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Golden & Delicious Apple Pie

There are so many reasons why fall is such a great season (yes, half of them are food). In addition to sweater weather and gorgeous walks in red and orange transformed parks, fall spices up your menu with some of your favorite seasonal fruits and veggies.

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One of my favorite weekend activities in the fall is apple picking, and I’ve already gone once this season so far! This may or may not have something to do with my favorite fall dessert… But if you are thinking of taking a trip down to a nearby apple orchard this season, plan to go soon – the apple crop was pretty low this year and you don’t want to miss out!

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Anyway, the recipe below is FLAWLESS and the pie came out so delicious that I just had to share. It’s never too early to start celebrating the changing of the seasons and CATC will be enjoying the benefits all week with an apple recipe series – sorry bananas, but we’ve moved on! x

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Note: This pie tastes incredible room temp. or warmed, or with a scoop of delicious San Bernardo ice cream (I ate it with Italian Cheesecake flavor and let’s just say between two people, the entire pint disappeared so quickly… YUM).

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Golden & Delicious Apple Pie

Prep Time: 25 Minutes     Cook Time: 45 Minutes     Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

Let’s Get Started:

6 cups thinly sliced apples, about 6 medium apples
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp Apple Pie Spice (Nutmeg, Cinnamon, All-Spice)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (I used juice from a Limoneira Lemon, and the fresh taste is so different from grocery store quality!)
2 Pillsbury pie crusts (I’m all for making as much of a recipe from scratch as possible, but time restrains kept me from doing so this time… plus this crust is delicious!)

Let’s Get Cooking:

Preheat oven to 425*. Place 1 pie crust in an un-greased 9-inch pie plate, pressing firmly against sides and bottom. In a large bowl, mix filling ingredients and spoon into crust. Top with second crust. Cut a few slits in top of crust before baking.Bake 40-45 minutes, or until crust turns golden brown. Cover edge of crust with tin foil for the first 15 minutes of baking, so that it doesn’t burn! Let cool for 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!🙂

Let’s Get Creative:

I prefer a more traditional apple pie, but you could of course add more ingredients to the filling (maybe some nuts?) and get more creative with your toppings. San Bernardo offers so many amazing ice cream flavors, my other favorites Cannoli and Italian Biscotti could be delicious pie toppers as well.😉

Stay Classy! xx

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Sea Salt Caramel Banana Muffins

And so the banana baking trend continues on CATC! Since the banana bread was such a big hit last week, I stocked up on the ingredients again and was all ready to make a repeat. THEN I remembered that I had delicious hand-made sea salt caramel sugar from a boutique spice shop in Ocean City, Maryland… let the recipe transformation begin!

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It makes sense that the bigger the variety of ingredients in my cabinets directly relates to the creativity of my recipes. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with plain banana bread or banana muffins – but adding in something a little different can definitely give your yield something extra special. You can definitely find that in this recipe!

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Sea Salt Caramel Banana Muffins

Prep Time: 10 Minutes     Cook Time: 30 Minutes     Total Time: 40 Minutes

Let’s Get Started:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 egg
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
Sea salt caramel sugar

Let’s Get Cooking:

Preheat oven to 350*. Fill cupcake tins with liners. Sift dry ingredients together, except the sugars. In a large bowl mix together egg, white sugar, bananas and butter. Combine ingredients until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans and then add sea salt caramel sugar to the top (to taste – add as much as you want). Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!

Let’s Get Creative:

If I’m being totally real with you, these muffins are delicious just the way they are. If you’re looking to add more ingredients however, walnuts would be a yummy addition!

Stay Classy! xx

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Rethink Sweet With Cake Boss & Whole Earth Sweetener Co.

If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram (@felicia.czo and @theclassycookbook), then you saw that a few weeks ago I was at the Cake Boss Factory in Jersey City, decorating cookies with Buddy Valastro!

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It has been SO hard to not spill the beans (or sprinkles) about what that was all about until now, but Buddy has just started a brand new partnership moving his brand and his bakery in a healthier direction!

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I was invited to an event where I learned all about his partnership with Whole Earth Sweetener, Co., and had the chance to tour his cake factory. Before I get into the details of what exactly this means for his brand and for us as lovers of homemade pastries and sweets, I have to describe how cool the afternoon was.

