A Spiralizer Is the Best Kitchen Gadget You've Never Heard Of

Categories: Health Food

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Photo by Hannah Sentenac
Pasta makers are nice, if you've got oodles of time on your hands and a high tolerance for carbs. Alternatively, if you could stand to eat more veggies (who couldn't?), a spiralizer is a pasta maker slash vegetable slicer -- maybe the best invention in the history of ever.

Basically, it turns your garden variety veggies into curly fries, stringy spaghetti, spiral slivers -- any noodle-ish shape you can imagine.

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Five Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating from DeliverLean Detox Specialist Alina Z

Categories: Health Food

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Gelato!

Nothing says holiday season like expanding waistlines. Despite our best efforts, December sees many of us falling into the trap of too much egg nog and not enough exercise.

But how can we survive holiday parties and gut-busting dinners without packing on the pounds? DeliverLean and DL revAMP Detox Specialist and Raw Food Chef Alina Z. has a few tips to help us navigate the sea of treats and temptations.

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Beauty Foods Luncheon November 21 Teaches You to Eat Your Way to Gorgeous Skin

Categories: Health Food

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Courtesy of Veronica Menin
Veronica Menin and Marcela Llodra, co-founders of Conscious Bite Out.
Everyone wants beautiful skin. But instead of piling on the drugstore chemicals or heading to the Botox doc, lots of experts suggest there are healthier, more natural ways to glow..

The Beauty Foods Luncheon on November 21 at The Palms will pair a scrumptious menu by chef Julie Frans with need-to-know skincare info by natural beauty expert and Ayurvedic practitioner Brigitte Abella. So you can learn what to put in and on our bod to look your best.

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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.

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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

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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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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).

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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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