Whenever I travel for any period of time I always make sure I know what my green juice options are where I am going. One of the many, many things I adore about The Hamptons is the plethora of spots to get green juice. While I am here I never have to worry about getting my daily juice in!
Minus the torrential downpour that was most of yesterday my month at the beach has been amazing so far. Actually, the rain was amazing as well. It is so much nicer to be stuck in the rain when you don’t have to navigate the streets of NYC and the subway. Nothing is worse than getting on a freezing cold subway when you feel like a drowned rat. Ok, maybe the way your feet feel after walking around in the rain in flips flops on the dirty NYC street is worse. Gross!
Growing up I was a huge fan of The Cosby Show. It was on at 9:30pm, long after my bedtime, but sometimes I could convince my parents to let me stay up and watch it. I loved Claire and Cliff Huxtable, their perfect Brooklyn Heights townhouse and their large family. No matter what trouble they got into it was always resolved after 30 minutes. Ah, the joys of living in a sit-com!
Few meals make me happier than a huge green salad. No matter where I am eating be it at home or out I always, always start my meal with a salad of sorts. Even if it is just a basic green salad I know that I am doing something good for my body by eating it. My salads vary greatly but I do have a basic blueprint I like to follow to make sure my creation is both delicious and satisfyingly nutrient dense.
This year, Doug and I decided to rent a house in East Hampton for the month of August. For as long as I can remember my family has spent summers in the Hamptons and I am very excited to have our own little corner of it to enjoy this month. Instead of going back and forth from NYC to East Hampton on weekends as I usually do, I have decided to stay put for the majority of August at my own personal summer camp of sorts. I plan to fill my days with lots of exercise, farm stand shopping, writing, working on projects, recipe creating, and time with family.
Traditional medicine and I don’t get along so well. I refuse to take any over the counter painkillers, pills and even most antibiotics unless 1 million percent necessary (gasp! horror! judgment!). If I have a raging headache I am more likely to treat it with acupuncture and water than Advil. On the rare occasion I get a cold I flood it with green juice and ginger tea before I turn to over the counter cold medicine. When allergy season hits (and it sometimes hits me hard) I will Neti Pot my brains out if it means I can avoid Claritin, Allegra etc. etc. etc.
What little girl wasn’t obsessed with mermaids at some point? The romance, the adventure, the flowy hair, the seashell bras! My mermaid fascination is probably due to a certain Disney movie that was oh so popular when I was growing up. I think I can still sing all of the words to “Part of Your World.”
There are certain phrases in our society that I find perplexing. “Let’s grab a coffee” is one of them. Oftentimes the friend asking me on said coffee date does not drink coffee, and knows that I don’t touch the stuff either. Yet somehow, coffee has become a stand in for “let’s spend some time catching up over a beverage.” I would like to change that. Recently, I have been making an effort to ask friends if they would like to grab a juice or a smoothie. I think it’s catching on as last week a (very pregnant) friend of mine asked me on a smoothie date. I was delighted.
I talk about green juices and green smoothies a lot. A lot. I often find myself answering friend’s questions about anything and everything green juice and smoothie related. What are they? Why drink them? Where can I get one? And most importantly… what is the difference between a green juice and a green smoothie? Since juicing vs. blending can be a vexing question for many I thought I would talk a little about the difference between the two and the benefits of each. That’s right, juicing and blending both have their benefits IMHO. Many people are either juice or smoothie monogamists. Juicers won’t blend and blenders won’t juice. I am not one of them. I am an equal opportunity green beverage lover and both smoothies and juices play a vital role in my day.