Stay Healthy This Season!

While the holiday season brings much joy to people, it can unfortunately bring stress and sickness, too. Stay healthy this season with these tips from The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Get Outside Often. It’s easy to avoid going outside in winter. A covered garage can mean going from car to office to car and back home without ever feeling that icy sharpness on your face. Staying inside for days on end can cause people to get sick. Get outside on days when the sky is clear and the temperature isn’t too frigid. Dress warmly, head out, and feel that winter sunshine. Admire how beautiful and clean your world looks when there is snow on the ground. You’ll feel much better after some fresh air…and even better, a good walk!

Keep Up the Exercise.Thumbs up if you have a goal to exercise more! Don’t begrudge yourself if things haven’t exactly gone as planned. We know that it can be harder to stay motivated when it’s cold outside and the days are shorter. Make the most of a beautiful sunny day by bundling up and going for a walk or run. If you prefer to stay inside, head to a local gym or fitness class!

Make the Most of Nutritious Winter Fruits and Vegetables: Eating during winter doesn’t have to be boring or vitamin deficient. Keep carbohydrate-laden foods such as white bread and pasta to a minimum and fill your plate with dark leafy greens, winter squash, citrus and pomegranate, all of which thrive in the chill of winter. These fruits and vegetables are laden with nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, which increase your energy, help keep that winter weight at bay, and help fight cancer, too. For more on eating for the winter season, click here.

Protect Your Skin From the Inside-Out and Outside-In: Cold, dry air quickly sucks moisture from your skin. Combine that with a blasting of hot air from a heating unit and some scratchy winter fabric and your skin can end up being one dry, itchy, scaly mess. Keep moisture locked into your skin with a moisturizer. Lather it on every time you bath or shower, or whenever your skin feels dry. Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated and eat foods like berries, which are high in antioxidants and lots of omega-3s (also found in salmon, walnuts, or omega-3 supplements), and consider using a humidifier to help add moisture to the air in a dry room.

Stop a Cold or Flu In Its Tracks: Maybe your throat has become a bit sore or scratchy. Perhaps your nose or eyes are starting to feel a bit congested. If you can feel a change in your health, but it’s still in the early stages, keep some natural remedies on hand to take at the first sign of a cold or flu. Olive leaf, garlic, echinacea, elderberry, vitamin C, and zinc may help boost your immunity and increase your resistance to those nasty winter viruses. For some more natural immune boosters and remedies, click here.

One Healthy Breakdown: don’t let winter get ya down!

*content provided by The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Zucchini + Oats = ZOATS

What’s a zoat?! Much like zoodles are noodles, zoats are oats made out of zucchini (plus, they’re fun to say.) While they’re not the prettiest of breakfast bowls, they sure are delicious and super, duper healthy, without any gluten, dairy, or sugar! What’s better than polishing off a cozy breakfast knowing that you’ve already gotten in a good serving of veggies? Nada.

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Breakfast Zoats (makes 1 large or 2 smaller portions)

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 1 heaping spoonful of flaxmeal
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts or nuts of choice
  • optional: 1 egg or 1 scoop collagen peptides or protein powder of choice

Grate zucchini into a saucepan on heated stove top. Add remaining ingredients, mix together, and simmer until liquid is absorbed. Transfer to bowl and enjoy warm.

One Healthy Breakdown: totes for zoats that taste like oats!

Warming Winter Smoothie Tips

Temperatures are dropping and cravings are changing. Instead of cool and refreshing smoothies, we’re yearning for warming comfort foods, so what’s a smoothie fiend to do?

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Don’t worry, you don’t have to ditch the smoothies ’til spring, but you shouldn’t have to freeze  either! Smoothies (and smoothie bowls) are a great (and tasty!) way to pack a ton of nutrients into one cup; (or bowl!) however, it’s important to alter eating habits as the seasons change.

