Cheery & Charming Traveler’s Guide: 8 NEW Places to Visit in New York City

As always, New York was a whirlwind! Up and back in 2-days, via the Vermonter & Acela Express made for a jam-packed, fun and exciting adventure for our Valentine’s Day this year. Aside from my first time at Madison Square Gardens + seeing Billy Joel live, we covered a TON of ground and visited a slew of new spots!

Whenever I find fun, new spots, I’m always pressed to share! So, I’m quickly jotting down my top 7 favorite places we visited for any of you who may be looking for a cool, trendy or cozy new spot to check out next time you’re in the area!

  1. Hanoi House
    We had dinner here Thursday night and let me tell you – it was I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. Placed appropriately on the historical, adventure seeking, 119 St. Mark’s Place, you’ll arrive in a (not-so-surprisingly-small), delicately quaint, romantically dimmed, intimate spot in East Village. But – don’t let the size fool you. Hanoi House is known for “The Absolute Best Pho in New York,” “The Absolute Best Octopus in New York,” “The Absolute Best Vietnamese Restaurants in New York,” and more. I mean . . . WOW!!! Once you’ve had a moment to take in the eloquent details, brace yourself as you’re about to be spoiled with a breathtaking, unbelievable, well-cultured, imaginative display of Vietnamese cuisine! From the Crispy Crab & Pork Spring rolls (Nem Ran), to the Spicy Octopus (Bach Tuoc Ca Ri) – delightfully displayed over roasted sweet potatoes, coconut curry, charred scallion and shishito peppers, to the Hanoi Style Beef Pho Soup (Pho Bac), – a classic 16-hr broth with heritage Black Angus filet mignon, brisket & rice noodles AND an add-on option of bone marrow (must have!) on the side, our dinner was simply divine. The only thing that will leave you feeling disappointed after this visit, is the wish that you could fit everything on the menu in your belly!
    P.S. make sure you get there early!! They don’t take reservations and the place was nearly filled upon our arrival, 15-minutes post their opening at 5:30.
    P.S.S. our dear friends own this place, so go. check. it. out. !!!
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  2. Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria NYC
    I don’t know about you, but I know that when I visit New York City, I’m not leaving until I’ve had a proper slize of za 😉
    Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria is more formally known in the Staten Island area of New York. Wanting to break in and make their presence known in the Manhattan area, they opened their NEW location at 168 1st Avenue. Priding themselves on a secret Neapolitan recipe for a special thin crust pizza that has made their restaurant famous, I was so glad to have enjoyed this gem during our trip! We sat at the antiquely pounded copper counter top on the corner of the bar and enjoyed catching up with friends and admiring the original, characteristic stained glass windows before, quite literally, demolishing our pizza. Looking for the perfect NY fold? You found it!! Can’t decide which kind to try when you visit? Psst… if you order a large, they allow you to do half and half! But, they also have a smaller, personal 10” option as well. Not to mention – the bartender and staff were  amazingly warm and welcoming, making for a fun, social lunch break on Friday!
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  3. C&B – East Village, Thompson Square Park
    I’ll keep this one short and sweet, just like this shop! Seriously one of the cutest little coffee shops in East Village! We stopped in for a quick espresso (always needed!) and loved seeing the kitchen staff live, in action, flipping, kneading and pounding their homemade dough!! I mean, you just can’t get that just anywhere in Baltimore! Plus, you can take your coffee/espresso/latte and enjoy a casual stroll around Thompson Square Park after, which is right across the street!
  4. Tacombi
    SALT! SALT! SALT! LOVED this Mexican spot we found on 267 Elizabeth Street. And come on … a old school, authentic Volkswagen Bus as the taco-making station?! We only stopped in for a quick taco (or two…) and kept on our exploring, but the atmosphere was so traditional and genuine, it’s definitely worth a visit and some cliché photos! P.S. the tacos were awesome too!
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  5. L’AMICO
    This is probably one of my favorite spots in NYC – although a little more ‘commercial,’ in feel, the atmosphere is to die for and this is going to sound weird, but I love their bathrooms! Haha! While separate male and female, the hand-washing station connects the two via a shared wash-sink area with a reflective, stained glass like mirror for separation. It’s a great spot for a casual happy hour, quick bite at the bar (they have amazing selection of appetizers, wood-burning pizzas, fresh pastas, and selections of charcuterie), or in our circumstance, a late night cap for topping off Saturday evening after the concert. We stayed in the hotel above it – The EVENTI, which I would TOTALLY recommend if you’re ever seeing a show at Madison Square Gardens. It was about a 5 minute walk from the concert!
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  6. BUA Bar
    Cute and friendly spot to stop to get a snack or drink beforehand if you try our Hanoi House! It’s right across the street and felt so intimate. The space is decorated with countless lit candles that grace spaces in the walls where bricks have intentionally been removed. Candles also delicately and artfully line random fashion behind the bar liquor bottles, shelving, and pretty much anywhere you look!
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  7. Westside Market
    Talk about a local food market!! I WISH we had something like this in our small town, Federal Hill! Then again, I get we may not have the same volume to sustain this type of operation 🙂 It felt like I had walked into the Costco-version of a market! Never-ending, colorful supply and variety of fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, deli meats, cheeses, traditional grocery, flowers and more! Super cool spot to stop by, take in the colorful spreads and patronize a local business (with some salty and sweet snacks while you’re there!)
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  8. The Pennsy Food Hall
    Last, but not least – and definitely not a big secret as it’s right above Penn Station, but this is a great, vibrant and convenient spot to grab-and-go a snack before you catch the train ride home. It’s more of an incubator-type feel with a variety of small eateries, so there’s a little something for everyone. From sushi, to tacos, to bar food, to sweet treats, ice cream and more! Plus, they sometimes have a DJ that slings throwback songs and top beats to get you boppin’ and grovin’!

