The Local

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My husband and I recently had the pleasure of being guests at The Local here in Naples.

The restaurant is cozy, intimate, and very inviting. The staff, owner and Chef Jeff Mitchell went out of their way to ensure that we had a wonderful experience.

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The mission at The Local is to produce high quality meals by sourcing all their food products from “local ranchers, farmers, sea mongers and artisans with integrity, favor and soul.” YES! This is definitely a mission I can stand behind. This means that the menu changes according to the produce and products that were delivered.

As a small business owner, I love supporting other local small businesses. And as a gluten free, dairy free, nutritionist, I am always on the look out for the best (allergen friendly) places to dine out … and I can tell you this is a new favorite! The Local has so many gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available. The staff and Chef Jeff are also very accommodating and aware of food allergies, and will help to advise you on which choices would be best (ie: no cross contamination).

Let’s talk about the meal … to date our absolute favorite meal in Florida …

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My husband and I started with the house-made ricotta cheese caprese salad (homemade ricotta!!) and the vegan Korean lettuce cups. Theses were definitely two of our favorite items of the evenings, and a must for our next visit!

We then shared the shrimp, mango and avocado salad … my three favorite things! Clearly this was a winner, and a super healthy option! This salad is packed with protein, healthy fats, and greens!!

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Next we shared the shrimp zucchini pasta with a coconut cream sauce, pretty much made my gluten free dairy free dreams come true! The spices and the shrimp were delicious. The amount of flavor developed in this dish was so delectable, that it kept me going back for more.

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My husband tried the mushroom lovers pizza (gluten free crusts are available) … this is the most popular pizza at The Local, and my husband loved it! His favorite part was the house-made sourdough crust.

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I finished with the keto steak, with kale and roasted cauliflower as my sides. I rarely eat red meat, my body simply does not crave meat, but I have to say this steak was the best I have ever had! (not paid to say that, it honestly was the best!!)

What I love most about this restaurant is that they try to get everything from local and organic sources. They can actually tell you where your steak came from and where the kale was grown. I’m obsessed!!

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To finish off our dinner, we shared a gluten free carrot cake cupcake!! Dying, it was so rich … my husband could not believe it was gluten free.

Yes, this is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own (with my husband’s help, he’s my number 1 taste tester!) and I would never advocate for a business that I did not fully support.

This restaurant experience was amazing!!

The Local is a must for your next date night, girls lunch out, or even happy hour!

Happy New Year!

What are going to create this year?

Comment below! Can’t wait to see what you are up to!

Year in Review

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Wow. What an incredible year it has been!

Honestly, 2018 has been the biggest year professionally of my life.

When I look back at this past year, I am amazed by all of my accomplishments and everything I have built for Lean and Green Body®.

I am happy to say that this is only the beginning of Lean and Green Body® … we are just getting started!

Since August 2018, I have had the privilege of being featured in the following publications: Naples Daily News (online video and front page of the paper), Gulfshore Life Magazine, Naples Herald, and Naples Illustrated (coming January 2019).

Here are a few of the big points and events of 2018 …

January - Grand opening of 5th Ave Studio

January - I published my first book- Revitalize and Renew

January - First event for Revitalize and Renew at Revival Yoga

February - Revitalize & Renew book launch

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February - Revitalize & Renew book launch party

April - Lean and Green Body® at an Ebella event with Dr. Perlmuter

July - Made the decision to close 5th Ave Studio … only to go BIGGER!!

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August - Started a partnership with Momentum Brewery for monthly yoga classes

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September - I won Top 40 under 40 for all of Southwest Florida!!

October - Hosted a Yoga and Wellness event for the David Lawrence Center

October - Started teaching weekly yoga classes at my own public studio space … for only $10/class … making yoga more accessible to everyone

October - Became a Certified Fitness Nutritionist through ISSA … love continuing my education and staying current on new wellness ideas for my clients.

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November - Lean and Green Body® became an approved Blue Zones Project partner

December - I was asked to sit on the board of the Red Cross.

December - MALK Organics asked me to become a national partner, and work with them as a nutritionist. I am so excited for this partnership, because together we will be able to educate the public on a national level.

December - Mindful Movement Studio powered by Lean and Green Body® … pre-sale started December 17 and beta launch is January 1!


This year has been incredible! Through Lean and Green Body®, I have been able to host over 20+ events for our Southwest Florida community.

