The Great Grape Gallop

The Grape Gallop, coming up this Saturday, August 13th, is s an exciting event that pairs two of our very favorite things: fitness and wine! Join OHH to run, walk, and taste!

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This will be the first Grape Gallop race hosted on Long Island. The inaugural event, which occurs at Duck Walk Vineyards in Water Mill, features both a sunrise (10am) and sunset (5:30pm) race start time. The race is open to every level of runner/walker and wine connoisseur.

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The event travels 3.1 miles (5K) and is designed to take runners through the picturesque vineyard. Participants receive an up-close tour of the wide variety of grapes Duck Walk has planted. The course is flat, fast, and takes place on mixed terrain. When you are finished, you’ll recuperate with crackers and cheese found in the refreshment area, coupled with delicious wine samples (of course!) in our exclusive event wine glasses.

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A portion of the race entry fee benefits Lustgarten Foundation. Click here to register!

One Healthy Breakdown: can’t wait to gallop through the grapes!

One Healthy (or not so much) Paris Recap

Travel does wonders for the mind and soul, especially traveling to Paris! Here’s a quick recap of our trip along with some healthy tidbits we can all learn from the Parisians.

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Say this three times fast: fresh French food. Food is fresh in France. Whether it’s fish, fruit, veggies, meat, bread, or wine, fresh and locally made is the standard. You can taste the difference, from the simplest salad to a baguette to a gourmet meal.

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Restaurant menus change often because seasonal goods are preferred and expected. Everything is less processed. Interestingly, people sensitive to gluten or dairy often don’t feel the effects abroad, which leads us to believe that it may actually be the processing and not the food itself.

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During the cooking class we took, the first 90 minutes was dedicated to walking through the market, the butcher, the cheese vendor, and the fish market, seeking the freshest of fresh, which included dover sole, asparagus, tomatoes, and the herbs in the vinaigrette.

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As a nutritionist, I often encourage clients to grocery shop with a list; having a strategy as to avoid extras like Oreos sneaking into the cart. Interestingly, the people of Paris shop for groceries almost every day. Instead of stocking up on bulk items, they tend to buy just what they need for that nights’ meal, every day. Less freezing, thawing, bulking, and money. Smart.

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Regulations on meat and poultry are also more specific and there are simply no antibiotics or GMOs allowed…at all. Again, smart. As for wine,  there’s a push for biodynamic/organic wine, made without sulfates or chemicals. The wine tastes cleaner, goes down smoother, and doesn’t result in a headache or hangover the following day. Super smart.

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Being that we live in such a young country, it’s amazing to see such extensive history, like the palace of Versailles. Paris exemplifies the statement “worth the wait.” From the architecture to the wine and cheese, Paris is about the end result, not instant gratification.

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Cheese and refined sugar. Two things I rarely indulge in, but vacation (especially Paris!) calls for  complete indulgence. And with that, it’s time to get back on track with all things green.

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Last note: one thing we’ve far surpassed is our incidence of smoking. Ew. But if sitting is the new smoking, all of the walking around the beautiful city may just cancel it out? Definitely not promoting smoking – less smoking, more walking. And remember, Paris is always a good idea.

One Healthy Breakdown: travel, learn, drink, and eat your way around the world!

 

Sweet Summer Sangria

Sweet, sweet sangria. The perfect summer drink made of nothing but simple sweetness and fruity fun! This easy recipe is great for your next pool party, happy hour, barbecue, or Sunday Funday.FullSizeRender_1Summer Sangria:

In a large pitcher, combine the following:

  • 2 bottles of rosé wine
  • 2 liters of club soda
  • 3 chopped apples
  • 2 cups berries (any combo of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)
  • 2-3 chopped peaches or nectarines

Just mix and serve chilled. Simple as that!

