• Kitchen Tour: Shiva Rose of The Local Rose

    Before my extremely long hiatus I visited Shiva Rose's Pacific Palisades home with Bethany Nauert. Shiva is the lovely (and extremely zen) woman behind, The Local Rose. The Local Rose is a blog for health and wellness with a spiritual tone. You can find all sorts of great things on her site about these topics, like this one. (I might have to do my own post on that company, what a great product!) You can also shop her products and others through her site.  Check out my interview with Shiva and take a look into her beautiful kitchen and garden!

    SNF: What is your “go to” meal to cook?

    Shiva Rose:I usually cook what is seasonal at the Farmers Market. I love to roast some kale, beans, cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil and seasoning and add that to a quinoa bowl topped with sauerkraut.

    SNF: What is your favorite ingredient to use when cooking?

    SR: Coconut Oil, ghee, sea salt.

    SNF: Do you follow a specific diet? (Such as gluten free, vegan, etc.)

    SR: My younger daughter has gluten allergies and I feel better without it. We are vegetarian as well but add eggs and dairy for protein.

    SNF: Your kitchen is beautiful! (Love that sky light!) Has it gone through any remodeling?

    SR: I remodeled the house when I bought it 6 years ago.

    SNF: What has been remodeled? 

    SR: I added the kitchen and master.  I added floors and skylight.

    SNF: Your backyard and garden are amazing! Have you always loved gardening or was that something you’ve recently got into?

    SR: I have always felt more at peace when connecting to mama earth.

    SNF: What are you growing at the moment?

    SR: Summer vegetables and herbs like basil, tomatoes, melons.

    SNF: What’s the trick to keeping your garden healthy? Do you have any green thumb tips for us?

    SR: Use sea minerals like kelp and compost, compost, compost.

    SNF: You also have some chickens in your yard. How would someone go about getting chickens? And are they easy to care for?

    SR: Today there is access to so many kinds of urban chicken coops. The chickens are fairly easy since they keep each other company. They have to have the coop cleaned but we use their droppings for the compost. One trick is to add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to their water to keep them free of bad bacteria.

    SNF: And let’s not forget the bees you have! I think that is so awesome! How is it maintaining bees?

    SR: The bees are also pretty simple to take care of. With the drought however we need to make sure there is a bucket of water near by for them.

    SNF: I really admire your garden; you’ve obviously put a lot of work into it! For people who want to start a garden of their own, what advice and steps would you suggest them to take first?

    SR: I would say start small even if its just potted plants. Also composting feels so good. When you reuse the parts of the plants back into your soil you feel like you are adding positive energy and contributing to the cycle of life!

    Written by Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed by Bethany Nauert

  • Back...

    After almost a 7 month (to date) hiatus from the blog, I’m back. I stopped the blog because of many reasons. At the time I stopped in December I was going through a lot in my personal life and also had ideas for a different direction for the blog. I felt stuck and so I completely stopped writing/posting. As 2015 started, I took some time to reflect and grow. I never truly forgot about the blog, though.

    As a person with OCD, I found (and find) myself busy in other areas and hyper focused on those and then as a result other areas of my life get neglected. Now I’m not saying that is an excuse, but it comes into play in my life constantly. Also being a perfectionist, I get even more stuck on trying to make everything “perfect” before the public see’s it. The problem with that is that it never gets out there or finished. I realize it’s better to complete something than never completing and waiting for it to be “perfect.” And even admitting this feels like it’s going against the idea of being “perfect.”

    So many people have been involved in this blog and I feel like I let them down. So to those of you, I’m sorry. But having you all makes me feel accountable, which is a good thing!

    The reason I’m bringing this all up is that I realized the problem I was having with the blog is that I wanted to talk about more than just health food, healthy food products and restaurants, etc. I LOVE all of those things but there was more I’m interested in and want to share about. So I thought maybe I start another blog and have 2 blogs or maybe I stop this blog and start a whole new one. But back to perfectionism, it is important in areas to “perfect” something before starting something new. So I knew it wasn’t wise to start another blog in addition to this one. I have to focus on Steamed Not Fried before I add something else to the mix.

    I’m a very black and white person. My boyfriend gets on me for not being grey (or in the middle.) Then it dawned on me, I was making the blog black and white. It was just recipes, reviews, interviews, etc. all about food. But what if what I felt was missing from the blog was the “grey” area that I’m unable to tap into.

    The purpose of this blog started out as a health food blog, and it remains that as of now, but what I realized is that ultimately I care about a healthy lifestyle. Overall, health is not specific to what you eat, it plays a HUGE roll in that, but I believe health is not just about what we put in our bodies but what we put on our bodies, what we do for exercise and what we do for fun/activities, which contributes to our mental health. You can eat all the green smoothies and juices you want but if your mind is not healthy and you’re not happy, in a sense you’re not healthy. Now, I’m no doctor and these are my opinions but I truly believe it’s a lot of things that contribute to our overall health and wellbeing.

