Head mama, Juli Novotny, is the mom of 2 young boys - just 12 months apart - her enthusiasm for CLEAN, healthy, organic food and her passion for children has been the vision for her PUREmamas blog. Juli explains:
"Feeding children fresh plant-based foods is more important than we can EVER imagine. They need vegetables everyday to keep them calm and help them concentrate. We, as parents, lay the foundation for not only our child's habits and routine but also determine the results of their bodies' crucial matrix. Genetics and DNA play a huge role in our children's health outcomes but their current diet/health will determine how those genes play out..."
Juli doesn't believe in using FEAR, coercion or in pressuring or pushing diet or health upon anybody. It's part of her mission. As she states it: "People find their health journeys on their own...and in their own ways. I see no point in dramatic or hard-core health stats. It doesn't create long-term results. I just share my stories. and my recipes and my photos in hopes that somebody finds inspiration in that. And as a mom...well, again, there's no real rules. I'm just trying to do my best in a role that's more difficult than any role I've ever played thus far in my lifetime."
This blog is all about health, wellness and beautiful fresh food. But we aren't here to CURE you or be your doctors, we're just here to simply help you along your path to a better, more whole food diet. We sometimes talk about dairy or fresh fish but for the most part we are here to share our organic plant-based tasty dishes.
That doesn't mean you have to BE a vegetarian...our dishes can be enjoyed as sides to your steak. Paleo friends are welcome. We might not talk meat and dairy that often but we don't judge!
The one recommendation we DO have is that you DITCH the packaged good and reach for the farmer's market freshness. Best of health and happiness to you! Bios are below.
Juli's Quick Bio
In highschool...Juli was the head pastry chef at a popular pastry shop near her house.
By age 24...A few years after she graduated from UCLA, she started a vegan health food company, Kookie Karma, in Santa Monica, CA where she resided for over 8 years. She also studied to get her masters in holistic nutrition while simultaneously running her business.
Now 33...Juli lives in San Diego as a full-time mom of two little rascal boys: Pierce and Roman! She and her family spend their days at the pool, at the beach, at the park or watching mommy cook while eating yummy food in the kitchen which then she blogs about.
CHECK OUT ALL HER INSTAGRAM HAPPINESS for more pictures of the family and friends.
Hailing from South Carolina, Meredith Baird has had a lifelong passion for gourmet vegetarian cuisine. After college she left the traditional route to pursue her passion and became certified as a raw food chef and instructor. Infusing her innate stylistic talent and food sensibility was a natural marriage.
She pursued her culinary career in Napa Valley where she was able to incorporate her knowledge and love of wine into a healthy lifestyle and gourmet cuisine. After California she moved to New York to join the Matthew Kenney team. Since 2008 Meredith has been a crucial part of the Matthew Kenney Lifestyle brand. She has assisted in writing several books with Matthew, as well as open the Matthew Kenney Restaurant and Academy. Intermixed with her passion for food is a great love of design. She has been an integral part of the restaurant design on several cutting edge sustainable projects.
She believes in living life beautifully both internally and externally by nourishing yourself with life-filled, health-giving, beautiful food, while at the same time allowing yourself aesthetic pleasure through art, fashion, photography, music and design. She feels very fortunate that her life's work is all about doing just that.
C H R I S T I N E dionese is an integrative heatlh care specialist, medical journalist, food writer and business development consultant. Popularized by health care professionals and patients alike, her blog, Reaching Beyond Now features a socially conscious take on integrative medicine and the future of lifestyle design. Christine loves teaching people and families how to sustainably design health through food. When she's not with patients you can catch her sprouting organic goodness in the garden, crafting new recipes in her kitchen and working on her upcoming medicinal culinary therapy cooking book. Check out her latest endeavor, Garden Eats to learn more about seasonal kitchen gardening and medicinal culinary therapy.