Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Tribute to Rocky | By Kiley

This week, my family lost an incredible piece of the puzzle, my grandfather “Ba” aka Rocky. I was so lucky to know this guy; anyone that crossed his path knew he was a very special man.

picstitch(23)Here are just a few of the very many life lessons I learned from Rocky over the years:

1. If you’re on time, you’re late. Don’t be late, especially when you want to make a good impression.

2. Happy hour is the best hour. Never skip it. Rocky lived for his 4 o’clock martini. Every single day.

3. Nothing in the world is more important than family. Cherish family. Every single day.

4. Attitude is everything. If the sun is shining, embrace the day. Every single day.

5. Travel the world. Rocky, along with my grandmother, were lucky enough to visit almost a hundred countries. Everywhere they went, Rocky would learn the native language for “thank you” so that he could properly thank others throughout his travels.

6. Hard work pays off. Work hard and work smart. Either do it right or don’t do it at all.

7. Stay active by doing things you love. Every single day.

8. If your wife says she doesn’t like dogs, bring one home anyway to test the waters. If she gives you an ultimatum that it’s either her or the dog, she’s probably serious.

9. Pasta, brownies, and booze are the fuel of life.

10. Humor is always appropriate and appreciated.

One Healthy Breakdown: you’ll never be forgotten, Rocky. Cheers to a life well-lived. Love you lots.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Apple Pie A La Smoothie | By Kiley

There’s nothin’ like warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream atop…right?! If you’re an apple pie fan, you’ll love this one – great for any time of the day (yes, even breakfast!) and makes a perfect post-workout refuel! Warm up while you cool down, feed your body, and wake up your senses with this sweet smoothie recipe!

MP900384682In a blender, combine the following:

  • 1 large (or 2 small) red apples
  • 1 handful romaine lettuce or spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop high-quality vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • ice cubes if desired

One Healthy Breakdown: it doesn’t look like a pie, feel like a pie, or compare nutritionally (thankfully!) but it sure does taste tasty!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Give the Gift of Wellness! | By Kiley

Give the gift of wellness this holiday season! Hamptons Wellness Week returns in 2015 for the ENTIRE MONTH of JANUARY!! That’s right, over four weeks of wellness opportunities, free fitness classes, new workshops, and exciting experiences, Montauk to Westhampton!

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Participating in HWW is as simple as purchasing your awesome $45 wristband, which gets you access to all of the unlimited wellness discounts all month long! It’s the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for your family, friends, co-workers, and of course…yourself. Who deserves some pampering more than you? Who’s up for a free barre class? Teeth whitening? Hot yoga or health coaching? Whatever you please, get ready for the most wonderful time of the year!

1621761_765694900147066_5591555096998553584_nRid the resolutions this year! Instead of forcing yourself to get back to the gym, give yourself the gift of something more in 2015. Always affordable, always amazing, always full of possibility! Get your wristbands now; buy online or at Blow Hampton in Bridgehampton or East Hampton, open seven days a week! Blow is one of HWW’s many salons involved, offering 50% off cuts, color, and keratin all January long!

One Healthy Breakdown: the place to be this January….get your wristband today!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Healthy, Happy Gingerbread Men | By Kiley

Once upon a time…

Gingerbread menGingerbread cookies are a holiday staple. Enjoy these little crunchy cookies done right with natural ingredients

Ingredients: (makes about 3 dozen cookies)

  • 3 cups flour (buckwheat, whole wheat, or spelt are good)
  • 3/4 cup baking stevia or succant
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup black-strap molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup organic unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ensuring dough is consistent. Feel free to use an electric mixer or food processor on low speed. Once fully mixed, remove dough and divide into two parts. Wrap both in plastic and refrigerate. Preheat oven to 350. After 2-3 hours in fridge, remove dough and roll on a floured cutting board until thin. Use cookie cutters or simply make round cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes (check at 10). Let cookies cool completely before decorating, playing imaginary gingerbread family, or devouring.

One Healthy Breakdown: run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me…

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Holiday Kick-Off! | By Kiley

Tis’ the season! We’re kicking off the holidays like a rockette this month; December’s fitness challenge is high kicks! That’s right, we’re spreading cheer in the air while we work our quads, hips, hamstrings, and heart! To kick, stand in a split stance with one leg slightly forward. Kick straight ahead with your back leg, keeping your upper body tall, centered, or leaning slightly back (not forward.) Repeat on the other side. Start LOW with just four kicks (two on each side) to prevent injury and work your way higher and higher as the month progresses. Just print or pin the calendar and get your kick on all December long! Enjoy this very merry month!