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The Cake Boss Factory is where all of Buddy’s cakes and pastries are created. Everything from wedding cakes to cannoli shells are made in the factory and then shipped out to the bakeries and events throughout the country. Often times the products will arrive to the bakeries in need of fillings, and that is made fresh each day.

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Each room of the factory is incredibly intimate and chefs work closely together to fill their quota of delicious goods. Think long wooden tables and lots and lots of dough… and it smelled AMAZING! I went into the decoration room and saw an employee spray painting gorgeous sugar flowers and another creating an adorable fondant sports car. It is truly a home to edible art.

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After the tour, I went back into the main “conference room” which had been transformed from an Italian dessert-lover’s brunch to a mini decorating room. It wasn’t long before Buddy came in and started to share his tips for decorating ginger bread cookies (I know I know, it is WAY too soon for this! Which is why I’ll be sharing this yummy recipe with you guys later on next month! x)

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But the surprise was that they had been baked with Whole Earth Sweetener, Co. Baking Blend – a natural sweetener made from monk fruit and stevia, which has half the calories of regular sugar. Yes, actually half of the calories!

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Buddy is partnering with the brand to promote awareness that helps bakers “rethink sweet.” He explained that as the “father of four, I’m always looking for ways to reduce the amount of added sugar that my family consumes, since there’s no way to cut out dessert!” Doing this with the help of Whole Earth Sweetener Co.’s range of super low calorie sweeteners is an awesome way to start, because you can still get your sugar fix with less consequences on your health.

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This partnership comes in perfect timing, as the FDA is actually establishing a Daily Recommended Value of added sugars to 50 grams. Consumers are starting to look at the ingredients in their food and how to eat well (with flavor) without unnecessary added sugars. The Whole Earth Sweetener Co. range is low in calories, gluten-free, non-GMO and sourced from nature.

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As far as the delicious (and cute) ginger bread cookie recipe goes, it is indeed baked with the Whole Earth Sweetner Co.’s Baking Blend. Stay tuned for the full recipe as it gets closer to the holiday season! x

Stay Classy! xx

 

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Brava Banana Bread

 

It takes me by surprise each time, but bananas go bad so quickly. The day before heading back to school I bought a bunch and have been eating one every other day. (The Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats use 1 banana for 2-servings!) The best option for those way too ripe bananas is to toss them in a bowl, mash them up and make this loaf of delicious goodness that doubles as both breakfast and a snack! x

 

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Brava Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 Minutes     Cook Time: 50 Minutes     Total Time: 1 Hour

Let’s Get Started:

2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
Pinch of salt
3/4 cups sugar (1/2 cup if you want it less sweet!)

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Let’s Get Cooking:

Preheat oven to 350* and lightly coat a loaf pan with butter or vegetable cooking spray. Mash bananas in a medium sized bowl and add butter. Mix in egg, vanilla extract, baking soda and sugar. When fully mixed, add flour in increments. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, and enjoy! x

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Let’s Get Creative:

This recipe would be particularly delicious with some added chocolate chips or chopped nuts!

Stay Classy! xx

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Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats

As free time can be sparse during the week the more meal prep you can get done in advance, the better! I’ve started enjoying the wonders of overnight oatmeal –  something that can be prepared up to three days before you’re ready to eat it.

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Not only are the oats incredibly filling, but this recipe is also packed with potassium, fiber and lots of natural sweetness. It is sure to help your day get off on the right foot!

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Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 5 Minutes     Cook Time: 1 Minute     Total Time: 6 Minutes (Plus Refrigerate Overnight)      Makes: 2+ Servings

Let’s Get Started: 

1 cup rolled oats
1 banana, peeled and mashed
2/3 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. liquid honey
2 tbsp. peanut butter

Let’s Get Cooking:

Mix oats, banana, almond milk, yogurt, cinnamon, honey and peanut butter in a medium sized mason jar. Stir contents together, tighten the lid and shake thoroughly. Refrigerate and enjoy for 2-4 days.

