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Fast-Casual Sweetgreen, Opens First of Four South Florida Locations

The Los Angeles based, seasonal fast-casual restaurant sweetgreen, opened its doors today in Coral Gables, marking the chain's first South Florida location. Following Coral Gables, sweetgreen announced expansion to its local footprint with locations in Coconut Grove, Wynwood, and Sunset Harbour slated for early 2021.

“We were drawn to Miami because it’s truly a hub for real food, art and culture, a place we strive to be at the intersection of in all our stores,” said sweetgreen co-founder and CEO, Jonathan Neman. “We are passionate about entering new markets the right way, working with local partners to ensure our restaurants reflect and feel unique to the surrounding community. Our hope is that our Miami guests will experience that each time they walk into one of our restaurants.” 

Founded in 2007, sweetgreen is known for their menu of core and seasonal salads, warm bowls, plates and sides, that use fresh ingredients and produce delivered that same day. For locals, expect sweetgreen to serve up exclusive items that emphasize Florida’s year-round warm weather, including the Citrus Shrimp + Avocado Bowl with baby spinach, warm quinoa, roasted shrimp, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red onions, shredded cabbage, cilantro, tortilla chips, and a ceviche dressing that will be available only in Miami. 

To make you feel even more at home, sweetgreen partnered with local artists to feature custom art pieces in their Miami restaurants. For Coral Gables they tapped Élan Byrd, known for her use of natural fibers and other resources from the earth, who has created raffia on canvas artwork that nods to the warm beach culture while tying in sweetgreen’s focus on following mother nature’s lead and seasonality. 

Coral Gables and all Miami restaurants will open following sweetgreen’s new safety standards, including mandatory face masks, elevated sanitation schedules, dedicated concierges to ensure safety compliance, and more. 

For more information on sweetgreen Coral Gables and their other Miami locations, visit www.sweetgreen.com. Follow sweetgreen on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @sweetgreen.

The Los Angeles based, seasonal fast-casual restaurant sweetgreen, opened its doors today in Coral Gables, marking the chain's first South Florida location.

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Green G Juice Bar Brings Health to Edgewater Neighborhood

Green G Juice Bar in Miami has a lot to offer. Its healthy, extensive, guilt-free menu will make you feel good and satisfied all day long.

Green G Juice Bar, a healthy spot completely designed with recycled wood, has a lot to offer. Its extensive guilt-free menu will make you feel good and satisfied all day long.

The G stands for "Green Generation." The juice bar started in 2014 with a shared family passion for fitness and health.  Andrea Plazas, a graduated health coach, Diana Molina, a fitness passionate, and David Plazas, a juice enthusiast, realized that they were part of a lifestyle where most of their daily habits were around clean food, going to the gym, and preventive medicine.

Green G prides itself on quality ingredients and nutrient-packed recipes, with "superfoods all over their menu". They specialize in Acai Bowls, protein smoothies, and cold-pressed juices using their favorite cold-pressed method.

Plazas told us one of Green G's secrets for success: their Acai Bowl is a recipe made entirely by them.

“We don't buy frozen mix; we craft each bowl making it fresher and more delicious," says Plazas. "You might have to wait just a little longer than in other places, but quality takes time, right?”

Whether you are looking for a quick bite after your workout or a place for a healthy treat to share a good time with your friends, Green G has you covered.

Must-haves:

  • Luscious Bowl - half chia seed pudding and half acai bowl
  • The Knockout - acai with a mix of nuts and almond butter and one of their best sellers.
  • Blue Monk smoothie bowl - packed with superfoods and high-end products like monk fruit, blue majik, cashew, and coconut meat.

New in 2020:

  • Smoothie Bombs
  • Vegan toast

Discover more about Green-G Juice Bar on Instagram @GreenGJuiceBar or stop by any day of the week to have a guilt-free bite or drink.

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3 Recipes for Your Super Bowl Party from Chef Pati Jinich

Chef Pati Jinich shares three recipes involving avocado for your Super Bowl party - guacamole, and two taco recipes, one with chicken and one vegetarian.

$2 to add avocado? Avocados are always worth any upcharge they might incur according to Pati Jinich. We agree, Pati!

Jinich was born andraised in Mexico, which influenced her love of avocados.

"It is part ofyour soul as a Mexican," she said. "Avocados are easily accessibleand can be dressed up or dressed down. These qualities highlight the Mexicancharacter; we are very accommodating."

Jinich is a chef and the star of national public TV series Mexican Table, in its eighth season.  She has published two cookbooks: Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking, published in 2013, and Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens, published in 2016. She is also a brand ambassador for Avocados from Mexico.

Her tips for picking a good avocado? Find one with a little give when you press on the skin, but not too soft where it's overripe. If the avocado is still a little green, bring it home anyway as it will ripen in just a few days. If your avocado ripens faster than you can eat it, store it in the refrigerator to give it an extra 4-5 days.

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The Hass Avocado Board is projected that the US will consume 153 million pounds of avocado during tomorrow's SuperBowl game.

We asked Jinich, our avocado queen, to share three recipes all involving the delicious healthy fats for your Super Bowl party. Below is Jinich's essential guacamole recipe. She also shared two taco recipes, one with chicken and one vegetarian option, because she loves how portable tacos are - easy to eat and serve as you mingle and watch the game!

If you try any of these recipes and post to Instagram, tag @stayfit305 and @patijinich! 

And if you're a superfan heading to the Super Bowl at the Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, check out Tacos Por Favor by Avocados from Mexico to get your taco fix.

1. Essential Guacamole

  • 3 ea. Avocados From Mexico, halved, pitted, & peeled
  • 2 ea. limes, juiced
  • 2 ea. garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 ea. tomato, finely diced
  • 3 T. cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 T. sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 4 t. chives, finely chopped
  • 1 t. basil, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, mash the avocados until smooth.
  2. Fold in lime juice, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, chives, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Avo-Mojo Chicken Tacos

For Chicken:

  • Olive Oil           
  • Chicken Breast
  • Prepared Mojo = 1 bottle Goya Prepared           
  • Lime    
  • Sour Orange Juice       
  • Garlic  
  • Bay leaf           
  • Salt and Pepper           

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat.          
  2. Add chicken and combine with olive oil. 
  3. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 25-30 minutes at low heat.           
  4. (Let chicken slightly cool down) 
  5. (After cooled down - Shred chicken breast)        
  6. (Add shredded chicken breast back into cooking liquid)   

3. Avo Vegetarian Tacos

For Fried Avocado:

  • Avocado
  • Panko Bread Crumb
  • Tajin
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  1. Cut each avocado into 8 wedges lay on sheet pan.
  2. Using a food processor, pulse only 8 oz of panko to a fine consistency
  3. Mix together fine & regular panko with tajin into a mixing bowl.
  4. Place eggs into a bowl and mix well and set aside
  5. Toss sliced avocado in seasoned panko and then to egg wash then back to seasoned panko.
  6. Then place slices onto a parchment paper-lined sheetpan.
  7. Place another piece of parchment paper on top of coated avocados.
  8. Wrap sheetpan of avocados tightly with plastic wrap.
  9. Place into freezer till frozen or up to 72 hours.
  10. Fry at 350 till golden brown and season with salt immediately after frying.

