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Latin-Style Roasted Chicken w/Potatoes

4 cloves minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds (3 large) Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed well and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, patted dry
1 lemon, quartered


1. Preheat oven to 425° with rack in bottom third. Line the bottom of a (15 1/2- x 12-inch) roasting pan with foil.

2. Combine first 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl and mash into a paste. Transfer 1 tablespoon garlic-dried oregano mixture to another bowl and stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Add potatoes to roasting pan with oil mixture and toss well. Arrange in a slightly overlapping layer in pan.

3. Add ground cumin and remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to remaining garlic mixture. On a work surface with breast side of chicken up, tuck wings underneath. Loosen skin from top of breast and from thigh and leg. Work half of garlic mixture under skin, then rub remaining mixture over chicken. Place lemon inside cavity. Place chicken breast side up on top of potatoes.

4. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted into fleshy part of thigh registers 170°, 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand 10 minutes before carving. Serve chicken with pan juices and potatoes alongside.

Alternatives: Replace potatoes with basmati rice, drizzle pan juice over cooked rice to add flavor.  Also check out for style alternatives.


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Kook’s Korner: Cream of Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 main or 8 soup course servings


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped (Spanish onion)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 head organic cauliflower, chopped- (can use cauliflower florets)
  • 4 cups organic chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 – 1 cup coconut milk (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley or chives for garnish, optional


  1. Add olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting heat so onions are cooked until brown (about 10 minutes) Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute)
  2. Add cauliflower, stir to combine, cover and cook 3 minutes. Add broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook until cauliflower is very tender (about 10 minutes)
  3. Purée soup with a hand-held blender. Or, whirl in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth (place a kitchen towel over blender to prevent potential burns).
  4. Stir in pepper and nutmeg. (Note: At this point the soup may be cooled, covered, and frozen for up to 4 months.)
  5. Add coconut milk and cook over medium-low heat until hot.

Serve soup hot, with a sprinkle of parsley or chives, to taste.
Makes about 8 cups soup (4 main course servings; 8 soup course servings) Cream of Cauliflower Soup.

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Q&A: Swimsuit Belly Busters & More

Q: How do I lose the muffin top belly fat before swimsuit season?

A: This is a question that many of us are wondering as the swimsuit season has come upon us. Here are some tips and tricks to help you lose that belly bulge that has packed on since last season.

1.) Exercise in the morning BEFORE Breakfast

Early morning exercise not only helps you beat the summer heat, it has also shown to be more effective than eating before you train.  According to The Journal of Physiology, exercising in a fasted state before breakfast entices the body to burn a larger percent of fat for fuel, rather than relying mostly on carbohydrates.

SWH Tip:  The next time your alarm goes off, instead of hitting the snooze button, get up and get moving!  Run, bicycle, walk or swim – enjoy the outdoors and your body for even a few minutes before sitting down to breakfast.  And during the day you always have the opportunity to burn those calories!  How?  Walk Like Your Late For a Meeting!

2.) Eat More Citrus Fruit

According to a study done at the University of Western Ontario, naringenin, a flavanoid found in the fruit helps the liver to burn fat rather than storing it.  The liver is our biggest fat burning organ.

SWH Tip: Drink lemon water first thing in the morning and in between meals.  Making one of your daily servings of fruits an orange or grapefruit will help manage your belly bulge.

3.) CLA 3

CLA is known for its effectiveness as a  “fat fighter”, as well as a powerful anti-cancer compound.  The International Journal of Obesity conducted a study on adult males and found that taking CLA supplementation for a period of four weeks decreased abdominal fat significantly more than a placebo.

SWH Tip: Supplement your nutrition with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) to reduce body fat and increase lean body mass.

4.) Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the latest ingredients found to be effective in the battle of the bulge.  A Japanese study led by Tomoo Kondo consisted of lab mice being fed a high-fat diet.  Mice that were  given acetic acid (the main ingredient in vinegar) developed up to 10 percent less body fat than the other mice.  It’s believed that acetic acid helps protein producing genes that help the body break down fats. Due to vinegars high concentration of actetic acid, it can help  you fight fat as well as increase your body’s absorption of minerals.

SWH Tip:  Eat LIGHT summer salads!  Try apple cider vinegar and lemon with a ‘drizzle’ of olive oil.

5) Make it YOUR priority to Eat, Drink & Breathe CLEAN and OFTEN!

Stress is one of the leading contributors to aging, weight gain and illness.  It is easy to get caught up in what you are doing and forget to feed your body what it needs to be at its very best!

SWH Tip: Stop, take a moment, make the small effort to feed your body well.  Take that sip of water and breathe in the oxygen we need to make all of those chemical reactions work that drive our metabolism.

Check out our BLOG for ways to make these things part of your day EASY!

