You don’t have to eat unhealthy food when you are in a rush. Here are 5 simple foods to grab on the Upper East Side that will help you look and feel younger.
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I’m not here to talk about healthy restaurants in our neighborhood. There are many of them — but that’s a different post. And, I’m really looking forward to writing it, but I will need some food buddies to join me in a few tastings, so drop me a comment below if you want to join me at a healthy food eatery.
So, if not restaurants, what am I talking about?
I’m talking about healthy food that’s easy to grab when you are out and about and rushing around like we so often do.
You know what I mean. You are running from the gym to Central Paark to the nail salon to Citarellas to Whole Foods to Dean And Deluca to the cleaners to your favorite clothing stores to that great new shoe store that just opened… whew… it’s tiring just writing this sentence.
You need a snack. What should you do? Too many of my clients are grabbing diet drinks, cartons of fat-free yogurt, sushi rolls, Starbucks, protein bars, etc.
What are you grabbing?
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I’ll tell you right now that all of the things I just mentioned, will not keep you looking and feeling younger. They have the opposite effect: yes, you are aging yourself — both your skin and your inner health.
Ugh. So, really, what can you do?
You can read this list of 5 simple foods to grab on the Upper East Side that will help you look and feel younger.
If you eat and drink the right foods and herbs for your unique body and circumstances, you can keep yourself looking and feeling healthy and youthful. All you need is the correct information. And I’m here to give it to you. So, read on and learn about the 5 simple foods to grab on the Upper East Side that will help you look and feel younger. And, if you want to learn more about healing whatever your specific concerns are, I’d love to talk to you about what would be best for your unique needs, so sign up for a free phone consultation and we can chat about it.
Quick Healthy Snacks For When You Are On The Upper East Side
So many stores on the Upper East Side sell kombucha — in bottles and on tap. This is one of the most healing beverages around.
Kombucha is a fermented sweetened black tea that contains tons of beneficial probiotics. It’s great for your digestion, increases your energy, and can help detoxify your body. And, it’s carbonated, so if your a soda lover or a fizzy kind of person, you will love this.
Dean And Delluca sells kombucha on tap. You can buy bottles of it in Whole Foods, Fairway, and Morton Williams. So, just pop into a market and grab yourself a satisfying and filling kombucha.
2. Appetizing Nibbles
Sometimes when I’m hungry and I’m running around, I’ll dart into Whole Foods or Fairway and head straight to the olive bar. All you have to do is grab a container and start filling. My favorite combination is one that includes a salty and a spicy olive mix, some tangy and spicy peppers, maybe some pickled vegetables, and a few cucumber pickles. Grab a fork and head back onto the streets. This is great eat-as-you-go food.
Hot peppers contain more vitamin C than any other vegetable and they are good at fighting off the common cold. Whenever I have a cold I eat lots of hot peppers. The main component of hot peppers is capsicum. Capsicum actually works with your body and mind to make you feel happy. It’s also good for reducing swelling and can relieve arthritic joint pain. If you have high blood pressure, check with your doctor before eating too many hot peppers because they can actually raise the blood pressure in some people.
Cucumbers are awesome, both for taste and health reasons. In Chinese medicine, they are known to have exceptional healing capabilities. They cool the body, expel toxins, purify the blood, strengthen the heart, moistens the large intestines and the lungs and kill tapeworms. They are good to eat if you have swelling in your hands or feet, or if you have a bladder infection. And, when you eat them in the form of a pickle, well, to me, there’s nothing more satisfying.
In Chinese medicine, we eat black foods for longevity; the darker the food, the healthier it is. So, I love to add some form of pitted black olives to my snack mix.
And, if you see that they have those huge butter beans, they are the perfect addition to your mix.
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3. Non-Dairy Yogurt
So many of my clients love yogurt. I completely understand the love of this creamy food. But, traditional dairy yogurts are not the healthiest choice. And, fat free yogurts are filled with unhealthy ingredients. Same goes for the fruit-laden varieties — they are filled with sugars. That cuts out a lot of the yogurt shelves in the market!
This year, I went on a quest to find good tasting and healthy yogurts. And I can tell you from experience, that there are several to choose from. Make sure you buy a full-fat non-dairy yogurt. I love cashew based ones (I like Forager) and coconut based ones (Anita’s is amazing). Just make sure you read your ingredients. There should be no sugars. No chemicals. No words you don’t understand.
Pop into Whole Foods, Fairway, or a gourmet market and grab your favorite. Feel free to sprinkle some raisins, nuts, seeds, or unsweetened coconut chunks on top (all of these toppings are available in the bulk section at Whole Foods so you can buy only as much as you need for your one carton of yogurt.
In Chinese medicine, we use coconut to strengthen the body, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding. Coconut kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. And perhaps most importantly, it helps you keep your mind sharp and it makes it easier for you to focus.
Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. They have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healthy choice.
4. Fresh Fruit
There are fresh fruit vendors on almost every corner now. This is a great thing! Every day when I walk by the fruit vendors on my block, I stop and ask: “Anything organic today?” When there is something organic, I buy it. Some days I come away empty handed, and other days there are organic berries and fruits available for the picking (no pun intended).
There’s nothing better than eating a carton of fresh berries as a snack. They are delicious, bite sized, and so healthy.
If there is nothing organic, I recommend choosing fruit that has a skin that you won’t be eating — like bananas or citrus fruit.
Make friends with your fruit vendors. You’d be surprised how friendly some of them are and how willing they are to chat with you about which fruit is best on any given day; they are a valuable source of information.
5. LattesThe next time you are hungry and are looking for a little something to get you through til lunch or dinner, try one of the amazing lattes available to us here on the Upper East Side.
There are turmeric lattes, matcha lattes, lavender lattes… so many deliciously healthy choices.
Bluestone Lane on Fifth Avenue makes a variety of deliciously satisfying and healing lattes. Irving Farm Coffee Roasters often has delicious non-dairy milks like oat or pumpkin seed. Birch Coffee has delicious oat milk.
The key is to get your latte with a healthy non-dairy milk. These lattes are deliciously creamy and this hot cuppa will stave off your unhealthy food cravings until you can get something good for you into your system.
When you choose a healthy non-dairy milk, your skin will thank you; you may actually glow. Your digestive health is the key to your skin, and when you remove dairy from your diet your skin will look years younger. Now, add something healing like matcha, turmeric, lavender, or rose to your healthy milk and oh my… you will reap the rewards of youth.
If your latte includes actual coffee, make sure it’s organic. Le Pain Quotidien has organic coffee as do some of the smaller coffee chains.
Remember, if you eat and drink the right foods and herbs for your unique body and circumstances, you can keep yourself looking and feeling healthy and youthful. All you need is the correct information. And I’m here to give it to you. So, read on and learn about the 5 simple foods to grab on the Upper East Side that will help you look and feel younger. And, if you want to learn more about healing whatever your specific concerns are, I’d love to talk to you about what would be best for your unique needs, so sign up for a free phone consultation and we can chat about it.
If you try any of these 5 simple foods to grab on the Upper East Side that will help you look and feel younger, be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like my suggestions and tips, and I love to answer your questions! If you try something, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.