by February 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Healthy Snacks for the Game Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]

Just because it’s January doesn’t mean you can’t still eat seasonally! Celebrate the winter’s best by shopping at the farmers market. Many farms keep refrigerated rooms or grow in greenhouses so that they can sell fresh produce all winter long. Not only will you get fresh food this Sunday at the market, but you’ll also avoid long lines at Whole Foods, let alone the fact that I’m sure Safeway’s shelves will be entirely cleared by Friday.

Here are a few healthy recipes that feature winter’s best, plus a few other snacks that will tide you over through halftime and beyond. Have that extra beer and relax knowing that you can enjoy without overdoing it!

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges are super easy and better than the frozen and fried kind you’ll find at the bar. Wash two or three large sweet potatoes and cut into 2 inch-long, half-inch thick wedges with the skins on. Toss in two tbsp. olive oil, one tsp. salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper and arrange on a baking sheet. If you like, also add two cloves chopped garlic (or one tsp. garlic powder) and/or fresh rosemary. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes or until crispy.
  • While you’ve got the oven on, make some Spicy Kale Chips for 15 minutes at the same heat. It’s best if you have the patience to strip the kale leaves from the stems and massage them individually with olive oil. Arrange on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and chili powder on top and place on the top rack of the oven. No kale?  You can use broccoli instead and I am sure nobody will complain.
  • Chop up carrots for a Pumpkin Hummus Dip recipe that I love for parties. Roast a fresh sunshine or kabocha squash and a head of garlic in the over for an hour at 375. You want to make sure you can pierce the squash with a fork easily. Cool before scooping out two cups of the squash into a blender. Carefully peel four to five heads of garlic and add to the blender, as well as one can of rinsed chickpeas, ¼ cup of tahini or smooth peanut butter and a half cup of olive oil. I’ll add warm water as needed and blend on high until the mixture forms a smooth, orange puree. Blend in a dash of salt, a dash of pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Lots of vendors at the market have already prepared other delicious game-day snacks too! Go for the fresh smoked fish dips at Chris’ Marketplace, the Chipotle Ketchup and Salsas at Toigo and Twin Springs Farms or splurge on low fat quark or pimento cheese if you MUST have nachos (no judgement).

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by January 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Are you ready to detox from 2012? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT] 

Perhaps you had a few too many beers at the company holiday party. Your mother may have put the candy dish out right in front of you and added second helpings to your plate at dinner. Or maybe it was the traveling and eating out every meal. Not to mention that New Years Eve party hangover followed by pizza at 3 am, followed by brunch less than ten hours later.

Whatever the case may be, by January everyone’s talking about the post-holiday bloat, guilt and resolve to change.

Signing a 12-month gym membership contract can’t automatically make you feel any better or make you any healthier. Neither will starving yourself of warming foods in the heart of winter.

A juice cleanse or other detox diet may provide a quick fix but may not have lasting results and could leave you feeling depleted and weak. However, in addition to exercise, a clean diet over just a few weeks can cure the worst of food hangovers of all and lead to ultimate positive change and increased energy.

Healthy Ideas for You

  • Cruciferous greens like kale, broccoli and cabbage almost instantly clear your system of impurities (hence the green smoothie detox fads), so develop the habit of having one cup of greens like these at least five times a week. They’ll also stay in season throughout most of the winter.
  • Other foods high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids like avocado, sardines, salmon and flax seeds also help to rid your body of impurities and are usually recommended for their skin-clearing properties too.
  • Stick to what is in season! Winter squash, carrots, and nutrient dense potatoes like sweet or Vivaldi can also form the base of a hearty winter dish–filling, warm and satisfying.

So try out this recipe below or one of these recipes from past entries for a fresh start this year:

Cumin and Ginger Spiced Carrot Salad


Serves 4

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, couscous or brown rice
  • Approximately 10 large carrots
  • One avocado
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh ginger
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut carrots lengthwise and then into three-inch pieces.
  3. Toss and coat in EVOO, salt, pepper, and a generous amount of cumin.
  4. Spread flat side down onto a lined baking sheet and grate ginger on top (note: ginger freezes very well, making is last longer AND easier to grate).
  5. Bake 20-30 minutes or until roasted to your liking.
  6. Once done, toss in a bowl with cooked quinoa, sliced avocado, parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  7. Dig in.

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