From Scratch / Almond Milk

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Let’s get one thing straight, I love almond milk.

Maybe you like almond milk. Maybe you drink it in your tea (or coffee), but you’ve never truly loved until you’ve made it yourself.

It’s rich and creamy. It’s a little sweet and nutty.

It’s packed with protein, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and iron. It’s good for your heart, skin, bones and muscles.

And, to seal the deal – it’s unbelievably easy.

I, too, resisted making it at home. I hesitated and stalled. Then one night, I just poured some water over a cup of raw almonds and the rest was history.

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Ingredients/what you’ll need

yields 3.5 cups

Nut milk bag or turkey stuffing bag or cheese cloth

1 cup raw almonds, soaked

3.5 cups water

2-4 raw dates, I prefer less sweet and stick with 2

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch salt

AM3

(dreamy)

AM2

(creamy)

Directions/see how easy it is

1. Before bed, or at least two hours before you press play on your blender, submerge 1 cup raw almonds in fresh filtered water.

2. Drain and rinse almonds.

3. Add soaked almonds, 3.5 cups filtered water, two dates, cinnamon and vanilla to blender.

4. Blend! Blend slowly, increasing from low speed to high speed until nuts are completely broken down.

5. Pour mixture through nut milk bag/turkey basting bag/cheesecloth. I used a turkey basting bag here and my french press liner to make less of a mess. I like to use a big bowl and then do about 2 turns of pouring, then gently squeeze to release the rest of the milk.

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6. Pour into an adorable jar and keep in the fridge for up to seven days.

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Naughty+Nice / The official Cleanse of Hustle+Glow

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Ladies and gentleman! I present to you Naughty+Nice, the official cleanse of Hustle+Glow. I’ve been working hard to create an easy, delicious whole foods based cleanse to help you kick some naughty habits. Consider this your body’s Spring cleaning. A chance to be nice to yourself.  A week of eating clean and nourishing foods to help you get on a healthy track. I will be leading  a group version of the cleanse through Sapere Studio in East Williamsburg, where we will incorporate detox yoga, online community support, as well as in-person meetings. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a blast of energy! If you can’t commit to doing the cleanse this week or can’t make it out to Sapere, I will be offering an entirely online version of the cleanse in April. So mark your calendars and get ready to feel amazing.

Check out the pre-cleanse meeting at Sapere this Sunday / 5pm – a chance to get a free peek into the detox.

Get involved at the cleanse prep meeting Saturday March, 24th at 2pm.

Spring Forward with the 7 day cleanse, March 24th-31st.

…and Stay Tuned for an online version this April.

High Five / Ways to Get back to your Workout

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(My niece helps keep me motivated during a tough kickboxing workout)

Busy, sick, tired, injured? There are so many reasons we fall off the workout band wagon, but so many more reasons to get back on! The good news is there are plenty of enjoyable ways to get back into the habit. Try one of these tips today and you’ll be back on track before you know it.

1. Fitness date. It’s my number one recommendation for a reason. Nothing gets me to show up for a class more than knowing my girlfriend will be there with me. Working out with a friend is a fun way to push yourself harder. My roommate and I make kickboxing dates and often get in a little trouble because we are laughing so hard. Busy schedule? Having a fitness date lets you see your friends, commit to showing up, and work off a little stress with a lot of fun. Bonus: it’s often cheaper than a dinner date.

2. Revamp your gear .  Are you a  neon warrior in vibrant colors or sleek ninja in all black? When was the last  time you gave your workout  wardrobe a makeover? You don’t have to spend a ton of money, I recently bought some awesome neon socks and it made putting my sneakers on a little more fun. Old Navy has great, affordable workout gear. OR maybe it’s time you splurged on that Lululemon outfit you’ve been lusting after. When I feel good about the way I look while I’m working out, I feel better about my workout.

4. Commit to doing it everyday, even it’s just 20 minutes. Seriously, just go to the gym, press play on a video, get down on the mat for a minute plank….once you start, you’ll find it harder to quit. When I really don’t have time, I search online for 10 minute workout videos.

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(My kicks wait for me by the door)

4. Strategically place your sneakers. Put them out before bed, bring them in your bag, get a second pair for your boyfriend’s house. You can’t do that run if you don’t have a sports bra. I like to put out my gym clothes the night before and put them on first thing in the morning. It’s a pretty  effective practice – dress for success.

