MYX Sinner or a great gift or the perfect bottle for a romantic dinner myxfusions.com
MYX Sinner or a great gift or the perfect bottle for a romantic dinner myxfusions.com
MYX FUSIONS: A premium sparkling wine infused with natural fruit juices. Convenient for parties and hostess gifts.
WHOLE FOODS: One-stop holiday food shopping with high quality standards and in-store expertise.
SWEET EARTH: The world’s tastiest, healthiest, revitalizing vegan and vegetarian food.
WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA: A great umbrella with unmatched quality. Smart technology. Meteorologist-led design. The perfect host or hostess gift.
I was thrilled to join my friends at NBC South Florida today to talk about how to have a yummy vegan Thanksgiving. Chyeck out my tips and ideas to make your Thanksgiving meat, dairy and egg free:
Click these links to learn more about these fantastic side dishes from Whole Foods:
And make sure to grab Whole Foods vegan pumpkin pie and coconut whipped topping while you are there. And don’t forget to get a turkey substitute as well. Whole Foods has a great selection of vegan “turkey” dishes in their freezer section.
For a great beverage choice that everyone can enjoy, try the almond milk based liqueur Baileys Almande. It’s too delicious for words: http://www.baileys.com/en-us/flavors/baileys-almande.html
For table decor make sure you head to Bed Bath & Beyond. Here’s a link to the great
“Turkey on the Table” I featured too. I’m also obsessed with this “Thankful” tray and leaf placemats. Head over now to make your Thanksgiving a special one.
It’s time to go back to school! If your kids picked up some bad eating habits over the summer, it’s ok you now have time to get them back into the healthy swing of things.
I was thrilled to talk to WJXT in Jacksonville about how to get kids eating healthy breakfasts before school and how to pack them a healthy lunch they will LOVE!
I was thrilled to pick up some great products shown in this segment at The Fresh Market in Jacksonville. Note: On Wednesday, August 16, The Fresh Market will unveil an enhanced shopping experience in the Jacksonville area communities, with an expanded selection of fresh and delicious food that furthers the brand’s long-
standing dedication to offering top-quality, unique and small-batch items.
One thing I picked up at The Fresh Market (also available at Publix) was a2 milk. In case you don’t know about a2 get to know this product. It’s milk from cows that only produce the A2 protein, and no A1. A1 cause discomfort in some peoples, but after you drink this delicious milk you will feel great. I know my kids love it!
A great option for lunch boxes is anything from Absolutely Gluten-Free I love sending my kids in with hummus or guacamole and some of the Absolutely Gluten Free crackers. Then for something sweet I’ll add some brownie crunch and the superseed crunch is great for snack time or a sweet treat!
As for bread? Rudi’s Organic Bakery Soft White and Soft Wheat Kids Bread is the only available national organic kids bread. The bread has the soft fluffy texture kids crave and comes in small, thin slices making it the perfect size for kids – and lunchboxes. You can find it by using the store locator on the Rudisbakery.com or Whole Foods
Another great idea? Skip the mayo and butter and instead use Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We love mixing it with macaroni and parmesan in the morning and then putting that pasta in a thermos. The kids LOVE it! It’s National Olive Oil month so this is a perfect time to make this dish, although we think all year long is the perfect time for Olive Oil. We have a bottle of Pompeian next to our stove at all times.
As for the amazing lunch boxes, bento boxes and thermos you see in the segment? That is from my go to store for back-to-school food accessories Bed, Bath and Beyond. They have great looking and great quality lunch boxes. Kids LOVE the bento boxes too and it really helps you think about sending them with four different items so you can craft a great balanced lunch!
When I host gatherings at my house I always look over the guest list and make a mental note of any guests I may have that have certain food preferences. I can’t say others always return the favor, but I’m always appreciative for the folks who do! It’s with this in mind that I put together this segment for Tampa’s Morning Blend on ABC.
Here’s some more information on the products I featured:
SunButter makes US grown sunflower butter, free of the top eight food allergens (including peanuts, tree nuts and soy). It packs as much protein and more micro nutrients, like magnesium, Vitamin E, zinc and iron, than traditional nut butters, and contains less saturated fat.
Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery sandwich breads have the same taste, look, and soft and fluffy feel of traditional breads. The breads are made using high-quality, non-GMO and natural ingredients. For more information, visit rudisbakery.com, and don’t forget to look for Rudi’s Gluten Free bread at your local Publix store
GeeFree is hands down one of the best gluten-free products I’ve ever had. Beloved family recipes sacrificed due to health concerns can now be recreated with these gluten-free puffpastry sheets. Make things like pies, empanadas, potato puffs, brie and raspberry rolls. Ready-made appetizers include Spanakopita, Franks in a Blanket, and Cheeseburger Bites and the chicken pot pie is a great main dish. Find GeeFree in the frozen food section of Nutrition Smart, Richard’s Food Emporium and Rollin’ Oats or online at geefree.com
Garden of Eatin’® Original Blue Chips are made to bring color to any occasion. The blue color and hearty texture of our Garden of Eatin’® Blue Corn Chips are made from organic blue corn, simple non-GMO garden ingredients and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives. These gluten-free chips pack enough flavor and crunch to liven up any party – bringing out the snack connoisseur in all of us. Garden of Eatin is the original non-GMO blue corn tortilla chip brand. For over 40 years it has crafted great tasting snack options made with organic, garden-inspired ingredients. Garden of Eatin® corn tortilla chips offer many other flavors and do not settle for anything less than a quality crunch. www.facebook.com/gardenofeatin.com
PowerBar Plant Protein Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt is one of the New PowerBar Plant Protein Bars. This is the first plant-based snack bar released by the brand as part of its Clean Start, which is an ongoing effort to evolve the product portfolio with cleaner ingredient labels and great tasting products. These bars are a delicious, flavorful and better tasting option not typically seen in the plant protein category. The PowerBar Plant Protein Bars are certified non-GMO, too! Made with 10-11g of protein, they are perfect for the active consumer in need of an on-the-go wholesome protein snack. Visit PowerBar.com.
Premier Protein Clear Tropical Punch. As you start making healthy choices for Spring, Premier Protein CLEAR is the perfect light and refreshing beverage to keep you fueled all day long. With 20g of protein, 0g of sugar and 90 calories, this gluten free drink is sure to give you sustained energy through all your warm weather activities. Where to buy: Sam’s Club
Remedy Organics is a new amazing line of 100% plant-based protein beverages. They use the finest Superfoods, Ayurvedics, Botanical Herbs and Probiotics with functional benefits that go well beyond hydration and general nutrition. Organic Protein Blends are certified USDA organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Each bottle contains Probiotics that provide strong functional health benefits in the areas of immune health, digestive health and protein utilization. Order from remedyorganics.com.
Whole Foods is my go to for vegan and vegetarian food. No other store has the selection they have. I always stock my fridge with their 365 Everyday Value Veggie Dogs. My kids love them and so do I. I also love the new Beyond Burger that are sold exclusively at Whole Foods. They are honestly the best store bought veggie burger I’ve head. While you are there check out their freshly made vegetarian and vegan foods too. You won’t be sorry!
I loved appearing on Tampa’s Morning Blend today to talk about trends in breakfast and brunch food. Here’s the segment and more on the products I spotlighted:
a2 Milk is 100% real, naturally easy to digest milk
a2 Milk is available at Publix stores
Conventional cows’ milk contains both A1 and A2 proteins. Research suggests that the
A1 protein in milk causes digestive discomfort in many people
a2 Milk comes from cows that only produce the A2 protein, giving those with dairy sensitivities the opportunity to enjoy real dairy milk
Lee Kum Kee
Lee Kum Kee makes a wide range of great-tasting authentic Asian sauces and condiments
Lee Kum Kee’s Sriracha Chili Sauce has a spicy flavor of fresh sun-ripened red chilies with a warm garlic accent—a great sauce for adding that perfect bite of heat to your breakfast
Spicy foods are known to boost your metabolism
The Sriracha Chili Sauce is gluten-free and made with only premium-quality, non-GMO ingredients
You can pick up Lee Kum Kee in the Asian aisle of your local grocer including Publix and Wegmans
Spark some fun in your recipes by adding Fruity Pebbles for a vibrant pop of color and fruity flavor. Pebbles ignites creativity and fosters the joy of childhood for kids and the kids at heart.
