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The Road to the Kitchen Starts at the Farm

Three Coachella Valley chefs, Amanda Nees, Lorraine Ornelas and Stephen Lee, all make a point to source the majority of their ingredients directly from small family farms rather than ordering from a produce broker or food purveyor. When asked why they choose to conduct these weekly interactions themselves rather than Read more…

Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Summer is coming to an end and fall is here. As the days are getting shorter, and the evenings are getting darker, the desire to eat warmer wholesome foods begins to set in. It is almost like a trigger in our brain; like a bear getting ready to hibernate for Read more…

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

You can still have your favorite pizza, even if you are avoiding carbs or gluten with, yes, cauliflower! A member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, Read more…

Enhance Learning with Healthy Foods

As a parent or teacher, you want to see kids grow as physically, mentally, and academically healthy as possible. Luckily, healthy food can help achieve these goals, and there is no better time to expose them to healthy eating routines than their tender years. Real Food vs. Junk Food Sometimes Read more…

Stress Buster Smoothie

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the following questions: How is my day going? Does this situation stress me out? How is this stress affecting me emotionally, mentally and physically? Have I asked or reached out for help? Whatever your answer, I most certainly urge you to ask yourself Read more…

Fruit Makes It Fancy

As July temperatures spike into the 100-teens, we desert dwellers emerge into baking parking lots and remember the importance of hydration. Most year-round residents have a lukewarm bottle of water rolling around under car seats and a liquid-bearing vessel on our desk at work; yet, many of us walk around Read more…

Do You Zoodle?

One of the best gifts I ever received was my spiralizer. It is the perfect kitchen tool for turning zucchini into noodles, or “zoodles.” These colorful creations from carrots, yellow squash, zucchini and the like can be added to salads, side dishes and of course, to make an ideal pasta Read more…

Vitamin C for Confidence

As a health and lifestyle coach, I am constantly looking for ways to live a life that is revitalizing, energetic and in balance. There are so many different perspectives to consider, and each factor is as important as the other. On a daily basis, I am learning to do things Read more…

What’s on That Label, Egg-xactly?

Now that we are well into spring, that season in the desert which can seem all too fleeting, the public’s attention often turns to eggs. In the U.S. people buy close to 180 million eggs1 around Easter time for dyeing and hunting. Eggs, however, are an agricultural product that defies Read more…

Vegan Café Blooms in DHS

Stephanie Gray wasn’t always this fit. At 5’1” she once weighed 175 pounds, a stark comparison to her petite appearance today at 110. Two years ago, she dedicated herself to a healthier lifestyle through exercise and a variety of yo-yo diets that didn’t work. She finally shed the pounds through Read more…

The Next Generation of Healthy Fast Food

Three years ago, life on the go inspired Indio resident Michelle Steadman to create a healthy raw food bar for herself and her family. It wasn’t long before she, her husband Kevin, and son Logan were mass producing, packaging and selling their TRUElicious food bars to Whole Foods and other Read more…

Artichokes Have a Lot of Heart

This unique and exquisite flower offers a lot of healing properties. Did you know that an artichoke is a cluster of many budding small flowers that come together with many bracts (individual leaves)? They congregate to create an edible base that we call “the heart.” The leaves have a slightly Read more…

The Benefits of Eating Seasonally and Locally

Seasonal eating is en vogue. Between the coveted White House vegetable garden, numerous food-related books, and sustainable restaurant menus, our world is being re-educated on how eating locally grown, in-season foods is beneficial for the planet, your health, and your wallet. Historically, eating with the seasons was the only survival Read more…

Green Bean Salad

This is one of the easiest and tastiest, not to mention the most nutritious, salads you can make in a minute – well, maybe not literally a minute, but close to it. Once you blanch the beans and then shock them, it’s nearly done. Serves 4. What you’ll need: You’ll Read more…

Healing Broth

“Bone broth isn’t just broth, and it isn’t just soup. It’s concentrated healing.” — Kellyann Petrucci, ND When I first heard about bone broth, I was a little baffled. I did not understand how someone could drink bone broth on its own and say it makes a difference to his Read more…

Spinach, Barley and Lemon Soup

When you’re in the mood for a light, but heavy on flavor soup, chocked full of nutrients, try this recipe for Spinach Lemon Soup. I learned this one from a professional chef in New York City a few years back, and believe me, it stands the test of time. The Read more…

