Category Archives: Health

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Savvy’s Jamaican-Style Red Beans and Rice

I try to make this whenever I have all of the ingredients. It’s adapted from a traditional Jamaican “rice and peas” recipe I got from a friend a while ago. This is a great make ahead dish for those of you who like to do most of your cooking on the weekends. Since the recipe yields a larger quantity, after it cools, I spoon half into a container for the week and the other half goes into sandwich bags in the freezer. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Review: Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap

I was in Whole Foods recently with a friend who was praising the Alaffia line of products. She had said that not only were the products quality, they were also sustainable and were serious about giving back to the communities that the ingredients are harvested from. I was sold. I decided to try the liquid black soap in Tangerine citrus. Continue reading

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7 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dishes

So, you’re invited to a Thanksgiving soiree at a friend’s house, but you’re a vegetarian and they’re not. What to do? Well, I don’t eat turkey either, but I don’t like stressing my meat-and-poultry-eating friends out by making things difficult. So, I usually bring a couple of side dishes of my own that will hold me till dessert.

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Putting Kale in the Blender and Other Things Mom Taught Me

So for all of you out there thinking that juicing requires a big expensive juicer with lots of attachments, growing wheatgrass on your kitchen counter and always having bushels (yes I said bushels) of fresh produce on hand, I’ve got news for you.

It’s really much easier than that.

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12 Ingredients I Avoid In My Natural Hair and Beauty Products

I’ve been meaning to post this list for awhile, but I finally got around to finishing it. By no means is this list exhaustive, and I do not have a medical degree, BUT I’d rather be informed than infirmed, so here’s my list of 12 ingredients I avoid in my natural hair and beauty products.

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