Guest Post: In the Kitchen with Marisa Jankowski

Name: Marisa Danielle Jankowski


Location: NYC

Interests: traveling like its her job. men’s fashion + styling, health, nutrition, & being a  social butterfly.

Typical fitness regimen: Works out 3-4x a week. Barry’s 2-3x weekly. 1 day- 4 mile run or spinning at Flywheel. Working on adding yoga to her schedule, she recently found Laughing Lotus & loves it !

Typical AM ritual / Smoothie Recipe: a glass of hot water + lemon & cayenne with a probiotic. Next, works out. Post work out: Total Vegan (Plant comprehensive protein blend), glutamine powder, almond milk, berries, & 1/2 a banana. <only adds 1/2 banana on days with a work out>

What’s a typical healthy dinner that you make?: For example last night for dinner I had 4oz. Grilled Salmon- lightly marinated with olive oil, lime juice and chipotle powder. Broccoli– steamed then mixed with EVOO and raw garlic. Carrots, fennel and onion sauteed with coconut oil.

I have to ask….. Fav place in the city to indulge?: Nothing beats 4th Generation in Boca Raton !! I wait to travel to Boca to indulge in sweets !! They’re all amazing !! The apple crumb is to die for !

Yum ! Sounds like you’re a great cook ! What makes that dish so healthy?:

  • I chose Salmon because the health benefits are endless and there’s far too many to ignore!
  • The  benefits include speeding up your metabolism. This facilitates your sugar absorption rate and can lower your blood sugar level.
  • If you want shiny hair, bright eyes and healthy skin salmon consumption can provide that as well.  You can credit those Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium in the salmon for that.
  • Four ounces of wild salmon gives you a full day’s required amount of Vitamin D. That same amount of salmon also gives you more than half of the B12, niacin and selenium that you need daily.
  • It is power packed with disease fighting acids, minerals and vitamins.
  • So whether you bake it, broil it, grill it or eat it raw salmon is a powerful addition to your healthy lifestyle.
  • Broccoli nutrients provide many health benefits. It is a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, in addition to fiber, potassium, folate, and lutein. Some people love broccoli and some people hate it, but there’s no denying that broccoli is a nutritional wonder.
  • Carrots are linked to prevent cancer, improve vision, prevent heart disease, nourish skin and anti aging. In addition to good sources of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin K, biotin, fiber, potassium and thiamine.
  • Fennel is a personal favorite considering I’m a female in my mid 20’s. On top of all the amazing vitamins fennel contains a plant hormone that is thought to aid with female reproduction and menstrual cycles.
  • The seeds and oil may reduce symptoms caused by these cycles including cramping and water retention as well as regulate cycles. Menopausal women have also found relief with changing hormonal levels by using fennel.
  • Fennel tea has also been used by nursing mothers to increase milk flow for many years without complications. However, many experts do not recommend fennel be used by nursing mothers, young children, or anyone with epilepsy as they can be toxic in large doses.
  • Onions are a very good source of vitamin C, B6, biotin, chromium, calcium and dietary fiber  In addition, they contain good amounts of folic acid and vitamin B1 and K. In addition they contain a large amount of sulfur and are especially good for the liver. As a sulfur food, they mix best with proteins, as they stimulate the action of the amino acids to the brain and nervous system.

Marisa’s Healthy Salmon Dinner — Pictured Below: 


Spotlight: Xylitol

yesterday i went for my routine dental check up- & mostly everything was typical. my teeth are healthy & strong. but the dentist mentioned my gums were a little weak. hmm i thought. weak gums- how am i supposed to make them stronger, what kind of exercise would that entail ? totally kidding, but no really how was i supposed to strengthen them??

he suggested brushing 4x a day & flossing 2x. oh & listerine washes. ok sounded pretty standard & simple enough.

but then of course i had to take matters into my own hands & began searching holistic dental care. i came across a website explaining that a white crystalline substance that looks & tastes like sugar could potentially improve my teeth & gums- WHATTTT. it had me at- tastes like sugar, i was sold.

Xylitol. What is it? Well to me the name sounds like a strange musical instrument but that is very misleading.. it is actually an all natural substitute for table sugar.


& the name rang a bell because at one of my crazed whole foods buy-everything-in-the-store-athon i had an employee recommend it as an alternative to the ever popular Stevia. i just so happened to buy it but once i got home with the weird named bottle I pushed it to the back of the kitchen shelf never to be seen or heard of again. Until now.

i tested it out by sprinkling it on some fresh strawberries & it was delicious ! i couldn’t believe it wasn’t sugar. well it is, but not really. Its technically a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables & produced in small amounts by the human body !

According to my research, Xylitol may reduce the risk of tooth decay. Many large-scale clinical studies have shown it to have long-lasting dental benefits. Sugar that’s GOOD for teeth- CRAY. Xylitol has 40% less calories than sugar & can replace sugar in cooking, baking or as a sweetener for beverages.

then i went over to my grandmother’s with my sister ellie. & here are some ¿cómo se dice.. spanish tips 😉


me. my mimi. & my sister ellie.

first of all the 85 year old (still cant believe it !!!) Colombian beauty told me to:

* drink tea not coffee. (thankfully i only drink coffee on a RARE occassion) Tea,  especially green tea, contains antioxidants and compounds that can help your heart, give you energy and protect your teeth and gums.

* massage my gums with my fingers ( yes, i agree this one sounded very weird. but hey if i can have her all natural smile at that age, ill test out ANYTHING.)

* gargle salt + water ( makes your gums tighter & strengthens them )

then she threw in an added BONUS !

her easy at home way to whiten:

*baking soda + lemon – brush on teeth & leave as long as you can stand it !


yes i know its december. yes i know its weird that we made a pumpkin pie today… however, when you’re in an organic buying club or a co-op you basically have no choice but to get creative with whats local, in season, & whats in the share they choose to give you ! its basically a mystery every week !

i had 2 sugar pie pumpkins in my share & they obviously didn’t mix well with my holiday decorations ! so we made FULLY RAW PUMPKIN PIE !!

i had the help of my sister, Ellie, today ! that’s her in the picture below ! we had soo much fun !!


she chopped the pumpkins & i pitted the dates ! we were watching Kristina from ! we used her recipe to make this– & you can get all the details : HERE

pie crust

2 simple ingredients :: dates + pecan’s = the world’s best raw crust !!


last step ! chill the pie in your freezer for 2-3 hours … & ENJOY 🙂

… its seriously the BEST pie ever !! i think im going to make a couple more to give to family !

happy holidays to all ! ❤