Super Summer Salad

If you ask me, summer supper is not complete without a super summer salad. I make a big salad like this at least once a week with dinner and use the leftovers for lunch salads. This makes the perfect crisp, colorful side dish or light dinner or lunch if you add some protein, like grilled chicken, shrimp, or beans. The best part is that the possibilities are endless with a summer salad!FullSizeRender(34)Start with a bed of leafy greens and add as many veggies/mix-ins as you’d like – best to use as much local, in-season, organic produce as possible! Here’s what I used:

  • mixed greens
  • chopped basil
  • chopped scallion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 green pepper
  • chopped radish
  • organic corn
  • chopped carrots

Additional options:

  • berries
  • cucumber
  • nuts
  • beans
  • onions
  • chicken
  • fish
  • lean beef
  • tempeh
  • eggs
  • edamame
  • cheese

Use a simple, homemade dressing to keep the focus on the fresh produce. Oil and vinegar, lemon juice, or a light vinaigrette works great (mix 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, pepper, and a little salt.)

One Healthy Breakdown: eat the rainbow with a super summer salad!

One Healthy Shamrock Shake

Let’s forgo the fast food, skip the drive thru, hold the corned beef, and head straight for the shake. We’re talking a Shamrock Shake, yum yum. After all, a large shake at McDonalds will cost ya almost a day of calories, well over 100 grams of sugar, and a whole lotta other crap that is far from lean or green. This healthy version is delicious and nutritious enough to have for…breakfast! Lucky you!


One Healthy Shamrock Shake:

In a blender, combine:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 large handful spinach or romaine (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • A bunch of fresh mint leaves and/or one drop of peppermint extract (a little bit goes a long way)
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • handful of ice cubes

Pour into a large glass. Top with extra nibs or chocolate chips and go to town!

One Healthy Breakdown: it’s a wish come true!

AB + J Superfood Smoothie

I have BIG news for you. Brace yourself, you may want to sit for this one…it’s pretty life-changing. Guess who is the proud owner of a brand new Vitamix? Yup, this girl. It’s pretty freaking exciting. The first item on my wedding registry now lives in its permanent parking spot on my kitchen counter, prime real estate indeed. More days than not, I make a green smoothie for breakfast and this Ferrari-of-all-blenders instantly blends anything in seconds. Here’s a new favorite of mine. (No, you do not need a Vitamix to make this smoothie, any blender should do!)


Almond Butter + Jelly Superfood Smoothie:

  • 1/4 cup organic strawberries, blueberries, or berries of choice (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 handful spinach, romaine, or kale
  • 3 spoonfuls almond butter
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • ice if desired

One Healthy Breakdown: classic flavors that never get old…only healthier!

Holiday Flavored Smoothies

With the holidays just around the corner, incorporating some sweet seasonal deliciousness into your green smoothie is a great way to stay on track and taste the holidays in the healthiest way. Try these pumpkin pie, chocolate peppermint, and gingerbread smoothie recipes this season!


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

  • 1 cup spinach or romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice (optional, adds creaminess and extra nutrients)
  • 1 scoop vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or chai, protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 dates
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Blend all ingredients, top with granola or shredded coconut, and be thankful for this healthy version of pie in a cup!


Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie:

  • 1 cup spinach, kale, or romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder or 1 heaping tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice (optional, adds creaminess and extra nutrients)
  • 6 fresh mint leaves (if you have them)
  • 1 drop peppermint extract
  • 1 date
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk/water

Blend all and sip with a smile! Much healthier than peppermint bark or Thin Mint cookies, but that same minty flavor to kick the craving!


Gingerbread Smoothie:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla, gingerbread, or chai flavored protein powder
  • 1/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice (optional, adds creaminess and extra nutrients)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and/or clove
  • 2 dates
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

One Healthy Breakdown: Eat (or drink) your way through the holidays with healthy smoothies!

Green Break-Fast

IMG_6570Greens are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Increase your intake of leafy greens and you instantly add fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, disease fighting compounds. A green smoothie is one of the simplest ways to incorporate tremendous amounts of greens into your diet and having it for breakfast is even more powerful for your body.