    So to bring this full circle, I realized the name of the blog made me feel like it’s all about healthy food, and it does suggest that. But is it possible that my black and white thinking made me think I could ONLY post about steamed food and not fried food? Or that I had to ONLY post about food? What would the grey area be? If it’s not steamed and it’s not fried, what is it? What’s in the middle?

    The truth is that none of us are perfect; we can try to be as perfect as we want but we are human. You may find yourself in a situation where you get pressured to try someone’s fried cooking during a holiday, but just because you eat something fried, doesn’t mean your whole “perfect clean eating” diet has gone down the drain. I know people that eat super healthy but then drink alcohol, alcohol isn’t healthy but how many people do you know drink and then go do yoga and drink a green juice? (I’m not saying these are okay or healthy things/habits though; I believe you are in control of your own choices.) Life happens, and not everything will be as you planned. (Even if you’re like me and you are an expert planner.) Life will throw something at you and it might be something fried. ;)

    Seriously though, I believe in healthy eating and I believe in a healthy lifestyle. And I’m not saying I live perfectly healthy, because I don’t think there is anyone that can. But you can absolutely try your best! There is a ying and a yang to everything! I try my hardest to make healthy decisions and do things to help my body feel healthy. That’s what I want this blog to be about. It’s not about either you eat all healthy food (black) or you don’t and you’re not healthy (white). It’s about making healthy decisions and doing your best to lead a healthy life. (That’s the grey, that’s the middle.) It’s about learning new things to eat, knowing about new products that you never heard of (or maybe you have!) before, reading about new places to eat, but on top of all of that I want to start sharing other ways to be healthy! Ways to incorporate health into your life that aren’t just about eating healthy food. So I hope you all can appreciate this and continue to follow the journey of Steamed Not Fried with me! :)


    (Photo by Bethany Nauert)

  • My Trader Joe's Favorites

    Before I moved to California I had never been to a Trader Joe's. When I got to LA, they were everywhere! I instantly fell in love with it! There are a ton of reasons I think people love Trader Joes. The biggest reason being everything is a lot cheaper there! (You can read more on their back story and on how they are able to keep such low prices here!) I think people also enjoy shopping at Trader Joe's because it's not overwhelming,(and yes we know the parking lot is very overwhelming!) but that's not what I mean. It's not overwhelming in the sense that there aren't twenty different options for each item. For most items there is one! It's easy shopping! (And it also makes the trip to the grocery store much shorter!) I frequent many different grocery stores. I don't have "my" grocery store that I go to every week. I like trying different products and seeing what's new out there, but for certain items I do come to Trader Joe's. Now I know there are so many favorites at TJ's, but these are a few great healthy staples to have in your kitchen! Here are some of my favorites!

    1. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil // This is a great pantry staple to have!

    2. Gluten Free Rolled Oats // These are great for hot cereal or even to bake with!

    3. Oatmeal Complete // This is one of my favorite oatmeals! It's plain, but I like to add toppings so I always try to get an oatmeal that has low sugar and sodium, this one is a great pick!

    4. Gluten Free All Purpose Flour // Here is another great pantry staple! Great to have if you like to bake and are gluten intolerent!

    5. Organic Coconut Flour // Another pantry staple!

    6. Coconut Oil Spray // And another pantry staple!

    7. Crunchy Almond Butter No Salt // Yum!

    8. Organice White Quinoa // Great to have in your pantry as well!

    9. Organic Power to the Greens // This has baby kale, baby chard and baby spinach. All organic!

  • Local Business Interview: Gina Ragnone of Gigi's Remix

    I'm so excited to finally share this interview with you all! I met Gina awhile back when I went to Fala Bar for her interview. (If you missed that post you can catch it here!) I met up with Gina again to talk about her company, Gigi's Remix. Gina has created one of the most delicious and healthiest "trail mixes" around! Although, Gigi's Remix isn't quite a trail mix, hence the name "remix." She's switched it up to make a sweet and salty (but not dry!) bag of yumminess! 

    Check out my itnerview with Gina and find out how Gigi's Remix was created and what is the piece of advice she would give to others who are thinking of starting their own company!

    How has your background in Holistic Health helped you create Gigi’s Remix?

    Being so interested in health and wellness from a young age has enriched my understanding and intuition of what should and should not go into our bodies for optimal health. I have carefully selected each ingredient used and they all contain health benefits of some kind. 

    How was Gigi’s Remix born?

    I used to wonder the bulk bin aisle at any Whole Foods store I would visit and you're supposed to put only one bulk item in each bag, do you know what I am talking about? And I've always hated that because I insist on making my own customized mixes. So one day while in the aisle breaking the rules, a delicious mix was born. I took it home and mixed it with coconut oil and raw honey, which I had learned previously from a friend of mine.  I added some Himalayan pink salt and voila! Unfortunately, the ingredients I chose were of course of the highest quality and therefore expensive! I may come out with another similar snack at a lower price point. 

    What ingredients are in your remix?

