CLEANSING FOR SPRING: CLEAN EATING & WELLNESS
We’ve made it through the winter doldrums and assuming we don’t have a barrage of snowstorms in late March, it wasn’t all that bad and spring is finally in sight! Spring is a natural time of cleansing. Whether you are Kondo-ing your apartment or your dining routine, you’re probably feeling ready for a fresh start with the season.
Vegetable-forward menus are definitely one of the top trends in the restaurant world for 2019 so it is becoming easier to eat healthfully when dining out with friends. And with Wellness becoming ever more popular, healthy foods are becoming increasingly available to bring to work or just running around from day to day. We are also starting to see more foods and supplements that go above and beyond just providing us with necessary nutrients and sustenance to giving us everything from brain power boosts to radiant, youthful skin and more restful sleep. Here are some recommendations for cleansing your dining routine as we head into spring.
For a finer dining experience:
ABCV: Plant-based, non GMO, sustainable, artisanal, organic (wherever possible) and local - Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ode to vegetables hits all the buzzwords. The clean bright space will make you feel healthier just by walking in and the menu is packed with unique flavor combinations so delicious you will forget that you are eating vegetarian. // 38 East 19th Street New York, NY 10003
Plant Food & Wine: Matthew Kenney’s global culinary and wellness empire finally takes root in NYC’s East Village with Plant Food & Wine. They seek to offer minimally processed, plant-based cuisine that is both elevated and healthy. The brand extends beyond just serving beautiful and nutritious food into wellness products, media, education and hospitality making “plantlife” a lifestyle all over the world from LA to Sao Paulo, Bogota to Costa Rica. // Various Locations
Ladybird: Ladybird is just lovely. The space is cozy and romantic with crystal chandeliers above a long bar, rich green velvet covered chairs and banquettes, and gilded touches throughout. They characterize themselves as a vegetable bar but the menu is filled with comforting items like vegan cheese fondue. Also try their fantastic vegan sister restaurants Mother of Pearl and Avant Garden. // 11 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10009
On the go:
Hu Kitchen: At Hu Kitchen, their objective is to get back to Human. That means only serving unprocessed foods, many of them organic and excluding gluten, refined sugar and anything processed. This fast-casual spot has space to dine in or take out their own specialty products to stock your fridge. // 78 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Dr. Smood: The clear vision of Dr. Smood is to offer the healthiest products around. Always organic, never processed and everything packed with superfoods - you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. With several locations throughout New York and Miami clean eating has never been more convenient. // Various Locations NY & MIA
Le Botaniste: At Le Botaniste, they see food as medicine. It comes from the creative team behind Le Pain Quotidien and offers a vegan menu and selection of natural wines in a pretty setting resembling an apothecary. The menu is made of various “prescriptions” sampling flavors from all over the globe. // 833 Lexington Avenue & 127 Grand Street New York, NY
Stocking up on supplies:
Clean Market: Clean Market is a new wellness haven that extends far beyond just clean eating into treatments and services like cryotherapy, vitamin IV drips, and infrared saunas. Swing by the café for a bright smoothie or spend the day detoxifying with all their spa services. // 240 East 54th Street New York, NY 10022
Cap Grocery: From the well-known NY- and LA-based clean beauty brand Cap Beauty comes Cap Grocery, one of the best sources for all your wellness needs to help you cleanse from the inside out. They carry everything from emerging brands to known favorites like Moon Juice. Line your shelves with their tinctures, teas, snacks, and adaptogenic powders to help you reach your highest vibration. // LA & NYC
Sakara: Sakara is simultaneously the most luxurious of prepared food services and the easiest plan to incorporate into your life, delivering beautifying, clean meals to your door. Each meal is prepared by chefs to taste like a dish in a five-star restaurant. In addition to meals snacks and teas, meal programs come with your choice of beauty or nootropic chocolates to boost brain power, or detoxifying water drops.
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