Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February’s Tiny Change: Eat More Plants | By Elise Museles of Kale & Chocolate

*This post is part of Kale and Chocolate’s year-long #12tinychanges challenge. Each month, we’re implementing one small, super doable change-over a year it really adds up! Read about all changes here and share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #12tinychanges!

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You’ve probably heard about the health benefits associated with eating a plant-based diet, like reducing your risk of heart disease, lowering your blood pressure, and adding years to your life. Food experts, nutritionists, and dietitians may disagree about the right diet, but amidst these debates, they have always been able to agree on at least one thing: MORE PLANTS = GOOD.

This month’s tiny change is just that – tiny. No need to cut foods out, restrict, or diet. Simply add more plant-based foods and recipes to your cooking repertoire. If you’re already eating a largely plant-based diet, wonderful! Try something new and interesting like DIY nut milk. If you’ve yet to dip your toe into plant-based cooking, start easy with something like chia seed pudding.

You don’t have to eat less or cut out anything. Just add more vibrant colors, nutrients, and variety to your meals. If a few of those delectable plant-based dishes happen to replace the less-than-healthy ones in your repertoire, that’s just a bonus! So what constitutes “plant-based,” exactly? Great question! Fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, and oils are all fair game – all things that originally stem from plants (pun intended!)

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Here are five ways you can make this tiny change easy and awesome!

1. Incorporate these plant-based foods into the way you already eat

The best thing about plant-based foods? You can fold them into absolutely any eating style – they’re totally inclusive! Eating Paleo? Vegetarian? Gluten-free? Locavore or seasonal eater? Great, simply add more plants to your daily routine!

2. View this as an opportunity to experiment with new recipes + types of food
Consider this a little nudge to explore new recipes or make reservations at a new restaurant. Asian, Indian, and Ethiopian cuisines include lots of plant-based dishes, many featuring interesting spices and flavor combinations. Give them all a try!

Instead of trying to plant-i-fy existing dishes, why not try something totally different? We’re much more likely to enjoy a recipe (and make it again) if we eat it with an open mind…rather than thinking “this was much better when I made it with a whole stick of butter…” This tiny change gives you the perfect excuse to push yourself toward easy experimentation and more adventurous eating.

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3. Know that this isn’t just about smoothies and salads
Gotta love a good green smoothie, but there are tons of luscious, decadent plant-based foods out there. In fact, if you want to try just one new plant-based recipe a week this month, how about some delicious oatmeal, hummuscookies, PB & J, sweet chocolate avocado mousse, and even ice cream?! Plant dishes can be sweet, savory, warm, chilled, and satisfy just about any craving!

4. Swap in one plant-based dish for one meat or dairy dish

Rather than overhauling your entire meal, try just swapping one dish. Munch on a batch of homemade veggie burgers and sweet potato fries for your Friday night Netflix marathon or warm up with butternut squash soup for meatless Monday. Whip up a balanced meal, use DIY nut milk in your smoothie or make guacamole instead of french onion dip. Just one tiny swap at a time; you’ll be amazed how easy it is to eat more plants!

5. Choose plant-based dishes when you’re eating out or grocery shopping

Now, you know I’m a huge advocate of DIY-ing, but most of us are short on time and long on obligations. Who among us hasn’t picked up dinner on the way home from a hectic day?

Remember, there are a surprising number of plant-based options at your local grocery store, and maybe even your favorite restaurant. Grab a tub of guac, baba ganoush, hummus or even black bean dip. Check out the salad bar for freshly prepared veggies, grains, and plant-based proteins to add to a bed of greens.

When you’re eating out, soups, salads, and vegetarian entrees are often plant-based, (and delicious) so give it a try. To help kickoff this tiny change, you could win amazing prizes and tools to fill up your plate with as many colors and nutrients as possible. You’ll be amazed by how simple it is to eat more plants. And the best part? This easy, delicious tiny change can set you on the road to a healthier heart, longer life, and happier body!

One Healthy Breakdown: Crack open you cookbooks and get ready to veg out!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Social Media Cleanse | By Kiley

It’s time. For a lil’ break. A cleanse, if you will. Sometimes, we need a break from booze, running, or even a friend or family member. Taking a step back can reset and refresh us in a big way.

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I’m in. I’m taking this week to step back from the scrolling. Feel free to join me in this social media cleanse. Put down the iphone, X out of Facebook, step outside, have real (face-to-face) conversations (with real, live people) and live your life! Go ahead and delete some apps so you’re not tempted to check ’em every five minutes. While it may not be possible to completely ditch social media all together if your job requires it or you’re just not ready for a full-on break-up, (I hear ya, I’ll still be poking around and sharing some photos) let’s try to avoid the mindless face-time. Maybe even replace it with mindful real-life stuff. Deal? Deal. See you on the other side.

