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.
To the dude with the double-shot, extra-dry, vanilla soy cappuccino (V Blak and you other Bad Monkies!), your long-winded order doesn’t even stand a chance — in terms of taste (or lack of pretention, for that matter — to top my delicious, healthy Hempuccino.
Rich, creamy, and boasting a long list of nutritious attributes (including Omega-3), the Hempuccino is made by using steamed Living Harvest Hempmilk as a non-dairy “milk” choice, and combining it with espresso. Coffee shops are quickly catching on to using the hemp milk as an innovative new way to produce impressively frothy and full-flavored drinks and steamers that make an exceptional morning mug.
Especially in the indigenous coffee culture of Portland, OR, marrying steamed hemp milk with ol’ cuppa joe is all the latest buzz. The city — whose vibe infers that a progressive stance on health and environment might just be as important as a really good cup of coffee — is also home to popular hemp food company Living Harvest, who thinks you can indeed have both. To prove it, they’ve been spending plenty of energy as of late promoting their award-winning Hempmilk in the independent coffee shops that line Portland’s streets. Once aware of the new option, many latte lovers and conventional coffee gurus alike have wasted no time in making the switch.
Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved food, particularly the sweet stuff. I come by it honestly, since my mom’s favorite food is chocolate. I grew up on a pretty “Standard American Diet”. You know, cereal with milk for breakfast, peanut butter (fortunately the natural kind) & jelly sandwiches for lunch, and chicken/veggies/potato for dinner. My favorite treat was ice cream and my mom’s freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!
When I was 14, my mom gave me the book Fit For Life to read, after incorporating some of the principles into her life. I’m not sure what prompted her to give me the book, but I devoured it – and became a vegetarian over night! Not only that, I gave up most dairy products too. Imagine a teenager eliminating 70% of the foods they’ve grown up on?! While everyone else at high school was eating burgers, chocolate bars, soda pop, and ice cream, I was eating my perfectly combined meals most of the time (although I was a candy-aholic on weekends). Fresh fruit for breakfast, fruit/veggies/or homemade soup for lunch, and veggies with either rice, squash, or pasta, for dinner. For a while I just ate fruit – I thought, “why eat anything else when you can eat healthy sweet stuff all the time?” (NOT a great idea as I learned later on). Remember that Sesame Street song “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong…” Ummmm yeah, I felt like an outcast.
How many skinny bitches does it take to make a bestseller?
With a steady following (and the help of celebrity photo-endorsers like Victoria Beckham and Jessica Alba), Skinny Bitch has become a runaway sensation. After less than two years in print, a whopping 600,000 copies exist worldwide and translation rights have been procured for seven different languages. Yes, there are wannabe skinny bitches everywhere.
I get a lot of emails from readers asking various diet and health questions. Some are from people who are already in “the know” and are familiar with healthier ways of eating. Others are from people who eat shit full-time and are inspired to overhaul their diets. Surprisingly, though, it’s the former group of people who seem to be the most confused when it comes to milk.
We can all agree that pasteurized milk sucks and has no place in our diet. (If this is news to you, park your ass in a bookstore and read chapter five of Skinny Bitch.) But for some people, the waters get muddy on the issue of raw milk. Yes, pasteurization destroys beneficial vitamins and enzymes, makes milk harder to digest, and even creates free radicals. Raw milk is clearly a better choice. And if you’re a baby cow, you should insist on drinking your milk raw. But if you’re a human and you’re old enough to read this, you shouldn’t be drinking milk, period.
Mother Nature knew what she was doing. She created all mammals with the ability to nurse their young. And that’s what all mammals do. And when their offspring reaches a certain age, they’re weaned off milk and they eat solid food. Not one goes back for milk after that last serving! Not one. You certainly don’t go kicking down your mom’s door for breast milk, do you? So why in the hell would you think you need the milk of a cow or goat any other animal now, as an adult? Why would you think it’s good for you? Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
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.
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 love to cook. Am obsessed with food. I really am. I admit it. Always have been. Enthusiastically tried every healthy diet there is, fervently read cookbooks, food magazines, researching recipes online, love watching cooking shows, could spend all day in a supermarket, only purchase organic produce, religiously shop at the local farmers market, only like to support restaurants/chefs that use seasonal, local, organic food and will travel to an obscure gourmet food shop to purchase one ingredient. Some would say I’m a bit of a food snob. Well, I am. An organic food snob.
Choosing what to make is the hardest thing. Makes me crazy. My OCD perfectionism comes out in full swing. But once I do, in the kitchen I am in heaven. At peace. Happy. Creative. Expressive. I love it. I only cook healthy stuff. I forgot to mention that. Been into the healthy side of food for the past 10 years. Before that I was a whisky drinking, pill popping, baguette and Brie eating depressed young girl writing poetry and living in a warped dreamland of Hollywood thinking I was Dorothy Parker. You get the picture. It all came crashing down when I found out I was hypoglycemic. Oh yes and I had Candida. SO I did like any obsessive foodie does, I became fascinated with what I could and could not eat and got healthy. Through experimenting with different foods I began to make the connection between what I was eating and how it directly affected how I was feeling. I became a crazy food detective. The food and mood connection rocked my world. Yes I got a wee bit neurotic but you kinda have to in order to figure out what foods work with your body and what foods don’t. Through the process of elimination I slowly started to rebuild my body. My gut. My digestion. Myself. I started cookin’ my way into health! And if I was eating with some one and they got tired or their nose immediately became stuffed or they broke out in hives I knew it had to be from what they just put in their mouth. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
I feel a little apprehensive talking about my colon but I know so many of you out there are curious about cleanses and detoxes. I’ve done this particular cleanse four times in the past two years (once every 6 months). It’s a five day liquid fast kit that you can purchase online at blessedherbs.com for $89.50. The kit includes 30 packets of the Toxin Absorber which is a psyllium husk/bentonite clay/apple pectin/herbal formula you mix with apple juice and drink five times a day. The psyllium husks act as a broom to sweep debris from your intestines while the bentonite clay draws out toxins (sort of like a facial clay mask but for your GI system). You can enjoy fruit and vegetable juices in between the apple juice concoction and best to obstain from all solid foods. I’ve done different juice fasts in the past including the Master Cleanse for 14 days and enjoy this one the most. The fiber drink helps take the edge off my hunger and the ‘results’ you see in the bathroom are, well, satisfying. It’s a very thorough spring cleaning to say the least. The kit also comes with a jar of Digestive Stimulator pills that help gently move things along.
Raw food author Natalia Rose lays out a case why even the biggest of the thick header drones amongst us should go a little raw. Her reasoning is, if they don’t they will start to fall apart, period. What does she suggest the drones should start with, juicing of course.
Tim VanOrden hits the road with his digital camera and heads down to Florida. In this adventure he finds free baby coconuts falling the trees and ending up in the trash. He shows us how rescue the coconuts how to easily get to the fresh juice inside. Plus he takes us to the Veggie Magic Cafe and checks out the Tampa Grass Roots vegan cafe. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
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: