The Manhattan Gal Behind The Healthy Apple Teaches You How to Cook Real Food

Mission: To Change the Way People Eat

“Feeding People Food – The Way Food Was Meant To Be”

I’m Amie Valpone – HHC, AADP, a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple Gluten-free, ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. I have continuing education certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University as well as the Drugless Practitioners of America.

Having gone through a set of life-changing diagnoses early in my professional career, I was forced to change the way I live, eat and ultimately the way I make a living. Today my sole desire is to help you and your body feel as amazing as possible through various simple yet life-altering changes to your nutrition and lifestyle habits.

I cook. I travel. I exercise. I write. And I do it all Clean and Gluten-Free.

My Story

I started The Healthy Apple after suffering with digestive issues for years, finally receiving a life-changing diagnosis that would change my life. After years of being told nothing was wrong with me, through the help of Integrative Medical Doctors, I learned that I was suffering from heavy metal accumulationhypothyroidismadrenal fatigue, an IGA deficiency and was born without the gene to absorb folate, MTHF which is key in detoxification. After 10 years of medical mysteries, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I learned that my body couldn’t digest gluten, soy, sugar and many other foods. I began to realize quickly that medicine could only do so much – it wasn’t offering my body what it needed to heal. I needed to overhaul my lifestyle.

Through research and the help of Integrative M.D’s, I decided to adopt an organic, ‘Clean’ lifestyle. Using methods such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, and organic, fresh, unprocessed foods, I’ve restored and replenished my body and have remained symptom free ever since. I’ve had mercury fillings removed from my mouth, went through two years of IV chelation, and detoxed everything from my makeup to my cleaning products. My diet now consists of lean proteins, health fats, and lots of organic veggies. The past few years have helped me understand that there is something to learn from every doctor and every life experience.

Today, I still work with an Integrative M.D. to continue to heal my ‘gut’ and thyroid. I am constantly researching, traveling and interviewing other Integrative and Functional Medicine Doctors to help me and my clients feel their absolute best.

My Message

I understand how difficult it can be to create a healthy and clean lifestyle for ourselves. I understand how hard it may seem to find the time in our hectic lives to make home cooked, nutritious meals. But I am here to show you how easy it can be!

I do not believe in diets – I believe in moderation. I have always and will always love food. My nutrition and lifestyle tips along with my recipes cater to a Clean, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Gluten-Free lifestyle – a lifestyle that understands that what we put into our mouths will impact our bodies now and in the future, yet one that does not ever sacrifice in taste or enjoyment. My passion for a healthy nutrition and a clean lifestyle is contagious. I am eager to show others that fresh food and clean products can keep your taste buds and your body happy and healthy.

We each know our bodies better than anyone else does – any doctor, any prescription, any diagnosis. It takes time, patience, and a positive attitude to keep your head up and stay strong until you find all the answers to your body’s wants and needs. For some it can be long, long road to find that balance – but there is always a shinny, bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Let me help you find that light.

What I Do

Before starting The Healthy Apple, I had previously held numerous occupations, including ones with Ralph Lauren Corporate and VOGUE Magazine in branding and marketing, and with the NBA Fit Program as a Culinary Nutritionist.

In 2011, I decided to leave the corporate world of marketing and advertising to focus on my newfound passion of helping actual people adopt a healthy and clean lifestyle. I work hands-on with individuals and groups as a Personal ChefFood Allergy Concierge and Healthy Family Pantry Stylist to guide people through their transition into a healthier lifestyle. I am a Gluten-Free Industry Innovator when it comes to helping clients, the community and companies with how to live a healthy and happy life.

Additionally, I develop recipes with beautiful photography, make media appearances, and engage consumer groups on behalf of food companies. I’m active in many organizations that focus on food, nutrition, and health. In addition to my work in Culinary Nutrition under The Healthy Apple, I am also a Food Media Expert with experience in creating menus, developing marketing and PR efforts, and building brand awareness for my clients. I serve as a brand ambassador for many well-known healthy living companies by attending conferences and food expos across the nation on their behalf.

