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    Hi, I’m Grace

    My name is Grace Soeter and I am Natalie’s mom and partner in this adventureof healthy living. Having recovered from lupus, an autoimmune disease throughnutrition plant therapy ( click here to hear my story in more detail) I believe in thepower of plants to nourish and protect our bodies. This first hand healingexperience was not something I could keep to myself. I educated myself onnutrition and started to educate other moms and families. I heard speakers likeDr David Katz from Yale University say, “This is the first generation where ourkids will have shorter life expectancy than the parents. This has never happenedbefore in the history of mankind. There will be…

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    Healthy Substitutions

    When shopping at a grocery store, go around the perimeter of the store: produce, dairy, meats, and then come right out. Avoid the middle aisles with all the processed foods. If possible, shop at places that sell healthy foods like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Henry’s, Clark’s or health food stores. In general, avoid whites: white flour, white sugar, white rice, fat, salt. Eat more whole grains, fresh raw fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds. Less processed the better; natural is best. If you can’t pick it, fish it, or milk it, don’t eat it! Instead of bleached flour, use unbleached flour or even better, whole wheat or whole grains. Breads,…

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    Life Is Adventure

    Hi! I’m Natalie. I am an adventure enthusiast who has ventured herself into the city of Los Angeles as a private chef. It did not just happen this way….at all. I was a biology major in college, I went to Azusa Pacific University where I served in missions all four years. I thought I was going to be a doctor, and be the HERO to the sick and needy. Well, turns out 4 years post grad and I am medical degree-less and more so a hero in the kitchen to some the amazing families in West LA. God sure does have a funny way of creating space for us to…

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    15 minute Teriyaki Chicken

    There is clearly a need for quick meals. Like when I say I want to make my job (or in other cases, motherhood/wifey time/impress the guests) easier then this is the meal go to. Not only was it delicious but it seemed like it was gourmet enough for me to work a few hours on the meal! Asian inspired meals (I might be biased) are simple and require a few ingredients. Honestly this sauce is one of those snap of the fingers type…literally the corn starch makes it happen R E A L QUICK. I have a lot of feels about sticky sauce and making enough to pour over the rice. Actually…

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    Vegan and Dairy/ Gluten Free Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

    As you know I am a chocolate lover. I almost always will choose chocolate over any other flavor, like any sane person would. like any sane person would. Well i wake up craving my chocolate shake. When I want a treat I will whip this up and have a full meal that tastes amazing and I can take on the go! It has all the good macronutrients through the vegan, gluten free and dairy free protein powder. Having a plant based protein powder has been a huge learning curve for me. When I learned more about the detrimental effects of whey and animal based proteins its no surprise why so…

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    Gluten Free Healthy Banana Bread/Muffins

    Like I said in my “BEST BANANA BREAD” Bananas are a staple in the kitchen and therefore having a go to banana bread recipe is a MUST. Now when someone asked if my above recipe was for clean eatting I had to regrettably shake my head. IT is not…it has the enevitable flour, sugar, butter (yum)…and even pudding which makes for a not so clean recipe. Gluten is cool, but non-gluten recipes are even MORE cool. So creating my go to gluten free recipe that incorporates honey for that sweetness and coconut oil for the moisture makes this recipe WORTH the non-gluten. On top of that I added chocolate chips cause…

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    Blueberry & Lemon Muffins

    Jason Marsh, hold on to your blueberries! Facebook Twitter Google-plus My girls 8th birthday and she requested a LEMON CAKE. Lemon requests are common in this household…just not on chicken piccata (learned that the hard way and wasted way). Yet the creation was delayed due to a large Suzy’s cake red velvet sitting on the kitchen counter. So after devouring one to many slices for myself, I decided instead of a yummy cake…why don’t we make breakfast muffins! Sammy agreed, and then after further convincing approved a blueberry-lemon combination. When I came across the original Jordan Marsh’s FAMOUS department store recipe, I had to have a go. Except due to the…