You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘healthy’ tag.

written by Molly Kay Stoltz

When I am sick or sore, when I’m uninspired, when it is dark and cold outside, or when I am stressed and need time alone, I take a bath.

Baths have become something of a luxury, but they shouldn’t be. Our lives are busy, and it is always easy to take a shower and get on with your day, but a bath forces you to slow down and think. And the benefits grow when you take a moment to add herbs or salts to your bath water.

The first thing to consider is the temperature of your water. Cool or room-temperature water can help to lower a fever or normalize your system, and can firm and strengthen you if you are able to brave the cold! On the other hand, warm water is soothing and opens your pores which can help you become decongested or eliminate toxins from your body, for example, after a hard workout or a massage. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Molly Kay Stoltz

Ginger is a familiar herb. Its golden root and slightly spicy taste has appeared in cuisine throughout the world, from China to the Caribbean. Its yellow flowers can also be found surrounding people’s homes in sub-tropical climates. Ginger is accessible in most grocery stores, and is incredibly easy to add to your diet.

Ginger is fantastic for a few reasons. It is considered a primary herb for boosting the reproductive, respiratory, and digestive systems because it helps improve circulation, making its effects felt throughout the body. Ginger can also be used over long periods of time with no known side effects (as long as it is used in moderation!).  Read the rest of this entry »

By Lydia Krupinski

If you’re anything like me you’ve procrastinated with writing your New Year’s Resolutions for 2011. Seeing that we’re still in the first few days of the year I think there is no shame in getting them in a tad late. Perhaps this can be a resolution in and of itself!

To help you come up with at least one eco-minded goal for the New Year we’ve compiled the following suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

Photos & Review by David Paul Downs

At the corner of Roscoe and Hoyne, in Chicago’s quaint Roscoe Village neighborhood, sits one of the cities best restaurants for a vegetarian friendly brunch. Victory’s Banner offers a bright and comfortable environment for late morning dining.

Their menu is an array of creative takes on traditional breakfast fare, such as eggs scrambled with spinach, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and feta; apple-pecan pancakes made from oat bran flour; or buckwheat waffles topped with fresh seasonal fruit, homemade whipped cream, and real maple syrup.

I couldn’t resist ordering a plate of almond stuffed French toast, one of the specials for today. My wife, and favorite dining partner, ordered the curry omelet, in an attempt to counter-balance my raging sweet tooth. We almost always split our dishes. I order the sweetest dish I can find, and she orders something savory, giving us an equal balance to satisfy our palettes.

Our order was taken by a petite waitress dressed in a colorful, silken wrap. Her friendly demeanor was genuine and she seemed to project an inner glow, reflective of the restaurants philosophies.

While waiting for our dishes to arrive, we sipped on homemade chai tea. This hand-crafted drinkest was the freshest I’ve experienced, with strong distinctive, spices you could smell and taste. The chai is also offered “bottomless” as you would expect for house coffee. We started with two hot cups, but considering the heat of the summer day, and the servers were kind enough to switch us to iced chai’s. Read the rest of this entry »

by Lydia Krupinski

One of my 2010  resolutions is to eat healthier snacks. Now, I’m not talking about Pirate Booty processed organic carb TJ chocolate chip cookie snacks, but honestly good-for-you bite-sized whole foods.  Things that are straight from the source, mixed up, raw, and baked…that’s what’s on my mind.

To start things off on the right foot I want to share my favorite recipe for home made granola. The ultimate renaisssance food, it is breakfast, snack, and power surge all in one! With the hearty nuts, dried anti-oxidant rich berries, soothing oatmeal, and comforting spices, you’re sure to fall in love as well.

As expected, I’ve tweaked the original concoction for my own palette, but any of the add ons below can be swapped for other ingredients.  Try walnuts in place of almonds, papaya in place of cherries, or add some cardamom and sprouted rice for an exotic twist!

Rustic Homemade Granola Read the rest of this entry »

By Lydia Krupinski

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Food, family, friends, and a day of reflection. Oh, and did I mention food? On tomorrow’s menu I have a star studded vegetarian lineup. No tofurkey this year…just fresh fruits, vegetables, and preserves. If this list doesn’t get your mouth watering, then I don’t know what will.

+ Curried Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Baby Onions

+ Honey Cornbread Muffins with Cranberry Chutney

+ Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

+ Cornbread, Wild Mushroom, and Pecan Stuffing

+ Candied Ginger Pumpkin Pie