Fitness Fridays: 5 Metabolism Boosting Foods

Metabolism Boosting Foods | How to improve metabolism

Not blessed with a speedy metabolism? No problem, there are several measures you can take to improve it. Regular physical activity and small, frequent meals throughout the day are excellent ways to speed up your metabolism. However, the foods that you put into your body also play a huge role. Today we are sharing five tips to kick up your metabolic rate and help you burn fat while you eat!

Diet Changes for a Speedy Metabolism: 

  1. Drink More Water: Your body needs water to process calories. If you begin to feel dehydrated, your metabolism can actually slow down. Aim to drink one glass of water before every meal or snack.
  2. Spice it Up: Spicy foods contain a natural chemical that can help jumpstart your metabolism and are also believed to help stop cravings. Try cooking your meals with a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili.
  3. Choose Whole Grain over Processed: Whole grains are rich in fiber and take more effort to break down than processed grains. More work from your body means more fat is being burned. Opt for whole grain foods such as brown rice and oatmeal.
  4. Complement Meals with Green Tea: Green tea is rich in polyphenol, a chemical that helps intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body burns calories. Drinking green tea with a meal can help speed up the fat burning process.
  5. Increase Protein Intake: Similar to whole grains, your body has to work hard to digest proteins (more so than it does with fats or carbohydrates). Include lean proteins such as white meat chicken, turkey, tofu, eggs or beans in every meal throughout the day to help burn calories while you eat. If you are increasing your protein intake significantly, be sure to increase your water intake as well.

Fitness Fridays: 5 Healthy Food Swaps

You do not need to eat less when working toward your fitness goals; you simply need to eat right. While there are many different opinions surrounding diets, there is one thing all nutritionists can agree on; wholesome, nutrient-dense foods are essential to a healthy lifestyle. See how you can cut calories and stay full longer with today’s healthy food swaps.

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  1. Swap Out Starches for Zucchini: Zucchini is a tasty, healthy, and affordable food if you’re looking for a low-carb option. Use a julienne peeler to make zucchini “pasta” or shred zucchini to add volume to your morning oats. The subtle flavor will blend well into your usual dishes, plus you will get the added health benefits that come along with it. Zucchini contains Vitamin C, which has anti-inflammatory properties, it has a high water content (which can aid weight loss), and it contains useful amounts of folate, potassium, and Vitamin A.
  2. Swap Out Cereal for Oats: Try replacing your typical cereal or morning toast with hearty, low-calorie oats. Oats are extremely versatile, as they can be cooked stovetop, baked, or ground into flour. They contain high levels of protein and fiber, which help you stay full longer and they are low in fat.
  3. Swap Out Iceberg Lettuce for Spinach: Iceberg lettuce contains little-to-no nutrients while spinach is packed with essential vitamins and fiber. Spinach is rich in Vitamin A, which maintains eye health. It is also a good source of antioxidants such as Beta-Carotenoids, Vitamin E, Lutein and Vitamin C. 
  4. Swap Out Bread for Rice: Instead of your usual turkey sandwich, try cooking ground turkey with veggies and brown rice. Like oats, brown rice (and other types of long grain rice) is hearty, filling, and low in calories. Brown rice is also high in Manganese, which helps the body synthesize fats, and it promotes weight loss through its high fiber content.
  5. Swap Out Sour Cream/Mayo for Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt: The next time you make tuna salad, try replacing some of the mayo with plain, nonfat Greek yogurt. While all yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, and zinc, Greek Yogurt holds even more benefits. Greek yogurt contains probiotic cultures, is lower in lactose, and is higher in protein than regular yogurts. Another filling food option!

Healthy Smoothies To-Go

Aside from the great fashion that comes with warmer weather, there is one other thing we love to embrace daily- summer food! Today we’re taking our nutrients on-the-go with delicious and healthy smoothie recipes perfect for any time of day. Grab your mason jars and blender and join the fun!

Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Busy Morning Breakfast 

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Blend Until Smooth:

  • 1 cup cold brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tsp honey
  • A pinch of cinnamon

Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Post Workout Recovery

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Blend Until Smooth:

  • 12 ounces of pure, unsweetened coconut water
  • 1 banana (frozen is preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter (can substitute with peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Stevia or honey to taste
  • Tip: If you don’t use a frozen banana, add ice to thicken
Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Go Green

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Blend Until Thick & Creamy: 
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  • 2 handfuls organic spinach
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger root, chopped (adjust to taste)
  • Juice of 1 meyer lemon


Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Protein Packed
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Blend Until Smooth:
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  • ½ a frozen banana
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 2 strawberries
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed almonds
  • A dash of chia seeds
  • Honey to taste
  • A heaping tablespoon of vanilla protein powder
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Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Guilt-Free Sweet Treat
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Blend Until Smooth:
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  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 – ½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ banana (frozen)
  • 2 tbsp PB2 (prepared)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp sweetener of preference (stevia, honey, maple syrup)
  • Add ice for desired thickness

Easy Passover Recipes: 3 Fun Ways to Use Matzo

While matzo might not be the first food you think of when it comes to flavor- these recipes are here to prove you wrong. Passover is just a few days away and we’re sharing flavor packed dishes that you’ll want to make time and time again. Check out our tastiest matzo-based dishes and enjoy!

Passover Recipes: Apple-Matzoh Kugel

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Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples, Granny Smith or any tart apple, cored and cut into medium dice
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 6 plain matzohs
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup dried apricots, medium, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into small pieces, for casserole topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Toss the apples with the brown sugar and orange juice, set aside in a medium bowl.
  3. Break matzoh into 2- to 3-inch pieces and soak in 1 cup of warm water until soft but not mushy. Set aside.
  4. While the matzoh soaks, beat eggs with a wire whisk in a large bowl until blended. Add salt, sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, raisins, & apricots.
  5. Squeeze the liquid from the softened matzoh and add the matzoh to the egg mixture with the apples. Stir the kugel well and pour into a lightly greased 2 ½ -quart casserole dish or a 10×14-inch pan. Dot the top of the kugel with the 4 tablespoons of butter.
  6. Bake the kugel for 1 hour. Cover the top with foil if the top begins to become too brown early in the baking. Remove the kugel from the oven and cool to room temperature.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 tomatoes, cut in half and seeds and juice removed
  • 2 matzo, ground well to resemble crumbs (In food processor if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Parsley (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle salt onto tomato halves. Drizzle a shallow baking sheet with olive oil and place tomatoes atop.
  2. In a bowl, add ground Matzo and 1 Tb of water to moisten. Stir to incorporate.
  3. Add herbes de provence, Parmesan cheese, garlic and salt & pepper to matzo. Mix well.
  4. Stuff each tomato with matzo mixture, gently pressing down on the topping to get the filling into the tomato cups.
  5. Place on roasting dish and drizzle with additional olive oil on top. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until tomatoes begin to blister and topping begins to brown.
  6. When done, allow to cool and garnish with fresh parsley
Passover Recipes: Matzo-crusted Chicken
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Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 8 unsalted matzos, crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Safflower oil, for frying
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken cutlets (4 to 5 ounces each), 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Beat egg in a shallow dish. Mix crushed matzos, salt, and pepper in another shallow dish. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large cast-iron skillet until it registers 375 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.
  2. Working with 1 at a time, dip cutlets into egg, then into matzo, pressing to adhere and coating both sides. Place 2 cutlets in skillet, and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels. Repeat with remaining 2 cutlets. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

5 NYC Brunch Spots for Outdoor Dining

Tis the season for outdoor dining, finally! Today we are gearing our love for restaurants toward everyone’s favorite weekend pastime- brunch. If you live in NYC you can count on these brunch spots becoming your new staples. If you plan on visiting NYC, then you have to check them out. Each offers tasty menus, outdoor seating, and pleasant atmospheres that will make you forget about the bustling streets of New York.

