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Fresh CuisineBenefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a popular method of weight loss with the additional benefits of increased energy, lowered inflammation, improved insulin sensitivity, revved-up metabolism, and possibly even cancer prevention. IF is simply applied by extending the hours between dinner and breakfast. The fasting period typically ranges from 12 to 18 Read more…

Fresh CuisineSmall Wonders “Wow” in Nutrition and Taste

There’s nothing like a guest speaker to get third graders’ hands in the air. Today the guest is up at the whiteboard drawing pictures and asking students to identify parts of a plant. The kids at Katherine Finchy Elementary have got this. “What’s the tiny thing the farmer puts in Read more…

Fresh CuisineButternut Squash and Potato Soup

This smooth, yet hearty, soup is easy to prepare, but will make you look like a super chef to those lucky enough to have some…and you thought you couldn’t cook! Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Serves: 4 What you’ll need: 1 medium butternut squash, or even better, Read more…

Fresh CuisineGood-For-You Ice Cream!

Whether you live the raw, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free or low carb lifestyle, you are sure to enjoy this savory delight from Les Starks of Whitewater, author of Sweet Without Sugar: Ice Cream That’s Good for You. The simple recipe is easy to make and tastes like fresh strawberries. Note Read more…

Fresh CuisineTake a Trip to the FARM

Just off the bustling streets of downtown Palm Springs is a cozy café that immediately transports you to the French countryside. Walking down a narrow alley off the La Plaza corridor brings you to a white wooden gate that is the entrance to FARM. Many already know this little gem Read more…

Fresh Cuisine‘Tis the Season – for Baked Apples!

I love this baked apples recipe. It’s simple and clean, not to mention mouthwatering and delicious! Baked Apples What you’ll need: 4 organic red delicious apples, washed, unpeeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons honey Pinch of nutmeg 2 teaspoons apple cider or apple Read more…

Fresh CuisinePan-fried Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a nutritious way of getting your greens fix during the holiday season. Filled to the brim with vitamins K, C and A, along with fiber, omegas 3 and 6, manganese, iron, and potassium, they supply a high level of disease-fighting antioxidants and other vital nutrients that protect Read more…

Fresh CuisineThe 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…

Fresh CuisineCreamy 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…

Fresh CuisineCauliflower 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…

Fresh CuisineEnhance 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…

Fresh CuisineStress 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…

Fresh CuisineFruit 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…

Fresh CuisineDo 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…

Fresh CuisineWhat’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…

Fresh CuisineVegan 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…

Fresh CuisineThe 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…

Fresh CuisineArtichokes 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…

Fresh CuisineThe 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…

Fresh CuisineGreen 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…