Kitchen2Soul

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A new restaurant concept that aims to feed your body and nourish your soul.

Stress – everyone knows it, everyone has it. We all go through changes, frequent ups and downs, and therefore experience phases in our life that are more stressful than others. For most people, a certain level of stress even seems normal and a constant in our day-to-day routine. But what if the stress we’re feeling gets out of control and starts controlling us? We feel so overwhelmed that we are on the verge of collapse, getting sick. Bunout. At that point, we might realize that the only way to gain back our control is with the help of a professional. Yet, if lying on the stereotypical couch and spilling your feelings to a shrink seems daunting, intimidating or downright embarrassing, how would you like to attend a confidential, one-on-one coaching session in a light, airy and welcoming café that serves homemade eats, local drinks and a cold foot bath on a hot day?

This, exactly, is the business model of Kitchen2Soul in Munich (Neuhausen), Germany, that opened its doors on July 1, 2015. Revolving around their customers’ physical as well as emotional wellbeing, Kitchen2Soul was created by two lifelong friends who have had the idea of combining their professional backgrounds and personal interests into an innovative project that offers people a space to connect, to slow down and to indulge.

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Chocolate Cashew Smoothie Bowl

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In a smoothie rut? Give this delicious smoothie bowl a try!

If you love social media as much as the next girl, you may have noticed all the beautiful smoothie bowls that have been popping up in your feed. Not only do they look gorgeous, they are also a healthy and tasty alternative to your regular old breakfast or mid-morning snack. Unlike a traditional smoothie, a smoothie bowl is eaten with a spoon and can be quite the substantial meal when you top it with fruit, nuts, seeds, cocoa nibs or all of the above.

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Green Bath Products for Babies and Kids

070815_SafeBaby_CoverDoes “safe for baby” really mean safe?

In most cases, the answer – as you may have guessed – is no! Unfortunately, kids and baby products, are not exempt from marketing deception. Many bubble baths, shampoos and lotions which are specifically designed and marketed for little ones, still contain health compromising, hormone disrupting and/or allergy causing ingredients such as fragrance, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, PEGs, sodium lauryl sulfate, and mineral oil. (Why are these bad for your health? Read it HERE.)

Remember that when it comes to labeling cosmetics and personal care products, there is very little transparency and hardly any regulation in the United States. This means that in many cases, even terms like “all natural” or “organic” are just marketing fluff that has no meaning or truth to it at all. And it comes to no surprise that baby and kids products are not spared from this “greenwashing” charlatanism.

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What the Frittata?

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A “kitchen sink” meal at its finest.

I love frittatas! They can be made in countless different ways without requiring too much skill. They are a great option for when you are strapped for time and/or need to get rid of produce in your crisper.

I especially like this Greek inspired version with olives, peppers, spinach and feta. While easy to make (think quick weeknight dinner!), it tastes fancy enough to serve for brunch with your fancy friends.

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Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

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Naturally Glamorous!

The other day, I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Melissa Lenberg, founder and owner of Citrine Natural Beauty Bar – a high-end non-toxic beauty store located at the UNION shops in the Biltmore Fashion Park here in Phoenix. The premise of her store is to promote healthy choices while exuding the most luxurious and glamorous aspects that all beauty products should have. It is her firm belief that women no longer have to choose between the two!

To say that Melissa is passionate about all things green beauty is a complete understatement. She lives and breathes it and is more than happy to share her wisdom and advice on skin care, make-up and non-toxic living with anyone coming through her door. She sure was gracious enough to share it with me!

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