Beach weather is finally here and the best way to cool down is to strip down. But what about your stomach? Just as you reach for that bikini (or speedos) that has been stuffed in the back of your drawer, you may find yourself unnerved by a panicked assessment of your neglected core muscles. Yet the thought of doing hundreds of boring and painful crunches is probably even more dreadful.
Good news! You don’t have to do any crunches or sit-ups to get beautiful sleek abs and a strong healthy core. There are many exercises that engage the core indirectly and are effective and fun. One of my favorites is the plank pose in yoga. There are many variations of the plank. To increase the intensity and target the abdominal muscles, try this modified plank exercise with a leg lift on a stability ball: Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Let me start this post by saying, I love Kookie Karma Kookies, and yes, I am addict. Oh don’t feel sorry for me. I don’t need a 12 step program to clean up my addiction. No I need more room in my fridge. Here is why, the more my addiction grows, the healthier I become. Okay, maybe there is a limit to what my Organic Del Forte Jeans can contain, but I haven’t found it yet. Hey, the seams are meant to look in distress. No comments please!
But here is the deal, these Kookie’s are Low-Carb! Yes “Low-carb” and “cookies” don’t usually go too well together. It’s either pure white flour indulgence or some half-baked tasteless cardboard rock claiming to be “healthy,” while only half-true and not the least bit enjoyable anyways. Juli Novotny has created something entirely different and she has called her treats “kookies” as the healthy alternative to cookies.
While they don’t taste exactly like cookies, they are not supposed to. Kookie Karma cookies taste like indulgent dessert versions of the finest whole food bars. They sell these at my Whole Foods, of course, right smack in front of every cash register as you check out to tempt you to splurge. I’ve tried the Raw Cherry Cashew, the Raw Granola Bar, the Raw Lemon Fig and the Holistic Chocolate Chip. I can’t wait to try all the flavors. The Holistic Chocolate Chip is not a raw one. There is quite a bit of natural sea salt in it, which makes it surprisingly good.
Way back in 2007 Donna Karan appeared on The Martha Stewart Show to talk about how her husband (who had recently passed away from cancer) had inspired her to change her life and to help others. She decided to try and help people make better / healthier choices, which would hopefully lead to them living fuller lives. Part of this mission, includes focusing on eating for your health. To bring this point home, she treated Martha to one of her favorite morning juice recipes. An Apple based green drink packed with flavor and nutrition. I have included the recipe after the jump.
As we wrote about before, Donna changed her life and diet around and lost a considerable amount of weight in the process. She consumes a diet of healthy organic living foods. She was on the show with Dr. David Hill who also made a healthy and fresh fruit smoothie that Martha said tasted like the best ice cream ever. You can catch the episode online at Martha’s site. Here is Donna Karan’s recipe for her green juice:
Hope you enjoy this flash back and get inspired to start your own juicing habit.
Organic Chocolate Mousse Cake with Raspberry Sauce (raw)
This is one of those staples, every espiring raw foody should learn to make. It just has that perfect balance of a rich deep chocolate taste and the creamy smoothness of the mousse. In this recipe, I make a raspberry sauce, but it’s not required. You could change up the recipe with differnent types of sauces.
Modmix, the organic cocktail mixer, is shaking things up in Hollywood. Featured in the LA Fashion Week parties and the MTV movie awards VIP party hosted by Jeremy Piven of HBO’s Entourage, celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Heather Graham, Stella McCartney, and Leo DiCaprio are hooked on the fresh clean taste of the mixes.
Gretchen Nix, the mixologist behind Modmix, concocted a collection of certified organic modern cocktail mixes that include Citrus Margarita, Lavender Lemon Drop, French Martini, Mojito, and Pomegranate Cosmopolitan – perfect for the holidays.
Want to see what all the buzz is about? For your next holiday party forget about the artificial dyes and sweeteners and taste the real thing. Pair organic spirits like Square One Vodka or Papagayo Organic Rum with the Modmix cocktail mixers made with all natural ingredients like organic raw sugar and organic fruit juices. Drink up.
I can’t wait to get to the farmers market in the morning, even though I will not get much sleep tonight to get up early. Summer is fast approaching and just around the corner! Summer is my absolute favorite season for produce. Almost all of my favorite foods are in season in the summer and it has the most overall availability of fruits. I look forward to many of the summer offerings for the rest of the year. It’s like Christmas for me. Just thinking about the succulent, juicy heirloom tomatoes, crisp cool cucumbers, luscious berries, tangy apricots, sweet plums, gorgeous peppers and melons etc. makes my mouth water.