For Tacos:

Build taco from bottom to top as on the ingredients starting with the tortilla and ending with the grilled avo in the following order

  • White Corn Tortilla 4.5 inches    
  • Avo Mojo Chicken            
  • Cilantro Lime Slaw        
  • Pickled Red Onions      
  • Cotija Cheese  
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3 Tips to Help You Break Into a Healthy Eating Lifestyle without Breaking the Bank

Whether you’re just starting out or are more experienced, the following are a few tips on how to comparatively shop for competitive prices on healthy foods.

Twelve years ago, I decided to stop eating red meat and poultry after a friend sent me a PETA video the day before Thanksgiving and I quit cold turkey (pun intended). It not only changed my perception of the food industry and its treatment of animals but also jump-started my journey on eating healthier. I started buying more fruits and veggies and looking for more organic and all-natural products whenever and wherever possible.

Once I expanded my healthy eating habits, Iquickly learned how expensive this new lifestyle was becoming. I sought outlocal farmers markets to purchase reasonably-priced, locally-grown produce,however, at times it was difficult to get to these markets due to distance fromhome, especially during the week after working all day or on weekends due tokids’ extracurricular activities. I also found that local farmstand pricesstill tended to be quite expensive.

Thankfully over the years, we have seen an increased awareness and desire for healthy living evident through organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and farm-to-table type eateries, smoothie bars, and local health food stores sprouting up everywhere. This has propelled big-box retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Costco to start carrying more organic and plant-based foods in order to remain competitive, making it a whole lot easier to buy healthy foods and products without it wreaking havoc on our checkbooks.

Whether you’re just starting out or are a long-time conscious eater, the following are a few tips on how to comparatively shop for competitive prices on healthy foods, ultimately saving you time and money. While some tips may take time at first, once you commit, it will become an everyday routine that you won’t want to break!

1. Comparative Shopping

Regardless of whether you’re single or a family of four, the first thing you should do is plan your meals. This will keep you focused on the main items you need to shop for first and help you stay on budget. Allow for some flexibility to incorporate any sales you may find for the week.

Next, look for print and online sale promotional advertised by your local grocery and health food stores. Most stores now have apps where you can create a shopping list so you can keep track of your items and clip digital coupons. Stores such as Whole Foods offer Amazon Prime members 10% off their grocery bill and access to weekly discounts on popular items. Also, always consider the store-brand products as another way to save at the checkout.

Look for Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) items!This can really save you money as well as allow you to stock up on yourfavorite healthy items.  Look for BOGOproducts that are organic or all-natural first when at all possible, such asfresh or frozen fruits and veggies, plant-based foods such as Gardein,Morningstar, or Beyond Meat, and natural cleaning products such as SeventhGeneration, Method, or Mrs. Meyers.

If you’re a coupon clipper, combining these offers with cut-out and digital coupons will really maximize your savings. Some of these manufacturers also include coupons once you sign up for their e-newsletter, which is another way to stay up-to-date on the latest products, recipes, and healthy-eating news.

2. Groceries Delivered to Your Front Door

Now, I realize that many of you may not want to shop at several stores to take advantage of these savings because let’s face it, you could be spending more on the gas to get there than the actual bargain itself. A great way around this is utilizing delivery services such as InstaCart specifically for those stores located furthest from your home. The small delivery fee is well worth the time spent driving all over town and will balance out, especially if you’re getting a more competitive, bargain price in comparison to other stores. These apps also offer their own coupons, discounts, and credits especially the more you use their services. There is nothing like getting your groceries delivered to your door after a long day of commuting and working.

3. Food Prepping

Food prepping is probably the most time consuming of these tasks however, it will save you time and money in the long run. The best time to meal prep is as soon as your groceries are brought home. If you weren’t able to find organic fruits and veggies, wash them in a strainer with a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water to remove as much bacteria and pesticides as possible before placing them in separate containers in the fridge for easy snacking and packing. The same goes for nuts, crackers, and seeds. The more you prep, the less likely you are to skip a meal, reach for quick, fatty foods, or spend money picking up fast food or eating out.

If you stocked up on certain foods that may go bad before you have the opportunity to eat them because the sale was just too good to pass up, store and freeze them! Products such as bread and fruit will stay preserved longer while stretching your dollar!

These small steps can really go a long way not only in saving you money but also by helping you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle for years to come. Happy shopping!

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New Hot Spot in Doral is Spreading Pure Joy One Plate At a Time

Pure Joy Restaurant, the latest healthy spot, and creative kitchen, recently opened its doors in Midtown Doral. A tasty meal is what Pure Joy is all about.

For those living or working in Doral, you are in luck, because Pure Joy Restaurant, the latest healthy spot, and creative kitchen, recently opened its doors in Midtown Doral. With an extensive menu that adds a creative twist to breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites, anyone is sure to find something to please their tastebuds. A tasty meal, one that is guilt-free and made from scratch, is what Pure Joy is all about.

Pure Joy is described by Mariana Viloria, creator and co-founder of the restaurant, as, “food created in its purest and most honest form. Made from scratch and utilizing all-natural ingredients, the food is meant to bring joy to those who eat it.”

Viloria's experience of eating unhealthy foods affected her health growing up. She went on to later study nutrition, which led to her passion for healthy cooking. After combining the two, Viloria realized she could make meals that were both delicious and nutritious.

By opening Pure Joy, Viloria is now able to share the knowledge, dedication, and love she puts into her recipes on a plate, and serve those looking to eat something that will not only taste good but that is also made pure.

The purpose of the restaurant is to erase the stigma of healthy meals being boring and not as flavorsome as other foods that can be unhealthy and harmful. Viloria wants to create a place that is available to everyone, “delivering food that is nourishing, yet as appetizing and comforting as your grandma’s cooking."

