Monthly Archives: July 2009

Brian’s Juice Bar – Chicago

I have really been wishing there was a juice bar somewhat close to where I work. (sigh).  Since I started with the green monsters I have been dying to try a green juice. Yes, there are places to get juice in Minneapolis, but so far I haven’t found anything that is exactly convenient so I had had yet to try. While in Chicago (read about my awesome trip to karyn’s raw restaurant) there was a juice bar right around the corner from my hotel – at first glance I thought it was hopeless, but when I gave it a try and went in I knew it would work and so I took full advantage! Refrigerators FULL of fruits and veggies.
My absolute favorite? Apple, Kiwi, Cucumber and Parsley. Yes, it may sound a little odd to some, but it was so unbelievably refreshing, not overly sweet and all around amazing and I’m dying to have more of it. I picked up some Naked Juice Green Machine which I used to love but it just wasn’t the same and almost tasted too sweet.
I’m going to hunt down a juice bar and try to find my juicer for the Magic Bullet because I just can’t live without this juice…
Do you have a favorite juice combo when you go to a juice bar??



Filed under antioxidants, cocktails, fruit, gluten-free, herbs, raw foods, vegetables

Grilled Veggie & Shrimp Salad

Ever since I started grilling vegetables I do not want to stop! They are so great on everything (and not to mention that there is NO clean-up)! This salad included greens, cucumber, tomato and then grilled zucchini, peppers and onions and a side of beautiful shrimp!
veggie salad with feta crumbles

side of grilled shrimp (amazing!!!)

all together…


Filed under antioxidants, cheese, eating local, farmers market, gluten-free, great meals, in season, protein, Recipes, salad, seafood, tomatoes, vegetables, whole foods

restaurants: karyn’s raw restaurant

karyn’s is a place I’m longing to go back to and I was just there a few days ago. It was a great girls’ night dinner and a very memorable evening. It was hard to pick what to get because EVERYTHING sounded delicious. We decided on 2 appetizers and 2 entree’s. Everything. Was. AMAZING. I think that eating at a raw restaurant always inspires me to experiment when I get home. I can’t wait to make some fun nut cheeses. Unfortunately we were there too late to check out the raw salad and juice bar but it is definitely a place that I want to visit again on my next visit to Chicago.  Onto the meal…
Nachos: crispy corn tortilla chips with guacamole, sweetened sour cream, black olives, marinated red onions and caramelized jalapeno’s

Cheeseplate: an assortment of 4 home-made seasoned cheeses accompanied by fruit, nuts and flax crackers

Pad Thai: thin sliced coconut noodles in a jungle peanut base cream sauce with marinated shitake mushrooms, julienned peppers and a cilantro oil drizzle

Empanadas: flax and corn masa pastry dough stuffed with 3 pepper chorizo and a house blend chili spice. Served with authentic raw chocolate mole and a salsa verde

ladies of the evening…


Filed under antioxidants, cheese, crackers, gluten-free, great meals, raw foods, restaurants, vegan, vegetables

Grilled Burgers with Cheddar & Smoky Aioli

The cover recipe of Bon Apetit looked too good to pass up. Burgers layered with grilled peppers and onions, arugula and topped with a smoky aioli? Sign me up!
My version of the aioli contained a mixture of mayo, olive oil, garlic, paprika, coriander, cumin and smoked sea salt.  (I then proceeded to make a side dish of my own so that I could add some sriracha! I’m actually starting to get a little worried about my consumption of sriracha, it is out of control!!!)
Grilled Veggies for the burgers

The final plate

This ended up being SO delicious. I ate sans bun because, well it just didn’t need it! This might be the prettiest burger I’ve ever seen  and I don’t even know if I needed the meat – the veggies and aioli stole the show!


Filed under gluten-free, great meals, tomatoes, vegetables

Girl Meets Grill

After my seafood-filled day, I was in need of some major veggies. There is nothing I love more than grilled veggies and normally I leave that job up to the taster but today I started my new cooking venture – grilling!
I spritzed the zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, yellow pepper and red onion with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and grilled away…

For a side – finally some delicious tomatoes – these are the first really good tomatoes I’ve had this summer and I’m so excited that they are here! Brushetta here I come. More olive oil and salt and pepper for these guys – perfect!

On a bed of arugula from the Farmer’s Market I topped the veggies with some balsamic vinegar and was ready to dine. It was a deliciously fresh summer meal. Next time I’ll add some Portabella mushrooms.

The tasters professionally food-styled plate 😉


Filed under antioxidants, eating local, farmers market, gluten-free, great meals, salad, tomatoes, vegan, vegetables

ask the nutritionist: calorie counting

I’m often asked about calorie counting and whether or not I do it. It’s one of those things that people love or hate. I love doing it – but not on myself.  I’ve gone through various phases where I estimated and wrote down everything I ate. I’ve kept track of fruits and vegetables, grams of fiber (The F Factor Diet) and most recently I’ve used the Lose-It app on the iphone. This app is fabulous if you are counting anything and is easy and fast to use. Except one minor problem – it makes me absolutely insane. I always have a rough idea about how many calories I’m eating but when there is a running total throughout the day? I swear there is some button that turns on and makes me want to eat everything in sight. Which is why I don’t count anything anymore. I just listen to my body. I like to check-in with myself every so often to make sure I’m not too far off base or if my jeans are tight but last week when I tried it for fun (yes, apparently this is the sort of thing nutritionists find fun…) but I noticed almost an immediate change in how I felt. I felt I needed to eat and I needed to eat less, all to just get the right “number”. How ridiculous.  So the moral of the story is that everyone is different and everyone’s bodies are different (another whole lesson in itself) and what works for me might not work for you. Listen to yourself and find YOUR balance!

What works for you?

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Filed under ask the nutritionist, lose weight

The Perfect Snack

As you have probably noticed by now, flavors from the Mediterranean are some of my favorite. It is all the more reason to travel – ever since I visited Greece I seem to sneak those classic Med flavors into everything! Here is a picture from Githio, a little coastal town that we visited.  Love Greece.

Anyway, onto the snack. Cucumbers topped with hummus and tapenade. I could eat this all day. One of my favorite combo’s combining vegetables, protein, fiber and good fats. It works for me!

Then I tried a twist on the old favorite…I toasted a tortilla (French Meadow Bakery’s Fat Flush that is sprouted & flourless and my favorite) in the oven until crispy, topped with hummus, a tomato slice and some tapenade. It. Was. Pure. Heaven.

PS. I’m watching Mama Mia and REALLY missing Greece! 🙂 (and singing along, I’ll admit to that)


Filed under olives, Recipes, Snack of the Day, tomatoes, vegan, vegetables, whole foods, whole grains