Archive for January 2020

New Years Reset: The Products to Buy for a Healthy Year

January 28th, 2020

The 5 products you need to start your new year off on a healthy note. From practicing sustainability, to eating better and practicing mindfulness, it is easier to buy better quality products that will last the test of time.

KeepCup 12oz Reusable Coffee Cup

Keepcup’s mission is to encourage the use of reusable cups. The company delivers sustainable, fit for purpose products and challenges convenience culture. Started in Melbourne in 2009 and opening their Los Angeles warehouse in 2013, KeepCup is a stylish and efficient way to bring your coffee to work.

Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar by Amy Chaplin

Chaplin shares her strategies, key recipes, and techniques for eating well day in and day out. Learn to nourish your body with simple yet satisfying recipes that are all gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free.

Optimism on Deck

This deck of cards is no game. It’s the happiness-boosting toolkit of professional psychologist Deepika Chopra—best known as the optimism doctor—who wrote these fifty-two suggestions based on her years of helping clients get to the sunny side. On each card, you’ll find a mindfulness practice to cultivate good thoughts—to keep on your desk, carry with you, or pass off to a friend who deserves a lift.

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II

From the pool to the park to the patio, this speaker’s rugged, water-resistant design lets you enjoy the music you love in more places. Voice prompts make pairing easy, and up to 8 hours per charge keeps your playlists playing. Despite its size, it delivers big sound. Wherever you are. Perfect for streaming a meditation or workout.

Vitamix Ascent Series Blending Bowl Starter Kit

Pair these blending bowls with your Ascent Series blender to create small batches of dips, baby food, smoothie bowls, and salad dressings, then immediately serve, store, or pack them in lunches. The convenient size is also perfect for quickly chopping ingredients like garlic and onion.

New Years Reset: The Top 5 Wellness Trends of 2020

January 20th, 2020

Start the new year by incorporating these top wellness trends of 2020 into your routine. From skincare upgrades to new practices you can incorporate from the comfort of your own home, there is a multitude of ways you can practice mindfulness in the new year.

1. CBD Skincare

CBD has become the key ingredient in wellness products in 2019. From sleep assisting gummy bears to drops you can add to your morning tea for an anti-anxiety boost, there are plenty of products to choose from containing the non-psychoactive cannabis ingredient. When added to skincare, CBD can help fight inflammation, reduce muscle soreness and of course, provide calming effects. Try Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate to calm acne prone skin, the Cannuka CBD Cleansing Body Bar to cleanse and calm your body while leaving skin hydrated and the Kana Skincare Lavender CBD Sleeping Mask to heal, hydrate and brighten your skin while you sleep.

2. Sound Bath Healing

Sound and Reiki Energy Healing are forms of vibrational medicine which help to re-establish balance and flow of vital life force energy. The vibration and sound promotes self-generative healing, relaxation and restoration. This incredible energy healing combination can help release emotional baggage, stress, grief, anxiety and even pain. You can sign up for a sound bath at The Den Meditation in Studio City, Unplug in Brentwood and The Soundbath Center in Eagle Rock.

3. Virtual Wellness

As our schedules get busier, and traffic gets worse, no one wants to spend hours commuting to and from a workout or meditation, when the act of wellness becomes more stressful than it is enjoyable. Boutique studios have hopped on the streaming bandwagon, and now you can get your favorite workouts streamed live into your home. From classes like Dancebody, Tracy Anderson Method and Peloton, to products like Mirror and apps like Fitplan and SWEAT, you can get the same quality of workout from the comfort of your living room.

4. Breathing Apps

Science has proven that meditation is the ultimate form of self care, that can be done anywhere from a road trip to a plane ride, to just before bed. There are countless meditation apps that can be downloaded to your smart phone to help you get into the habit of practicing mindfulness and breathing on the go. The Mindfulness App is free and offers an introductory five-day guided practice and introduction to mindfulness to help you get started, as well as timed guided or silent meditations from 3 to 30 minutes. Similar apps include, Calm, Headspace and Insight Timer.

5. Wellness Retreats

The definition of vacation means something different for everyone and with the rise of the trend in wellness, retreats have become more popular than ever. If you are local to the Los Angeles area, a simple road trip can lead you to some of the best wellness retreats in the world. The Golden Door in San Marcos, California offers retreat packages including personal fitness and nutrition programs, meditation sessions, bathhouses, hiking and golf- all that you need to unwind and relax. The Ranch Malibu offers 4 to 10-day luxury fitness retreats designed to promote weight loss, health and wellness. Ideal for solo, couple or group vacations. The Esalen Institute in Big Sur offers a unique wellness experience in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Themed retreats include yoga, meditation, art classes, hot spring baths and a healthy curated menu prepared to fit your dietary needs.

New Years Reset: The Best New Healthy Restaurants in LA

January 13th, 2020

Continue your January reset by visiting the newest healthy restaurants and cafes that opened in Los Angeles. From coffee shops and salad bars to old favorites opening new locations, there is something for everyone to discover and enjoy.

MIXT

3100 W. Sunset Blvd, Silverlake

Sustainable, local, non GMO, organic DIY salad bar opens in Silverlake. Seasonal menu options for every diet type from vegan and vegetarian, to autumnal salads like the Equinox with romaine hearts, kale, grilled chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, shaved parmesan, toasted almonds, garlic herb croutons, maple balsamic vinaigrette. MIXT offers achiote seasoned ground Impossible™ meat for vegans and a number of protein options, as well as market plates, sandwiches and more. There is also a Salad Valet to pick up your order curbside, for those on the go.

Urban Plates

2650 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach

Eat Well. No Compromises. Real food is born of goodness. It’s good to source fresh ingredients locally, sustainably, and ethically.  It’s good to create chef-crafted meals that are as nutritious and delicious as they are wholesome. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, or a straight-up carnivore, Urban Plates has a plate that you’re going to feel good about eating. Oh yeah, it’s also going to be delicious. And it’s not going to break the bank.

 

Millcross Coffee Bar & Kitchen

11050 Washington Blvd, Culver City

 

This new Culver City coffee shop offers everything from single origin pour-overs and 9-spice chai lattes to brunch served daily. Think egg sandwiches, elevated yogurt bowls (French Yogurt, seasonal Fall pears, apples, and berries, swirled in local artisan honey, topped with seeded granola crumble, with your choice of plain, lemon, or fig yogurt) and a large variety of salads, soups, bowls, toasts and melts. Your new go to spot whether you live in Mar Vista or Culver City.

 

Fresh on Sunset

8768 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood

From craft cocktails and craft beers to tasty tacos, burgers and salads, this new vegan cafe on Sunset is the perfect place to have a healthy meal. Brunch is served from 10:30 on weekends and includes dishes like blueberry almond pancakes (gluten and dairy free of course), as well as egg-free scrambles, waffles and botanical lattes (rose, turmeric or matcha).

Superba Snacks + Coffee

5203 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood

Your favorite Venice hangout has opened its fourth location in Noho. Here you can find the same breakfast sandwiches, avocado toasts and grain bowls that made Superba a local favorite. Now you can enjoy all of it without having to commute across the 110.