Friday, June 28, 2013


On Fridays, I work in Boston, The Prudential Center location of my organization. Seeing that never in my life have I taken public transportation to commute to work, I was very proud of myself last week when I made the trip in and home in one piece, and on the right train!

I can't help but feel a little bit "cooler" when I get on the train and ride into the city with my Tory Burch tote in hand. Especially when I get off at the Back Bay station and the world is so fancy with beautiful people, high end stores, and JUICE!

Last week, I discovered a Food Fashionista treasure. I was walking out of the station and caught wind of an overwhelming scent of fresh fruits and loud Spanish music. When I looked to my right I saw a fruit stand with a sign that said "Jugo". Intrigued, I walked in only to find this tiny/little shop, with a big juicer that takes up most of the space, with tons of fresh fruits and veggies to create amazing combination juices. Of course I had to try one. Their Menu was an array of unusual combinations like cucumber, spinach and ginger, or strawberry banana and carrot.

I chose a smoothie called Pirlo; which was Cucumber, Spinach, Pineapple, Strawberry, Banana and Apple Cider. YUM!!!

I took some pictures (trying my best not to look like a weirdo - so the quality isnt great):

A Must Try!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Brown Rice Risotto Fake out...

As we discussed last post, I am on a detox, aka restricted intake/fine, diet. I don’t like to call it a diet because I don’t feel like I am making to many changes to the food I am eating except for being strict about eliminating dairy products and gluten (bread, pasta, crackers, etc) and making sure my meals are balance with whole grains, veggies, etc, which I kind of always do anyways.

Last night I made a typical dinner for Hubby and I and made a few small, and healthy changes. I surprised myself by making a brown rice dish that tasted just like a yummy, creamy, cheesy risotto, but guess what, it was completely dairy free. The secret ingredient is…white bean puree. It adds a really creamy, almost cheesy like texture to the brown rice, mixed with all the other yummy add ins, delicious!

Creamy Brown Rice Risotto

1-cup short grain brown rice
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2-cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2-cup artichoke hearts, chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup **prepared white bean puree (see recipe below)
Fresh herbs to garnish (I used oregano and thyme)

Put brown rice, water and salt in a saucepan, bring to a boil and then put on low. Simmer for 45 minutes. Take off heat and fluff rice with a fork. In a small frying pan, heat oil on medium heat and add onions and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes or until onions start to brown, add mushroom and artichokes and sauté another 5 minutes. Add white wine and simmer for about 5 minutes, until reduced. Pout brown rice into a large serving bowl; add white bean puree and stir. Add onion mixture and stir until well combine. Serve hot topped with fresh herbs.

**White bean puree:
1 can of canalinni beans, drained and rinsed
1/2-cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a blender or food processor add all ingredients and puree until smooth.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Detox Foods for a Clean start to the Summer.

I am in the process of detoxing. I know, I know...everyone keeps telling me, "YOU DONT NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT!" but a detox diet or I like to say temporary and drastic change in lifestyle is not always necessarily about weight loss, but more so about cleaning your body.

Naturally occurring toxins that our found in the foods that we consume on a regular basis can cause fatigue, indigestion or stomach upset, food cravings (which may promote weight gain), reduced mental clarity, and even disturb sleeping patterns.

My main reason for me to do this cleanse was because I seemed to always have an upset stomach; I mean nothing unbearable, but it just seemed like all foods, no matter what it was, didn’t settle well. My secondary reason for doing this cleanse was because although I feel that I am a very healthy eater, I do however always crave sweets. Whether it’s chocolate, cookies, a brownie, ice cream, whatever, my body for some reason after a meal was always asking for something else to feel satisfied.

With guidance of my wonderful acupuncturist, I chose to take part in the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program. This 21 day program includes Powdered supplements, capsule supplements as well as diet changes. The Standard process 21 Day Purification Program talks about eliminating animal proteins and a lot of other foods, that myself as a nutritionist and my acupuncturist as a professional decided for me wasn’t the best of ideas, therefore, the major things that I have changed in my diet is to go dairy Free, gluten Free, limit coffee intake, no refines sugars (aka chocolate, other sweets L) and in general continue with a healthy intake of lean meats, high protein grains and legumes, and of course, tons of fruits and vegetables.

