Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Carrot Cake Recipe Roundup | By Kiley

MP900049619Mmmmmmmmm, is there anything tastier than a big bite of carrot cake? That sweet and sour combination that basically melts in your mouth? Carrot cake isn’t something we see often, but it’s definitely something to be savored. (pause – if you haven’t yet tried it, drop everything, go directly to The Palm and order the carrot cake and nothing but the carrot cake. You can workout double tomorrow, it’s worth it. Trust me.) Alright, now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk healthy carrot cake that doesn’t mandate a double workout. So, here I bring you the carrot cake recipe roundup. Get your shredder ready, folks, it’s going to be a good Easter.

1. Carrot Cake Muffin Cupcakes: they’re healthy enough for breakfast!

Bran Muffin

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat 12 muffin tray with coconut oil.

Mix the following dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour (or flour of choice, can also sub for vanilla protein powder)
  • 1/4 cup shredded (unsweetened) coconut and/or raisins
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon stevia/sugar/sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts

In separate bowl, combine:

  • 3 eggs (or vegan substitute)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, coconut (non-dairy) yogurt, or applesauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients, combining slowly, until mixture is consistent. Pour into cupcake/muffin holders until about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes until solid, but moist. Let cool. Delicious and nutritious enough to be eaten plain, but of course what’s carrot cake without that deliciously rich, tangy frosting?! For the frosting, combine 1 cup plain Greek (coconut, or yogurt of choice) with 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup and a few drops of vanilla extract. Top “muffins” with oats or “cupcakes” with frosting and more nuts or shredded coconut for an extra treat. Devour accordingly!

2. Carrot Cake Pancake for One: The perfect spring breakfast!

photo(167)In a bowl, mix:

  • 1 tablespoon toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 1 large carrot (grated/shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Splash of almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon plain Greek or coconut yogurt (or sub with 1/2 mashed banana or 1/3 cup applesauce)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Mix well. Grease pan with coconut oil. Pour whole or half of mixture into pan. While waiting to flip, in separate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons plain yogurt of choice with 1 teaspoon maple syrup and dash of cinnamon. Make two smaller pancakes and spread frosting between pancakes as shown or dallop on top of one larger cake. Whatever your heart desires. Pancake should be crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, just the way we like it.

3. Delicously Orange Spring Smoothie:

In blender, combine:

  • 1 large handful romaine lettuce
  • 2 large carrots or 8 baby carrots
  • 1 small piece tumeric (superfood!)
  • 1  frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons honey, maple syrup, or 1 teaspoon stevia
  • 1 cup almond milk

One Healthy Breakdown: Tis the season! The carrot season. Live it up.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Bunny Hop | By Kiley

Here’s what the Easter Bunny does to get his heart-rate up and stay in shape this time of year.BunnyHopOne Healthy Breakdown: if the bunny can do it, so can you.

Easter Basket Upgrades | By Kiley

It’s no secret that Easter is a super duper sugar-coated holiday. Trade in the pastel Peeps, massive chocolate bunnies, and jelly beans galore for some healthier treats that even the bunny himself would get egg-cited for.

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  • DVD’s
  • Dark chocolate
  • Organic lolli-pops or fruit snacks
  • Dried fruit
  • A jump rope
  • A yoyo
  • Seeds to plant
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Chapstick
  • Nuts
  • Sunscreen
  • Coconut
  • Stationary
  • Popcorn
  • Stickers
  • Gift cards
  • Arts & crafts
  • Dark chocolate covered nuts & seeds
  • Yogurt bites
  • Play-doh
  • Toothbrush
  • Books/magazines
  • Fun socks and other accessories

One Healthy Breakdown: bet you were expecting carrots to top the list, but that’d be egg-stra boring!

Friday, April 11, 2014

“We Go Together Like” Tempeh & Coconut Oil | By Kiley

photo 1(3)I love tempeh. I love the taste, unique texture, and not to mention, nutritional content. Tempeh is made from soybeans; it’s high in protein and essential phytonutrients. Like tofu, tempeh takes on the flavor of other ingredients, spices, oils, etc., so it’s very versatile.

Tempeh is good stuff, but tempeh sauteed in coconut oil is a whole other level. I make this at least once a week, if not more, and it never gets old. Best of all, this recipe couldn’t be easier…in fact, it doesn’t even need a recipe at all. You can buy tempeh at any health food store (and most grocery stores) and it’s precooked, so you’re just crisping it up for pleasure. Just put a tablespoon or so of coconut oil in pan to heat and add bite-sized pieces of tempeh and your favorite vegetables (broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, any leafy green, cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, bean sprouts, just to name a few of the endless possibilities) Once tempeh turns a golden brown, it’s crispy and delicious enough to eat. This meal takes all of about six minutes to prepare and did I mention it tastes ah-mazing?! And you can make it as simple or complicated as you want. I usually just do tempeh and broccoli, but here’s a recent stir-fry I made with tempeh, coconut oil, peppers, onions, bean sprouts, and liquid aminos (soy sauce alternative.) All gone.

photo 2(10)One Healthy Hamptons: seriously, this one’s tempeh-tastic.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

HEALTHY BYTE | By Kiley

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.

