So, we joined CrossFit
I literally drive by this place at least twice a day every. single. day. It was mocking me.
Today was the day that G and I signed up for this particular brand of fitness torture. Whelp, let’s see how this goes. Day 1 = done. We really liked it and bonus: we did not die…success!
However, if I EVER post my “WOD” or some weird Paleo-propaganda on Facebook or this blog – you have my permission to unfriend/unfollow/call my mom. Thanks in advance.
Lauren’s (almost) terrible, horrible, no good very bad day
So you guys. A couple of Fridays ago, I was totally rear ended in Buckhead which did some serious damage to my coche. Over the next 6 hours or so, I became very well acquainted with 2 insurance companies, a very nice APD officer, a fantastic body shop in Chamblee (shout out to my new homies at Classic Collision - loveyouguysthinkaboutyouallthetime) and the folks at Enterprise Rent a Car.
Actually – scratch that. Make that TWO APD officers and EXTREMELY well acquainted with the folks at Enterprise, because just after I sat down in my rental, before I could even get the keys in the ignition…someone backed into THAT car.
That’s TWO accidents in ONE day. Two rental cars. Two police reports.
Under normal circumstances, I might have considered letting myself eat my feelings
But luckily, I had pre-ordered a Juice Til Dinner selection at dTox which got me through a pretty stressful day feeling GREAT!
Shannon Sliger, owner (and Juice Goddess) came knocking at my window with a green tea latte with cacao milk while I chatted with Nationwide in her parking lot
and loaded me up with the following when I was done:
1. dTox Water (alkaline water, cayenne pepper, lemon)
2. Tumeric Elixir (tumeric, ginger, raw honey, cayenne)
3. Green Pineapple Water (pineapple, kale, lime, cilantro, alkaline water)
4. Pink Juice (grapefruit, cranberry, coconut water, aloe, pear, lemon)
5. Green Juice (cucumber, apple, lemon, celery, kale, spinach, parsley, watercress)
6. Aloe Elixir (aloe, pear, lemon)
Shannon helped me design this particular Juice til Dinner regimen based on my recent food + drink indiscretions (read: too much celebrating, not enough hydrating) and it worked like a charm. I drank the juice all day, had a nice, vegan dinner and felt like approximately $1M the next day. My energy level was UP, my mood was fantastic (even given the circumstances) and since I’m drinking a juice every couple of hours – I am not at all hungry when I juice.
dTox has a wide variety of juices and their employees KNOW their business – so don’t be shy to consult with them about your needs.
Try a Juice til Dinner, tell ‘em I sent you. You’ll feel fantastic, your skin will glow, your stomach will be flatter and if it keeps you from going all Britney 2007 on someone…
…well, that’s just a bonus.
3210 Roswell Rd, Suite-G, Atlanta, GA 30305
I Wished It…and It Came TRUE!
Now all I need is Blue Bell cookies ‘n cream ice cream to have veggies hidden in it, and I will be able to eat chips + ice cream ALL day long and it will be TOTALLY healthy!
(Not really, but just saying, a girl can wish!)
Blue Apron: Keepin’ It Fresh in the Kitchen
Some friends of ours recently got into this new concept grocery delivery based out of Brooklyn called Blue Apron. Blue Apron offers a once-a-week subscription service where they deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make 3 meals crafted by top chefs, in exactly the right proportions. They designed the service to teach their customers fun new recipes, save prep time, and also reduce unnecessary waste. They claim to bring you fresher and higher-quality food than you could get on your own in the supermarket, and for better prices. This sounded pretty perfect to us, so we decided to give it a shot!
Here’s the Q+DD about Blue Apron’s subscription service: Blue Apron delivery comes with all the raw ingredients you need to produce 3 meals for the week, in exactly the right portions. Each plate is designed to be a well-balanced, healthy meal (a serving is approximately 500-700 calories). In addition, each delivery comes with printed recipe cards and step-by-step instructions. The cost is $9.99 per person per meal. You select the type of plan you want and the number of people. Blue Apron currently offers two plans: one that includes poultry, meat, or fish with each meal and one that is vegetarian. Delivery is free, and they deliver the same day each week. There’s no commitment: you can cancel anytime before the weekly cutoff. Blue Apron meals are designed to stay fresh for the week in which you order them. For ingredients, all you need is salt, pepper, and olive oil. For cooking equipment, all you need are standard pots, pans, and knives. Blue Apron provides you with everything else.
This is what the box looks like when it arrives:
And this is what the instruction cards look like:
Since THIS is what we’ve been dealing with in the Young kitchen, it really couldn’t have come at a better time…
Our first meal was Beef Bibimbap. It’s a popular Korean dish whose name comes from the Korean word for “mixed rice.” It consists of white rice topped with sauteed veggies, marinated meat, hot chili, sesame oil, and other condiments. The ingredients are all mixed thoroughly along with gochujang, a sweet-spicy soybean-based chili paste. It was, by far, the most adventurous meal we’ve ever made in our kitchen.
Our second meal was Salmon Burgers & Corn on the Cob with Basil Butter. The recipe didn’t require breadcrumbs or binders for the mix. We used freshly chopped salmon and cooked the burgers slowly over low heat so they stayed juicy. We used a ring mold to get the round burger shape. It was my favorite of the three recipes!
Our third meal was Chicken Paillards topped with Endive, Radishes, Haricot Verts, and Fingerling Potatoes. It was a pretty simple meal, but it had a kick! I didn’t think I was going to be too excited with the final product, but I ended up really enjoying it.
Blue Apron is a brilliant idea. (I only wish I’d invented it.) And it made the past week exciting to come home from work and experiment in the kitchen without having to stop at the grocery to pick up all the ingredients ahead of time. Most of all, I love that it gave us a little more culinary confidence. Who knows, maybe Kevin will be on THIS cover one day! (Not really, but it was still a funny picture.)
Check out Blue Apron HERE. You deserve a fresh meal!
The Not-So-Mean Green.
After Kevin and I tied the knot, we used our new blender (one of our most frequently used wedding gifts at the time) to make spinach smoothies on the regular. Then, we adopted Henry the dog, and he was absolutely t.e.r.r.i.f.i.e.d. of the noise the blender made and would tear up our condo running around when we turned it on. I really enjoyed my smoothies, but I couldn’t deal with Henry’s freak outs.
So, I turned to my local Arden’s Garden. I started drinking their Spinach Slam smoothie (which is great!) every so often, but I truly fell in love with their Yoga 1 veggie juice and am now drinking it almost every other day. Behold:
Fresh apples, pineapple, spinach, kale, distilled H2O, ginger, and lemon.
And here’s what Arden’s Garden has to say about it:
This juice will put your health worries at ease. Spinach and kale are two of the most nutritionally-dense foods, packed with almost every vitamin and mineral you need. The soluble fiber in apples is great for colon health, and pineapple is rich with enzymes, which help process proteins. Lemon not only is high in vitamin C, but it is also a natural liver toner. Ginger will help give a boost of energy and break down mucus build-up. Keep your mind and body in balance with Yoga 1!
I feel pretty awesome drinking it – especially knowing that there are so few ingredients and what’s included is pretty darn good for me. Henry is quite delighted about it, too! Our blender is now collecting dust in a cabinet…
You can find Yoga 1 at Arden’s Garden (locations all over Atlanta) or Whole Foods. Enjoy!