Food – Sesame Butter and Sesame Tahini

There is a difference between sesame butter and tahini. Here we give some insights into sesame seeds that you may never have known before. Enjoy!

“In popular health food books, and on countless Internet sites, there is much confusion over the names of the healthful phenolic compounds found in sesame seeds and their oil. … The actual seeds contain about 50-60 percent of a fatty oil that is characterized by two members of the lignin family: sesamin and sesamolin. When the seeds are refined (as in the making of sesame oil), two other phenolic antioxidants—sesamol ane sesaminol—are formed. …

“It’s hardly surprising that sesame seeds help reduce cholesterol, since they are so rich in cholesterol-lowering phytosterols. … A team of researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University tested twenty-seven different nut and seed products. If sesame seeds had a public relations agent, the results of the study would have made her very happy indeed. Sesame seeds (and wheat germ) had the highest phytosterol content of all the products tested: 400 mg per 100 g. The main phytosterol identified in all the nut and seed samples was beta-sitosterol, which is known not only for lowering cholesterol but also for supporting prostate health.

“Sesame seeds are very high in calcium, but there is some controversy over how useful that calcium is to the body since much of it is bound to oxalic acid, making it less bio-available. According to natural-foods expert Rebecca Wood, hulling (the process of removing the outer skin) removes the oxalic acid, but it also removes most of the calcium, plus the fiber and a lot of the potassium and iron. In certain parts of Japan, whole sesame seeds are an essential part of the diet and are prepared as a condiment known as gomasio, made by toasting whole sesame seeds with unrefined sea salt at high temperatures. Toasting the whole sesame seeds at these high temperatures may improve the assimilation of calcium by getting rid of the oxalates.

“Calcium aside, sesame seeds are also a rich source of minerals, fiber, and protein. Two tablespoons of seeds contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese, 35 percent of the Daily Value of copper, 2g of fiber and 3g of protein—more protein than any other nut or seed.

“You can really enhance their nutty flavor by toasting them in a dry skillet over medium heat until they’re golden brown. They come in shades of black, brown, and yellow as well as the more common beige variety. The black seeds have a stronger flavor. Sesame butter is a great alternative to peanut butter and is usually made of whole roasted sesame seeds. Tahini is made from hulled sesame seeds and is therefore a more refined product, though still delicious. …” The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., pages 159, 160.RecipeSesame Butter1 cup toasted sesame seeds⅛ tsp. salt (optional)¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency. Keep tahini in the fridge in a glass container. RecipeSesame Seed Hummus1 15 oz. can chickpeas (garbanzos)3 Tbsp. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)½ cup sesame seeds1 tsp. olive oil, optional2 cloves garlic, peeled & cut in half1 tsp. saltDrain chickpea liquid directly into a blender or food processor. Set chickpeas aside. Add the sesame seeds and garlic to the blender, cover, and puree until smooth (3–4 min.). Add chickpeas, lemon juice, salt, and oil (if using) to blender. Cover and mix until well blended, stopping and scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Pour into a serving dish


mpact Kitchen: How did you get into working with professional athletes?

Sylvie Tetrault: I’ve spent my entire life in athletics. As a kid I did everything but ultimately I was fortunate enough to play rugby at the university level. It was my first introduction to high level athletics and I was humbled and amazed. (Just ask 20-year old Sylvie how it felt to hang from the pull up bar in front of all her teammates…not great.)

Right after university, I got certified as a strength coach. I moved to Toronto and started working at a busy gym with general population clients in order to get experience working with all types of clients. I worked my way up to run the gym as the health centre director but found that I had gotten away from my passion for training clients. Realizing that in addition to missing training clients, I had let my own health slip (too much sugar and coffee to get me through long work hours, and a lack of exercise), I quit that management position without a backup plan.

I did some soul searching and found that what I desired most was to get back to working with athletes. So I did some research and came upon a program from ex-NHL player Gary Roberts. I was inspired by his story, and how he returned to the NHL after a forced retirement due to an injury. He attributes his ability to return to the NHL to his lifestyle changes including nutrition, strength training, and recovery practices.

It was a long shot but I reached out and asked if he was hiring strength coaches (even if he wasn’t, I hoped I could at least learn from him). I went and shadowed he and his strength training team. I guess he liked me enough to hire me as his first female strength coach, which gave me my start with professional athletes.

