We are nearly half-way through August and I really want to make the most of Summer!! So I've been staying close to the farmer's markets and cooking with the season! My favorite way to do this is to simply shop the market and see what inspires me. I like to choose two or three vegetables and one or two fruits per week that I want to really enjoy and appreciate. From there, I play with the ingredients and come up with simple recipes that showcase those items. This way, I stay in enjoyment mode instead of going into overwhelm --this is key!
When I think of community eating, I usually think of a summertime bbq where the weather is warm and people are enjoying the food, the day, and each other. Nothing says “community food” to me like summer melons and summer corn. Why? Because to me, melons just beg to be shared, they're too big to be eaten solo (although I've done it), and corn is one of those foods that's just more fun eaten in community, especially when it's corn on the cob and everyone is enjoying it one moment, and then trying to get it out of their teeth the next. That's just fun community eating, if you ask me.
How is Summer everyone? So far, the summer season here in Berkeley CA is absolutely delightful. The seasonal fruits in the farmer's markets seemed to arrive all at once. All through Spring it was weeks of strawberries and then one Tuesday in late May the market was bursting with the first wave of summer fruit: cherries, blueberries and an amazing variety of stone fruits -peaches, nectarines, apricots, apriums... I was caught by surprise, emotionally swooning over the crates of cherries and blueberries, and then quickly rushing over to the stone fruits to collect bounty from the "bruised and imperfect" selection. The figs are ripe now too! Hello! Time to enjoy this Summer abundance.
This is my answer to granola and it's grain-free granola. It's also sugar-free with added superfood ingredients. In recent years I've had to admit/accept that regular toasted oat granola doesn't really work for me and my digestive system. Yes, those days of shopping for/sampling granola from the bulk bins in my college years are over... But the good news is that using lighter ingredients that are easier to digest can still yield a delicious and satisfying granola.
Ah, Beautiful February, that short little month that lets us know for sure last year is definitely over and the new year is rolling swiftly into being... And of course it's Valentine's Day where mainstream mass mind images of romantic love get plastered all over consumer culture. We can become blinded by that cultural image or use the endless HEARTS and XOXO signs as divine reminders pointing us towards whatever heart intentions we are holding now. Chinese New year is also celebrated mid-February (two days after V-Day), with the lunar calendar. So, by many, February is considered to be the true entrance to the new year, marked with its own unique energy cycle. No matter how you view it, February holds rich opportunity for us to recalibrate the heart by making peace with the past and practicing steadiness in embodying the intentions we have for our growth to come.
January, ahh, that post-holidays month. Definitely one of my favorite months to eat clean. In this first post of 2018, I share thoughts on January eating and a few of my favorite simple recipes to keep you cozy in the January chill.
Hello Winter! Of course in the Northern California Bay Area, I'm not sure we can call our winter as such because we still get doused with ample sunshine almost daily! Our December blog is inspired by Aarika Chileson, master mistress of beets, who run a website (www.justbeetit.com) devoted solely to beets! Yes, there's that much about beets worth knowing, and more so, worth eating (on a regular basis, I might add). Why? Because the beet is one of our most powerful superfoods, super charged to support your energy as a potent blood cleanser and blood builder.
Well, Hello There! Likely you won't get to this post until after Thanksgiving... I really wanted to get these recipes out to you all earlier this month however, I'm just now sitting down to write them up and hopefully, pumpkin isn't boring to you yet. If you're anything like me, pumpkin and squash are almost never boring.
As a Natural Chef and Health Coach, I'm always thinking about what new recipes, meal prep ideas, and food processes would inspire people to improve their eating habits and experience more vibrant energy. My focus is on simple, delicious, health-supportive and seasonal rather than complex, multi-step, and exotic because I want you to actually do it and experience the powerful benefits of clean eating. Enter The Sexy Salad -it's seasonal (so you're not bored), highly nourishing (so you feel great), and super delicious (so you're satisfied).
Happy August Everyone! My how the summer is flying by! Recently I've been exploring eating grain-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. (Enter this Summer of Chia Pudding post.) The results have been great! I feel stronger and healthier with more steady energy overall. I was skeptical at first (and still am) about giving up grains, but the summer seemed like a good season to try that so I went for it. Surprisingly, it has been easy, way easier than I imagined. Does that mean I'll stick to it? Not necessarily. One of the most important principles of health and eating that I live by is bioindividuality -meaning, each person has a unique biology and set of best practices that support and build health. Additionally, what may be right at one time in our lives may shift and change as we do, and it's our job to pay attention to that. Listening to our bodies and eating in accordance with our body's intuition is key to achieve this kind of conscious flexibility with ourselves, our diets and eating patterns.
Hey, hey there everybody! It's that time of year again -Summer! Who else besides me is in the mood for cold, sweet creamy desserts? In moderation of course, remember we've got to keep our foods in balance and our organs happy so they love us back! :-) This recipe was inspired by the lovely Beet Boss Aarika Chilson, creator of Just Beet It (www.justbeetit.com), who asked me to come up with a Nicecream recipe incorporating beets for her July 4th recipe share. Thus... Pink Peppermint with Beet Brownie Bites Nicecream -so creamy and delicious!
Soooo...It's officially Summer now and you're in that Summer Mood or getting into it depending on your local weather and how your Spring season was... It's suddenly July -oh my- and Summer will go by, so let's make the most of it while it's here, right?! Enter Raw desserts and especially the Raw Key Lime Tart -yay!