One Healthy Breakdown: Reset THEN reboot.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Banana Almond Butter Cookies | By Megan Marcotrigiano

Banana Almond Butter Cookies? Why, yes, thank you. Megan of ‘Megan’s Morsels’ shares her super simple recipe for these delicious (and nutritious) treats!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 fully ripe (slightly brown spotted) banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 scoops high quality vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tbsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3  cup pure maple syrup (or more for sweeter)
  • 2 or 3 spoonfuls of almond butter (yum!)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Combine all the ingredients in one bowl and mix thoroughly until you achieve a thick cookie dough consistency
  • Form balls with the dough and then flatten to make cookies and place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly firm and even a little golden brown on top
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!

One Healthy Breakdown: these cookies are perfect for any time of day!

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*Megan Marcotrigiano is a health coach and Pilates instructor. She also makes and sells organic, gluten and dairy free treats known as Megan’s Morsels.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Does Fat Make You Fat? | By Kiley

News flash: a low-fat diet can actually cause weight-gain, not a diet high in fat. So, what is fat anyway and why do we assume that fat is what makes us fat?

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Fat is a nutrient that our bodies need, in fact, about 30% of your daily calorie intake should come from fat. This may surprise you, but it’s true!

There’s a catch, though, sort of. We should be eating good quality fats, just like we should be eating good quality foods in general. That means no trans fats. Deal?

So, what are the healthy, good quality fats that we should be eating? Good question. Nuts and seeds, avocado, fatty fish like salmon, coconut, olive oil, unprocessed lean meat, flax, dark chocolate (yay!) and dairy. These healthy fats do not cause obesity, heart attacks, or high-cholesterol, but actually promote nutrient-absorption, raise immunity, and actually burn fat. Really!

Fat also makes us feel satisfied for longer. For example, adding a spoonful of nut butter to your apple or half an avocado to your eggs will make you feel more satisfied, help your body absorb the nutrients it needs, and ward of hunger longer. Win/win!

One Healthy Breakdown: do not fear the fat, eat the fat!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Beet & Basil Hummus | By Kiley

In the spirit of DIY’ing, we’re making a simple favorite: hummus. This colorful version is not only bright and beautiful, it’s also full of flavor, healthy goodness, and only real foods (bye bye, chemicals.) Hummus is a well-rounded staple to enjoy often for it’s plant-based protein, carbs, and fat, but this one adds beets and basil for some serious vitamins and minerals (ie: magnesium, iron, potassium, folate, flavonoids, vitamins B & K, and more.) BEET THAT!

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Ingredients: (makes one large bowl or ~5 single servings)

  • 2 medium-sized red beets (cooked to soften, I boiled mine for 20 minutes)
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup chickpeas or white beans (I used canned organic, washed)
  • 1/3 lemon (skin and all)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoons pine nuts (or pistachios or cashews)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • dash of sea salt and pepper

Just blend all ingredients in Vitamix/high-powered blender or food processor until smooth. Serve with crudite and/or whole-grain crackers or chips for the perfect healthy appetizer. Also add to your salads/meals for a colorful boost of healthy flavor!

One Healthy Breakdown: if hummus and pesto had a baby, it would be this recipe :-)

Monday, January 11, 2016

January’s Tiny Change: Do It Yourself | By Elise Museles of Kale & Chocolate

OHH Intro: we couldn’t be more into this month’s challenge to DIY (do it yourself!) You’ll save money, eat way healthier, spend way less time grocery shopping, and shock yourself with how good it feels (and tastes!) Read on for Kale & Chocolate’s rundown of how to become a DIY’er…

If you’re just joining us, this post is part of Kale & Chocolate’s year-long #12tinychanges challenge. Each month, we’re implementing one super small, super doable change—it really adds up over the course of a year! You can read about all the changes here. Share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #12tinychanges for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Welcome to 2016! Most people think of January 1st as the one and only day to turn over a new leaf, but if you’ve been participating in the #12tinychanges challenge, you’ve been building healthy habits since September (go you!) And if you’re new to the challenge, welcome to the simplest, least painful habit-shifting program you’ll ever tackle, #12tinychanges challenge.

blog-images-chocolate-barkAfter the holidays, when so many of us fall off of our routines, we may be tempted to kick off the new year with some BIG promises to ourselves, but it’s really, really, really hard to stick to BIG goasl for the long haul. The population at the gym has already cut in half since January 1. Instead of being one of those, get on board this tiny change and bite off exactly what we can chew. Sound good? Let’s spend a little time in the kitchen in DIY mode making delicious items we may ordinarily buy.