I love being a strength coach but I soon became obsessed with recovery and nutrition. A desire to understand the recovery strategies of an athlete and a curiosity about my own injuries and health issues motivated me to go back to school and become a certified Holistic Nutritionist, specializing in athletics. It’s been quite the journey but I love what I do.

IK: Outside of the obvious (they need more calories), how is programming a diet for a pro athlete different from programming for a regular individual?

ST: My approach is similar regardless of the client, whether they are professional athletes, executives, or busy moms. We all want to be high level performers in our fields, and we all need a different approach. I want to work with my clients to find the one or two factors holding them back from reaching the next level. It could be low vitamin D for a professional hockey player that is leading to fatigue, or excessive caffeine for the busy mom always on the go.

The big difference in working with athletes is that we have to look at quality energy sources in higher amounts (for example, making sure they get higher quality carbohydrates before and after workouts to maintain energy levels and decrease fatigue). We look at good quality protein (chicken, turkey, fish, beans/legumes) after a hard workout in order to assist muscle growth and regeneration. Athletes also have to focus on recovery at all times of the day, not just after a workout, this means eating foods to assist in recovery like healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts etc.). Foods high in medium chain triglycerides (coconut, for example) assist in decreasing inflammation.

We look at the micronutrients needed to assist high intensity activity, including foods high in antioxidants like goji berries, blueberries, blackberries, artichokes, pecans, and kidney beans. Antioxidants decrease overall oxidative stress and inflammation by assisting in cell regeneration and muscle repair.

Lastly we want to ensure they are getting proper hydration and taking in foods high in electrolytes (coconut, avocados, dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, sea salt). These foods are incredibly important for athletes to assist in replenishing fluid loss and avoid cramping or fatigue during exercise.

With an NHL player discussing post-workout nutrition at Nature’s Emporium

IK: What other dietary needs might a pro athlete have that we might not know about?

ST: Athletes use up nutrients at a way faster rate than the average person which means that food is more than just fuel for athletes; it’s their livelihood. I always take an individual approach with every athlete I work with but on the whole it is vital they consume enough micronutrients and water to replace the lost amount. Lifestyle factors, such as stress and sleep, can significantly impact their performance and absorption, which in turn alters their nutrition plan. I always want to look at more than just what they are eating, the how and the why. If an athlete is over trained or in a very stressed state (sympathetic overdrive) their absorption of nutrients will likely be depleted; the cause of their stressed state can come from more than just food.

IK: What are some of the things you’ve learned working with pro athletes that you found transferable to non-athlete clients?

ST: Athletes are creatures of habit and routine. In working with them, understanding and building a program that recognizes that tendency is crucial to their success. My programs are focused on small incremental changes until these new healthy habits become a lifestyle, rather than an intense stressor. I created an online program called Inner Athlete for this reason. I want everyone to perform at highest level in whatever they choose, in whatever situation. The focus on habit and routine is something that we can all implement to our benefit.

IK: What’s something the average “weekend warrior” athlete tends to get wrong about their diet?

ST: Nutrition information can get super complicated with all of the different online resources available at our fingertips. It is easy to become caught up in what diet is the best for fat loss, muscle gain, etc. I don’t believe in an “all or nothing” approach to achieve long lasting changes. Often people are looking at what they need to cut out of their diets (gluten, dairy, grains, all carbs etc.) rather than focusing on what they need to add into their diet.

My initial suggestions are to work on boosting digestion, increasing vegetable intake, and increasing water consumption. Then, we can start to look at the foods that don’t work for you as an individual. We are all biochemically different so it is important that we recognize what foods make us feel great and what foods might not be the best for our individual bodies and health.

Sylvie and Gary Roberts speaking to a group of young hockey prospects about the what it takes to be a pro hockey player in the competitive sport today

IK: What are some of your top tips for the individual interested in being healthy and getting or staying in shape?

ST: Be consistent and approach food and exercise with fun and excitement rather than as a chore. Eating healthy and exercising can be fun (I know that is coming from a strength trainer/nutritionist but I truly love the way I eat and move). If you are not having fun with it and always thinking about exercise and nutrition as deprivation or judgement, it will be really difficult to make long lasting changes. I always recommend starting with these types of healthy lifestyle habits:

  • Add in 1-2 more servings of vegetables a day in a variety of colours
  • Add in 1 green smoothie or juice everyday
  • Drink more water
  • Eat whole real food without a complicated ingredient list with weird stuff you can’t identify and pronounce
  • Move in a way that makes you happy and try new forms of exercise to keep it exciting
  • Get your sleep. This is crucial for recovery, weight loss and hormonal function

Our Favorite New Le Creuset Color Is on Sale at Sur La Table

Sur La Table’s President’s Day sale is live, and while that means discounts on everything from blenders to sheet pans, one thing caught our eye: Le Creuset is up to 45 percent off, including items in one of their newest colors, Sea Salt. We wrote about the new color launch back in January, and Sea Salt just happened to be our favorite of the latest additions.