Breakfast comes from the phrase “breaking one’s fast”. When we use the word breakfast we normally think of it as a noun. I want to suggest it can also be used as a verb. “I had a delicious breakfast today” vs. “it’s a great idea to break-fast on a green smoothie.”

We fast everyday. A fast is a period of time where we don’t eat, which is what we do every night while sleeping. The time spent not eating gives the digestive system a much-needed rest, which in turn redirects energy toward detoxification and cellular repair. As a result the digestive system works more efficiently, which for us means absorbing more nutrients, proper elimination of toxins, more energy and stronger immune systems.

This important cleansing process can be extended even maximized if we break-fast with a blended green smoothie. After the digestive system has time to rest during the night, one should ease back into eating and digesting. The blending breaks down most of the cells in the greens and fruits making nutrient absorption effortless. Smoothies contain all the fiber of the fruits and veggies that keep your appetite satisfied. What better way to begin your day? Making healthy choices throughout the rest of day is influenced by the way we start it.

Another relevant point to mention is while breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, it shouldn’t be a heavy meal and it certainly shouldn’t be a sugary meal. But for many people, breakfast has become a giant sugar fix. Think about it – cereal, granola, bread, pancakes, and muffins. These are all just adding sugar to our bodies. That’s not to say we should eliminate all things sweet but getting it from the fruit in a smoothie is much healthier. So the break-fast green smoothie also helps tackle our sugar dependency.

As we begin to enter winter, it’s even more important to have a green smoothie to help keep our immune systems strong throughout cold and flu season. If cold food in the morning doesn’t sound appealing, there are some simple adjustments you can make. Use warm water to create a comforting soup smoothie that still gives the benefits of the raw veggies. Another suggestion is to add a bit of healthy fat to help keep you satisfied like avocado or hemp seeds. My personal favorite is to add warming spices to your ingredients such as ginger, cayenne or turmeric to create deep warmth. All three spices possess anti-inflammatory properties as well as other health benefits. Cayenne helps with pain relief, clears congestion, and its vitamin A content boosts immunity.

One Healthy Breakdown: Break your fast with a green smoothie to boost your energy, your immune system, and your digestive system while kicking the sugar out of your breakfast!

Drink Your Juice Baby!

Juice Truck

Juice Baby is bringing fresh-pressed juice to the Hamptons in a whole new way this summer, on wheels! No need to run from the gym or make a mess in your own kitchen to get a post-workout juice, Juice Baby’s juice truck brings the goods right to you! I got to hang out (and juice!) with Victoria Smith, Juice Baby founder, juicer, entrepreneur, chef, foodie, and Hamptonite, to learn a little more about how her Juice Baby was born.

About a year ago, Victoria decided to leave her corporate advertising job in pursuit of her passion: creating delicious, healthy food, for others. She started the business Stay In Eats, and became a preferred private chef and caterer in both NYC and the Hamptons. This summer called for a little something different, a little something juicier if you will.

Victoria always feels double delicious by drinking a fruit & veggie packed juice after spin class, her workout of choice. “There’s nothing better than the combination of working out and juicing, it feels double good.” She wanted everyone to be able to feel “double good,” hence the juice truck you may have seen around Soul Cycle, Physique 57, and Personal Best in Bridgehampton. “I want to make it a habit.” Ending a workout with a juice is definitely a habit One Healthy Hamptons can support. Even better, Juice Baby juice consists of nothing but local goodness – local fruits and veggies, and the juice is always fresh-pressed within the hour. In addition to the fresh-pressed nutrients, Victoria adds a ton of fun, youth, and Hamptons-love to the biz.

Juice Baby allows customers to pre-order before class so that their order is ready as soon as they’re ready. Pretty brilliant, right? Victoria understands that people want healthy, but they also want convenience and reliability. “Customers know that their green juice will be waiting for them after class and I know that I can expect them too; I know I’ll see Damien everyday for his “Sweet n Dreamy” Smoothie. Mutual dependability.”