Are you already asking why on earth you’d complicate your life by hand-making purchasable foods? It probably seems more convenient to just grab things off the grocery store shelf and plunk down some cash. But once you try making some of these everyday items on your own, you’ll be amazed by how easy (and delicious) it can be! Why waste precious time and energy running to the store for almond milk when you can make your own tastier version in five minutes right in your own kitchen? What about your morning smoothie? How about that $15 jar of almond butter we all know and love?

IMG_3513You might think it will be boring, time-consuming, or expensive to DIY. Guess what – it’s not! It’s actually fun, significantly cheaper, and far healthier than buying everything pre-made.

Why should you try DIY-ing something you’d normally buy?

It’s incredibly satisfying + fulfilling. Few of us have ever made our own bread, nut butters or jams. (Hello, awesome homemade PB & J!) Contemplating the processes of making these items can feel intimidating, totally understand. Until I started creating my own staples, there were so many recipes I avoided because I feared their complexity. Why should I spend time learning how to DIY something when I could just toss it into my cart and buy it instantly?

Making your own staples can actually have a ripple effect through your whole life. Confidence and capability in one area often trickle over into other areas of your life, in the kitchen and beyond. Once you’ve mastered whipping up your own almond milk or putting together mason jar salads, there’s no telling what you’ll attempt! If you think something is out of your reach or beyond your skill set, it’s extremely satisfying to finally try it, figure it out…and then work it seamlessly into your weekly routine.

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When you make it yourself, you can customize it. Have you ever bought a granola bar and thought, “Hmm, I wish this was a tad less sweet…or why does this have 20 grams of sugar and tons of chemicals in it?!” When you make your own bars or bites, you can customize them to taste exactly the way you like…without the chemicals!

Create your own trail mix exactly how you like it. Add more of the things you love while skipping the unnecessary sugar, salt, and fillers found in the packaged versions. When you DIY, you know exactly what’s going in…and you control exactly which not-so-healthy ingredients you leave out!

You can view DIY-ing through the lens of curiosity + experimentation. This tiny change is just that: tiny. You don’t have to replace every store-bought condiment or staple in your house. You don’t have to make everything you eat from scratch. You don’t have to whip up award-winning sauces or a picture perfect superfood smoothie bowl the first time you try, just take it one step at a time.

Consider how making from scratch improves the quality of the food you eat, and how much you’ll learn about your ingredients. Notice how much more you appreciate your meals when they include your homemade staples, this will lead to more mindful eating and enjoyment!

If you’re really interested in kicking up the DIY challenge a notch or two, check out my book, Whole Food Energy. It’s packed with 200 easy-to-make recipes designed specifically for busy, active people who want to stock their kitchens & pantries with healthy homemade snacks and light bites to eat on the go. It’s pretty much a DIY goldmine!

Remember to go slowly and pick one or two DIY projects a week. Once you experience a homemade latte, (best part, you don’t have to leave the house!) sweet potato fries, (better than take out!) or the best brunch around, you’ll be hooked.

Lastly, I want to give you the tools to get going. I’m giving away amazing prizes each week throughout January on Instagram. Think: signed copies of my book, superfoods from Windy City Organicsc to enhance your creations, and much more! Just tag #12tinychanges to enter and follow @kaleandchocolate and @hamptonskiley while you’re at it!

One Healthy Breakdown: No time like the present, start gathering your ingredients and get ready to dig in!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Carrot Cake Oatmeal | By Kiley

Holla to my fellow carrot cake lovers out there! Offering a healthy twist on the heavenly dessert we all know and love. Not only delicious, this one’s also super nutritious and good warm or cold!

FullSizeRender_1Carrot Cake Oatmeal: (makes one serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp walnut pieces
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or coconut butter
  • Optional: 1 tsp shredded coconut, 1 tsp raisins, or 1 tsp nut butter of choice
  • For post-workout/added protein: add 1 egg while cooking

IMG_3474Cook oats on stovetop in coconut/almond milk, adding vanilla, cinnamon, and pie spice and stir. Follow by adding grated carrots, maple syrup, walnuts, and coconut oil/butter and continue to stir. Once mixture is thick, turn off heat and transfer to bowl. Top with shredded coconut, nut butter, and/or raisins and enjoy warm. Thank me later…

FullSizeRenderOne Healthy Breakdown: Carrot cake oatmeal makes breakfast the perfect time to have your cake and it too…with a healthy dose of veggies that is!

 

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year Kick Start | By Kiley

Raise your hand if all that eating, drinking, and being merry took a little toll on you over the holidays. Me too. This week, it’s all about the New Year Kick Start. We’re focusing on starting the year off feeling our absolute best. No juice cleanse included (you’re welcome.)

