Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Tale of Two Juicers

Any of you who've been through our programs knows the value of juicing fresh alkalizing vegetables - increased energy, better skin, reduced cravings and clearer thoughts. 

Unencumbered by fiber or the need to go through the digestive system, invaluable micronutrients and phytochemicals are mainlined straight to the bloodstream for quick absorption. Hence the reason we recommend avoiding fruits such as apple or minimizing sweeter veggies like carrots and beets. Without the fiber to slow absorption the fruit sugars create a spike in blood sugar. However, vegetables such as celery, cucumber, leafy greens, parsley, cilantro paired with just a hint of carrot or coconut water offer a medicinally potent toddy that your body will appreciate. 

We encourage everyone to get into the habit of juicing. Think that to make a good juice, you have to spend 30 minutes cleaning the juicer? Advances in juicing technology have made toiling prep and clean up a thing of the past.

Here are two of our favorite (and easy to clean) juicers:

Breville: Juice Fountain Plus
Who is this for? The person that says, “Give me the juice, if and only if, it’s quick and easy.”

The Breville is a centrifuge juicer with a special design that makes the juicing process fast. No need to chop your produce: Throw in whole carrots, entire cucumbers and in seconds you have liquid goodness. This is the quickest, most efficient juicer on the market. And the price tag isn’t bad either.

The Downside? Though the quality of the juice is decent, it certainly isn’t winning any awards. The pulp comes out wet, which would cause any juicing aficionado to flinch knowing how much more goodness is contained in that pulp. The Breville does a fine job with most produce, however, it's extremely inefficient when it comes to greens. An entire head of kale yielded only a drizzle of juice. In fairness, greens are notoriously difficult for most juicers but there are machines on the market better suited, Breville’s Juice Fountain Plus just isn’t one of them.

All in all, this juicer is a good buy for the money and for time efficiency. 

Hurom Slow Juicer
Who is this for? The person that says, “Give me the high quality juice and I’ll spend a little more time.”

The new Hurom is a major upgrade in juicing technology. Masticating Juicers such as the Omega and GreenMachine have previously been some of the best bet for greens and high quality juices. And of course, The Norwalk Juicer, the standard by which all other juicers are measures, is at the holy grail of juicers producing liquid gold which can be refrigerated for days without eroding. However, the $2K price tag of the Norwalk is understandably prohibitive. And while the masticating juicers such as the Omega and GreenMachine fall more within reach at $250-$500, they are the size of a small automobile and the juicing prep and clean-up is much more laborious, with 25-30 minutes easily racking up for a single juice. 

Enter the Hurom:
Equal in size to the petite Breville, fairly easy to assemble and clean, it’s “slow juicing” technology uses a pressing and extraction process similar to the process of the Norwalk. The yield of juices is phenomenal as evidenced by the bone dry pulp. And the best news - it extracts every drop available from greens! This is a robust nutrient dense juice which is noticeably richer than juice produced by the Breville. The time commitment is about 3-5 minutes longer than the Breville, but the quality is light years ahead.

The Downside? Produce needs to be chopped into pieces no larger than 2”, which increases prep time. The Hurom produces a “pulpy” juice, which can be unpleasant for some palettes. Though some of the nutrients reside in the pulp, these can easily be filtered out with a fine sieve strainer or with cheesecloth. 

Let's Fava!

Spring is in full effect and with it comes a bevy of beautiful green filling our gardens and groceries. Fava beans are an all too often overlooked springtime delight and right now is the time to buy them fresh! In long, strange pods that make them ideal for tossing on the grill, these fuddy duddy beans get a fresh update. Add a few other ingredients and you have an impressive salad or snack straight from the pod, like giant edamame.

  • 1 pound of fresh fava beans, in pods
  • 1-2 TB Olive Oil
  • Himalayan Salt to taste

While grill is heating, toss bean pods with olive oil and salt.  

Grill pods until outsides start to blacken and blister, turning once. 

Allow to cool just a bit (they taste great warm) and sprinkle with a bit more salt. Serve as is for people to extract their own beans or remove all the beans for recipe below.


Between the fresh tartness of the watercress and the creaminess of both the avocado and fava beans, this salad hits the right texture notes while the dressing elevates it to a whole 'nother level.

  • 2 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TB grated sweet onion 
  • 1/4 cup finely grated, peeled green apple
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 2-3 TB olive oil
  • 6 cups watercress (thin stems and leaves only; from 1 large bunch)
  • 1 firm-ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 cup of fresh fava beans

Combine vinegar, grated onion, apple, aminos/soy sauce and olive oil in small bowl. Gently mix 2 TB of dressing with diced avocado and toss remainder with watercress and fava beans. Serve avo mixture on top of each plate of salad or alongside as watercress is a more delicate green and can be weighed down by the avocado. 