I am available for editorial and photography projects, recipe development, speaking engagements, spokesperson opportunities, events, workshops, lectures, videos and conferences as well as ambassador programs.

If you are in Manhattan, give me a ring and let’s meet for a tea or green juice!

If you are interested in attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, please contact me. I would be more than happy to refer you to IIN and speak with you about my experience. Use my name, Amie Valpone as a referral to find out about tuition discounts and incentives.

Where You Can Find Me

In addition to The Healthy Apple, my insights and advice appear in Glamour MagazineThe Food Network BlogThe Food Network websiteThe Huffington PostMartha Stewart Whole Living, Martha Stewart Radio, Clean Eating Magazine, Kiwi Magazine, The Doctors, YahooShine!,Rodale Institute,  WebMDThe Daily MealBing.comVitacost and Livestrong.com.

I am the Recipe Editor for Williams SonomaFoodistaFoodilyOne Green PlanetMind Body Green, GIG Gluten-Intolerance Group Magazine, GenConnect, Celiac.comHonest Cooking, the NY Times Best Seller Series Skinny BitchHealthy Bitch Daily and the Manhattan Gluten-Free Food Editor for the Examiner.

Connect with me, Amie Valpone, on Twitter (@TheHealthyApple), Facebook (The Healthy Apple), Instagram (@TheHealthyApple), Google Plus (Amie Valpone) and Pinterest (The Healthy Apple).

For additional inquiries or to schedule a private appointment, please contact Amie via email at TheHealthyApple (at) Gmail.com.

Please note: Amie is not a R.D.; she is a Culinary Nutritionist and Health & Food Coach with certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and SUNY Purchase.  Amie is also certified by the Drugless Practitioners of America.  The information on this site is not intended to substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment; Amie encourages you to seek your doctors opinion.  For further guidance, please contact your local nutritionist or integrative M.D.  for medical advice.

The Healthy Apple, LLC is owned, written and edited by Amie Valpone. It’s based upon personal experiences through many years of health issues and numerous doctors. The FTC requires full disclosure of relationships I have between brands when writing about products. Brands and advertisers will never influence the content of this blog because all topics and content are chosen by and written by Amie Valpone. I only share my honest opinions on TheHealthyApple.com because I want to help my readers heal and feel better because I was once there- alone – without anyone helping me as my body was turning against me and fading away.  Please note that some of the links used on this site are affiliate links and help to support the costs of running this blog. I only recommend products and brands that I trust and I would never recommend something that I do not personally use or that does not fit with the mission of TheHealthyApple.com.

Thehealthyapple.com and its affiliates and suppliers will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from or in connection with the use of this site, including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, incidental, punitive and consequential damages (including, without limitation, loss of profits, goodwill, data or use), even if such parties have been advised of the possibility of such damages. The foregoing limitation should apply regardless of the form of action and whether in contract, breach of warranty, tort, negligence, strict liability or otherwise. Please use common sense while around and preparing food, caring for children, and exercising. The information in this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice.

When food is the cure for what ails you, choosing whole, naturally gluten-free ‘Clean’ foods make the most sense, after all.

{ 106 comments… read them below or add one }

Crystalee March 29, 2009 at 3:33 am

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avalpone March 31, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Thank you for your comments; I would love to try your product and pass it along to my clients and colleagues. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
The Healthy Apple


carascravings September 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

Look forward to reading more of you blog, it looks great!
I totally agree with your eating philosophies!


Courtney September 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Amie, thanks for commenting on my blog! I just bookmarked your site and can’t wait to have a few minutes to come back and explore it!! Looks like you have some great ideas and I can’t wait to read it!

Adventures in Tri-ing


Karen@Cook4Seasons December 25, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Thank you so much for your nice comment. It seems we are kindred spirits. I love your site as well and just subscribed.

All the best to you and Merry Christmas in New York!


Amanda January 12, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Isn’t this a lovely surprise! Happy New Year Amy! I’m doing some healthy mom blogging research on twitter for Welch’s and came across you! Although I know you are not a mommy (yet). What are you up to now? Where are you working? Lets catch up!