Thank you to all of you, who have supported me through this momentous year of growth.

In 2019 Lean and Green Body® will officially be a national brand!! I am so excited and ready for this expansion, and to educate the greater community on the importance of wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Happy New Year!!



Love and Light,

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of creamy organic peanut butter or almond butter

  • 2 cups organic coconut sugar

  • 2 cage free eggs

  • 1 bag of dark chocolate kisses

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Mix all ingredients together, and create 1 inch cookie dough balls from ingredients

  3. Place the cookie dough on a greased cookie sheet

  4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes

  5. Take cookies out and add dark chocolate kisses to each cookie, the trick is to twist the chocolate as you press it into the cookie

  6. Place back in the oven for an additional minute

  7. Take out of the oven and place on a cooling rack.

  8. Enjoy!

Holiday Cocktail Guide

Happy Holidays!!!

The holiday vibe is in full swing! Office parties, family parties, and holiday get-togethers with friends … there seems to be a never ending reason to celebrate this time of year (and I love it!).

The trick to navigating these cocktail parties is to choose wisely.

Many of the themed holiday drinks are packed with sugar and will most definitely give you a terrible hangover the next day.

Here are two of my favorite holiday cocktails … and a few tips to prevent the holiday hangover.

Vodka Soda

  • 2 oz Tito’s Vodka (or vodka of your choice)

  • 4 oz + of soda water

  • Squeeze 1/2 lemon or lime

  • Option to add a splash of pure cranberry juice for the holidays!

This cocktail contains 100 calories or less!

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French Martini

  • 2 oz Tito’s Vodka (or vodka of your choice)

  • 1/2 oz raspberry liqueur

  • 1 oz pineapple juice

  • Shake ingredients together with ice. Strain into cold martini glass, and garnish with fresh raspberries.

Less than 200 calories … and less than 4 grams of sugar!

To prevent the holiday hangover, make sure that you are hydrated BEFORE you go out.

When you are out remember to drink 8 oz of water (1 cup) in between each cocktail.

Cocktails are very dehydrating and this will keep your body hydrated, and keep you going.

Eat before you drink, choose a healthy, balanced meal (protein, fat & fiber) before going out. This will help you to make better choices later in the evening.
Final tip … enjoy! The holidays come around once a year, enjoy them … in moderation.

* Always drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

Christmas Gift Guide

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The holidays are my favorite time of year!

I absolute love buying gifts for family and friends. Here are a few of my top gift ideas for the Lean & Green individual in your life!

(1) Revitalize & Renew : 7 Days to a Healthier You

$14.95

My first book was published earlier this year! This is the perfect guide for newbies and experienced detoxers. This book will educate you on the importance of detoxing, how to ease in and ease out of a detox and will guide you step by step every day! Choose to detox for all 7 days, or start with just 1… you choose what works for your lifestyle today.

(2) Manduka Pro Lite Mat

$82

Perfect for the yogi in your life! These mats are made of recycled material, and are guaranteed not to wear out… or the company will replace it!

I have had my manduka mat for 8 years, with of tons of use and it is still my favorite mat to date.

(3) Zella Live In High Waisted Legging (Nordstrom)

$54

100% my favorite leggings!!

Theses cotton leggings hold everything in place, support your practice or your daily errands around town. They are breathable, and feel so good that you could wear them all day!

(4) True Roots Cookbook by Kristen Cavallari

$12

LOVE this book! It is full of gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free recipes that the whole family will love!

(5) Made for More Movie

approx. $14

Rachel Hollis has created a movie, Made for More, out of her hit inspirational sell-out weekend event!

This inspiring movie will leave you wanting to go out and live your dream.

(6) JBL Headphones

$199
Favorite headphones! These wireless headphones are perfect for my workout, cardio session or for when I travel. Highly recommend.

(7) Harney and Sons tea

$6 and up

By far my favorite tea brand! I grew up with the Harney family, and love everything this company stands for.

I have tried several of their teas, and have loved them all!

A few of my favorite… Hot Cinnamon, Winter White Earl Grey, and Mango Black tea.

(8) Lean and Green Body Pullover Zip Up

$56

The perfect pullover for those chilly mornings heading to the studio, or even post yoga coffee with friends! Breathable and light weight, this pullover comes in black or pink.