A mellow neutral still bursting with personality, it can fit into a number of kitchen styles without fading into the background. The three items available in Sea Salt are also great for small kitchens, and are all under $150. See the full Le Creuset sale here, and our favorites below.   (Image credit: Sur La Table)

Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, 2.75 qt., $150 (usually $250)

A smaller Dutch oven great for cooking for one or two, this is a good starter size for first apartments — or even a great piece for the serious home chef to pick up in case they want to cook sides and have two Dutch ovens bubbling at once. The sale includes six color options in addition to the new Sea Salt color.     (Image credit: Sur La Table)

Le Creuset Bistro Grill, 12.5″, $100 (usually $160)

While there are no handles on this grill pan, there are some benefits to that, too: It makes it lighter-weight, easy to store, and perfect for going from stovetop to table. At just over 12 inches, you can cook burgers or steaks for two to four people, or do vegetables and meat all in one place for one to two.   (Image credit: Sur La Table)

Le Creuset Signature Saucepan, 2.25 qt., $120 (usually $220)

If you have a Le Creuset collection already, this might be a good time to add this sweet little saucepan to your collection. Great for reducing sauces and gravies, or even just heating up soup for one, it comes in nine colors if you want to try to match it to other pieces.

How To Clean a Blender in 30 Seconds (Without Taking It Apart)

I used to avoid using my blender to purée soups or to do other messy jobs because I hated taking it apart and scrubbing out the pitcher. But years ago, we wrote about the quickest, easiest way to clean a blender — one that takes mere seconds and doesn’t involve taking your blender pitcher apart. (It also doesn’t require getting your hands anywhere near those sharp blades.) It was a forehead-smacking moment for me; what an obvious and delightful way to clean a blender!

Well, this 30-second cleaning method means much faster, easier cleanup after smoothie-making and soup-puréeing. I tried it out for myself — let me show you!

This blender-cleaning method is super easy — do you already do this? You just need hot water, a bit of soap, and a few seconds. If your blender has buildup or is looking a bit dull, you can also add a drop of vinegar or some lemon, as Emily did in her original post.

One final note: This quick and easy method doesn’t replace occasional deep-cleaning of your blender. I clean it out quickly after basic tasks, but I still do take it apart from time to time and clean the blades and any gunk hanging out under the rubber ring.1. Pour water in the blender: Fill your blender pitcher about halfway with hot water from a kettle or the tap.(Image credit: Faith Durand) 1 of 5 VIEW ALL 5 SLIDES

How To Clean a Blender in 30 Seconds (Without Taking It Apart)

What You Need

  • Hot water
  • Dish soap


  1. Pour water in the blender:Fill your blender pitcher about halfway with hot water from a kettle or the tap.
  2. Add dish soap:Add just a drop of dish soap.
  3. Turn on the blender: Put the blender pitcher back on the base and hold the lid down with a towel. Turn on the blender and let it run for about 10 seconds.
  4. Pour out the hot water and rinse:Rinse out the blender thoroughly with more hot water. Ta-da! You should have a perfectly clean blender with no smoothie, no soup, or puréed baby food left to be scrubbed out.

What You Need to Know When Learning Blender

  Learning any new 3D application is going to be a challenge, no matter how experienced of a 3D artist you are, there are different layouts, workflows and tools to get accustomed to. However, there is a workflow you can take when learning a new 3D application that will get you back up to speed faster, you can learn more about this workflow in 8 Tips for Mastering a New 3D Application in the Shortest Amount of Time. While that article has some invaluable nuggets of information from our Lead Modeling instructor Justin Marshall, it is rather general and can be applied to really any new 3D application you’re learning, whether it’s for a job or simply to mix things up. So to help you in this learning process even further we also were able to get some vital information from Justin on what you need to know when learning Blender specifically, and find out some of the differences he ran into when mastering this 3D application. Seeing as our Blender training is just around the corner, what better way is there to get you guys up to speed than to give you a heads up on some of the differences between Blender and other 3D applications you may be familiar with like Maya or 3ds Max. As well as some of the things that make it unique so you can hit the ground running with our first Blender release.