A Healthy Twist on Classic Fare

Across from the Polo Grounds in Indio is a new contemporary community called Trilogy at the Polo Club. The all-ages resort boasts an “active lifestyle” and offers a large community and separate lap pool, state-of-the art fitness center, tennis and pickle ball courts, bocce courts, and even a life-sized chess Read more…

Holiday Meals for the Paleo Lifestyle

New York Times bestselling author Danielle Walker has a lot to celebrate in her new cookbook Celebrations, a collection of tasty holiday recipes she’s reformulated for those who live the Paleo lifestyle. Walker’s story is an empowering example of taking control of your body and health through nutrition. In her Read more…

Healthy Thumbprint Cookies

In my quest to find foods that offer guiltless pleasure, I’ve stumbled upon this special nugget of a healthy recipe at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food & Health in New York City. There to satisfy my unending appetite for healthful eating, I was given a recipe for what has Read more…

Autumn “Jewels in the Fruit” Pomegranate

Yes, pomegranates are back in season from September to November. This light and colorful dark pink fruit can be used in multiple ways from juicy fresh pods and dry seeds to freeze-dried powder or juice form. In India, we do not let any part of this yummy deliciousness go to Read more…

Jicama or Not to Jicama

I cannot believe I had never tried this vegetable before I came to the USA, and I must say I have tried quite a variety of exotic fruits and vegetables in my time. I know the local folks out here must know this amazing vegetable. Yes, I am talking about Read more…

Spinach Burger

Sometimes we crave a good burger, so with health in mind, here is one for you!  Mainly vegetarian, totally satisfying with no guilt trip, and a lot of nutrition with only 482 calories.  Try this healthy option and you will be convinced that vegetarian food can also be very delicious Read more…

Granting Produce to Valley Seniors

With nutritious meals essential to a healthy life, the Auen Foundation is providing a $50,000 grant to FIND Food Bank in support of its signature program, Project Produce. The program provides fresh fruits and vegetables to local residents in need of food assistance. “This generous gift will help deliver healthy, Read more…

Feel Good Food

When dining out, Asian cuisine can often be a healthy choice – especially if artificial ingredients like MSG have been replaced with healing spices in homemade sauces. And if you start with regionally sourced ingredients and authentic Vietnamese recipes, then add influences from other cultures, you have truly fusion fare Read more…

Hospital Food…Healthy?

The menu reads “spinach salad with roasted turkey, cranberries and honey-mustard dressing;  garlic herb pork loin with maple mashed sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli and peach slices; whole wheat pasta with turkey Bolognese.”  Are you at your favorite restaurant or is dinner being served in your hospital room?  Hard to tell Read more…

The Flavor or Essense

For my birthday, my husband surprised me with a weekend getaway to Two Bunch Palms. We had heard about their renovation and renewed focus on wellness, so we were excited to check it out. We always enjoyed visiting Casino, the resort’s 1920s-style restaurant with its fireplace, dark wood and velvet Read more…

Grab-N-Go Healthy

When you think ‘convenient, fast food to go’ images that come to mind include hamburgers, sandwiches and burritos. Healthy fare is hard to picture, and often even harder to find. But that trend is changing here in the Valley with FRESH Juice Bar opening a second location in Palm Springs, Read more…

Healthy Eats Around Town

Desert Health® is proud to feature reviews on some of the Coachella Valley’s healthiest restaurants. Click here to read more! Read more…

Palm Spring’s Alicante

When restaurateur Mindy Reed, owner of award-winning Zin American Bistro, was looking to rebrand her second restaurant, Zini Café, her top priority was to satisfy leading requests from her customers. First on the list was a name change as Zin and Zini often created confusion when meeting friends. Second was Read more…

Replacing Fast Food with Living Food @ Fresh

As many people are switching from coffee to green drinks these days, and from fast food to living foods, juice bars are essential to every community. Fortunately, we now have Fresh Juice Bar, the Valley’s newest stop for a healthy snack or meal. The smells of fresh fruit and vibrant Read more…

The Yard House: Catering to Healthier Palates

People are starting to make healthier choices when it comes to foods that best serve their bodies. Many are choosing vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, and low carb lifestyles. It’s not uncommon these days to ask for dietary considerations when inviting friends for dinner. And when choosing a place to dine out, Read more…

