Haley & Claudine’s Holiday Gift Guide

Haley & Claudine’s Holiday Gift Guide

Need some help with last minute holiday shopping? Being in the health and wellness industry in the SF Bay Area is exhilarating and inspiring. There are so many small businesses (and kickass women entrepreneurs!) bringing some amazing products and services into the arena. 

Claudine, my co-pilot in the 10 Day Health Challenge, and I wanted to share some of our favorites with you to help give them exposure PLUS de-stress your holiday shopping a bit. Isn’t online shopping where it’s at, anyway? Take a look below and we hope you find something to check off your list (just click on the titles to get to the website). Happy holidays! ~ Haley & Claudine _______________________________________________________________________________ 10 Day Health Challenge Winter Program Give someone in your life the gift of health this year! Our online winter program starting Monday, January 11th is a great resource to use all year around, with nutritional support and tons of delicious whole foods recipes. Click on the link to purchase and make sure to specify the name and email address of the recipient in the notes section upon checkout.         Simple Green Smoothies Do you know someone who LOVES their morning green smoothie? Well, our friends at SGS take it up a notch from the typical kale and almond milk concoctions and have created a beautifully photographed book full of over 100 creative and delicious smoothies recipes. Just like us, they do not count calories, but instead teach you how to make healthier food choices.       Fit To Inspire: Lessons From France We all want to know. How do the French stay so slim!? As...
Spring Green Hummus

Spring Green Hummus

Spring Green Hummus with Carrots & Snap Peas We did it again! Another successful debut at the Marin Mart Farmers Market in Larkspur, CA. Thanks to Cyrelle for taking over this one and providing a fabulous spring recipe that the kids loved. You can check out more of Cyrelle’s recipes at her website Wholesome Creations. Ingredients: 1 can of organic low sodium chickpeas, drained 1/2 cup of fresh fava beans (cooked for 5 minutes and shelled) 1/4 cup of fresh parsley and cilantro Juice from one large lemon 1 clove of garlic 2 tablespoons of tahini paste 1 tablespoon of ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional) 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil Sea salt to taste Preparation: Combine all ingredients in the food processor except olive oil. Begin running the machine slowly, while adding the olive oil little by little until everything is well incorporated. If too thick add a few extra tablespoons of lemon juice. Serve with carrots, snap peas, or your favorite vegetables, crackers, or whole grain pita...
Moroccan-Style Chicken and Herbed Couscous

Moroccan-Style Chicken and Herbed Couscous

Moroccan-Style Chicken It’s been raining for nearly four days straight in Marin. Yes, I know I should feel relieved because we so dearly need that precipitation, but it sure is making everything dark and dreary. My advice: put on some loud music and get in the kitchen. Earlier today I spent about an hour leafing through my dozens of cookbooks, and this is what I came up with for you. It’s a combination of a bunch of different recipes, so it might be a stretch to even call it “Moroccan,” but it’s delicious nonetheless. It’ll heighten the senses and lift the spirit! Ingredients: 4 large chicken breasts, trimmed and cut in to 1-inch pieces 2 Tbs. soy sauce or tamari 2 Tbs. dry white wine 2 tsp. honey Juice of 1 lemon Grated rind of one lemon 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp. curry powder 1 tsp. ground turmeric 1 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced 1 cup chicken stock 12 dried apricot halves, coarsely chopped 10-15 black olives (the oily, salty kind 1/2 tsp. sea salt To garnish: Chopped parsley Slivered almonds, toasted 1) In a large bowl, combine chicken pieces with the next 9 ingredients (from the wine through the ground ginger). Mix well and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, or overnight. 2) In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat and add the onions. Sauté onion until translucent and soft. Add the chicken, marinade, and chicken stock. Cover and let simmer on medium low for 6-8 minutes,...
Oat Bran Muffins and Lemon Bars

Oat Bran Muffins and Lemon Bars

Being a certified teacher with DirectionFive, a non-profit culinary and nutrition program for kids, is a pretty sweet job (no pun intended!). I get to teach kids of all ages about a topic I am passionate about, plus I spend the day cooking and eating delicious food. Last week, our team of teachers were at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa for their winter intersession. Our stellar group of 15 high school students learned some basic kitchen skills such as how to use a knife properly and how to chiffonade kale leaves. We also talked about the 11 body systems, learned about sustainable agriculture, and toured an organic farm. Below are two of this week’s favorite recipes. Oat Bran Muffins Ingredients: Makes 12 muffins 2 cups oat bran 1/2 cup unbleached sugar (or Sucanat) 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1 cup of milk or other non-dairy milk of your choice 3/4 cup apple sauce or pumpkin puree 2 eggs 1 cup apple, grated 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/3 cup almonds, chopped 1/4 cup raisins 1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly oil a muffin tin or use paper muffin cups. 2) Mix together first 5 ingredients. In a separate bowl mix together milk, apple sauce or pumpkin puree, and eggs. Stir well, then add apple. 3) Combine wet and dry ingredients then add nuts and raisins. 4) Spoon into prepared muffin tin and bake for 15-17 minutes. Lemon Bars Ingredients: 2 cups + 4 Tbs. of all-purpose flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 cup butter, cold 4 eggs lightly beaten 2 cups unbleached...