Want to make the doughnuts I displayed? Here’s the link:
As you start making healthy choices for Spring, Premier Protein CLEAR is the perfect light and refreshing beverage to keep you fueled all day long. With 20g of protein, 0g of sugar and 90 calories, this gluten free drink is sure to give you sustained energy through all your warm weather activities.
Where to buy: Sam’s Club
Joni Juice is a total experience designed to jump-start a long-lasting, healthy lifestyle. Each Cleanse is comprised of whole-food, plant-based raw ingredients for a program that is delicious, realistic, BALANCED and enjoyable.
Order it here: https://www.jonijuice.com/
It’s been a whirlwind at Green Goddess Public Relations…from CNN to CBS, Forbes to Martha Stewart Living and beyond clients have been all over the media.
We can’t cover everything below, but here are some highlights!
It’s been such a fun, productive year for Green Goddess Public Relations. We’ve had our clients everywhere from Dr. Oz to Bon Appetit, Fox News, CBS, NBC, Yahoo! and the list goes on and on. We only work with clients that we have a true interest in and as you’ll see below there is a lot to interest us!
This is just a handful of highlights from media placements over the last six months or so. We can’t list everything because the list is long, but I think this gives you an idea of how great our clients are.
Thanks to everyone who supports us, without you we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.
Bon Appétit Magazine mentions 16 Handles in July issue
Organic Spa Magazine publishes a print feature on Joni Juice
This is a restaurant that certainly doesn’t need to “grow” on me. Ever since I moved back to Miami this past summer I’ve watched with wonder as Grown was constructed just a few minutes from my house. I had read all about the concept from basketball player Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon. They were reportedly looking to open a spot with healthy fast-food options. Friday was opening day.
There was already a long line on day one and Ray Allen himself was helping expedite food. I don’t know much about Allen, but was glad to see he truly is involved in the restaurant and not just an investor. The only thing more I would have liked to see is a smile on his face. He wasn’t even posing for pictures with guests, which the PR person in me wasn’t happy about. I would have told him, at least the first day, smile and take pictures with guests. After all you want people to blanket Instagram, FB and Twitter with the news that your restaurant is open. The more publicity on this the better!
As for the menu there are a couple of vegetarian or vegan options. I was going to order the Homemade Falafel dinner, but they were out of falafel (sigh). I wasn’t thrilled they were out of something on their first day, BUT since it was their first day I’ll give them a break. I instead opted for a whole wheat wrap with seared portobello mushrooms in a style they call Havana “Vibe.” It came with fresh greens, corn and black bean salsa, avocado, plantain strips and salsa fresca with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. The menu also says it comes with white cheddar cheese, but there wasn’t any cheese on mine (not sure why) so I believe this was vegan. The plantain strips also seemed to be missing from my wrap. All that said this was DELICIOUS. I would definitely get it again. I can’t say I’d get it every day though because it was $16. It’s $11 for a basic wrap and then the protein adds anywhere from $5 – $7. My “protein” was the mushrooms and those were an extra $5. I had read the Allens were trying to do healthy fast food at affordable prices so the $16 price tag on a wrap is rather stunning. It’s even more expensive than the super hot “By Chloe” in NYC where the most expensive menu item is $10.95. Miami prices should NOT be more than NYC prices so I am worried the prices will scare people away. I would probably come back here several times a week were it not for the high bill.