Free is Always Good

You’re likely already aware that Blender is a completely free 3D application – if you’re not then where have you been! This is one reason why a lot of people use Blender, because 3D applications can be pretty pricey, and if you’re a new user, a hobbyist or simply on a budget then Blender is a great choice. And who doesn’t like free stuff? A common misconception is that if it’s free then it must not be very good! Although, this may be true for some things. For example, if someone were to walk up to you and say, “I have a free car you can have! Just please, get it off my drive way!” Chances are you may be getting a pile of junk. However, this really isn’t the case when it comes to Blender.


Maybe one of the weirdest things you’ll need to know is how selecting works in Blender. In Maya, 3ds Max and just about every other program you select objects, vertices, edges and faces (or polygons) with the Left Mouse Button. However, in Blender it throws you through a loop by having the selection done by pressing the Right Mouse Button. While this is just a small thing, it can take some getting use to, especially since just about every application whether it’s 2D or 3D is done with the LMB. Now, the Left Mouse Button has a purpose in Blender, it actually places this small crosshair wherever you click in the viewport. This crosshair basically determines where any new object you create will be placed as well as the pivot point for scaling, rotating and snapping. It’s also important to note that once an object is selected you use the Left Mouse Button to move it along the selected axis. Something else that may be a little strange at first is getting use to the rotation, movement and scale of an object you have selected. For example, in a program like 3ds Max or Maya the transform gizmo pops up on the model and you can either rotate, scale or move from those arrows. However, in Blender you actually don’t have to click anywhere near the gizmo, as long as you have the correct transform option selected, and Right Click anywhere in the viewport you’ll have free movement over the object. This can cause some unintended transformations once you first get into Blender, but after some practice you’ll get use to how the selection and movement works in the viewport.


In your previous application you’re probably familiar with the Extrude command, and for the most part it works the same way in Blender. You can extrude edges, faces or vertices. Although, extruding single vertices works much different in Blender. When you extrude a vertex in Blender it actually creates one new vertex and edge.If you were to extrude an edge in Maya or 3ds Max it would actually need to have at least three new faces created in order to extrude that vertex out.Another important thing to note is that by default you can’t extrude along a curve in Blender. In a program like Maya you may have drawn out a curve, and extruded a circle along that curve to create a cord or wire. Well, the extrude tool in Blender by default doesn’t have this ability. However, you can get the same function by use of an Addons. Since Blender is an open-source program, many people have created their own tools, and through the User Preferences window you can search for Addons from the Blender foundation or other users and install them. You’ll quickly find that these Add-ons are extremely helpful when you find that you don’t have access to the same type of tool you did in a program like Maya or 3ds Max, or that the tool doesn’t have the complete functionality that you’d like. Well, you’ll find that many other people have wished for the same thing, and created it for Blender through an Addon.


Whether you’re the type of artists who loves shortcuts or likes to take the long route, you have either option in Blender. Because just about every single important tool in the program has a keyboard shortcut associated with it. Of course, if you’ve worked in a program like Maya previously you still have the option to create your own custom shortcuts for some of your most used tools, but in Blender you’ll find that the shortcuts are already there. For example, the shortcut for the Bridge tool is F, and the Insert Edge Loop tool can be activated by pressing Ctrl+R, or the Merge Vertex Tool can be initiated by pressing Alt+M. These are really just a few examples of the shortcuts for some of the tools you’ll be using. So it’s a good idea to really dive into the shortcut list for Blender because there are really so many shortcuts that can greatly speed up your workflow.

Menus and Tools

When it comes to the menus and tools, you’ll find a lot of the same ones you’ve used in Maya or 3ds Max. If you’re coming from Maya you’ll find the interface to be pretty similar. The timeline at the bottom, the equivalent to the channel box on the right, and the transform tools on the left. One thing that can be a little strange when first opening Blender is that the menus and toolbars are meant to be shifted around and customized. Whereas with something like Maya the menus are for the most part floating menus. For example, if you open the render settings a detached window will pop up. However, these same menus in Blender, when opened simply add onto your UI. At first this can seem pretty cluttered, but you’ll be able to shift things around to your liking, and having everything in one place allows for quick and easy access. If you’re learning Blender and have experience in Maya you may notice that Maya definitely loves its icons for all its tools. Blender on the other hand, isn’t quite as flashy, going for a much more text based approach for their tools. On the outside it may not seem as pleasing to the eye, but if you’re a beginner learning Blender it can be much easier to spot the tool you need. For example, in Maya you’re probably familiar with the scale icon (The cube with the four arrows pointing outward). Well in Blender’s transform toolbar this is simply Scale, and the rotate tool is…Rotate, pretty simple right? This makes it much easier for new users to find the exact tool they need. 

