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There’s really nothing better than stepping outside and breathing in that fresh summer air. If you haven’t already, then please put that gym membership on hold and utilize the great outdoors. From the West Coast to the East Coast there’s plenty to do outside to keep healthy. From hiking and kayaking to even just jogging, we can all use a little exercise and have fun while doing it. Just remember to bring water, a healthy snack, and SPF (I always wear our 24/7 lip sheer with SPF 15 in champagne brunch, too.). So get off your butt tartelettes and let’s start moving; the sun is shining, the weather is beautiful and it’s time to get active!
How are you utilizing Mother Nature’s playground?
– 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed (can be bought at an organic grocery or health food store)
– ¼ cup raw cashews, soaked for several hours to soften
– 1 red bell pepper
– 1 tbsp curry powder
– ½ tsp cumin
– 1 tsp sea salt
– 1 clove garlic, chopped
– ¼ sweet onion, chopped
– ½ tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, a vegan way to add a “cheesy” flavor)
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- To de-stem your kale, pull all of the wide, leafy green parts off of the thick stalks. Place all of these in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Blend all of your ingredients, beginning with the cashews, until a thick “paste” has formed. If you do not have a blender, you can use unsalted cashew butter and mix the remaining ingredients by hand.
- “Massage” the paste onto your kale. Take a small amount of the paste into your hands and coat each piece of kale. Continue until all pieces are lightly coated in the paste. This is not as time-consuming as it sounds, I promise!
- Here is the tricky part: figuring out how long to leave in your kale. Start by seeing how the kale looks after 10 minutes. If the paste looks slightly cooked through and the kale looks crunchy, flip and bake for another 10 minutes. If the paste has not cooked, allow them to bake on the first side for another 10 minutes, then flip and bake until done. Once you figure out this timing, you will know how long it takes for your latter batches.
- Allow the kale chips to cool, and then devour! Make your office-mates green (literally!) with envy.
How do you snack healthy?
For those of you who have not already met, let me introduce you to BabyCakes, NYC’s (& LA’s!) most-celebrated vegan bakery. This fantastic sweet shop offers all your favorite treats from cupcakes and brownies, to their signature (must-try) cookie sandwiches. Although all of their organic goodies are free of gluten, wheat, soy, casein, egg and refined sugar, they certainly don’t taste like it! Yesterday we had an office birthday (Happy Birthday Kate!) and celebrate we did with a cake plate piled high with BabyCake’s cupcakes in the dreamiest of pastel colors (a la ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). What’s sweeter than red velvet frosting? The fact that BabyCakes is just a 10 minute subway ride from our office (score!) Located in the super-hip lower east side at 248 Broome Street (between Orchard and Ludlow), it’s our ultimate snacking destination. Be sure to stop by if you happily find yourself in New York. Say goodbye to your prior notions of “crunchy granola” health food and hello to beautiful, colorful cookies and cupcakes that are impossible to resist!
Tell us what’s your favorite local bakery?
The bikini countdown has begun and like Forrest, I’m taking to the roads to shave off a few unwelcomed lbs that made their way onto my waistline this winter. I’m headed into battle in my stylish, yet functional Nike Shox Trainers. I’ve got my iPod loaded with my favorite “move my tush” songs like Rihanna’s “S&M” and Black Eyed Pea’s “Just Can’t Get Enough”. If all else fails, then I can always turn to my trusty tarte glam gams to give me a sunkissed glow that’s sure to make my pale legs look firmer and taut. Hey, I’m definitely not above fakin’ it till I make it! Then, off I go!
I’d love to hear what you ladies are doing to get ready for summer!! Please share your tips & tricks below!
Jen, a fellow tartelette ambassador
With summer just around the corner there’s one thing on my mind: SUNSHINE! While I’m ashamed to admit it, I had a history of spending the day at the beach and not wearing enough sunscreen. In fact, there have been days I even woke up the next day looking like a lobster. This year I plan on enjoying the sunshine while still properly protecting my skin. Luckily, I recently came across a new iPhone application, “My UV Check” which is part of the Save our Skin campaign. My UV Check is the first application on the market that measures both the UVA and UVB index, provides individualized sun risk diagnosis and demonstrates how to check your own skin for suspicious lesions/moles. It also allows you to explore the La Roche – Posay Anthelios range for individualized product recommendations and to find the closest store near you. This app is the perfect way to help people like me practice save sunning!
To find out more about the Save your Skin campaign, I recommend visiting www.SOSSaveOurSin.com.
It’s officially spring and that means summer is right around the corner. Translated: I need to get my butt in gear for skirt and short season here on the East Coast and up the ante on my healthy living plan. As I’ve blogged about in the past, I’m all about trying new fitness routines. Last year, I ran my first half-marathon and then in November I ran the NYC marathon in 4h5min! I also incorporated boot camp at 360Fit, intense spinning at Flywheel Sports and some Bikram Yoga moves into my workout schedule last year.
