About Nancy Kalish, CHC

Hi there, I'm the the founder of Pure Genius Provisions, a soon-to-be-launched gluten-free, vegan, and totally delicious baked goods company based in Brooklyn, NY.

Check out our amazing flavors. available in stores soon:
Original Deep Chocolate Brownies (nut-free)
Sweet and Salty Blondies (nut-free)
Pumpkin Cranberry Bars (nut-free)
Coconut Chocolate Chip (nut-free)

As a certified health coach, former healthy restaurant consultant and long-time health writer, I knew I should eat only healthy food. But I had a very unhealthy sweet tooth. So I got to work in my Brooklyn kitchen. Thinking outside the oven, I experimented with whole beans (yes, beans!) and oats instead of traditional flour or gluten-free substitutes.

One year and hundreds of dirty pans later, I have created a collection of gluten free, vegan brownies, blondies and bars full of guilt-free goodness. Made from only natural, non-GMO ingredients, they’re free of wheat, animal products, soy and contain no preservatives. In fact, PURE GENIUS goodies are so healthy you can eat them for breakfast but so satisfying they’ll crush your cravings. So go ahead—have your treats and eat them too!

Before founding PURE GENIUS, I wrote about health for more than 20 years (as well as doing some menu consulting for restaurants--scroll down for more info). My articles have appeared in O Magazine, Prevention, Parade Magazine, Real Simple, More, Men's Journal, Redbook, Health, Self, Fitness, Readers Digest, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Parents, ChargeUpForGoodHealth.com, IdeasThatSpark.com, YourFamilyToday.com, NYTimes.com, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, The Seattle Post-Intelligenger, and many other publications. I have also contributed several Op-Eds to The New York Times. In addition, I'm the coauthor of The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About it (Crown, 2006), and I've authored or coauthored several other books.

A former senior editor at Cosmopolitan, Child and other magazines, I've also been the Mommy Strategies columnist for Redbook, Learning Curve columnist for Working Mother, and Healthy Families columnist for Selecciones (the Spanish-language version of Reader’s Digest).

TV and RADIO APPEARANCES: I've been a frequent guest on TV and radio. I'veappeared on The Today Show, CBS Evening News, ABC Eyewitness News, Good Day New York, Fox & Friends , The Brian Lehrer Show on NPR, The Dennis Prager Show (syndicated), The Mitch Albom Show (syndicated), The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio, The Parent Coach with Connie Sinclair, and many other radio programs from coast to coast. Click on "TV/​Radio Appearances" on the menu bar above above to view or listen to clips.

I'm a graduate of Princeton University and have a masters degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. I'm also a graduate of the Professional Program at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a holistic health coach certified by Purchase College, SUNY and The American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). I'm also a former adjunct professor at New York University's Graduate School of Journalism. I live with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

(Photo by Lesley Semmelhack)

Healthy Menu Development for Restaurants
To learn more, click on the "Menu Consulting" button on the top menu.

Now Open: Hu Kitchen & Market at 78 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Want truly healthy, truly delicious food? Stop by my latest project: Hu Kitchen & Market, a brand new eat-in and take-out restaurant located on Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets in Manhattan. Hu is short for "Human"--which means the food is more than natural, more than healthy--it's food that we were meant to eat and thrive on.

Under the direction of famed restaurant consultant Arlene Spiegel, I began by researching and vetting every ingredient used in every dish to make sure it is healthy, nutritious and never made in a lab. Then I helped create and develop the extensive menu of healthy dishes and treats from innovative socca wraps (sandwiches made with gluten-free chickpea-based wraps) to almond-crusted chicken tenders to Hu's signature granola made with coconut sugar (which doesn't raise your blood sugar the way that white sugar does).

Articles by Nancy Kalish

Four tiny tweaks to improve your daily buzz.
An airtight house might benefit your heating bill, but it can wreak havoc on your health. THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
Do you really know how to prevent food poisoning and other kitchen-caused illnesses? An expert shows you how to stop breaking health-code rules at home so you can keep your family safe. PREVENTION MAGAZINE
New science shows these herbal power-healers can ease pain, prevent Alzheimer's, and ward off cancer and heart disease. PREVENTION MAGAZINE
Do you know what your CRP number is? It could just save your life. THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
Hearing loss is reaching epidemic proportions--and not just among people who play their music too loud. THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
The key to glowing skin lies in your stomach. DETAILS
Clear up the confusion about what will stave off sickness this cold and flu season. MEN'S JOURNAL
Your comprehensive guide to the vitamin that might save your life. THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
Would children do better if school started later? Also: to listen to Nancy discuss the issue on NPR's Brian Lehrer Show, visit my "Education Writing" page and click on the link.
In a perfect world, you’d eat healthily all the time, but let’s get real. The good news: Consuming certain nutritious foods with harmful foods can help minimize the damage. PARADE
Coffee + chocolate is to health what water + sunshine is to flowers. Here, 9 delightful duos that nourish your mind, body + soul. PREVENTION MAGAZINE
It's a twofer: Foods that help you stay slim also help fend off breast cancer. Keep this list in mind when you're grocery shopping. MORE MAGAZINE
New research into everyday foods reveals what you should specifically eat to reach any health goal. PREVENTION MAGAZINE
How to survive the worst cold and flu season in half a century. PREVENTION MAGAZINE
Anxiety is a powerful biological trigger for weight gain. Here's how to stop it--fast. PREVENTION MAGAZINE
New research shows that you have a finite store of this valuable cognitive currency, so spend it the smart way. PREVENTION MAGAZINE
Take the headache out of dealing with doctors and insurance companies. These time-saving strategies will get you on the fast track. REAL SIMPLE
Research shows that list makers are healthier and happier. Here's why--plus 7 surprising ways this organizational basic improves every ares of your life. PREVENTION, JULY 2009
Misplaced your keys--again? Can't remember the name of someone you met just 5 minutes ago? Science is on the case! These 8 breakthrough tips will fight forgetfulness and boost your brainpower. PREVENTION, MAY 2007
The brilliant new strategy for losing weight, sleeping better, and fighting disease: Just get the right dose of light at the right time. PREVENTION, FEBRUARY 2008