If you haven't already done so, you must look into subscribing to a CSA
to get fresh, local and in-season produce delivered right to your door. CSA stands for Community Supported Agricultural program for which a subscription would grant access to yummy veggies and fruit- thereby encouraging the support of local farms. Only eating what's local and available
really connects you to the seasons and to the land that you inhabit. I love my CSA from Farm Fresh to You
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Take for instance, this assortment of sweet little peppers. Tired of chopping them up into a kitchen sink stir fry, they got stuffed with the grains and legumes I typically would've used to mix everything up in, then slathered with a tasty, filling and nutritious hummus. Another super easy (yet exciting) dinner made in 20 minutes.Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Brown Rice and Green Lentils
1 Sweet Pepper, halved and de-seeded
1/2-3/4 cup cooked Brown Rice and Lentils
Dollops of Olive Hummus
Stuff cooked grains (recipe below) into halved Peppers and lay on baking sheet at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with Hummus (also below) and a side salad!Cooked/Mixed Grains
1/2 cup Organic Brown Rice
1/2 cup Organic Green Lentils
2 cups Water
After fully cooked:
3/4 cup chopped curly Parsley
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Turmeric
Soak mixed grains in water for 1 hour min. Rinse, drain and cook grains with 1 3/4 cup water for 20ish minutes. Turn off heat/unplug cooker and add in Parsley and spices, mixing until well integrated. Stuff into Peppers or enjoy as a side!Olive Hummus
1 can Organic Garbanzo Beans (no salt added), drained and rinsed
5 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2-1 tsp. Turmeric
6-8 pitted Green Olives (sodium/preservative-free)
1 Tbsp. Olive juice
In a food processor, blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy, adding drops of water and/or more olive juice to thin out. Serve over stuffed peppers, with mixed greens as a dressing and as a dip for in-season cucumbers and carrots!
The best thing about my job as a Health Coach is that I help people change their food and eat more responsibly by way of respecting their bodies and our earth. The best thing about my other job as an Interior Designer is to promote using sustainable materials in order to build beautiful spaces conducive to wellness and happiness. Here's my list of Top 5 products that I'd recommend for your home which are earth-friendly, cost efficient and ultimately better for our health and well-being.
No- not panda food, bamboo
is a super durable, tough, high-quality and commercial-grade material suitable for residential spaces as they have low formaldehyde emissions; is perfect for allergy-sufferers as they don't promote dust or harbor dust mites; easy to clean; an inexpensive alternative to hardwood, costing 25-50% less; looks great!
ZERO Voc Paint
A LOT of building materials, carpets, paints, floors, solvents, composites, upholstery and personal care products off-gas or emit Volatile Organic Compounds- carbon based chemicals that evaporate at room temp, which can harm our health a great deal
. Yolo Colorhouse
paint comes in a ridiculous range of colors and are tried and true: no carcinogens, toxins, mutagens, hazardous air pollutants, formaldehyde, ozone depleting compounds, VOCs or funky odors. Check out this nifty color selection
tool on their site!
100% Organic Cotton Sheets
Gentle on our skin and the earth, organic cotton is hypoallergenic, soft and safe. Did you know it takes about 1 lb of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers to grow the cotton needed to create ONE bath towel? Planted on only 3 percent of arable land, traditional cotton crops account for 25% of the total pesticides and herbicides used annually - about 350 million pounds per year. Ouch. Turning cotton into fabric without the use of chemicals allows the cotton fibers to retain strength, softness and durability. Get bedded with the best
Cradle-to-cradle TextilesReally nice
, green fabrics and rugs have come a long way using the cradle 2 cradle
method- a new approach to industrial design that promotes the regeneration/reincarnation of a material to give birth to a new form/function post its life cycle as opposed to the conventional method of cradle to grave
design- which sees the product at the end of its life in landfill. C2C textiles come from renewable sources, is recyclable and safe for human health and the earth. Some of my favorite green textiles: Sina Pearson
, and Mod Green Pod
, just to name a few- all which are only available to the trade so hire me as your Interior Designer and I'll grant you access to beautiful, earth-friendly textiles.
Most recycled glass products remind me of the unwanted jelly nougat candy from childhood found at the bottom of my trick or treat vessel. But I love the icy smooth look of bio glass
- made from crushed, recycled bottles and such using a process of heat and pressure with NO chemicals, dyes, resins or epoxies. Would look smashing in a contemporary bathroom and as kitchen counters
Change your food AND change your home for a healthier, happier you. A great way to support change is by the consumer choices you make.
Happy Green Living!
Have you seen the deal?!
I'm delighted to share that the Prana Wellness Gentle and Natural Detox is featured on Green Box Top
- a deal website that works with green biz's to offer sweet bargains. This Detox is usually offered through Yoga Garden SF
(where I teach Yoga 2x/wk) for $125-$145 and takes place in a group setting twice a year (Spring and Fall); but now through Green Box Top, you can purchase it today and start the program whenever you want- from the prime of summer to the end of the year. You WILL NOT be in a group setting, but that's okay- because you still got me! I'll send you all the materials via email, hold your hand through it all and make it memorable, fun and totally easy.
