Essential Living

Best In Class: Silent Snacks

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As someone who was perpetually a student (at least, it felt like it) and who now serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, it compels me to tell you that I was/am a MASTER at eating in class.

Miami’s Dream Team

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Ain’t nobody got time to cook every night. I pride myself on cultivating relationships (Read: harassing) owners of local wholesome eateries to provide a) food for my hungry self and b) food for my clients’ varying palates. The following is a compiled list of my cherished Miami haunts for good, clean eats. If you see something I missed, please let me know, and please deliver me their food ASAP for “research” purposes.

Tales from the Grocery Store

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The supermarket can be a daunting experience. If you’ve survived a parking experience at Whole Foods, the battle is already 50% won. Here’s the official Essence Supermarket Survival Guide to keep you from wanting to run yourself (or someone else) over with your cart.

Banish the Bloat / Food Baby

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Feeling bloated can range from uncomfortable to excruciating. Gas, a natural byproduct of digestion, can sometimes go hog wild and produce these sensations. Getting to the root cause of it with the help of your doctor/gastroenterologist is the best idea, but in the meantime, foods/drinks can certainly harm or help.

Gimmicks Need Not Apply

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I’ve recently partnered with a dynamic young female #bosslady, Deanna Bossert, who is launching her innovative business, The Cooking Collaborative, as a culinary education tool/personal chef service that will cultivate both nutrition and cooking through community effort.

The Crave

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Cravings. We all get them. Sometimes, they are inexplicable (pickles) and sometimes, they make perfect sense (you just saw an IHOP commercial and now…