This year I’m taking a different approach and trying the infamous Physique 57 (Kelly Ripa is a fan). I had my first beginner’s class last Sunday and then on Wednesday I took an open class with my friend Jessica—it was tough! Basically, you start the class off with warm-up moves and then you incorporate weights to tone and strengthen your arms. Next up: pushups and lots of them. Then it’s on to the bar where you do every imaginable leg move to tone the thighs, hamstrings, calves, booty—you name it! It incorporates a lot of moves (squeeze/tone/pulse) that require a ball (think: dodgeball). You finish off the class with abs and mat work. What’s great about this interval program is that after you complete a series of exercises—literally, you can’t do anymore—you then stretch the muscle. It was such a difficult workout, but I really loved the intensity of it. I was sweating, but I will say my waterproof makeup was still on. Oh, and believe me, you feel it for the next 2 days, too. This cardiovascular program of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches is sure to kick of my personal spring training!!
What are you doing to keep healthy this spring?! And what makeup do you wear while working out? For me, I can’t go anywhere without mascara!! Share your comments below. We’d love to hear!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m making 2011 the year of fitness! But in a fun way! The winter months have given me the perfect opportunity to embrace snowboarding, but my day job doesn’t allow for that to be my consistent form of exercise. I’ve been thinking long on what new activity to try…what to do? Personally, I prefer a motivating class atmosphere. When you see everyone else around you doing it you tell yourself ‘so can I’. Well ladies, I’ve found my new calorie burning, strength training Mecca: The Bar Method (another similar program is Physique 57).
Friends and colleagues have raved about this workout program in the past, however, with its hefty price tag I’ve always resorted to other options. Last week my favorite Gilt Groupe affiliate Gilt City had an amazing discounted 1-month package for new students; I seized the opportunity. With 5 classes under my belt, I’m feeling soreness in muscles I didn’t even realize could be worked!
Enough babbling, what is it already? I think they say it best, “The Bar Method integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.” Just think ballet, yoga, weights—they even have classes for moms-to-be! With studios in major cities nationwide, I encourage you to try it. I promise it’ll only take one class…and you’ll be shaking!
For the best results you need to switch up your fitness routine. Your muscles get bored just as fast as you do!
This holiday season make a conscious effort to gift green! With more options than ever, why wouldn’t you? Seriously, it’s just silly not to give green! I’ve pulled together a great group of eco-friendly items for everyone in your life; hopefully, you can find the perfect something for that special someone in your life.
- the stocking stuffer: re-hydrate and reduce waste with the Bobble Bottle water bottle with filtration system
- for him: a Sprout Watch, the band on this sleek chronograph watch is made from black corn resin
- for her: tarte’s ring it in natural cheek stain trio and cocktail ring
- for kids: Phresh Kids yoga mats are perfect for having fun and staying fit
- for pets: enjoy a day outside playing fetch with 30 LOVE Eco balls
Two weeks ago I ran my first half-marathon in 2 hours 1min 53sec (see earlier post to get more background)! We started in Prospect Park in Brooklyn and ended in Coney Island. It felt great mentally and physically to accomplish such a long run. As a beginner runner, I tried to read up on all the tips & tricks. Now, after finishing my first race I’d love to share some of my thoughts:
- Dress appropriately: I was sure to check the weather the night before. I went with some Nike dri-fit capris & tank. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but by mile 2 I was perfect.
- Start slow: This was a harder rule for me to follow, but I had my good friend Erika to keep me in check. You automatically want to run fast, but it’s best to start slow and build your speed. You can always sprint at the end.
- Hydrate: I’m constantly forcing myself to hydrate. I’m not one of those people that drink lots of water, but I’ve been getting much better at it! Throughout the race, you’ll find stations of water and Gatorade. Be sure to take advantage of them! Some people think that it will take time off their numbers, but in the end it really helps! Your body will thank you for it. I had my first Gatorade at mile 4 and then pretty much continued to do so every other mile.
- Music: My running mix really got me through the run—from Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind to Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead and MGMT’s Kids, I was able to motivate with music!
- Accessories: What did I really need? To be honest aside from my iPod, the only other items I carried in my pants were tarte’s 24/7 lip sheer and Powerbar gel to take at mile 6. Other than that I checked everything else I had with me.
- Support system: For this race, I was lucky to run with Erika and my husband Greg was there to cheer us on. I’m also constantly asking my dear friend Jay for advice, too.
As for challenges I personally faced during my run—waking up at 5am for a 7am race! Other than that I had some soreness, but ice and some advil did the trick. Next up: NYC marathon in October!!