Travel. Eat. Thrive.

Our friend Nathan Agin has been living out of a backpack for the last three years, has never been healthier, and is now launching the show Travel. Eat. Thrive.  We’re pretty impressed too and knew we had to share his story with the HCC community.

What’s it all about? Here’s the 40-second version…

HCC: You’ve been a nomad for 1000 days and counting… What sparked your decision to go on the road?

NA: It was May 2010. I had just come back to Los Angeles after a three-month acting gig in Seattle at the Intiman Theatre. Despite being in the best year of my career (stand-up, Super Bowl commercial, regional theatre), I discovered that, after 10 years, I wasn’t passionate about acting any more.

So it became a question: “what DO I want to do?” And then: “if I’m not tied to LA (because of acting), where would I like to go?” At first I just thought of moving to San Francisco (love that city!), but then I wondered if I could recreate my Seattle experience in other places, stopping in for three months at a time and getting comfortable.

As anyone who travels can attest, the bug bit hard and once I actually hit the road, I found myself wanting to visit more and more places. Nearly three years later, I still have a deep love for traveling, meeting new people, and encountering new ideas.

HCC: We love to ask people “what do you eat?!?” so tell us, what does a typical food day look like for you?

NA: As soon as I wake up, I go for a 1-2 large glasses of water with lemon (and honey/cayenne pepper if available) to rehydrate my body and to jumpstart my digestive organs.

After an hour of creative work, 20-30 minutes of exercise, and 30 minutes of meditation, I’ll fix myself a green smoothie: typically water, banana, spinach, celery or cucumber, ginger, and perhaps some frozen berries. Watch my “Green Smoothie in 3 Easy Steps” video here.

Lunch is a GIANT salad, with many or all of the following: spinach, kale, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, onion, bell peppers, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and avocado. For dressing: lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.

Dinner is typically lots of vegetables and herbs (such as zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, garlic, cauliflower, cilantro—either steamed or sautéed), and perhaps wild-caught salmon or free-range chicken. I also love sweet potatoes every now and then.

Snacks might be fresh fruit (apples, grapefruit), nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans), and nut butters (almond, cashew, or sunflower).

Learn more about the *exact* recipes I’ve used on the road in my cookbook, Nonstop Awesomeness in the Kitchen.

HCC: What does healthy mean to you?

NA: Being healthy and eating healthy is a very personal decision. Of course we all know that eating real food and exercising *is* healthy, but in terms of what specifically to eat (and proportions) and what exercise to do, NOBODY can tell me or you the “best” or “right” way—it’s absolutely about experimenting and listening to your body! Do what you enjoy, what feels right, and what delivers the results you want.

To me, being healthy means having an abundance of energy, being able to do physically what I want, having a positive mindset, and feeling focused, clear, and engaged with life!

HCC: What is the show Travel. Eat. Thrive. about? And how does it help people with cooking at home?

NA: The show is designed to share restaurants around the world serving nutritious and delicious food, and then—how you can make those same meals at home! We connect with someone locally—someone who wants to eat healthier—taking that person out to different restaurants, and then to have him or her decide what meal to recreate in the kitchen at home.

I’ve found that many people I’ve stayed with have often been fascinated with how to make a green smoothie or why a plate of vegetables tastes so good. As someone who was horrible in the kitchen, it’s been fun for me to discover how EASY making tasty and good-for-you food can be—and then sharing these recipes with others.

The vision is to bring this out to a wider audience all while still creating a personal connection. There are lots of ideas of how to engage and include the audience (something I think many current food and travel shows are missing)—from viewers directly contributing content to creating worldwide communities around food.

HCC: What is your best advice to people for how to stay healthy when they are traveling? 

NA: Usually when you’re on the road, it’s not about dramatically improving your health or training for a triathlon; you just want to focus on what will help you maintain, sustain, energize, and inspire.

