Raw Food Guru Melanie Haraldson Shares Her Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Will you be doing the same work here at Raw Juce?
The counseling, yes, but on a bigger scale. There's only so much I could do meeting with a client once for an hour or so. Here, I have the chance to make a bigger impact on the the people who come to Raw Juce for nutritional coaching.

What is nutritional coaching at Raw Juce?
We offer several juice detoxes, or cleanses. For many who are just starting out, not knowing how to prepare for a detox, or how to transition into solid foods after a cleanse, can be difficult. My role is to support them through the entire process, from beginning to end, and answer any questions they may have.

What type of support do you provide?
I'm not your typical, traditional health nut. I believe the true secret to lasting health and wellness, and living a balanced life, can't be found through a single meal plan or diet. I'm not going to give you a crash diet to follow. I'm going to help you transform your life. My mission is to help people love their bodies, and understand the connection between healthy eating and empowerment in every aspect of your life.

What programs do you offer at Raw Juce?
Consultations are free, and will help you decied which of our cleanse programs is right for you. They can be done here at the store, or over the phone. We have three different programs, starting with a 28-day "breakthrough" cleanse, where I meet with you once a week to discuss your progress. We also have a 90-day "transformation" cleanse, and our six-month "VIP" cleanse, both of which offer two visits per month.

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You use Raw Juce during the cleanses, and the menu has over a dozen cold-pressed juices. What are some your favorite, and why?
I love all our "green" drinks. We have five, but I especially love the "Raw Greens," which has parsley, spinach, Romaine lettuce, kiwi, lemon, green apple, kale, chlorella and ginger. I also like "Greenergy," a combination of cucumber, kale, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger, spirulina and raw honey. Most of our drinks have just 120 to 300 calories in a 16-ounce serving, but what's important is that all the produce we use is 100% organic, and our drinks are packed with superfoods like chia seeds, or cancer-fighting ingredients like turmeric.

In addition to smoothies, there's also a good selection of solid, organic lunch options. What's your favorite for a good mid-day pick-me-up?
Our acai bowls are pretty amazing. Acai is a superfood [originating from a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest] that is rich in antioxidants. [Acai is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, as well as amino acids, protein and various vitamins including vitamins and minerals like magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper, and potassium. Acai also contains polyphenolic compounds that fight inflammation, cancer and aging.] We have four different recipes to choose from, and each one is topped with raw organic ingredients like raw cacao nibs, almonds, coconut flakes, flax and chia seeds -- even gogi berries.

What's the best piece of advice you can give someone looking to change their diet?
I'm on the same journey as everyone else out there. I'm still trying to make healthy choices, every day. My best piece of advice would be: it doesn't matter how big or small the change. What matters is that you try to make one small change every day. It can be as simple as choosing brown rice instead of white rice. After one year, think of all you can accomplish.

This week, Raw Juce will be celebrating its grand opening all week long with a series of special events. For more information visit their charity event Facebook page, and keep reading for Haraldson's chia seed breakfast bowl recipe.

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2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL

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It's awesome that a raw vegan establishment has opened in our region! I have tasted Raw Juce's Green Juice and it's delicious and energizing. 

I've been following a raw vegan lifestyle since 1992 (when the Picower study first came out saying that baked, fried and roasted foods cause aging and chronic disease). As a longtime journalist, I've been writing about the cuisine on my 12-year-old online magazine (RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com) and in my recipe books. 

One caution: In your article, Melanie mentions rice as part of a healthy diet. I would not recommend rice because studies have shown that ALL rice (white or brown, organic or non-) contains arsenic.

I'm hoping that Raw Juce will open more locations, and that it will inspire entrepreneurs to open more raw restaurants (such as dinner venues) in our region. A former New Yorker, I miss NYC places like Quintessence and Rockin' Raw.

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@judypokras Thank you for your note of caution. We agree, but I believe her intent was to show how small -- and easy -- a single change could be when it comes to implementing a healthier diet. 

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