    I use several "superfood" ingredients such as coconut oil, mulberries, goji berries and cacao nibs. I use sprouted nuts because they are much easier on digestion and also make absorbing nutrients from the nuts more likely. I also simply prefer the taste of sprouted nuts over regular nuts. This is where my slogan "Sprout Your Day" comes from. There is also raw honey and a dash of Himalayan pink salt for added minerals and that sweet and salty flavor everyone loves in a trail mix type snack. 

    Can you tell us some of the benefits of each ingredient?

    Coconut oil is one of my favorite things ever! I consume it, oil pull with it, put it on my skin and hair…etc etc etc, so let's talk about that one! The medium chain triglycerides (MCT's) in coconut oil have been shown to increase energy expenditure helping you burn fat and the lauric acid in it can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, which helps stave off infections. It can also reduce your hunger due to the way the fatty acids in it are metabolized. It's the "good" kind of fat and I find it helps me mentally as well, providing improved focus and balanced blood sugar levels. 

    What has been the most exciting part of starting your own business? What has been the biggest obstacle you were faced with during this process?

    I have always wanted to invent / create something of my own. I am fascinated with entrepreneurs and have only envisioned myself working for myself. There is nothing better than the feeling of a satisfied customer when starting your own business. I have just learned of this feeling, and it is truly lovely. I would say dealing with the licenses, permits, certifications etc. has been the most challenging for me. There is a whole world out there happening behind everything you purchase and it can be very daunting when starting out new. I would also say time management is one of the toughest obstacles. When you're working for yourself, it is much easier to procrastinate!    

    What do you think sets apart your product from other granolas and trail mixes?

    My product is 100% raw, whereas most granolas and trail mixes are toasted, it contains sprouted nuts and the consistency is a bit wet rather than dry like most others. 

    What are you future goals for Gigi’s Remix?

    I have my eyes set on Whole Foods. I would also like to create more items incorporating Gigi's Remix, which you'll have to wait to learn about ;) Next up is a smaller $5 single serving version of the Remix. Giving back is also of upmost importance to me and I am excited to keep growing so that I am able to soon donate to certain charities. I oftentimes give my snack (or any snacks I have on hand) to the homeless whenever I see someone in need. 

    What is one piece of advice you would give others that are considering starting their own business?

    Make sure you're prepared to work very hard! Do not wait until you're ready because we are never truly ready. Just dive in head first! I have learned this from my entrepreneur boyfriend. It has benefited me in many ways since I am the type who would usually prefer to wait until it is "perfect" to begin. There is no perfect! 

    Where can people find Gigi’s Remix?

    So far Gigi"s Remix is sold at the following coffee and juice shops in the LA area:

    • Alfred Coffee
    • L.A. Juice Shop
    • Fala Bar
    • Clover Juice 
    • Larchmont Juicery 

    Coming soon:

    • Erewhon Market 
    • P.C. Greens (Malibu) 
    • Online ordering 

    Interviewed, Styled and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Pinspiration: Sweet Tooth

    Vegan Chai Ice Cream // By Minimalist Baker // Recipe here!

    I'm a huge fan of sweets but obviously majority of sweets aren't that great for us but there are so many ways to get natural sugar and have "healthy" alternatives to traditonal desserts. Here are a few that I like!

    Italian Sodas // By A Cozy Kitchen // Recipe here!

    Vegan Whipped Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding // By Better with Cake // Recipe here!

    Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles // Recipe and Photo by Gabriel Coco of Artful Desperado // Recipe here!

    Coconut Ice Cream via Kara Rosenlund

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding // By Minimalist Baker // Recipe here!

  • McGrath Family Farm Roadside Farmer's Market

    Last week Bethany and I stopped at the McGrath Family Farm to check out their Roadside Farmer's Market. You can pick pumpkins from their field and when in season you can come to pick berries! All of their produce is organic. You can find McGrath Roadside Farmer's Market off the 101 freeway in Camarillo, California. (Off the Central Ave. exit.) They are open from 9AM - 6PM daily! (That is until we set the clocks back on November 2nd! Then they will be open until 5PM!) Check out more info here!


    Photographed by: Bethany Nauert

  • Bowls

    I came across these photos of Turkish ceramic bowls on Pinterst, and immediately was wondering where I could get them. I have this thing for bowls. (and plates, cups and clothes ;P) I love beautiful, bright color dishes. Here are some bowls that I really like!

    *photos from decor8

    1.  Floral Bowl // Anthropologie 2. Stacked Bowls // Anthropologie 3. Color Glaze Bowl // West Elm 4. Teal Pattern Bowl // Anthropologie 5. Swirled Symmetry Bowl // Anthropologie 6. Striped Berry Bowl // Robert Siegel

  • Pumpkin Patch

    If you're looking for something to do today or this week, (And are in the Southern California area.) there is a great pumpkin patch in Camarillo, where you can go into the patch and pick your own pumpkin! Bethany and I came here and had a really fun time! Her little dog tagged along with us too! Here is how you can get to Pete's Pumpkin Patch!