• Fall Magazines

    Here is a roundup of a few healthy eating magazines. To me there is something about actually holding a magazine, same goes for books. I don't know what it is but I prefer it. If you're looking for some healthy recipes for fall or just trying to get on the health bandwagon you should check out some of these magazines, if you have not already! I love Clean Eating magazine! They have some great recipes and they also simplify eating healthy for you. I also just ordered the print edition of Chickpea Magazine for Fall. Their magazine is quarterly and also available to buy for online viewing. (You can order their magazine here!) Some other health food magazines are Gluten-Free Living and VegNews. These are mostly vegetarian and vegan friendly magazines but there still is a lot of great information in them about eating healthy in general too! 

  • Pinspiration: Fall on my Mind

    Happy Thursday everyone!

    Summer is by far my favorite season. Although, I’m starting to really be over this heat. (Something I never thought I’d hear myself say, haha!) So I’m having this love hate relationship with it right now. While I’m trying to still hang onto summer I’m ready for fall. Here are some pins that are getting me excited and inspired for fall recipes and flavors (and cooler weather! ;))

    Homemade Cherry Jam // Source: Unknown (from Pinterest)

    Butternut Squash Pie // Recipe found here! Source: Invitadoinvierno.com

    Grilled Turkey and Brie Cranwich // Recipe found here! Source: Jasonandshawnda.com (I don't even eat meat and I want this!)

    Toasted Pumpkin Seeds // Recipe found here! Source: Lovewithrecipe.com

     

    Sweet Potato Flan // Recipe found here! Source: Food52.com

    Grilled Kale Salad with Beets, Figs and Ricotta // Recipe found here! Source: Fiveandspice.com (I want this right now! Yum!)

  • Restaurant Review: Fred Segal Mauro Cafe

    Happy Wednesday everyone!

    Last week I had lunch at Fred Segal Mauro Café on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Fred Segal is one of the quintessential shopping destinations in LA to tourists and a hot spot for celebrity sightings. So when you’re done shopping for some designer threads, you can walk right over to Mauro Café and enjoy a delicious meal.

    Mauro Café is connected to the Fred Segal store and offers an array of options for breakfast, lunch and brunch. The Italian café caters not only to meat eaters but is also vegetarian friendly. While the food is filling and flavorful, it is not heavy. I was really impressed with Mauro Café and loved the food! I would definitely recommend adding this to your list of restaurants to try!

    Fred Segal Mauro Cafe

    8112 Melrose Ave.

    Los Angeles, CA 90046

    p. 323-653-7970

    www.mauroscafe.com

     

    First Impression: Open and welcoming! There is a lot of outdoor seating, the doors to the restaurant are both open and the restaurant is full with people. Being a destination for celebrities and the “beautiful people” of Los Angeles, it never felt stuffy or pretentious to me. It felt warm and inviting.

    Taste: Amazing! I loved the food there so much! Everything had lots of flavor and also had great presentation. Bethany and I came here for lunch. I had the Quinoa Salad, which consisted of spinach, cucumbers, peas, avocado and quinoa tossed in balsamic vinaigrette. Bethany had the Caprese Sandwich with added pesto. To drink I had the Pina Colada which had pineapple and coconut. I also tried a create your own juice. I picked kale, green apple and ginger. Bethany had the Minty Hawaiian, which had pineapple, coconut and mint. We both really loved our meals! My salad was full of flavor and very fresh. Bethany’s sandwich was also very fresh and tasty! Our drinks were amazing! Our meals were really great!

     

    Décor: Inside there is lots of artwork hanging. The floor is all brick and there are white string lights covering the ceilng. Inside towards the back of the restaurant there is a bar made of all dark wood. In the far far back of the restaurant there is more seating and also a quick service counter for pastries and juices/smoothies, etc. Back in this area of the café also has artwork lining the wall above the seating area.

    Price: Very reasonable! Especially for such a trendy spot! Juices will run you from $4.00 to $8.00. Smoothies are $8.00. Entrees range roughly from $12.00 - $23.00.

    Service: Great! Everyone that worked there is very nice! The owner, Evelyne, is also super sweet! Great service always makes for a pleasant experience!

     

    Ambiance: Outside the seating is very casual, with wooden tabletops and plastic bright colored chairs. Inside has a more up scale feel, with white tablecloths and flowers on the tables. The inside is also a lot darker and intimate feeling. But because of how the vibe is outside that transitions into the inside as well, so it’s not stuffy or uptight feeling. It feels really “homey” here.

     

    Overall Experience: Really great! I enjoyed the food and drinks, the atmosphere and service!

    Credits:

    Written and Reviewed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed by: Bethany Nauert

    (Big thank you to Evelyne Joan and Rachel Johnson for having us!) 

  • Restaurant Review: The Farm of Beverly Hills

    Happy Wednesday friends!

