3 Ways | Grab n Go Ballz

When it comes to eating healthily, doing your research and always being prepared are some ways to stay on track with your new lifestyle. Notice how I said lifestyle, and not diet. A diet has a negative connotation as sort of  a “get rich skinny quick” scheme, while a lifestyle is a change that you plan to carry with you for the rest of your life. 

One way to be prepared is to have an arsenal of quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is nothing more frustrating than making this decision to better your health but falling short because you don’t know what to make (besides bitter kale salad) or what you make turns out to be bland and boring. Once you’re in that space of frustration, then you start to feel restricted into this “diet” and thus starts the vicious and unhealthy yo-yo diet cycle.

As my good friend Lauren said, “the more food you find that you like, the less restrictive it feels to eat healthily.”

One thing that used to throw me off my game was lack of healthy snack options. I’m sure many of you can relate to that and might still be struggling with this, so I have created a few Grab n Go ballz for your healthy snacking pleasures. You can follow my recipe, or tweak it with a few ingredients you love! (coconut shreds, ground pistachios, figs, berries etc).

**These are best served for a dessert type snack as they can be a bit sweet.**

Peanut Butter Cacao-y Wowie

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 tbsp cacao powder

2 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

Roll it in some cacao nibs

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

Vanilla Oat Ballz

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 scoop Garden of Life Vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

Roll it in some regular oats

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

Green Machine

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 scoop Garden of Life Vanilla protein powder

1/2 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein and Green powder

15 drops of chlorophyll

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

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Sweet Eats: The Juice Box, New Haven

As I made my way down Chapel St towards The Juice Box, , I instantly visualized Rory Gilmore promenading along this very same road with a friend as she babbled on in her 5 words per second banter that she’s fondly known for, only stopping for a minute to order a cold brew coffee at The Juice Box counter. It’s reminiscent of a Brooklyn style green juice spot where the gang from Friends would congregate and chit-chat the day away over avocado toast and a few rounds of almond butter açai bowls. An instagrammer’s dream for aesthetically pleasing content and a health nut’s dream for delicious smoothies, green juice and grab-n-go bites (always vegetarian with vegan and gluten-free options), The Juice Box is my current favorite for all things  gut-health indulgent.

Sasha Zabar (yes, that Zabar), Max Young and Sammy Chamino are the  masterminds behind this new, yet already popular, juice spot. Growing up in New York where the food scene is rapidly expanding, these health food gourmands saw growing potential in the Elm City market.

There are many things said about juicing. Haters will say that juicing of any kind is bad because all nutrients are lost through the juicing process. The juices at The Juice Box are cold-pressed and never heated, thus keeping the nutrients in tact (bye haters).

As we learn more about how an abundance of sugar can negatively effect our bodies, it’s great to know that Sasha (the chef de cuisine) does not add extra sugar or ingredients to his juices (what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle). In addition to cold-pressed juices, you can also get gluten-free avo toast with pickled red onions, smoothies, grab-n-go bites such as kelp noodles, energy balls covered in cacao nibs and watermelon jerky! Click here to view the full menu.

It’s great to go into a juice bar and meet the owners and see that they are extremely passionate about how eating a diet filled with plants and whole-foods can positively impact our health and wellbeing.

What sets these guys apart from every other juice bar, you ask? Well, I think with their minimalist decor and relaxed (yet proficient) knowledge of healthy foods, they’re approachable. They care about using real and whole ingredients. It’s not about the bells and whistles…it’s about good food. They care about where their food comes from and that in turn will pique your interest (if it wasn’t piqued already).

The Juice Box is a place my generation and younger can go and feel like we’ve found our tribe (as cliché as that sounds). It’s not just “another juice bar”, it’s a lifestyle.

The Juice Box

1092 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

203-562-0068

 

I was provided a complimentary meal for review. All content and opinions are my own.

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Sweet Eats: Welcome to Boston by CHLOE!

As a non-vegan, the fact that I nearly died and went to heaven while trying some menu items at last night’s by CHLOE Grand Opening party should be a testament to how amazingly delicious vegan food can be. The food is 100% vegan/ plant-based, 100% GMO-free, organic,seasonal and locally sourced whenever possible, and they offer nut-free, soy-free and gluten-free options as well. Talk about a health food mecca. All food is made in house and the folks at by CHLOE are doing just what they set out to do: “redefining what it means to eat well”. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no neophyte when it comes to the vegan lifestyle or healthy foods in general, I just never knew it could taste this good! I tried mac + “cheese” with shitake “bacon”, “lobster” rolls made out of the inside of bamboo shoots (who knew that was a consumable thing), out of this world pesto pasta and double chocolate “nice” cream that is decadent on it’s own with no help from a cow, goat, sheep or any other animal whose milk humans shouldn’t be digesting in the first place(but that’s for another post). There were mini meatball subs that I had to triple check weren’t real beef meatballs, vegan cupcakes and cookies and 100% organic wine! (phew, did you get all that?). Check out their menu here to see some other things they offer. 

I constantly keep telling myself, and those around me, that I want to eat more plant-based foods, so thank goodness that by CHLOE is here to eliminate any excuses and setbacks to my pending lifestyle.

Thanks to Boston Common Magazine for setting up such a beautiful event last night, and I can’t wait to see the amazing things that by CHLOE does here in Boston! (opens to the public on Thursday, 2/23/17)

mac + “cheese” with shitake mushroom “bacon”

 

pesto pasta
double chocolate “nice” cream

by CHLOE

107 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

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Sweet Review: Anna’s Taquería

al pastor + carnitas

Now, I’ve never been to Mexico before, so I can’t say with 100% certainty what authentic tacos taste like, but if I had to guess, I’d say Anna’s Taquería hits the nail directly on the head. Serving up tacos, quesadillas and burritos (plus so much more) since 1995, Anna’s (as the locals profoundly call it) has  7 other locations, and is locally owned. 

The staff prepares your order right in front of you and piping hot. If you feel overwhelmed, just ask what they suggest and they won’t steer you wrong. I’m a HUGE fan of their super burritos. I think I’ve tried every meat combination possible, but I’d suggest the Steak en salsa roja with rice, black beans, extra guacamole and sour cream on the side.

The tacos are very affordable, so bring a group of friends and try them all! Kick up the flavor profile a notch and ask for extra spicy sauce on your Chili Verde taco.

Round out your meal with a few bottles of Jarritos (guava is bomb), and you’ve got yourself an amazing Anna’s experience.

chicken ranchero burrito
chili verde taco

822 Somerville Avenue
Cambridge, MA
617-661-8500

I was provided a complimentary meal for review. All content and opinions are my own.

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