The Green Ingredient restaurant is nestled on the ground floor of the Chase building at 201 E. Main Street. Owned by Ulises and Jacqueline Cordova, the restaurant focuses on natural, organic and of course, delicious food and has been hosting healthy eating workshops on Saturdays. These workshops delve deeper into methods for shaping your diet at home so it becomes a lifestyle that leads to an improved quality of life.
The road to having a stylish, progressive and successful restaurant has not been free of heart ache for the couple. Both Ulises and Jacqueline have deep motivations for sharing their wealth of knowledge and food with the public.
Several years ago a mutual friend of the couple was diagnosed with an aggressive form of terminal breast cancer. Doctors gave her no more than 3 to 6 months to live. “She brought me to this country to work at her company and I was grateful,” said Ulises adding, “She was allergic to almost everything, even anesthesia.”
Jacqueline remembers, “At 41 years old, she sold her company, retired and traveled seeking alternative medicine.”
According to Jacqueline, their friend found people that fought cancer and other ailments simply by drastically changing their diet and detoxing. “I myself suffer from fibromyalgia, so anything that will improve quality of life is important.”
Ulises recalls the results, “She lived for 4 and a half years without traditional treatment when she was given so much less time.” Jacqueline adds, “She was a heavy set woman but lost weight and it wasn’t a sickly weight loss but a vibrant healthy loss and her skin and hair glowed. She had a great quality of life in her last few years but we didn’t want her passing to be in vain.”
The Green Ingredient is not a cheap operation. Besides the high cost of unprocessed foods, the kitchen needs more hands in the kitchen to prepare all components from scratch. This means more staff but the pay-off is not getting more salt or sugar from canned goods that make up simple elements of a dish, like sauces for example.
Three more upcoming workshops are still available to attend, continuing the series of six. Each workshop is held on a Saturday–the next on February 22, 2014 at the restaurant itself–at 10 a.m. The workshop will focus on super foods. “We will go into the benefits of locally sourced inexpensive super foods, because people assume that a lot of healthy food is pricey,” said Jacqueline.
The last two remaining workshops will educate the public on ways to target health on the go and how to educate yourself on what and what not to eat, “Your body isn’t the only thing that needs a detox, so does your pantry and refrigerator,” said Jacqueline.
The Green Ingredient – 201 E. Main St, Ste. 112
February 22 – Super Foods
March 1 – Rev Up Your Snack and Drinks on the Go!
March 8 – Kitchen Detox (Prepare for your staples)
For more information call (915)298-1010