Well, it’s May, and some of these delicious foods are just starting to come in season. I’m getting very anxious for the cucumbers and tomatoes to arrive. Here is a list of what is in season currently for North America:
I wasn’t really planning on making anything decadent and chocolatey last Easter; it just sorta happened! (Guess some things CAN’T be helped!) I was lingering in bed that morning, dreaming of a sweet treat combining caramel and chocolate. After toying with the idea for some time, it finally hit me that I had created a dessert along the same lines a couple of Easters ago. (So much for being original! lol)
The following is a richer version of my Divine Caramel Chocolate Tarts combined with a superfoods-based caramel inspired by GlimR’s Ca~Raw~Mella Bars. Superbly festive and yummy!
These tarts are so beautiful I didn’t want to eat them. Fresh whole fruit is just so lovely and amazing like vibrant flowers. Finally I broke down and ate it. It was very good but I have to say it looks richer then it tasted. It is very light and subtle tasting, refreshing. You can use any fruit you have or any fruit that is in season where you live. Berries are gorgeous and of course go so well with the creme filling. I had an idea to make the crust a chocolate one to contrast the color of the white creme and the vibrant colors of the fruit. I had no idea that it would come out so moist and soft. I kind of liked it that way, reminded me of a chewy brownie. But be warned that it starts to loose it’s shape after a while at room temp. You might want to keep it chilled until right before serving. You can also simply omit the coconut butter in the crust for a drier crust as well. Even though this makes cute little small tarts, you can also just make it into 1 large 9-11″ tart. Again, these ingredients are very good for you, so enjoy with prideful pleasure.
You might be wondering what kind of coconuts to get. Young coconuts work the best and are the healthiest for you. These typically will be shaved down and look like a white round tent with a pointed dome roof. As far as the shape. That’s how you will typically recognize them. If you are lucky enough to find local ones or wild ones depending on where you live, those will be the best option you can choose. As far as choosing coconuts, search the coconut for any purple color, esp. on the bottoms of the coconut. If there is purple color on it, don’t get it. This is a sign that the coconut is starting to mold and go bad. Choose ones that are completely white on the outside. And as far as the meat and water, here is a general rule of thumb. The lighter the coconut, generally the firmer and more mature the meat is and the more meat there is in the coconut and less water. And the heavier the coconut is, generally the younger and more water it has with softer more jelly like meat and less quantity of meat. How do I know this? Well the theory goes that the water is heavier then the meat, and so far my theory has seemed to be true from my experience with them. Which one you want will depend on your use for it. For blended recipes like this one, either kind of meat will do, although softer is a little better. But for recipes that use coco- nut noodles or other sliced or shaved coconut, you will want to find coconuts with a firmer and thicker meat, so look for the lighter ones for those recipes.
With all this talk about what foods are best to transport and portable to eat on the go, there is still the question left of what to transport those foods in. Throw away containers like plastic disposable tupperware and plastic bags, disposable utensils etc. are not the most sustainable options, even if they are recycled or made of corn. Ideal is to find the best quality and G designed reusable containers and bags. So nothing gets thrown away, except for the organic food scraps unless you’re a lucky bastard and have a compost pile to toss them in.
So anyways, on the search for the best to-go ware products, I found a ton of stuff. I had no idea there were so many cool options out there. There is a solution for everything apparently, you just have to search for it. A lot of sites had all kinds of great bags and boxes and bottles etc. but this one I found was dedicated to nothing but this stuff and had the most variety and options available. In this 3 part series I’ll highlight some of the ones that caught my eye the most. Of course you can just go directly to their site as well and browse around to see what you like. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
This is a Pure Martini Red Rose Petal Fusion that I demonstrated on Fox 29 “Good Morning Show” in Philly for Valentine’s Day. The reduction process occurs overnight. Which is “Herve This” method. Also, I use ZYR Vodka because after trial and error with other Vodka’s I found the Rose Petal fusion actually promotes the flavor of the vodka . Which is exactly what these fusions are designed for to promote the spirit not to cover-up or overwhelm the the flavor of the spirit. ZYR Vodka also goes through a 9 step distillation process which makes ZYR the most pure vodka I have found on the market.
- Stephan Gary
Red Rose Petal Martini (by Stephen Gary, Artisan Molecular Mixologist)
For the Red Rose Fusion Design
3 cups Distilled Water
3 Red Roses with petal removed. Trim any top edges of rose which tends to add bitterness
15 ea. Red Cherries with pits removed. Cut in Half