Skin Modifier

A really amazing feature in Blender that you should become accustomed to is the Skin Modifier. If you’ve ever used ZBrush before you’re probably familiar with ZSpheres, which basically allows you to quickly drop in the basic shape of a character or object by placing spheres and create an editable mesh out of it. There are a lot of 3D artists out there that love this method because it’s extremely fast and you’re able to get a base mesh done quickly. Well Blender has a very similar feature called the Skin Modifier and is edge based. You can basically draw out the shape of your character using edges and use the Skin Modifier to create a very quick base mesh. Not only that but the resulting mesh’s topology is clean and allows for more detailed sculpting. Whether you’re learning Blender because you want to expand your knowledge, or switching from a 3D application like Maya or 3ds Max you’ll definitely be pleasantly surprised by what this free 3D application has to offer. Be sure to take these notes into consideration when first firing up Blender, and don’t forget to check out 8 Tips for Mastering a New 3D Application in the Shortest Amount of Time to speed up the entire learning process.


Universal 360 Degrees Rotates Spill Proof & No Mess Gyro Bowl – NEW


Universal 360 Degrees Rotates Spill Proof & No Mess Gyro Bowl – NEW

Product Details

  • Great for kids to have fun while they eat but without the mess!.  
  • No Matter what position,the inside bowl always remains upright avoiding food to spill over.  
  • Use it for non-food items. The Gyro Bowl is an accomplished combination of science and design that is fun and easy to use.  
  • It will always stay upright regardless of the position it is in because of its unique centre of gravity.  
  • Instead of one solid piece, the Gyro Bowl is actually composed of four different plastic pieces that work together to insure that the bowl acts similarly to a gyroscope, where the bowl in the middle faces up even if the main body is not.  
  • The bowl is positioned in the middle of larger bowl which is also attached to a base and handle.  
  • As the base bowl spins, gravity keeps the suspended bowl in place allowing its contents to remain upright. In essence, it prevents spills from occurring.  
  • The bowl is made to be extremely durable. Every part of the bowl is made from a hard plastic that is resistant to breaking, meaning it can take everyday use and abuse without affecting its usefulness.  
  • Kid proof 360 technology. The food bowl that never spills!. .

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Magic Bullet The Deluxe 22 Piece Blender Set


The Magic Bullet Deluxe blender is small and compact, taking up only as much counter space as a coffee mug. It is simple to use; you just press down on the top of the cups to blend, and it blends most ingredients in 10 seconds or less. In our Magic Bullet review we found that the Magic Bullet’s blending secret is its bullet shaped design and specially designed blades that automatically spin the ingredients into the cutting zone with a powerful force.

High-Torque Base – The Magic Bullet Deluxe has a 250 watt power base that can be used with all attachments.

Cross Blade and Flat Blade – The Bullet Deluxe comes with 2 types of blades. The flat blade is used more for hard foods like nuts and coffee beans while the cross blade is used more for chopping and grating things like vegetables and cheeses. Both types of blade are dishwasher safe.

Long and Short Bullet Cups – you get one short and one long cup with the Bullet Deluxe. Both are microwave and dishwasher safe. The tall cup is great for drinks and smoothies while the short cup is better for dips and salsa.

5 Party Mugs with Lip Rings – These party cups are great for guests or family members who all want different drinks or smoothies. You can serve them up without having to clean a large blender jar. The comfort lip rings all come in different colors to help everyone keep track of their cups.

Re-sealable Stay Fresh Lids – these let you safely store your leftovers in the fridge. They fit securely on both the long and short cups.

Shaker/Steamer Tops – One top has large holes for coarse ingredients like Parmesan cheese and the other has smaller holes for shaking finer ingredients like cinnamon or nutmeg. These tops let you serve toppings right from the cup or steam foods right in the microwave.

10 Second Magic Bullet Recipe Book – This 100 page recipe book has tips and tricks on using the Magic Bullet as well as every recipe shown on the Magic Bullet Infomercial. Some of the recipes include frozen drinks, gourmet dinners, breakfast, and delicious desserts. All can be blended in 10 seconds or less.