Archive for April 2011

Soak Your Nuts: Cleansing with Karyn Calabrese

Perhaps that title got your attention. I’ve been a Karyn’s customer since her very first restaurant debuted in the 90s in Roscoe Village. That’s how far Karyn and I go back. SuVan’s now occupies her former location. Now Karyn has an awesome raw and cooked vegan empire with three restaurants: Karyn’s Fresh Corner in Lincoln... Read more »

My New Latte

I find it’s best to conquer a craving with a plan and a healthier substitute. A few weeks ago I confessed my love for Starbuck’s Cocoa Cappucino. Here’s my version of the latte (which is also dairy free). Dandy Blend comes in a variety of sizes. I suggest you try out the packets first to... Read more »

Wellness with Oneness

“We have been privileged to experience the Oneness Blessings and teachings of ‘Oneness’, which have enhanced our understanding of what it is to be united with all. We have always been on a spiritual path and the Oneness Blessings and teachings have heightened that experience. We are truly grateful.” Hugh Jackman & Deborah-Lee Jackman, Actors... Read more »
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Gluten-Free Whiskeys from Koval Distillery

Koval Distillery produces handcrafted white whiskey, aged whiskey, eau de vie, liqueurs and vodka. All liqueurs are organic and kosher. Each step from mashing to packaging is carefully (and locally) monitored. I’m not a huge whiskey drinker, believe it or not, but one day while shopping at Gene’s Sausage Shop I happened upon a whiskey... Read more »

How to Use Up Veggies About to Go Bad

Sometimes at the end of the week you’ll have a crisper full of unused veggies. In that case I have an easy solution. While it’s still cold outside (unfortunately) you won’t mind turning on the oven. Here’s one of my favorite easy and quick recipes: When good veggies go bad. Photo credit: http://fairlyfarley.wordpress.com. Veggie Bake... Read more »

The Non-Edible Easter Basket

How I love Trader Joe's. Flowers are always a perfect gift. They have the best flowers for every holiday and some of the best prices in town too.
If you or someone you love has food allergies one option for Easter is to do a basket filled with fun non-edibles. This concept also works for those on specialty diets or weight-watchers who don’t want to be side-tracked with cute but deadly chocolate bunnies. I’ll share some of my favorite shopping destinations: Art Effect... Read more »
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Easiest Green Smoothie in the World

I guest blog from time-to-time for Living Harvest Tempt. Living Harvest makes allergy free hemp-based products. I was asked to write something with Earth Day in mind, which is April 22. I’ve been leaning toward a plant-based diet these days for PMS and pain management. Here’s my version of an easy green smoothie: A plant-based... Read more »

Granola Goodness From Jessica's Natural Foods

A few weeks ago I was shopping at Whole Foods in Roscoe Village and was lucky enough to enjoy gluten-free samples from Jessica’s All Natural Granola. It’s a sad day when one becomes gluten-intolerant. It’s hard to say good-bye to your favorite crunch, yummy, breakfast granola. It seems so innocent and healthy but granola can... Read more »

If You Don't Know Tahini You Should

Tahini is basically ground sesame paste or sesame seed butter. If one has a peanut allergy, tahini may provide a welcome addition to that favorite jelly sandwich. Make it a “T and J” instead of a “PB and J” provided that the Tahini you purchase is truly from a nut free factory. Ziyad is one... Read more »
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Karma Neff's Sensual Mission

Monday I mentioned how I found tspheres on twitter; it was through Twitter that I also became aware of Karma Neff’s mission to help women express themselves through yoga and sensual dance. Karma describes herself as a sensual dance maven, yogini, choreographer, teacher who walks the line between spiritual enlightenment and the social subversive, while... Read more »