Hip, Cool & Healthy at the Workshop Kitchen + Bar

A visit to the Workshop is an experience for the senses. Chef/Owner Michael Beckman, his architecturally saavy partner Joseph Mourani, and sommelier Lonny Abugow have combined their worldly experiences to create a myriad of complementing and contrasting elements brought together in one tantalizing package. The restaurant’s stunningly modern interiors are Read more…

Local Ingredients and a ‘Partnership for a Healthier America’: A Winning Combination at Lantana

When deciding where to eat out, we don’t often think of going to a hotel. It’s different in the desert, where we have many world-class restaurants inside world-renowned resorts. Located inside the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Lantana is one such hidden gem. It serves wholesome, local and thoughtfully sourced food. Read more…

Solanos Wellington

Gourmet Vegetarian Served Up at Solano’s

Solano’s Bistro used to be in a small space in La Quinta. Locals raved about their fresh cuisine, but size made getting a reservation difficult. This year, Solano’s moved to a new location in Old Town that is three times larger, yet it maintains the same charming look and feel. Read more…

Healthy Eats “On the Go”

If healthy food is a priority, you’ll agree that one of the hardest things may be eating on the run. Sure you can pack fruits and nuts to munch along the way, but sometimes you want a hearty lunch you can grab-and-go that will satisfy your taste buds, re-energize, but Read more…

Growers market

Healthier Cheese Quesadillas

Everyone loves quesadilla and it can be a healthy snack! Enjoy this recipe (with even healthier replacement options) from Growers Market and Stick Figure Salsa. What you’ll need: Cooked or canned black beans, drained and rinsed One avocado, peeled and thinly sliced (you’ll need a few slices per person) ½ cup Read more…

Baked Brie & Apple-Pear Chutney Appetizer

From Growers Market & Kitchen Creations This delectable treat is easy to make and will impress your guests Unwrap a 4” wheel of brie cheese Cut an 8” square from 1 puff pastry sheet Place 4 Tbs Kitchen Creations fresh Apple-Pear chutney in center of pastry Sprinkle with slivered almonds Read more…

Vintage Comfort Food Redefined at TWENTY6

A Desert Health Review My husband and I took a trip to Kentucky last year where we dined at a couple of very unique restaurants we dubbed “rustic chic.” Reclaimed barn wood covered the walls, old fashioned touches added to the décor, and sophisticated cuisine with retro cocktails were served. Read more…

Greek wrap with baked falafa

“The Queen of Clean Cuisine™” Offers Organic Cooking at Jennifer’s Kitchen

A Desert Health Review When you walk into Jennifer’s Kitchen, you are reminded of a Napa Valley café, quaint with both bistro and family style tables and wine décor adorning the walls. My mother and I stopped by to enjoy lunch one day after meeting Jennifer and sampling her cuisine Read more…

minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup

A healthy & hearty winter meal suggestion from the Growers Market family 1 lb mixed fresh vegetables, such as celery, zucchini, carrots, young cabbage, spinach 4 tomatoes 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 cups vegetable or meat stock 2 cups dried pasta (short type) 1-14 Read more…

Raised garden beds provide the outdoor ambiance

A Trip to the Italian Countryside

“Welcome to our home” is the feeling you get when you enter the magnificent La Spiga Ristorante Italiano. La Spiga was recommended by friends as a wonderful place to eat, but not until our recent visit did I learn of the freshness of their ingredients – many right out of Read more…

4H

From International Acclaim to Local 4H

Jimmy Schmidt Brings it Home at Morgan’s Chef Jimmy Schmidt is world-renowned as a culinary innovator and former owner of the famed Rattlesnake Club restaurants in Denver and Detroit. Throughout his successful 30-year career, he has received numerous awards and accolades, and is the only chef honored with the distinguished Read more…

Farm (& Grove!) to Table Served at the Grove Artisan Kitchen

Walking the grounds of the Miramonte Resort & Spa, Chef Robert Nyerick discusses his focus on fresh cuisine at the Grove Artisan Kitchen. Many ingredients, like citrus and herbs, grow on the Miramonte grounds and are harvested daily by kitchen staff. As if on cue, guests visiting from Houston ask Read more…

Slow Food Desert Cities Helps Build Vegetable Gardens in Public Schools

Initiated in Rome in 1986, the Slow Food movement was formalized in 1989 when the founding Manifesto of the International Slow Food Movement was signed in Paris by delegates from 15 countries. Today there are more than 100,000 members in 132 countries who are focused on traditional and sustainable foods, Read more…