    If you’re ever in the Beverly Hills area or are in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live and are looking for some quality, healthy comfort food, I definitely recommend trying out The Farm of Beverly Hills! The restaurant has that homey feeling as if you were at your mom and dads or grandmothers and grandfathers home. The Farm of Beverly Hills has been in town since 1997 and offers a variety of home cooked, farm to table American style dishes. In a town like Beverly Hills there aren’t many restaurants or shops that make you feel entirely welcome or “at home” and usually have a very uppity vibe to them, this is the complete opposite here! Check out my full review on this cute restaurant situated in the heart of two very lively neighborhoods!

     

    The Farm of Beverly Hills

    439 North Beverly Drive

    Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    310-273-5578

     

    The Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live

    800 West Olympic Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90015

    213-747-4555

     

    First Impression:

    I am often in the Beverly Hills area and I have seen the restaurant so many times and each time I always think to myself, “I have to try that place! It looks so cute!” The name alone and the patio make it very inviting, especially for someone like me who loves a great healthy spot! Upon walking in I immediately could tell this restaurant was unlike many restaurants in the Beverly Hills area. It felt cozy and comfortable. It made me feel like I suddenly was in the south or somewhere else with that all American vibe!

     

    Taste:

    Great! I am a huge fan of great traditional but healthy food, especially breakfast! I had the California Omelet and their orange juice, which is freshly squeezed! The omelet consisted of egg whites, fresh tomato, sautéed white corn, pico de gallo, black beans and topped with ranchero sauce and jack cheese with avocado, toast and fruit or a choice of potatoes. Everything on the menu looked really great!

    Décor:

    It had a very Americana feel inside. Lots of wood, warm colors and hints of red.

     

    Price:

    Very reasonable for quality food and in Beverly Hills.

     

    Service:

    Great! Everyone was so friendly there! The manager took a lot of time to talk with me and was extremely nice.

     

    Ambiance:

    Relaxing and comfortable! I enjoyed eating my meal here and didn’t feel rushed or that I had to be dressed the nines (Which again I feel like some people think if you’re in Beverly Hills you have to be decked out and this is not the case at The Farm of BH.) It’s a great spot to dine by yourself, go to with co-workers for lunch and even cute for a date.

    Overall Experience:

    Really great! I loved the atmosphere here and their food! They have a great menu with a little bit of everything!

     

    Credits:

    Written, Reviewed & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

     

  • Restaurant Review: SweetSalt Food Shop

    Happy Thursday everyone!

    I recently stumbled across a hidden gem of a restaurant near my neighborhood that was really tasty! SweetSalt Food Shop is a café and bakery that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a large variety on their menu, catering towards vegetarians and meat lovers! There really is something for everyone here! Don’t forget to try some of there homemade pastries!

     

    SweetSalt Food Shop

    10218 Riverside Drive

    Toluca Lake, CA 91602

     

    818-509-7790

    www.SweetSaltFood.com

     

    First Impression

    As soon as you walk up to SweetSalt you get this neighborhood friendly vibe. The location is so cute! It’s nestled in between other stores along Riverside Drive in a busy area or “main drag” of Toluca Lake. This area is popular for lunchtime with all the studios nearby. Once I went in I got another vibe that this was somewhere some come to have lunch everyday with friends and co-workers.

    Taste

    So good! I was really impressed with all the items on the menu and especially with my meal! I had the Kale and Brussel Sprouts Tacos. The flavors in these tacos were amazing! Also, being mostly vegetarian I appreciated their twist on the taco! They do offer the option to add Chicken or Salmon to these!

     

    Décor

    The décor was really simple inside SweetSalt but it had style. There are mainly hues of gray, black and brown in the restaurant. There is almost a vintage vibe, with lots of wooden chairs, wooden floors, and black crow decor found throughout the restaurant.

     

    Price

    I thought it was pretty reasonable and standard for lunch in LA.

    Service

    Great! Everyone working there was very friendly!

     

    Ambiance

    Relaxing. Although they were busy it did not feel uncomfortable or overwhelming. There were a couple of people who were just working on their computers. If you can work from a restaurant it must be relaxing in some way! ;)

     

    Overall Experience

    I really liked this restaurant! Great food (I would definitely go back for those tacos!) and pleasant atmosphere! I recommend giving this spot a try!

    Credits:

    Written, Reviewed and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • How to Eat Healthy While Flying

    Happy Wednesday friends!

