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    In wanting to improve the meals they made for their families, two local ladies were inspired to do the same thing for the community. Keep reading to learn more about their paleo catering and food delivery services as well as their new granola line.

    Paleolicious Cincy is a catering and food delivery service dedicated to bringing you the healthiest foods.
    Paleolicious Cincy is a catering and food delivery service dedicated to bringing you the healthiest foods.

    Processed foods filled with hormones, trans fats and all the other “stuff” that can lead to diseases such as diabetes and high-blood pressure is everywhere. Actually, it almost seems like it’s impossible to avoid it, which can leave you feeling a little worried about what you’re putting in the bodies of your loved ones, especially your little ones.

    After leaving corporate retail careers last February and searching for what their next move would be, Rebecca Denney and Shanan Grisson talking about their shared concern over what they’d been feeding their families as busy working moms. “If our food supply is without issues, why is there so much obesity, diabetes, etc?” says Denney.

    Coming from a family of cooks, Denney says she never ate anything processed in her mother’s house. “We made pies from berries we picked and crusts we made with our own two hands,” she explains.

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    This love of good-for-you food encouraged Denney and her partner Grisson to launch Paleolicious Cincy, a catering and food delivery service in February 2014. “We began cooking and testing recipes and filled three notebooks of tested and often rejected recipes before we had our first job in September,” says Denney. “We premiered at Applefest in Lebanon and sold out of product that day!”

    Since then, Denney says that things at Paleolicious Cincy have been progressing at a nice, steady pace as they continue to fill up their calendar with exciting events.

    Denney’s background comes from a long career in guest service and restaurants. She says she worked for a short spell as an assistant catering director at the University of Cincinnati before she launched her first catering company at age 25.

    “I then finished my degree at Miami University and worked as an Executive at Target for 1o years before returning to my true passion and forming Paleolicious,” says Denney.

    Grisson, who is the Co-Founder of Paleolicious, also graduated from Miami University. She worked as a designer for Lowe’s before helping to launch Paleolicious. Denney says Grisson is just as passionate about food as she is.

    Marketing Director and Denney’s sister Kelly Kidd brings plenty of great ideas to the table for the ladies behind Paleolicious Cincy while Rob Caper helps out with graphic design.

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    Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up sweet treats. Paleolicious Cincy offers plenty of delectable food that doesn’t cross the unhealthy line.

    At Paleolicious Cincy, they’re all about catering events, providing office lunches, boxed lunches and dinner deliveries that are made with fresh, local, clean ingredients that you can feet great about eating. “We are not only looking for those who follow the Paleo diet, but also those who just want to know the answer to questions like ‘What can I feed my family today that I don’t have to feel guilty about? How should I design an eating plan for myself that does not feel like a diet?”

    Denney says those were the same questions she and Gisson asked themselves while they each worked as many as 60 hours a week, so they understand your concerns. While Paleolicious Cincy isn’t perfectly Paleo, they are sticking to the solution: Just eat real food.

    Currently, Paleolicious Cincy is offering a lunch sampler menu for businesses who try them out for the first time. This is $10 per person. They also offer a Paleo and gluten-free breakfast sampler for $8 per person. Other events are designed with clients to fit diet and budget requests.

    Dinner delivery from Paleolicious Cincy ranges from $55 to $90 for fully-prepared meals delivered to your door using their premium ingredients. Denney says that they also sell Paleo granola in a few places around town such as Celebrate Local and Triple Moon Coffee Company. “We are finalizing the details of selling at the local yocal and also Madson’s in Over-the-Rhine,” she adds. The jars of granola are priced at $9 and $15.

    Denney says they’ve just launched a new line of granola, called Paleolicious Queen City Granola. It’s made with a Paleo-salted caramel and cacao nibs from maverick chocolate in Over-the-Rhine. They’ve also got some Kroeger and Sons nitrate-free bacon they purchased from Findlay Market. “One is bacon with dried blueberries and the other is bacon and dried bananas,” says Denney. “It’s like blueberry or banana pancakes and bacon with maple syrup and spices. We cannot make it fast enough!”