Do you have any favorite spots or gems to share? I’d love to hear! Ping me in the comments below!

Talk soon!

xoxox
Brittany

Mamma Mia! NEW: Keto Italian Stuffed Meatball Recipe for the Books

For some, odd, I can’t-explain-it reason, I was so intimidated by the idea of making meatballs. I know . . . call me weird. But, it felt like everyone had their own “special” or “secret” recipe, sometimes dating back generations of family. BUT – it turns out, most of those recipes don’t fall within Keto diet guidelines anyway!

While traditional meatballs are not keto, I’m here to help you with an awesome, SUPER easy, Italian Stuffed Keto Meatball alternative.

Typically, meatballs contain bread/crumbs as their main ingredient. This helps the balls maintain their shape. The presence of bread is a direct keto violation, but here’s a solution! (don’t be scared away by the number of ingredients – you just end up combining everything together! 🙂 )

Servings: 4

Split equally into 4 portions

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 3 tbsp Flaxseed Meal
  • 2 Large Egg
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper Sprinkled for Seasoning

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Mix meat and all other ingredients together
  • Form into meatballs
  • Lay on a foil covered baking sheet
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Serve over spinach with sprinkled mozzarella cheese on top
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition
Calories            594
Fats (g)              44.8
Protein (g)        36.8
Net Carbs (g)    3.8

Seriously… HOW FLIPPING SIMPLE?! Great for lunches on the go, hearty dinners and for satisfying your favorite Italian food cravings! And these are delicious . . . I PROMISE you!

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Give them a try and post your review/comments below 🙂

Talk soon!
xoxox
Brittany

 

Cozy Snow Day Work Outfit

If you’ve been watching the news, you might have similar snow day flurries in your tummy as I do! According to the weather, Winter Storm Harper is on the horizon for the Northeast! Actually, I think New York and further north is getting the bulk of it, so maybe not much here for us in Baltimore, but no reason not to get a little giddy and excited for a snow day, amiright!?

I remember when I was a kid and we wanted a snow day, we would place spoons under our pillow (it signifies that maybe *hopefully* there will be so much snow you will have to dig your way out) and demand upon wearing our pajamas inside AND backwards to bed for snow day good luck!

