By Alexis Lardieri
Clean Your Palette with Clean Plates:
When you live in New York, your kitchen can often be considered one of the least used rooms in your apartment. Why cook when at the dial of a finger you can have any cuisine you want – without the mess? Wouldn’t it be nice to get the convenience without the calories? Now you can have it all with Clean Plates Manhattan 2011, a nutritionist and critic approved lifestyle and restaurant guide. Whether fast food or fine dining, vegetarian or carnivore, Clean Plates provides a countless array of restaurants that use sustainable raised animal foods (free of hormones and antibiotics), locally grown and organic produce, gluten-free options, and much more.
In addition to the food critics you can enjoy nutritional fun facts that include how to design your own eating plan, the concept of bio-individuality, as well as the pros and cons of different diet theories and foods. And the best part about it- you don’t have to break the bank! Clean Plates is equipped with a quick and easy reference guide so you can dine on a budget.
Available online and at Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Whole Foods
Here’s the Skinny on Smart and Skinny Snacks:
This nutrition packed snack is perfect for on-the-go, whether pre or post workout. Just under 200 calories, it will give you the energy and proper nutrients you need in between meals to prevent cravings and most important–over eating.
Stacked with flavor, Smart and Skinny Snacks has four unique categories to choose from including:
Petite Parfaits: With an array of choices including, Berrylicious, Ain’t Nothing Dry About This, Got the Blues, and Mangy Tango, you’ll have plenty of flavors to coat your palette. Packed with five ounces of non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, (each serving provides the recommended 20% of daily calcium intake) each parfait gives you the right amount of fruit, fiber, and protein.
Skinny Dippers: From Hummus to Apple Pie, Peanut butter to Berry Dips, your mouth will water when you see this list of ingredients!
Skinny Mix: Packed with super foods and all natural ingredients, choose from a variety of mixes including, Cherry Bomb (cocoa almonds, organic Bing cherries, dark chocolate) PB & J (lightly salted peanuts, natural dried strawberries, whole grain strawberry granola crisps)
Skinny Stix: Oh Fiddlestix, a unique combination of Bamboo skewers, organic cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, mango & grapes paired with 50% reduced fat DHA Omega-3 cheddar cheese & 100% whole wheat pretzels.
Physical Therapy in your Pocket:
In this day and age, technology can bring you just about anything – including your very own personal doctor. Introducing the Motion doctor, a new application designed specifically for your I-pad and those in dire need of pain relief. The motion doctor was developed by award-winning Conshohocken Physical Therapy and includes 60 professional videos that showcase the proper form of various physical therapy exercises to relieve and prevent pain in four distinct categories, including Body Parts, Activity, Sports, and Profession.
The app is not only unique, but also user friendly. It is designed so that once it is downloaded it can operate without a wireless connection.
Motion Doctor is available now on Apple’s App Store for $14.99
Peace full Sleep:
Lack of sleep is one of the biggest contributors to weight gain. Without the proper sleep dosage your body can produce high stress levels that start out innocently enough but can cause a domino effect. According to, Susan Zafarlotfi, PhD, clinical director of the Institute for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center, “When you have sleep deprivation and are running on low energy, you automatically go for a bag of potato chips or other comfort foods.”
“Sleep debt is like credit card debt,” Zafarlotfi says. “If you keep accumulating credit card debt, you will pay high interest rates or your account will be shut down until you pay it all off. If you accumulate too much sleep debt, your body will crash.”
Although we can’t control your finances, we can definitely help prevent sleep debt. Introducing the Peace Full Sleep drink, a unique formula that consists of Chamomile Extract, Lavender, L-Theanine, Passion Flower Extract and other key ingredients designed to promote a soothing, restful sleep. In addition, these nutrients allow for a total body cell renewal, improving the balance in the central nervous system and creating a deep level of REM sleep.