In the first 7 days of the program you are require to drink 2 shakes every day in which you add the Standard process powdered supplements as well as your choice of fruits, vegetables and fruit juices. Now I love smoothies and honestly make them all the time, so for me, this really wasn’t a big deal to do in the morning and evening about an hour before dinner. The other requirement in the first week is to take 7 SP Cleanse capsules (ingredients include juniper, apple, barley, radish, mushrooms, carrots, sweet potatoes, and some other natural herbs) 3 times per day with a wheat grass pearl 2 times per day and a high quality multivitamin (I am using New Chapter). I guess I can’t really complain about this either.

On day 8-21 of the cleanse you continue with drinking your 2 smoothies per day, prepared the same. The difference is you now start taking 5 SP Green Food Capsules (ingredients include Brussels sprouts, kale and alfalfa) 2 times per day, continuing with your multivitamin and wheat grass pearl.

This is how I am feeling:

Day 1 – 3 of the cleanse - felt yucky and bloated. Was craving “bad” foods like bread, sweets, junk, etc. Met with my acupuncturist on the 3rd day and she told me that this is normal, I told her I NEED CHOCOLATE.

Day 4-7 of the cleanse – after day 4, I started feeling much better, no stomach upset, not too much cravings, bought a chocolate bar at Whole Foods and ate a small piece.

Day 9 (today) - I am feeling great, I feel like I have more energy, no cravings at all, haven’t touched the rest of that chocolate bar, don’t even really have the appetite for coffee in the morning. Went to a conference today where there was an unlimited supply of cookies and I didn’t even have the urge to eat them. SHOCKING. Went food-shopping Hungry after work today, which is usually dangerous, but I found myself looking for fruits and vegetables, before I was looking for crunchy carb nightmare foods.

Anyways, I am only half way thought but honestly its been a breeze, although in the beginning it was difficult to imagine giving up my guilty pleasure, I am really enjoying the challenge and feeling the effects of whole and healthy foods.

Sample Day

Breakfast: Smoothie – Frozen Pineapple, handful of spinach, orange juice with SP Powers.  1 hard boiled egg

Snack: Handful of grapes or other fruit

Lunch: Large Salad with Tuna Fish with oil and vinegar

Snack: handful of almonds with dried fruits (plums, apricots, cranberries)

Snack: Smoothie – Fresh Strawberries, 1 ripe nectarine, orange juice with SP Powders

Dinner: Seared Pork Chop with Brown rice and a small side salad

   Snack After dinner: small bowl of strawberries with cup of peach white tea (sweetened with agave or stevia)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


It's been a while since I last sat and wrote a blog post! I cannot believe how fast these winter months have gone by and hooray, its summer again. So.... here’s what going on in my life:

Today was my last day at my current job. For the past 5 years I have been working as a Nutritionist for a community program for women, babies and kids. My work was primarily with infants and children and I enjoyed every bit of it. It was a bitter sweet goodbye this evening when I cleaned out my desk drawers and packed up my personal belongings, turned in my keys and ID badge, and said goodbye to great friends. I feel that I have grown so much just by being part of the lives of these families and I know I will miss it.

Although it is difficult to make changes, and to close an important chapter of my life, I am thrilled for a new beginning. I am going to be working at another program as an infant feeding specialist and lactation consultant, still working with families, facilitating group education and hopefully some private counseling in my free time. For more info please visit

The most exciting thing is that I have the rest of this week and next week off! Free to do whatever I want. So I plan to be trying out some new recipes to share on the blog, using my grille for the first time this season, and Thursday is the first day of my farm share. As some of you may already know, for the past 2 years I have participated in Community Shared Agriculture. Basically what it is is a membership to a farm where each week you receive fruits and vegetables, locally grown, usually organic or low spray. I have chosen my membership at Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA. They offer pick up locations all over the Boston area.

So just a quick update…stay tuned for more after Thursday’s fruit and veggie pick up!