Shop Seasonal: Month of May
April was a busy month! I’m excited to get back into routine, which includes my Sunday farmers market trips. And the month of May could not be more enticing…there are tons of new fruit and veggie crops that will brighten market aisles, as well as my dinner plates. Here’s this months list of what’s in season! Apricots (1st month!) Artichokes Arugula Asparagus ...
How to Shop: Eggs
So many labels. How do we make the best purchasing choices at the grocery store when there are 10 different options to choose from? Love this easy guide for buying the best eggs by Takepart.com; lists what to avoid, what to look for, and where to shop! Cage-Free: This label simply means the absence of a cage. It doesn’t mean the absence of fences or enclosures in general. It also doesn’t...
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A Minty Fresh Spin on Salmon.
I absolutely loved this meal. Such a refreshing and light take on a traditional baked salmon dishes, and uses such fresh and beneficial whole ingredients. Best of all - yeah, it might look like a gourmet dish, but takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. Cucumber Mint Wild Salmon Prep wild salmon by rinsing, dressing with a dash of olive oil, pink sea salt and lemon. Wrap in parchment...
Wash Your Cloth Bags!
You’re are saving the world one grocery shopping trip at a time sporting your reusable bags…but you also could be spreading bacteria and food-borne illnesses! Read the article and, yes! Toss your bags in the wash this week! http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/03/08/do-plastic-bag-bans-make-people-sick—and-steal?cmpid=foodinc-fb
The Best Sources Out There.
Forbes.com just posted an article with “Five More Food Websites You Can’t Live Without”. I think these are some of the best out there. There are so many resources on healthy eating and how to make the best choices each day…Why wouldn’t we take advantage of them? 1. NOAA’s FishWatch Are you confused about whether or not it is okay to be eating seabass? How is...
Another salad recipe, but this one is specifically packed with virus and cold killing ingredients, and is sure to give your immune system a kick in the butt! The base of this salad is dark leafy greens, the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. TONS of antioxidants and beneficial proteins, giving energy to your immune defense and cell walls. I used organic dino kale and organic...
In My Bathroom Cabinet...
Meet Astara: An all-natural skin care brand I am becoming utterly obsessed with. The below blurb on their website fully explains my infatuation with Astara’s line. “Astara was founded on the belief that the human body is a beautiful, self-healing organism if given the proper nourishment and environment. Eating an enzyme-rich diet of raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains,...
Budwig and her Discovery. Psst, Please Pass It On.
This is one of the most important posts I have written to date, and is a food practice I’ve been introduced to that has the potential to change many lives. Heard of ‘The Budwig Diet’? Johanna Budwig was a European Cancer Research Scientist and Biochemist who passed in 2003, but has left a true mark on natural healing and cancer prevention/curation through food. Lets...
Shop Seasonal: MONTH OF FEBRUARY
What I’m buying and cooking with during the month of February? Green smoothies sweetened with apple, brussel sprouts roasted in coconut oil and chili flakes, and my last fix of winter squash in soups and atop organic arugula salads. Ohh but there’s so much more to enjoy… Here’s the list of Bay Area seasonal specialties you should stock your fridge with over the next...
Ten Mid-Day Snacks with a Boost.
I know it too well. It’s that 3:00 in the afternoon mark. You’ve burned through your lunch and the only foods you have access to are the “all natural” (yeah right) potato chips or crazy high sugar content granola bars down at your snack bar. Yes, committing to eating healthy throughout your busy work days takes lots of determination, and I find that snacks are the...
This Infographic does an INCREDIBLE job breaking down Candida, its causes, symptoms and treatment. It’s really helped me explain to friends and family why I make the diet choices I do while battling this monster. Fore a lot more information on Candida, I also like this site here: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/
It's Becoming Easier...
I am so inspired by the explosion of start-up companies entering the healthy eating space. Because of the innovation in healthy food-direct-to-consumer business models, it is becoming easier and easier for people to get their hands on whole, organic, nutrient rich meals. For example, Luke’s Locals is reinventing the ready-to-eat meal. All meals are prepped by local SF chefs, and all...
No Green Left Behind.
Greens are a huge part of a truly healthy diet. Im talking the rich, dark leafy greens…kale, chard, arugula, collards. Each of these have an exorbitant amount of nutrients and benefits to offer the body. High in Vitamin K / helps protect against cancers. One cup of raw chard has almost 400% of the recommended intake. High in Vitamin A / amazing for your skin and vision. High in Vitamin...
Warming Soup for the New Year.
This soup is the most comforting and warming soup I have ever made. So creamy and rich and gluten free and sugar free and dairy free. And there are all of 5 INGREDIENTS. Zucchini Avocado Basil Soup Chopped organic red onion 1 organic zucchini (per serving) 2 chopped garlic cloves Handful of organic basil leaves 1/2 cubed organic avocado Sautee red onion, garlic and zucchini in coconut...
Shop Seasonal (and its implications): MONTH OF...
Jan is a tough month to shop seasonal because of the cold winter weather across the fields. BUT, there are surprisingly many delicious options out there at the farmer’s market this month that will make for fresh and beautiful meals. Before you head out with your cloth bag on a mission, familiarize yourself with year round crops (below listed YR for Bay Area). These will be what you most...
This Ted Talk is really awesome. The innovation in cancer prevention through blood vessel health leads back to… guess what, FOOD and DIET. The cure for cancer, obesity and disease all begins with the food choices we make on a day to day basis. Please take the time to watch this video.
Beats Anyone Else's Dessert.
Ohh the holidays. When being struggles and frustrations of being gluten/dairy/sugar free is magnified by a bajillion. How totally awesome is it when the party host brings out that platter of mouth-watering bread-something-or-other appetizers? Or those irresistible right-out-of-the-oven brownies post-dinner? It can’t get much worse. Lucky for you, here’s a dessert that is a...
