Archive for March, 2009

Canyon Ranch Grill Miami

canyon-ranch-grillEn route to the Integrative Nutrition Conference, I had the luxury to stop and grab a quick lunch at the  Canyon Ranch Grill Miami. I was so excited to see the resort and cafe as I had heard a lot of wonderful things. The hotel sits right on the beach making for beautiful views and a serene atmosphere. I did not have much time to investigate, just headed straight for lunch. The menu offered the traditional canyon ranch spa fare – so many great choices. The most unusual item on the menu was  the artichoke “french fries”. I had to order them!  Turns out, they were absolutely delcious. While they may not have tasted exactly like french fries, they certainly were a great healthy alternative. I can’t wait to get home to my kitchen and try to figure out the recipe. I hope to update this entry soon after some hours of experimentation. If you are in the Miami area, definitly head over to the grill for some lunch and a beautiful view of the ocean!

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Raw Snacks

One of my favorite things to do when I’m in a  new place (or even when I’m not!) is to visit the area’s health food stores.  Strange, I know. But there is something so exciting and exhiliarting about walking into a new store to discover different products or as in the case of the Whole Foods here in Boca Raton, admire the beautiful produce. I guess this is a comprable feeling to walking into the shoe department at Saks 5th Avenue in New York….so much beautiful variety- not enough time or money to buy and use everything!gojiberry_photo

So this morning, on my trip to Whole Foods Boca Raton (which happens to be a beautiful store!), I was delighted to find a new Raw foods product by Two Mom’s In The Raw. This came at a perfect time while I’ve been on this raw kick, as it is especially difficult doing raw while traveling. I have never seen these Raw crackers and granola before in New York.  Turns out after investingating on their site that they only sell in a few states right now, however you can purchase the goods on their site.  I tried the Gojiberry granola (gluten free) and the Pesto Sea Crackers (gluten free). Both were INCREDIBLY delicious and I’m so excited to have these yummy snacks in my arsenal the rest of the week.

White House Garden

Posted on Joshua Rosenthal Institute for Integrative Nutrition BLOG

A few months ago we reported that The White House was talking about growing an organic garden to raise awareness around nutrition and sustainability. In the April issue of Oprah magazine, Michele Obama says they are definitely going to take this project on.

“We want to use it as a point of education, to talk about health and how delicious it is to eat fresh food, and how you can take that food and make it part of a healthy diet,” says the First Lady. This is great news. Not only will this be an opportunity for people to learn about the benefits of eating fresh, whole foods but in this economic climate people will save money by growing their own food.

Can’t Wait for Gone Raw Part 2

I can’t wait to do another raw cleanse.   It was such a wonderful experience. In the five day cleanse, I had more energy, less sweet cravings, incredible sleep AND lost 4 pounds. It is pretty hard for me to maintain a completely raw regimen, however, it certainly makes me want to incorporate as many raw foods as I can.  Now that I have gone back to adding in some cooked foods, it certainly makes me realize the incredible amount of fruits and vegggies you consume on an all raw diet.  I can already feel my body craving those raw foods!!!  goji-berry

I’m excited to share details of my gone raw week and other spring cleanses in my upcoming Nourishing Newsletter coming out in April.  Sign up here to subsribe to my newsletter.

RAW Day 3

dsc01096Yesterday went pretty well! I found that all the cold foods were definitely lowering my body temperature. (this is why it is better to do this during the warmer weather- thank god today is 65!) I made a delicious lunch and dinner. Lunch was some zucchini pasta with pesto over spinach and for dinner I made a gazpacho and some zucchini pasta with “truffle cheese” sauce. It was so good, I would eat it any day raw or not.

I thought it would be fun to add up all the ingredients and see what I was consuming on a given raw day. So here it is for yesturday:

2 Cups Arugula

1 Apple

1 Banana

1 Cup Blueberries

1 Cucumber

5 Stalks Celery

1 Peach

5 Cups Spinach

2 Squash

1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes

1 onion

3 tbsp Hemp Seeds

1/8 cup cashews

1 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Raw Cleanse Day 2

I finished day 1! I started craving some cooked foods for dinner last night, but pushed through the short craving. I put together some raw veggie sushi and salad with a spicy almond dressing. dsc010891 It was very filling and satisfying. It got me thinking how so often when people are eating nutritionally deficient foods they are never full. After a big meal, they will usually be hungry minutes later. Instead, eating mineral rich foods often keeps us satisfied and satiated.

This morning I made a powerful smoothie blend: Peach-Blueberry-Banana-Spinach and Wheatgrass. It was actually very tasty. Ready to go for a run!

Gone Raw: 5 Day Raw Cleanse

One of the concepts that I love about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is that we are all individuals with different dietary and lifestyle needs. If there was a “one size fits all” diet plan, we would all be doing it! When I work with clients we experiment to see what works best for their bodies. It may be a gluten free plan, macrobiotic, more proteins, more whole grains, raw foods, etc. At this point in my life, I feel extremely confident with what I put into my body. I know what works best and what doesn’t. At the same time, I have always been drawn to raw foods; the beauty and simplicity have always intrigued me. Not to mention that every raw foodist I meet has more energy, vitality and passion than anyone I know. So over the past month, I’ve been experimenting with more raw foods in my diet (I even bought a dehydrator). Usually doing breakfast and lunch raw and then having cooked dinners. I have certainly felt more energetic and experienced clearer thinking.

But, I decided I want to experiment and take it to the next level. So I’ve decided to do a 5 day 100% raw food cleanse. It seems the perfect time to do it with the changing of the seasons. I’m so excited to begin and see how I feel. It will also be interesting to see how it effects my triathlon training….Unfortunately, I was hoping that it would be a bit warmer here this week, but it will get my body ready for being in the warm Florida weather next week for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition conference.

This morning I started off with a Banana Pear Ginger Cereal with homemade hemp milk. It was a perfect pre-training meal. Delicious and filling and gave me lots of energy for my bike ride in Central Park. Way too many people in the park, but nevertheless, it was a great ride on my new TT bike.

Homemade Hemp Milk

Ingredients:

3-½ cups water
1 cup of hemp seeds
2 tbsp Agavedsc01082

Directions: In a high speed blender (love my vita-mix), combine all ingredients until smooth. Strain through a cheescloth and pour milk into a mason jar. Will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Make sure to shake the jar before use.

Looking forward to updating more about my raw week!