With recipes that are innovative and interesting, such as the impossible sliders and the asado negro, they are sure to catch people’s eye when reading the menu.

Craving sweets but don’t want to feel bad about it later? Pure Joy also has a wide selection of satisfying, guilt-free desserts, from cheesecake to brownies. The menu has plenty of options for people to find something they want, and leave with a full belly and a happy heart.

Pure Joy manages to bring its name to life by creating an atmosphere that offers serenity and happiness through its vibrant yet soothing colors, relaxing tunes, smiling faces ready to serve, and an open kitchen for all to see.

Whether one stops by for a quick coffee break, a post-workout smoothie, a casual luncheon, or a Saturday brunch with friends, Pure Joy makes sure to welcome everyone at any time of the week. The restaurant is meant to invite people in, to sit down, and have a meal in a calm place that will bring them joy both inside and out.

To learn more about Pure Joy, check out their Instagram @purejoy_restaurant or their website www.purejoyfoods.com.

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Nabati Wants to Save the World, One Scoop at a Time

Nabati is a plant-based and sustainable ice cream shop located in Wynwood. They are a guilt-free treat for both humans and the planet.

"Saving theworld one scoop at a time" is painted on the wall outside of Nabati as anintroduction to their values. This plant-based and plastic-free ice cream shopcelebrated their grand opening on August 2 and aims to be a guilt-free, healthytreat for both humans and the planet.

Founder Ola Kayal isa vegan chef who originally created Nabati, which means "plant-based"in Arabic, as a project for the culinary school she attended in Switzerland.When given the opportunity to open the first plant-based ice cream shop in Miamifollowing her graduation, she took the chance. After years of testing, she hasfound herself able to redefine ice cream.

There is nothing tohide at Nabati. All of the ice cream is produced in-house using a combinationof cashews and coconut, and sweetened with natural ingredients like dates andmaple syrup. There are no stabilizers or chemicals used and the base of the icecream is mixed with natural ingredients to create original flavors.

And for a smallshop, they are big on flavor. There are over 15 flavors at any one time, likebanana pecan, apple granola, and golden scoop (turmeric and ginger). Someflavors are blended with CBD for a little extra chill. The menu isever-changing and Nabati welcomes suggestions for future flavors.  In addition to the ice cream, there aredifferent toppings available as well as cones that are also baked in-house -all of which are also organic, soy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, anddairy-free like the ice cream.

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In creating theirown plant-based ice cream, it also means that Nabati is not harming any animalsor our planet. Kayal and her shop are committed to sustainability and offeronly compostable bowls and spoons. Patrons who bring their own containers evenget 5% off their bill.

While highlight ofthe shop is the ice cream, Nabati also has smoothies, bakery items, and coffeeon their menu. Kayal and Nabati also love hosting events and being a creativespace for the community. They welcome artist collaborations, showcases, and pop-upsrelated to their vegan and sustainable missions.

For hours and more information check out nabatisuperfoods.com or on Instagram @nabatiicecream.

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Treat Yo’self Right: How to Enjoy Holiday Eating Without Guilt

Having food anxiety during the holidays? Learn how to indulge on you favorite foods without feeling guilty the next day. Some great advice.

Onestressor that comes up for a lot of people around the holidays (especially ifyou are health conscious) is all of the wonderfully yummy food choices thatbombard us from October 31st until all the leftovers are finallygone probably sometime in January.

Having anxiety around eating can range from mild disturbance to full-on eating disorder and can negatively affect your mental health as well as get in the way of those lovely moments in life that are meant for you to enjoy.

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Dr. Gabrielle Fundaro, nutrition scientist and diet coach of Renaissance Periodization encourages clients to reframe their two weekly “cheat meals” each week to “free meals” or even better “treat” meals. Understanding that you deserve the balance of having a few meals that are purely for enjoyment can help get you through those episodes of stale green Christmas tree cookies in the breakroom while you diligently get your veggies in.

Many people simply give in to an all or nothing mentality with holiday eating, skipping exercise sessions and indulging at every opportunity then shaming themselves after. Remember that you can choose to start or stop eating at any point that you realize it is not serving you, so if you are eating something that feels like it is not worth the extra calories, put it down, there is no rule that says you must finish. Also if you feel you are over-restricting to save calories for Thursday, and you feel hungry, let yourself eat more. Sometimes people even punish themselves with excess exercise after a big eating day.  

*RELATED 6 Ways to Relieve Stress During the Holiday Season

“There are different schools of thought on this, so it's really about your reasoning,” says Fundaro of a post “treat” exercise session. “If you're doing it to celebrate your extra energy and hit some PR's of some sort, totally go for it! If you're doing it because you feel anxious or guilty, or like you need to undo/work off/compensate for your eating the day before, I'd recommend just doing your normal workout. Compensatory behaviors like that can really ingrain that cycle of restriction/purging after eating something 'bad.’”

Whatever you are celebrating, holidays tend to have culture-based comfort foods that get trotted out only once per year and are filled with good memories and made by loved ones. Viewing these foods as beautiful opportunities for greater connection can reframe the thoughts around these dishes.

*RELATED 10 Tips For Staying Fit During The Holidays

In that same train of thought, remind yourself that not every indulgence will really be worth all of the stress around it. Generic store-bought goodies from someone you don’t know well? Thoughtful, and definitely worth a thank you, but consider sharing these with others who will not stress about it. Your grandmother's incredible pound cake you have been thinking about since the last holiday gathering? Go for it. Then plan for most of your normal meals to be healthy and continue your regular exercise routine throughout the season.

Also, avoid talking excessively about your holiday food choices with others unless asked. Conversations about calories around a festive dinner table tend to kill the good vibes and just makes you more focused on how “bad” you are being. Having a grateful attitude toward your ability to indulge while still staying healthy through your everyday habits will allow you to get through the big meals without so much stress.

You can follow Dr. Fundaro for more evidence-based, balanced nutrition advice @vitaminphd on Instagram.

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5 Ingredients You Should Be Adding to Your Smoothies

Here are 5 healthy ingredients to add in your next smoothie. Make sure to try the Resilience CBD oil droplets!

After a tough workout that leaves your body burning, your skin sweaty, and your muscles achy - you need proper replenishment. An ice-cold, hearty, smoothie? Yes. Please!

Smoothies are the perfect meal, snack, or supplement whether you’re looking for an extra protein boost, a nutritious breakfast, or a post-workout meal. The problem with smoothies, however, is that there’s a fine line between nutrition-packed goodness and a sugar-loaded treat. It’s important to limit your smoothie to only a few different types of fruit, use unsweetened non-dairy milk, and a clean protein powder mix.

