Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Here ya go!

This is from Edie at Healthy, Hopeful, and Whole:
This dressing reminds me of Portillo's Oriental Chicken Salad dressing one of my fav's back in the day!). When I went to Portillo's web site to look up the ingredients in their dressing, sure enough, the nutritional info was NOT available! (sigh...)
Needless to say, Edie's ingredients ARE available! Here they are!
2 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
2 TBSP Naturally Fermented Soy Sauce or Tamari (I used Tamari)
2 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Sesame Oil (this is SO GOOD!)
1 tsp of Sesame Seeds (I used more :)
2 tsp grated Fresh Ginger
4 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mix all ingredients until well combined. Store in glass mason jar in fridge.
SUPER quick and easy to make!
I added:
Shredded Carrot
Variety of Bel Peppers
Holy smokes, this was AMAZING! Tasted JUST like the Portillo's salad!
A must try!
Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!
Jeni Clark~

Sunday, October 23, 2011

NUTS and SEEDS...1.Raw 2.Soak 3.Dehydrate

You may say, "WHAT!", "HUH?", "WHY?"

Well read below!

First, buy only RAW nuts and seeds!  Nuts in stores have been roasted, toasted, and pasteurized to extend shelf life and usually contain a ton of junk ingredients that can cause illness.  No point in eating these kind of nuts.  The nutrition in these nuts and seeds are "dead".

Try to plant a processed almond in the ground and watch it NOT grow!  A raw almond will grown into an almond tree.

Second, in a glass bowl, soak your raw nuts in water and a bit of Celtic sea salt over night.  Why? Because nuts and seeds "as-is" naturally contain enzyme inhibitors.  These enzymes are unstable and are contained in the seed until needed during germination and for growth of the new plant.  They keep the nut from sprouting too early (think hibernation), but they can wreak havoc on our digestive system.  The salt helps activate enzymes.

You can mimic germination by soaking the nuts and seeds over night.  The water softens the nut/seed and the enzyme inhibitors go away and the enzymes are now available for use.  This is when they "come to life" and are ready for consumption.

Third, bake the nuts and seeds!
The next morning, rinse nuts/seeds and place on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Celtic salt.  Bake on the lowest temperature on your oven (150 degrees or lower) all day.  Dry them out or they can get moldy.  The best plan is to use a dehydrator and dehydrate them. 

Store them in glass mason jars. Walnuts should be stored in the fridge.

Your nuts/seeds are an excellent source of available digestive enzymes which most people don't get enough of so the human body has to work hard to produce these enzymes for many essential digestive purposes!
Also, the more digestive enzymes we have to make the less metabolic enzymes we CAN make.  The metabolic enzymes help run all the systems in our body!  So get those digestive enzymes from food!

This traditional method of preparing nuts has been around forever! Think Aztecs! Yes, a LONG time!

What to do with nuts/seeds:
* eat them out of the jar!
*grind up and use for yummy nut flours and bake with them (think home made Larabars!)
*grind into nut and seed butters
*sprinkle in salad or eat with fruit for better absorption of nutrients

Last but not least, Raw, Soaked, Baked nuts/seeds will be the BEST tasting nuts/seeds you have EVER had! Believe me!

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!
Jeni Clark~

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

Do you have a pet? Do you know what is in the food you feed them?

Here is important information from the store Raining Cats and Dogs in Homer Glen:

Raining Cats and Dogs in Homer Glen says, "improving the quality of life for your pet is our top priority..."

For most of us "pet owners", our pets health is just as important as our own health.  Our pets are part of our family.  We want them to be around for as long as possible!

That is why I LOVE Raining Cats and Dogs in Homer Glen, IL ( The warm, friendly, pet-loving , knowledgeable staff will help you choose premium quality food that is best for your pet.  They offer whole grain, grain free and raw foods.  All foods are made in the U.S.A. with NO fillers, artificial flavors or preservatives!

Our crazy Pomeranian, Hannah, had a horrible rash as a puppy.  The "vet" wanted to put her on LIFE LONG allergy medication!  He NEVER mentioned diet!  We went to grain/corn free food for her and the rash vanished!  (BTW this dietary change goes for people too!)

Needless to say, the pet food in grocery and big box stores is appalling! "These highly processed chemically enhanced foods that have been the norm for the past 50 years are making our pets sick and shortening their life expectancies".

Sound familiar?? Sounds like everything I blog about when it comes to HUMAN FOOD!

And GO FIGURE, by switching to REAL PET FOOD, you significantly reduce veterinary expenses and eliminate chronic health conditions!

So go visit Raining Cats and Dogs or check out their web site! Your pet will thank you!

Raining Cats and Dogs:
Pet Grocer, Apothecary and Spa
Owners: Lu Mitchell and Mike Brogan

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week to you and your WHOLE family, pets included!

Jeni Clark

Monday, October 10, 2011

Toxic Hair Salon? Not @ Jus' Hair!

Happy WARM October everyone! Isn't this weather amazing!!??

Knowing what I know about cosmetics (including hair products) I have been on the search for an organic hair salon in our area.  Remember the post back in February 2011 about the TRUTH about cosmetics? Do you recall the startling information contained on skin deeps (cosmetics database) web site?

Don't worry, I found a healthy salon!  Jus' Hair Organic Salon ( in Napervile is the ONLY salon in our area offering a full range of NON TOXIC services including:

*Organic hair color-permanent, semi- & demi-permanent (ammonia and peroxide FREE)
*Extensions that are 100% real human hair
*Organic facial waxing
*Organic relaxers and perms
*Organic deep conditioning treatments
And SO much more!

There are even more things I love about this salon! I am able to buy Neals Yard and Simply Organic products (as well as other safe brands).  The salon is innovative and affordable!

Stylist and owner, Cheryle Lauderdale, went green in 2007.  She says, "being organic is not only what we do in the salon, but it's how we live our lives as well."  "We take pride in what we do, and the products we use". 

Jus' Hair is located at:
22 E. Chicago Ave. Suite 113-F
(630) 863-8665

Call today and make your appointment! You will be glad you did!  You will also feel GREAT knowing that you got GREAT salon service MINUS the toxic chemicals! Your body will thank you :)

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!

Jeni Clark~