Amanda Scatuorchio


Cristy March 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Hi Amie. How does the referral work? I’m thinking of enrolling but haven’t made my decision yet.


The Healthy Apple March 18, 2010 at 1:22 am

Cristy, I’d love to tell you about the referral program with IIN. Thank you so very much for your comment; I look forward to speaking with you. Best, Amie


Niky April 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I love your website and find your information VERY helpful. I have decided to enroll in IIN. Can you please provide some information regarding the referral program? I’d appreciate it!


timetosavetheworld June 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Hi Amie! I just came across your blog and it looks really interesting! I’ll definitely be back for more and eventually might be in New York! It would be great collaborating with you!


The Healthy Apple June 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm


Thank you so very much for your comment and kind words as I would love the opportunity to collaborate with you via telephone or here in NYC! Please feel free to contact me and we can get in touch. Have a wonderful day and thank you again.


nikki August 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I am just wondering what sort of education you need to become a culinary nutritionist? It seems like it could be a lot, and I just want to get an idea before I make any changes.


The Healthy Apple August 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm


Great to hear from you; thank you for your comment. I would love to speak with you about my work, education and experience. Please feel free to email me at thehealthyapple@gmail.com and we can schedule a time to chat at your convenience. Thank you; have a great day. Best, Amie


Rooney September 7, 2010 at 9:52 am

Hi Amy
Love the site and the down to earth advice. I wondered what you can tell me about chai?
Where to buy? How to use? Benefits? Nutrition etc.
Many thanks!


The Healthy Apple September 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Thank you for your kind words about my website. I actually do not drink Chai; I happen to not like the taste after trying a few different versions…therefore I drink mainly tea and decaff coffee, however, in terms of chai, depending on what kind you purchase, is full of antioxidants and may keep your immune system healthy, however, it’s not proven. You may reap health benefits that you get from the tea itself but the spices added have additional health benefits that you won’t find in other types of tea. Some chai’s contain cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and pepper. Hope this helps; have a great night. Thank you again for your comment. Best, Amie


Rooney September 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Thank you for your response. Embarrassingly I can’t spell. My question was about Chia. I think they are seeds, can you shed any additional light?
Thanks again


The Healthy Apple September 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Sure, no problem at all. I love chia seeds and I use a brand by Salba that are wonderful. I use them to make smoothies, baked goods and toss them into my hummus and salsa, as well…they make a great addition to salads and add a nice crunchy texture to any dish! They’re considered a source of protein and can be used as a muscle and tissue builder and an endurance engergizer because they are quite hydrating…they’re also great for digestion and are the richest source of essentail omega 3 fatty acid….hope this info helps! Have an enjoyable evening and thank you so very much for visiting my blog! Best, Amie


Rooney September 9, 2010 at 5:47 am

thank you…I have to try these :-)


Nikki October 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I love your style of eating/cooking. What are you most conscious about? how many calories something has? how much protein? how much fat? where the ingredients come from?


The Healthy Apple October 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Nikki, Thank you for your comment; great to hear from you. I believe in eating natural, pure foods that are not processed. Therefore, I do not look at calorie counts or fat content, the first thing I look at is the ‘ingredient’ list and the vitamins/minerals of a food source. I eat tons of vegetables, lean proteins such as Greek yogurt, eggs, fish, bison, tofu, beans, turkey and chicken. I also make sure to include healthy fats in every meal and snack such as avocado, nuts, seeds, hummus, etc. as well as pure dark chocolate for a mid-day treat or dessert. 99% of my meals are made by me, each and everyday, except for the occasional meal out, where I would have sushi, or some other lean protein with fresh vegetables. I steer clear of the packaged and processed foods and eat lean proteins, healthy fats and produce from mother nature as often as possible. Hope this information was useful; have a great day and thank you so very much for your comment. Best, Amie


Baking N Books August 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Have you ever had Goat’s Milk Yogurt? By Liberte I think?


Amie August 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

Yes, I tried it a few years ago but haven’t been able to eat much dairy since December as it’s bothering my stomach so hopefully soon I’ll be able to try the Goat’s milk again. Thank you!