One Healthy Breakdown: cheers to the perfect summer cocktail

Wine & Wellness

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

red wine, sunny afternoonLet’s talk WINE. Some of the oldest documents, dating back to 2200 BC, mention wine as a man-made medicine. Wine has been promoted, since Hippocrates’ days, as a part of a healthy diet (yay!) Some of the benefits of moderate wine drinking (everything in moderation!) include:

  • Reducing the risk of depression
  • Anti-aging
  • Preventing certain cancers, like breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer
  • Raising levels of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Preventing dementia
  • Reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lowering risk of heart disease
  • Promoting strong bone density/lessening Osteoporosis
  • Lowering risk of stroke
  • Boosting good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol
  • Cutting the risk of cataracts
  • Increasing lifespan
  • Boosting mental health

One Healthy Breakdown: pour yourself a glass tonight and cheers to good health!

*Note: Most sources focus on red wine over white. Sources include: Medical News Today, WebMD, and Foodandwine.com,

 

Wine and Dine at Vine Street Café

Whether you’re a Shelter Island native or first-timer, one step inside Vine Street Café and you’ll feel right at home. Regulars come from all over for good reason: to savor a meal done right. Savor the food, the atmosphere, cocktails, company, and lots of local goodness.

photo 1(1)The greeting upon entering a restaurant sets the mood instantly. Anna and team welcome every single person warmly, whether stranger or life-long friend. This kindness and personality shines throughout the experience as each server is pleasant and attentive, taking their job far beyond serving the meal itself. Visit Vine Street with company you’d like to spend a whole evening with. The wait can be long during peak times and the experience is not meant to be rushed. If you don’t have time to wine and dine, you can always stop in to the gourmet market to bring Vine Street home, great for picnics and signature gifts.

photo(186)The restaurant’s atmosphere is just as welcoming as the company at Vine Street. With rustic wood beams, dim lighting, simply decor, and a beautiful bar, it’s like ski lodge meets chapel meets fisherman’s hideaway…or something like that. Summer at Vine Street feels lively and easy while winter is warm and cozy.

Although the bread is great and the wine is better, I suggest spending some time with the menu itself. Come hungry, leave happy. Each and every dish is created on-site with the best of ingredients and intentions. The theme is local creativity. From local oysters to fresh salads, the starters are just as deliciously crafted as the entrées.

photo(11)Plats Du Jour offers a variety of seasonal staples and the menu itself includes extensive options for every preference, combining the best in local seafood, decadent pastas, fresh produce, and seasoned steak, accompanied by select sauces, sides, and wine to fulfill your palette.

You’ll most likely be perfectly satisfied after the main course, but the dessert menu at Vine Street is gravitating. Whether you’re a sweets connoisseur or not, I recommend indulging in a dessert (when in Rome Shelter Island, right?!) The sticky toffee pudding can only be described as heavenly, in good company with mint chip profiteroles and chocolate gateau; just a couple of bites is enough to melt.

photo 2(1)One Healthy Breakdown: wining and dining at Vine Street Café is well worth the trip!

Better Boozin’

MC900449032In honor of all things worth celebrating, I give you top tips for better boozin’:

  • Go with wine, wine spritzers, light beer, or simple cocktails to avoid drinking your calories (usually, the lighter the color, the lighter the drink)
  • Always drink water while ya booze
  • Use zero-cal club soda, seltzer, or sparkling water instead of tonic
  • Use REAL juice – like fresh-squeezed or 100% juice if store-bought
  • Use REAL fruit – mix/garnish with lemon, grapefruit, berries, and other fruits for natural fruitiness, especially fun to get creative with fruit during summer months!
  • Sweeten with stevia, honey, or real maple syrup for natural sweetness
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative with your mixers…hello, kombucha!
  • Watch those portions and keep track of how many you’ve had
  • Use fun glasses. Even a boring drink or a mocktail in a fun glass tastes better
  • Lasty, and possibly most important: keep full water bottles beside your bed and make sure to drink at least one before hitting the hay – you’ll cut your hangover and headache in half instantly because you won’t be as dehydrated!

One Healthy Breakdown: what’s better than better boozin’?!

