Beautiful, Naturally

Our sister-friend Nitika Chopra was born for TV and this year her dream came true when she became the host of a new talk show, Naturally Beautiful on Veria Living TV.   Naturally Beautiful is all about showing you how you can naturally achieve the beauty that is right for you!

We were honored to be guests, not just once, but TWICE (we’ll be sure to share those clips as soon as they air)!  We had a blast and can’t wait to dish on the recipes we made.

On this episode of HCC TV we talked to Nitika about what she eats to stay so vibrant and, ahem, Naturally Beautiful.  She also shares her top three kitchen staples that double as natural beauty treatments.

And be sure to watch until the end to see how all three of us get our lustrous hair :)


To celebrate the launch of Naturally Beautiful we are having a big bash in NYC on September 24th!

It’s going to be super fun.  Come hang out with us, eat some gluten free snacks and mingle with like-minded wellness women.

Word on the street is that tickets are almost sold out.  So make sure to get yours NOW!

Amie Valpone’s Summertime Sesame Brown Rice Bowl #SaladFest2013

Amie Valpone‘s culinary creativity is literally off-the charts.  We are recent friends butamie long time fans and admirers of the kitchen concoctions that this woman comes up with!  No one puts unexpected flavors and ingredients together with boldness and verve quick like The Healthy Apple.

It’s not enough that she thinks outside the box coming up with totally original recipes for seasonal veggies, snacks and baked good alike BUT…

Pretty much all of her recipes are Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Soy-Free.  The Healthy Apple is literally mecca for foodies with dietary restrictions.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, go to her site, look around and you’ll be amazed at what you find!  Amie is endowed with endless inspiration!

Click HERE to spread the word about Amie’s Summertime Sesame Brown Rice bowl with the super special ingredient: Cherries.

amie valpone brown rice salad

Summertime Sesame Brown Rice Bowl
Servings: 2-4
Time: 1 hour
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup organic brown rice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil
Directions

In a medium saucepan, boil water with salt and pepper. Stir in rice; return to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Remove from heat, add spinach and onions; mix well to combine. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes.

Transfer to a large mixing bowl; add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy!

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The Healthy Apple was started by Amie Valpone, a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Marketing Consultant, Whole Living Expert, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook.  For recipes like Amie on Facebook and to join the conversation follow her on Twitter.

Best Of: What Do You Eat?!

Over the past several months we’ve been shooting videos with some of the biggest names in the wellness world and asking them, “What Do You Eat?!”, and we have gotten some amazing and innovative ideas!

In case you missed them, take a look at some of the favorites so far.  We asked Spirit Junkie, Gabby Bernstein, Fitness Expert, Amanda Russell and Celebrity Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Kristin McGee.

We’ll say one thing: These ladies know how to chow down!

The best thing about these videos is that they each share one of their favorite fast snacks.  And trust us, they are gooood.

Check them out!  Are you surprised by what they eat?  Who else would you like to see featured here?  But most importantly, WHAT DO YOU EAT?  Tell us everything over on the blog!

 What Do You Eat, Gabrielle Bernstein?

What Do You Eat, Kristin McGee?

What Do You Eat, Amanda Russell?

What Do You Eat, Quinn Asteak?

 Quinn cooks all day every day.  There is always deliciously healthy food around…which is always very tempting!   But what does she eat when she’s left to her own devices?  Watch this video to find out!
 
At the end she gives one of her favorite techniques for chopping everyone’s favorite fall fruit: the apple!  Check out how she makes this sweet staple into a crispy chip that goes the distance.

What Do You Eat, Gabrielle Bernstein?

This is probably the #1 question that best selling author and Spirit Junkie, Gabrielle Bernstein, gets asked (followed by “How do you meditate?” and “What do you do to work out?”) and we have the exclusive answer below!
 
Follow Gabby through a day of dining and see what she eats, why she eats it and what little guilty pleasures she enjoys.
 
Gabrielle even shares a special prayer that helps her slow down to really appreciate, chew and taste her food.
Share ~ing means care ~ing so click here to tweet this video and put Gabby’s special prayer out into the world.