking by Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy. Although they’re from two very different areas of the kitchen, this husband and wife team has come together to create a unique cookbook that will take you on an exciting journey of culinary delights. Sweet & Savory Cooking will be released in January 2014, but it is available for pre-order now.
Here is a sneak peek at one of the inspiring recipes from Sweet & Savory Cooking—Roasted Poblano Cornbread. This is one of Miraval guests' favorite breads and is perfect as a snack or as an accompaniment to dinner. Serve with a small amount of sour cream or salsa for dipping. Enjoy!
Roasted Poblano Cornbread
Makes 16 Servings
- 1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 c. cornmeal
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 1/4 c. low-fat buttermilk
- 2 eggs
By: Kim Kelder, Lead Aesthetician and Skincare Specialist
“Alphabet creams” like BB and CC creams have become increasingly popular lately, and it is not hard to see why. BB, CC, and DD creams are wonder creams that work as all-in-one skin care products with many varying benefits. I’ve created a breakdown of what each cream means and what they can do.
What is a BB Cream?
BB stands for beauty balm, and BB creams are essentially a blend of makeup and skincare. They work as amazing tinted moisturizers, packed with tons of benefits and SPF. BB creams smooth the skin, contain anti-aging ingredients, even out skin tone, moisturize, protect against sun damage, and give your skin a dewy, radiant look. A BB cream provides the least amount of coverage, so it's perfect for younger women whose skin needs a little pick-me-up. BB creams can also be used as a primer, moisturizer, and a foundation. At Miraval we recommend Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream
with SPF 25. It is great for all skin types, and it comes in three different shades—light, medium and dark.
By: Andrew Wolf, M.S. E.D.
I just had the great pleasure to do my first Heart Rate Diagnostic (HRD) on a Miraval guest. This is a new service that I am offering here at Miraval and I am really excited about it for many reasons. In the HRD I have the unique ability to take the extra time that the client and I need to get a more comprehensive picture of where their cardiovascular fitness is and where a client’s heart rate should be in order to improve it.
The key to this is something called cardiac drift. If I were to get on a treadmill at four miles per hour at two percent grade something would happen. My heart rate would quickly go up and level off. However about 8-10 minutes later the heart rate would slowly start to drift up even though I was doing the same workout. This is the phenomenon called cardiac drift. By taking extra time to perform the sub maximal cardiovascular test I can take this effect out of the heart rate equation and give people heart rate guidelines that are much more “real world” applicable.