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Smoothies and the Pursuit of Health

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It’s fitting my first post of the new year is about health, right?!

Health is something I think we all take for granted until we or a loved one are faced with an issue. For me, it took facing such an issue to begin understanding how much of an impact the foods we eat and the products we buy impact our wellness. 

This is not a post about how I lost 10 pounds in two weeks (I haven’t). This post is simply about how I’m starting the journey to becoming more health conscious. I hope the small ways I’m aiming for better health in this post and future posts turns a light on for you, too!

Eyes of the Beholder

Last spring, my son caught the dreaded pink eye from daycare. My husband and I were then the lucky ones he passed it on to. Unlike my husband, who healed quickly with a round of antibiotics, I continued to have issues and could barely sleep at night because my eyes were so dry.

The eye infection eventually cleared but it turned into a torturous dry eye saga.

Fast forward to today, I wear glasses almost everyday and am still trying to find ways to cope. Wearing contacts for nearly 20 years, stress and lack of exercise all contributed to the downturn in my eye health. While dry eye is nothing compared to other chronic issues some have to endure, I still struggle and am now taking a harder look at my lifestyle.

Which leads me to…

The first way I’m shaking things up (pun intended).

Starting with a Smoothie

I’ve probably bookmarked every green smoothie recipe out there. This smoothie is a little bit of this, little bit of that, and it’s the best darn thing I’ve ever concocted. I can say that with conviction because cooking and I are not friends so when I make anything new, it’s a big deal.

Four weeks strong on this every morning and it gives me more energy than my beloved Nespresso. 

Now you might think a green smoothie is no big deal but turning something into a habit IS a big deal. Especially if it’s a healthy one. 

Gwyneth Paltrow (no, I’m not recommending you buy a $3k blender) once said something years ago that has really stuck with me. She was big on the macrobiotic diet and said she only eats the kind of food that has life in it — fruits, vegetables, unprocessed. BAM. Makes complete sense! Goop was onto something and although I’m still happily eating carbs — I live in Switzerland; croissants are happening — I am taking a slightly longer pause in our meal choices.

The Good Stuff

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Be sure to include the matcha. Matcha is finely milled green tea that is packed with antioxidants and fiber. I highly recommend the Jade Leaf brand. It’s a small bag but contains 50 teaspoons which really translates into 50 smoothies. Your health is worth it!

MiM Green Smoothie

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MiM Green Smoothie
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Serves: 1 serving
 
Ingredients
  • 1 green apple sliced
  • 1 handful (~1 cup) of spinach
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Matcha
  • 1 tsp Agave syrup
  • 2 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pat self on back.

A green cheers to you!

You and The City | 5 Must-Visit’s for Your Next Trip to NYC

If you’re like me and live in the D.C. area, you’ve likely been to New York City at least a few times over the years. You’ve hit all the touristy spots — Times Square, Staten Island, Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall. And you may or may not have gone on the Sex and the City bus tour

What’s left?? Well, we all know that’s a silly question.

I recently spent a weekend in New York and have rounded up 5 places you must visit on your next trip to the Big Apple. Hint: it starts with a latte and ends with cookie dough. You’re welcome.

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Cha Cha Matcha
373 Broome Street

Move over Unicorn Frappuccinos, matcha is a coffee house trend that’s here to stay. Head to Cha Cha Matcha in Little Italy to make all your pink and green dreams come true. I tried the Matcha Latte and was not disappointed. It came with the cutest matcha heart latte art and tasted HEAVENLY. I might be a matcha convert. And that’s saying a lot for someone who has Starbucks’ Iced Coffee on repeat.

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The Oculus
World Trade Center

I love spaces. I love spaces that have grandeur and make me feel like an honored guest when I walk in. The Oculus at the World Trade Center was one of those places. It was on my list for months and like matcha lattes, it did not disappoint – less tasty but did not disappoint.

It’s difficult not to become completely overwhelmed with emotion the moment you step onto the sacred grounds of the World Trade Center. Standing quietly at the memorial site was even more heart-wrenching but I forced myself to silently read as many names as I could on the plaques. They need to be remembered.

In an inexplicable way, stepping into the white, light and bright Oculus is almost cathartic after remembering that horrible day. Despite all the shops and the thousands of people buzzing about, there is something cathedral-like about the space. Add this to your list, if only to pay your respects.

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The Guggenheim
1071 5th Avenue

Nerd alert – I adore art museums. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea but for me, standing in front of a great work of art is like getting a front-row seat to a genius’ mind. I could go on and on about my love of art but I’ll save that for another post.

The Guggenheim was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and houses the likes of Kandinsky, Picasso, Modigliani (one of my favorites), and Mondrian.

If that doesn’t do it for you, this museum has no stairs! Well, it has stairs but you don’t have to use them to peruse.

The Guggenheim is just a beautiful building with beautiful works of art. Be sure to stop by Bluestone Lane coffee shop a block away after. Avocado toast and great lattes!

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Cookie DŌ NYC
550 LaGuardia Place

Be still my heart. I first heard about this place on the news and immediately put it on my “to indulge” list for New York. When I arrived, the official line was across the street from the tiny shop. A camera crew was setting up to film a segment about the (crazy?) people who had come from all over to get scoops of dough. I decided to wait. Like most things in New York, it did not disappoint either (notice a trend here).

The shop is beyond adorable with plenty of pink, polka dots, whisk light fixtures, and customers with the hungriest eyes I’ve ever seen. I got two scoops of the chocolate chip and cake batter cookie dough for $7 and spent a good 10 minutes wondering how I could transport more back to D.C. Besides being completely adorable, the dough was delicious. I’m shocked to say I could only eat half of it.

To wait or not to wait? Wait.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Rooftop
1000 5th Avenue

To cap off this list, I highly recommend watching the sunset from the rooftop of the Met. The site will tell you that it’s members only but I hopped on an elevator, pushed a button and got up with no questions asked.

There was an audible gasp the moment the elevator doors opened and we stepped onto the rooftop. It was golden hour, the sun was filtering through the green-leaf vines by the bar and the panorama view of the city was captivating. It really is a piece of heaven. There is no better way to end a day than with glass of wine while admiring sculpture in one of the greatest cities on earth.

Bonus: The Met closes at 9 p.m. on Saturday’s. More to see after sunset.

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I hope you enjoy these New York gems as much as I did! Bon voyage!Mom in Manolos, Washington D.C.

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