So, it might be a full week since Thanksgiving, but if you’re anything like us, you’re still reeling from the absurd amount of insane food you stuffed in your face in frankly shameful quantities. We get it, so we also get the feeling like maybe it’s time to eat right for awhile to even yourself out. Never fear! We’ve got the hookup on three of the best super-healthy eateries in the city, where you can get yourself sorted.
Nuts are nature's candy- they're packed with protein, vitamins and minerals and they taste great as well. Who knew that these little guys can play a role in preventing heart disease, high cholesterol, and even cancer. But just because you throw some nuts in a dish, doesn't make it good for you. Too much of something is never good. Anything coated with or tucked inside layers of sugar, salt, caramel, chocolate or ice cream isn't going to give you much nutritional benefit. So stay away from all those unhealthy choices, and take a look at the top 5 healthiest nuts you should be eating.
Generally, short ribs and pastas are not the recipe for a great beach body. Prepared the right way though, you can incorporate your guilty pleasures into meals that are filling, healthy and beach body friendly. Lynn O’Shaughnessy brings us these righteous recipes on her new Joonbug sub-blog Bacon & Bikinis.
This “typical twenty-something California girl transplant in NYC” loves bacon, cooking and shopping...particularly for bikinis! Lynn's motto is "you can cook delicious meals that are so much cheaper and healthier than ordering in like every other New Yorker."
Since becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama has stood as a passionate advocate for healthful eating and exercise. In her first year as the President's wife, Mrs. Obama planted a Kitchen Garden on the White House's south lawn that inspired a new conversation all across the country. Now you can read all about it in her first-ever cookbook, American Grown.
Mrs. Obama is the first to plant a vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden during WWII and so far Obama has laid the groundwork for over 55 varietals of veggies. She is the only presidential spouse in history to publish a book about a signature 'First Lady' campaign in the first term of her husband's presidency.
Buying fruit juice at the supermarket can be a surprisingly complicated task. The "100% Juice" label is not as straightforward as it seems. Legally, it means that everything in the bottle came from a fruit or vegetable, but not necessarily the fruit of vegetable you think you're chuggin.
Well, this innovative juice box won't leave you wondering. Brazilian fruit juice company, Camp Nectar, hired ad agency AGE Isobar's to create a marketing campaign to underscore their all-natural products. Together, they came up with a concept to grow fruits in the shape of juice boxes.
Beauty addicts have long been known for their wacky at-home treatments. Whether it's mayonnaise, avocados or olive oil, there's no food too strange to test out the benefits of its natural properties on our skin and hair. Usually these trends pass in the blink of an eye - forgotten by all except for the most curious few. There's a hot trend right now breaking this mold as it sweeps across the world of beauty and proves its staying power through the devotion of its followers. The best part is, it's all-natural, organic, and fairly cheap!
Coconut oil is one of the best natural treatments for hair and skin. Used as a conditioner, it helps in the regrowth and nourishment of damaged hair by providing essential nutrients and penetrating deep into the hair follicles to prevent protein and water loss. Add some to a bath or smooth it directly over your skin to fight against dryness - the antioxidants in coconut oil help your body absorb minerals. We even love adding a few drops of organic coconut oil to a smoothie. This "superfood" has been known to fight everyday viruses and bacteria, leaving you feeling just as good as you look!
Cooking at home can sometimes involve more brainstorming than writing the great American novel, especially if you’re a food-lover and love to cook. The concerns of meal-planning are only amplified when a foodie wants (or needs) to go on a diet. The first few days are an inviting challenge in trying to replace fatty and carbohydrate-laden ingredients with healthier options, but as time progresses and busy work schedules take their toll, the gourmet dieter becomes burdened with trying to devise creatively healthy recipes and resorts to frozen bags of broccoli, mundane salads, or just gives up entirely.