Outdoor Brunch NYC: Little Prince
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A cozy bistro with a surprisingly festive vibe. This neighborhood staple features classic French bistro items as well as a rotating beer program that highlights unique French and local beers. We should also note they have a French onion soup burger.
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  • The Site: Little Prince
  • The Location: 199 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
  • The Cuisine: French, Bistro

Outdoor Brunch NYC: Hundred Acres

You can expect farm-fresh home cooking at this SoHo restaurant. The spot is great for groups, has an excellent menu day or night, and your brunch will be accompanied by an extensive and quite tasty wine menu.

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  • The Site: Hundred Acres
  • The Cuisine: American Nouveau
  • The Location: 38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012Top of Form

Outdoor Brunch NYC: The Growler

Craft beers, dog-themed cocktails, and a gastropub menu that will keep you coming back. The best part? The outdoor dining section is dog friendly!

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  • The Site: The Growler
  • The Cuisine: American Traditional
  • The Location: 55 Stone St., New York, NY 10004
Outdoor Brunch NYC: Bacchus Bistro A Vins
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Brooklyn has its fair share of bistros, however this one takes the cake. Located in Downtown Brooklyn, Bacchus Bistro has been credited with an amazing French cuisine, reasonable prices, a notable wine menu and a calm, garden setting.
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  • The Site: Bacchus
  • The Cuisine: Bistro, French
  • The Location: 409 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11217
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Outdoor Brunch NYC: The Cleveland
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As a former vegan, The Cleveland’s chef offers many innovative vegetable-focused dishes that are perfect for the warmer months. Enjoy cozy seating inside or a bright and airy garden setting outdoors.
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  • The Site: The Cleveland
  • The Cuisine: American Nouveau/Mediterranean
  • The Location: 25 Cleveland Pl., New York, NY 10012

Four Festive St. Patrick’s Day Recipes to Try This Weekend

From traditional Irish soda bread to festive shamrock chips, we’re sharing four festive recipes to dish up this St. Patrick’s Day. 

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Shamrock Chips

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Ingredients:

  • Spinach Tortilla Wraps
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions:
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  1. With shamrock cookie cutter, cut out as many shamrocks as possible from tortillas (about 7 shamrocks)
  2. Place on baking sheet. Spray shamrocks with cooking oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 – 10 minutes. Check often, they burn quickly.
  3. Serve with your favorite dip!

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Lucky Spinach Quiche

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Ingredients:

  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half (or milk or cream)
  • 1/2 cup grated gruyere or cheddar 
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (white, red, or green onions)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 recipe pâte brisée (recipe below)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. 
  2. Mix cream cheese and eggs, adding one at a time. Mix in the half-and-half, salt, & pepper. Then add the rest of the ingredients: spinach, gruyere, parmesan, and onions. Mix. 
  3. Shape crust in either of these two methods. Fill crust with mixture and place the aluminum tins on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove quiches from aluminum tins, line the baking sheet with parchment paper, and place quiches on the lined sheet. Place quiches back in oven for 5-10 minutes until the crust crisps. Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve. 
  5. Makes 3 quiches or 12 mini quiches

Making the crust from scratch? Get the recipe.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: The Best Irish Soda Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pan
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran flakes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sour cream (16 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350, butter two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and then dust with flour, tapping out excess
  2. Sprinkle bottom of pans with 1.5 tablespoons oats
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, bran flakes, baking powder, baking soda & salt
  4. In another bowl, whisk together sour cream, sugar, oil, and eggs
  5. Fold sour cream mixture into flour mixture until just combined.Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
  6. Top each loaf with remaining 1.5 tablespoons oats, dot with butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Bake until golden (about 40 minute). Let cool completely in pans.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:  Festive Cheesecake Bars

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 30 cookies)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto bottom of foil-lined 9-inch square baking pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Beat cream cheese & sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. 
  4. Add sour cream and peppermint extract; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. 
  5. Pour 1/2 of the batter over crust. Tint remaining batter green with food color. Pour over batter in pan.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Lift out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into bars. Drizzle bars with melted chocolate.

