Acai Bowl Event at Bandier!

Flashback to 3/15 when I gave a delicious Acai Bowl Workshop at Bandier in NYC! Some wonderful ladies from Women's Health, Self Magazine, and Reader's Digest joined me for some super nutritious berry bowl-making! Some featured ingredients in this little snip, and to make at home:

For the Acai Mix (throw in blender or food processor):

  • Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Pack (you can find these at whole foods)
  • Small Bananas
  • Vanilla Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • Organic Honey

For the Toppings:

  • Pure by Elizabeth - Original Ancient Grain Granola
  • Peanut Butter - all natural and organic
  • Almond Butter - all natural and organic
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Chia Seeds 
  • Hemp Seeds

Enjoy!!

-Courtney

MyDomaine Feature : What Excessive Drinking Does To The Body And How To Reverse The Effects

You're at brunch on a Sunday morning with your pals, enjoying an egg white omelette with mimosa on the side, loving all the delicious complementing flavors, feeling super relaxed, and having a great time with great company. Having a casual drink once or twice a week is fine, but what happens when you go in the opposite direction, and you're going shot-for-shot two or three nights a week?

Check out our feature on MyDomaine where I'll tell you what goes on, how to deal with, and how to reverse the nasty effects of excessive drinking.

http://www.mydomaine.com/benefits-of-quitting-alcohol

Happy and Healthy,

Courtney

Nourishing Winter Staples That Keep Us Grounded

 

It’s true that the foods we crave in the winter time are much different from those in the summer time. Summertime feels light, warm, and airy, while winter is just the opposite.

Because the winter season respects our “Yang” energy which is slow, deep and inward - our bodies require dense, warming, nourishing and sustainable foods. Specifically those that grow close to the ground.

Also! By eating fruits and vegetables that touch the soil where they grow (Yang), our bodies absorb their grounding and stability elements - keeping us protected from anxiety and depression during the cold months.

Our “Yin” energy is embraced in the summertime - bright and expansive - so we tend to go for the cooling fruits and vegetables that keep our bodies feeling light and energized, with all that extra time to play outdoors.

Picture this: there’s a blizzard outside...10 degrees….you’re snuggled on your couch with a cup of tea or your boo watching “Black Mirror”...and the hunger pangs hit. You’re craving a….salad with arugula, watercress, goat cheese and watermelon?! Probably not.

Check out this Moroccan couscous (above) I made the other day, inspired by http://toriavey.com/. So delicious, and felt so right when I made it on a very cold day!

 

A few key Yang ingredients:

Brown Rice (or couscous for this specific dish): rich in proteins and fiber - gives us that “full” feeling.

Sweet Potato (orange yams): regulates blood sugar and also takes like candy?!

Carrots: another sweet root vegetable that supports our immune and cardiovascular systems.

Garlic: hint...natural antibiotic!!

Ginger: stimulates blood flow, warming us from the inside.

 

Try adding one or two of these ingredients into your cooking the next time you're in the kitchen and see how you like it!

What foods soothe YOU during the winter months? I want to know! Find me on Facebook and post them at www.facebook.com/baronhealthandwellness/ and @baronwellness on IG.

Happy and Healthy,

Courtney

 

Hello!

Welcome everyone! I’m Courtney Baron, from Baron Health and Wellness and THIS is my little baby ‘Welcome’ blog post for all you gorgeous humans out there in the world. I can’t tell you how excited I am to connect with you all, and to open this dialogue about my very favorite things... food... and... health... and... life... and... all the stuff occupied within it.

Have you ever thought about how the foods we eat affect the we feel? Or why it’s been so difficult to lose those last ten pounds, even though we’re eating all the right things? Have you ever been in a really bad mood for days, unable to pull yourself out and thought, “It’s totally because of the mac n’ cheese/beer/ice cream/pizza fest I’ve been dominating for the past month!” Yes, sometimes not caring about what you eat can be so so fun. BUT when that party has gone on for too long, you’re going to feel all sorts of icky/unhealthy and then figure out a way to dig yourself out. It’s true, we are what we eat, and if we feed ourselves not-so-great foods most of the time, that’s how we’re going to feel. How about eating healthfully 90% of the time, and 10% you could get on with your bad self? It’s important to treat our bodies with love by eating healthy and delicious foods, but by the same token I completely understand that we need to be bad once in awhile.

As I write this post from my little apartment in New York City, I feel the words flow more easily simply because I’m home. I feel safe, it’s my space that contains all of my belongings, where I sleep, where I wake up in the morning to make my breakfast smoothie and watch the Today Show. Sometimes when it gets too messy I feel disorganized and out of sorts. Sometimes when it’s messy I feel more creative and productive too. But when it’s clean and tidy I feel a greater sense of freedom and openness in the way I move around my home and out in the world. I can also feel restricted when it’s clean and tidy. My home is also different from all of my friend’s homes. I make a lot of really yummy foods in my home too…

What I’m trying to say here, is that I’d love to take you home. To connect back to your deeper self, and feel an incredible sense of happiness and healthier than you’ve ever been. To understand that when we are at ‘home’ in our bodies, we feel more at ease, lighter, clearer in our heads, more open to the potential possibilities that lie in front of us and to take those healthy risks when we see them. In this space, the quality of our relationships, our work, temperament, sense of motivation, happiness, outlook on life...the choices we make NOW directly affect the quality of our future. We are more grateful for the things we DO have, and think less about what we don’t. 

Will you allow me to join you on your journey? You all have the answers to live your healthiest, sexiest, most creative, most exciting, most beautiful life. YOU have them - nobody else. There is nothing more worth it than finding out what we’re truly made of during our short time here on earth. Enjoy the ride :)

Happy and Healthy,

Courtney