“Pour some Maple Syrup on me” via Foodstand

Salad dressings, smoothies, pan sauces, coffee, tea, marinades, and glazes are just a few things I have and will continue to use maple syrup in. As a Personal Chef for the busy professional, you must continue to bring something new to your clients’ homes and dinner tables to excite their palate. Maple syrup is that something I bring to mine. Check out what Foodstand has to say about it! – CHEF FLO

Maple Roasted Pumpkins and Sweet Potatoes (minus walnuts and raisins)

“Maple syrup – it’s not just for pancakes! We have seen this sweet stuff popping up in unlikely recipes everywhere- and we’re loving it.  You don’t have to be Canadian to indulge your maple syrup obsession either (although Canada does now produce 80% of the world’s maple syrup!)

Maple syrup is trending on Foodstand because of its versatility and ability to bring a unique kind of sweetness.  As a natural sweetener, we can take advantage of maple syrup as a replacement for sugar, while reaping health benefits too. In moderation, maple syrup can keep you looking young and it shares similar health benefits to wine. It contains 54 antioxidants that keep eyes and skin in good shape, and 5 of these antioxidants can’t be found anywhere else in nature.  An added bonus: the maple syrup tapping process doesn’t hurt the maple trees or affect their lifespan at all, so no need to worry about our tree friends. =) “

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!! (via Portia Joyce Wellness)

Must Try Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pudding

Posted on September 12, 2013

Mmmmmm….Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pudding

Yes, you probably want to start singing the jingle from the commercial: Ch-ch-ch-chia (pet). And yes, you can eat this seed! Who would have thought it was so healthy back in the day? This recipe is so easy to make it’s almost too good to be true.


Check out more info on Chia Seeds and the recipe for this amazing Chia Seed Pudding and more healthy recipes and foodie facts by visiting www.portiajoycewellness.com!

– See more at: http://www.portiajoycewellness.com/blog/2013/09/must-try-ch-ch-ch-chia-pudding#sthash.1aR4jRts.dpuf

Six Healthy Recipes To Countdown The Holidays

Its December 18th and you have only 6 more days until the Fat Man comes swooping down and gracing us with his presents and cheer. You’ll have your family over for fun, gifts, drinks and especially yummy, delicious and plentiful holiday dishes. Not only will we be celebrating the Christmas holiday but we’ll also be six more days until the end of the year. Another year over for all those resolutions. And when those expire, then we can start new ones. Instead of keeping to the mantra of “I’ll make up for it for the new year,” why don’t we start now? There’s no better time than today…sooo….Let’s get healthy now!

Even Santa is concerned!

I want you all to enjoy this Christmas celebration with healthier alternatives to those traditional dishes. I know, I’m the holiday grinch when it comes to the food. But hey, someone’s gotta be the grinch in this sea of fat-filled dishes. I know, I know, too harsh but someone’s gotta say it. So, I want to give you my favorite main courses, side dishes, and desserts that will give you that feeling of Christmas without all the bloating and regret.

Day 6 Until Christmas: Holiday Roast

Day 5 Until Christmas: Holiday Stew

Day 4 Until Christmas: Green Vegetable Side Dish

Day 3 Until Christmas: Root Vegetable Side Dish

Day 2 Until Christmas: Dessert

Day 1 Until Christmas (Christmas Eve): Holiday Cocktail

Now, these will be my favorite choices. Along with those suggestions and recipes, I’ll be adding a few links to my secondary choices and honorable mentions. So stay tuned, subscribe, and keep your eyes peeled for these tasty delights!

If you have any requests or suggestions on a holiday recipe or a conversion into a healthier alternative, please feel free to leave a comment or a post!

Or you can email me at Florvilking@servemenow.org!

Happy Holidays!

-Chef Flo


It’s Thanksgiving once again, my favorite holiday! The start of the season is always welcoming to cheer, friends and family, shopping, giving thanks, and CALORIES

Every year we all know that when the holidays come, never too far behind is the gathering of friends and family. Whenever there are friends and family during these cold wintry days, what better than warm, comforting, and hearty foods to bring us all together. We always talk about either getting ready for those few pounds we knowingly and willingly gain for the holidays or create a plan to avoid them altogether. 

Well this holiday season, you don’t need to shy away from those nostalgic recipes and comforting dishes that we all love. I’ll be providing a countdown to Thanksgiving along with healthy recipes for side dishes, appetizers, turkey tips, and desserts for the next ten days.

I’m going to take those classic and traditional Thanksgiving dishes and provide a healthy alternative for you to serve next Thursday. I promise to WOW your friends and family with how similar your dishes will be to its classic cousin and how tasty HEALTHY really can be. The recipes that I’ll be posting will be ones that I have adapted into my own holiday repertoire. They will be from various celebrity chefs, food magazines, Whole Foods Market (of course ;-p) and from my own recipe collection. 

Let’s enjoy this Thanksgiving by being surrounded by our loved ones and not by worrying how many pounds we are going to gain. The day after Thanksgiving is not BLACK FRIDAY because the color is slimming! Let’s get through this holiday the healthy way. 

If you have any requests for a healthy alternative recipe or for a dish you want me to highlight that you were too afraid to tackle, just ask! Leave a comment for me here on my blog or email me at servemenowcatering@yahoo.com. You can also LIKE me on Facebook under Facebook.com/servemenow. Follow me on twitter at @servemenow! Happy holidays!