Amie August 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

Yes, I tried it a few years ago but haven’t been able to digest dairy since December as it’s bothering my stomach so hopefully soon I’ll be able to try the Goat’s milk again. Thank you!


Renise Ridge Leresche October 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

Would love to connect on linked in. We sell DIlmah for Praful and all have a strong passion for what this brand represents. You should also connect with a lady on my facebook in AZ at a shop called Glorias Tea shoppe. Her name is Gloria Smith. She is doing lovely things at her shop for Dilmah.

Best regards,
Renise Leresche


Sandra Bigham October 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!


The Healthy Apple October 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Awww; thanks so much, Sandra. I am thrilled to hear you are going to be whipping up some of my tasty recipes…let me know if you have any questions..have fun and enjoy!!! Best, Amie


Quiana December 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Your site is so informative! I especially like your shopping list. Look forward to working with you in 2011 as I introduce my LO to solids.


The Healthy Apple December 31, 2010 at 9:35 am

Thank you so very much, Quiana. I am so glad to hear you are enjoying my website. Looking forward to working with you in 2011, as well. Happy New Year!


lauren @ spiced plate January 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

This is inspiring!


Amie February 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Thanks so much, Lauren; it’s so great to hear from you. Enjoy my recipes and blog; please let me know if there is anything I can help you with or if you have any questions as I’m more than happy to help.


Baking 'n' Books May 28, 2011 at 1:54 am

New to your site and happy I found it. I look forward to reading more about you and what you’ve written so far.

…I also would DIE to go to NYC! :)


Amie May 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Aww; thanks so much and so great to hear from you! Let me know if you are ever in NYC as it’d be great to meet you! Have a fabulous weekend and I am so happy to hear from you; thanks for your kind words regarding my blog! I’m thrilled to hear you’re enjoying it thus far!


Baking 'n' Books June 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Oh goodnes…can you get me a job in NYC?! Then I’d be there in a nanosecond…;)

Do you mind if I email you sometime? I have SO many questions….but don’t want to bother you or take up your own time.

Your so beautiful by the way!! I always feel that my insides are so horribly *damaged* that I’ve ruined my “outside” as well…but I’m just very disheartened and jaded overall truthfully…


Amie June 14, 2011 at 9:33 am

Awww thank you so much;h greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me anytime; would love to hear from you. Thank you; have a great day!


Richard June 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

Thanks for both raising awareness of Celiac Disease and providing great recipes and food help for people with gluten intolerance. I have fought following a strict GF diet for years and was always sick. I am now following a GF diet.



Amie June 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thank you, Richard. Such a pleasure to hear from you! I greatly appreciate your comment and so happy to hear that you are enjoying my recipes. Always happy to help in anyway possible. Be well and have a great day. Hope the sun is shining for you today!


Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hi Amie! Just wanted to say that I really like your blog. Your pictures are beautiful, and you obviously have a lot of knowledge. Although I don’t eat gluten or dairy free, I’d be tempted to make some of your recipes anyways! :)


Amie July 5, 2011 at 7:29 am

Thank you so much, Kristen. You just made my morning; I greatly appreciate your kind words and I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying my blog and the tasty recipes. I hope you do try them soon and enjoy them! They’re quite delish.
Have a wonderful day!


thehealthyapron July 13, 2011 at 9:02 am

WOW! Just found your blog and I’m already impressed by your background!! You are making such a difference! Kudos!


Amie July 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thank you so much; great to hear from you. You have a fabulous blog, as well and I am so happy you found me! Looking forward to reading your blog! Enjoy your day.


Halley (Blunder Construction) August 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Amie, this place is fabulous! Your work is really inspiring and I think your style is a breath of fresh air. I am so excited to follow your blog!


Amie August 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Thank you so much, Halley; so great to hear from you and I greatly appreciate your kind words! Have an enjoyable evening and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy my blog!


Lisa (This Little Piggy) August 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Hi Amie,
Love this – it makes so much sense. No dieting! Just real food. Thanks – will be checking back often.