Let’s Get Creative:

Yum! Add more of your favorite breakfast foods and swap ingredients each morning to switch it up. A few fun additions might be chocolate chips, shredded coconut, jam or fruit preserves and granola!

Stay Classy! xx

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Swap Bad Snack Habits For Healthier Weight Watchers Options This Fall

When it comes to planning my meals for the week, I like to prepare one day at a time. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course, snacks. I’ve started making overnight oats for breakfast and mason jar salads for lunch – I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes later this week! Dinner always varies, depending on what leftovers I have in the kitchen and what I’m in the mood for, but to me, the most important foods of the day are snacks.

Snacking can actually be really good for you. According to the CDC, “research shows that people get full by the amount of food they eat, not the number of calories they take in. You can cut calories in your favorite foods by lowing the amount of fat and or increasing the amount of fiber-rich ingredients, such as vegetables or fruit. Eating fewer calories doesn’t necessarily mean eating less food.”

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In fact to me, it just means eating more foods that are better for you.

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I’ve spent most of the summer exploring new and improved healthy snack options and just recently came across some new favorites. If you’ve ever been to my apartment for a movie night or Netflix date, you know that my “cheat treat” snacking staples are popcorn and ice cream. It’s basically a non-negotiable girls night combo, sweet and salty and overall yummy. Unfortunately, it isn’t too good for you!

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For my latest movie night (a My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 & 2 Marathon) I decided to try a healthier version of my favorite snacks from Weight Watchers. I tried the Healthy Pop Butter popcorn and Healthy Pop Kettle Corn, which only have 100 calories per bag and are so full of flavor that you wouldn’t guess it was better for you than regular popcorn!

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We munched on this throughout the duration of the first movie – these weren’t the tiny popcorn bags either – and then my craving for something sweet started to kick in. I grabbed my box of Weight Watchers Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bars and started snacking on one of the tastiest ice cream bars I’ve ever had – and I didn’t feel guilty about it at all. Talk about treating yourself!

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These healthier snack options are definitely something I’ll be turning to during my super busy fall semester at school. I grabbed a bunch of the essentials (including the Jolly Pop) from my local Clark Shop Rite (but you can also find Weight Watchers products at Price Rite).

Actually, when you shop at your local Shop Rite this fall between 9/11 and 9/24, you’ll receive a coupon for $5 off your next purchase when you buy $15 worth of Weight Watchers snacks while supplies last. Select stores will also have a sampling event on 9/18 between 10-4, stop by to try great products and get a coupon!🙂

Stay Classy! xx

 

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Weight Watchers, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #WWFoodsAtShopRite 
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Getting Glammed For New York Fashion Week

The six degrees of separation never ceases to amaze me. The theory was actually proposed by a Hungarian writer (how fitting!!) Frigyes Karinthy in 1929. It basically says that anyone on the planet can be connected to another person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that is no larger than five. I’ve become particularly interested in this theory since the start of my time living and going to school in NYC. In the last three years, I have for sure made some pretty amazing acquaintances.

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I’ve met Ariana Grande’s life coach, Madonna’s personal trainer, Jennifer Garner’s mom and cousin (and Jennifer herself!), Bill Murray, Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Lopez, Alysia Reiner, Melissa Joan Hart, Amber Sabathia… my list can go on and on – and now it has grown again! In a chance opportunity, I met and had my makeup done by a celebrity makeup artist who has styled and glammed actresses such as Jessica Pimentel from OITNB and touched up models backstage at NYFW for some of our favorite designers.

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You might be wondering how in the world I’ve made all of these connections in a span of three years as an 18-21 year old. Sometimes I find myself in awe of it too (heehee). But the best way to get yourself out there and experience all of the amazing opportunities that the world has to offer, is to cleanse your energy and accept the invitations and guidance that may come to you at the most spontaneous times. I’ll talk a lot more about this in an upcoming post, but living mindfully and putting my best self forward has definitely done wonders!

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My last encounter was at Caravan Stylist Studio, an invite-only salon and studio for celebrities and influencers alike. They offer services including hair, makeup and nails and are located in the chic Gregory Hotel, just a few blocks from Penn Station. The invite came to me a few months ago, when I had just arrived home from London. Still getting my act together and re-assimilating into a normal routine and setting normal goals, I ended up pushing it off as something I would get to later on.

