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EatMoveRest Your Best: 12 Healthy Travel Hacks | NYC Edition

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Four years ago, Dusty and I went to New York City together for the first time, and we were sold. The energy, the people, the architecture, the shopping, the smells, the sounds, and the FOOD! We made a pact when we got home, that somehow we'd make a yearly trip to the Big Apple, and the rest is history! This fall, we made our annual trip, and we left energized and inspired, with plenty of unfinished business for next year.

Being plant-based while traveling can be tricky, even in a big city--yes, there are more options, but there are also more temptations! With the holidays on the horizon, many of us will be traveling near and far, and it can leave us feeling weighed down and bummed out at the start of the new year. I'm going to share with you some of our top healthy travel hacks that have helped us to successfully navigate both abroad and right here in the good ole U.S. of A., so that you can EatMoveRest your best during this sometimes-stressful-should-be-cheerful time of year!


If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, just imagine what a whole day's worth of fresh fruits and veggies will do for you! New York City is a plant-eater's paradise--boasting a plethora of juice and smoothie shops and fine, vegetarian dining. When traveling, though, finding balance is key. Dusty and I allow ourselves to loosen the reins a bit, relax, and indulge. Some of our favorite eateries we visited are listed below--feel free to check them out!

  • Juice Generation - juices, smoothies, and vegan to-go lunches
  • Sweetgreen - casual dining/to-go salad bar
  • Double Zero - fine dining, all vegan pizza and Italian cuisine
  • Candle 79 - Upper East side fine, plant-based dining w/ amazing brunch
  • Quantum Leap - Greenwich Village quaint dining, classic vegetarian dishes
  • Two Tablespoons - vegetarian, fast-casual pop-up
  • by Chloe - all vegan fast food, burgers and fries
  • Rockin' Raw - quaint cafe w/ raw vegan Peruvian Creole dishes
  • Playa Bowls - tropical açaí and pitaya bowls near NYU
  • Whole Foods buffet in Columbus Circle
  • Chinatown fruit market & any classic Italian restaurant in Little Italy

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must-see, must-do

The great thing about Manhattan is that you can get virtually anywhere by foot. Even though you're most likely eating more on vacation, you're also walking far more. Some of our must-see spots and favorite things to do include:

  • jog the loop around Central Park
  • get quiet at the New York City Public Library 
  • gaze up and snap a shot at the Flatiron Building 
  • people watch at Washington Square Park
  • get inspired at the Met
  • witness the city that never sleeps in Times Square
  • shop til you drop on Fifth Avenue
  • find one-of-a-kind pieces at boutiques in SoHo 
  • get dressed up on the Upper East Side
  • wander through NYU 
  • bump into locals and grab a bite to eat in the East Village
  • cab across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • ride the subway to the last stop at Coney Island

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more plants

  • Before you leave the house, pack some travel snacks. Airport food isn't always the healthiest, and sometimes short layovers don't provide enough time to find adequate fuel. My go-to's are: a baggie filled with romaine leaves and celery sticks, and a mason jar filled with mixed fruit, like berries, grapes, kiwi, and pineapple. I also love to bring a bag or jar filled with mixed nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit--think walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, goji berries, dates, and dried mulberries, which can easily be kept in your purse or backpack while exploring your location, as well. I always bring my re-usable bamboo utensils with me. Many people don't realize that airports will actually let you bring prepared fruits and veggies through security--just make sure they're easily visible!
  • Try out Airbnb instead of a hotel--you typically get a lot more bang for your buck! Many apartments and homes for rent are more spacious and less expensive than a hotel room, and the kicker is that you get your own kitchen! Dusty and I love having the option to cook while we travel!
  • If you stay in a hotel, check to see if the amenities include a mini fridge, and if not, request one; much of the time there will be no extra charge. I also like to ask for an electric tea kettle, and bring my own tea bags to sip on in the evenings. I recommend traveling with teas like ginger and peppermint, to help soothe your stomach and aid in digestion, especially while traveling. Chamomile and lavender are also good options, that will help you to relax and sleep better on a bed that isn't your own.
  • Once you've settled in where you're staying, find the nearest supermarket or grocery store and stock up on necessities that will at least get you through breakfast and keep you from ordering room service. I like to stock up on pre-cut fresh fruit, romaine leaves, and veggies with hummus.