Amie August 10, 2011 at 7:58 am

Thank you, Lisa; great to hear from you. I love your blog and I hope to meet you soon here in NYC! Thank you for your kind words. xo


Burta October 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Dear Amie,
I just would like to thank you …Your web site and another person who have completed the health Coach certification programme inspired me…
I have so many intolarances like yourself so I am nut alchol gluten oil free and there still some proucts I am discovering each day like package food …I have learned from your web site a lot and feel not alone when i read your thoughts and even make my husband read it to understand me more..
I will be starting the Integrative Nutrition health Coach certification programme this October and have written them about your great work and how it really help me to do the healthy path so I hope that it will take their attention once more to honour you and your great work…
Warmest Regards and a huge thank you from my heart;))
burta guray samli


Amie October 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Thank you, Burta. Great to hear from you and I am so happy to know that you are enjoying my blog. I greatly appreciate your kind words regarding my writing and expressing myself through my intolerances and sensitive stomach.
Thank you; have a wonderful night. I look forward to hearing from you!


Andrea October 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Hi Amie,
I’m sure you get a lot of questions about IIN. I am researching them and could use some words of wisdom!! Awesome site and beat of lick with all you do.


Amie October 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Thank you so much, Andrea; great to hear from you. I’m happy to chat with you anytime!


Burta November 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I feel so upset&sad sometimes when my friends
and family do not understand me gluten free & being
sensitive or intolarant to some foods…
I do not know how to handle it when people
have fun of this or they look down on you or
even push you to eat even if I tell them I cannot..
I cannot take my food to everwhere … I prefer to
Stay home and cook my own and be happy…
Even this bothers people, I feel so sad and
How do you get over these times ?
Warmest wishes;)


Amie November 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I am sorry you feel this way. I enjoy bringing my food when I travel because that is the best way for me to ensure a happy ‘belly’ and no stomach pains…I rarely eat out at restaurants and cook all of my meals but I love it and it makes me happy and feel good. Hope that helps!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Burta November 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Happy thanks giving to you and to your family;)
Warmest regards;
Pray eat love live enjoy be in good health


Ali @ whatalididnext December 6, 2011 at 2:37 am

Hi Amie – what a fantastic blog. With a gluten free husband following Auto immune disease, a daughter with alleries to eggs and dairy, and myself meat and dairy free, cooking in our family can often be a challenge.
I am thriled to have found your wonderful site. Keep up the awesome work.


Amie December 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thank you so much, Ali; so great to hear from you! I’m happy to hear you are enjoying my blog. Have a fabulous holiday season!


Clare @ Fitting It All In January 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Hey I just found you through Kath! Always good to see other IINers doing well. I graduate in April!


Anna January 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Hi Amie,
I love your blog and find it really inspiring. I have a severe gluten intolerance (celiac) and other digestive complications. As a young woman with chronic health problems, I find they often get in the way of my work and personal life. Clearly you became very successful despite your health setbacks- were you able to do this once you were feeling better or did you work on both simultaneously? Any advice for your readers who are trying to do the same?
Thank you so much,


Amie January 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Thank you, Anna; so great to hear from you! I was actually doing all of this while very sick. Even when I was hospitalized last year with colitis I was working on all of this. My best advice is to keep your head up and remember there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. You can do it darling! Stay positive and be smart about what works for YOU and YOUR body; not what works for others.
Good luck and keep me posted!
I know you will succeed!


Anna January 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Thanks for the great advice and response Amie! I so appreciate it


Amie January 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Thank you, Anna. Have a wonderful afternoon and I look forward to hearing more from you. xo


Burta February 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

Hi Amie,
I would like to learn more about culinary nutrition and culinary marketing consulting. …education what you do etc..
Could you please kindlly help me on the issue..
Warm Regards,

I just love your web site since I am GF Oil free and some nuts& grains free…


Amie February 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thank you so much Burta; happy to help you in anyway possible. Are you free for a phone chat and we can discuss ways in which I can help you and we can work together?
Have a great day; I’m excited to connect and work with you!