Healthy Super Bowl Recipes

Super Bowl Sunday is the ultimate “Sunday Funday.” Aside from the actual game, hyped commercials, and the always big halftime show, Super Bowl food could be a cuisine all on its own. As we hold on dearly to our New Year’s diets, we are making every effort to lighten up our menus. Today we bring you healthier versions of your classic Super Bowl staples. From everyone’s favorite 7 layer dip to the always-popular buffalo wings, these recipes pack all the flavor without the post-game guilt.

Healthy Super Bowl Recipes: 7 Layer Dip

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Everybody’s favorite dip just got better. Lighten up your typical 7 layer dip with less fat and more fiber! Your tummy will thank us, and the less health conscious people at your party will find it just as tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 avocados, mashed well
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced black olives and scallions to garnish

Directions:

  1. Spread chopped romaine lettuce at the bottom of a large bowl.
  2. Add avocado layer on top, and smooth out with a spoon to even height.
  3. Spoon Greek yogurt layer,.
  4. Layer black beans with diced tomatoes on top.
  5. Sprinkle cheese, and add olives and scallions.

Healthy Super Bowl Recipes: Zesty Baked Chicken Wings with Bleu Cheese Dip

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Buffalo wings are a football food staple; however the sodium, fat, and grease that are usually found in them can knock those New Year’s diets off track. This recipe features  baked wings (no frying!) and reduced fat ingredients.

Ingredients:

Baked Wings-

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 16 chicken wings, halved at the joint and with the tip removed
  • 1 cup grated fresh Parmesan
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 cup dried whole-wheat breadcrumbs

Bleu Cheese Dip-

  • 1 container (8 ounces) reduced fat vegetable cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh dill weed

Directions:

Baked Wings-

  1. Put first seven ingredients (through lemon zest) in a large bowl, and whisk until combined. Pour over wings, transfer to a zip-top plastic bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for one to four hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 425º.
  3. Line a baking pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray; set aside.
  4. Mix together Parmesan, parsley, and breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Coat wings in breadcrumb mixture. Place on prepared pan.
  5. Bake on lowest oven rack for 20 minutes, then turn and cook for 10 more minutes.

Bleu Cheese Dip-

  1. Place the cream cheese, sour cream, blue cheese, garlic powder, pepper, parsley and dill into a medium bowl.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is blended.

Healthy Super Bowl Recipes: Mini Zucchini Pizzas

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These zucchini pizzas are the perfect substitute for your usual pizza rolls or bagel bites because they use flavorful, fresh ingredients and are super easy to make. Your guests will be requesting more, promise.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp pizza sauce
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano Dash of garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 4 Turkey pepperonis, cut in half 8 olives, pitted and chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler on high.
  2. Slice zucchinis at a slight diagonal so that you have ~16 slices and place slices on a baking sheet and set aside. 
  3. Mix together your pizza sauce, tomato paste, oregano and garlic powder and spread about one teaspoon over each slice of zucchini.
  4. Mix together your cheeses and sprinkle about a tablespoon over each zucchini slice. Then add your chopped olives and pepperoni slices on top of the cheese and place baking sheet in the oven to broil for about 3 to 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!
What are your favorite things about the Super Bowl? Who are you routing for?

Food Fundamentals: 5 Healthy Eating Tips to Kick Off 2014

It’s a new year and we are taking our resolutions seriously. First up? We’re looking to improve our health from the inside out, starting with crucial healthy eating tips. From super foods to supplements, healthy fats to food timing, we have easy tips to help transform your food routine.

1. Drink Water

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Make sure you drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses each day. Why?

  • Aids weight loss by flushing out fat and helping you feel full
  • Promotes healthy skin by replenishing and moisturizing the skin, and increasing the elasticity of your skin
  • Helps prevent and treat headaches and migraines
  • Relieves fatigue by supporting the day-to-day operations of your body (when you don’t have enough water your body has to work extra hard to flush out toxins and pump oxygenated blood to major organs)
  • TIP: Add fresh squeezed lemon: boosts your immune system, balances pH, decreases wrinkles and blemishes, relieves tooth pain, curves throat infections, reduces fevers and is a blood purifier. What’s stopping you?

