The Dirty Dozen

Don’t automatically trust a “natural” sticker that’s been slapped on a package in the store. If we find out where our food comes from, we can better appreciate the importance of eating whole, organic foods.
Bottom-line: Food that’s grown wild on this earth, that hasn’t been genetically engineered, processed or tampered with, is good for us. Everything else is questionable.
Eliminating the following things from our diets can make a dramatic and positive impact on our health:

  • Eliminate These When Possible:
    • Bleached, refined flours
    • Refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup
    • Table salt
    • Trans-fats and refined oils (including processed corn, canola, sunflower, safflower and vegetable oils)
    • Meats treated with hormones or antibiotics; farmed fish
    • Foods sprayed with pesticides and herbicides
    • Genetically modified foods
    • Non-organic dairy products
    • Additives such as preservatives, nitrates, and artificial flavorings and colorings
    • Fast and fried foods
    • Sodas and juices with added sugars
    • Tap water
    • Alcohol


Almond Coco Electrolyte Shake

Almonds are rich in calcium, iron and phosphorous.  I recommend buying raw almonds from the farmers market since almonds at grocery stores have been pasteurized, killing their enzymes. For variety, you can experiment by substituting hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds or brazil nuts for the almonds.

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
  • 4 cups coconut water or purified water
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt

Directions:  Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth; strain through fine sieve or nut milk bag. Rinse blender, pour milk back into blender with, pinch of salt and your choice of the optional cinnamon, vanilla (if you choose to use them) and blend until incorporate.  Pour ½ the milk into a glass and enjoy.  The remaining milk will keep for two days in the refrigerator.

Tomatoes and Watermelons

Adina Niemerow began her journey as a holistic chef studying healing with whole foods and Asian traditions in modern nutrition at the Heartwood Institute. She continued her culinary education at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and has worked at top wellness spas and restaurants, including the French Laundry. She?s been a personal chef to Fortune 500 CEOs, fashion models, musicians, and movie stars, and she continues traveling the globe searching for secrets to thriving on a clean diet. She lives in San Francisco.

Tomato Stacks

These tomato stacks are gorgeous and super healthy. The pine nuts give this dish a nice buttery taste and are high in protein and minerals.

It’s incredibly easy to make as a snack or meal. They get rave reviews when I serve them as passed hors d’oeuvres at parties. If you can’t find jicama, substitute thin slices of peeled cucumber, cut on a diagonal.

Serves 4


  • 1 cup pine nuts, macadamia nuts, or cashews
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon of flaky Maldon salt or really good sea salt
  • 4 large, heirloom or ripe tomatoes of your choice, cut crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • ½ a jicama or cucumber, peeled and sliced thinly on a mandoline
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped into small dice
  • ⅓ cup sprouts or sunflower sprouts
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olives of your choice, pitted and chopped
  • ⅓ cup basil, cilantro, or marjoram, roughly chopped
  • Garnish: lemon wedges

Watermelon Salad

This salad is an excellent source of vitamins C and A and beta-carotene. Watermelon is refreshing and hydrating, and the pink fruit is also packed with the potent carotenoid antioxidant lycopene.

This powerful antioxidant travels through the body neutralizing free radicals. You could choose to eat the watermelon alone, but the additional ingredients add more nutrients, bulk, and contrasting flavors.

Serves 2


  • 4 cups watermelon, rind removed and cut into bite-size cubes
  • A few dates or figs, roughly chopped
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves

Lemon Kale Avocado Salad and the Benefits of Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants and algae that allows photosynthesis to occur, enabling plants to derive energy from light. But it’s also a great natural defense against the effects of stress and great for boosting the immune system and cleansing the body’s “elimination systems”– the digestive track, the liver and the blood. Read more →