Plus, recital of:

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord lays the snow down deep.
Please give me a snow day before I wake,
So I can have big snowmen to make.

Did anyone else have these quirky, crazy traditions?! Or other ones I haven’t heard of? Pretty please with snowy sugarplums on top, post your childhood traditions below! I’d love to hear them 🙂

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white furry vest // white top // high waisted j brand jeans // ralph lauren riding boots // gucci leather belt

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow . . .

xoxox
Brittany

NEW Keto Recipe: Chicken Nuggets

Woo hooo! Feeling not only FULL, but also fully re-energized after last night’s bake sesh of Keto meals for the upcoming week and even MORE eager to share them with you!

I never knew going into this how much I would love reading, learning and understanding so much about the Keto diet, the general process and the overall impact it has had on my attitude and lifestyle so quickly.

I’m addicted!

I love having a more structured and routine eating regimen, I love that I’m eliminating sugars and limiting complex carbs/foods that aren’t entirely good for my digestion – both from a daily perspective and for ongoing weight management and healthy living. I even more so love the ritual of researching & discovering new, fun recipes and ideas for tweaking, testing (taste-testing is the best part – amiright?!) and making my own!

Scroll on to see this week’s tasty delights: a  NEW variation on my Pizza Chips – Hellooooo Salami! + what you’ve all been waiting for . . .  Keto Chicken Nuggets


NEW Variation to my Keto Pizza Chips – Helloooo Salami! 

While you may have read my original Keto Pizza Chips recipe here utilizing pepperoni, I found when I was snacking, that I couldn’t help myself but wonder if it would still be as tasty if I swapped up the meat and cheese combo in order to to have more variety throughout the week.

I tried it – and yep! Still. Just. As. Tasty!

Ingredients:

  • Boars Head Genoa Salami
  • Kraft Natural Cheese Cubes – Natural Colby Jack
  • Paprika Powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Take out some cookie sheets. You may need 2-3.
  2. Arrange salami and place cheese cubes on top – don’t worry, they’re not going to expand like cookies. They can be close together!
  3. Bake for 10 minutes
  4. Lay the chips onto paper towels to soak up any excess grease.
  5. Let sit for 3-4 minutes to cool off and crisp up even more.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition:
Fat: 15g  Protein: 15g  Net carbs: 1g

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Now . . . the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . KETO CHICKEN NUGGETSSSS! DUN DUN DUNNNNN!! I have to say – when I uploaded photos of these little fried dreamboats to Instagram, I couldn’t believe all of the comments and asks I have for the recipe! So, here we go!

Keto Chicken Nuggets

The easier way to do these is likely via a deep fryer . . . but given not everyone has one of those (myself included) . . . I made do with the below steps and I LOVED how they turned out 🙂

PLEASE NOTE: I’m 99.9% sure I scared the living $%!#  out of my pups while making these – LOL! If you’re not careful to keep a lid on your simmering oil, it does create a decent amount of smoke. Be sure to crank a door, a window, anything, if you possess the lack of coordination that I do.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 oz Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Almond Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Water

Directions:

  • WITH DEEP FRYER:
    1. Start by heating your deep fryer to 375F
  • WITHOUT DEEP FRYER:
    1. Cook a chicken breast (I cooked (3) at once for approx. 20 – 25 minutes)
    2. Pour ¼ cup avocado oil into a deep skillet/pan and set to med – low to bring oil to a simmer
    3. Pull chicken from oven. Cut chicken into cubes. (Don’t worry if your chicken isn’t cooked ALL the way – this is what you want! The battering and frying in the oil will finish it off just right, without allowing it to be overcooked or dry out)
    4. Mix the grated Parmesan, almond flour, and baking powder
    5. Add the egg and whisk
    6. Add the water and whisk
    7. Roll the chicken breasts in the batter until they are fully coated, then use a fork to drop them into the frying oil
    8. Cook until the batter turns golden brown
    9. Transition chicken bits to a sheet of paper towel to drain excess grease, cool and crisp
    10. Enjoy!

