2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

If you’re trying to eat organic then you may be surprised to know you don’t always have to. Every year the Environmental Working Group tests a wide variety of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce for levels of pesticides and publish their findings in two easy-to-understand lists: the Dirty Dozen (highest levels of pesticides) and Clean Fifteen (lowest levels.) Getting familiar with the Clean Fifteen can help us all to save a few dollars... Read More

Farmers’ Market Haul – March 2nd, 2014 – Los Feliz Market

The Los Feliz Sunday Market is one of my favorites.  It’s quiet and small, but still has most everything I need.  I used to live within walking distance but it’s still just a short drive away so I end up there most Sundays.  The only thing they don’t really have is a meat vendor, but in a pinch I can pick up a chicken from La Bahn Ranch where I always get my pasture-raised eggs. Green Veggies These are my go-to side dishes for... Read More

Farmers’ Market Haul – February 16th, 2014 – Atwater Village Market

Going to the farmer’s market is like a ritual for me.  I have gone to a market nearly every week for probably 5 or 6 years now.  I used to work at a few different markets, helping shy farmers sell their gorgeous organic vegetables. That’s actually were I met my boss and mentor for whom I currently work.  I’ve just continually been pulled back, week after week, season after season.  I feel a sense of community at the market,... Read More

Paleo Cacao Shake

I thought to call this a chocolate protein shake, but I really hate when recipes add protein in the title because it usually means it has a large amount of artificial protein powder. Here all the protein is from natural sources like spinach, egg, avocado, and raw cacao, so it digests easily and is plenty to get you going before a vigorous workout. Then I thought to call this a breakfast shake because I love to enjoy it in the morning, but this recipe... Read More

Nutritional Advice Series: Choose Your Food Wisely – Fats/Oils

    Fats and oils have gotten a bad reputation in the past few decades of fat-free fad dieting, but good fats are actually extremely important to a healthy body, especially our skin and digestive system.  Switching out good fats for unhealthy ones can be key to proper weight management. Many of the vitamins our bodies need to absorb are fat-soluble (A, D, E and K) so they need to eaten along with fats to help them absorb into the body.... Read More

Fresh Cucumber and Cilantro Dip – Raw, Vegan, and/or Paleo

It’s officially spring.  Increased sunlight and higher temperatures allow for better digestion, so my body is naturally seeking fresh fruits and vegetables to detox from a winter of eating slow cooked stews and starchy sweets. I’ve been searching for simple and refreshing recipes and this one is a definite winner.  The cucumbers, cilantro, and lemon juice give it a light, fresh, cool flavor, while the avocado keeps it creamy. If you... Read More

nutritious and delicious mango kale smoothie

i use to work at a smoothie bar, where i learned of the many things you can blend and/or juice into a drink.  you can blend whole lemons and limes, an avocado with the pit and pretty much any green leafy vegetable you can get your hands on. if done right a smoothie can be like enjoying an entire meal through a straw. Read More  Read More

avocado, passion fruit and pomegranate salad

avocados, passion fruits and pomegranates have a lot in common.  they all hide delicious fruit away behind tough, inedible skins and you can get them all fresh at the farmers’ market right now. Read More  Read More

purely decadent raw chocolate pudding

i must start with a disclaimer that this recipe is not completely vegan.  it contains organic raw honey, which i do enjoy for it’s health benefits.  it is antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, healing, digestive and is the only natural substance that never spoils.  just make sure it is unprocessed and comes from a good source that is bee-friendly, the farmers’ market is a good place to look. because it is an animal product, most vegan’s... Read More