Healthy Living

Mardi Gras: For the Love of Fat via Darling Mag

Mardi Gras: For the Love of Fat via Darling Mag

...fat is not something to fear, but rather something to eat on the regular... I’ve mapped out some of the basics of fat and how to appreciate, not abuse one of nature’s yummiest gifts!

The Do's & Don'ts of Practicing SAFE SUN, + Top 10 Safe Sun Essentials via Guest of a Guest

The Do's & Don'ts of Practicing SAFE SUN, + Top 10 Safe Sun Essentials via Guest of a Guest

I've rounded up some of the most effective and natural products on the market; along with essential Do’s and Don’ts that go beyond the basics on practicing safe sun this summer.

Where I Went & What I Wore for a Spring Feast at Laduree Soho via Guest of a Guest

If you have a sweet tooth or have ever been to Paris, then you know that Ladureeis the Parisian equivalent to New York’sMagnolia Bakery. That’s not to say that the cozy downtown bakery known for its cupcakes is much like Laduree’s elegant, historical house of tea and sweets (renowned for their mouthwatering macaroons), but both are ubiquitously worshiped for their specific, sugary specialties. In fact - much like a Manolo Blahnik sample sale, lines of chic locals and curious tourists often wrap around the block at both Magnolia and Laduree.

So when New York finally got its own Laduree, on the Upper East Side a couple of years ago, we clicked our heels and got in line. This year, the storied maison de macarons opened a second output in the former Borolo space in SoHo. At long last! Now downtowners can also delight in a delicate, 3-tiered pastry after brunch, or snatch up a box full of rainbow macarons to bring to a dinner party. But there’s more to the luxury bakery than confectionary treats. Two ornately appointed dining rooms (and soon a lush garden) offer everything from high tea, to breakfast, to lunch and dinner!

As a Francophile and macaron-o-phile, (did you know that macaroons are GLUTEN FREE?!) I knew that I had to experience Laduree’s latest location immediately - if not sooner. And what better occasion than Easter to indulge in pastel pastries?! Luckily, my friend and dessert aficionado, Elizabeth Minett, had the same MO, and was the perfect accomplice for an afternoon of decadence. Click through to see what we wore to this sweet, springtime feast!

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Spring Clean Your Diet with HU KITCHEN's 3 Essential Tips & 5 Pantry Swaps!

Spring Clean Your Diet with HU KITCHEN's 3 Essential Tips & 5 Pantry Swaps!

You’d need just 5 minutes with Jessica Karp, founder of Hu Kitchen (the Manhattan restaurant and café who’s tagline is “get back to human”) to know that she’s on to something.  That’s because although she’s an entrepreneur/business owner, and hands-on mother to a 5 year old girl and 6 month old boy; Jessica lacks the typical signs of someone with little time to eat lunch, let alone hit a spa.  Instead, her skin is glowing, her hair is shiny and her body is fit: she looks…healthy!

6 Good n' Green Recipes to Celebrate St. Patty's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is this weekend, and whether or not you plan to dress like a leprechaun or go on an Irish pub crawl - the green-themed holiday is a great excuse to load up on your veggies!  In honor of the occasion, I've rounded up 6 of my favorite green recipes - perfect for hosting a healthy St. Patty's Day feast!

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SNEAKY SPINACH SHAMROCK CRACKERS [V] [VV] via Oh She Glows

-Serve with Edamame Hummus or guacamole

EDAMAME HUMMUS [V] [VV] [GF] via Pip & Ebby

-       Serve with Sneaky Spinach Shamrock crackers, cucumbers and/or celery.

-       Garnish with 4 whole edamame in the shape of a 4 leaf clover, or – if you have flat leave parsley lying around – stick that on top

BROCCOLI RAAB AND GREEN GARLIC QUICHE [V] via Rural Intelligence

- Delicious served at brunch or dinner!

GREENS & QUINOA PIE [V] [GF] via Vegetarian Times

- Chicory is the same as curly endive.  If you can’t find it, dandelion or another bitter green should work well as a substitute.

PARMESEAN SPINACH CAKES [V] [GF]  via Eating Well

- These are great dipped in a little hot sauce too!

SUPER HEALTHY GREEN SOUP [VV] [V] [GF] via Green of Quinoa

Happy, healthy St Patty's Day!

xx

Natty

My Top 15 Favorite Recipes For a Clean Start to 2014

My Top 15 Favorite Recipes For a Clean Start to 2014

To get you started (and to inspire myself to clean up my act!)  I’m sharing some of my personal favorite recipes from my friends, my kitchen, and my favorite food blogs.

Many are vegan and/or gluten free, most are vegetarian, and all are healthful and DELICIOUS.