Our bodies are pretty amazing machines. And, it’s no surprise to anyone reading here that what we put in our bodies directly influences how we look, feel, and perform. Here are 5 of my favorite foods to keep on hand (to mix and match) for fast snacks or mini meals to keep our bods movin’.
In my opinion, smoothies are the ideal pre-workout fuel and post-workout revitalizers. Smoothies are light, and can be packed with natural performance enhancing goodies like protein, superfoods, and more. Ready to power your next workout with one of these delicious concoctions? Here are some of my favorite workout-fueling smoothies.
Seamus Mullen is an award-winning chef, known for his uber-popular, Spanish-influenced NYC restaurants, Tertulia and El Colmado. Most of all, Seamus is a voice for healthy eating, cooking with local, sustainable food simply because it’s nourishing and rewarding, not a chore or a requirement.Read why Seamus thinks we should all let go of our love-hate relationship with healthy food.
The Alchemist’s Kitchen in the East Village of NYC is all about using plants for healing and well-being. Their herbalists and chefs, or culinary alchemists, focus on natural, local remedies and formulations for good health and longevity, and also offer courses of all kinds, for the community to learn about the power of plants. We interviewed Chef Tilo Fola to learn more.
It’s officially summer, which means we are looking for lighter, healthier dishes. This summer,instead of reaching for traditional carb-loaded gnocchi or fusilli, I challenge you to get in the kitchen and reinvent the way you think about pasta.
I like to call nutrient rich foods "supercharged foods.” Challenge yourself to use one supercharged food on a daily basis, start simple with everyday ingredients that you can find in your supermarket like garlic or turmeric, and incorporate them into your cooking — once a day.
Natalie Jill is all about helping people achieve their goals, be it through fitness, mindset, drive, or nutrition. She has close to 2 million followers & has reached even more lives, and now has a brand new book, Natalie Jill’s 7-Day Jump Start: Unprocess Your Diet, a how-to in eating healthier, cleaner, and getting rid of all the bad stuff in our kitchens.
Indie Fresh was built to offer customers chef-prepared & nutritionist-approved menu items, which are healthy and don’t sacrifice flavor, with direct delivery to the customer. The ‘healthy’ market has a lot of offerings in different categories: vegan, raw, Paleo, juice, etc. — but I didn’t see a one-stop shop for people who were willing to make the commitment and eat healthy — every day.
It started with 2,000 live crickets delivered to a dorm room on Brown University’s campus in 2013. The founders of Exo, Greg Lewis and Gabi Sewitz, had a bold idea to turn crickets into food for people with only Google research, a vague recipe for cricket flour, an oven, and a blender.
You have dozens of choices to make, every day. Some big, some not so big. What you may not realize, however, is just how big an impact even the smallest choice can have. Take lunch: You have to choose something for your midday meal, but what seems like an inconsequential decision can have an astonishing effect on the health of your body and on the community… Maybe even the world.
Chalk Point Kitchen in Soho is the brainchild of restaurateur Matt Levine and his team at IndieFORK. With Executive Chef Joe Isidori in the kitchen, Chalk Point is dedicated to market-to-table, local foods with a multicultural influence - the eatery and restaurants like it are changing the narrative on what eating out means for clean eating, and we can't argue with that!
At the end of last summer, WellWell founder Sagan Schultz was well into a joint MD/MBA program at NYU, and also working out like crazy, a schedule that would stretch anyone thin — WellWell recovery drink was born. Then came the dream team: Michael Chernow from The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s fame; visionary lifestyle photographer Collin Hughes; and CEO of Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, Larry Praeger.
Anyone feel like the messages out there to get that dream bod and love yourself at the same time are conflicting? The movement away from diet and fitness alone has been gaining steam for a while now — instead placing the focus on an overall healthy lifestyle. My whole Nutritious Life philosophy is about health not being all about the food or counting calories or starving yourself, but we all still want to look good.
When The Sweat Life came to me and asked me to write about how to balance a healthy diet with a hectic schedule I was like: girl, you’re calling my name! #balance might as well be my mantra! I find myself more and more often coming back to this idea of balance being the key in all areas of my life. (Work life, mama life, vegan commitment, self care, I could go on…)
New Yorkers are known for living a fast-paced life. Juggling work and a fun social life can be daunting. Add traveling, dating, marriage, and/or kids to the list, and life can seem super stressful and chaotic. How can one create the balance of living a healthy lifestyle with such a hectic schedule?!
