Sautéed Apples

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My favorite dish right now. The perfect fall breakfast, snack or dessert. Now, I did not reinvent the wheel with this one, so don’t expect anything groundbreaking. It’s simple, but that’s why I make it almost every day. If you can’t make this, then I don’t know what to tell you. You will not regret this one, I promise!

1. Peel and cut the apple into bite size pieces. (If you want to get creative you can shred it, or use the apple peeler on the entire thing to make very thin slivers, but I personally like it in chunks.)

2. Put the apple pieces in a pan over medium heat with a bit of coconut oil (about a teaspoon will do) and as much cinnamon as you like. Cover with a lid to keep the moisture in.

3. Wait about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The apple will release its juice and natural sugars, so no need to add sugar to this one. It tastes like apple pie without the crust. ENJOY!

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Finding Joy When the Seasons Change

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I love Autumn. There’s something so refreshing about fall colors, the smell of leaves, and getting out the sweaters and boots. I especially love fall inspired cooking; winter squash, pumpkin and apple flavors, and roasting everything! Despite all of its wonderful qualities, many people (myself included) find that for whatever reason, the change in season may at times bring on negative emotions. Feeling uprooted and lacking stability with all the change going on is very common. Sometimes for no reason at all I will feel blah, unmotivated, or lacking energy and my usual zest for life. It’s not the fall that I don’t like, it’s the change from summer to fall. This prompted me to look toward natural ways to combat this and make the most of this time of year.

Celebrate the good things the season has to offer. This may sound extremely “DUH!” but it’s easy to forget this when you’re in a rut. The sunlight can be incredible with its warm yellow golden hues, unlike any other time of year. Go for a walk in a park, a hike in the woods and view the foliage, or pumpkin/apple picking.  Even when it’s chilly outside, bundle up in a cute sweater and scarf and spend a little time in nature.IMG_2939

Make fall inspired foods. While in the summer we tend to eat more salads and raw veggies, this time of the year is great for roasting. Try some winter squash, they come in so many interesting colors and shapes, it’s hard not to be inspired to cook with them. One of my favorite dishes to make right now is roasted apple slices with some cinnamon. IMG_2955

Get cozy. It’s natural crave stillness and warmth this time of year. As nature is preparing for the long rest of winter, or bodies will want to sync with that energy and need to feel rested and grounded. With all the movement in the air, temperature changes and windy days, we must balance that by finding stillness and stability. Allow yourself some quality couch or bath time. Change up your usual power yoga workout for a more slow-flow/grounding practice. Whatver you choose, know that you’re not being lazy, sometimes it’s just what you need to feel balanced and restored.

What are some of your favorite ways to infuse a little happiness into the changing seasons? Share your ideas in the comment section.

Westville NYC

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Mindful eating is all well and good untill it’s time to join the rest of society and go out to eat at an actual restaurant (that is assuming you have a social life, which you should, it’s good). Reading menus at many restaurants can make you realize how uptight you have been about what you eat. At least that’s how I feel when there’s nothing that appeals to me and I can’t enjoy a nice meal out without having a moment like this: “Excuse me is that wild Alaskan salmon? Um, is there cream in that sauce? Do you have any grass-fed beef?” You do the same thing too? Ok then I’m not the only one. Great.

That brings me to a wonderful experience I just had to share with the rest of the health concious people out there. Westville is a restaurant in New York that has locations in Chelsea, East Village, West Village and a location in Hudson too. I had the fortunate experience of dining there with my dearest girlfriends who also appreciate a healthy lifestyle. Westville’s philosophy is simple, fresh and seasonal foods.The atmosphere itself is very cozy and unpretentious.

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It’s really all about the food. The menu consisted of chicken, fish and veggie entres as well as salads and market plates.OH MY GOD THE MARKET PLATES!!!! You pick four choices from an extensive list including artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, beets, zucchini, and butternut squash.  If I could eat this food every day I could be a vegetarian and not miss out on anything. As far as entries go the crispy vegan quinoa & artichoke burger with avocado, chopped kale, alfalfa sprouts & sriracha coconut ranch dressing served w/ an arugula and marinated red onion salad was absolutely heavenly.

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With great food and even better friends, it was  my idea of the perfect dining experience. I’m definitely going back!