Aside from being sugar-conscious, there is a multitude of ways to pack in nutrients and stray away from your typical morning blend. Here are 5 healthy ingredients to include in your next smoothie.

SPIRULINA 

Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria derived from alkaline lakes in Africa and South America. It is packed with nutrients like Vitamin B1, B2, B3, Iron, quality protein, and it does wonders for gut health. Research shows that spirulina helps to maintain healthy gut bacteria and boosts the immune system. This is a no brainer!

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CBD 

There’s nothing a little Resilience CBD can’t fix. Adding in their Orange Rise or Citron Zest CBD oil drops to your next smoothie will help reduce inflammation, promote energy and focus, as well as regulate sleeping patterns. Try it for yourself after your next workout...you’ll feel like a champ the next morning!

EGG WHITES 

The average egg white has about 4 grams of high-quality protein. It also doesn’t have much flavor, so it’s the perfect replacement for artificial protein powders that are high in sugars and additives.

GINGER

Ginger is an overlooked, yet incredibly nutritious addition for smoothies. Not only will a little ginger root spice up your smoothie, but it’s a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Add some ginger to experience its healing effects when you feel a cold coming on, or after crushing it in the gym.

*RELATED 3 Pre and Post-Workout CBD Recipes You Need to Try

*COOKED* BROCCOLI 

The easiest way to avoid excess sugar in your smoothies? Veggies! We all know vegetables have extreme health benefits, yet 90% of Americans don’t eat enough of them. Broccoli is great for a myriad of reasons: Excellent source of Vitamin C, K, antioxidants, fiber, folic acid, and more. But we get it - raw broccoli in your creamy berry smoothie doesn’t exactly sound enticing. That’s why steaming it first is the key to sneaking in all those health perks.

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7 Easy Recipes if You Hate Cooking

Try these 7 easy recipes if you ove eating healthy, but just hate cooking.

One of the biggest challenges I hear people face is genuinely being motivated to eat a healthier diet, but struggling because they’re so busy with work, family, school, or other commitments. Even if someone does have the time, unless they absolutely love cooking, chances are they’d rather be spending that time elsewhere. This is a big reason so many people give up on a healthy lifestyle and settle for fast food, microwave dinners, and all forms of processed foods. Luckily, when you know the right strategies, eating whole food meals can actually be faster, cheaper, and even better tasting than the processed “fast food” options.

PANCAKES

Safia Berrada

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs

For the Batter

  • 2 tablespoons of flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut powder
  • A small handful of hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (we LOVE that combo!)
  • 1 tablespoon of protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of raisins
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • A few thin slices of apple or pears
  • Pumpkin puree (organic)

Topping Ideas

  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Cherries, strawberries
  • Yogurt
  • Sugar and lemon juice

AVOCADO PESTO TOAST

Safia Berrada

Toasts

  • ¼ cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ⅔ cup (1 ounce) packed fresh basil leaves
  • 4 slices of Organic Bread

OptionalAccompaniments

  • Cooked eggs (fried, poached or scrambled, your preference)
  • Halved cherry tomatoes (1 small handful per serving)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes and/or flaky sea salt

Instructions 

  1. To toast the pepitas, pour them into a small skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until they are making little popping noises and starting to make little popping noises. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
  2. To make the pesto, pit and halve the avocados and scoop the insides into the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic, lemon juice, and salt. Blend until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary.
  3. Add the toasted pepitas and basil leaves and pulse until the pepitas and basil are broken down into very small pieces and the mixture is well-blended. Taste, mix in more salt if the mixture doesn’t taste totally awesome yet.
  4. Toast the bread, then spread a generous amount of avocado pesto over each slice. Serve as is, or with eggs and/or tomatoes. Sprinkle lightly with freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes (for heat) and/or flaky sea salt, if desired. Serve immediately.

CHOCOLATE SHAKE

Safia Berrada

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. firm tofu
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup skim milk (almond, soy, or coconut milk)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar (or Stevia)
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  • Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.

GREEK SPAGHETTI SQUASH TOSS

Safia Berrada

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup unsalted chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ cups Easy Baked Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 cup baby spinach, torn
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high.
  2. Add onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add chickpeas, thyme, and tomatoes; cook 1 minute.
  3. Add spaghetti squash, spinach, and salt; toss gently to combine.
  4. Cook 2 minutes or until spinach is just wilted. Sprinkle with cheese.

WHOLE WHEAT BERRY MUFFINS

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Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup berries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with silicone liners or use a nonstick or silicone muffin pan.
  2. In a large measuring cup, use a fork to vigorously mix together the plant-based milk, flaxseeds, and vinegar. Mix for about a minute, until it appears foamy. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture. Add the applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla to the well and stir together. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the dry ingredients are moistened (do not overmix). Fold in the berries.
  4. Fill each muffin cup three-quarters full and bake for 22 to 26 minutes, or until a knife inserted through the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Let the muffins cool completely, about 20 minutes, then carefully run a knife around the edges of each muffin to remove them from the pan.

RAINBOW VEGGIE FLATBREADPIZZA

Safia Berrada

Ingredients

  • 1 package (2-piece) Stonefire naan
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce, homemade.
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cups chopped colorful veggies (I used broccoli florets, green peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, grape tomatoes, red onions and thinly-sliced purple potatoes)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasonings
  • Optional toppings: grated Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes)

Instructions 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until bubbles begin to rise (and pop) at the surface. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
  2. Serve warm. Or you can also freeze this to use later. (I love freezing it in ice cube trays so that you can choose how much you want to thaw and use later!)

PAPAYA BOAT

Safia Berrada

Ingredients

  • 1 medium papaya, ripe
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup homemade/organic granola
  • Raw honey to drizzle/optional

Instructions:

  1. Slice papaya in half lengthwise.
  2. Spoon out seeds and scrape away just a bit create a small bowl.
  3. Fill each side equally with yogurt, fruits, and granola. Enjoy!
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Miami Companies We Tasted at the SEED Food & Wine Festival

This past weekend was the 6th annual SEED Food & Wine Festival, which hosts multiple events celebrating the plant-based community and encouraging sustainable living.

This past weekend was the 6th annual SEED Food & Wine Festival, which hosts multiple events celebrating the plant-based community and encouraging sustainable living.

