Florence Bertheau – Healthy Chef

floheadshotFor more than 20 years, chef Flo cooked for her many students and celebrity clients the way she had learned in her native France: rich in butter and creamy sauces, heavy on meats, eggs and dairy. Then a paradigm shift happened. She began to see how certain foods had a profoundly positive effect on the health of her autistic daughter and on Flo herself. She created her own food pyramid based on three principles: vegan, gluten-free and pH-balanced. Menus began evolving. Flo started using dense plant-based hypoallergenic foods like sprouted grains, nuts, vegetarian proteins, fresh greens and produce from local farms.

Flo was determined to use this shift to help others receive the dietary components needed to achieve health through food. With her 25 years of culinary expertise and love for flavor, she put weekly meals together to fill the needs of those wanting a more balanced way of eating that was convenient and cost a fraction of health food store prices.

Flo’s journey of ‘health through food’ balances her company values of fresh and raw food nutrition with social and environmental consciousness; being aware of how what we eat affects the earth itself and all animals that live on it. Purchasing seasonal and local, she is able to provide the best quality products that are cost efficient, reduce the carbon footprint, and are cooked with the intention for your good health.

“I started making small changes, the slightest switches; those changes became strong habits. I started making it my ambition to locate recipes to eat healthy, wholesome foods. I seek strength, health and longevity and want the same for my clients.”

Dr. Ryan’s Disease Fighting Purple Drink

Purple Smoothies

This powerful purple smoothie created by Dr. Jeanette Ryan packs a lot of punch because it is made from whole fruits which exposes more of the plant nutrients to your digestive track for easy absorption.

The Purple Smoothie is built upon the “Green Base” which you can find the recipe for here.

Pour 10 ounces of the green base back into the VitaMix. Add 1 cup of frozen organic fruit like Trader Joe’s Wild Boreal Blueberries or Cascadian Farms Organic Blueberries (available at Costco), and/or a blend of other deeply colored organic berries. Frozen cherries, blackberries, raspberries, or goji berries are great choices.

Add 2-3 scoops of your protein powder, preferably whey isolate or brown rice protein. Add some healthy fat in the form of 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon raw coconut oil, or even some avocado. Blend on HIGH for another minute. This turns your green smoothie purple, and it is loaded with rejuvenating, disease fighting anti-oxidants like anthocyanins, polyphenols, carotenoids, and flavonoids.

Repeat tomorrow morning! Mix It up with other colorful fruits and veggies!

Dr. Ryan’s Green Drink – To Your Good Health

This nutrient and energy packed meal is the foundation for all healing and maintaining vibrant health. These whole food smoothies made by grinding the entire fruit or veggie are far superior to any kind of juicing where the fiber or pulp is separated from the juice. Grinding fresh raw greens and fruits exposes more of the plant nutrients to your digestive system for easy absorption.

Into your VitaMix Blender place:

  • 1 cored organic apple with the skin
  • 1 or 2 cored organic juicy pears with the skin
  • 1-2″ square peeled fresh organic ginger root (optional)
  • 4 ounces ice cubes, plus 8 ounces purified or spring water

Blend on HIGH for 1 minute or until it’s the consistency of applesauce. 
4 cups market fresh organic greens, any combination of:

  • black/dinosaur kale, at least 5 leaves
  • beet greens, swiss chard or collard greens, stems removed
  • spinach, parsley, or cabbage leaves
  • mustard greens or dandelion greens
  • 12 more ounces water or organic pomegranate juice
  • 5 drops clear liquid Stevia Extract (optional)

Blend on HIGH for 1 minute or until smooth.
 STORE most of this green base in a 40-ounce stainless steel bottle in the fridge.