The Nutritarian

Healthy Eating Insight

Carnivale Chicago 702 W Fulton Market

Written By: The Nutritarian - May• 15•12

Argentinean, Brazilian, Columbian, Cuban, Peruvian, and Puerto Rican Oh My!

Carnivale, from the Latin word, “Carne Vale” or “Farewell to the Flesh” eventually became a Brazilian tradition after the Greek festival honoring Dionysus (god of wine).  The fest is a massive celebratory indulgence of music, food, alcohol, and sex preceding forty days of personal reflection, abstinence, and fasting for Lent.  Sounds balanced.

Can you imagine the bustling atmosphere of raw energy one might encounter during such a celebration?  Such an environment abounds at Carnivale. So many distractions, none comparable to the outstanding culinary delights you will encounter.

My vegetarian meal was one of the best I’ve had.  Unique flavors of perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables tantalize the taste buds and you will not have to worry about oil overload, due to the pronounced freshness of ingredients.  Appetizers were fantasticly light, and participation in dessert, as hedonistic as it may seem, is worth it.  Order the Carnivale ice cream cake, an experience in itself that must be described.

Envision a tower of passion fruit, guava, and pistachio ice creams layered between moist, supple chocolate cake.  Start from the top and slip your warm spoon through each melting layer, gathering a taste of each flavor before gliding the perfect bite over fresh mango, raspberry, and basil drizzles that have been splattered about the plate.  You don’t have to come back to reality, this solid masterpiece was built to last, and share.  Just make sure it stays straight up.

Avoid unsafe food additives!

Written By: The Nutritarian - Apr• 30•12

According to a consumer food advocacy group, despite FDA approval, some food additives pose health risks.  Listed are those to be avoided:

acesulfame-K, artificial colors blue 1, 2, green 3, read 3, yellow 6, aspartame, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), cyclamate, olestra, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans fat), potassium bromate, propyl gallate, saccharin, sodium nitrate.

Superfood Shake

Written By: The Nutritarian - Apr• 17•12

Shakeology can be used as a nutritional supplement, healthy treat, or weight management tool. 

Superfood ingredients and benefits:

Superfood Nutrients Shake Ingredients







Protein & Amino Acids



Amaranth, Camu-Camu, Goji berry, Sacha Inchi, sprouted quinoa, whey protein.



Helps bodies build lean muscle, heal wounds, improve skin and hair. Supports optimal brain function; mental clarity, improved mood, and reduced cravings.
Digestive Enzymes



Amylase, bromelain from pineapple, cellulose, lactase, lipase, papain from papaya, protease. Helps the body break down food to increase nutrient absorption.



Pea fiber, yacon root.



Promotes intestinal health. Stimulates growth of friendly bacteria for better digestion.



Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Cordyceps, holy basil leaf, Maca root, Reishi mushroom, Schisandra, Suma root.



Plant derived agents that help adapt the body or protect it from stress. Adaptogenic herbs are unique from other substances in their ability to balance endocrine hormones and the immune system.
Phytonutrients “Green Super Foods”



Barley grass, blue-green algae, Chia seeds, Chlorella, flax, grape seed extract, Hydrilla, spinach, Spirulina, sprouted quinoa, wheat grass. Boosts immunity, helps fight diseases, has alkalizing properties that can slow the aging process and detoxify the body.
Antioxidants “Red Super Foods”



Açai berry, Acerola cherry, bilberry, Camu-Camu, Goji berry, grape seed extract, green tea, Maca root, pomegranate. Helps reduce oxidative damage in the body caused by free radicals. Oxidative damage is a major cause for degenerative (aging) conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure (which can lead to stroke), dementia, and arthritis.


Free Moksha Yoga Chicago

Written By: The Nutritarian - Apr• 06•12

Free yoga taught by Moksha trainees.  After your first, receive 1 free pass for any reg class.
Moksha Riverwest Tues. 6-7:30pm

Love Food and Travel?

Written By: The Nutritarian - Apr• 02•12

So do I.

Food/Travel blogs:

Sunda Happy Hour

Written By: The Nutritarian - Mar• 30•12

The bang bang salad ($6) on Sunda’s “Social Menu” is a heaping nest of fresh, raw shaved veggies!  It’s easy to order with nuts and dressing on the side to really enjoy the jicama and other subtle flavors and to make it healthier.

Vegan Chicago

Written By: The Nutritarian - Mar• 21•12

A website to scope out the vegan and vegetarian options in Chicago. 














Healthy Lunch in Chicago

Written By: The Nutritarian - Mar• 13•12

I am always looking for healthy places to explore, especially when they are cognizant of positive environmental practices.

While I haven’t tried Pret a Manger, the food sounds great and they have vegan options!

The same reasoning applies for Hannah’s.  These sandwiches look like they can be loaded with fresh and organic goodies.  Plus, they list the nutrition information and have gluten free options.

For the Foodies

Written By: The Nutritarian - Mar• 13•12

An easy way to make reservations on Open Table and see who’s cooking for Chicago Chef Week!

Gourmet Prix-Fixe Menus
March 18 – 23, 2012

Yoga Conference in New York

Written By: The Nutritarian - Mar• 13•12

Yoga Journal Conference NY

This looks amazing!  I am going.  Next choice… what to sign up for…Yoga for dudes, hip hop yoga, yoga and chocolate… 

Also check out the Yoganonymous discount or work study options if you’re on a budget.