Meal plans and home delivery diets claim to offer solutions for busy professionals but have always been for those with, shall we say, “less refined” palates. Some delivered meal menus consist of nothing more than low-calorie sports bar fare, while some offer nonperishable packets that would not appeal to a raccoon. For anyone with good taste, diet deliveries are pushed into the corner of things that are just gastronomically wrong. That notion was what was ringing in my ear when I was introduced to DeliverLean, and I was skeptical that any home delivery diet plan could be delicious or satisfying, much less creative. While definitely not haute cuisine, DeliverLean did dispel my preconceived notions of diet deliveries with an array of well-thought out dishes that were healthy, tasty, filling, and quite inventive.
I received an insulated bag on my doorstep well before I woke up containing 5 packaged meals and a menu describing what I would be eating that day. There was a container for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a wrap and a mid afternoon meal to be eaten as “snacks”, and each container had labels indicating the dish, as well as the calories that each contained (approximately 400 for each meal). Breakfast that morning consisted of cinnamon raisin French toast with banana compote and two slices of Canadian bacon with a side of sugar free pancake syrup, which was simultaneously filling and light. My mid morning snack consisted of a delicious burrito stuffed with seasoned roast pork, refried beans, low fat cheddar, and roasted tomatillo salsa that was so good I was shocked that I was eating something healthy.
Lunch was a unique creation: a shepherd’s pie studded with olives and craisins (like a Cuban picadillo) and topped with velvetty whipped sweet potatoes. This was served with wedges of roasted parsnips that offered a delightful crunch and were a great seasonal treat. I advised DeliverLean of my allergy to shrimp, which meant that I would not be partaking in their shrimp spinach salad with starwberries, goat cheese and pecans with an extra virgin olive oil and raspberry vinegar dressing for my mid afternoon “snack”. Instead, I was delivered a refreshing and creamy mixed berry smoothie along with a moist and unbelievably-rich-for-diet-food carrot cake muffin sans the cream cheese frosting. Just as I was starting hear a rumble in my stomach, it was dinner time, and I sat down to a meal of turkey fracese with chile-roasted broccoli and a lentil pilaf that made for the perfect ending to my day of healthy eating.
The meals that I received that day was part of their traditional plan, but customers can choose from organic, paleo/gluten free, and HCG options. For those who are on a protein kick, DeliverLean offers double protein options that contain approximately 600 calories per meal. The chefs at DeliverLean devise weekly menus along with an in-house nutritionist and deliver meals that sound appetizing even if you’re not dieting, like sweet Thai chili tilapia or grilled pork chops Veracruz. The most satisfying part of DeliverLean is that it apparently achieves the goal of making you lose weight as evidenced in the testimonials on their Facebook page - hard to believe that food that tastes this good could do such a thing!
Let's face it, weight gain can be absolutely exhausting, especially around the holidays. Deliciously satisfying, but exhausting! The unfortunate end result is always the same, rather than thinking of how much fun you had, you obsess over the new filler renting space on your stomach and thighs. Nine times out of ten, the meal itself isn’t too bad for you, as long as you steer clear (Ok, a taste won’t hurt) of the fatty appetizers and side dishes. With that being said, it is safe to say dessert is the point of contention for most. Dessert options are always the same, between fat grams, too much sugar, carbohydrates, and of course, fruit. Even though you know you should opt for the fruit, some meals demand a sweeter finale.
In celebration of Fast Food Day today, foodies will be using the day as an excuse to binge on the delights of greasy, no-shame fast food joints. However, some of us can’t afford the extra calories considering the holidays are just around the corner, so here are a few menu items at some of the most popular fast food restaurants in America that you can order without snapping your belt buckle.
This bustling locale is especially wonderful with a cozy outdoor patio set up for people watching in the funky Wicker Park area.
Mana, meaning "the lifeforce in nature", has excellent service along with a classy, unpretentious atmosphere. The simple yet extensive menu covers a multitude of fresh & healthy options with unique ingredients and combinations. Being a nutritarian (one who chooses the most nutrient dense food selections available), I of course love vegan restaurants.
The thinly sliced beet with arugula and apple salad is absolutely perfect. I could eat that all night long. My other recommended summer day must-have is the Jicama & Mango with cucumbers, cilantro, and chili lime salt. So tasty and refreshing! Truth be told, the fresh watermelon mint sake cocktail is reason enough to return.