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I’m always that person who scopes out the healthier options in restaurants, and, thankfully, there’s so many more ways to score healthy bites with gluten-free and vegan places popping up all over New York and Connecticut.
One such eatery is the new Little Beet Table in Greenwich, a 100% gluten-free restaurant serving nourishing cuisine and vegetable-forward cocktails (think: Fennel Margarita, Lemongrass and Beet Gin & Tonic, and the Fall Cobbler, to name a few of their current offerings). I had a Kale Margarita during my visit, but the bar, like the restaurant, focuses on seasonal offerings where you will always find something new and in-season when you visit.
Helmed by culinary director Matt Aita and chef de cuisine, Rich Perez, the eatery also boosts a vibrant bar that is oozing with style and the perfect spot for a quick bite or some drinks.
During a recent visit with The New York Mom, we sampled some of their healthy bites from their new bar snack menu and loved every minute of this culinary adventure.
First up was the Beet Sushi that we couldn’t get enough of. This soup-like appetizer is made with salmon, fresh beets, yuzu kosho (a Japanese condiment made from fresh chiles), umeboshi (salted Japanese plums), and scallions that was super refreshing and light.
We also loved the amazing sunflower hummus that come with grilled pita bread and veggies. Another favorite was the watercress guacamole that was a fun twist on the traditional favorite and the grilled octopus that was cooked and seasoned to perfection.
Other snack happy options for sharing (or not!) included the lightly seasoned popcorn made with toppings like nori, sesame, and togarashi or sweet chili-lime, seasonal pickles that are brined in a homemade shiso emulsion, warm olives, and spiced olives that I definitely want to sink my teeth in when I visit again.
As we enjoyed our snacks and drinks, we also loved the stylish/laid-back vibe that included tons of potted plants in colorful vases, bright jars of food brining away, leaf wallpaper, and pops of color that give the space it’s own personality.
Not just for bar snacking, you can also enjoy lunch, dinner, or brunch at Little Beet Table where you’ll find fresh, delicious and wholesome food options.
Little Beet Table, 376 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT
We were provided a complimentary meal for the purposes of this review. All opinions, as always, are our own.
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The worlds of health and beauty go hand-in-hand when you are on the journey to wellness. We recently had the chance to test out ODNOVA, a brand that focuses on that products that focus on harmony, balance, and feeling centered.
Using a blend of nutrient-dense botanicals, including medicinal mushrooms and spices as well as phytoplankton, in their quest to change the landscape of the wellness industry for the better. This includes three innovative products, designed to cater to everyone’s individual needs: Glo, Clarity, and Energy. We have been using Glo, a bee pollen formula that is designed to nourish the skin from within thanks. This promotes cell renewal, provides anti-oxidants to the body and supports the body’s natural oxygen usage. And, on a side, note: it is delicious! Just one teaspoon a day is all you need to start the path to renewal. Read on to discover more about ODNOVA from our recent interview:
Interview with ODNOVA
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Odnova come about?
Odnova: Growing up with a heart condition, finding the right cure was always challenging. Just like 46% of the American population, swallowing pills has always been a challenge for me. Therefore, I created Odnova- the one supplement that provides the body with all the nutrients needed that isn’t in pill form. It is an easy to take supplement that is also delicious and provides micro-nutrients needed on a daily basis.
Wellness Patterns: Why are the blends you focus on so important?
Odnova: From my own personal experiences, I decided to create three blends that are targeted towards a specific function in the mind and body.
17 years ago I struggled with serious depression, having a clear mind and steady mental state was always a challenge, therefore, I created CLARITY. Geared towards brain functionality, CLARITY helps reduce stress, elevates intuitive thinking, increases alertness, and boosts super conductors & neurotransmitters.
GLO was created on the sole purpose of when I moved to Los Angeles, CA, appearance was crucial. I noticed women spent a lot of time and money on improving their skin, and would ask me what I would do to keep my complexion glowing. The one realization I had was your skin was reflective of what you consumed. The ingredients in GLO purify the blood, nourishes the skin, and assists with rebuilding collagen & elastin.
Lastly, ENERGY was shaped because I felt my energy levels depleting and needed a natural source of energy that did not include caffeine. Caffeine has harmful consequences that drain adrenals and overwork the thyroid. Odnova ENERGY is an effective product that provides the body natural and organic nutrients that boost stamina and endurance.
Wellness Patterns: Tell us more about some of the product line?