Nutrition:
Calories 166  Fats (g) 8.0  Protein (g) 23.0  Net Carbs (g) 1.0

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Let me know what you think of this recipe! Try it at home, tag a friend, or pass it along – share the Keto loveeeee!

Stay tuned for more recipes throughout the week!

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Talk soon!

xoxo
Brittany

Eat Your Veggies . . . with ELK!

Today’s new, fun and easy Keto recipe comes to you via Keto Elk Stuffed Peppers With Cauliflower Rice!

If you’ve always been one who is curious to try a more “gamey” meat, this is DEFINITELY your opportunity! Plus, you can be extra healthy while experimenting.

Elk meat is a nutrient-dense food, meaning that it’s low in calories but contains a concentrated amount of many vitamins and minerals. It’s low in carbohydrates and fat but high in protein, zinc, vitamin B12, niacin and vitamin B6. If you are on the keto diet, or just like to experiment with low carb recipes, this keto stuffed bell peppers recipe is for you.

So, let me reiterate in saying I am NO great cook, that these are SUPER easy, and take little to no-prep time (don’t be scared away by the list of ingredients! you just end up mixing everything together):

Ingredients:

  • 4 bell peppers, red, yellow, or green
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup ground/diced cauliflower (this replaces the need for rice!)
  • shredded mild Cheddar cheese, about 1/2 cup

Directions:

  1. Cut top off of peppers, remove seeds and membranes. Rinse peppers under cold water.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot.
  4. Saute chopped onion, cauliflower and garlic for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Gently stir to blend; add ground elk, cooked onion & cauliflower.
  6. Divide & stuff all peppers with meat mixture and place in a baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Top stuffed peppers with a little shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese just before peppers are done and bake until cheese is melted.
  8. Once peppers are complete, top with a little basil, or any other spice you’d like.
  9. Enjoy!

Nutrition:

Calories: est. 387, Fat: 26g, Carbohydrates: 9g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 22g

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We made (4) at one time so I could plan on taking one to work with me the next day. For those wondering how it weathered/tasted the next day . . .

I just indulged and it was deeeee-licious!

I hope you enjoyed peeking at this recipe and bookmark it to try it at home yourself! Let me know how it goes!

Stay tuned for more . . .  🙂

xoxo
Brittany

A Birthday Getaway to Napa Valley

It’s been a week since we returned from Napa and I can’t tell you how much I’m still missing it everyday!

Let’s be honest – – who wouldn’t want to ring in their birthday with a 5-day span, consisting of waking up and eating your body weight in cheese & wine?!

. . . Just me?

Alrite then…. 🙂

To me, there was no place quite like it – incredible views, breathtaking landscapes, endless rolling hills, relaxing spas, delectable pairings & tastings on every corner, indescribable restaurants with wine lists longer than I’ve ever seen, consisting of wine types I’d never even heard of, and the list goes on…

Day 1 of our trip (was my birthday – WOO HOO!!!) began with a first quick stop at Rodney Strong Vineyards and a tour, tasting and pairing at J Vineyards & Winery.

First plus – they’re right next to each other. And, when I say “right next to each other,” I don’t mean the Napa version of, “right next to each other, which we learned could mean quite literally 40+ minutes apart – haha! These two are about a 2-3 minute walk from tasting room door to tasting room door. Could it get much easier than that?!

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We learned all about Judy Jordan, the founder of J Vineyards & Winery, and her road to fruition in the world of sparkling wines, beginning at just 25 years old !!! Can you even imagine starting your own winery and vineyard at 25 years old…? Insanity. We had a wonderful wine ambassador & tour guide named Taylor who guided us through the storytelling of all the successes and challenges July encountered – including losing her entire crop in her early years due to flooding from the Russian River Valley. Judy had to start. all. over. from. scratch. BUT – check out the photos below to see the beauty that exists today!

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I love wine.

I love touring the uniquely built facilities, filled to the ceilings with wine varieties that will be aged well beyond even some folks’ lifetimes.

I love learning the intricacy and process behind each carefully crafted ‘wine-recipe.’