I like to say that you need to remember to pack two things: Commitment and Flexibility. Commitment is your pledge to yourself in terms of what you do everyday to hit the four words above; these are more general terms, like exercise, meditation, nutrition, gratitude, etc. Flexibility refers to *how* you can practice your commitment—you might only be able to squeeze in 10 minutes of yoga (instead of your usual 90) or maybe you can find a couple pieces of fruit for breakfast instead of a green smoothie.

The fact is you are doing something—which is WAY better than nothing, and you’re keeping up your routine, rather than letting it all slide, feeling guilty, and depressed (which can add to the stress you might already be experiencing from being in a different place).

Do whatever you can to keep yourself grounded and connected to your regular way of life—these habits will absolutely help you feel more present and energized during your travels.

Quick Fire Time…

Favorite meal to eat? Salad – so many variations, and I feel great afterward.

Favorite meal to prepare? Broccoli, Avocado, Mango salad. Creamy, sweet, and delicious, and I love sharing this one!

Favorite restaurant? I have favorites in many cities—I always love hitting up Café Gratitude (in LA and the Bay Area)

Favorite city? Again, lots of faves. Hawaii ruined me on cities (why so much concrete?!), but I quite enjoy the PacNW trio: Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver (BC)

Favorite daily practice? Meditation. Hands down. Game-changer and life-saver. Haven’t missed a day in over 3 years, and don’t plan on missing one—ever.

Favorite farmer’s market? Sounding like a broken record: again, SO many to choose from; Santa Fe has a really great market surrounded by lots of arts and culture—can’t wait to re-visit that one!

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If this kind of info is up your alley, we invite you to check out Nathan’s new show Travel. Eat. Thrive.—where he takes you to restaurants around the world serving nutritious and delicious food, and then shows you how you can make those same meals at home!

Visit www.traveleatthrive.com to learn more, get the free handout “24 Tips for Healthier Eating Out!”, and…

Enter to WIN a free meal for two at restaurants around the US (and Canada!)—check out the contest here: traveleatthrive.com/win-a-meal-for-two/

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When you need a little sugar…

Sometimes we crave desserts when what we really want is a little sugar from a special sweetie.

If you crave something more substantial than cookies and ice cream, oh, ya know, like a soul-deep love connection, we need to tell you about our friends, the amazing Love Coach, Kavita J. Patel.

She’s recently unleashed an informative, to the point video training series that answers your most burning questions around dating and dudes.

For instance: 

Video #1: When should I have sex with the guy I’m dating?

Video #2: How can I get my ex back–or finally let him go for good?

Video #3: How can I stop obsessing over a man?

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Not sure about you, but we feel like these videos are VITAL for every single woman out there!

Click HERE to get access to these amazing videos and you’ll automatically be on the list for Kavita’s FREE call this Thursday, October 17th @ 7pm EST.

The topic is: Get His Attention and Keep It: The 3 Crucial Secrets to get him to ask you out and keep coming back for more.

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We both know Kavita personally and her mix of honesty and intuition never ceases to amaze us.

In fact, there was one time Quinn simply said the name of a guy she went out with and Kavita was like “oh, he likes you”.  The next day Quinn got a message from the guy gushing about how it was “the best first date ever”!

This girl’s got skillz and you need to listen.  So if you’re Done with Being Single, hop over and watch her videos HERE.

Have questions?  Let us know in the comments below!

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The Perfect Picnic

It’s the last official weekend of summer and we want it to go out with a bang.  Below is our Top 10 List of Picnic Must Haves to ensure you have equal parts fun and yumm in the sun.HCC the perfect picnic

1. It’s all about the blanket. We recommend something large and in charge that can accomodate all of your food & friends. Roll your blanket in this Pendelton carrier and it’s insta-picnic-chic.

2. Fun straws give your picnic a festive vibe.  Check out these adorable biodegradable straws.

3. For beverages, we recommend Belvoir Cordials. Mix it with some soda water and berries or spike it with your booze of choice. (Quinn<3s Tequila, Robyn + Vodka 4ever)

4. Bring along a salad like Holli Thompson’s Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango.  This was definitely a crowd favorite during Salad Fest 2013.  Get the recipe HERE.