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daily + Often

  • Stay near a park or somewhere that lends itself to being active outdoors. We always love to stay right by Central Park in NYC, so that we can get up bright and early and run the 6-mile loop around the perimeter, or just take off our shoes and walk barefoot through the grass. Connecting with nature in the most literal of ways does amazing things for our bodies--check out the research on grounding, also called earthing!
  • If outdoor exercise isn't an option, check to make sure the hotel you choose has a gym. If you stay somewhere without a gym, no problem--bring your workout with you! Dumbbells are an obvious no-go when traveling, but a resistance band is the perfect, lightweight alternative. Even without a resistance band, though, you can find plenty of free fitness apps and YouTube videos--I love the 7-minute Workout! (Watch our 7-minute workout YouTube here!)
  • Find a fitness studio and book a class! I always scope out the nearest cycling or yoga studio--my favorite in NYC is SoulCycle! One word of experience, book at least a week in advance, because chances are, the class will be filled up by the time you get there!
  • When all else fails--WALK! Let's face it, sometimes we just need a break from our at-home routines and there are too many new and exciting things to do and see on vacation. Instead of gearing up and getting sweaty, try your best to walk from place to place. Especially somewhere like Manhattan, you can spend a whole day walking up to 20,000 steps, easy--and that most definitely counts as exercise!
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  • While flying, I like to get settled in and immediately plug in my Bose noise-canceling headphones--they are a game changer! For someone who is a reluctant flyer, these headphones provide the perfect, quiet environment, which helps to calm the mind and cut down on stress. I also recommend bringing a neck pillow, eye mask, and a peaceful playlist. I love to listen to spa or nature sounds, or my Headspace meditation app!
  • It's easy to rest on vacation if you're on a white sandy beach, but if you're in a busy city like New York, take some time to find green space and decompress. I love to find one of the big rocks in Central Park, post up, and do a quick meditation. Dusty and I also love to get lunch to-go, like a big Whole Foods buffet salad, and head outside, find a park bench, and listen to the musicians scattered about the park.
  • Try putting in your earbuds walking the streets. All of a sudden, everything is transformed into a more romantic and magical version of itself.
  • Even though you're probably anxious to get up and get out to see and do things, be okay with switching your alarm off and sleeping in. I like to remind myself to slow down, dine out, loosen up, and take style risks! On that note, be someone you're not, or better yet, be the best version of yourself! Pack an outfit you're too afraid to wear back home, or buy something edgy while you're traveling! One of the most liberating things about travel is being unknown, and unafraid of judgement, especially in a bustling city like New York!
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The Apple Of MY Eye

The City that Never Sleeps, The Big Apple, The Empire State--New York City is no doubt, the apple of my eye! My favorite part about The City is being whoever I want to be--the version of myself that I'm, at times, a bit more afraid to be at home. However, traveling here year after year has helped me to come out of my shell back home, and reminds me to always embrace the bolder, edgier, more vibrant me. 

No matter where you travel, overseas, state-to-state, the next city nearby, or a simple vacation in your mind, find the best version of YOU while you're there, and bring it back home with you.

Next time you venture out into the world, remember: slow down, indulge a little, keep the balance, be you boldly, and seek to find all that is true, good, and beautiful.


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What I Eat In A Day: Raw 'Til 4 Style

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So, What Exactly Can You & Can't You Eat?

A question that I often get asked is "So, what can you eat?" ...but a better question would be "What can't I eat?!" A vegan/plant-based lifestyle has changed my life in so many positive ways, and has opened me up to a world of abundance, and not just in relation brightly colored, living foods, but to a world of caring compassion, boundless energy, and an insatiable hunger to explore the world and experience life to the fullest...all because I choose to fuel my body with foods that love me back!

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The Breakdown

I eat a 100% whole foods, plant-based (or vegan) diet, consisting of an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains as close to their natural state as possible. I eat a high volume of raw foods throughout the day, primarily in the form of sweet fruits and soft greens, with small amounts of fat-based fruits, nuts, and seeds, either whole, blended, juiced, or chopped into a salad. I am not dogmatic about eating only raw foods, nor am I concerned with counting calories, weighing my food, or documenting what I eat on a regular basis. I do consume a combination of some raw and cooked foods at dinnertime, especially in the colder months of the year.