I love the warmth and intimacy a bottle of wine brings to friends who enjoy it together.

I love the complicated analysis of stressing the vines juuuuust the right amount, in time for harvesting in order to get more boldness and flavor from the fruit.

It’s literally the coolest thing to me!

Moving on from our tour at J, we ventured out to Healdsburg to explore a private tour of MacMurray Estate Vineyards! Traditionally not open to the public, I felt extra special as we had the privilege of walking their gorgeous 284-acre ranch, in the heart of the Russian River Valley. And, super cool – we were also able to tour the home on-site, previously owned by a once movie legend – Fred MacMurray! The home has since been pristinely restored to the state it was when he and his family lived there. I felt like I stepped back in time 60 years – old school refrigerator and all!

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Leading to the most incredible part of our day – a tasting atop the highest hill at the vineyard, overlooking the entire winery and Russian River Valley.

What. An. Incredible. Day.

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BUT – – it doesn’t end there! Birthday dinner was still in store!

Having stayed in the quaint surrounding of Sonoma Square, where, “It’s sweet to be slow,” we had the convenience of a leisurely stroll through the park to the 21-year-famous, farm-to-table, longtime favorite – the girl & the fig. They had an awesome, seasonal menu with vegetables and herbs from their very own farm right in Sonoma! Rated one of the top ten best restaurants in the United States by Bon Appetit, I’ll end here on saying I truly felt like the most special, most spoiled, and luckiest birthday girl in town.

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However… our adventure didn’t end here. Can you believe this was  O N E  D A Y ?!

Stay tuned for more following our journey of eating and drinking our way through Napa!

xoxo
Brittany

P.S. Here’s a video of all the fun in action 🙂

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The Cutest Spot in Port Covington Has Arrived!

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This weekend was a sunny one in Baltimore – hallelujah!!! It’s felt like it’s rained literally every day the past few weeks, so when the sunshine peeked out, I. WAS. AFTER. IT !!!

Plus, it breaks my heart when my poor little pups are cooped up day after day with miserable rain (I mean, seriously – look at those faces), so I always try to make it a priority to get them out and moving too when the weather breaks.

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Like any typical day, you can find me constantly scrolling through Instagram, perusing for new outfits on sale, trendy coffee/wine/pup photos, orrrrr new adventures, fitness routines and places to try. Pretty much as #basic as it gets for this girl. BUT – through all my scrolling, stumbled on a post from SouthBmore.com promoting South Point’s opening in Port Covington. Clicking on their profile, I quickly noticed their Grand Opening party scheduled for August 11th, but that they also were opening early!

It’s a quick assumption on next steps – snagged the pups and jumped in the car (it’s a less than 5-minute drive from our home in Federal Hill), arriving to find barely any folks there. Selfishlyyyyy… it couldn’t have been more perfect! This peaceful, outdoor, waterfront, industrial pop-up oasis offered an array of drinks (AVA Grace Vineyards Rosé and Pinot Grigio among my favorites 🙂 ), AND yummy barbecue food truck-like delights.

PLUS – any outdoor venue that’s pup friendly is a WIN-WIN in my book 😉

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to take a look at their website. While it’s a public park, open 7-days/week, the extra special goodies (food & drink) are only open Thursdays, Friday & Saturdays as of now.

Can’t wait to spend many more Saturday afternoons here to come.
Scroll for all the awesome photo deets!!
Know of other awesome spots I should check out? Comment below!
Cheers!
xoxo
Brittany

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What. A. Weekend.

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Tuesday marked the official close of the weekend of The Greenwalds! We spend a long, fun-filled, laughing, celebrating, boating, toasting, cheers-ing, crazy hot and humid weekend in Deep Creek Lake, MD for my baby sister’s wedding.

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It was awesome joining our new family for a lovely dinner atop the second story deck outside of the Will O’ The Wisp: Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub. I mean seriously – check out that view!! Followed by an evening lake walk and lakeside picturesque photos (and much weekend kick off celebrating and bonding 😉 ).

I snagged this cute little romper number from one of my favorites – REVOLVE.