5. Seasonal fruit is a must. At this time of year we are bit past berries and totally onto stone fruit. Pick up some ripe peaches, plums and nectarines and you’ll be in heaven.

6. Also include seasonal fruit spread.  Before you know it, fall will be here so savor all the flavors of summer while you can! We adore Le Pain Quotidien’s Organic Strawberry Rhubarb Spread.  It’s made from great ingredients and is easy to find.

7. Cheeses. They’re a classic. We recommend asking your cheese monger for their recommendation for a good, organic goat or sheep’s milk cheese. It’s hard to go wrong with a goat brie or manchego.

8. It all comes together with the crackers. Some brand we love are Lesley Stowe’s Rain Coast Crisps, Mary’s Gone Crackers, and Edward & Sons Black Sesame Rice Crackers.

9. For dessert you must have chocolate.  We are obsessed with all things Gnosis, but especially their Fleur de Sel Bar.

10. You didn’t think we forgot about the basket?  It’s all about carrier.  We love this one from, where else but Target.

Are we missing anything?  What are YOUR favorite picnic go-tos?  Pretty please, share with the rest of the “Campers” in the comments below! 

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Get your Sprout on!

We recently had the pleasure of trying out these amazing sprouts from GreenGrassLife.

GreenGrassLife is a family-owned, local, organic urban farm in New York City. An amazing couple – Meliza and Jovany Veloz- founded GreenGrassLife after personally witnessing the miraculous benefits of wheatgrass and sprouts.
They were of course eager to spread the good word and quickly became one of the most dependable growers in the Tri-State area.
GreenGrassLife sprouts local organic in New York via Healthy Cooking Camp

Sun­flower and buck­wheat sprouts, pea shoots, and sweet-tasting wheat­grass are planted, grown and har­vested in a peace­ful environment. They only use the highest qual­ity organic soil and seeds from the most rep­utable sup­pli­ers.  The coolest part?  They practice medita­tion while plant­ing to infuse their prod­ucts with pos­i­tive energy!

The company offers:
  • Wheatgrass
  • Sunflower sprouts
  • Pea shoots
  • Buckwheat sprouts
  • Young Thai coconuts
  • Personalized nutrition support and education

We love living foods like wheatgrass and sprouts because they provide tons of nutritional benefits.  They are filled with chlorophyll and enzymes, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and plant based proteins. They supply oxygen and alkalinity.

Sprouts are a wonderful addition to salads, sandwiches, smoothies and they can also be juiced in combination with a variety of fruits and vegetables. 

GreenGrassLife sells their products to local health food stores, juice bars and individuals. AND they even deliver six days a week in the Tri-State area and ship nationwide.  So there’s no reason you can’t get more greens in your life!

For more information or to place an order,  call (800) 557 9017 or go to GreenGrassLife.

You didn’t think we were going to leave you without some recipes, did you?  Never!  Try this classic Green Vegetable Juice
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Green Vegetable Juice
Servings: 1- 16 ounce serving
Time: 5 minutes
  • 1/2 pound sunflower sprouts
  • 1/2 pound pea shoot sprouts
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1″ piece of ginger

Directions

Juice all of the ingredients in your juicer.

Puerto Rican Glowing Green Smoothie
Recipe by Kimberly Snyder
Servings: 1 huge one or 2 medium ones
Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 cup water
  • 9 cups chopped spinach or kale
  • 5 cups sunflower sprouts
  • 2 cups papaya, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes

Directions

Blend the water, kale or spinach and sunflower sprouts. Add the papaya and lime, and blend until smooth. Enjoy, and save the rest covered in the fridge for up to two and a half days.

We hope you love the recipes as much as we do!

Let us know what you think below.  What are your favorite types of sprouts?  What are your favorite way to incorporate them into your diet?  

If you haven’t experimented with sprouts before, definitely get some at GreenGrassLife today!

Disclaimer – we received a boat load of amazing sprouts to try free of charge, however, this post was created from pure love of the product (as all our posts are)!  Have a product you would like us to try and review on healthycookingcamp.com?  Send us an email!

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