More important than eating raw vs. cooked are:

  • eating more whole foods and eliminating processed foods (including added salt, sugar, and oil)

  • eating seasonally, for maximum freshness, nutrient content, availability, and reduced cost

I follow a high-carb, low-fat vegan diet, or 80/10/10 caloric nutrient ratio. At least 80% of my daily calories come from carbohydrates, 10% or less from protein, and 10% or less from fat. The beauty is that there is no need to measure macronutrient quantities, as this is generally the naturally-occurring ratio in most fruits and vegetables (with the exception of overt fats like avocado, nuts, and seeds).

My Diet, In A Nutshell

  • Check out my 3 Go-To, All-Time Favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipe PDFs!

  • And, of course, a one-ingredient, oh-so-simple dessert (that you can eat for breakfast!): Nice Cream

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What I Eat In A Day

vegan / plant-based, gluten-free, raw 'til 4

I absolutely love Saturdays spent at home playing around in the kitchen! I eat a high-raw diet consisting of an abundance of fruits and veggies, and I feel fantastic! In the plant-based/vegan-enthusiast community, eating completely raw until dinnertime is called "Raw 'Til 4," which is what I personally feel the best on. Below is a run-through of a colorful day-in-the-life of what I eat, with links to accompanying blog and YouTube recipes if you want to try them out!


32 oz. Fresh H2O

I love starting every morning with a tall glass of water. After 8+ hours of fasting, the body's organs need a gentle wake-up. Fresh, filtered water (sometimes with a squeeze of lemon), is the best way to flush your system, energize your cells, and prep your body for the digestion of food.

Fresh-Squeezed Valencia O.J.

I've been loving all citrus fruits lately--1) because they're in season and taste incredible, and 2) because they're packed full of Vitamin C--a powerful antioxidant that gives your immune system a much-needed boost during cold and flu season; it also does wonders for collagen production, which slows the aging process. I love drinking fresh-squeezed orange juice (extra pulp intact), before moving on to solid foods because, again, it's a gentle ease into digestion and it's super-energizing, but doesn't spike your blood sugar when the pulp (fiber) is present.

I purchased a 40lb. case (100 count) of organic Valencia oranges from my local co-op, Open Harvest, here in Lincoln, NE and received a 15% discount for buying in bulk, so it was well worth it. I highly recommend picking your favorite seasonal fruit to give buying in bulk a try!

Mono Meal Blog Post // Mono Meal YouTube

Breakfast / Pre-Workout

Lean Green Protein Smoothie

Because it was a Saturday, I decided to go for a run, late-morning. I made my green smoothie as a more calorie-dense, follow-up to my fresh-squeezed orange juice to give me the fuel I needed for my workout. On most weekdays, I make this smoothie to take on-the-go as I'm headed to work, but it also makes a fantastic pre-workout smoothie because it's full of antioxidants, plenty of energizing carbohydrates, and a bit of protein, thanks to my favorite, SunWarrior raw vanilla Warrior Blend. My favorite fruits to blend into this green smoothie are green apple and pineapple, because they give it the perfect combination of tart and tropical sweetness! On top of that, pineapple (especially the core) is high in bromelain, which is great for reducing inflammation and speeding up muscle recovery.

Blog Recipe // YouTube Recipe

SunWarrior Protein (use code EatMoveRest for 20% off)


Mixed Berry Bowl

Berries are my jam--and they're another powerful source of antioxidants. I know they're expensive, but berries are for real my "guilty" pleasure! It's funny how your tastebuds truly do change, the cleaner you eat and the healthier you become! I always used to have a bag of Skittles buried in my purse, or Starbursts floating around in my backpack; my glove compartment always housed a half-melted, half-eaten bar of chocolate, and I always made sure to top off a dish of M&Ms on the kitchen counter. Now I think of berries as Nature's candy, and I, for one, think it's worth the extra money to satisfy your sweet tooth! If you're ever out-and-about and unarmed with something healthy, do what I do, and swing by the nearest supermarket and pick up a pack of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries, (or any fruit!) to hold you over until you can get in a healthy meal! I promise, it takes just as much time to go through the drive-thru--and you'll be getting a little exercise! 


Raw Rainbow Fiesta Salad

I used to eat a 6-inch sub almost every day for lunch, but I'd always feel like I was still hungry afterwards. If you feel similar, it's for two reasons, 1) you're not eating as much volume as the human body was designed to hold, and 2) your cells simply aren't getting the amount of nutrients they require from fast foods that are just empty calories. A green smoothie is going to do wonders for your body, no doubt, but nothing can replace good ol' sliced and diced veggies and greens in a big bowl. I make a point to eat a heaping salad every day, whether it be for lunch or dinner. It is so important to chew your greens, because that is when the most nitrates are converted into nitrites, which are going to help improve your heart health and keep you stroke and heart attack-proof! Not to mention, all of the other vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, water, and fiber that are going to feed your cells.