The Rise of Pesticides.
A well written article on the increasing dangers of pesticides in conventional agriculture. More and more, science is proving that the pesticides used on our food and found in our water are directly linked to brain tumors, leukemia, autism, and due to the endocrine disruption pesticides cause, is also linked to obesity in children. ...
Support Retailers Who Care.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics rates your big box retailers on their dedication to offering safe personal care products in their aisles. A reminder to support retailers who are standing for clean cosmetics and who respect their consumers. Where we put our dollars will ultimately be the catalyst of urgent change at the Macys and Walmarts of the world. You can download the entire...
Local Spot: Evolution Fresh.
Opened just this past month, please welcome Evolution to the Fillmore neighborhood. A juice, smoothie and food bar, this spot could easily become an immediate staple in my weekly routine. Owned by none other than…wait for it…STARBUCKS (yes, you heard me), this brand has been housed with their cold drinks as a healthy green juice option. Now, they have opened four doors in...
In My Makeup Bag...
Product rec! Product rec! This is going to be a staple in my makeup bag for quite some time. The brand is Josie Maran and she fills the white space in the all-natural but high quality makeup marketplace. Lets be honest….a non-allergenic, non-toxic foundation that actually offers coverage and staying power is RARE. But Josie Maran did it. Check it: Josie Maran cosmetics are PARABEN FREE,...
Flavor and Protein Packed Salad.
Love this new way of getting protein into my meals when on the go. I picked up some wild cold smoked salmon at Whole Foods and it made for a DELICIOUS salad. I tossed the salmon tossed it into some organic greens with chopped cucumber, zucchini, green and red onion, celery, and cold cooked organic quinoa. Added some apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Thas it! Since you dont have...
Almond Kale Pesto.
Kale Pesto?! You gotta try this one. Extremely delicious, innovative, totally gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar free. A crowd pleaser fo-sho. Offer with sliced veggies for a fun spin on a basic appetizer. Serve on a gluten-free pasta or pizza. Even top your chicken or fish with it. I paired this batch with my almond crackers (here:...
Best. Snack. Ever.
Food allergies are pretty much the very last thing you want to worry about during the holidays. So, while I was visiting home for Thanksgiving, I explored ways to indulge myself in yummy foods along with my family. I came across these easy and addicting almond crackers. You can flavor them any way you like, and they take literally 20 minutes to make. Ready, set, go. Minutes 1 and 2: Blend 2...
Want to Know Whats In Your Food?
So, you attempt to make smart decisions for your body through the foods you eat every day. But, isn’t it crazy to think that food manufacturers have been hiding information from us? Seems kinda unfair..yes? You may have heard the buzz word ‘GMO’s’ flying around this election season more than usual. On Nov 6th, our lovely state of California will vote to require all GMO...
A Picnic with Good Eggs - Innovation in Food
It is companies like these that totally inspire me, as well as give me tons of hope that healthy, sustainable food will become more easily accessible to the greater population in the near future. Good Eggs has created an online and physical gathering space for local food merchants, bakers and farmers to sell healthy, sustainable food direct to their consumers. Their goal is...
Headed to a sunny poolside for the weekend and packing my favorite sunscreen. I love this product and this brand. DeVita makes 100% vegan, paraben free cosmetics that are certified organic, gluten sensitive safe, and contain no GMO’s. Just really clean, all natural, super safe ingredients. The little tube is a double whammy moisturizer and sunscreen. You can easily layer...
Cafe Del Soul.
Another place to eat that will quickly become a favorite and will have you frequently making excuses to cross the Golden Gate Bridge…. Cafe Del Soul is an order at the counter, easy spot to grab an incredibly delicious, gluten-free and organic meal. They pride themselves on offering high quality and organic food in innovative ways and in fun combinations. Straight from their...
Healthy Fries, Yes Please.
I love serving these zucchini fries for dinner guests as a fun appetizer. The recipe is gluten-free and vegan, and they are easy to pop into the oven while you prep the main course. If done well, these taste almost better than crispy french fries, and they are actually good for you!! All you need is…… 3-4 organic zucchinis Your “flour”. I mixed buckwheat...
A year has passed living in my very own place, and could not be more grateful. Living on my own, I have been the sole decision-maker of what foods and products to bring into my home, which is extremely empowering and rewarding. A particularly great purchasing decision I made while decorating my apartment (I’m an interior design maniac by the way…) was my rug. I chose to clothe my...
Watch this preview for another great documentary featuring Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn from “Forks over Knives”. The movie shouts the importance of the food we put into our bodies and how our choices can actually change the world. You can rent or buy the movie here: http://planeat.tv/watch-the-film
A great little cheat sheet for best choices when shopping for meat and poultry. Dont be fooled by verbiage on the packaging. Rather, shop for your meats well educated. Read more in the article here: http://notinmyfood.org/document/whats-in-a-name-reading-meat-labels-about-antibiotic-use And the most widely unknown and most useful piece of information quoted here: ...
Peace Out Heavy Metals.
One of the more challenging phases I’ve worked through to get to 100% heath is detoxing from the heavy metals that had built up as my immune system broke down. Its impossible to fully protect your body from absorbing the heavy metal toxins in our day-to-day environments, but important to be aware of their sources so you can make the best choices in the foods, products and environment you...
Response to Stanford Study on Organic Diet.
You may have heard the recent reports coming out of Stanford University this week, claiming that there are in fact no health benefits to eating an organic diet. This article does a good job in combing through the pitfalls of the study, the potentially misleading assumptions made, and why it is still highly beneficial to eat organic. ...