Your liver and kidneys constantly cleanse your body, so a typical juice cleanse is just not necessary, healthy, or any fun at all! This kick start will “detox,” “cleanse,” and “reset;” however, instead of solely ridding the bad stuff, we’ll actually replace it with healthy goodness! Instead of focusing on deprivation, we’ll focus on fuel and fulfillment. Lets set precedents to make 2016 (not just the next seven days) your healthiest, happiest year yet.

IMG_3460Although these tips are meant to be followed indefinitely, aim to be more strict this first week, hence the term ‘kick start.’ With that said, everybody (and every body) is different, so do what works for you.

  • Reduce your consumption of processed foods, meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
  • Increase your consumption of fruits and veggies. Try to buy in-season and organic whenever possible, especially for the dirty dozen. Frozen organic produce is great too, as availability is limited in the winter and frozen produce maintains its nutrients.
  • Incorporate some whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, and lean protein in moderation, but keep veggies the center of attention. For example, upgrade taco night by doing a taco salad or using lettuce wraps instead of taco shells.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water, water, water (tea, kombucha, (half a bottle a day) and sparkling water too.) Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.

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  • Start each morning with lemon water to stimulate your cleansing organs along with boost metabolism and aid digestion.
  • Include some sauerkraut or kimchi in your diet for a healthy gut.
  • Eat breakfast everyday. Your body will not efficiently burn calories if your stomach is empty, so be sure to eat breakfast within about an hour of waking (click here for breakfast ideas & recipes.)
  • Aim to move your body for 30-60 minutes everyday, weather it’s a morning run, group fitness class, afternoon walk, yoga session, strength training, etc.
  • Have a green smoothie a day, preferably in the morning to optimize nutritional benefits.

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  • Keep things simple by making big salads and veggie-based soups to keep on hand.

Here’s a quick and easy Detox Soup Recipe: using a Vitamix or high-speed blender, combine 8 ounces of bone broth, (or veggie/chicken broth ) 1 zucchini, (raw) 1 handful of greens, (romaine, spinach, or kale) 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon chopped scallions, 1 teaspoon basil, thyme, and other herbs of choice, 1/4 lemon, and 1/3 cup chickpeas. Heat mixture on stove and enjoy. Makes two servings.

  • If you find your sweet tooth ramping up, have fruit or tea. Low sugar fruits include grapefruit, berries, papaya, melon, and green apples. The fiber in fruit hinders sugar absorption, so don’t feel bad about eating a banana either! If you experience night cravings but are not physically hungry, tell yourself that the kitchen is closed…until tomorrow. Just stepping out of the kitchen is sometimes enough to banish cravings and refocus your mind.

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  • Tune in to your body’s cravings for warming, comforting winter eats. It only makes sense that our eating style should change with the seasons, just like the clothes that we wear.
  • Chew food slowly and eat consciously. Taking the time to tune in, chew each bite, and really enjoy the pleasure that food brings fosters healthy digestion and promotes mindful eating.
  • Why not take some time to clean out your fridge, pantry, and even closets? As you shop for replacements, keep foods, products, and cleaning products au natural.
  • Sleep a full eight hours as much as possible and make time for self-care and meditation. The way in which you treat your body and mind is just as important as the food you eat.

If you’d like more information about proper portions, reading labels, or a personalized meal plan, please email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to set up a personalized nutrition & wellness consultation today. We’ll start working towards your 2016 goals together.

One Healthy Breakdown: “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas!” ~ anonymous

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015’s Most Popular Posts | By Kiley

What a year it’s been! Thank YOU for tuning into One Healthy Hamptons! Without YOU, this journey would be meaningless. Today, we’re looking back to the most popular posts of 2015. These posts had the highest page views, (and for good reason!) check ’em out and reminisce with us!IMG_3427

  1. Surf’s Up in the Hamptons
  2. One Healthy Hamptons Nutrition & Wellness
  3. Hamptons Strolls are the Bees Knees (featuring The Hampton Bee!’s Colleen DeBaise)
  4. One Month Push-Up Challenge (oldie but goodie, try it in January!)
  5. Turn Over a New Leaf (off-season cleanse sale ~ email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com)
  6. 2015 Hamptons Farmers Markets & Farm Stands (can’t wait for spring, bring ’em back!)
  7. Love Grace Juice Cleanse – Sunlight in a Bottle
  8. A Weekend of Waves, Warmth, and Warriors
  9. One Healthy Educator (featuring Kiddie Fit’s Tara Daniels)
  10. Whole30 Adventures with Teach.Eat.Repeat (check out their brand new site!)

And, for some extra fun, here’s our “best 9” instagram posts, featuring Hamptons Sammy, local vino, season changes, Tom’s shoes, farm freesh veggies, and a little Matt Lauer…because, why not? Get your best 9 here and be sure to follow me @hamptonskiley!

hamptonskileybest9One Healthy Breakdown: 2016 brings even MORE healthy goodness ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!