Raw Food Guru Melanie Haraldson Shares Her Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl Recipe
A few weeks ago Clean Plate Charlie told you Boca Raton would be welcoming a new, all-organic, cold-pressed juice bar and raw food lunch stop. Known as Raw Juce, this week the store will be celebrating its opening week, so we caught up with Melanie Haraldson, Raw Juce's very own "raw food guru."
Daniel Cavalcanti Raw Juce holistic health and nutrition coach Melanie Haraldson.
As the store's holistic health and nutrition coach, Haraldson works with customers looking to implement a healthier way of life by providing nutritional counseling and support through a series of detox and cleansing programs using Raw Juce. She even shared her favorite raw food recipe with us: how to make a nutrient-rich chia seed breakfast bowl.
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Everyone begins their health journey somewhere. For Haraldson, it was simply a way of life from the beginning. Born and raised in Canada, Haraldson came to South Florida several years ago for school, studying business and marketing at Lynn University. Like so many, after a few years working a ho-hum career, she decided to go back to school to learn more about holistic health with the Institute For Integrated Nutrition.
Clean Plate Charlie: How would you describe your approach to health and wellness?
Melanie Haraldson: Going back to school [for holistic health] totally changed my life. I've had the chance to do things I never imagined I'd be able to do, helping people to change their lives through proper nutrition. It's so rewarding. Growing up an athlete, I was always into eating healthy and providing my body with proper nutrition. I just didn't see it as a career choice until later.
Prior to Raw Juce you worked for Whole Foods in Pembroke Pines. What did you do there?
I was the store's healthy eating specialist. I did everything from teach cooking classes and coach 20-day healthy eating challenges, to working with local school programs and meeting with customers for counseling -- even helping to start an organic garden at local schools.