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Friday: BOAT DAY! Although we didn’t have a ton of time the day of the rehearsal dinner, it would pretty much be a sin in my family if we didn’t make it out on the boat. I literally never get sick of this place!

// venus string side bikini //

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P.S. ☝🏻 that’s my awesome Poppa! 💕

Cue Friday evening into Saturday evening: Start the blur… From rehearsal, to rehearsal dinner, to day of, to evening of the wedding, it’s hard to keep up with all the beautiful details.  Casey (my sister) and her fiancé (Shaun) could not have picked a more perfect venue. Nestled out in the peaceful, mountain countryside of Deep Creek, sits Chanteclaire Farm. A truly unique, beautiful and intimate setting. From her dress, to her veil, to her shoes and something blue, everything was absolutely textbook!

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// lace detail blue stripe dress // steve madden stecy sandal (AND – they’re 35% off!) //

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// above photos by shannon gray photography //

More photos to come!
Chat soon!
xoxo
Brittany

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3-Day Juice Cleanses and Why I’m Their Biggest Fan

Summer is here! Are you ready for a jump-start to your routine?
I live a relatively healthy lifestyle – I love spinning on my Peloton, HIIT classes with my girlfriends at Core Power Yoga, yoga and more. I’ll try almost anything once (I’ve even done a Flyo Fit class before!)

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I try my best to work out 3-4 times a week and if I do more, I feel like a real-life superwoman! My eating choices are overall healthy as well, mostly unfortunately due to how picky I am… aside from my indulgence in vino 🙂 … I’m not usually one for fad diets, but for the purposes of this blog, I’m going to tell you about my recent 3-Day Juice Cleanse and why I’m the 3-Day Juice Cleanse’s biggest fan!

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First thing’s first: What’s a Juice Cleanse?

Juice cleansing is a “detox” diet that can last from a few days to several weeks in which a person consumes only fruit and vegetable juices to obtain nutrition while otherwise abstaining from eating food. In my opinion, everyone needs a jump-start from time to time to reinvigorate something in their life – whether that be visiting a new place, trying a new food, attending an empowering conference, trying a new and exciting adventure or hobby, or simply taking time to relax, rejuvenate and breathe. I love jump-starting my metabolism and workout routine with 3-Day Juice Cleanses! Cleansing gives your body a rest from digestion, according to Livestrong. Our bodies are used to breaking down and digesting food all day, every day, for years and years. So once in a while, it’s nice to give your body a break by only consuming nutrient-rich fluids. Especially if you are a junk food junkie, a cleanse will help reset your system and flush out tons of toxins.

My go to: Pure Raw Juice, located locally here in Federal Hill! They produce Raw, Cold Pressed Juices with NO HPP. What does having “cold pressed juice” mean? Cold-pressed juice are made with a hydraulic press that uses thousands of pounds of pressure to extract the maximum amount of liquid from fresh fruits and vegetables. No additional heat or oxygen is used in the process, meaning that no nutrients are lost in the heat of traditional pasteurization.

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I’ve done numerous cleanses in the past, and I’ve typically loved them. But, ain’t no thang like a juice cleanse thang! 😉 Aside from the obvious benefit of getting the ACTUAL suggested number of veggies per day (which most individuals do not), they also have varying other added benefits:

  • Boosted Immunity
  • Assist in Anti-Inflammatory
  • Increase Energy Levels
  • Detoxify Your Body: By drinking super-nutrient dense juices, you allow your body to have more of the resources it needs to support the phases of detoxification, and to remove the cumulative toxins stored in the body
  • Aid in Weight Loss: Some weight loss throughout a juice cleanse is water weight, but some is fat. A juice cleanse (three days minimum) is a great way to jump start a diet. It not only helps control appetite and cravings, but is naturally lower in calories, while supplying the body with concentrated, beneficial, energizing and healing nutrients.
  • Improve Skin, Eye and Hair Health: Carrots play a crucial role in helping to improve vision and promote healthier skin and hair.
    • “Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.
    • Vitamin A and antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone.”
      – says Care 2
  • Anti-Aging Benefits: With kale being an anti-oxidant powerhouse, it helps your body to fight the harmful effects of oxidation.
    • Kale is also a great source of iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Kale also has a surprising amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which are an important component of any anti-aging diet. (JustJuice.org)
    • Lemon is also a great way to boost your body’s pH to a more alkaline state. It also helps to detox your liver, and is great for helping the body cleanse itself. (JustJuice.org)
  • Improve Mental Clarity: “Memory, mental clarity, and emotional stability can be greatly improved by consuming ginger. Memory loss can be a result of poor organ health or slow digestion and ginger helps with both of those issues. Memory is also associated with the purity of the blood which is improved by the increased digestive rate provided by ginger.”
    – says Health Remedies Journal

