When Life Hands You Ripened Tomatoes…

Make soup!! Creamy Tomato “Alligator Pear” Soup…

Avocado, Heirloom Tomatoes–super healthy and yummy!

That’s what I did tonight anyway. There’s really no sense in letting delicious farm fresh heirloom tomatoes go bad just because you’re not hungry. Thus, I made some soup to refrigerate for tomorrow’s lunch. We had two large beefsteak tomatoes– one golden, one red. Combine that with the avocado, garlic, and sour cream I also saw in the fridge, and you’ve got a pretty darn delicious creamy tomato soup. I added some oregano and cayenne– don’t worry it was not overpowering, just a little kick– and some salt/pepper to taste.

It turned out to be a rather mild soup, but still delicious and full of yummy tomato flavor. My sister quite enjoyed it– as I said she’s my toughest critic because she’s a picky eater. This soup is so simple though you’d be silly to pass on the chance to make it, or something similar if you have the ingredients. I used our hand mixer/blender to turn the chunky tomato pieces into a delicious creamy texture soup. If you have one I recommend it! Otherwise, you can pour the soup into your food processor and blend until creamy.

I know it’s unconventional, and you might be scared, but I’m confident you can test the waters with this one and go without measuring. It’s quite empowering to cook without measurements, and I think you’ll find it extremely rewarding the more often you do it. For this one really, depending on how creamy you want it, add anywhere between a couple tablespoons to a half cup of sour cream. 2 big tomatoes. 1/2-2 avocados (I used 1/2). spices desired. sea salt, pepper. a  bit of olive oil. garlic (if you like it). cayenne (if you like it).

You can do it. Turn those tomatoes into soup. Slurp, gulp, enjoy!

xoxo Bon Appetit et Bon Sante!


Featured: Sarah Wilson on Ikarian Eating Habits

Sarah Wilson, one of my favorite bloggers/inspirations in general, is a former news reporter who is a big believer in eating a paleo diet (a diet rich in veggies, meat, eggs, and low in processed foods and grains). I gave her Ebook “I Quit Sugar” a try this past year and in 12 days I felt great. I recommend if you try it really listen to what she has to say and don’t try to go cold turkey, which is what I did. Because your blood sugar levels have to adjust and you’re weening yourself off of the sugar, it’s smart to take small steps and make sure you’re eating regularly! Soon you’ll begin to notice your skin glowing, clarity of mind, and energy. I did! Although I haven’t been strict with her book recently I learned a lot from that 14 day stint I did. (Search “no sugar challenge” on this blog).

In general, Sarah Wilson just makes a bunch of sense; her reasoning behind everything she posts is down right logical and she’s not into fads or quick-fix diets. She turned to gluten-free, sugar free, because of health concerns she’s had, including dealing with auto-immune disease. Sarah continues to research the latest health news and makes eating healthy fun and delicious.

Recently, she posted these videos about her continued experiences in Ikaria, and how their diets differ from ours (and how much less sugar they intake). Also check out her website for paleo workout videos she swears by for traveling, delicious recipes, and reviews from #IQS successes!

Nutrishus Goes to France



You may notice a new tab at the top of the website called “Nutrishus Goes To France“. Well, you guessed it. I’ll be there for a few months and I’ve decided to blog about my travels. If you click on that link you can read about what it’s like to be a student in Aix.

So that you’re not too confused, since the ‘Nutrishus France’ blog is affiliated with my school, I will not be blogging mainly about food, which is why I have kept my regular Nutrishus site (the one you’re on now).

Thus, to learn about my travels as a student visit www.nutrishusfrance.wordpress.com

To learn about the food I encounter on my trip stay here: www.nutrishus.wordpress.com 

I hope that clears things up.

Bon appétit et bon voyage!!!


NOFA Conference in Pictures

I had never been to Massachusetts before this NOFA conference and I was amazed at the beauty it possesses. Jesus  (my fellow garden summer intern) and I drove past a sign for Hadley, Massachusetts, which was founded in 1661–We were not only embarking on new territory, but it was pretty darn historical too.  The town of Amherst was so cute and the people are very welcoming and unusually happy! It was a really cool trip, we both learned a lot and had a great time admiring all of the differences (and similarities!) in culture.

See below for the complete gallery of the trip to the Northeast Organic Farmers Association Conference 🙂 Simply click on the thumbnail and you can view large versions of all the pictures one by one.

Bon appétit et bonne sante,


My Takeaways from NOFA

I attended the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association Conference at University of Massachusetts Amherst this weekend. It was enlightening, alarming, and life-changing all at once. Being around so many like-minded individuals who truly care about our environment and our health was empowering. Gaining insights from some of the top health advocates, organic farmers, and activists was an experience I’ll never forget.

One of the first things I noticed was how happy everyone was. After attending 6 or so workshops, I began to realize why.

I want to break down each workshop and everything I learned into more detail so that you get the most information, but first I thought I’d post an overview. So, here are some major takeaways from what I learned at the conference:

  • Natural Dentistry/Holistic approach to your teeth: Stay away from silver fillings– they contain 54% mercury and every time you drink a hot liquid that mercury leaks out throughout your body. Mercury is the most toxic element on earth aside from radioactive elements. Your teeth say a lot about your overall health– everything from jaw alignment, to color– and you can learn a lot about a person’s ancestral history and health. Eggs are awesome for your teeth, swish with coconut oil instead of mouthwash. Xylitol instead of flouride.
  • GMOs are harmful. Don’t believe the hype that they are “all natural”. They’re not. Search Jeffrey Smith and “Genetic Roulette”, he talked to us at the conference. He received a $3m grant to test GMO safety, and the conclusions were astounding. Doctors are beginning to prescribe non-GMO diets because of it, one saying that “It never doesn’t work.” Look up Non-GMO Shopping guide to start your path towards wellness, vote with consumer demand. Help pass state “Right to Know” labeling laws. Europe has been non-GMO since 1999. http://seedsofdeception.com/

  • Herbs aid in digestion, overall health. Four types of herbal actions that help the digestive system: Carminatives, Bitters, Demulcents, Astringents. An example of a healthy daily herb practice: eat a basil leaf after every meal. Spiced tea for breakfast. Keep tinctures (of holy basil, thyme, chicory root extract, etc) around and have 5-10 drops after every meal to help relax your GI tract. Herbs are essential for preventing connective tissue disorders. Herbs work wonders on our nervous system and our gut.
  • Farm as Farmacy– Treat food as your gateway to health. Inflammation is a key root to bad health. 41% of Americans will now be diagnosed with cancer, 20% of all Americans will now die from it. The way to prevent cancer is to have a vigorous immune system. Perfect balance of Omega 3s to Omega 6s is available in grass-fed meat and eggs, full fat dairy. Omega 3 fatty acids come from grass, fish, plants. It is the most abundant fatty acid on the earth, yet Americans don’t get nearly enough of it. Cholesterol is an important part of our diet. It is anti-inflammatory. Instead of taking statins eat a full fat grass fed meat sandwich. When you get rid of cholesterol in your system, you prevent seratonin’s availability to the brain, leading to depression.

Here’s to health.