Transcend- A Poem by Julie Catona

Good morning all my friends-

whether we’ve met within our circle, virtual or kin.

A good morning if you’re reading this then,

your apart of the percent of class who could move mountains if ask-

yet believing you can’t.

We can agree you have the means to amend-

“but what do you mean there’s a need to transcend?”

My friend, there are mad-men that we must apprehend.

Not just one,

there is an army of them-

a farming of sense-

whose charming defense

has disarmed our senses without the slightest offense.

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The Mighty Mangosteen Bowl

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There are so many trends going on in the health world right now, and Acai bowls are becoming more popular than ever before. Basically every smoothie/juice joint has at least a few acai bowls on the menu, and rightfully so. The acai berries’ flavor is one of a dark-berry-chocolaty-goodness that packs an array of health benefits. But today, I want to share with you my favorite super food that has yet reached “Acai Bowl” status- the Mangosteen.

Mangosteen is often referred to as the “Queen” of tropical fruits, particularly in the South-East Asian regions. And if you’ve ever had a fresh mangosteen, you’ll know just why it’s called the QUEEN.

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Tuscan Kale & Red Cabbage Salad- with Avocado Lemon Tahini Dressing

Kale salads are great—but maybe your finding yourself falling out of love with the luscious leaf. Anyone who doubts this stalky, bitter brassica’s ability to take root within our collective consciousness, consider this: last year, 262 babies in the United States were named Kale. And that’s why kale is #1 in my book- I mean, I don’t see any babies answering to “Kimchi” or “Dandelion”. Point blank.  I’m here to remind you WHY you love kale- so let’s start laying down the basics .  To begin, let’s talk about Kale, Tuscan kale, like all kale’s, is extraordinarily nutritious: a cup provides more than 100 percent of the daily value of vitamins K and A, and 88 percent of the DV for vitamin C. You might think the “fad” with kale is all hipster fluff, but did you know that kale was a popular vegetable in ancient Greek and Roman times? HA! Take that! You feel that warm fuzziness starting to grow? THAT’S true KALE LOVE!

Kale provides rich nutrition ingredients that offer protection from vitamin A deficiency, osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers. Not that you need convincing, because atop of all the health benefits, kale (and specifically, Tuscan Kale) is a hearty, tasty & extremely versatile brassica (genus of plants in the mustard family). I made this recipe today (that was pretty much an experiment) combining flavors and textures that are known to intermingle in the tastiest of ways. Not to mention tahini dressings are always phenomenal- you could slather that heavenly goodness on a piece of cardboard and I’d eat it. My version of your classic lemon tahini dressing has a bit of a avo-twist. The best part about this recipe is that you don’t need to measure anything- just taste as you go! Just like falling in love- no rules, no problem. So I’ll just give you the ingredients, some ball park measuring, and let you get comfy cozy with kale.

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