~ Sheila Graham

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

RELAX…here’s why you must! | By Kiley

relaxDid you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? Stress can really bring us down, which is why we’re talking about the importance of relaxing and decompressing to be our best selves. Here are few important benefits of relaxing and rejuvenating:

  • Relaxation boosts the immune system, which lowers incidence of illness
  • Relaxation aids decision-making skills (stress clouds our judgement and reason)
  • Relaxation boosts memory and other cognitive functions
  • Relaxation stabilizes mood and stimulates the pleasure response, which enhances contentment and greatly reduces rate of depression
  • Relaxation decreases blood pressure
  • Relaxation promotes weight maintenance (stress increases appetite and cortisol)
  • Relaxation often results in better, deeper, uninterrupted sleep
  • Relaxation provides us with more energy overall
  • Relaxation does wonders for clear skin
  • Relaxation makes us feel GREAT!

EITSGood news, relaxing and rejuvenating the mind, body, and soul is now more accessible than ever! Hamptons Wellness Week is returning, bigger and better than ever! This time around, the week is PACKED with amazing offers from local spas, salons, and wellness providers to get us all relaxed and ready to “Ease into the Season.” Mark your calendar because May 3rd kicks off a wellness week like NO other. Stay tuned to hamptonswellnessweek.com for details coming soon and be sure to check our daily updates on Hamptons Wellness Week’s Facebook Page!

One Healthy Breakdown: we all deserve a little R & R before summer craziness!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Heating Up in Style at Gloria Jewel | By Kiley

This was a looooooong winter. No one is happier to see signs of spring than me. Until now, the only time I defrosted and felt warm and sunny was during a recent shopping trip to Gloria Jewel in Bridgehampton. Despite the fact that the weather outside was all kinds of chilly, I’m convinced that it’s always sunny inside Gloria Jewel.

I was on a mission – in need of a few spring staples with serious staying power to transform my wardrobe. Maybe even something I could wear right through summer…even fall… Luckily, that’s what Gloria Jewel is all about: functional, fashionable staples. Trendy, yet comfortable and classic essentials that can transform an ordinary day into a confident, kick-ass day. Sounds good, right? So, I blocked out a couple of hours and (lucky me!) headed out for a shopping spree.

photo 2I arrived at Gloria Jewel on a quiet morning to get some one-on-one time with the fabulous Megan Chiarello, owner and founder of Gloria Jewel. First, I got the grand tour of the Bridgehampton store, (located at 125 Main Street) current inventory, brands, designers, materials, and trends. My first thought: The. Colors. Are. Perfection.

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Megan started Gloria Jewel in 2007, modeling the concept after her two grandmothers, both of whom impacted her deep love and appreciation for fashion. Unlike most high-end fashion boutiques in New York and elsewhere, Gloria Jewel is built on unconditional love, acceptance, and the desire to empower women through fashion. It’s crystal clear that Megan’s welcoming personality set a precedent throughout the company from day one.

Megan’s passion got me super stoked to shop and her attitude about clothing is right up my alley. “I’m into wearing your clothes,” Megan explains. She aims to make that moment when a women opens her closet every morning positive, fun, and comforting. Gloria Jewel is not about one-time wonders. And that’s good, because neither are cost-efficient shoppers. What’s the point of investing in an item of clothing only to wear it once, get sick of it fast, see it everywhere, or notice a decline in quality after one wash? Gloria Jewel takes care of it all. And not just boutique fashion, but also community events, charities, and year-round goings on. I’m on board with that (in my new peach long-sleeve by Wilt.)

photo 3From mood to merchandise, Gloria Jewel makes shopping FUN. No pressure to buy, no fake feedback we all know and hate. Although I loved most of what I saw and tried on, there were definitely items that just weren’t for me, and Megan was totally honest, which was so incredibly refreshing. Gloria Jewel’s staff understands that shoppers are all different. Some crave personal attention, others do NOT, but every woman deserves to walk out with at least one item of clothing that she will ROCK.

photo 4And you better believe that that’s what I did. Again and again…and again.

picstitch(19)Cotton fringe? Yes, please. Navy T-shirt dress? Must have. Yup, you’ll see me sporting these two bad boys a lot this spring. Oh, the power of staples.

So, what else sets Gloria Jewel apart from other Hamptons/NYC boutiques? The company is built on the goal of helping each and every woman (regardless of age, size, background) to feel great in her clothing. As miss One Healthy Hamptons, I can attest to the fact that all of this healthy eating and working out just isn’t worth the while unless we feel good about ourselves in our own skin. Fashion is an expression of who we are; clothing can either lift us up, making us feel comfortable and confident, or weigh us down.

While Gloria Jewel excels in high-fashion, chic, trend-setting looks, comfort is the underlying objective. If you’re comfortable, you’re confident. Megan aims to provide women with comfortable fashion that will show confidence morning through night. “I want our customers to feel good, whether they’re meeting colleagues for coffee, picking up the kids at school, or heading out for date night.” Ah, life in the Hamptons. Everywhere we look, folks are dressed to the nines…why not us, right?!

GloriaJewel-Logo-Slide2-16971_960x480Gloria Jewel shoppers are shoppers for life (trust me, I’m one of them.) The successful boutique has expanded to Westhampton Beach, Bridgehampton, Amagansett, and TriBeCa. “We want you to get compliments. We want you to get the most flattering look for YOU, we want you to find that great-fitting pair of jeans, it’s hands-down the best investment a woman can make,” Megan explains and I concur. The power of a good pair of jeans, a perfect white T, or a bombshell top for your next night out is irreplaceable. So, get ready to shop with ease, comfort, and uncompromised style.

One Healthy Breakdown: Check out your local Gloria Jewel…like pronto. Your perfect outfit and fitting confidence awaits…bring it on, summer!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

HEALTHY BYTE | By Kiley

A leader is a person who is willing to stand in their truth, take risks, and be willing to fall on their face, and get back up, because of what they believe in. ~ Patricia Walden