At long last--- here are some FAQ's
about the Gentle and Natural 21-Day Detox, a compilation of some of the most common
(and great) questions that are always asked! Check out this info to see how this one is set apart from the other 'cleanses' out there:*Does your cleanse require supplements, packets of pills, strange elixirs, gritty juice or starving?NO! None of the above. This is a food cleanse. You will be detoxing your body by way of delicious, whole, real, local, seasonal and nutrient-rich food- and lots of it! You are what you eat: the food you ingest literally becomes your cells, tissues, skin, body, energy, breath, etc. So imagine: you're popping pills packed in lab in god-knows-where by god-knows-whom VS. eating abundant amounts of food that is colorful, fresh, just-plucked-from-the-earth, locally grown, full of naturally occurring minerals and vitamins, and made from sun, water and TLC. Which would feed you better? Better yet, which seems more nourishing? Yep you're right. That's why I love my job.*I tried the Lemonade Master cleanse and hated it. I lost weight but gained it all back- and it wasn't a fun process on top of that. Is your cleanse similar?NO! Not all all. There is no such non-sense on the Gentle and Natural cleanse! It's all in the name: gentle and natural. Downing spicy acidic liquids all day every day is not sustainable, nourishing or natural! On this cleanse, you'll be eating FOOD. It's a food cleanse, so you'll be shopping for and cooking your own food and nourishing your body (and mind) with nutrient-dense food.*Why is it 21-Days?It takes at least 21 days for the body to start adjusting to healthier, simpler foods and to start seeing changes. Cleaning out takes a bit--- you can't expect to undo months- if not years of 'damage' and polluting your body with taxing substances- overnight!*I'm super busy and don't think I can cook all the meals and am scared I'll fall off the wagon and feel really bad about myself. Is it for me?Busy schmizzy. I've seen full-time working/baby juggling/head of households-type people do the best they can and get amazing results. All things that are good for you take time, effort and focus. The good news is the recipes are super simple, flexible, fun and delicious that you AND your family (and friends and neighbors and coworkers) will love. In fact, you'll discover how to create a way to make it easy for yourself with my handy tips.*What will I be eating?
Oh you know- normal, yummy stuff like hummus, pasta, sandwiches, guacamole, nut butter, sweet potatoes, smoothies, salads, fruit, bean dips, wraps, popcorn, corn, noodles, soups, stews, oatmeal- just to name a few. Nothing out of the ordinary, but extraordinarily tasty.*I'm diabetic and my wife is pregnant. Can we partake?
As this cleanse is gentle and natural, it is appropriate for most people- as it emphasizes eating whole foods and moving away from processed, packaged goods- making it perfectly great for diabetics and others with cardiovascular ailments. As for your wife, I would have her consult her doctor first, as I am NOT a Dr. nor have ever been pregnant to know what my body needs/wants/desires/has to have at any given moment.
The point is- changing your food is super important, empowering and fun- because once you change what you eat, everything else starts to change. Like your mind, body, skin, nails, breath, eyes and energy. Simple lifestyle changes such as incorporating more whole foods have the power to alter hundreds of genes in only a few months- literally turning off disease-causing cells and other illnesses, as well as increase enzymes that control how long we live.
What's the deal with Dill? It just so happens to be one of my fav herbs... It always adds so much tang, flavor and pep to a dish. I love it in bean salads and in this case a grain salad
--- a go-to when I'm rushed and want to throw my CSA veggies
together. Super hearty, super tasty, never boring, never disappointing.
The other dilly with Dill is that it's great for digestion, combats insomnia as it calms, soothes and pacifies, cures upset stomachs, dysentery, menstrual disorders and even hiccups! It even contains B vitamins and antioxidants, thus protecting against free radicals (ultimately cancer) and ensures strong bones- thereby promoting dental health as it is full of calcium. Who knew?
Try this savory and satisfying dinner and go overboard with this fragrant herb:Potato Dill Grain Bowl
2 small or 1 medium potato, chopped
1/2 cup Broccoli halved
Mixed greens of choice- try Kale, Collards, Spinach
3 tablespoons Sesame Oil
2 teaspoons Curry Powder
1/2-1 teaspoon Cayenne (depending on preference for spicy!)
2 tablespoons Fresh Dill or 1 tablespoon Dried Dill
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/4 cup grains of choice- brown rice, quinoa, millet- or a mix of everything (optional)
Sea salt to taste
In a skillet, take potatoes in oil and cook for 10 minutes until golden-browning occurs. Add in broccoli and mixed greens and cook together over low heat. Throw in curry powder and cayenne, let simmer. In a bowl, make dressing with Oil, Lemon and Dill, mixing until well stirred. If using grains, throw them into skillet.Turn off heat, and pour dressing over, mixing until well integrated.
Dill is also wonderful for Cucumber-Yogurt sauce-making--- perfect for Homemade Falafels
An appetizing way to ensure great health? What a good dill!
Totally into noodling, I'm always on the hunt for a way around bloat-and-sleep-inducing pasta that's actually really good for you and never dull on flavor. I finally got around to getting some fun new toys for the kitchen to include a Spiralizer
, which is now easily my favorite tool of all time, because this is what it does:
See how pretty? You can yield 'noodles' from zucchinis and top with a hearty home-made chunky tomato sauce loaded with peppers and other veggies for a delicious and satisfying dinner. I know.
Pretty it is, but is it good?
Chunky Homemade Tomato Sauce
4-6 Big Organic Tomatoes, chopped (Heirlooms are even better)
2 tablespoons Grapeseed or Olive Oil
1 Shallot, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Green Pepper, chopped
1/2 Fennel, chopped
1/2 Leek, chopped
1 cup Organic Spinach
1 tablespoon Oregano
1/2 tablespoon Black Pepper
Sea Salt to taste
Sprinkles of Cayenne for kick (optional)
2 tablespoons Organic Tomato Paste (optional, for thickness; if using please watch out for HFCS!)
In a skillet, heat oil and throw in garlic and shallot/onion. Add peppers, fennel and leek and saute for 5 minutes. Throw in chopped, juciy tomatoes and stir. If using paste, add it in now. Cover and let cook over low heat for 10-12 minutes. Add spinach, oregano, black pepper and salt, stir and let thicken into a chunky sauce. Top over spiralized noodles and enjjjoooyy! Being creative with food has never been funner...