Holiday Cocktails!

There’s LOTS to celebrate this time of year! With holiday parties left and right, it’s important to be aware of what you’re sipping on. Good old champagne and wine are great options, but who can resist a tasty holiday cocktail?! Unfortunately, these festive bevs can pack more calories than Christmas cookies. Here’s a few delicious recipes for holiday cocktails you can enjoy. Your guests will love them too! “Clink” to that!

unnamedRed & Green Sangria:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary, extra for garnish
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup of white grape juice
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup, stevia, agave, sweetener of choice)
  • 2 cups club soda/sparkling water

Mix ingredients and serve chilled.

Candy Cane Martini:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup peppermint Schnapps
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sweetener of choice
  • ice

Garnish with a candy cane and sip chilled.

Spiced Crock-Pot Cider: (adopted from Food Network’s Slow Cooker Hard Cider)

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  • 2 quarts natural apple cider
  • 1-2 inch piece ginger root
  • Two cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup sweetener (light brown sugar, honey or maple syrup)
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups gin

Put all ingredients in crock-pot and cook for about an hour. Strain solids and serve warm in mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

One Healthy Breakdown: cheers to a healthy, happy holiday season and a happy new year!

I’m Coming Home…#weddingvenueshopping

Whew! Touring wedding venues is EXHAUSTING! Super fun, special, and exhausting! Over the past week, my mom and I checked out seven wedding venues in The Hamptons and Boston (where I’m from.) It’s been an exciting few days for sure and I think I’m ready to return to my normal routine back in The Hamps.

photo 3I’ve quickly learned that wedding planning includes a hell of a lot of champagne and desserts. Not complaining! But, it’s a lot. Even without a wedding to plan, we all have weekends, celebrations, parties, meetings, traditions, and vacations. While it’s important to enjoy these events to the fullest and live a life of balance, not deprivation, it all adds up. The drinks, the clinks, the cals, the bubbly, the courses, the birthday cake, cake pops, pies, and so on.

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Who wouldn’t want to dig right into this?! You better believe I did. I tasted almost everything because it’s not everyday a girl is offered a sampler of fresh desserts involving carrot cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons, and pumpkin whoopie pies…now is it? But, a taste is a taste and I do want to be able to fit into a wedding dress over the next few months! Yes, I had my cake and ate it too, but I also focused my enjoyment of this whole process on seeing the venues, enjoying the beautiful city of Boston, spending quality time with my mom and the rest of my family, and meeting new friends along the way!

photo 5I took advantage of this mini-vaca and enjoyed the time and these indulges. However, I did not sleep in and I did not forego my workouts. Balance is about enjoying what life has to offer, but not unraveling, or straying from goals. My goal is pretty loosely a body and mind that feels good, strong, and healthy, and a balanced, fun life. While my afternoons and evenings have been spent touring venues, getting drinks, lunch, or dinner with family, and, of course, the occasional frozen yogurt, my mornings have been spent running, spinning, at the gym, or on the yoga mat. And I love it that way. Work hard play hard, that’s really the message here.

Whether you’re in or out of your normal routine, do what you can and enjoy it. The weather is amazing this time of year, perfect for outdoor walks, runs, hikes, or bike rides. Choose something you love and do it. That way, exercise isn’t a chore but an activity. Something you know will pay off in the end, whether it’s to negate that cake pop, strengthen your muscles, stretch your body, refresh your mind, or all of the above, it’s always worth it if you ask me. Did I want to get up early yesterday morning to go to yoga? Not necessarily, but once I hit the mat, after a few downward dogs, I couldn’t have been happier that I did. That yoga class was exactly what I needed after lots of spinning. And, I enjoyed that yoga-zen for hours afterwards, an added bonus. Strive for balance, not perfection. It’s possible to enjoy every celebration, big and small, while living a healthy life. A healthy life is a longer life! More moments to enjoy!

One Healthy Breakdown: When all else fails, take the stairs!

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