Debbie Enacab March 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

Dear Amie,
Your recipes are such a delight! and SO Unique !
I’m from the other side of the occean , all the way from Israel, I transalte the names of the special herbs and spices as I read, the photos are very helpfull and so appealing! Your website is a treasure :-)


Amie March 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thank you so much Debbie; you just MADE MY DAY! You are so kind. Thank you for taking the time to comment and I am truly delighted that you are enjoying my recipes from Israel.
Have a beautiful day and I look forward to hearing from you again.


Beverly Milley April 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

Thank you for all these great ideas and gluten free receipes


Amie April 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

Anytime! Enjoy Beverly and have a great Tuesday.


Beverly Milley May 3, 2012 at 9:52 am




Amie May 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thank you; so happy you enjoyed it Beverly; so sorry for my delay in response as I’ve been traveling and just returned to my computer! I would take your tofu, slice it into 1/4 inch pieces, dip into olive oil and sprinkle with a mixture of ground almonds, cashews, flax seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes- then grill on each side until golden brown and serve with a honey dipping sauce and fresh mint! Enjoy darling. xo


Beverly Milley May 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm




Amie May 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Anytime Beverly; enjoy darling!


Shut Up & Cook June 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

As a gal born north of Boston I’ll be glad to have another East Coaster here this weekend! Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at the BlogHer dinner at Canlis. If you’ve never been you’re in for a treat!


Amie June 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Awe so excited for dinner tonight! Love hanging with you at BlogHet Food!


Beverly Milley July 4, 2012 at 7:54 am



Amie July 4, 2012 at 8:05 am

Awe thank you Beverly; you are fabulous! I am so sorry to hear you broke your toes; hope you feel better soon and hope you are able to cook for today’s 4th of July BBQ.
Have a wonderful holiday!


Karista @Karista's Kitchen August 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

Aimee, we found out recently that my daughter is missing the gene to absorb folate. She’s now on the converted form of folate and feeling better, but still struggles daily with other symptomatic issues. I am so excited to browse your site as I believe it will be helpful to my daughter. Thank you!


Amie August 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Thank you so much for your comment Karista.I am happy to chat with you anytime about your daughters symptomatic issues and would love to help in anyway I can. Thank you for sharing this with me- it means so much to me when my readers open up and share their personal stories.
Hope you had a great weekend.


roberta September 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I have just found out you site, I love both the recipe and the picture. And you live in my favorite city in the world!


Amie September 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Awe; thank you so much Roberta! You are so kind. Hope you enjoy my recipes and I look forward to hearing from you again! Enjoy your holiday weekend.


Elizabeth October 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Great blog, Amie. I wondered if you could elaborate on being “born without the gene to absorb folate, key in detoxification.” I would love to learn more about this and how you made the discovery. Thanks!


Amie October 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Thank you Elizabeth; everyday I take a supplement called 5-MTHF which helps with the lack of this important gene. Hope that helps! Thank you for your comment; have a great day!


Alicyn October 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Wow, amazing all that you have been through but what a positive way to take control of your life and health. How were you able to identify the items you had to avoid like sugars and oils? And I am assuming the integrative medicine doctor helped identify the folate? What exactly is an integrative medicine doctor? Excited to start following you blog!


Amie October 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Thank you so much Alicyn- such a pretty spelling of your name- thank you for your kind words and for your comment! I had to go through an elimination of foods to learn what bothered me and what didn’t. I’m still going through the process as some days certain foods bother me and others they don’t. Yes, my integrative medicine dr, Dr. Jeffrey Morrison of The Morrison Center here in NYC healed me- he is an MD but focused on integrative (healing through non-Western medicine drugs) and learns what the problem is within your body instead of just taking drugs (like Western medicine doctors do) to put a band-aid on your symptoms. Instead- they answer WHY this is happening and heal you without drugs.


Krista January 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I found your blog through my good friend Calie @broccolicupcake. Just read your bio and I too have a gene mutation of MTHFR. Unfortunately, I lost an unborn son due to a bloodclot in my placenta at 16 weeks. MTHFR is not widely known about in the medical world and from my research I now know it can cause a whole list of problems. I’ve dealt with chronic dizziness for 8 years. Can you tell me what supplement you take and where to get it? I’d really appreciate any other info you have on MTHFR. Look forward to trying some of your recipes.