2. Supplement With Vitamins

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Multivitamins and supplements are great for those of us who don’t have a huge variety of nutritious foods in our diet. Supplements to consider:

  • Iron: A lack of iron causes your body to reduce the production of blood cells, causing anemia. The result? Fatigue, shortness of breath and difficulty maintaining body temperature.
  • B Vitamins: B vitamins (or B complex vitamins) are important in converting food into energy, they contribute to healthy skin, hair and eyes, and they aid proper nervous system functioning.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics are important for aiding digestion and can be found in yogurt, kefir and other dairy products. For those who can’t eat dairy (or don’t like to), there are plenty of probiotic supplements to choose from.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption that is necessary for bone growth, it aids immune function and it helps with the reduction of inflammation in the body. During the summer it’s easy to get the vitamin D you need from the sun, however that becomes a bit difficult in the winter for those of us in cooler climates. 

3. Time Your Meals Appropriately

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Whether you have the pleasure of working at home or are out all day long, plan ahead to avoid unnecessary snacking and  binge eating. The golden rules?

  • Always Eat Breakfast: You’ve probably heard it time and time again, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Your body goes into fasting mode (slowing you metabolism) while you sleep, so it is important to jumpstart your day with a healthy, filling meal. Be sure to eat a balanced breakfast that includes complex carbohydrates (where 80% of your energy comes from), healthy fats, and protein.
  • Eat Multiple Small Meals: Rather than letting your stomach growl until lunchtime (and then stuffing your face), try eating smaller meals throughout the day. Pack high-protein snacks and fruits and veggies that are loaded with fiber to keep your energy level up and your metabolism steady. Smaller, nutrient-packed meals will result in a healthy calorie intake, easier digestion, and will leave you feeling satisfied all day long.
  • Avoid Sugar Before Bed: Avoid snacking on sugary and high-carb foods at night. Food is energy and the energy that you do not use is stored as fat in the body. If you have late night cravings, opt for a high-protein snacks like scrambled eggs, greek yogurt, or a rice cake with peanut butter.

4. Eat Healthy Fats

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Skip the chips and choose healthy fats from clean foods.

  • Whether or not you are trying to lose weight, fats should still be part of your diet. Like everything else, moderation is key and the right foods will make a world of difference. Avoid saturated and trans fats as these raise your cholesterol and increase your risk for heart disease. Instead, stick to monosaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3s. Where can these foods be found? Avocados, nuts, seeds, fatty fish (salmon, tuna, trout), nut butters  and healthy oils (i.e. olive oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil etc.).

5. Eat These Foods

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Still confused about the “super food” craze? Here’s what you should be eating:

  • Oats: Swap out your morning bowl of cereal for oatmeal. Oats are a low calorie food, they provide high levels of fiber and protein with low levels of fat (helping to reduce cravings), they stabilize blood sugar and they help remove bad cholesterol, among other benefits.
  • Coconut Oil: Take a break from olive oil and try cooking with coconut oil. Coconut oil features both internal and external benefits. Not only does it contain antioxidants that help prevent the aging of skin, but it is also a great external moisturizer, improves heart health, and reduces abdominal fat. And, as an added bonus, coconut oil retains heat better than most oils, so you don’t have to worry about spattering when cooking stovetop.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are High in beta-carotene (which protects cells from free radicals), they provide a high source of vitamin A, enhance the functioning of your immune and reproductive system, are great for stomach ulcers and inflamed conditions of the colon and they help aid muscle building (making them a good pre and post-workout food).
  • Salmon: Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function. Additionally, eating salmon can improve eye health, reduce high blood pressure, protect skin (another effect of the its omega-3 count), and protect the digestive tract. Try replacing your usual chicken dinner with salmon once a week.

