How Tea Can Change Your Life, According to Master Tsai of Coconut Grove's Zen Village

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
Believe it or not, there's more to tea than Oprah's Starbucks Teavana line. Tea's healing history dates back a whopping 5,000 years, and ancient wisdom suggests its influence can be life-altering.

This potential impact on our modern lives is what Master Tsai, of Coconut Grove's Zen Village, is looking to share with over-stressed, over-burdened Miamians.

The cozy, interfaith community center has a tea room, where Tsai leads tea ceremonies, pours steaming cups of aged blends and schools folks on proper teaware.

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Miami Chefs Host Fundraising Events for Fit to Fight Challenge

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Fit to Fight via Facebook
From Flywheel to Sobekick, Miami chefs are sweating it out all around town.
While we're getting fatter taking advantage of Miami Spice, the chefs behind those meals are slimming down for a good cause. As part of the Fit to Fight challenge, 12 local toques have committed to lose weight while raising funds to benefit Live to Fight, a nonprofit that supports individuals with life-threatening illnesses. After their last weigh-in August 4, some are already down almost 20 pounds!

In addition to competing to drop the most weight, each chef is tasked with raising a minimum of $1,500. Many are hosting events and touting restaurant specials to help meet their goals and promote healthful living.

See also: Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

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As Sugar-Apple Season Starts, There's Another Super Fruit to Try

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Photo by Carina Ost
Break it open.
At last Sunday's farmers market on Lincoln Road, our favorite vendor who bags and boxes our bounty of produce broke off a bit of something green and mysterious. It looked like something that dinosaurs would munch on or like their scales.

The piece was white and creamy in the middle, like a soft pear with the graininess of an Asian pear. It reminded us a bit of a lychee without the floral notes and had the same vessel and pull-apart, seed-heavy structure as a pomegranate.

It was a sugar-apple and it was exceptional.

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Juice Lab: Get Cold-Pressed Drinks on South Beach

Categories: Health Food

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Courtesy of Juice Lab
After a successful debut in Winter Park earlier this year, Juice Lab will soon expand its cold-pressed juice bar concept to South Florida this fall. Juice Lab will feature seasonal menus of farm-to-bottle beverage blends made from local harvests picked at the peak of freshness.

Celebrities like Demi Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow have long championed the juice cleanse, but what is it about these liquefied fruits and veggies that makes the trend so appealing?

According to Jennifer Pansa, nationally recognized yoga instructor and co-founder of Juice Lab, drinking juice can actually maximize your health and make you feel like a million bucks. What are the benefits of drinking cold-pressed juice as opposed to regular juices? The answer is in the nutrients.

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Colony1: Bulk Food Store, Organic Garden, and Vegan Kitchen Coming to Wynwood

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Courtesy of Ricardo Trevino
Homemade edibles by the Colony1 team, on display at the Grassroots Music Festival.
Picture this green-living dream: A marketplace where Miamians can buy locally grown produce and bulk goods, then carry them home in reusable containers; a kitchen where locals can learn to cook healthy, vegan meals for themselves and their families; a lush community garden where people can donate time in exchange for a share of fresh produce.

Believe it or not, all of the above is coming to Wynwood.

Known as Colony1, the living building and its lot will serve as a bulk food store, organic garden, and vegan kitchen, among a community classroom and other things. It's the vision of Nando and Blair Jaramillo, the couple behind local nonprofit the Art of Cultural Evolution (ACE).

See also: Colony1 Eco-Friendly Community to Build Sustainable "Living Building" in Wynwood

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Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

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Greg Powers
Last year Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Mike Isabella participated in a challenge to save lives and shed pounds dubbed Fit for Hope. The Washington, D.C. fundraiser pitted 12 chefs against one another over the course of 12 weeks and raised more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Because of the positive impact it had on Isabella's life, he's decided to regionalize the challenge and make it Miami-appropriate. He's picked captain and regional host Jamie DeRosa to head Fit to Fight, which kicks off Monday, June 30, with a party open to the public at Tongue & Cheek.

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OnJuice at Aventura Mall: Sip Cold-Pressed Juices, Snack on Organic Brownies While You Shop

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Photos by Carla Torres
Mall food is typically heavy, greasy, and fatty. Enter OnJuice, a health-focused juice and grab-and-go snack bar that opened Monday in Aventura Mall.

DeliverLean (the meal plan delivery company) is the parent company of OnJuice. They've partnered with Turnberry Group to bring the first of several locations to shoppers and mall employees looking for healthful and tasty alternatives, such as gluten-free zucchini brownies and organic quinoa-kale-cranberry salad with lemon-pistachio drizzle.

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Jugofresh Hires In-House Health Expert to Educate Customers

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Courtesy Jugofresh
Jugofresh has its own nutrition expert on staff.
For all its body worship, Miami isn't exactly the healthiest city. Maybe it's our penchant for partying into the next day or our lust for pork, but Miami was ranked 26th on the 2014 American Fitness Index of Top 50 fittest cities (behind Chicago and Pittsburgh).

So maybe it's time for a new habit. Jugofresh, the cold-pressed-juice company that debuted in 2012 and is quickly taking over Miami one juice (and shop) at a time, has gone one step further in making Miami a bit healthier.

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Ten Fruits Now Open in Coral Gables: Hemp Milk, Dragonfruit, and Acai Bowls

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Courtesy of David Polinsky
Ten Fruits, downtown's uber-popular eatery and juice bar, has just opened a new location at 2516 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables. Fresh-pressed juices and acai bowls oughta be a welcome addition to a neighborhood chock full of steakhouses and pork joints.

The new spot, just steps from Miracle Mile, has a lengthy menu of health-conscious choices, from juice cleanses and whole wheat waffles, to smoothies and Greek yogurt. We got the skinny on the just-opened eatery and tried a couple of their newest items, including hemp milk. Yum. Check out the deets after the jump.

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The Healthy Bacteria Craze: Fermented Foods and Probiotic Drinks

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Courtesy of Mike Moskos
Kefir Culture Grains
Whether they're pickled in a dirt hole for several months, jarred in the back of your pantry, or just fell off the back of a VitaCoco truck, fermented foods have made waves as tasty and health conscious treats. From coconut water and quinoa, to dairy and and beans, any dietary staple can be infused with the cultured brilliance of fermentation. But what exactly is it?

Fermented is a euphemism for rotten or spoiled. Around the turn of the century, canadian dentist Weston A. Price popularized the consumption of fermented fare as a remedy for oral and digestive maladies. He traveled the world, documenting the indigenous foods of various cultures and noting their health effects. Recently, with the appearance of kombucha -- a bubbling mushroom tea that will get you buzzed and cure whatever ails you -- fermented products have slowly made there way back into the collective epicurean consciousness.

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