5. Do it in your bedroom. Or living room, garage and hallway. Exercising at home is the #1 excuse buster. Don’t have time? Save yourself the 30minute commute to the gym. Don’t know how to structure an effective workout? Try a video series like those offered by Jillian Michaels or Beach Body. Intimidated by your first yoga class? Sample the wide variety of yoga videos on sites like http://www.yogaglo.com or http://www.myyogaonline.com. Gym membership not in your budget this month? Try FREE workout videos online through YouTube (check out this one by Tracy Anderson), FitSugar (i’ve been squeezing this one in between appointment), or Pilates on Fifth.

Bonus Tip! Take a day off. That’s right, schedule some time to not work out. If you know you have a day of rest coming up, it will make it easier to push yourself to get to the gym today. Use that time to treat yourself to muscle recovery. Take a bath, utilize your gym’s sauna, or  get a massage (I often opt for a quickie 20 minute massage to save time and money). When you schedule in a  relaxation session after a couple days of working out, you’ll work even harder knowing next week you get to do it all over again.

Remember, start small  and don’t burn yourself out too quickly. I know, I know, you want to get to the finish line as quickly as possible, but if you don’t allow yourself to ease back into working out…you’ll be limping there on strained, weak muscles.

So go ahead, start now! Pick one of these tips to try today and enjoy your workout!

Take the Meditation Challenge

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Starting March 11th, I’ll be accepting a challenge to meditate for 21 days in a row. Oprah and Deepak Chopra will also be there guiding me through the 3 weeks of reflection and mindful moments. A friend of mine made me aware of this awesome opportunity to get myself back into the meditation habit. The thing is, her brother told her about. Then a colleague from school brought it up. Then another friend said she was participating. And then another, and another, and another. At this point, it’s become clear to me that you should participate as well!

Meditation is a technique used to reduce stress, anxiety, manage depression and find motivation. Studies have shown that with regular meditation practice we can decrease our blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, use oxygen more efficiently and increase the anti-aging hormone DHEA. Personally, I have benefited from meditation with more restful sleep, increased energy, and ability to manage stressful situations. Perfect Health is the theme of this aptly named introduction to meditation.

Beginning to meditate can seem like a difficult task. Most people don’t know where to start or how to stop and be still. Guided meditations are a great introduction to this transformational practice.


It will be even easier to commit knowing my friends (including Oprah) will be right there with me.

Click here to sign up! 

Kitchen 101 / Yup, you can freeze that

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Okay, lets go back to the beginning. After a particularly awesome sale on organic avocados at whole foods, I purchased a few too many of my favorite source of healthy fat. Fearing they would turn from vibrant, rich, and buttery green to slimy and mushy brown I took a leap of faith and froze my avocados. I quartered one avocado, peeled it and sealed it in a freezer safe bag. The second avocado was mashed with a squeeze of lemon before it met its frosty fate.

This winter has been a particularly busy season for my freezer. Storing abundant soups, curries, tomato sauces, and recipe elements has kept the cooler half of my fridge occupied. Freezing prepared foods as well as abundant ingredients helps save you money, prevent produce waist, and makes a home cooked meal a flash in the pan.

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Field Trip / Sun In Bloom

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This Saturday my sweetheart and I took a field trip to explore some healthy eats in our neighborhood. We wanted a delicious afternoon meal that wasn’t just breakfast or lunch, but wasn’t the typical heavy brunch fare. Normally I make Saturday Soup, but this week we were feeling curious about Sun In Bloom – a well designed, dare I say chic! vegan cafe. One part restaurant + One part coffee shop + One part prepared foods to go, all parts delicious. All parts accommodating to your unique dietary needs.

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From Scratch / Raw Sundried Tomato Basil Cashew Cheese

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Recently my favorite wellness studio Sapere had a fabulous party complete with group accupuncture, vinho verde and delicious snacks. As their resident health coach, I felt this would be a fun opportunity to wow people with my winning  combo of delicious + nutritious + easy.

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I have been making baked sweet potato chips recently and wanted to venture into raw vegetable snacks. The recipe is as simple as “cut vegetables thin, really thin.” Easy, right? If you have a mandolin, even easier. I opted for carrots this time around – using the thicker end to make a perfect little “chip.” The secret to having a fancy raw vegetable snack is in the cut.

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