December Kick ChallengeOne Healthy Breakdown: nothin’ like a holiday high-kick to feel the burn!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks OHH Style | By Kiley

Here are a few tips for the happiest, healthiest turkey day yet!

Portrait of a family saying grace before eating dinner1. Focus on Thanks-giving. Giving Thanks. That’s what it’s all about. Most families tend to rush through a humungo, chaotic, larger than life meal that took days to prepare, and are lucky if everything’s still civil and sober by dessert. Embrace your company and focus on family. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, which can definitely be a stressful time. Before the fun begins, take at least 5-10 minutes to actually ponder what you’re thankful for. What has changed for the better since last Thanksgiving? Who are you grateful to spend time with this holiday? Make it a point to think about how to truly live in the moment and enjoy the day and the season, not just the short-lived feast.

2. Eat all day. Ok, not all day, but don’t (do NOT) skip breakfast or lunch. If you fast to save room or calories, you’ll be starving, your blood sugar will be off, and you’ll make up for it later. Eat a balanced breakfast and lunch so that you’re more likely to eat dinner as dinner, not as the all-you-can-fit buffet. Smoothies are a great option for a light meal, packed with nutrients that won’t fill you up or weigh you down!

3. Chew more, eat less. Chewing is underrated and overlooked. The simple act of chewing our food, really chewing, aids digestion and satisfaction in monumental ways. I recently discovered Robyn Youkilis’ 21 Day Chewing Challenge and it’s pretty life-altering, check it out for yourself! If you’re mindful of chewing each and every bite, you may not have to loosen that belt after all (trust me, it works!)

4. Eat the gosh darn turkey! We all know that the turkey is not the problem. Turkey is a delicious source of lean protein that is low in fat, low on the glycemic index, and full of healthy goodness. It’s those caramelized side dishes that add up. Let’s all stop blaming the bird and aim for a well-balanced plate of protein, carbs, and lots of veggies.

5. Have your pie and eat it too. Splurging is o.k., normal, and enjoyable. Just keep in mind that this is not the last supper and that servings, bites, tastes, and even slivers add up. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a diet disaster. Instead of loading your plate once, twice, three times before dessert is served, take your time in choosing your favorites and indulge mindfully.

One Healthy Breakdown: focus on what the day is all about! (hint: it’s not mashed potatoes!)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hamptons Cranksgiving! | By Saunders & Associates

Saunders & Associates is proud to join forces with the nationwide Cranksgiving movement. This ride was the brainchild of NYC cycling enthusiasts who wanted to pair pedaling with giving.

10348539_10152473843003575_3037848298029843841_nThe concept is simple. The route takes you to four different grocery stores. You pay nothing to join the ride. Instead, we ask that you bring your wallet and purchase non-perishables at each grocery store stop along the way – the amount you spend is completely up to you. There you have it. You get to spend the morning riding your bike with a group of awesome riders and you help members of your community have food on their tables for the holidays.

What could be better than that? Not much. So, what do you say? We’ll be starting our event in East Hampton Village on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. All donations for this ride will go to the East Hampton Food Pantry. They plan to feed more than 31,000 people this year in Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Springs and Wainscott.

NBC’s TODAY Show will be at Cranksgiving documenting the event and will be airing the footage on Monday, 11/24! Today Show’s Matt Lauer and Darlene Rodriguez from WNBC will be riding in the Hamptons Cranksgiving, so sign up to join them!

The ride will start and finish at the East Hampton Middle School (76 Newtown Lane, East Hampton.)
Registration will begin at 10am. The ride will begin at 11am. The ride is approximately 6 miles. There will be fun prizes and giveaways along the way!

Riders, please bring:
• Bike with a helmet and a bike lock
• Large, sturdy backpack to carry your non-perishable goods
• At least $20 to purchase the food (bring more if you want to donate more!) There is no registration fee.

Please check-in when you arrive to receive a free map with your route — including stops at local grocery stores — a shopping list of food requested by the East Hampton Food Pantry and an envelope to collect all the receipts for your purchased items.

This is a charity ride and not a race. Ride safely, be nice and treat others like you would like to be treated. Cranksgiving is lots of fun, helps a good cause and shines a positive light on the local community. Please come help us support our community!

One Healthy Breakdown: crank up gratitude this holiday by joining Cranksgiving!