I am still looking forward to trying several other menu items on future visits including the Falafel entree with Green Beans, Caramelized Onions and Toasted Almonds, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Chimichurri. A personal portion of that is $14, but if you want it family style it’s $42. I haven’t been to McDonald’s in years, but I know you can serve an entire family there for under $20 so I’m not sure Grown will ever win over that crowd when family style entrees range from $42-$54. Those prices just don’t jive with the fast-food world. They might be better off calling themselves quick-serve so you don’t expect low prices.
For those who aren’t vegan or vegetarian there is free-range rotisserie chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled wild caught salmon and slow cooked grassfed brisket. Other sides include esquites Mexican corn, farmers market vegetables, grilled asparagus and sauteed broccoli and roasted garlic brussel sprouts. It looks like those veggies can only be served with entrees, NOT sure if you can order them by themselves.
Breakfast is also on the menu with smoothies, juices and a couple gluten-free options including blueberry pancakes and muffins (I had the banana one, which is also vegan). I was happy to see an Acai bowl on the menu, but again the $12 price tag is steep. My husband just had one at Acai nation in Los Angeles and it was $9.95. Breakfast options at fast-food spots should definitely not be above $10. Also there is an Egg Ohm-Wich option (love the Ohm part, very clever). You can also order these as an Ohm-let. There are four “vibes” to choose from here and I found it strange that three out of the four include regular old bacon. Not even a turkey bacon for those who avoid pork, but really what I would have liked to see is vegetarian bacon.
I also would love for Grown to consider adding tempeh as one of their proteins. I think it would work great in all their options. I’d also like to see a v or something on their menu that tells you what is vegan.
The verdict? The food I had so far was really fabulous. If you can afford it run, don’t walk to this new restaurant. If you can support it I think you should because we want to see more places around like this. While you are there though ask them to make their menu more affordable. We want this food to be available to people in all income groups. If everyone has access to this kind of food we truly could see a shift in the fast-food industry.
This weekend I attended two events with the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, the Fit and Fun Family event at Jungle Island and the Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market on the beach outside the Ritz South Beach. I’ve attended food festivals like this for years, mostly though as a journalist, food competition judge or speaker. This was one of the first times I went as a regular patron and I have to say it wasn’t the same.
We got to the Fit and Fun Family event Saturday right after the event started around 10:15am. We were shocked when we got there to see about 500 people (at least) in line to get in. This was an event with kids, so imagine hundreds of kids waiting in a line that long. We asked what was going on and were told that the festival people only had two ticket scanners so buckle in for a long wait. It took about 30 minutes before we got in and then it was a scramble to make it to the venue where Restaurant Impossible’s Robert Irvine was speaking. We snagged one of the last seats and luckily Irvine kept his 45 minute presentation rather entertaining. The other big shocker here though was that even though this was a “food festival,” the food consisted of a McDonald’s booth, a Barilla pasta tent, Kind Bars and a few other offerings. Definitely NOT food festival material, but we let it slide because this was geared toward kids.
Fast forward to Sunday night’s Asian market. We got to the event and the line was super long again. Luckily I did have a pass that allowed us to skip the line. Inside the event lines were also already forming (see a pattern here), lots and lots of lines. Since this was Asian I figured there would be a decent offering of vegetarian food, but I was wrong. There were maybe 3 or 4 little bites that I could eat. As for the all the other people there? I couldn’t help but think they paid $150 (some less thanks to Groupon) to stand in line and wait for a one or two bites of something? So that is $300 a couple. The event was sold out so obviously there are lots of people who think this is a great idea, but for $300 they could have feasted at the best restaurants South Beach has to offer. Guess what we actually did leave the event after a short time and went to eat at a restaurant. We were still very hungry!
As for the daytime event on Sunday? The Grand Tasting is $225 per person ($450 a couple). I went to it last year for free, but skipped it this year because there is no way I’d pay $450 to attend it. I know a lot of people that went this year and the feeling was mixed. Someone I know who attended for free said it wasn’t great, but then some people I know who paid thought it was fun (but $$$ isn’t a big issue for them).
So what’s the verdict? I don’t think the events are worth it at those steep prices. The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is a fraction of the price so that is definitely still on the to do list, but don’t look for me to pay those BIG prices anytime soon.