Odnova: All ODNOVA products are free of gluten, nuts, dairy and sodium while being 100% raw and organic. The core base of ODNOVA is raw honey, but not as you know it. Each of the bee products, (honey, bee pollen, bee propolis and royal jelly) are derived from family owned bee farms in California. Which are then combined with innovative, nutrient dense botanicals including Phytoplankton, Bee Products, Medicinal Mushrooms, Adaptogenic Herbs, Medicinal Spices, Superfoods, and Monoatomic Minerals to create science backed formulas.
Wellness Patterns: How are you different from what’s out there?
Odnova: It is all about delivery and Odnova delivers an easy to consume and delicious alternative to pills. Our products have a low glycemic index and 100% of the bioavailable nutrients are delivered directly to the blood stream. From my research it is the only supplement in the market that combines different types of sciences- Nutrigenomic, Human Genome Project, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Quantum Physics.
These products focus on harmonizing the entire body without overstimulating and draining the organism. Our food intake creates an emotional and physical reaction, our sole purpose is to ensure an equilibrium state.
Wellness Patterns: What’s the best way to incorporate Odnova into one’s day-to-day life?
Odnova: The best thing about Odnova Honey is that fact that you can consume it by itself or within a liquid. I recommend having it on an empty stomach at the start of your day with a liquid of your choice- this can include, water, juice, tea, coffee, or smoothies. If you mix Odnova Honey with your juice or smoothie the drink will become more “adaptogenic.” If you mix it with coffee, the coffee will become more alkalizing as opposed to acidic.
It is also possible to have a flat teaspoon of either formula- this will detoxify the blood from any yeast, candida, or any other toxins.
Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?
Odnova: Our emphasized ingredient is Marine Phytoplankton Nannochloropsis 1, this ingredient Is not used in any other product sold in the United States. The reason this is our main component is because marine phytoplankton contains omega- 3’s and phospholipids, these are essential nutrients that nourish the brain and support proper neurotransmitter production.
Discover more about Odnova here:https://www.goshasorganics.com/odnova
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We live in a fast-paced go, go, go world. We want more time but can never seem to find it, which, in the long-term can affect our health. The online world, however, opens up a plethora of ways to squeeze out more time in our already crunched day to shop, exercise and even have a therapy session. One such company that is paving the way for online therapy is ThriveTalk. Through this online platform they are connecting people in need of mental health support with highly skilled and vetted therapists who provide impactful therapy through their secure online system. They are also passionate about whole-person wellness, which we were very intrigued to learn more about. Read on to discover more about their online therapy platform and how it could work for you:
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Thrivetalk come about?
ThriveTalk: Online therapy (and telehealth in general) is the new frontier of receiving mental health services. Online therapy enables clients all over the world to increase their access to services and provides a more comprehensive care experience. ThriveTalk initially came about as a solution to serve clients in our other brands, primarily veterans and individuals who are disabled. We have since created a comprehensive and easy-to-use online platform that enables clients to connect globally with highly skilled therapists for ongoing therapy.
On a personal level, I’ve been passionate about online therapy for the last 5 years after seeing how much more impactful ongoing communication can be with clients. When a client has a video or phone session from the comfort of their own home, they are often much more willing to open up and thus, they can make gains faster towards reaching their therapeutic goals. From the perspective of a therapist, building an online private practice is a terrific way to be of service and build a business, while also offering a freedom-based lifestyle.
Wellness Patterns: How does it work?
ThriveTalk: Clients can visit ThriveTalk.com and click “get started” to take our intake survey and they will be automatically connected with a therapist who will schedule them for their first session. We offer package plans which include both text-based and video or phone sessions, or they can schedule individual appointments with their therapist.
Wellness Patterns: How does it differ from a traditional therapist?
ThriveTalk: The biggest difference is how the services are received (from the comfort of wherever you may be!), but the impact is the same as in-person session in terms of making long-lasting changes in your life. In fact, because online therapists are often in touch with clients between sessions, which is unusual for a traditional therapist, many clients find that they feel more supported than they had in previous traditional experiences.
Wellness Patterns: How do you find the therapists to work with?
ThriveTalk: Visit our website and let us do the work for you. We will connect you with a therapist who is licensed in your state so that you can get started right away.
Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?
ThriveTalk: ThriveTalk.com is a completely secure and HIPAA compliant way to receive mental health services. If you feel you may benefit from seeing a therapist, I encourage you to give it a try. If you use the coupon code READYTOTHRIVE you can get 35% off your first session.
Haley Neidich, LCSW is the Senior Director of Clinical Development for ThriveTalk.com and a practicing licensed psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience. Haley has her masters degree from Columbia University and specializes in treating anxiety in young adult women with a focus on spirituality and future-focused coaching.
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