    Paleolicious Cincy is teaming up with Paleo and Primal Sweets for the upcoming wedding season. They’ll offer services to Cincinnati brides who are looking for clean and delicious food and sweets for their weddings. “We feel this is going to be an amazing collaboration,” says Denney.

    In 2016 you can expect to see Paleolicious Cincy at some upcoming events with Cincy Chic, where Denney says they’re excited to meet and mingle with readers.

    To learn more about Paleolicious Cincy, follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also check out their website or send them an email.

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    This new eatery in Covington specializes in providing locally sourced, healthy lunch options. Keep reading to dig in on all the details.

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    Son and Soil is a lunch spot that’s serving up sandwiches, smoothies, juices and more.

    In the heart of Covington’s Mainstrasse Village is Son & Soil, a lunch spot offering up sandwiches, whole fruit smoothies, cold pressed juices and a selection of house-made granolas and bars.

    According to Jessica Williams, who co-owns Son & Soil with her husband Stephen, the couple was inspired to open a quick, healthy place where customers could just pop in and grab a bite on their lunch break.

    “Mainstrasse has quite a few awesome places, but nothing in this category,” she says.

    Williams and her husband, who also own Bouquet Restaurant, took the idea and ran with it, opening Son & Soil in mid-September.

    This business is comprised of the same staff that also keep Bouquet running, so Williams says it’s very much a “family” business.

    What makes Son & Soil stand out is the attention to detail and quality of the products that Williams and her husband offer. “Just as with Bouquet, we are committed to using the freshest and as many locally sourced ingredients as possible,” she says. “We really care about the food that we eat and are starting to see a push toward that being the way of thinking for many people”

    To learn more about Son & Soil, like them on Facebook. You can also call the eatery at 859-360-6268. Son & Soil is located at 627 Main Street in Covington and you can find Bouquet Restaurant at 519 Main Street, also in Covington.

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    As a busy woman, it’s not easy to eat healthy on-the-go. That’s why one local woman launched a business to make healthy eating easier and more enjoyable.

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    Taste Love Live makes eating healthy easy and enjoyable, so you don’t have to sacrifice taste.

    Eating during a busy work day usually involves a freezer meal, stale sandwich or greasy fast food. That’s why Candis Johnson launched her business, Taste Love Live, which makes healthy eating easy and enjoyable.

    It all began a few years ago when Johnson started researching the benefits of eating more vegetables, veganism and the raw plant food movement. She began sharing everything she learned with her friends – until one day one of them said “You should really be charging us for this.” So, in 2010 Johnson began teaching raw food and plant-centric cooking classes.

    “In 2013, I did a healthy eating demo for their health fair and served salad with my homemade dressings,” says Johnson. “Before long, there was a line of people waiting and excited to try my salad and wanting to know where to buy the dressing! It was at that moment that I realized my salads might be special.”

    Since launching, Johnson has focused her sights on growing a very loyal client base committed to eating better. “My target audience is busy people who don’t have the time and/or know-how to prepare healthier food for themselves and their families who particularly drop the ball at lunchtime – either by skipping lunch of choosing unhealthy options,” she says.

    Today, Taste Love Live offers Gourmet Signature Salads, available through catering events or through a salad subscription service; Small Batch Salad Dressings; Cooking Classes and Demonstrations. “My hope is that [clients] make healthy eating a priority for themselves and their families, and in turn, inspire people around them to do the same,” she says. “My part is to make it easier for them to do.”

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    Candis Johnson, Founder of Taste  Love Live

    Johnson says she loves taking the guess-work out of eating healthy. “We’re different in that we help you plan for healthy eating instead of leaving it to chance,” she explains. “We offer gourmet entrée salads through our salad subscription service; you order ahead of time and our delicious salads are conveniently delivered to you on pre-designated days.”

    Here is what that looks like: Individual customers typically order 3-5 salads at a time to ensure that they have healthy lunches and/or dinners throughout the week to supplement their regular eating plan or they pre-order for the month to receive salads weekly on designated days. Companies, organizations or small businesses can set up their subscription to have salads delivered to their staff on the same designated day(s) each week or a few times per month to promote ‘healthy eating days’ at their worksites.