Amie January 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Great to hear from you Krista; I am so so sorry to hear about your son. Thank you for your kind words and commenting. I am happy to help in anyway I can. The brand of the supplement I take is Thorne and it’s 5-MTHF.
I hope that helps you but I am not a doctor so I cannot recommend anything to you but I am just letting you know the supplement my doctor has me take everyday.
Have a great night and thank you again!


Amie January 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

Hi Amie! Another Amie spelled the same way! So rare! I found your site through skinnytaste! As delicious and amazing your recipes look I have 3 picky children and 1 picky husband. I had thyroidectomy 3 years ago and have suffered from Hashimotos disease for 20 years. I try to cook homemade “from scratch” like my grandmoms used to do. I’ve recently have been hearing with my thyroid condition I should also be gluten free. Which is very hard to do with such picky eaters. Was wondering if you had any advice or recipes for families that most members turn their nose up to anything green? Thank you and love the site! Can’t wait to make some for me for lunches!

Amie L


Amie January 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

Hi Amie! Love that we have the same spelling! I’ve only heard of one other ‘Amie’ so it’s great to connect! Thank you for your email. Have you tried adding dried fruits and fresh fruits to your recipes instead of using sugar? Also, Amazing Grass and Garden of Life have great ‘Greens’ powders that you may enjoy for your kids that taste great and have chocolate flavors, etc. Try adding those to your salsa, hummus, guacamole, smoothies, yogurt, etc. You can even grind a bunch of nuts/seeds to make healthy breadcrumbs to coat your proteins and veggies like sweet potato fries or eggplant fries. Hope that helps; have a great day!


Molly Taylor February 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

For the most part, I eat mostly gluten free even though I am not “intolerant” or Celiac. I simply think eating wheat brings makes me feel terrible and brings on digestive issues, inflamation, etc. However, there are some mornings when I crave to eat my most favorite Ezekiel bread. I know this product is not gluten free, but do you have any thoughts on it? It’s made of sprouted grains and is not made with any refined flours. By any chance do you know if it still can be problematic? Thanks Aime. Awesome site.


Amie February 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Thanks Molly; I have had many clients use Ezekiel and they love it. Their products are great if you are not gluten-free because they are sprouted and not made from refined flour. My parents eat this bread and they love it. If it doesn’t bother you; enjoy! xoox


Write July 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Hello Amie, do you have meal plans (for a cleanse even?). I specifically need a true cleanse. The things I have put in my body and the unsanitary practices I use with food and compulsive eating have greatly I believe lead me to my current chronic fatigue, brain fog, inability to exercise, weight loss (despite the binging) and horrible skin and focus. Also severe IBS (I believe my colon is impacted and have found no luck in getting a cheaper integrative doctor). I need something to give me a start…I am starting up a blog soon and would even review it entirely there…anything!
Otherwise, there MUST be a general book or website with meal plans that can TRULY cleanse and heal? Can you grant me some peace and tell me that a cleansing plan can TRULY clean out my guts and make me whole and….pretty again ? :( Thanks hon. Much love.


Amie July 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Thank you; my meal plan will be coming out soon and you can use that! I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. It took years and numerous doctors and a TON of money out of pocket to heal my gut. I did gain something from every doctor I went to but it was exhausting. Check with your Integrative M.D. on how you can heal your gut. I am adding numerous pages about my gut health in a few weeks. Geri Brewster in NYC is wonderful and she helped heal my gut with the Biofilm protocol that she uses. Hope that helps; have a great night!


Rebecca August 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

Amie, I love your blog! I have been cleaning up my entire lifestyle for about a year now since the horrible onset of colitis and then an all consuming psoriasis (both auto-immune) outbreak from the steroids prescribed for it. I learned my lesson the hard way and have started healing myself from the inside out without prescriptions. After eliminating gluten, dairy, anything artificial or processed and using only natural products for everything that touches me, I have had some success. It is a daily challenge and your blog is a wonder! Thank you for sharing your struggles, victories and beautiful foods. After having ignored and abused my body with the wrong foods for so many years,it is a delightful chore to return to how we should be eating and treating this earthly body. Thanks for all the enlightenment.


