Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
So, what does one eat on a road trip?
I suggest planning ahead: I keep a flat of bottled waters in my car, bring a couple of apples, oranges, bananas, and Special K bars. Special K has these great cereal bars, protein snack bars, and protein meal bars. They taste like candy but keep you full so you don't cave and grab whatever's in sight.
If you have to stop, there are a few options. Gas stations usually have some fruit available (although the selection can get pretty sparse!) or you can just grab a bag of pretzels. As for McDonalds, avoid the Big Mac Wrap (ew), and grab a side salad, nonfat cappuccino, or snack sized parfait (160 calories, 2 g. fat). Subway is always a great option, and they're often along the interstate. You can even substitute chips for sliced apples or yogurt. It's filling, relatively cheap, and tasty (especially the veggie delight if you can't stand the salty meats).
Choose one of these options, pack healthy snacks from home, or stop at grocery stores along the way and bag fresh salads, and you can shift your focus from "what to eat" to having fun!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
The other day, I met a friend for “tea.” Yeah, I know, highly unlikely for a heavy coffee drinker like me. I may have even made fun of myself for it. But one taste of a vanilla coconut blend at “T Salon” in LA, and I was a goner. It was like this “tea is worthwhile” epiphany.
While reading the menu of available teas (yeah, there were a lot: floor to ceiling canisters for you to take home and teas on tap!), I noticed that they had fresh juices. Topping the list was my personal favorite, green juice. Green juice is filled with vitamins and minerals from veggies like kale, celery, and spinach, and I personally think it tastes pretty great. Needless to say, I woke up fiending for it. After a 20 minute walk, I arrived at T Salon super excited. It was empty. I realized it wasn’t opened yet. Oops. So I went next door for a coffee and came back. It’s that good.
T Salon got started in Chelsea Market, so you know it’s fab. They’re also environmentally conscious, using recycled and/or biodegradable flatware and cups/ containers. Just another reason to love it!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Lots of hills to hike, organic markets galore, and the place where Peet's Coffee got it's start... Berkeley is ripe with opportunity for aspiring (healthy) foodies!
Ah, LA! One of the main problems in LA is deciding the best way to take advantage of the wonderful weather.
The other day, my friend Lorraine (of pancake fame) and I wanted to play tennis. Trying to justify a soft serve run, we decided to skate to the Grove for a cone then continue on to the tennis court.
Only one little problem: I can’t remember ever roller skating before, and I cracked my head open on roller blades nine years ago… and haven’t been on them since. It’s all about conquering fears, people! So, Lorraine and I strapped into skates and set off for the farmers market. Between the cracked sidewalk, our endless giggles, and my complete lack of skill, we were quite slow. I mean, walkers were passing us. Lo was a good sport, and by the end, we were doing pretty well. That is, until we finished our ice cream and called another friend to come and pick us up (yeah, I was too scared to skate back!)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
My favorite part: all of the samples and the opportunity to take in the local flavors!
Best glasses I’ve seen all week; Old Pecos Foods’ Green Chile Mustard- great with pretzels, but I can’t wait to try it on grilled chicken; Soften skin and smell great with Milk and Honey soaps and lotion bars (even if you can’t escape corporate logos!); Wind chimes made by local artisans.
Old Pecos Foods
Milk and Honey's Site
Crumpacker's Catering and Pastry
Farmer's Market Site
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
There’s nothing better than a good meal that’s healthy and easy to make! Avoid the butter, and season crab legs and shrimp with Old Bay and use cocktail sauce for dipping. Add some oven roasted asparagus and a baked potato on the side, and you’ve got a feast!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
A device from the Columbia, SC based fitness company The Firm, the Wave promises fast results using their core-strengthening device. Like most people, I'm all about instant gratification, so I set up for the thirty minute express workout.
As a person that enjoys frequent workouts, I was a little surprised to be challenged. Yes, some of the steps were a little tricky, but nothing that doing the video a few times couldn't cure. If you can decipher the super Southern accents (which just remind me of home!) and giggle through the Stepford-like smiles of the instructors, it's actually a great workout. The best part? I felt the post-workout burn throughout the day yesterday, and woke up with little to no soreness. All the better to do it again!
For more info, check out The Firm's website: http://www.firmdirect.com/
You might remember these from my post on breakfasts. Well, I finally made them again, and wanted to include a photo of how they should look! Egg White and Oatmeal “Pancakes” topped with low-fat yogurt and blueberries. Great tasting and easy to make, these pancakes are full of protein and fiber to keep you feeling full.
Recipe Care of Lorraine Lopez
2 egg whites
1 serving of quick cooking oatmeal
Mix together, heat up a nonstick skillet, spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Put the mixture on the skillet, cook like you would a pancake, flipping when the sides start to pull up.
“Pancake” will turn golden brown when done.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Believe it or not, from Whole Foods. You can stand there and watch as a lady fills and steams them. You can choose from Chicken Green Chile or Pork and Red Chile, and she’ll throw them in a bag for you to take home. Simply delicious.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Sunset from my parents’ portal. I decided to take a break and come to Santa Fe for a little R&R and hang out with my parents for Easter. Yesterday, I visited my favorite salon, NV Aveda, for some pampering and to pick up some products. The Damage Remedy deep treatment really is the best stuff I’ve found for my brittle hair, and all Aveda products smell heavenly… kinda like this sunset.
My last day in NYC, I just had to stop by Chelsea Market. A mecca for foodies, Chelsea market is below the studios for Food Network. After a delicious cup of soup, I stopped by Eleni’s for a mini cupcake. The frosting was not too sweet; the cake was perfectly moist. Even though it was small, it was the first cupcake I’d had in probably 2 years, so it was way more than enough.
Friday, April 2, 2010
I have to try anything with "LA" in the name, so some friends and I stopped by Lupe's for some margaritas last week. Boy, were we in for a treat! I sampled the mole enchiladas and the tamales. The tamales were good (if not pretty standard) and the enchiladas were awesome- the mole wasn't too sweet or too spicy, just right. The brunch on the weekend is supposed to be great, and if you catch the lunch specials, you can get outta there for less than ten bucks!
Lupe's East LA Kitchen
110 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY
Photo Credit: Spencer Wohlrab
Thursday, April 1, 2010