  1. Spice it up. Add warming spices to your smoothies (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric, cardamom, and even a dash of cayenne if you’re brave!) They’ll heat the body from the inside out, promote circulation, digestion, and immunity while increasing metabolism. Plus, herbs and spices add great flavor without any additional calories, just additional antioxidants!
  2. Cook  it. Ok, don’t actually cook your smoothie. That’d be…soup. DO use more cooked vegetables, though. While we crave raw fruits and veggies in the summer season, winter calls for cooked produce. Instead of raw greens, use more cooked greens, as cooking brings out different nutrients and enhances digestion. Frozen bananas are a popular addition to thicken a smoothie, but switch it up with half an avocado or cooked cauliflower, (cooled or frozen) it makes for a thick and creamy texture (you’ll definitely need a spoon!) without altering the taste. The beauty of smoothies is that you can usually add veggies without tasting them!
  3. Season it. Incorporate seasonal produce like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash, apples, pears, ginger, cranberries, and cauliflower. Fall and winter produce is fresh, affordable, and delicious, even in smoothies. Remember how important it is to eat with the season!
  4. Go frozen. Talking about frozen fruit here, no one should freeze when enjoying a winter smoothie! Most of your favorite smoothie fruits are out of season right now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have your berries, melon, or mango and eat them too. If you’re missing these warm weather fruits, buy organic in the freezer section. Frozen organic fruit is a great way to go when you can’t enjoy fresh, locally grown. Go ahead an enjoy an AB & J Smoothie (that’s almond butter and strawberries) just use the tips above to transform it!
  5. Bulk it. Be sure to add some fat to your smoothie, especially if it’s replacing a meal. Try coconut oil or butter, avocado, nuts, or nut butter. Add bulk by topping off your smoothie with granola, cereal, seeds, or your favorite topping for more sustenance. It takes extra energy to keep ya warm all day, so you’ll need it!

Click here to read more about seasonal eating and here for our favorite holiday-flavored smoothie recipes so that you can start incorporating the tips above!

One Healthy Breakdown: Cheers to cool smoothies that warm us and taste good too!

Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops

It’s that time of year when everyone around us is coming down with the sniffles, a cold, or even the flu. While the change of seasons welcomes healthy change, fresh, crisp air, and lots of fun activities, a sore throat and/or congestion pretty much comes with the territory. Luckily, Beth Schlendorf shares her go-to kid-friendly remedy, Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops, below!

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Homemade Honey Lemon Lollipops:

Cover the bottom of a small pot with one cup of honey and fresh-squeezed lemon juice from half of a lemon. Use a candy thermometer to reach hard-crack temperature (about 300 degrees.) Spoon the liquid onto lollipop sticks on parchment paper. Refrigerate until cool and hard. Serve or enjoy as a natural alternative to throat lozenges or just a kid-approved sweet treat!

One Healthy Breakdown: the perfect remedy for a sick kid: (or adult!) a lollipop!

Antigua Adventures and Island Yoga

After a brief hiatus, much-needed internet cleanse, and a big birthday celebrated with family, friends, and cake, we’re back in business (and ready for spring to be honest!)

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Feeling rested, restored, and rejuvenated, it’s time to reminisce a little, shall we? Antigua Adventure yoga and wellness retreat was absolutely incredible and I’m excited to share our journey…and some super special island yoga so that you can experience it right along with us!

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Welcome to our private yoga studio, where we enjoyed daily yoga classes and private sessions in a jungle of palm trees with the vibrant sunshine and cool island breeze surrounding us.

IMG_0342Like tree pose, the retreat as a whole encouraged us to get grounded, root down, balance, grown, and flow. We were so lucky to have the Hamptons’ best yogis (Jenna Raynell, Erica Velasquez, and guest instructor Lois Nesbitt) guiding us through our daily practice!

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Following our morning yoga, which set the tone for an amazing day ahead, we enjoyed some seriously delicious eats, like local produce, refreshing smoothies, and fresh-caught seafood. As the Nutritionist on board, I prepared healthy eats to fuel our bodies and satisfy our souls!