Cristina's Game Changer

CLIENTS: Cristina Riggs
Student at UT Austin/Artist/Nanny
Learning, painting, drawing, sculpting, swimming, exercising, cooking, listening to music and making friends!

WEIGHT: 198 - 159 = 39 pounds lost

  • CITRUS: Causes painful stomach burning
  • NIGHTSHADES: Causes painful stomach burning
  • GLUTEN: Impacts back pain, fatigue, bloating
  • EGGS: Causes painful stomach burning
  • Eating more carbs causes low energy 
  • Eating an extra serving of protein gives me more energy and less cravings

  • Blueberry avocado smoothie for breakfast
  • Basmati Rice with avocado 
  • Black beans with avocado
  • Butternut squash, beets, and Brussels sprouts 
  • Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar Drink 
  • Iced mint hibiscus tea 


I was given the chance to be a part of Kim's program through my nannying job. I struggled with excruciating back pain and stomach ailments (ulcers) throughout my twenties, and it had become the norm for me. I learned to live with this pain in my body because nothing I ever tried, worked. 

Tuning into my body was a completely new experience for me. I discovered which foods help me thrive and eating has become a whole new way of life for me. I am now instantly aware when I ingest something that is not good for my body. The gluten intolerance was the biggest factor in my weight loss. I also exercise 3 to 4 times a week in order to help my body regenerate muscle and to help my core become stronger.

LoveLife Method helped changed the course of my life and helped me self-actualize into the confident, energetic, social individual I always knew I could be. I have never felt this alive and ready to take on my future goals of becoming an art teacher and a studio artist. I spent most of my young adult life struggling with depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Now, I have enough courage to let go of the past, enjoy the present moment, and to look forward with excitement into a new phase of my life. I've earned it!"
 - Cristina Riggs

SWAP! Hot Love Soup's Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry Soup

Vegan & Oil Free! 

Note from Katie, Founder and Soup-maker of Hot Love Soup:

"This soup is one of my all-time favorites. It is always a hit. I love making it because I just know that everyone is going to love it, which inspires me to me put even more good juju and love into making the soup! Love really is an ingredient in soup-making. Without it, it just doesn't taste and feel as good. Believe it!"

  • 2 medium Onions chopped
  • 2 inch piece of Ginger, peeled and finely chopped,
  • (or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger)
  • 4 cloves of Garlic chopped
  • 3 rounded teaspoons of Curry Powder (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander
  • 5 c. fresh chickpeas (2 cups dried, rinsed and soaked overnight, cooked separately), or instead use 2 (15 oz.) cans of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 Large head of cauliflower 
  • 1 28 oz can of diced Tomatoes
  • 8 cups of vegetable broth (make your's fun!)
  • Himalayan sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of lite coconut milk 
  • Lots and lots of LOVE and intention!
  1. Sauté the chopped onion in a splash of water for 5 to 7 minutes until golden. (You will need to add additional water as the onions cook.) 
  2. Stir in Curry Powder, garlic and other spices and cook for another 2 minutes. (You may need another splash of water.)
  3. Add Tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add Broth, chickpeas and cauliflower.
  5. Simmer until cauliflower is tender.
  6. Add coconut milk.
  7. taste and add salt and pepper if needed
Serve with a large slice of your favorite bread.

Thanks Katie! 
Don't feel like making your own soup? 
Check out Hot Love Soup specializing in Phase 1 compliant soups delivered right to your door! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What food was keeping Ryan up at night?

CLIENT: Ryan Robinson
President, Onramp Access
Hobbies include biking, kayaking, snowboarding, and running with my dog
  • WEIGHT: Lost 15 pounds
  • NUTS: Higher anxiety/Stress levels and reduced sleep quality
  • GREEN VEGGIES: More energy and less irritability
  • The Love Cleanse Green Juice
  • Quinoa and fruit for breakfast
  • Stir fry with broccoli, asparagus, snap peas, avocado, and kale

The Love Life Method has dramatically changed my diet and my life.  I now eat a lot more green vegetables which give me more energy and make me less irritable.  I recommend the Love Life Method to everybody.  

My friends used to call me a “cheese-tarian” because I was a vegetarian that didn’t eat any vegetables.  The Love Life Method caused my tastes to change in a way that I now enjoy eating a wide range of green vegetables.  More importantly, my body now craves the green vegetables.  I like to drink a glass of green juice every morning as a daily start to my healthy diet.  

By eating a lot of green vegetables, I have more energy and I’m less irritable.  It’s very empowering to know how different foods affect my body and my mood. For instance, who would have thought that nuts would make me stressed out and keep me from sleeping well? If I had known how much better I could feel by making small changes to my diet, I would have done the LoveLife Method a long time ago.  

I am very thankful to Kim and the LoveLife Method. As my wife and I prepare for the birth of our first child, it’s great to know that I can now set an example of a healthy diet for my daughter and I’ll have more energy to chase her around.
-Ryan Robinson