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Fast-forward a few months as I start to get ready to go back to school (and work) and I realize that if my weekdays are so jam packed that I’m worried about if I’ll have time for lunch, there will be very little time for invites such as these! The studio reached out to me a week ago, following up on our previous conversation, and I got the feeling that it was now or never.

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Totally worth it. I walked into The Gregory Hotel and up the hidden staircase to the studio, where I was greeted by celebrity makeup artist (and the studio’s Beauty Director), Valerie Star. As Valerie was treating me to a much needed manicure and makeover, we got to chatting about our weeks and I found out that she had started doing some prep-work for upcoming NYFW shows

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Overall, the morning was amazing and turned into an afternoon of treating myself to a day in Manhattan on my own. It is incredible how such an exciting and bustling city can cater to your needs while no one (and everyone) watches. I totally loved my nails, Valerie used COLORCLUB nude polish and my makeup was beyond gorgeous… if only I could do that everyday! She used PIXI foundation which was great because it was so light and didn’t melt off me, despite the thick August humidity and Pop Beauty for my eye shadow and liner… I was totally in love with these fun color choices, which led to a fun photo shoot later in the day! x

Stay Classy! xx

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Budapest, Hungary Day #2

The morning after the Sparty I woke up in a daze. The night prior had been so surreal, swimming and drinking in one of the oldest thermal baths and spas in the country to strobe lights and a DJ had been one of the most extraordinary nights of my life. This being said, it wasn’t a surprise that the only thing I felt like doing the next morning was munch on some breakfast and float around in another thermal bath and spa.

These plans were met with opposition by my boyfriend, who kept reminding me that it was our last full day in the city and we still had so much to see. Agreeing to go out to breakfast and join a walking tour (which was close to four hours long!) I downed a few Advil and we were on our way.

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The walking tour began in the main city center of Pest (“Pesht”), which was where we were staying. We walked away from the city center, where there was a children’s puppet musical going on in the square and marketplace, and headed down the East bank to admire the view across the Danube that stretched out in front of us.

The walk around the main streets of Pest were gorgeously eerie. The architecture of the buildings could be compared to those in Rome. Full of meticulous detail, marble and magnificent statues, the streets home to the opera house and parliament buildings were adorned with the majesty of the past, yet glazed over with the emptiness of the present. It is clear, just by a quick stroll, that Pest was once a prosperous and bustling city, which has now been reduced to a low-populated yet beautiful tourist attraction.

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This emptiness became a cause for reflection, however, and added another layer of mystery to the unsung natural and man-made beauty surrounding us. The tour continued along the Danube until we came to the incredible bridge that connects Pest and Buda. The walking tour guide spent the entire bridge walk spinning a story about the famous architect and his tragic death only to end with the possibility that none of it was true – strange.

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It wasn’t long before we had reached the hill-filled and mountainous side of the city. While Pest had the opportunity to build upwards through architecture, Buda had the natural advantage of higher ground. We took a quick break for lunch and then took the Budapest version of the Italian “funiculare” up to the top of the hill.

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This had been where the royalty had resided years and years ago, and it was still the center of government on that side. Embellished with beautiful flowers, statues and a breathtaking view of Pest, the main center of Buda left little to want for. The main church and cathedral were at the top of this hill as well.

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The roofs had been adorned with yellow and caramel-colored mosaics, stationed on a teal base. The overall impact of this architectural surprise was delightful and we took in the beauty from all angles of the cathedral.

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Our last visit on Buda was an abandoned monastery close to the cathedral, that overlooked the Danube and Pest side of the city. Everything in Budapest is simply gorgeous.

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This side of the city was more expensive than Pest by far. It seemed as if the Buda residents felt their higher ground gave them justification for higher prices. After the tour had ended we splurged on $15 ice cream cones and decided that it was time to head back to other side.

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After making it across the bridge two things became indelibly clear. The first was that we were starving and needed food right then – if you know me, this is a frequent occurrence, especially after I started doing HIIT workouts… #alwayshungry. The second thing that was clear was that in the time we had been exploring Buda, Pest had been overcome by a triathlon, and many of the main streets had been closed to both cars and pedestrians. Hungrily, we ended up following along with the marathon in search of an open side street that wasn’t guarded with police. After another 40 minutes of walking we found our opening… across the street and across the marathon. Waiting until the quicker runners and bikers had passed, Ben and I sprinted through the marathon onto the other side of the road.

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We began walking in that direction, happy to be able to follow our own route instead of one marked by blockades and marathon tape. It was not long before we came across an authentic Hungarian restaurant, where we gobbled down some very heavy goulash, gnocchi dumplings and beer.

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As is customary after eating a heavy Hungarian meal, a nap was penciled into the agenda. A few hours later we made our way back to the main square on Pest, which had been transformed from puppet show hub to nightlife center. We joined in on a Hungarian pub crawl, which brought us to many incredible ruin bars and pubs in the Jewish quarter. It is truly a shame that I had not been able to snap better photos of the atmosphere, but the lighting was dim and the images were unable to come out clearer.

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However, the ruin bars were one of the amazing additions to the mysteries of Budapest. The buildings had taken a hit during WWII, yet had never been demolished. Instead of tearing them down and building up brand new exclusive bars and clubs, the Hungarians had taken to redesigning the homes and spaces into gorgeous yet ghostly nightlife havens. Ruin pub after ruin pub, I wondered what the building had been like a hundred years ago. Who had lived there? What had it been used for? And of course, what had happened there?

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The sheer magnitude of the semblance of the past connected with the attitudes of the present gave the ruin pubs a special quality that I haven’t come across before or since. The night ended at a ruin night club, deep in the Jewish quarter yet surprisingly close to our hostel. Just before going in, we realized we needed a snack and snuck away from the group and into a “halal” restaurant. Ordering Ben’s favorite, “chicken over rice” we sat down and waited for our food. A few minutes later the waiter came over with chicken over fries, apparently mishearing us. We didn’t complain, it was actually pretty good and tourists and Hungarians alike came over to our table to ask what we had ordered… heehee.

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The ruin club was truly incredible. There were at least five different floors, whose walls were covered in colorful graffiti and vintage art work and décor. Each floor had a different atmosphere and the entire club was a maze. It was nearly impossible to find a room again after leaving it, because there were so many others to explore.

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Each room played different music to a different crowd. There were people dancing in groups of bachelor and bachelorette parties, old people, young people, tourists, locals, DJs… There were different game rooms where you could play “escape room” where you had to find your way out of the pitch black room in small groups, foosball, pool, ping pong… People dancing, people engrossed in intellectual conversations, people sitting at the bars, on the couches, standing in the middle of the dance floor. It was the type of place that could make time stop for hours, that could merge past with present in one fluid motion, that could connect one person to another though they had absolutely nothing in common. This was one of the most diversely European experiences I had come across in the last few months.

Stay Classy! xx

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Back To School Series ’16/’17: My Top Three Favorite Protein Supplements for Women

Back to school season is practically a month long (and warmer) New Year’s Day. You’re super psyched about getting back into a routine of fabulous friends, learning, socializing and figuring out your place in this world – emphasis on the last one! Going into a new school year is an awesome time to get re-motivated and achieve those New Year’s Resolutions you made way back in January, followed for a little while, and then continued living life without the added pressure to be better at whatever it is you’ve chosen. My goal the last few years has been to live a happier and healthier lifestyle, and I’m pretty proud of how far I’ve come – especially these past few months.

During my fitness and wellness journey something I rarely came across on the market were protein supplements for women and girls. Most websites market protein supplements solely to men and occasionally to a co-ed consumer base. Some proteins specifically made for women focus on helping a women become sexy instead of strong, while most of the females consuming protein shakes are dedicated to working out and pushing their limits. Marketing issues aside, what really matters is what the protein is made out of and the impact it will have on your body.

Protein supplements are most frequently made from soy or whey. A recent review article in “Frontiers and Bioscience” found that consuming soy protein and soy products can decrease cholesterol levels in women. The same review article reports that soy consumption can actually relieve symptoms of menopause and osteoporosis. And like most proteins, soy-based protein aids in muscle recovery and maintenance. It is an awesome protein option for vegetarians and vegans!

I personally prefer using whey protein for my post-workout or breakfast shake. According to a study published in Nutrition and Metabolism, people who consumed whey protein supplements “lost significantly more body fat and showed a greater preservation of lean muscle.” I have seen these results while using whey protein supplements in my own daily routine, using just 1-2 scoops a day. Whey protein is also known to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and risk for cardiovascular disease.

Here are my top three favorite protein supplements for women:

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1. Greek Girl Beauty Protein

You’ve totally seen this protein included in many of my smoothie recipes – and it is for a good reason! This honey-vanilla blend is whey-based and made specifically with women in mind. In addition to providing a great protein supplement, it includes all of the essential vitamins and minerals that your diet needs to strengthen your hair and nails – in addition to your muscles! Plus, two scoops added to 8 oz. of water is just 50 calories. It retails for $52.99 and can be purchased here.

2.  Designer Whey Gourmet Chocolate Protein

If you have a sweet tooth like me and crave chocolate once in a while, this delicious and efficient protein would be a great addition to your pantry! I love mixing it in a shaker bottle with coconut water or almond milk. If I have a bit more time I’ll mix it with banana and almond milk to make a yummy protein smoothie! A 2 lb container retails for $50 (but it’s currently on sale for $25!) and you can purchase it here.

3. Iconic Protein

When your workout schedule only allows you to workout at 6 a.m. 5 days a week, every post-workout minute becomes essential to help you look presentable while also making it to work on time. When I’m running a bit late in the morning and don’t have enough time to mix up a delicious protein drink, grabbing one of these shakes makes my life SO much easier. In addition to being convenient, this protein is also grass-fed and includes natural and organic ingredients. A variety 12-pack retails for $45.99 and you can buy it here.

Stay Classy! xx

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Back To School Series ’16/’17: 5 Nutrition Tips To Kick Start A Healthy Semester

Especially when you’re on a school meal plan, sticking with a healthy and balanced college diet can be a difficult feat. Many schools offer semi-healthy options, but choices are rarely fresh or cooked in the healthiest way – like you can do on your own if you had a kitchen in your dorm! Regardless of your meal options, there are other ways to ensure that this upcoming school year will be your healthiest one yet! I had the chance to talk to Lanette Kovachi, a dietician for SUBWAY, about her top 5 tips to help students avoid gaining the “freshman” (or senior) 15!

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  1. Make Time For Breakfast

Breakfast is the fuel and nourishment the body needs to get ready for the day’s physical and mental activities. Morning nutrition also plays an important role in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Make sure your breakfast includes something rich in protein – eggs, egg whites, yogurt, low fat milk or nut butter.

My recipe for Egg-Crowned Quinoa is yummy and packed with protein!

  1. Avoid the Late Night Munchies

Try to skip late night snacking, or instead reach for something lighter like fruit, light popcorn, trail mix or hummus.

One of my personal favorites is a few spoons of non-fat greek yogurt with granola! I’m currently loving the Banana Walnut flavor from Viki’s Granola.

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  1. Keep Healthy Snacks On Hand

Stock up on nutritious snacks like fruit, whole grain crackers and mixed nuts. These options will fill you up and can all fit in your dorm room! Also be sure to carry a snack with you as you’re going from class to class, you never know when you’ll be hungry!

You can find some of my favorite healthy snacks, here! 

  1. Schedule Exercise Like It’s A Required Class

Eating well is just one part of the equation to maintaining a healthy weight at college. It’s just as important to keep up or even increase activity levels. Make it a priority to fit exercise into your regular schedule.

(I’ll be posting some of my favorite workouts, fitness equipment and tips over the next few days on Class and the City!)

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  1. Make A Refillable Water Bottle A Permanent Accessory

Whether you’re studying, listening to a lecture or sitting down for a meal, keep water on hand as your primary beverage. Staying hydrated is important to keep your energy up, reduce hunger and help you avoid sugary and unhealthy drinks that can add on unnecessary empty calories!

The water bottle above supports Breast Cancer Awareness and has a mist component as well!

Stay Classy! xx