… and MORE!

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My most recent juice cleanse from Pure Raw Juice, was their Traditional Cleanse Option. This required I drink a series of seven juices + (1) Fire Cider Powershot each day:

The traditional cleanse is made of:

(2) RX Green
(Cucumber, Green Apple, Kale, Celery, Romaine, Parsley, Lemon, and Ginger Root)

(1) Rehydrate
(Young Thai Coconut Water, Cucumber, Pineapple, Kale)

(1) Heart Beet
(Apple, Beet, Carrot, Celery, Lemon, and Ginger Root)

(1) Orange Glow
(Carrot, Orange, Green Apple, Lemon, and Ginger Root)

(1) Lemon Ginger-Aid
(Ginger Root, Lemon, and filtered Water)

(1) Homemade Cashew Mylk
(Raw Cashews, Honey, Cinnamon, Sea Salt, and Filtered Water)

(1) Flu Shot (Powershot)
(Ginger, Cayenne Pepper, Raw Honey, Lemon)

Going into it, I get the anxious last minute cravings. I want to eat more than ever. But, costing roughly $175 for the 3-days ($58/day), I don’t want to ruin it. I want to give it my all, one-hundred percent and I remind myself this cleanse is fresh, made locally and MUCH cheaper than other alternatives I’ve investigated in the past.  I’m excited to get started!!

At 8:30 AM, my cleansing journey began.

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Day 1:
How I felt:
I’m eager, excited, refreshed and reinvigorated to get this going! The first juice was absolutely delicious and I’m feeling hopeful for today and the next two! Nervous of feeling exhausted, I skipped my usual workout today and took my two puppies on a few long walks instead. After some laundry and finishing off my last juice a few hours before bedtime, I left enough room to sleep through the night without the obvious disturbances of drinking fluids all day.

The biggest obstacle:
All the juices are especially tasty, but I’m least a fan of the beet juice. Beets are great for you! But, this one in particular has a more bitter and acidic taste and it takes a while for me to get through that one. I guess it work well in the sense that it’s halfway through the series as juice number four.

The good news:
After each juice, I was left feeling full and not hungry like I assumed I would feel by forgoing food. My stomach hasn’t growled once and the day seemed to go by fast! I’m feeling motivated and energized.

Day 2:
How I felt:
I’m lethargic today. Weakening in energy and just overall … bleh. I like the juices, so I want to keep going, but it’s a little more of a struggle today. I’m a little more irritable and moody than usual. I.e. all I want to do is chomp down on something crunchy. I miss the oral fixation of eating food! But, today I know much better how to pace out my juices. I also know that Instagram is a BAD idea – there’s so many delicious food photos on there!! Talk about absolute torture: cheesy pizza, fresh poke bowls, steamed seafood, avocado toast… the list goes on.

The biggest obstacle:
I’m starting to feel very bloated (which is totally natural at this stage of the cleanse as you rid your body of toxins). Although exercise is somewhat discouraged against, I know through my previous experiences, light exercise does help with how I’m feeling and can help me get that little extra burst I need.

The good news:
My light workout (only 30-minutes) made me feel great! I did a little extra cleaning around the house with my newly earned energy and am looking forward to the final stretch tomorrow!