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Lookin’ Lean and Feelin’ Clean

Our inaugural 10 Day Spring Detox was a hit!  Congratulations to those who survived – we hope you enjoyed doing it as much as we enjoyed planning it.

Read what our Detoxers had to say about their experiences.

Marc M. – profession, age

Results: Lost 7.8lbs in 7 days

In his words: “The first 3 days were the most difficult.  I was hungry, I did not feel good about myself, I imagined this is what it felt like to be in rehab for an addiction.  I felt depressed and just did not feel very good about myself.  I was in a bad mood and could not shake it.  Almost like a light switch all of the feelings left me on day four.  The “skimpy” portion size of meals no longer seemed skimpy and I felt full and somewhat satisfied after eating.  My energy level increased significantly and simply felt GREAT.  I still wished I could eat something as simple as a sandwich or a slice of pizza, but know what I am doing is better.”

Cindy M. –

Results: Lost 4lbs in 7 days

In her words:

1.) How did you feel the first few days on the detox?

Actually, I felt pretty good.  I ate enough so hunger wasn’t a problem and I feared that the most.

2.) What symptoms were you experiencing?  Did you have headaches?  Were you fatigued?  Irritable? 

More than anything it was the cravings for the things I couldn’t have.  Cutting out my bread and pasta killed me!  No headaches.   No fatigue, I actually had a gradual increase in energy over the 10 days.  I have to say I was a little irritable due to the fact that I was cutting out the things I liked the most, i.e. candy, ice cream, and chocolate.

3.) What was the most difficult part of the detox?

Fitting the eating schedule to my lifestyle.  Eating every 3 hours while being on-the-go was difficult, but manageable with Stephanie’s help.

4.) Was it difficult learning to eat differently?

No, the sample menus and shopping list really helped. There is so much food to pick from that once I got in the “groove”, it was easy.

5.) When did you begin to notice your symptoms going down?

Looking back, it was a slow and gradual decrease over the 10 days.

6.) How did you feel by the end of the detox?  What positive differences did you see?

Lighter, leaner, more energetic.  Feeling better physically improved me mentally, which lifted me spiritually.

7.) How did we support you through this process?

Knowing that Stephanie was an e-mail or phone call away was obviously helpful, but also the positive reenforcement of the staff.

Wish you had done it??  You’re in luck because you still can!  We will be hosting 10 Day detoxes seasonally.  Our next detox dates are:

July 10-23
Oct. 16-29
Jan. 1-14, 15-28

Sign up by calling the office at (732) 667-3209 or e-mailing us at!

Not sure if a detox is right for you?  Learn more about our program by clicking here and selecting “Seasonal Detox Programs”.

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Q&A w/Stephanie Solaris: Benefits of Detoxing

Q: What is a detox and what are the benefits?

A: In a detox, you are actually feeding your body more!  More nutrients, minerals, and nutrient-dense foods.  This is necessary for your body to heal and rid itself of toxins.  In most detoxes, water, fresh fruit, and vegetable juice make up the bulk of the your diet.

It is important to note what a detox is not: fasting.  Fasting is essentially depriving your body of nutrients.  It forces toxins out, which is harder on the body.

Detoxing has many healthy benefits.  In simple terms, a detox is like a “tune up” for the body.  Caffeine, alcohol, not enough water, and processed foods, put stress on the body and keep it from performing at its best.  By removing these unwanted toxins, the body is able to run more efficiently.  The results are improved energy and immunity.  Additional, reported benefits include weight loss, reduced stress, better sleep, reduced joint pain, clearer sinuses, improved digestion, and an overall improvement in level of happiness.  All good reasons to try a detox, I’d say!

However, it is also important to note that results will vary and that detoxes are not suitable for everyone.  People with diabetes, low blood sugar, heart conditions, taking medications, or with any chronic medical conditions should consult with their physician before starting a detox.  You should not start a detox if you are sick or have a stressful/hectic lifestyle.

April 10th is the kickoff date of our nation-wide 2011 Spring Detox (click here for specific details).  For those interested in participating in our virtual detox program, extensive pre-qualification is necessary so sign-up early!  For current clients, we can adjust the detox to your specific needs on a one-on-one basis.  Call the office at (732) 667-3209 for more information.

We’re excited to share this experience with all of you, so sign-up today – the more the merrier!

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Look Lean, Feel Clean: Sign Up for Our 10 Day Spring Detox!

NOTE: Spring Detox Kits will be shipped out April 11th for April 13th start date.

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Kook’s Korner Recipe: Mixed Fruit Breakfast Parfait


2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
1 cup frozen raspberries, thawed
1 cup greek yogurt (Fage)
1 firm, medium banana, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup dates, chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Dash cinnamon

Directions: In a dessert glass (or margarita glasses work great), layer pineapple, raspberries, yogurt, banana and dates. Sprinkle the top with almonds and a dash of cinnamon.

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