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We met lots of new friends throughout the week and became a little family in no time. The days were full of island adventures like paddle boarding, swimming, zip lining, hiking, and tons of R&R. We soaked up the sun at Pigeon Beach down the street or our own pools right outside our villa.

IMG_0150Our group was pampered, well-fed, and caffeinated with awesome gifts thanks to our amazing sponsors: Hampton Coffee Company, Pure & Peaceful, Hamptons Handpoured, RX Bar, Hampton Sun, Boat Hampton, Health Warrior, Wolffer Vineyard Estate, and Megan’s Morsels!

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What an awesome crew, each one added something unique and inspiring to the group. We ventured out together for dinners, drinks, live music, and a breathtaking sunset yoga class on the water.

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That photo pretty much sums it up – our Antigua Adventure was absolutely amazing. Keep your eyes peeled for more amazing retreat offerings to come – both near and far! In the mean time, here’s a present from the lovely Jenna Raynell –  60 minute Gentle Island Flow straight from Antigua!

One Healthy Breakdown: sometimes you need to leave behind all you know in order to GROW!

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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!

 

French Toast for One

French toast, anyone? Sometimes, we all need a breakfast packed with sweet comfort. This is not your average brunch-order french toast, no matter how you slice it.

22This french toast for one is made of super healthy ingredients to fuel your day. The perfect combination of whole-grains for energy, protein for satiety, and deliciousness to boot. Plus, it doesn’t take an hour to prep or bake, because you don’t even need an oven! Here’s how:

Ingredients: (makes one serving, double for two or if you’re having a larger meal – like a bigger brunch in place of both breakfast and lunch)

  • 1 slice of Ezekiel bread (or another whole-grain bread, I prefer Food for Life’s cinnamon raisin)
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup berries or 1/2 sliced banana (optional)
  • pure maple syrup, grass-fed butter, and/or nut butter to top (all optional)

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Toast bread in toaster. While bread is toasting, whip eggs, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until consistent. Once bread is toasted, dip in egg mixture to coat and move to a pan on stove. Pour remaining mixture over pan. Flip bread after a minute and cook through as desired. Plate, top accordingly, (try berries, banana slices, grass-fed butter, pure maple syrup, coconut butter, honey, or nut butter of choice) and enjoy thoroughly!

One Healthy Breakdown: A hearty, healthy, and heavenly breakfast in minutes!

Hamptons Handpoured Holidays & Butternut Squash Soup

Here’s how local superstar, Brittany Torres, owner and founder of Hamptons Handpoured candle company, spends the holiday season.btI love spending the holidays ice skating in Central Park, seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center, biking on the quiet roads of the Hamptons, walking my dog, Dahlia, decompressing with lots of yoga, and enjoying my homemade butternut squash soup! I’m addicted to butternut squash soup, but most delicious varieties are loaded with cream. Every fall leading up to Thanksgiving, I make homemade butternut squash soup and have it almost everyday! Here’s my recipe:

butternutsquashsoupBrittany’s Butternut Squash Soup:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 onion, diced
4 cups cubed butternut squash, fresh or frozen
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add carrot, celery, and onion. Cook about 3-5 minutes until vegetables have begun to soften and onion turns translucent. Stir in butternut squash, thyme, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 30 minutes until squash is fork-tender. Use an immersion blender to purée soup. Alternatively, let the soup cool slightly and carefully purée in batches in an upright blender. Enjoy and happy holidays!

One Healthy Breakdown: skate, yoga, eat, repeat!

*Until January, 2016, we’ll be spreading health through the holiday season here in the Hamptons! If you’d like to share your own holiday tip, trick, tradition, recipe, etc. as part of OHH’s #HealthyHolidays, email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com.