Blog Recipe // YouTube Recipe


I love to top my green salads with a dollop of heart-healthy avocado or guac in order to get my dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. Along with a squeeze of half a lemon mixed in, there is no need for oily, salty, sugary dressings!

Blog Recipe // YouTube Recipe


Navel + Cara Cara Oranges

While fresh-squeezed orange juice is good in the morning, I've also been enjoying a lot of peeled citrus fruits. Especially while in season in the winter, oranges are extremely juicy, sweet, and nutrient-dense. It's pretty amazing how Mother Nature provides us with different seasonal fruits and vegetables year round, to keep our tastebuds excited and our bodies well-nourished. There is no reason why you can't still be eating a high-raw diet in the winter, with the fabulous array of oranges, apples, and bananas!

Mono Meal Blog Post // Mono Meal YouTube


Fiesta Super Bowl Salad

For dinner I included a scoop of my leftover Fiesta Super Bowl Salad, which made the perfect sweet, side dish alongside the main course. This sweet and salty recipe is high in protein and fiber, thanks to the black beans and corn.

YouTube Recipe

Brown Rice

Brown rice is superior to white rice in that it doesn't cause as much of a rise in blood sugar due to the hull being left intact--this also bodes well for digestion, thanks to the extra fiber. Brown rice is a fantastic, gluten-free, grain alternative to pastas and breads.

Steamed Broccoli

While leafy greens tend to be best when raw, some greens are healthiest when lightly steamed. Cruciferous veggies like broccoli are great at fighting cancer, and actually show an increase in nutrient-bioavailability when cooked until a dark green color is achieved.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are extremely high in Vitamin A, which is great for the skin, and happen to be one of the cooked foods I simply can't live without! Many of us have been led to believe that carbohydrates are the enemy, however, it all depends on the kind of carbohydrates you're consuming. Refined carbs like white bread, white pasta, white flour, white sugar, donuts, and cake are nutrient-void and low in fiber. Unrefined carbs like fruits, veggies, and potatoes contain a powerhouse of nutrients and fiber--which keeps our cells nourished, our digestion in-check, and blood sugar stable. Carbohydrates like these are the body's preferred energy source over excess proteins and fats that take much more time, effort, and energy for the body to "sort through" and digest. I love to chop my sweet potatoes into cubes, bake them in a covered baking dish, and then top them with a touch of pink Himalayan salt, cracked pepper, and Vitamin B12-fortified nutritional yeast.

Recipe(s) Coming Soon

Late-Night Snack

Cacao Banana Nice Cream

I typically don't eat "dessert" after dinner, but because it was a late Saturday night, I treated myself to a small bowl of banana nice cream with antioxidant-rich cacao powder mixed in. Generally, you'll want to eat smoothies and whole fruits before a cooked meal, simply because transit time in the gut is quicker, and if you put fast-digesting fruit on top of slower-digesting cooked foods, then you could be in for stomach upset! If you're going to indulge in something sweet after dinner, give it a couple of hours, at least!

Blog Recipe // YouTube Recipe

Total Day's Calories: ~2400

* Note: The Cronometer app and can be fantastic tools to help determine if you're getting enough of/too much of what your body needs. I like to plug in my meals from time-to-time to see how things are looking!

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As Seen On YouTube

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A plant-based lifestyle is so freeing! Allow yourself to experience the beautiful variety of colorful fruits and veggies in abundance, and watch your entire relationship with food change for the better! What's even more exciting are the changes that you'll experience beyond the plate! Watch as your outlook on life begins to shift and your attitude towards others begins to 

I challenge you to make yourself a leafy green, rainbow salad every day for 7 days and experiment with one new fruit or vegetable the next time you go to the grocery store.

If you want to experience "a day in the life" in real life, Dusty and I will be hosting our first full-day, hands-on EatMoveRest Retreat this spring! Be sure to Join In by signing up for my monthly motivational In The Raw newsletter to the right, to stay up-to-date on all the latest news and posts on the EatMoveRest blog and YouTube channel! More info on the retreat coming to your inbox, soon!

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