Day 3:
How I felt:
WOO HOOOOO I feel AWESOME! I feel lighter, my stomach is noticeably flatter and I’m craving my first juice of the day. I have the most energy I’ve had since I started and am kind of bummed it’s coming to an end at today’s end. I’m super close to extending my cleanse another 2-days.

The biggest obstacle:
I don’t have one! We have dinner plans with friends on Thursday evening; otherwise, I would definitely continue doing this another few days!

The good news:
3 Days, to me, really is the perfect, quick, gut clearing time for a cleanse! No unhealthy eating, no toxins, no alcohol and no stress of decisions, meal planning or worries! Plus, 3 days also doesn’t impact the number of days I’m able to work out in a given week all that much.

In a nutshell – I’m sure some of you reading this, if you got this far ;), are wondering if a juice cleanse is right for you. And my answer is: it is one-hundred percent, wholeheartedly, entirely up to you. What’s right for one person isn’t always right or fitting for the next. But, I hope my experience helps you decide one way versus the other – I say you go out on a limb and try it… Hey, you only live once, right? 🙂

A few things to note:

  • Longer Fasts Preferable. A longer fast is preferable to a short one. Although for a beginner, the first juice fast should be about one to five days to start with. Do not attempt to fast longer unless you are familiar with, and understand juice fasting.
  • Cleansing is not a solution for long term weight loss. You may notice some weight, possibly water weight, possibly both, shed during your cleanse. But, pleaseee do not let this be your motivation. Most, if not all, can likely return post cleanse if you’re not maintaining a healthy eating and fitness lifestyle. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with getting healthy and starting a new routine, I absolutely LOVE the free workouts and blogs from Tone It Up! Ton It Up is two girls leading an awesome fitness community with tons of guidance on daily workouts, healthy recipes and easy-to-get-going routines!
  • Cleanses can be pricey. Ranging from $45+/day, a cleanse is something you’ll want to plan, and save, for.

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? If you have, what was your experience? If not, is it something you would be willing to try?

Leave your stories, reviews, and experiences below. I’d love to see what you guys have to say!

xoxo
Brittany

 

Spring Is Here!! Wait… Is It?       

My favorite thing I look forward to living in downtown Baltimore, Federal Hill area is when the weather warms, the flowers bloom, the spring street festivals begin and everyone officially comes out of hibernation from the winter. While we had a beautiful, 80 degree weather day prior to this, you’d never guess we would be bundled in jeans, jackets and scarves just one day later. It’s hard to believe the drastic weather swings we get here in Maryland.

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BUT – a little chilly weather sure didn’t stop us having a good Sunday Funday for the 2018 Federal hill Spring Block Party!! Beginning at our usual spot, Don’t Know Tavern (P.S. they have BOTTOMLESS mimosas and bloodies every Saturday & Sunday for just $12 til 2!!), then migrating to Blue Agave for brunch, we indulged in BYO Avocado Toast. YES. You heard right … I said BUILD YOUR OWN AVOCADO TOAST and it was AH-MAZING!!! Little crispy thick Texas toast squares are served to you, with a huge personal bowl of guac, along with an array of fresh toppings: cilantro, onions, diced tomatoes (OH MY!) and whatever else your little heart desires!! You’ve gotta check it out (and their margaritas, of course 😉 )

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// blue agave //

At the street festival, we kicked off with bevvies at Social Pub & Pie and enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon filled with great food, drinks, live local music and some of Baltimore’s best arts and crafts vendors before we wrapped up with a little bubbly at the beautiful new spot, The Charles (it’s the old Mad River if you’re a seasoned Federal Hill-er). I even got a new pair of Fed Thrills (not that I need another pair…). BUT, they will be the perfect accessory for Ravens season! 🙂

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// fed thrill //

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// essential shoulder bag in visetos original // converse chuck taylor all star low top // ray-ban aviators // 620 mid-rise super skinny in belladonna // fed thrill purple aviators // michael kors kelsey large nylon crossbody // pink striped keds // bb dakota black leather jacket // lyon distilling co signature hat //

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// the charles //

Cheers to fun days, good friends and more sunny days! !
Xoxo
Brittany