5 Tasty Cocktails to Try This Holiday Season

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A holiday party is not complete with out a few festive cocktails. So today, we’ve rounded up five recipes that we can’t wait to try. From low-cal martinis to the always-popular sangria, these drinks are sure to be a hit at your next event.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Gingerbread Apple Cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Domaine de Canton or ginger-flavored liqueur
  • 1 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 2.5 oz. apple cider
  • A few drops of lemon juice
  • Orange zest
  • Honey simple syrup

Instructions:

  • Line a chilled martini glass lightly with honey simple syrup on a dish followed by spiced graham cracker crumbs. Place all ingredients except for orange zest in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Freshly grate orange zest on drink and serve immediately.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Skinny Pumpkin Martini

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Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces canned unsweetened pumpkin

  • 6 ounces vanilla-flavored vodka

  • 4 ounces fat free condensed milk
  • 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk (or fat-free milk)
  • 4 tablespoon pumpkin pie seasoning
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 crushed reduced-fat vanilla wafers

Instructions:

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Place vodka and pumpkin in bowl, and stir until pumpkin has melted. Stir in condensed milk and almond milk. Add seasoning. Dip rim of glass in crushed vanilla wafers. Pour liquid over ice into glass and enjoy.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Apple Cinnamon Sparkler Cocktail Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. quality bourbon
  • 1 oz. Apfelkorn
  • 1 oz. Goldschlager
  • Seltzer Water
  • Apple slice for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  • In a 12-oz. glass, add the first three ingredients. Fill glass almost 2/3 full with ice, and top with seltzer. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with apple slice if desired.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Cranberry Sangria

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 persimmons, cut into small wedges
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges

Instructions:

  • Combine everything in a large pitcher or sangria bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or overnight before serving.

Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Peppermint Mocha Espresso Martini

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part KAHLÚA Peppermint Mocha
  • 1 part ABSOLUT Vodka
  • 1 part espresso
  • ½ part half & half

 Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with peppermint stick or espresso beans.

5 NYC Brunch Spots (and dishes) You Need to Try this Weekend

After a hectic week of conference calls, spin classes, PTA meetings, and whatever other activities your packed schedule includes, there are few things more satisfying than a relaxing Sunday brunch. As a New York based company, we have had our fair share of delectable brunches. And while NYC is jam-packed with a seemingly endless supply of restaurants, there are some dishes no city dweller should go without trying. Today we’ve rounded up our 5 favorite brunch spots and dishes for you to try this weekend. You can thank us on Monday!

 Best Brunch NYC: Freemans

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“You can’t really go wrong with a dish that lists bacon, cheese, and butter as main ingredients. It does just the trick after a late Saturday night, but don’t expect an active Sunday after this meal!” – Katie

  • Who: Katie Nadler, Founder & CEO
  • Restaurant: Freemans
  • Dish: Skillet Eggs, Bacon, Spinach and Gruyere with Buttered Sourdough Toast ($12)
  • Where: 191 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Best Brunch NYC: The Smile

TopShelf Clothes | Best Brunch NYC “This dish is so amazing, I actually ordered it twice in one sitting! I’ve recommended it to friends and they agree, it is the best steak & eggs they’ve ever had.” – Mae

  • Who: Mae Duane, Head Stylist
  • Restaurant: The Smile
  • Dish: Steak & Eggs
  • Where: 26 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Best Brunch NYC: Parish Hall 

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“I hate sweets. Parish Hall turns this traditionally sweet dish into something savory. Yum!” – Morgan

  • Who: Morgan Hoffman, Most Fashionable Intern
  • Restaurant: Parish Hall 
  • Dish: Savory Oatmeal
  • Location: 109a North 3rd Where: St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Best Brunch NYC: Café Cluny
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Flavorful and filling! An accompanying bottle of white wine is necessary.” – Dega
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  • Who: Dega Tufts, COO
  • Restaurant: Café Cluny
  • Dish: Short Rib Hash
  • Location: 284 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

Best Brunch NYC: Ken & Cook

TopShelf Clothes | Best Brunch NYC As someone who cannot eat gluten or dairy, I’ve had my fair share of egg dishes. This omelet is by far my favorite. The dish comes with perfectly portioned sides of salad and potatoes as well!” – Anne

  • Who: Anne Cody, Social Media Coordinator
  • Restaurant: Ken & Cook
  • Dish: Farm Egg Omelet
  • Location: 19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012