Edible Flowers

Roses are red, violets are blue,
Eat them both, they’re
healthy for you!

Enjoy flowers for their beautiful colors, their soothing
scents, and their health benefits. Make sure all flowers come from respectable,
organic farms. Otherwise, they are not safe to eat. If you can, grow your own!
Adding it to soups, salad or using them in sauces, desserts will not only give you some eye candy but will also add a punch of flavor, aroma and beneficial nutrients!

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Here are a few of the most popular edible flowers and how they will improve
your health:


Join us this Sunday for fun and food!

GrowingGreat’s 5th Annual Healthy Living Festival, celebrating food, fitness, and eco-friendly living, is fast approaching. Enjoy delicious food and live entertainment at this FREE community event for all ages. Mark your calendars and join the fun!

Sunday, May 15th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
13th Street/Metlox Plaza (site of the Manhattan Beach Farmers’ Market)
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

We will be joining this festival where we will be testing food senstivities on attendees. We will also be launching a new assessment technology. Please come and let us show you what we have to offer as well as support other local healthy living vendors.

Mai Healthee Life: Episode 1

A dear friend of mine, Jeannie Mai, host of Style Network’s How Do I Look, and I have started a series of short clips of Healthee Tips to help you along your journey to feeling and looking better! Join Us along this journey to learn and get you and your friends and family in tip top shape!

This week’s topic of Discussion: Radiation

Watch our very first Mai Healthee Life Episode! To keep updated on our latest episodes, follow Jeannie Mai here!

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Episode Re-cap:

Digestive Juices in Nature

When we are young, our digestive enzymes function at their best by breaking down food into necessary proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, while also helping various metabolic functions in the body take place. Many studies have proven that these enzymes deteriorate as we age, typically around age 40, though food choices and lifestyles people live with today also promote the depletion of the number of enzymes much more rapidly. We’ve seen teenagers that have decreased enzyme production!

With low enzymes, even the healthiest foods are not effectively utilized by our bodies because they are not properly broken down. This lead to lack of absorption and then nutrient deficiency.

Farmer’s Market Above the City

I’ve been wanting to check out Yamashiro Restaurant’s Garden Market
since they opened a couple of months ago. Though I am a LA native, I
haven’t visited this amazing historical
landmark till this week!

Their $2 valet service has been discontinued. BUT, there is free parking
at the Fifth Christian Science Church @ 7107 Hollywood Blvd (enter off
N. La Brea Ave) where a complimentary shuttle service will take you up
the hill. We arrive late – around 7:45 – and noticed quite a few people
walking down the hill — which mean, they must’ve walked up. It was
still bright out at 7:45 so if you go early, it’d be a nice short hike
up and down the hill.

A Rebuttal about Agave

I accidentally stumbled upon this article/letter on the web today. Though it is from an agave manufacturer, I believe that not everything is always black or white. So in everything there is balance and the real driving key is the quantity of sugar — sugar in any form — that you ingest every day.  I recommend that you mix it up.. some good raw agave, raw sugar, raw honey, stevia, and maybe even some xylitol if you are okay with sugar alcohols.

Article below from Tradin Organics —

Shocking! There is much misinformation about agave syrup and its production process.

The Truth

We’ve been following with interest the article “Shocking! This ‘Tequila’ Sweetener is Far Worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup” the last couple of days. It is amazing how powerful internet is in terms of informing or in this case misinforming people.

The Sad Claims about Agave Nectar

During the past five year of practice, I’ve recommended agave nectar as
the sweetener of choice, having learned of its low glycemic index and
therefore, its benefits over table sugar, commercial honey and of
course, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This product of this noble
Mexican cactus, famed for it’s fermented beverage, tequilla, has since
then, replaced sugar, maple syrup and honey in many pantries across the

2007, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Happy to be amongst agave plants at a
local tequila factory.

Sunday Morning Brunch

I am so uber-blessed with the most wonderful group of girls that anyone can have!  We do our best to get together every few weeks and share updates on our individually awesome lives over food, chocolate, wine. Today, We added to our table of treats with something old for a few but something very new for most: HOMEMADE JUICE.

Left: Fawn’s Green Kale-Carrot-Pineapple Elixir; Right: Jess’ Apple-Carrot-Watermelon-Cucumber Mimosa

Really. You need to clean up!

The host at a talk I did a few years back introduced me as an “Organic” Nutritionist. A holistic nutritionist or clinical nutritionist I am, but Organic? I thought it was cute and funny but wondered, would I, if I were meat or produce, be able to be called “organic”?

Well, what is the criteria to be certified organic? According to wikipedia, organic certification “generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage,
processing, packaging and shipping that include: