Archive for May 4th, 2010

PROBAR Offers (Tasty!) Food For Thought

Although I took classes at The Culinary Institute of America a few years ago, I am still not much of a cook. And especially busy weekdays when I am most pressed for time, I hate to admit it, but it is just easier to grab food on the go. Not only is this more expensive than when I prepare my own lunches and dinners at home but it is also more difficult to eat healthy and keep track of what I am putting into my body. So when I heard about PROBAR, an all-natural 100 percent vegan meal replacement bar containing 15 whole foods, I just had to try it. I opted for the Old School PB & J flavor, and I was instantly smitten. Not only was the bar delicious and nutritious (a great source of Omega-3 and high in fiber) but it was so convenient to eat at my desk, in a cab, on my way to a meeting, etc. I finally felt like I was getting a complete, healthy meal without having to sacrifice the time to actually make it myself. And because of all of its benefits, it is also a great snack option for spa-goers. The Spa at Beverly Wilshire and The Spa at Encantado (Santa Fe) are already stocking up on them, as am I. To find out more, click here.

P.S. Also be sure to check out PROBAR’s newly introduced Fruition, a fruit-based bar packed with antioxidants for a healthy snack between meals.

A Spa Weekend in New England

It’s not often that I get to experience a true New England getaway. However, this past weekend I visited Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, CT, and discovered what I’ve been missing. Overlooking Long Island Sound, the charming inn serves as the perfect home base from which to explore the area’s stunning shoreline. Borrowing a bike from the inn, I set out to find Katherine Hepburn’s former residence. The legendary actress called Old Saybrook home for much of her life, and I thought it only fitting after experiencing the The Kate ($125, 75 minutes), a full-body ritual that embraces Hepburn’s love for the outdoors and zest for life, at The Spa at Saybrook Point Inn. Now that I’ve discovered the joys of a weekend in New England, I’ll certainly be doing everything I can to make it a more common occurrence.

Golden Door Makes it Easy to Enjoy Spa Cuisine
at Home

Swimsuit season is just around the corner and its time to shape up and get healthy. If you don’t have time (or the $$) to head to the famed Golden Door in Escondido, CA, for a week of relaxation and rejuvenation, you can bring the spa home to you. Well, you can at least sample some of the indulgent spa cuisine served at the spa thanks to Golden Door’s very own Chef Dean Rucker and Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes from the Celebrated Spa (2009). This James Beard-nominated cookbook serves up tasty and trim recipes that focus on lean proteins, whole grains, fresh vegetables, and other wholesome foods. Tantalize your taste buds with savory dishes such as Spiny Lobster and Mango Gazpacho Shooters and Adobo-Marinated Grass-Fed Flank Steak with Spinach Salad and Roasted Poblano Dressing. Delicious desserts, such as Blackberry Nectarine Crisp, won’t add to your waistline. And, if you’re a foodie like me, you’ll appreciate the mere design of this beautiful book and enjoy the photos, which are as indulgent as the recipes.

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