Healthy Lunch
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The New Year is here and everyone is trying to burn off those holiday indulgences in the gym. Not to mention all the champagne we popped to bring in 2018. It almost feels like an easy fix to commit to leg day this week and boom, all problems solved. Sure, committing to your new regimen is a start, but it’s half the battle. You know something deep down that’s the true game changer? Your eating habits.

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So, in between googling for meal prep recipes and trying to figure out when you’ll have time to grocery shop, eat out. We’ve compiled five healthy options in New York City that are not only delicious, but keep you on track with your body goals.

Lunch

The Little Beet

DIY your way into the Little Beet and make your own protein plate to go. With a number options, made fresh, you’ll find it hard to decide what to leave with. They have locations all over the city, which makes it easy to meet up with friends who you’re trying to convince to eat clean.

135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020, thelittlebeet.com

Atla

After a run, you won’t regret stopping into Atla. Their menu is one to brag about with flaxseed chilaquiles and their guacamole goat cheese toast. Lunch here is light and won’t have you compromising your recent workout.

372 Lafayette Street,  New York, NY 10012, atlanyc.com/

Healthy Lunch

By Chloe

By Chloe makes being vegan look like a dream. With a menu that has everything from burgers to brunch fare, you’ll definitely be in for a treat on your first visit and all the ones to follow. 

185 Bleeker St., New York, NY 10012, bychefchloe.com

Healthy restaurant

Late Night

Superiority Burger

Going out can become our enemy once hunger settles in and the food options are slim in the city. However, you can count on Superiority’s complete vegetarian menu with options for vegans too. Who doesn’t want to bite into their Mega Mouth burger at 2 a.m. and not feel bad about it on abs day?

430 E. 9th St., New York, NY, 10009, superiorityburger.com

Van Leeuwen

One of the biggest issues people face when trying to switch up their diet is experiencing a lack of flavor in their new choices. While you won’t be having ice cream all the time, when you are indulging, you’ll want to consider healthier options. Van Leeuwen is changing the game with ice cream made of organic coconut milk and house-made cashew milk, leaving the dairy out your diet. You won’t even be able to tell the difference from their vegan ice cream so might as well treat yourself.

204 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, vanleeuwenicecream.com

 

Van Leeuwen
You won’t regret this indulgence! Van Leeuwen serves vegan friendly ice cream in dozens of flavors.

Cheat day is about to start looking very different for you, but your body will thank you for it!

Honorable Mentions: Dudley’s, Nix, Sweet Green

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Fresh& Co Adobo Chicken

As a busy entrepreneur, I’m always looking for on the go eats like Fresh & Co. One of the things I love most about this brand, is that they’re all over New York City so I’m never too far away. I recently discovered that they have their own app. Lucky for me, they sent me $10 for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to redeem it. I’m somewhat of a regular at Fresh & Co. so I’m here for all the perks they offer.

Fresh & Co Ingredients
My usual order is the Tex Mex bowl. It comes with a spicy tex mex sauce, fresh avocado, melted cheese, beans, pico de gallo and fresh kale. You also have the choice of quinoa or rice and I almost always choose quinoa. Not sure how to properly say Quinoa? Watch my video here. I love how good I feel after I have this dish, and love how filling it is as well.

Fresh& Co Adobo Chicken

The Fresh & Co staff are extremely sweet and work efficiently. You can always count on them to adjust the heat in your dish and make great recommendations for proteins. The adobo chicken is my go to which they layer over the bowl. There are other options but I was told tthe adobo chicken is the best, and it’s the most affordable.

Fresh & Co Tea
You can grab iced teas at Fresh & Co. too. But I try to grab a red jacket with my meal if the location is offering it. Every location can be a little different but the food is always great. I never run into too long of a line and there’s always plenty of seating. The packaging is perfect for taking your order with you. It keeps the food warm and maintains the taste. Next time you’re feeling healthy and don’t want to compromise on flavor, choose Fresh & Co.

Fresh & Co Tex Mex Bowl

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Chili Lime Ginger Pork Kabobs

After looking on GrillPork.org , I’m finding so many fun and healthy ways to cook pork. This time I decided to play with the flavors a to create a chili lime ginger sauce for my pork kabobs. Whenever I think of kabobs it reminds me of summer cookouts so I kept the flavors uplifting and sweet with a bit of a kick.