We all know that juice is green and trendy, but why is juicing so good for you? Victoria explained that juicing breaks down the fibers and nutrients so that the nutrients can be absorbed by the body instantly. The juice is PACKED with so many powerful greens and other fruits and veggies that you couldn’t consume in it’s natural form (well, you could, but it would take hours of chewing and then the body has to work to break it down.) Juicing not only packs it all in one cup, it also allows the body to absorb the nutrients so much faster, it’s ideal right after a workout or for an afternoon pick-me-up. The health benefits aren’t just internal either, Victoria always sees an improvement in her skin after a few days of juicing in addition to the body.

How did Juice Baby come up with their ‘recipes,’ combinations like “Renagade Lemonade” and “Skinny Green B*tch.” (Yup, you read it right. Who wants to be a skinny b*tch when you could be a skinny green b*tch, anyway?!) Victoria is a foodie, herself, so she uses her knack for taste in her juice concoctions. She doesn’t want super-healthy juice that doesn’t taste good, it has to serve both purposes. Using mostly veggies for the amazing health benefits and adding a bit of fruit for sweetness, her combos have proven successful. “People like the juice, that’s really all that matters.” Juice Baby also offers smoothie options, like the popular “Sweet n’ Dreamy,” which sounds like a dream come true to my taste buds: natural peanut butter, banana, cocoa powder, almond milk, and agave.

So, what’s the Juice Mama’s favorite juice? “That’s like asking a mother which is her favorite child!” Victoria exclaimed. After some serious contemplation, she decided on the “Renegade Lemonade,” which really was what first converted her to become a juice lover.

And, what’s Juice Baby’s favorite thing to do in the Hamptons other than juicing? “Definitely beach bonfires. Late August. Summer sweaters. S’mores. Rose. Chips and guacamole. There’s nothing better.” Sounds about right: work hard, play hard!

Victoria and I then proceeded to whip up Juice Baby’s “Juicy Mama” juice, inspired by Soul Cycle instructor, Daniel. It was so refreshingly delicious. What I love about juicing is that you can smell and taste each individual ingredient, but the combination of them provides a refreshing freshness that no other food or drink has. Victoria let me share the recipe with you in case you’d like your own “Juicy Mama:”


Juice the following: (if you don’t have a juicer, use a blender or vita-mix and Victoria’s tip is to strain the juice with a cheese cloth.)

  • 1 handful of swiss chard
  • 2 handfuls kale
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 small piece ginger
  • 2 large chunks pineapple

Then what? Drink your juice, BABY!

One Healthy Breakdown: Catch Juice Baby rolling around town this summer and be sure to say hi to the fabulous Juice Mama, Victoria!

Lean, Green Bean Salad


This lean, green-as-can-be salad came together in a snap (pea!)  It’s super easy, tasty, crunchy, and will clearly deliver all your greens and more!  With protein and healthy fat, this lean green monster salad can be a meal in itself, or a great side dish!

On top of a bed of greens, (I used a mix of baby spinach and arugula) simply add sugar snap peas, edamame, avocado, green beans, and chopped scallions.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and dress with a lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, or your favorite salad toppers.  Feel free to load on other green veggies, like asparagus and peas, and even non-green ones for more of a rainbow!

One Healthy Breakdown: creativity, colors, and new combinations make salads exciting meals…and works of art!

One Good Lookin’ Salad

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Tell me that’s not one of the best lookin’ salads!  I have a feeling this one’s going to reappear on my dinner table a lot this spring.  The bold colors and fresh flavors make it a win-win.

With leftover chicken and asparagus from last night already cooked and ready to go, I whipped this puppy up in a matter of minutes!  Just create a bed of greens (I used baby spinach & arugula) on a large plate.  Add cherry tomatoes, chicken, (or protein of choice) asparagus, toasted pine nuts, corn, sliced avocado, and your favorite dressing.  I usually use some sort of combo of the following for a clean, zesty dressing: Dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and/or red wine vinegar.  I was lacking in time, but I’d suggest adding apples or raisins for a bit of sweetness if you so desire, and I do.  Next time.

There you have it, you’ve got your greens, veggies, carbs, healthy fats, and protein in one simple good lookin’ dish.

One Healthy Breakdown: simple salad staples are super hot.