7 posts categorized " Guest Blogging "

PHILLY... IN A PINCH! 9 Aug 2010


Check out my latest blog post on Be Well Philly!  Everyone is always in a rush these days and unfortunately our bodies pay the price.  As much as you want to prepare and cook wonderful, healthy meals, sometimes you need a good meal "in a pinch."  Eating healthy is not always about carbs, fat and calories.

When you're on the run, the quality and the source of the ingredients are so important.  Philly's got some great options.  Try to think out of the box for the most nourishing meals when you're on the go.  Here are my top 10 healthy stops for when I'm on the run:

Fork: Etc. (308 Market St., Old City)  Fork has great quality healthy alternatives and they use fresh, organic local ingredients.  I often mix and match small servings of their prepared foods. For breakfast, I love the egg white omelet & fruit salad, for lunch pick up the roasted veggies and quinoa salad.

MiLah Vegetarian  (218 South 16th St., Center City)  I love this place.  They make it really easy to eat healthily...Their produce is like butter!  The ALT on Italian bread is so good, yet a splurge for me (I'll usually split it with a co-worker) and add on their Miso Kale.  If you're looking for a salad, try the Mango, Avocado mix green salad with the Spicy Caribbean dressing.

Ardmore Farmer's Market @ Suburban Square   I'm out in Ardmore on Fridays and I always run to Asian Box for their fantastic Tofu & Shrimp summer rolls.  They make em' in the morning and stock them on the counter.  Easy to grab and go.

Zento  (138 Chestnut St.)  I cannot say enough about this place-It rivals Sagami and you don't have to cross the bridge!  They make a wonderful (non-iceberg) salad with ginger dressing and avocado and they wrap many of their perfectly portioned rolls with yummy soy paper and cucumber so that I can go rice-less.  I love their Sashimi Roll, Love Roll and Center City roll.

Metropolitan Bakery  (5 locations in Philly)  High-quality and locally sourced ingredients.  You're safe with anything out of their refrigerator case. 

Picnic  (3131 Walnut, University City)  Their lovely menu changes daily and they are one of my top caterer choices for meetings and events.

Essene  (719 S. 4th St.) I love their Cafe/deli. The to-go sandwiches are top-notch and I often experiment with their macrobiotic and Japanese dishes.  

Soy Cafe  (602 North 2nd St., Northern Liberties)  I'll walk from Fishtown for the soy wraps, smoothies and honey latte's--they made me a soy convert!

Healthy Bites To-Go  (2521 Christian St., Gray's Ferry)  The best BELT's, panini's and fritatta's for breakfast.  I also love the Quinoa Breakfast cereal.

Sweet Freedom  (1424 South St.)  The best pizza alternative...I'm there weekly for the tomato pie and Oogave ginger ale.



Check out my latest blog over a Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly blog! 

Images of Lauren Boggi for Everlast via Dominic Episcopo, Black Keys & itunes.

FIVE THINGS. 21 Jun 2010


Check out my latest blog post for Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly blog.  Oh, and if you guys haven't checked out their Facebook page, do so asap.  Just by "liking" Be Well or following them on Twitter, you'll enter to win $100 to REI!   I know that many of you have been wanting those heart rate monitors-this is a good opportunity! 

Images of Lauren Boggi for Everlast via Dominic Episcopo, Be Well Philly &  itlooksgoodtome.com.

NO FAT TALK. 20 May 2010


The body image debate continues!  Read about it here on Be Well Philly.

GOT DINNER? 13 May 2010


Here's my latest post on Be Well Philly:   

This week I’d love to talk about the pleasure of preparing your own food and… eating in!  I love to cook and I’m passionate about Slow Food, sustainable living and eating.  I always prefer natural, whole-foods and ingredients.  I’m also just as passionate about visiting the latest celebrated restaurant, but I try and prepare all my meals at home Monday through Thursday. 

Believe me, I am no chef, but preparing my meals at home allows me to spend time with loved ones, get familiar with my stove and truly nourish my body and mind.  I find that cooking builds confidence, gives you a sense of accomplishment, strengthens your relationship with food and your significant other, builds community, celebrates culture and diversity and allows you to create traditions within your home.

Most of us are so busy juggling work, family and our social lives that the thought of preparing every meal at home can be daunting.  You CAN do it!  Here are some suggestions:  Join your local CSA.  Celebrate dinner with friends and do potluck once a week.  Have roommates?  Build a natural food pantry and have each person make dinner one night a week.  Don’t shop alone-trips to the farmers market or field trips to the farm with friends are twice the fun.  

Looking for healthy, organic recipes?  Check out Heidi Swanson’s blog, 101 Cookbooks www.101cookbooks.com. Want to learn more about Slow Food and Slow Food philosophy?  Check out www.slowfoodusa.org.  Looking for inspiration?  Check out the simply fascinating book, The Art of Eating In at www.theartofeatingin.com.

Images via  itlooksgoodtome, My Lithe Escape business partner,  My Lithe Escape business partner, Liz Solm's  yummy Calalloo over basmati rice with lime tahini dressing, 101cookbooks, theartofeatingin  & howtocookeverything  app for I Phone.

BE WELL! 13 May 2010


I love Philadelphia Magazine's new health and fitness blog, Be Well Philly.  Check it out!  I'll be guest blogging weekly. 

HOT WHEELS. 3 May 2010


I am now guest blogging for Phildelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly blog!  After reading Self Magazine's May issue, I was inspired to spread the word on a much healthier way to get to work:

When the weather gets warmer, I find it’s much easier to like a healthier, active lifestyle beyond Lithe.  It all starts when I get out of bed and cut some fresh wheatgrass from my rooftop garden.  Then I jump to the kitchen, grab a cup of java, blend a fresh fruit smoothie, blog and watch the weather.  If it’s nice out I'll bike to the studio and beyond. I don’t even worry about my hair or what I’m wearing. 

You don’t have to be a fitness cyclist to love commuting by bike, and you don’t have to be fearless to navigate through Philly traffic.  Grab a helmet and choose a safe route-Self Magazine recommends checking out Google Maps which now shows bike routes and it can actually be a much more calming experience than taking the El, cabbing it or driving. Plus, you save big on gas, cab/train fare. 

Self Magazine and I recommend giving your wheels a spin in honor of National Bike Month. Commitmentphobe? Try it for one day:  May 21 is Bike-to-Work Day.  

Need some inspiration to get you excited?  Check out Riding Pretty (www.ridingpretty.blogspot.com) Copenhagen cylechic.com (Cyclechic.co.uk), Vanilla Bicycle (www.vanillabicycles.com)  & Dutchie Bikes (Dutchie.co.uk) 

Images via (Clockwise):  Copenhagencyclechic.com, Garancedore.fr for Celine, 13” Hot Dog Riding bag via Knog.com, Love/Hate leather riding gloves via Knog.com, Liberty of London bicycle for Target.com, Commuter #2, handmade by Portnad, Oregon’s Vanilla Bicycles, Sawako Furuno helmut & Brooks Hoxton Basket

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