Ingredients

1 lb. pork tenderloin (chopped in to cubes)

For the marinade:

2 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce

1/2 lime squeezed

2 tsp grated ginger

1tsp brown sugar

1tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp. minced garlic

For the kabobs:

2 cups of cubed pineapple

1/2 onion sliced for kabob

3/4 cup red, orange, and green sweet pepper

8 skewers

  1. Whisk together the marinade ingredients and pour it over the cubed pork tenderloin. Let the pork marinate for 4 hours.
  2. Build your kabob by placing pork, onion, sweet pepper, and pineapple on skewer.
  3. Grill for 25-30 minutes.

I paired the pork kabobs with a Ginger Lime Slaw. It’s dairy free and raw.

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The sweet pineapple perfectly balances of the heat of the chili lime ginger pork. This recipe provides tons of fruits and vegetables to pair with the Chili Lime Ginger pork kabobs. Since everyday is great for grilling, you can now add another super simple recipe to your list.

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CocoRau Food Tasting

Absolutely amazing is the best way to describe CocoRau! It was love at first bite. The bold, authentic flavors, and great ingredients blew me away. These chocolate treats are organic, healthy, and local. It’s a complete win in my book.

Konstanze greeted me at the shop and I was offered a cup of tea. The shop was lively, warm, and full of laughter. I gulped down the tea and headed to the table of chocolates. There were four different flavors and each was named after a mantra. First, I grabbed the Samadhi Orange Bliss flavor because orange and chocolate sounds amazingly interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by the delicate hint of orange. Each flavor was unique and wonderful. Once I was done stuffing my face sampling the chocolate I decided that Turiya Espresso is my favorite flavor. It was so good that I had to take a power bite home. I definitely enjoyed the CocoRau Valentine’s Event and if my future lover is out there two bags of CocoRau Espresso Power Bites for Valentine’s Day will make me the happiest girl in the world.

Delicious treats, wholesome ingredients, and a great team had made me a lover of CocoRau!

 

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Who says healthy has to be boring? Building a healthier meal is fairly simply. Lot’s of color, variety, and a bit of creativity is the base of it all. Here’s a guide to creating a delicious, healthy meal.

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  1.  Vegetables
    1. Let’s start off with vegetables because up to 50% of your plate should be vegetables. They should be colorful and can vary between raw and gently cooked. In the above pictur,  I snuck some extra veggies in to my meal by stuffing my chicken burgers with spinach.
  2. Grains
    1. As a guide, stick to brown not white grains. Brown rice is an inexpensive option. Quinoa, amaranth,wild rice, and soba noodles are also great options that add variety and flavor.
  3. Legumes
    1. I’m talking about chickpeas, black beans, navy beans, and lentils to name a few.  These will add extra fiber to keep you full feeling longer and the necessary protein for optimal health.
  4. Lean Protein
    1. Chicken, beef, fish is great. If you’re vegetarian and not adverse to soy you can try tofu or tempeh.
  5. Make room for the fixin’s
    1. This is where it gets good. Add fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley to help flush heavy metals from your body. You could even add a dash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos for a health soy alternative. If you’d like to speed up your metabolism then add a dash of cayenne pepper. I like to add a side of sliced avocados because I’m kind of obsessed with avocados. The combinations are endless. Get creative and see what you can come up with!

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Saying goodbye to summer only means that your produce options start to heat up. Transition in to Fall with these 10 health foods because buying in season yields the most nutritionally dense, flavorful, and unique varieties.

Applesapples

This fiber-rich fruit is a delicious, healthy snack that keeps you alert and feeling full longer.

Beets

Beets are rich in vitamin c, fiber, and antioxidants. Its ability to detoxify makes it an awesome addition to fresh blended juices.

 

Carrot Variety

Carrots

Carrots are best known for their high vitamin A content and naturally sweet flavor. You can find the colored varieties at plenty of farmer markets or grocery stores with local options.

Chard

This dark leafy super food is especially rich in vitamin K.

 

Cranberries

It’s slightly sweeter when harvested in the cooler temperatures. Cranberries cleanse and detoxify.

Eggplant

Eggplant contains phytonutrients to protect your cells from damage. Try roasting eggplant with your favorite herbs for a healthy side dish.

Pears

Pears are a great source of fiber, vitamin c, and copper. I like to keep pears handy as a quick snack.

Winter Squash

This vegetable is slightly sweeter than it’s summer variety and is packed with omega 3 fatty acids.

 

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato

It’s one of my favorite vegetables. Sweet potatoes are known for their great source of vitamin A and anti-inflammatory benefits. Try and roast them whole to pair with your favorite fall meals.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are an amazing source of vitamin c and antioxidants. Enjoy the whole fruit or add pomegranate to your favorite salad or create a pomegranate sauce for your dish.

 

 

 

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