    “Our individual gourmet salads are $12-$16, made with mostly organic ingredients and promise to be some of the very best salads you’ve ever tasted,” says Johnson, adding that they offer corporate catering as well as healthy eating demonstrations and tastings for business and private clients.

    “Our salad subscriptions also make a perfect holiday gift because after the onslaught of holiday parties complete with rich food and drink, most of us are ready to hit the reset button in January and eat better,” Johnson continues. “Starting the year off with our salads and bowls can help people rebound from all of that holiday eating without sacrificing great taste.”

    In looking to the future, Johnson’s first priority is getting into a larger commercial space and getting more help. “That will enable us to launch online subscription ordering and increase our capacity to accept more and larger clients, as well as start offering regular cooking classes again,” she says. “I also want to bottle my salad dressings.”

    For more information, call (513) 580-8146 or contact Johnson directly at candis@tastelovelive.com.
    “I’m about to start a salad challenge to encourage people to eat more salads – giving people ideas on how to make simple ones at home and offer recipes on how to eat more veggies,” says Johnson. “My website www.tastelovelive.com hasn’t officially launched yet, but check back at the beginning of the year for updates!”

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      One local blogger launched “A Few Hungry Girls,” but it turned into so much more than just a blog. Learn about her “Cut The Crap” E-Book and her Hungry Girls Meal Prep, a pre-packaged meal service that brings healthy dishes right to your front door.

      Ray Ball, Founder of A Few Hungry Girls
      Ray Ball, Founder of A Few Hungry Girls

      Be honest. When aren’t you hungry? If you’re like Ray Ball, the answer to that question is never. That’s why she wanted to embrace her constant hunger by starting an eating and cooking blog – A Few Hungry Girls.

      The blog started out featuring a variety of foods, mostly what Ball was eating herself. She soon began cooking healthier foods, substituting ingredients and writing up short yet informational articles for healthier meals. The blog followed suit.

      “A Few Healthy Girls is a food blog that shows what I call ‘transitional healthy recipes,’” explains Ball. “I want to teach people that you can still eat great food without skimping on taste, and it will still be healthy!”

      The reality that inspired Ball to start A Few Hungry Girls is “the incredibly depressing numbers of people with nearly preventable and treatable diseases that are caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise,” she explains. After having just moved back to Cincinnati, Ball was at the heaviest she’d ever been in her life.

      At that point, she decided she would use her degree and health and wellness and first start a new health journey with herself. She says she dramatically changed her diet as well as the way she thought about eating. “I mean, I still eat pizza,” she laughs, “just not everyday!”

      A Few Hungry Girls officially launched about a year ago, when Ball says she had a notebook full of recipes and an iPhone full of food pictures.

      What makes A Few Hungry Girls unique? “My understanding of how difficult it can really be to lead a healthy life,” she explains. “I know how it is when there are donuts at the office, how you feel like you don’t have time to workout when you get home, much less cook. I get it! That’s why I want to teach folks to just take time for yourself and that includes feeding your body with healthy ingredients.”

      Ball says her favorite part about running A Few Hungry Girls is when she gets to bake desserts, adding that it’s her favorite because she loves sweets. With that being said, she’s sure to add that she does whatever she can to tweak a dessert in order to make it healthier.

      Of course, with someone as ambitious as Ball, you can expect that there are plenty of things on the horizon. According to Ball, she began Hungry Girl Meal Prep about a month ago.

      The service, she says, is for people who want to eat healthy, lose weight and feel better but don’t necessarily have the time to cook good, healthy food. Nearly all of the food in the Hungry Girl Meal Prep is purchased from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market vendors, so it’s whole, clean and unprocessed meals that are satisfyingly healthy and delicious.

      “I offer several combinations ranging from lunch, dinner or both as well as delivering them on Sundays,” says Ball. A menu of what’s available is sent out every Thursday and clients are able to choose what meals they’d like to order.

      Ball says those who are interested in learning more or trying out Hungry Girl Meal Prep can email afewhungrygirls@gmail.com and should include “Meal Prep” in the subject line.

      For more information on A Few Hungry Girls, visit www.afewhungrygirls.com. You can also emailafewhungrygirls@gmail.com Ball and follow along on Instagram (@afewhungrygirls).

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