Monday, June 23, 2008

Natrual Foods 101 Class this Saturday

This Saturday, June 29, learn the ins and outs of natural foods and one of Atlanta’s oldest Natural Food Co-Ops, Sevananda.

Life Chef, Asata Reid will guide you through Natural Foods 101 where you learn about the community and social priciples of Sevananda which has been cooperatively owned since 1974. The class will also familiarize you with some of the amazing organic, local and fairtrade products that the store carries.

The class will be held in the Education Room from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information call Sevananda at 404-681-2831


THANK YOU to everyone who came out to my Chef Demo at the Green Market at Piedmont Park, presented by Kaiser Permanente. Was that fun or what? Now I hope some of you went straight home and lit your grills, or at least stopped and picked up some fresh produce for those salads. Yum!
If you're looking for the recipes, just click over to the left the month of June. Let me know how those turn out for you!

On Saturday, July 5th -- Don't miss the grand opening of Aerobics, Yoga & More Fitness and Dance Studios owned by fitness guru Althea Lawton-Thompson of Altheatized and Lifeline Fitness Consulting.

During this day-long celebration Life Chef Asata Reid will host two food demos focusing on building energy. Have a mid-morning powerboosting snack and then stick around to grab so healthy lunch-on-the go ideas around noon. Fitness, dance and exersize demonstrations will take place all day long to give you a full spectrum of life-enhancing classes and services that AYM Fitness and Dance Studios have to offer.

AYM Fitness and Dance Studios is located at 4051 Stone Mountain Hwy, Suite G101B in Lilburn, GA 30047 in the Publix Shopping Plaza at the intersection of Hwy 78 & Killian Hill Road. For more info call 770.921.5424.

Also worthy of note is that YOUTH will find a plethora of activities during the AYM Youth Summer Camps! If you want to keep your kids active and entertained check out this blurb and sign them up today!
AYM summer camps are small group learning sessions held in our brand new air-conditioned fitness anddance studios. Healthy lunches from Subway will be provided each day in addition to bottled water (excluding Art Camp). Camp leaders are college-educated professionals with experience teaching in each area. Your childwill be mentally and physically stimulated and challenged while making new friends at AYM Summer Camp. Register early – only 18 slots exist for each camp.

KidFit Camp: The creators of the Johns Hopkins’ Hospital Youth Obesity fitness program have designed a5-day fun fitness camp for children aged 8-12. Activities include team drills, Wii fitness games, boxing andsports games. This program focuses on improving muscle control and strength, weight management,flexibility, balance and body image.

Dance Camp: Get ready for a fun-filled week of dance! Daily sessions include one-hour classes in Jazz,Hip-Hop, Creative Movement and Stomp. Participants will learn technique as well as a performance to showfamily and friends on the Friday of each week of camp.

Art Camp: This 5-day camp has a different theme for each day. Children will create ARTifacts fromrecyclable items like foil, aluminum cans and glass on Trash-to-Treasure day. The excitement of pirates onthe high seas will come true when kids make treasure chests for their handcrafted jewelry on Treasure Islandday. Other days include Sew No More and Animals, Animals, Animals. Your child will have something new andunique to bring home every day. You’re welcome to view the Art Exhibit on the last day of camp

Lychee Gingerale

All natural gingerales like Red Rock, or Ginger Beers like these come with lots of gingery bite, which is wonderful in a cold beverage on a hot summer day. Pair these gingery beverages with some wonderful lychee nectar, available at most natural foods markets, and you have a fast, fabulous base for a cocktail, or a lovely refreshing drink all by itself.

Personally I find both ginger beer and lychee nectar kind of sweet so I throw some sparkling water in the mix to "cut it" if you will.

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

Lychee Gingerale
12 oz of ginger beer
12 oz lychee nectar
12 oz of sparkling water

Combine, stir and serve over ice!

Pomegranate Mint Spritzer

This is so easy and so refreshing. Get the best ingredients you can find because the quality of the fruit juice, water and herbs will shine through. Keep the ingredients on hand and chilled in the refrigerator and you can make as much or as little as you like: by the glass or by the gallon any time!

Pomegranate Mint Spritzer
Pomegranate Juice
Sparkling Water (Spring, Seltzer, whatever floats your boat)
Fresh Mint sprigs
Light Agave Nectar (or honey) -- optional
Lime, thinly sliced into rounds for garnish

In a pitcher with at least 1 cup of ice cubes (not crushed) combine equal parts of sparkling water and pomegranate juice. Bruise a few sprigs of mint (save a couple for garnish) to release the volatile oils and add them to the pitcher. Pour over individual glasses with ice, and garnish with mint leaves and lime. If you like a sweeter drink, stir in agave nectar to sweeten the spritzer to your liking. Enjoy!