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Coconut-squash soup with garbanzo relish is served at Karyn's on Green.

We’re happy to see the sun peeking out this month, but warmer weather is also a reminder that swimsuit season is nipping at our not-ready-for-prime-time bodies.

When the most fabulous women we know want to feel healthier and slimmer, they turn to Karyn Calabrese, the long-reigning cleanse queen of Chicago whose month-long detox programs at her raw café and holistic therapy center in Lincoln Park are legendary (the next one starts in May).

Calabrese has appeared on Oprah and gained legions of loyal followers--including chefs like Charlie Trotter--thanks to the healthy food she serves up at her three restaurants. She recently debuted a new cookbook of the “conscious comfort food” recipes those spots are known for.

The book’s, ahem, questionable title refers to the soaking of almonds, cashews, walnuts and other nuts in water, which makes them easier to digest. One section is devoted to vegan options such as the easy Biscuits Gone Vegan and the smooth Coconut-Squash Soup (get the recipe here); the other part of the book focuses on raw dishes like a crispy Moroccan Carrot Salad.

Either way, if you start eating like Calabrese now--at 65, she looks a good two decades younger--you’ll be beach-ready by summer.

Karyn’s, 1901 N. Halsted St.; 312-255-1590 or

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