On Saturday, November 9, was the Festival Day Tasting Village at Mana Wynwood, where attendees enjoyed countless plant-based and vegan food and drink options.

Among the 150 restaurants, bakeries, brands, and juices representing states across the country were some local gems from right here in South Florida.

Here are seven brands and restaurants that we got to meet and taste at the SEED Food & Wine Festival. All these treats can be found at various health food markets and restaurants across South Florida.

Bunnie Cakes

Already well-known in Miami, this local bakery was featured on Cupcake Wars in 2013 and has since won numerous awards. Mariana Cortez is the founder of this vegan bakery where their delicious products have no artificial sugars and select items are also gluten-free. Bunnie Cakes makes cakes and cupcakes (of course) as well as cookies, brownies, donuts, and cinnamon rolls. Their mini cupcakes were so moist, and we loved the guava and vanilla flavors. Find their storefront in Wynwood and coming soon, Doral.

Rebirth Elixirs

Rebirth Elixirs are juices recreated based off recipes from ancient history - the mountain cities of Incan Peru, the Maurya empire of 2nd century B.C. India, the royal palaces of the Ayutthaya Kingdom of ancient Thailand, the inner chambers of Cleopatra's Egypt, and the vast and florid civilizations of West Africa. We tried the Egyptian Rose Water, meant to hydrate your skin and fight wrinkles as queen Cleopatra used to, and the Incan Purple Corn Cider, which contains a high concentration of resveratrol to help lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. Find these juices at Milam's Markets and Living Green Markets, among many other locations.

ADASHAH

ADASHAH is a lentil-based vegan protein source with a multitude of nutrients. Taylor Cohen created this product in a way to heal herself from chronic disease through an organic, plant-based diet. Made of a mixture of red lentils, flaxseed, and turmeric, it can be prepared in a variety of ways. ADASHAH is 100% organic, preservative-free, soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free. Not only can you feel good about the ingredients, but it is a powerhouse of nutrients and is packed with protein. Restaurants across South Florida all prepare and serve it differently, using it in wraps, bowls, salads, in a vegan bolognese, breakfast burritos, even as a burger. We loved the taste and texture of this protein alternative.

Nabati

Enjoy your ice cream and feel good about it. Founder Ola Kayal is dedicated to sustainability, health, and making delicious desserts anyone can enjoy. The plant-based ice cream at Nabati is made from cashews, coconuts, and other all-natural, healthy ingredients. Nabati crafts many unique flavors, all made in house. We tried “sweet smoke” at SEED and it was creamy and satisfying. The location in Wynwood is plastic-free and customers are welcome to bring their own containers for a discount.

Big Kahuna Kava

Kava is native to the Pacific Islands and the Kava root hasbeen used for many years to help relieve anxiety, stress, migraines, help with insomnia,and create an overall state of relaxation. While the taste is earthy andslightly bitter, Big Kahuna Kava infuses the kava root with pineapple andcoconut water to create a more desirable drink. However, this beverage istypically consumed for the health benefits versus the taste. You can find BigKahuna Kava at Brickell City Center Farmer’s Market and Pinecrest Farmer’sMarket, among other venues.

Chef Cristy’s Raw Foods

Chef Cristy Gonzales makes delicious raw treats from her Doral headquarters, specifically raw energy balls that come in cinnamon, chocolate, and orange flavors. The primary ingredients in Gonzales’ energy balls are apples and cashews and, according to her research, are at an ideal “good fat” ratio - 1:2:2 ratio of saturated, mono-unsaturated, and polyunsaturated fat. Some of the benefits of these snacks include maintaining a strong immune system and providing vitamins, minerals, fiber, and anti-inflammatory compounds to the body. Chef Cristy’s products are vegan, gluten-free, sodium-free and organic and taste amazing!

Tiger Seed

Tiger Seed‘s goal is to produce high-quality tonics thattaste delicious. They use all-natural ingredients and you will never findartificial sweeteners or preservatives in their products. Tiger Seed’s flagshipbeverage is Gingerade, featuring the health benefits of ginger, but they alsohave a Turmeric Tea and a Matcha Mint drink, all with their own health benefitsthanks to the main ingredients - turmeric and matcha. All three are refreshingand flavorful and bottled right here in Miami!

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Miami Named Top Vegan City in America

Miami has just been named the top vegan hot spot in the United States, according to a study by Hayes & Jarvis, a U.K.-based travel company.

The Magic City, known for its nightlife, beaches, and Cuban sandwiches, is now famous for its plant-based cuisine.

Miami has just been named the top vegan hot spot in the United States.

The ranking comes from a study by Hayes & Jarvis, a U.K.-based travel company. Though Miami wins for most vegan-friendly city in America, Dublin was awarded most veg-friendly in the world - one-fifth of the Irish city's restaurants offer vegan options.

Initially, Hayes & Jarvis explored the 50 most visited cities in the world for its survey. The company then analyzed TripAdvisor data to search for restaurants by cuisine and ratings. To be eligible for the final ranking, each city needed to contain a minimum of 500 restaurants. According to its website, Hayes & Jarvis analyzed data "between July 30, 2019, and August 1, 2019, to find the cities with the highest proportion of a particular restaurant's cuisine." The result is based on which cities boast at least 100 vegan-friendly establishments and have the highest proportion of them. Dublin was found to be the top vegan-friendly city in the world.

Next, the company turned its attention to the United States to find the nation's best cities for vegan dining. According to Tonje Odegard of the content marketing agency Verve Search, a new survey, conducted last week, explored vegan options in 250 cities across America. As with the world survey, U.S. cities with at least 100 vegan-friendly restaurants were considered to be included in the Top 10.

Miami - with nearly a quarter of its eateries offering at least one vegan option on the menu - came out on top. Charleston, South Carolina; Scottsdale, Arizona; Savannah, Georgia; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Orlando; New Orleans; Las Vegas; and Salt Lake City round out the U.S. Top 10.

Planta South Beach's chef de cuisine, Benjamin Goldman, says he's known all along the Magic City's plant-based food scene is thriving. "It's not a surprise that Miami, considering how eclectic and open-minded the community is, has become the most vegan-friendly city."

Goldman says vegan dining has come a long way from the once-stereotypical wheatgrass shots and sprout sandwiches. "Chefs who have not always cooked vegan, like myself, are using their approaches from nonvegan restaurants to re-create really good food out of plants. This is not something the plant-based community was used to in the past, so it’s a huge advantage."

Goldman says a plant-based lifestyle can be both delicious and beneficial for people and the planet. "It's about eliminating the footprint and honoring the body."