Amie August 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

Thank you Rebecca; you are so kind! SO nice to hear from you and so happy you are enjoying my work. Have a lovely day and stay positive! xooxxo We are all in this together and I’m here to help.


Lisa Bourque October 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

I love reading your Facebook posts every day and seeing the recipes that you have to offer. It’s hard to not want to follow your healthy eating just to have that skin of yours! Flawless and glowing!
Now I will enjoy your site as well! Keep up the great informative work!


Heide K Riess October 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

Can you talk about the benefits of coconut oil and make suggestions of how to encorporate it into my diet?


Heide K Riess October 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

Can you talk about the benefits of coconut oil and give some suggestiosn fo how to encorporate it into my diet>?


Amie October 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thanks Heide; coconut oil is very healing for gut health and has helped me tremendously! I use it in baking and in many dishes like vegetables and spread onto toast! It’s also great as a non-toxic eye makeup remover and a body lotion that I use every night, especially on elbows, hands and feet in the winter! oxx


Debbie October 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Hi Amie, Your site and recipes look great and I will definitely be checking out more of your recipes! I wanted to pass along what/who has helped to heal me from many symptoms like IBS, post nasal drip, insomnia, thinning hair, breakouts, UTI/IC, PCOS symptoms, in case it resonates with you. There’s also great info on the forums of my doc’s site. She’s in LA but treats people all over the world through phone appointments. She’s at Bomamed / icama.org / bomamed.com/ and shares many of the same philosophies as what I’ve been reading about your experience. To all of our continued health and body balance!


Amie October 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Thanks Debbie; so great to hear from you! Thanks for your info. I’ll pass this along to my clients!


Chris November 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

Thanks so much for the Cashew, Butter and Pecan Popcorn recipe;
with all the trick r’ treaters I managed to save some for our ‘After’ party – after all, us adults deserve a ‘treat’ too!


KnitYeah! December 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

Love the website – your FB posts and your Giveaways! Want to win the natural cleaning supplies :-)


Meg Brake December 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I saw your information on FB. Really excited to find a new source of recipes for my DF and GF child.


Kelly @ The Nourishing Home February 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

So happy to find you, Amie, through my friend Laura at MOMables. Love your site and what you’re doing here. Like you, I have discovered significant help in healing by changing to a GF real food diet focused on improving gut health and nutrition. I have such a passion for helping others and it’s such a joy to meet other foodies who share a similar mission. So I just wanted to take a minute to say hello and let you know that your site is SO beautiful and helpful! I look forward to trying out some of your recipes and hopefully getting to know you better. Many blessings to you!! :) Kelly


Amie March 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Thank YOU Kelly; so great to hear from you! HUGS! xooxxx


Bronte Foss March 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

Hi Amie!
I stumbled upon your wonderful website when I was researching vegetarian recipes. I was so happy to see that you not only have vegetarian recipes on here, but gluten free ones as well!! My younger brother has celiac disease and we’ve been having a hard time finding gluten free recipes that he will actually enjoy. Now, I see, this won’t be a problem! Thank you!


Nechama March 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

im also wondering if its possible to be gluten free and nut free as well?


Amie March 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Yes you can be nut free and gluten free!


Sherry Bettis March 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

Amie, I’m commenting here in response to your Face Book Trail Mix Give-Away. Hope I’m in the right spot on your website. GL to all. ;)



Tari Bramlett April 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

Hi Amie!
Firstly, thank you for sharing so many tasty GF recipes with us! I love so many of them….this weekend it will be the Cranberry Coconut Cookie’s you posted this week ;) PS THANK YOU for a chance to WIN Almond Butter, it is very expensive for me to eat this way but it is so very worth it….I just can’t afford the very best ingredients, but it’s working :) TY TY


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