Juice Bar Recommendation: Juice Press

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Juice Press is a raw food, juice, and smoothie chain with locations all over New York City. I prefer their larger locations because they have little tables and benches where you can sit to enjoy your delicious, healthy juice, smoothie, vegan treat, or kale salad! I could honestly go here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. Juice Press is slightly more expensive than other juice bars in the city but it is worth it. I love getting the For the Love of Kale salad for lunch with a side of their delicious hummus and some The Dating Game date and coconut truffles for dessert. If you are new to vegan eating or tagging along with one of your vegan friends, I recommend the butternut squash and quinoa soup. It doesn’t use any special vegan ingredients, but it is really healthy and filling. Visit their website (http://www.juicepress.com) for a list of all their items.

Recommendations: fountain of youth smoothie, advanced berry blend smoothie, almond butter cup smoothie, hummus, kelp me pesto noodles, spicy miso crunch salad, for the love of kale salad, the dating game date truffles, butternut squash and quinoa soup

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Juice Bar Recommendation: Juice Press

Juice Bar Recommendation: Juice Generation

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This is a great juice and smoothie bar with locations across the city. The people who work here are really nice, and you can ask them to add kale or their incredible homemade peanut butter to any smoothie. The options here are endless, and it’s always so hard to decide if I should go with an old favorite or try something new. In addition to a wide range of smoothies, juices, and acai bowls, they have a delicious gluten-free and vegan bakery with items like acai berry pop tarts and cacao and matcha donuts. If you want to stock up for later they also have bottled juices, packaged juice cleanses, and pre-made salads and raw desserts. On top of all that, they also have prepackaged snacks like raw almonds and dried fruit mix, granola, and goji berries. At most Juice Generation locations, they also have delicious vegan soups which make a great and easy lunch or dinner on a cold day.

Recommendations: peanut butter bliss smoothie, mucho mango smoothie, peanut butter acai bowl, hail to kale green juice, get your green on green juice, activated charcoal spicy lemonade, watermelon and pineapple bottled juice, almond butter banana vegan muffin, cacao vegan donut, kale avocado salad with sunflower seeds and citrus vinaigrette

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Recipe: Tropical Green Smoothie

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This vibrant smoothie is great because it is a little sweet, but you also get a serving of greens in! Spinach is easy to blend and research has proven that if you eat a serving of spinach every day your memory will significantly improve. I love the coconut yogurt in this because it makes in thicker and more filling. Enjoy!

Ingredients (serve 1):

– handful of spinach

– 1 banana

– 1/2 cup pineapple

– splash of coconut milk (if it does not blend add more)

– generous tablespoon of coconut yogurt

Method: Blend all the ingredients together.

Recipe: Tropical Green Smoothie

Berry Acai Bowl

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This vibrant, antioxidant- rich acai bowl is a great way to start your day. You simply mix all the ingredients in a blender and then add whatever toppings you like. Acai berries are filled with fiber, omega fatty acids, and polyphenols. I put golden berries, goji berries, and bee pollen on mine but you can also add almond butter, granola, bananas, nuts, and seeds. This breakfast will leave you feeling bright and energetic for the rest of the day.

Ingredients (makes 1 large bowl):

1 cup strawberries

3/4 cup blueberries

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon acai powder (I used one from Navitas Naturals)

1 generous tablespoon almond butter

2-4 dates (depending on how sweet you like it)

Method: First place the strawberries and blueberries in the blender and blend. Then add the frozen banana, acai powder, dates, and almond butter. Also add some water to make it easier to blend. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and serve in a bowl topped with whatever you like!

Berry Acai Bowl

Advice: Finding a Calming Place

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We all lead such busy and hectic lives, so it is really important to have a few quiet, calming places we can go to when we need to relax. This place could even be a quiet room in your house without electronics where you do yoga or meditate. The picture above is from the beautiful gardens at Central Park Conservatory on 105th street and 5th Avenue. Taking a walk in the gardens there helps me forget all the things that have been stressing me out lately. I also love going to the beach in East Hampton, Long Island to relax. Try to find your happy place where you can go when you need to take a break.

Advice: Finding a Calming Place

Vegan Banana Ice Cream

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This banana ice cream is amazing for dessert, but if you have a morning sweet tooth it is great for breakfast too! It doesn’t even taste that healthy, but it is really good for you. The bananas provide protein and the raw cacao powder is an incredible superfood energizer. Enjoy!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 bananas (peel and freeze the night before)

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

2 dates (you can also use date syrup or agave)

Method: Place all the ingredients in a strong blender or food processor and blend. Medjool dates are the best because they are more sweet and sticky, but regular dates work as well. If you don’t have dates, date syrup or agave are other great natural sweeteners. You can top with cacao nibs or berries. Serve immediately.

Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Restaurant Recommendation: The Butcher’s Daughter

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This fun and vibrant health food restaurant is great for breakfast, weekend brunch, and lunch. Brunch is often crowded though, but if your party is no more than two people they can usually seat you quickly. The atmosphere here will turn you into a health foodie in no time: the walls are covered with vibrant green plants and all the servers wear tee shirts with witty slogans like “We sell designer kale.” They also have a small to-go shop next door with bottled juices and gluten-free vegan baked goods.

Recommendations: spicy kale Caesar salad with avocado, avocado toast with poppy seeds, healthy fruit popsicles, all their smoothies and juices

Restaurant Recommendation: The Butcher’s Daughter