He says Planta, which OpenTable named one of the Top 50 restaurants for vegans nationwide, appeals to both vegans and nonvegans. "Planta is at the apex of vegan dining because not only is it a great restaurant with awesome food, but it offers a fun ambiance and superior service."

Planta is only one of many innovative plant-based restaurants in town. Plant Miami at the Sacred Space in Wynwood specializes in dishes using local produce, and the VShops is a completely vegan food hall in Coconut Grove. Miami is also home to the Seed Food & Wine Festival, set to return for its sixth season November 7 through 10 with a host of dinners, a tasting village, and many other events.

*This article was originally published on the Miami New Times by Laine Doss, and can be found here.

FIBO Miami
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Vital Proteins Showcases New Performance Line at FIBO Miami

Vital Proteins’ new Performance line of collagen products includes pre and post-workout powdered drink mixes tailored to meet the functional needs of today’s athlete.

The brand that made drinking collagen trendy - Vital Proteins - is adding new sustainably-sourced nutrition products to their supplement collection.

Vital Proteins’ new Performance line of collagen products includes pre and post-workout powdered drink mixes tailored to meet the functional needs of today’s athlete.

In case you don’t already know, collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key component of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system which is essential for mobility.

PreWAVE is Vital Proteins’ pre-workout formula. It contains 140mg of caffeine for energy, as well as 5g collagen and 5g BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) to support muscle and joint health. PreWAVE also has creatine nitrate and elevATP for enhanced power output during your workout.

The post-workout mixture is RecoveryWAVE. Two scoops mixed with liquid include 20g of collagen, essential amino acids and BCAA to maximize muscle protein and collagen synthesis. Other ingredients include glutamine to help the body keep up with the training demand and electrolytes, Himalayan sea salt, and taurine to help replenish minerals lost during exercise and rehydrate.

Both the Pre and Recovery WAVEs come in 5 flavors: Passion Fruit, Guava Lime, Watermelon Blueberry, Lemon Grape, Yuzu Clementine. You can rest assured that there are no synthetic colors or artificial sugars included in either formula. In addition, they are made without fillers, binders, dairy, gluten or soy.

These supplements are available online and will also be in Whole Foods stores at the end of December.

Stay tuned for the third drink in the Performance line, an intra-workout supplement.

Keto Diet
Food

3 Quick Tips For Starting the Keto Diet

Here are a few quick tips to help you kickstart the Keto Diet and hopefully enter the ultimate goal: Ketosis.

The Keto diet has made its debut as one of the most popular food trends this past year. If you’re new to the Keto world, check out what you can expect from the Keto diet.

*RELATED What is the Keto Diet, and Should You Give It a Try?

While the Keto diet has some amazing benefits, you have to follow it very strictly in order for it to work properly for you.

Here are a few quick tips to help you kickstart the diet and hopefully enter the ultimate goal: Ketosis.

Use CBD Oil

With this drastic change in your diet, this is a great way to maintain homeostasis to many of your body’s internal systems. It will also help you regulate your sleeping patterns. Resilience CBD oils also contain MCT oil. This healthy fatty acid is a keto dieter’s best friend.

Test your ketone levels and count your carbs

It’s important you sharply regulate your diet in order to successfully achieve ketosis. You can test your urine, blood, or breathe for your body’s ketone levels. There are kits online ranging from $10 - >$100s, depending on how serious you want to get.

Prepare before going out to eat.

While this may seem like a high maintenance diet, any meal can become a keto meal with a little imagination. Check the dinner menu before your date so you have a plan.

Overall, the ketodiet definitely isn’t for everyone, but it has some awesome benefits that haveled it to be the most popular diet of the past two years.

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What is the Keto Diet, and Should You Give It a Try?

We’ll break down what exactly the Keto Diet is, what it does to your body, and starter tips if you do decide to hop on the bandwagon.

The biggest trend among all the recent food fads is the Keto diet.This is an extremely low-carb, high-fat diet. Yep, that’s right, this diet thatactually pushes you to eat more fat. We’ll break down what exactly thisdiet is, what it does to your body, and starter tips if you do decide to hop onthe bandwagon.

The Burning Question: Why Fat? 

The whole goal of the keto diet is for your body to enter ketosis.This is a metabolic process where the body resorts to burning ketones insteadof sugar because it doesn’t have enough energy from glucose. Ketones are asource of energy formed by the body when there is a lack of carbohydrates andglucose in the body. When following the diet correctly and consistently, yourbody should experience fat and weight loss, promoted brain function, reducedblood sugar and insulin levels, and increased levels of ‘good’ cholesterol(high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). 

What to Expect When you Stick With Keto: 

Stabilized Energy Levels

This low-carb focused diet curbs many of the energy troughs andspikes that occur with other diets, the keto diet provides a stable, consistentsource of energy.  One reason for this is, as you enter ketosis your bodybecomes very efficient by sustainably storing and burning fat for energy. You’realso giving up sugary foods which can lead to an energy spike that results in acrash.

Boosted Brain Power 

Trailing off the stabilized energy levels, your brain now has a steady supply of fuel from ketones. Healthy fats + your brain are a very compatible couple. The keto diet is focused on these healthy fats which sharpen and improve cognitive function.

Charlie Horses 

Muscle cramps can become more frequent after adopting the ketodiet. The diet can cause an imbalance of potassium, magnesium, and sodium canlead to cramping. It’s important to stay hydrated and consider implementingmagnesium or Vitamin E supplements. 

Keto Flu

The keto flu is common for people just starting the diet. This isbasically your body’s withdrawal symptoms from limiting carbohydrates andglucose, it’s primary fuel source. Nausea, vomiting, headaches, cramps,diarrhea can all accompany the keto flu. Make sure to take it easy, getsufficient amounts of sleep and stay hydrated. If you can’t kick the keto flualtogether, the diet may not be the best choice for you. 

Quick Tips for Starting Keto: 

  • Use CBD Oil. With this drastic change in your diet, this is a great way to maintain homeostasis to many of your body’s internal systems. It will also help you regulate your sleeping patterns. Resilience CBD oils also contain MCT oil. This healthy fatty acid is a keto dieter’s best friend.
  • Test your ketone levels and count your carbs
  • Regulate your diet in order to successfully achieve ketosis. You can test your urine, blood, or breathe for your body’s ketone levels. There are kits online ranging from $10 - >$100s, depending on how serious you want to get.
  • Prepare before going out to eat. While this may seem like a high maintenance diet, any meal can become a keto meal with a little imagination. Check the dinner menu before your date so you have a plan.