As a nutritionist, I am a natural lover of food. Tell me not to eat something, and human nature will get the best of me and I’ll probably dive in head first. This is why I have been, for years, telling my clients to think about what they CAN eat. It’s not you can’t have the tortilla chips, it’s you can have the jicama with that guac instead. Try these 3 things you CAN have, and CAN add into your diet to take it up a notch.
Pasta has a problem, there’s a big, fat stigma attached to it. Some words that come to mind when I think about a warm, delicious bowl of mac and cheese: guilt, bloat, and empty-carbs. And the image I see? Me lying on the couch... and I’m not moving anywhere.
Prepared foods have a pretty bad rap. That’s mostly because there are some fairly horrible ones on the market. But despite common opinion, they’re not all bad! Through founding my own prepared snacks company, Nothin’ But Foods, I’ve come to understand that all prepared products aren’t created equal.
By Candice Kumai, Chef & Author of Clean Green Eats
As a Southern Cali girl in NYC, I have to remind myself to bask in the sun, and to enjoy every moment of sunshine, happiness, and joy that comes my way. I am empowered by sunshine. And by the term "sunshine," I don't just mean sunlight (a dose of vitamin D is amazing, though!). I mean I am attracted to others who are full of light, love, and happiness.
It is no exaggeration to say I get AMPED UP when “given” the opportunity to give. I didn’t always feel this way. In fact, giving for the most part was a chore done mainly out of obligation and guilt — a one-way transaction. However, in the last couple years, I’ve taken a nose dive into the spiritual world, and discovered: the consequence, or better yet the gift, of giving is receiving. When this finally, finally clicked, my entire life changed.
By Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, Founders of Sakara Life
Sakara is a Sanskrit word thatmeans “thoughts to things.” In other words, what you think, you create. And it all starts with food — it’s the foundation for all kinds of genuine, total-life change. We believe that what you eat influences all areas of your life — not just your health and your body, but also your career, your relationships, your creativity and beyond.
As Edward Espe Brown says in the Tassajara Cookbook, “Get a book on calorie-counting if you want, but I want poetry when I eat. I want essence, heart!” This is the time of year when our diets quickly pendulum from excess to asceticism. For this new ongoing column, Meal Planning Monday, we will be giving you some help in the kitchen. Three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners — and a shopping list, to make it even easier.
Jordan Younger has been on quite the ride these past few years: First she grew an epic following with her vegan Instagram and blog, The Blonde Vegan. She quickly realized that such an intense focus on clean eating, in the spotlight, had led her to an eating disorder, orthorexia. Jordan began the process of first healing herself, and then finding a way to come out to her devoted following. The Blonde Vegan became The Balanced Blonde.
Another year has come to a close and a fresh new chapter opens in front of you in the days ahead. Before you launch into all the excitement of your dreams, goals, and plans for 2016, I want you to take a moment and take in all that came with 2015, the highs and lows, victories and defeats. It was a wild ride at times, but you ended up with your two feet strongly planted on the ground and your head more in the stars and full of possibility than ever.
‘Tis the time of year! To have your friends and family over, spread love and cheer, and share your affection through the dishes that you lovingly prepare in the kitchen for your nearest and dearest. We asked our own beloved Sweat Life Food Writers to share their favorite healthy holiday dishes and traditions — feel free to make them your own!
Hydration, hydration, hydration. We all know it’s essential for our bodies to function properly, but it also flushes out toxins, clears our skin, and so many more beneficial side effects. Aside from the perks, hydration is also the basis of everything in our body — there’s a reason why we can survive longer in distress without food than we can without water! But in our normal every day lives, what are the basics of hydration?
I tend to be a purist when it comes to foods, hence, my recipes and meals can be quite simple. I absolutely love making dishes that have few ingredients, but still offer a nutritional power punch and are, of course, yummy! This is what I love about this marinated kale and beet salad. It’s clean, simple, full of color, and a complete nutrient powerhouse — perfect for a snack or side dish.
For several years before launching EKG Project, our New York-based Paleo baking company, Emily and I knew we were destined to work together. In fact, we came up with the name (a combination of initials) 2 years before the actual company was formed. We had a name, a passion for health and fitness, and the desire to help others together. All we needed was a mission.