November’s Tiny Change: Get More Sleep

OHH Intro: Sleep refuels and rejuvenates us, allowing us to keep on keepin’ on. This is the perfect tiny change with substantial lasting effects on all aspects of our health and happiness. Read on for Kale & Chocolate’s rundown of how to get a better night’s sleep, every night.

SammyIf 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 and share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #12tinychanges.

We’ve turned our clocks back and the sun is setting on darkness earlier and earlier as we approach winter. Our internal clocks will be re-setting, gearing up for what feels like hibernation, while our lives remain full of plans, hectic schedules, and the upcoming holidays. So it makes sense that this month’s 12 Tiny Changes Challenge is all about sleep!

By now, you probably know that you should be getting more sleep. In fact, there is evidence that only 40% of Americans are getting the recommended amount of shuteye! We can do better. Our lives and our bodies deserve better.

Lack of sleep has a cumulative effect. It reduces our immunity and slows our metabolism. It makes us more prone to stress and raises our cortisol levels. It makes us grumpy, irritable, and more likely to make less-than-great decisions.

Waking up poorly-rested can trigger a domino effect that throws off your whole day. You hit the snooze button (three times), rush through your hair and makeup routine, and gulp down a less-than-healthy breakfast (if anything at all.) You then stumble into work with low blood sugar, a foul mood, and a messy ponytail. Is it a surprise that your meeting goes poorly, your lunch is a whole pizza, and you road rage on the way home? It may seem like a no-brainer, but when we’re well-rested, these things are a lot less likely to happen.

If you know you should be getting more sleep, you probably are familiar with the basics of how to do it. No caffeine after 2 pm. Put down the phone. Shut off the TV. Make sure your room is dark, cool, and relaxing.

Here’s another tool to your ‘more sleep toolbox’. I call it: the nighttime ritual. A nighttime ritual is any set of behaviors or activities that help you wind down and decompress before bed to get you ready for the eight hours of sleep you need. These are things that calm and center you, preparing you for that deep, restorative sleep that will make the next day easier…and more productive!

Here are some of my favorite nighttime rituals.

1. A soothing evening snack or drink.
We are all familiar with the wisdom to “eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch, and a pauper for dinner.” Although we do sleep better on a stomach that isn’t too full, we don’t want to wake up at 3 am starving. I like to keep my dinners light, so if I need a nighttime snack, I’ll munch on a handful of walnuts or cherries, both of which are natural sources of melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness).

If you like to wind down with something comforting & cozy, you can’t beat the extra TLC you feel with a healing turmeric latte or a warming cup of herbal tea. An apple with nut butter gives you a generous serving of fiber with a bit of healthy fat and protein, while bananas are filled with magnesium, potassium and tryptophan—minerals that relax your body to help you get a bit more shut eye. (A little nice cream, anyone?)

2. Get tomorrow out of your head and onto paper.
Do you do that thing where you lay in bed, stare at the ceiling, and mentally compile pages of to-do lists? Yeah, me too. Let’s stop. If you take five minutes each night to write down your next-day tasks, you won’t have to lie awake worrying that you forgot something.

For bonus points, write your to-do list on paper (so you won’t get sucked into your computer or phone) and do this somewhere other than your bedroom. Then leave it there – far, far away from your bed. Total game-changer!

3. Prepare for tomorrow so you can truly relax once you’re in bed.
Your future self will thank you for this! Spend 20 minutes laying out your clothes for the next day and making sure you have what you need (and enough time) for breakfast. When you prep ahead, you eliminate any thoughts about stressful mornings that could keep you up at night in addition to maximizing your sleep the following morning!

4. Try a little bit of stretching or gentle movement.
I like to move through a few yoga poses before bed, or even just sit on the floor and stretch. It helps me work out the kinks of the day and signal to my body that we’re slowing down. Even just a few conscious deep breaths may be enough to make that shift.