Overall, the keto diet definitely isn’t for everyone, but it hassome awesome benefits that have led it to be the most popular diet of the pasttwo years.

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Food

5 Things to Know About Your Post-Workout Meals

Hear from Lucette Talamas, a Registered Dietitian (RD) at Baptist Health South Florida, about how to properly fuel your body after a workout.

We recently spoke with Lucette Talamas, a Registered Dietitian (RD) at Baptist Health South Florida about how to properly fuel your workouts.

*RELATED The Best Foods to Eat Before and During a Workout

You probably learned a lot about whole foods, carbs, hydration,and what not to eat.

But what about post-workout meals? We caught up with Lucette toget the science-backed scoop on what to eat for proper recovery.

Post-Workout

  • Timing is important - The post-workout refuel is really important. Lucette says to eat as soon as possible after a vigorous workout for proper recovery. In the window up to 30 to 90 minutes after your workout is the most effective time for glycogen replenishment and muscle recovery. As Lucette puts it, during this time, “your engine is revved up and in high repair mode.”
  • Eat a Mix of Carbs and Protein - Lucette suggests refueling with a meal that is an appropriate blend of carbohydrates and protein to optimally repair muscle and replenish glycogen stores. She says to think about a ratio of 3 carbs to 1 gram of protein (3:1) as this mixture is synergistic, meaning the nutrients will work together to be the most effective for recovery. Interestingly, a serving of chocolate milk has the perfect sports recovery ratio.
  • Opt for Whole Foods - Lucette has a “food first” philosophy stating a meal of whole foods that are balanced of carbs, proteins and vegetables are best. This could simply be your dinner or a hot breakfast after a morning workout. Chicken and brown rice and vegetables would be a standard example. Regardless of what people tell you, protein powder is not a magic bullet. It is a convenient option if you aren’t able to get to a meal right away, but don’t forget you’ll also need a source of carbs to properly refuel your muscles.
  • Hydrate - Hydration is also incredibly important post-workout. Electrolyte replacements have become fairly ubiquitous, but should again only be necessary if you exercise for over 60 minutes vigorously. Though Lucette does admit the unique hot and humid climate in Florida, it may indicate that you need to replenish a bit sooner. Again, she takes the food first approach saying to replenish the key electrolytes, sodium, and potassium, with whole foods. The standard American person eats plenty of salty foods, so you shouldn’t overthink this one. Potassium can be found in fruits, vegetables, and dairy. Some examples of high potassium foods include bananas, oranges, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, and dairy products.
  • You probably don’t need supplements - Supplements often promise a big return, but really it is a largely unregulated market, meaning you can’t know for sure about the product’s purity, safety, and effectiveness. Lucette thinks most supplements are unnecessary for the general athletic population if you’re sticking to a balanced nutrition plan.

There is a good chance that you’vereceived a lot of misinformation about what to eat pre and post-workout.Lucette’s guidelines, aside from being approachable and delicious, highlightthe fact that sticking to evidence-based information from licensedprofessionals is the smart way to go!

Follow Lucette @miamidietitian and @baptisthealthsf for more healthy eating tips.

best foods to eat before and during a workout
Food

The Best Foods to Eat Before and During a Workout

Lucette Talamas, a Registered Dietitian at Baptist Health South Florida, shares what science says you should eat before and during a workout.

Does fueling for a workout leave your head spinning? It does mine. There is a lot of information out there and a lot of it is contradictory.

I was excited to catch up with Lucette Talamas, a Registered Dietitian (RD) at Baptist Health South Florida, about what science says we should eat before and during a workout.

*RELATED 10 Hydrating Foods You Need in Your Diet

RDs are great resources for nutrition tips because their recommendations are based on evidence-based practice.

Here are some of the best foods to eat before and during a workout.

Before a Workout

  • Eat carbs - Lucette recommends that you eat a meal containing carbohydrates two to four hours before you work out. Carbohydrates break down into glucose, which is the main fuel for exercise. Eating a piece of fruit 30 to 60 minutes before is a practical way to get in a pre-workout boost. If you can stomach more, you could also combine a carbohydrate with protein and munch on something like a piece of avocado or nut butter toast.
  • Caffeine - There is some research that says caffeine is an ergogenic aid, a substance that can enhance performance, so it could be helpful for your workout to drink a small coffee (equivalent 8 oz of American coffee or a shot of colada). However, caffeine may cause feelings of anxiety, irritability, and insomnia in some people. If this sounds familiar, it would be best to avoid it pre-workout. The real energy for a workout comes from your glycogen stores anyway.
  • There are some foods to avoid - Lucette recommends to listen to your body, if any foods give you gas or stomach discomfort, it would be advisable not to eat these before your workouts. Foods with high-fat content, like a burger and fries or pizza, could fall into this category because the excess fat can slow down digestion. Eating too much fiber would also have a detrimental impact on your stomach pre-workout, but most people don’t eat enough fiber for this to be an issue.

*RELATED 3 Pre and Post-Workout CBD Recipes You Need to Try

During a Workout

  • Water - Hydration is an absolute necessity during your workouts. The goal is to drink enough water during your workout to replace what is being lost in sweat.
  • You don’t need protein shakes - According to Lucette, and science, it’s not necessary to slurp on a protein shake while you’re working out. Unless you are training for an endurance event, like a marathon or triathlon, where you will be exercising vigorously for 60 minutes or more, you don’t need to consume anything except water while working out.
  • You might not need sports drinks either – If you are in the gym or taking a class that is no more than an hour, all you need is water. If you are training for an endurance event, you can consume 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrates for every hour of vigorous movement. This is the ideal situation for consuming sports drinks, in fact they were formulated specifically for this purpose. Liquid carbohydrates, like sports drinks, deliver simple carbs that will boost your energy as well as provide hydration and electrolytes. The best approach is to try out some different products, like sports drinks, gels, or gummies during your training so you’ll know what works best for you on the day of your event.
  • Energy drinks + working out = No Bueno - According to Lucette, there is absolutely no reason to drink an energy drink while working out. They can be dangerous, especially if you have an underlying heart issue. Everyone’s body would react differently to the combined effect of caffeine and stimulants.

Importantly, pre-workout nutrition doesn’t have to becomplicated. It is actually quite approachable. Simply eat whole foods,including carbs, within 2 hours before your workout and make sure you hydratewith water, especially in the Florida heat.