    Week before last I was doing a lot of traveling, between flying out of the country, flying within the states and doing lots of driving. While preparing for my trip I stocked up on lots of snacks and such for while I was on the move. I then had an idea for a post about how to eat healthy while flying. I didn’t always used to pack and bring food with me and just figured out what I would eat once I was in the terminal. With the options in airports being sometimes very limited (unless you’re at a major airport where it’s similar to that of a mall food court) it can feel difficult finding any healthy food. And now with all of the TSA regulations it feels even more restricted than ever of what you can bring with you on the plane. Originally being from the East Coast, I often travel back and forth to visit home. I’ve learned what you can and cannot bring with you on the plane. Some people don’t even realize that you can bring food through security! During my last trip I brought tons of food in my carry on, one of the items being a jar of peanut butter. This item was quickly confiscated; I now know that I cannot bring peanut butter with me on the plane! ;) They told me no butters, hummus, jellies, pastes, etc. – all of these fall under the “liquid” category. You can however bring these items if they are in containers that are 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller. Here are a list of healthy foods and meal ideas you can bring with you on the plane…

    • Bananas
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Snap Peas
    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Avocado (I like to spread the avocado onto a slice of bread, top with some salt and pepper, which the flight attendant should also have or you can grab some at a store before you board. I’ve brought plastic knives with me on the plane but sometimes they get taken away but you can also grab one from a restaurant or shop before you board as well!)

    • Slices of Bread
    • Pretzels
    • Health/Protein Bars (such as Cliff Bars, Kind bars, Two Moms in the Raw, etc.)
    • Oatmeal packets (You can ask for a cup of hot water and add the oatmeal to the cup or make it in a separate cup either way the flight attendant should provide you with this, you should also pack your own spoon just in case they don’t have any on your flight! You can also pack little containers with some brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts, dried fruit, etc. to top your oatmeal with. I personally like to put cinnamon and bananas in mine!)

    • Granola (This you could also bring to put on top of your oatmeal!)
    • Dried Fruit (Pictured are Mango + Pineapple)
    • Trail Mixes
    • Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, etc.)
    • Dates

    • Citrus fruits (Oranges, Clementines, Grapefruits, etc. These types of fruit are able to stay fresh without the need of refrigeration.)

    • Rice Cakes (You can spread some of the almond or peanut butter on top if you bring a little with you!)
    • Pita or Pita Chips
    • Homemade wraps or sandwiches Just be sure it is something that will still taste good in a couple hours from when you’re leaving your house. You can make a pita with hummus, cucumbers, etc. (These are premade Garden Veggie Wraps from Whole Foods. If I don't have time to make something at home before I fly out, I like to stop by the grocery store and pick some of these up on my way.)

    • Cereal (You can bag up some from home and when you’re on the plane again ask for a cup and some milk.)
    • Hard-boiled eggs (This is if you’re really preparing in advance but a great option and source of protein on the go!)

    NOTE*:  If you really want to plan ahead, you can bring a lunch box with you. A soft sided one is best as it’s easier and less clunky to travel with. You can pack a salad, sandwich, even a smoothie in your lunchbox and keep it cool this way with ice packs. Some may not want to go to these lengths to plan out their meals but if you’re like me and want to make sure you have something healthy and that you enjoy while traveling, it’s a great option to take advantage of.

    Credits:

    Written, Styled & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Recipe: Sauteed Kale and Spinach, With Hummus Dressing

    Welcome to our first post!

    For our first home cooked recipe, we wanted to choose something that was familiar and that we make everyday. This is a meal that is easy to prepare, affordable and takes no time to cook.

    Today we are making sautéed spinach and kale with bell peppers. We have topped off this meal with homemade hummus dressing and sprinkled pine nuts for additional flavor.

    Here is how to make this tasty and super healthy meal!

    Sautéed Spinach + Kale with Bell Peppers

    Serving Size: 2

    *This is recipe is Vegan and Vegetarian and Gluten Free*

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Stalks of Kale
    • 2 Large handfuls of Spinach (or a ½ of a bag)
    • 2 Bell Peppers (You can use any color peppers you’d like. We chose orange and yellow peppers!)
    • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts
    • Pinch of Salt and Pepper
    • 1-2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • Hummus Dressing  (You can follow our recipe listed below, on how to make your own. If you want a quicker option we love Trader Joe’s Hummus Dressing!)

    Let’s Cook!

    • While washing your veggies set up a sauce pan on medium heat with one or two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
    • As it heats up throw a little water in the pan.
    • Remove the kale leaves from the stalk.
    • Add the spinach and kale. Keep stirring until the leaves soften.
    • Add chopped up bell peppers.
    • Stir occasionally.
    • When leaves start to darken and are al dente you can remove the heat.
    • Add pine nuts and dressing.
    • Enjoy! 

     

    Here’s an idea! If you’d like to incorporate a lean protein you can always add to this recipe. You can also add cheese on top for additional flavor.

    We really like making things from scratch when possible, but sometimes we get so busy and time does not permit. In those cases we love Trader Joes Hummus Dressing. It’s super yummy!

    Hummus Dressing Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Garbanzo Beans
    • 1 tablespoon EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
    • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
    • ¼ cup of Tahini
    • ¼ teaspoon Rice Vinegar
    • 1/8 of a teaspoon of Salt
    • 2 dashes of Black Pepper
    • ½ cup of Water
    • Juice from 2 Lemons
    • 1 tablespoon of Parsley

    Directions:  Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until it's a thinner consistency like a dressing. If it's still too thick you can add lemon juice or water to it.