Sweet Soul: A Balanced Life | Kelly LeVeque of Be Well by Kelly

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

If you’re heavy into the health and wellness sphere, then you know or have heard of Kelly LeVeque aka Be Well by Kelly on Instagram. A holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and health coach to people like Jessica Alba, Sanaa Lathan, and Marianna Hewitt, Kelly knows a thing or two about leading a balanced life. You can find some of her expert knowledge on ways to live your healthiest life via her frequent articles with websites such as Chalkboard Magazine, E!News, and Vogue! Without further ado, get to know Kelly LeVeque a bit more below!

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Sweet Soul: A Balanced Life | Cate Brinch of Recycle Studio

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

When you run multiple locations of Boston’s original indoor spin studio, developed and implement an intensive spin instructor training program, are a wife, and are a mommy to a human baby and fur baby, then you can only imagine how full your plate must be at all times. Cate Brinch, the owner and operator of Recycle Studio, knows very well how to manage the aforementioned plate as it is her day-to-day and reality. With many accolades such as “Boston’s Best Cycling Studio” from publications like Improper Bostonian and Boston Magazine, we would say that Cate is balancing things pretty well.

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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 Recipe: Boston Wine Expo + Giveaway!

The Boston Wine Expo is quickly approaching and to celebrate I will be giving you TWO cocktail recipes using wine as the main ingredient, as well as TWO tickets (worth $106.24) to Sunday’s, 2/19/17, Grand Tasting.

“Featuring more than 200 wineries pouring over 1,800 wines and many food and lifestyle vendors, the Grand Tasting lives up to its name as the main event of the Boston Wine Expo.  It’s the perfect place to learn about your favorite wines and food or to make new discoveries.”-Bostonwineexpo.com

If you’re reading this, then I can only assume that, like me, you are a wine enthusiast. I think we as wine lovers, guzzlers and all of the above, need to step it up a notch with how we drink wine. Enhance the flavor profile with vodka, citrus or tasty liqueurs. Gone are the days of the juvenile wine coolers that we used to sneak from the fridge in our parents garage at the age of 16, it’s time for a big kid wine cocktail!

The Italian Sgroppino

        What You Will Need

  • 1 cup chilled prosecco
  • 2 tbsp vodka (I used tequila because I didn’t have vodka)
  • lemon sorbet
  • chopped mint for garnish

The Mamarita c/o Cosmopolitan.com

         What You Will Need

  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cabernet (I used 90 Cellars, a participant in The Boston Wine Expo)
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1 oz lime juice

Now time for the GIVEAWAY! Head to my Instagram, hit the follow button, then head to Boston Wine Expo’s Instagram and follow them. While you’re at it, leave a comment under my Boston Wine Expo Giveaway picture on what your favorite wine is and tag a friend! Giveaway ends on 2/10/17

Good Luck!

(If you don’t win, don’t worry: tickets are available here

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