Happy Earth Day!

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What started as a yearly Earth Day Newsletter will now be integrated with the mad good recipe blog. I love to share my discoveries of high energy foods, restaurants, businesses, products, people and places in hopes of supporting and propagating options for healthy living and a happy planet. Click on the edn category to see a full list of green posts.

The future is now – let’s live it up!


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earth’s healing cafe

Truly one of the most amazing places in the city, Earth’s Healing Cafe is our favorite discovery of 2012. Located in the Ravenswood neighborhood, EHC offers a wide variety of healing juices, delectable smoothies and incredible raw food options for take-out. It’s the only place where I can actually eat the desserts – made with dates, nuts, seeds and fruit (pictured here is the super strawberry cheesecake)! Everything is made with whole, healthy foods and is sugar-free, grain-free, soy-free and vegan. Plus it’s all made and served by a phenomenal crew full of good vibes and real love. When you need a boost, feel like a cleanse or just want to feel good, stop by Earth’s Healing Cafe!

1942 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613


And like them on Facebook for great health tips and to find out the dessert of the day!

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pinch spice market

It’s always so wonderful to meet people who love what they do. The guys at Pinch in Bucktown really know their spices! They offer organic and fair-trade herbs, salts and spices and even grow their own during growing season. They provide spice mixes for several Chicago restaurants and make some superb blends for sale. You can even buy their spices online! My favorite is Ras-El Hanout, an elaborate Moroccan blend that compliments many of our home cooked meals.

Not only is Pinch a fantastic resource for spices and information, they work with nutritionists, local artists and musicians to put together excellent events to help people spice up their lives!

1913 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
773 360 8708


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the dill pickle food co-op

At the risk of overrunning this little grocery store with customers, I have to let the secret out! The Dill Pickle Food Co-Op is the place for local, conscious, sustainable, organic and GMO-free foods. They put a ton of research into the brands they carry and only support businesses where you can “shake hands with the owner”. They have a variety of specialty products for those who are vegan and gluten-free and offer locally grown produce, packaged goods, a bulk section as well as delicious juices, coffees and teas (not to mention the baked goods and sweets!) Truly a destination store in Logan Square where you can try something new and find your favorites. And you don’t have to be a member to shop there!

3039 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
773-252-COOP (2667)

Mondays – Saturdays: 9am – 9pm, Sundays: 10am – 9pm


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arbor teas

Looking for a quick and easy way to get your bulk organic tea? Try Arbor Teas! Anchored in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this tea company offers certified fair trade teas of every variety – white, black, green, oolong, pur-eh, rooibos and herbal at very reasonable prices. Plus they have stellar tea blends like coconut rooibos and crimson berry fruit tisane. But what really sold me on Arbor Teas was the fact that their packaging is 100% compostable! That kind for foresight makes them number one in my book.

Check them out today and enjoy savings from their Earth Day Sale!

Arbor Teas, 1342 North Main Street, Suite 4, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

(734) 994-7698



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