5. Make your preparations for bed as lovely and luxurious as possible.
I know it’s tempting to quickly wash your face and then pull on some old sweats, but it’s so much nicer to make bedtime into a sweet, relaxing ritual. What if you spent half an hour relaxing in the bathtub? Or found a pair of cozy pajamas you really liked? Or made your moisturizing process into a mini massage? What if you splurged on Egyptian cotton sheets and a few pillows that perfectly meet your fluffiness needs? You’re a lot more likely to get ready for bed in a timely matter if you actually enjoy the process!

6. Practice gratitude.
A gratitude practice can help put things in perspective, especially if you’re feeling a little low. It can be done by writing your thoughts down in a special journal, sharing the highlights of your day with your partner/roommate/pet, or just mentally thanking life for the good things it served up today. If you’re stuck, remember you can be grateful for anything. I’ve even written, “I’m thankful that my dogs are happy and healthy.” This is such a great practice to do, not only around Thanksgiving!

7. Feel good with soothing essential oils.
Essential oils are one of my favorite pantry staples, but I use them for more than salad dressing! Rose and lavender oils relieve stress and bergamot is said to alleviate mild anxiety. Of course, you can simply breathe in your essential oil of choice, but you can also add a few drops to a bath or to the floor of your shower. I love these recipes for calming essential oil face mists.

8. Cuddle someone who loves you.
Your cuddle buddy can be your kids, your partner, or your pet! Whomever you cuddle, the benefits are the same; cuddling has been shown to boost immunity, lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol levels. Plus, it’s a fun and calming and the perfect way to end your day.

This month, I’m doing the challenge right alongside you. Getting enough sleep is something that I really struggle with. So, I’m ready for more + better sleep!

To help get you excited for this month’s challenge, Kale & Chocolate will be giving away some awesome sleep-inducing prizes, including bath powders, essential oils, eye-masks, and more. To enter, simply share your nighttime rituals on instagram with the hashtag #12tinychanges and tag (and follow!) @kaleandchocolate and @hamptonskiley. Show us your cup of tea, your meditation space, your fur babies, your nighttime snack…anything that helps you feel calm and centered before dosing off to sleep. So, tuck yourself in and sleep tight!

One Healthy Breakdown: in order to live life to the fullest, we must sleep in between!

Why We Should Cleanse for Fall

Fact: fall is the optimal time to cleanse. Just like the trees outside, we turn over new leaves during the autumn season. Our routines change, our priorities change, and our eating habits also change to support optimal health. Although our schedules get busy, it’s important to take some time to rest and rejuvenate our bodies during this time of natural transition.

Tree_in_autumn,_Gran_SassoWhy cleanse now? Great question! Cleansing in toxins and treats we’ve accumulated all summer long (rosé, ice cream, s’mores, anyone?!) and prepare ourselves for winter. Simply cleaning out the old and making space for the new. Cleansing will kickstart the digestive system, reboot the organs, and strengthen the immune system to ward off illness this winter. Cleansing with in-season foods makes up for lacking nutrients. For example, less sunlight means less vitamin D. Therefor, we’ve got to get our D through food instead of sunshine. When you hear people say ‘food is thy medicine,’ it’s because eating clean, nutritious foods can actually prevent sickness. No joke.

So, how should we cleanse? Recent nutrition research opts for whole food cleanses over fasting or juicing. Thats good news! We can avoid sipping our meals, depriving our bodies, and listening to our stomach growling while experiencing major FOMO on life. The best cleanses includes an abundance of real foods, seasonal recipes, and self-care.

It’s no coincidence that fall makes us crave pumpkin, cinnamon, and other warming comfort foods. It’s prime time for these eats, which means that they’re higher in nutrients and lower in price! Herbs and spices actually have the power to raise our body temperature from the inside out. So, get shopping fall’s favorite foods and email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to get your five day Fab Fall Cleanse e-program today to give yourself the gift of health this season!

FullSizeRender(39)One Healthy Breakdown: Less sniffles and a warmer winter? Yes, please.