Follow Lucette @miamidietitian and @baptisthealthsf for more healthy eating tips.

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Your New Pre and Post-Workout Stop: Freshii

Our latest healthy lifestyle obsession is - Freshii - a fast food restaurant on a mission to make healthy food convenient and affordable for everyone.

When you thinkprep and recovery, stretching likely comes to mind. But what you’re puttinginto your body is just as important. How many times have you thought, “I’lljust grab a quick juice after my workout,” orrelied on a granola bar to satisfy your hunger? It’s like stretching when youhaven’t warmed up your muscles - it just doesn’t get the job done. Juices and bars are a quick fix but there are many betteroptions to fuel your workout routine. 

Pre-Workout:Fuel Up

We all want tohave maximum performance at the gym. When you’re not preparing and recoveringproperly, your body won’t have the energy to perform at it’s best. Apre-workout snack should consist of proteins and easily digestible carbs, soyou stay energized. No pre-workout fuel is like the “low battery” sign popping upon your phone – survival mode.

Post-Workout:Recharge Your Battery

Whether you hit up a spin classor yoga session, you are going to need torecharge those muscles so they can get stronger. Your body needs to replenishthe nutrients and recover through the right food intake.

Be sure torecharge with plenty of protein and some form of carbohydrate within 20-60minutes after exercising. This will help the damaged muscle fibers recoverfaster.

Don’t have time to meal prep nutrient-rich snacks and meals? We totally get it. Convenience is key for most of us when it comes to making healthy food your lifestyle and making options that are optimal for your muscles is time-consuming.

Our latesthealthy lifestyle obsession is - Freshii - a fast food restaurant on a missionto make healthy food convenient and affordable for everyone.

Freshii’s menu is packed with nutritious, delicious, and energizing options. Our favorite pre-workout snacks are the Energii Bites and Coconut Chia Pudding. Try them before hitting the gym - they all combine easily digestible carbs for a quick fuel boost and healthy source of proteins to initiate muscle recovery.

Sometimes, the only thing getting us through the workout is thinking about how we will recharge after. Three of our favorite Freshii meals to fuel up with post-workout are the Umamii Salad, Oaxaca Bowl, and the Metaboost Salad.

See all aboutthese energy hacks below:

  • Energii Bites: Natural peanut butter (power source of protein), oats (healthy carbs), shredded coconut, honey, and chocolate chips (just yum).
  • Coconut Chia Pudding: chia seeds (great source of omega 3’s), coconut milk, honey, shredded coconut, fresh fruit (healthy carbs).
  • Umamii: Plant-based power-house salad with kale, brown rice, avocado, edamame, mushrooms, cucumber, cabbage, carrots, hemp seeds, ginger miso dressing.
  • Metaboost: They don't call it metabolism boosting for nothing - spinach, kale & field greens, goat cheese, mango, almonds, carrots, edamame, and balsamic vinaigrette. Add your protein choice to help your muscles recover.  
  • Oaxaca: Looking for a heartier option? This brown rice-based bowl is just as nutritious with kale, avocado, beet slaw, black beans, corn, salsa fresca, crispy wontons, lime wedge, and spicy yogurt sauce.

Find Freshii Miami Beach at 1669 Collins Ave, MiamiBeach, FL 33139

or visit www.freshii.com.

Surfside
Events,Food,News

Spend Your Sundays at the Surfside Farmers Market

Fresh produce, artisan items, baked goods, art, coffee and more are coming to Surfside, the town’s first-ever Surfside Farmers Market.

Fresh produce, artisan items, baked goods, art, coffee and more are coming to Surfside, starting Sunday, September 15, 2019, during the town’s first-ever Surfside Farmers Market.

The Surfside Farmers Market willtake place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday in the parking lot on the cornerof 95th Street and Collins Avenue, in the heart of Surfside’s Downtown District,just a block away from the beach.

The Surfside FarmersMarket is the brainchild of Javier Valmana, a Surfside resident whois passionate about all things local.

"Farmers markets not onlyprovide a shopping experience like no other, with local organic produce, foodand other interesting products," said Valmana. “The Surfside FarmersMarket also strives to contribute positively to the community, bringing furtherweekend excitement to the seaside town.”

Valmana is the owner of WaveyAcai Bowls, a pop-up company that sells fresh acai bowls throughout Miami, whichwill be present at the Surfside Farmers Market along with more than20 other local vendors. The diverse list of vendors includes BeCultured(tempeh), Baguette Plus (baked goods), Coco watt (natural fruit slushees), Mindof Art (artistic furniture and house decor), Cauliflower Bites, Soapciety(cosmetic products), Garden Element (plants), WithCoffee and more.   

Food,News,People,Places

How You Can Help Hurricane Dorian Recovery in the Bahamas

Here's how you can help Hurricane Dorian recovery in the Bahamas - where to drop of supplies, what supplies are needed, and nonprofit disaster relief funds.

South Florida was spared from Hurricane Dorian but unfortunately, our neighbors in the Bahamas were not so lucky.  Now is the time to assist in hurricane relief efforts. We rounded up a few ways that you can help.

You can drop off unused hurricane supplies and items to the following collection sites around Miami:

  • Greater St. Paul AME Church: 3680 Thomas Ave
  • Christ Episcopal Church: 3475 William Ave
  • Fire Station drop-off times are from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Fire Station 1: 144 N.E. 5 ST
  • Fire Station 2: 1901 N. MIAMI AVE
  • Fire Station 3: 1103 NW 7 ST
  • Fire Station 4: 1105 SW 2 AVE
  • Fire Station 5: 1200 NW 20 ST
  • Fire Station 6: 701 NW 36 ST
  • Fire Station 7: 314 BEACOM BLVD
  • Fire Station 8: 2975 OAK AVE
  • Fire Station 9: 69 NE 62 ST
  • Fire Station 10: 4101 NW 7 ST
  • Fire Station 11: 5920 W. FLAGLER ST
  • Fire Station 12: 1455 NW 46 ST
  • Fire Station 13: 990 NE 79 ST
  • Fire Station 14: 2119 S.W. 19 ST
  • MRC Building: 444 SW 2 AVE

They are collecting:

  • First aid kits/medical supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Batteries
  • Water
  • Canned/nonperishable foods
  • Can openers
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Lanterns/flashlights
  • Gloves
  • Tarps
  • Baby food and formula
  • Diapers and wipes

They are alsoaccepting cash donations for generators and rebuilding supplies.

You can alsoconsider donating directly to one of several nonprofit disaster relief funds: