Dr. Smood: Healthy Boutique Cafe Popping Up in NYC

Dr. Smood: Healthy Boutique Cafe

dr. smood coffee

With the focus on health and well-bring becoming increasingly mainstream, the options to purchase organic food and drinks have far surpassed the options solely found in your local health food store. Restaurants and even cafes are ‘getting it,’ offering health-conscious consumers tons of nutrient-rich options to feed their mind, body and souls. During a recent press preview, I had the opportunity to check out such a cafe when I attended the opening of the Lexington Avenue location of Dr. Smood, an organic boutique café that features food and drink items to benefit your mood.  With four locations currently open in New York (a fifth is coming in the fall), the cafés focus on offering nutrient-rich super foods and beverages to the health-conscious consumer. This includes convenient grab-and-go options, a full coffee and juice bar, organic food options, and a “Smood Market” filled with dry goods and supplements.

dr. smood kale salad

dr. smood supplements

Awesome, right?!

This includes backing by scientists, nutritionists and doctors who spent three years developing the nutrient-rich foods to enhance performance of the body, mind and soul. Each product is color-coded and tailored to boost one of six categories: Immunity, Energy, Health, Beauty, Detox and Power. All of the food and drinks are USDA-certified organic, kosher and are made without GMOs, preservatives, dairy, chemicals, HPP, pesticides or refined sugar.

dr. smood values

dr. smood drink

Menu items include organic coffees and teas, green juices, cold pressed juices that are targeted by your mood, organic pastries, power sandwiches made from Performance Bread—which helps to stabilize blood sugar—and salads loaded with bio-available protein and organic super foods. Another unique aspect of Dr. Smood’s is that nutritionists and Smood Operators are available on-site to help customers choose products that are tailored to their needs and that will boost their health. A latte with health benefits? Now, that’s something we can totally get behind.

Dr. Smood locations in New York include 40th and Madison, NoMad, SoHo, 46th and Lexington and the Lower East Side. First launched in Miami, where there are currently five locations, Dr. Smood will continue to open new locations in 2017 and beyond with international expansion plans underway.

For more information, please visit: http://drsmood.com/

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Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Soul'-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Happy Summer! We are ready to get out eat on, healthfully, of course! To kick-off the season, we are excited to let you know about an awesome charity event where you can enjoy some delicious vegan eats and save puppies!  Held on Thursday, June 29 from 4:00 pm -11:30 pm to benefit the Beagle Freedom Project, the ‘Soul’-stice BBQ will include a 100% vegan-themed night, whipped up by Pamela Elizabeth. Check out how to score tickets, and the delicious menu below:

Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Urban Vegan Kitchen
41 Carmine Street
Thursday, June 29
4:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Amuse bouche
Watermelon cubelet, ‘feta’ cheese, balsamic drizzle
Loaded Corn Salad:
grilled romaine, cornbread croutons, alabama white bbq drizzle

Rack-less BBQ ‘Ribs’:
smoky potato salad, collard greens, grilled artichoke hearts

Churros Split Sundae
cinnamon spiced ice cream, chocolate & caramel sauce, whipped cream, bourbon soaked cherry

Desserts by @COCOAVNYC & libations by @LALAVONRIOT

Tickets ($45) are available on Eventbrite.


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Boxed Water’s Social Reforestation Campaign

Boxed Water's Social Reforestation Campaign #ReTree
As I’ve mentioned, I love to support companies that do their part to give back. Whether big or small, these incentives allow consumer to better understand bigger issues and how they can impact us all. One such company that is doing their part-both as a brand and through the partners the support-is Boxed Water. With a motto “Boxed Water is Better,” Boxed Water was created with a simple mission to offer an alternative to plastic drinking water, making a product that is more environmentally-friendly. Essentially just water and a box, Boxed Water is 100% recyclable, shipped flat to help reduce offset the carbon footprint, and made with a minimal design (no excessive paper). And what about the water itself? It’s made with an 8-step purification process to ensure that it’s free of impurities and minerals and that the pH levels are very close to neutral.
Boxed Water's Social Reforestation Campaign #ReTree
Boxed Water's Social Reforestation Campaign #ReTree
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During a recent event in NYC, I not only had the opportunity to try out the water (it’s good!) but to also learn more about the company and their partnership with the National Forest Foundation and their #ReTree social reforestation campaign.  Through this social media incentive, they are working to protect the planet by planting one million trees within the next five years. And we can all participate! Simply post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter featuring Boxed Water using the hashtag #ReTree and Boxed Water will plant two trees. You can also subscribe to their newsletter where they will plant two trees on your behalf or purchase online and they will plant six trees. How easy is that?!
To learn more about Boxed Water and their sustainable practices, be sure to visit: https://boxedwaterisbetter.com/pages/retree
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Awesome Green Festival Expo (and a Discount Code!)

Green Festival Expo in nyc

There are so many exciting things going on in the wellness community that it can be hard to be on top of everything. One way to meet brands that are doing their part to make a difference is at the upcoming Green Festival Expo in NYC.

Green Festival Expo at Jacob Javits Center
Connecting with green brands made way easier at the Green Festival Expo

As the largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, this year will also include the inclusion of some environmental organizations and local New York community groups–making it the first time New Yorkers will have an opportunity to utilize an environmental activism platform.

The annual festival will kick-off with the Farm Sanctuary’s Plant-Powered Run featuring a timed 10K Race, an untimed 5K Fun Run, a Kids Run and a Walk for Farm Animals, beginning at Pier 84 and ending at the Javits Center.

Green Festival Expo in nyc
Zen is the new black.

There will also be tons of interesting speakers in attendance such as Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now!; Ricky Kej, Composer and Grammy® Award Winner, ‘Global Humanitarian Artist’ and US Billboard #1 Artist; Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary; Marianne Schnall, Journalist, Author, Co-Founder/Executive Director, What Will It Take Movement: Dayna Reggero, Director, Climate Listening Project and film The Story We Want and much more! Chandanni Miglino, Ayurvedic practitioner, Founder of Chandanni and Co-Founder of the Chandanni Scholarship Fund.

Additionally, attendees can expect to learn more about thousands of products and services to live a healthier, more sustainable life from the latest technology and all-natural products to chemical-free household supplies and a wide selection of non-GMO, organic and artisanal food and beverages. In addition to the Vegan / Vegetarian Food Court, attendees can enjoy hands-on demos, educational activities, and learn from inspirational speakers.

The expo will also featurepavilions and green-theme stages, such as the Kids for Positive Family Fun Pavilion, with interactive educational activities and entertainment for kids; the Activism & Advocacy Pavilion, featuring Collectively Free, World Progress Now and Vigil 4 Peace, among others; the Gita Nagari Yoga Pavilion, featuring dedicated free yoga and meditation sessions all weekend long; and the two main stages, the Green Festival Stage, sponsored by GoMacro and Rodale’s Organic Life, and the Sustainable Innovations Pavilion, both highlighting green business entrepreneurs, community leaders and environmental experts.

We are so excited to attend and think you’ll love it, too! The Green Festival Expo is incredible way to connect and learn more about some incredibly innovative companies that are doing their part to promote sustainable practices and living a healthier, happier life.

Green Festival Expo Details:

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Register today using the promo code: GF17X22P [20& off NYC Green Festival] when you register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-city-green-festival-expo-tickets-31063053429


We are excited to be partnering with the Green Festival for this event!

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Running the Brooklyn Half (or How I Pretended to be Brave!)

A few weeks ago I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, a race I never thought that I would ever do. And yet I did and had an incredible experience facing something that I thought was out of my reach. But it didn’t happen overnight. Over the years I’ve gotten more into a running, slowing building up my speed–both hating and loving it with every new accomplishment. Something that seemed so impossible was slowly starting not to feel so, and as a full-time working mama with three kids, I found that it gave me with this newfound mental release that provided me with something that was just for me.

Brooklyn Half Marathon the beginning
The start of the madness.

So I’ve been running more, pushing myself even further to do more 5Ks and even Half Marathon with Shape earlier this year. And then the Brooklyn Half. I was really excited for this one since it was a race through my hometown, doing something so different, so challenging, and yet so exhilarating! It also meant that I had to brave, strong and confident: a mantra that I profess on the daily to my own girls.

brooklyn half marathon

The day of the race was thrilling! I woke at 5am, made coffee and ventured to the Brooklyn Museum where a collection of other eager runners were waiting. It was freezing out but I tried not to think about the cold as I waited for the 7:45am start time. Once we were signaled to go, it was incredible to see all of the bodies in motion as we swopped around Grand Army Plaza, through Prospect Park, down Ocean Parkway and finally on the boardwalk of Coney Island. While the cooler temps made for the perfect run, it still was very hard, grueling and mental to get through There were times when I wanted to stop, take a break, but I didn’t. I had to push and be strong for myself. And what I did realize as I looked at the Brooklyn that I once lived in, is that running is hard and the people participating are all sorts of runners: some might love it, some might hate, or maybe some are like me and they have found something that challenges them and pushes them outside of their comfort zone. Or maybe they want to show their kids or family or themselves that they are strong, brave, and can do hard things. Because we can.

brooklyn half marathon at coney island

brooklyn half marathon parade

brooklyn half marathon mom

brooklyn half marathon wet day

That was the only person that I was running for and against, and in the end the only person that I wanted to beat as I mentally challenged myself through the run to try to run under two hours. That didn’t happen for this race but I did reach 2:09 as I crossed the finish line at Coney feeling relieved, stronger and no longer having to pretend.


Get involved by running with NYRR. They have so many great mini runs, and of course, the big marathon coming up! http://www.nyrr.org/

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Solstice in Times Square: (FREE) Mind Over Madness Yoga

Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga Presented by Aerie Schedule

What better way to channel your inner zen than amongst thousands of other New Yorkers at the center of the city? Well you can do just that on June 21st for the annual Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga event where you can enjoy free yoga classes all day long, taught by experienced instructors. Read on to check out the complete schedule as well as how to register for some of these awesome yoga classes.

Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga Presented by Aerie Schedule

Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga Presented by Aerie Schedule

7:30am – 8:30am: Douglass Stewart
9:30am – 10:30am: Sarah Finger
11:30am – 12:30am: #AerieREAL Empowered Flow with Catherine Gignac
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Bikram Yoga with Jen Lobo and Donna Rubin
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Aditi Shah and Rachel Cohen
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee
7:30pm – 8:30pm: LUNA Deep House Yoga with Lauren Taus and DJ Tasha Blank

While you register, please consider donating to Bent on Learning or Exhale to Inhale, our two NYC-based yoga-related charity partners. Since all Solstice classes are free, consider a donation equal to the amount you would normally pay for a yoga class (ex. $25, $15, $10).

Join the conversation at #SolsticeTSq and mention us @TimesSquareNYC.

Secure your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-solstice-in-times-square-mind-over-madness-yoga-presented-by-aerie-tickets

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FREE Yoga on International Yoga Day!

International Yoga Day 2017 at Battery Park City

International Yoga Day 2017 is quickly approaching! And to celebrate, the Consulate General of India, in collaboration with New York City Public Advocate’s Office and the Parks Department, are presenting a celebration of mindfulness with 30-minute yoga and meditation sessions.

Led by such organizations as Hindu Temple of North America, Mallakhamb Federation, Urban Yogis, and the Arts of Living Foundation, among others, this free event will be held on June 19, 2017 from 5.00-8:30pm at Castle Clinton in Battery Park. While the admission is free, participants are encouraged to sign up, and the first 500 participants to register online will receive a free yoga mat!


Even more International Yoga Day Events

May 23 * 11am -12pm * New Beginning Nursery School, Tarrytown NY

June 10 * 10AM -12PM * Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows, NY

June 7 * Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Edison, NJ
June 9 * South Plainfield Middle School, NJ
June 12 * Woodbridge Middle School, NJ
June 21 * Mallakhamb Studio, South Plainfield, NJ

June 12 * 10AM -2PM * Massachussetts State House, Boston

June 15 * 11AM -1PM * Liberty Intl airport, Newark

June 15 * 2PM -4PM * Liberty Intl airport, Newark

JAi HANUMAN SHAKHA, HINDU SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH USA June 18 * 6PM -7PM * 80 E Barclay St, Hicksville, NY

June 18 * 7AM -11AM * Liberty Park, Columbus OH

June 21 * 7:30AM -7:30PM * Times Square, New York NY

June 21 * 7AM -9AM * State house lawn, Columbus OH

June 21 * 6PM -8:30PM * Public Square/Community Hall, Mayfield Village OH

June 24 * 5AM -7AM * Yoga with Baba Ramdev, Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City NJ

June 24 * 5PM -8PM * Kensico Dam Plaza, Westchester County, NY

June 25 * 9:30AM -12PM * Woodbridge High school, Woodbridge NJ

June 25 * 9:30AM -1PM * Arya Samaj, Hillside Ave, Jamaica NY

June 25 * 9.30AM -1.30PM * Hindu Temple, Flushing, NY

June 25 * 10AM -2PM * State of Connecticut Capitol Building, Hartford CT

The admission to the event is free for to participate, but registration is encouraged at:

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First Ever Vegan Tri-State VegFest and an Interview with the Founder!

tri-state vegfest comes to the NY area

We just learned about an incredible vegan event coming to the NYC area with the first-ever Tri-State VegFest! Held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 12-6PM, the Tri-State VegFest is an entirely vegan festival that showcases plant-based cuisine and cruelty-free products that are part of a vegan lifestyle. This festival is all about food, community and entertainment and attendees will have the opportunity to experience over 100 national and local exhibitors.

tri-state vegfest

tri-state vegfest

Presented by Experience Expos, a multifaceted empowerment company founded by South Florida-based entrepreneur Kyle Michaud, there will literally be something for everybody at Tri-State VegFest including the best health-conscious food and beverages, children’s activities, happy hour wine sampling, live music, cooking demos and much more. The event will also be presented in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere where guests do not have to worry about asking about where food is from, as it’s a guarantee that everything is ethical and 100% vegan.

VegFest is a celebration of the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. There will be vegan food to sample and purchase, engaging speakers, exciting performers, and members from the local vegan community to answer questions and showcase what inspires them. As a participant, volunteer, or attendee, your presence assists us to achieve our mission in educating as many families and individuals as possible about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

National and local vendors participating at the Tri-State VegFest include:

• Harmless Harvest – Coconut water and organic tea
• Suja Juice – offers a variety of cold-pressed organic juices packed with fruits and vegetables.
• Daiya – give you the delicious joy of dairy, without any compromise.
• Rhythm Superfoods – an innovator in plant-based snacking. Rhythm’s organic, non-gmo, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian snacks are high in nutrient
• Hippocrates Health Institute – Committed to fostering a natural lifestyle complemented by enzyme-rich, living-foods vegetarian cuisine
• Nature Has Flavor – specializes in teaching flavorful whole food cooking recipes for a plant based diet lifestyle. Learn to plan beneficial vegan meals.
• Macro Vegitarian – carefully crafted vegan meals for people who are tired of boring choices such as grilled vegetables and cardboard veggie burgers.
• Vegetarian Society of New Jersey
• And others

And to learn even more about the Tri-State VegFest, we had the honor to speak with founder, Kyle Michaud to learn more about how it started and what you can expect.

Kyle Michaud: founder of tri-state veg fest

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for the Tri-State VegFest come about?

Kyle Michaud: The Tri-State VegFest was born out of my love for food, and animals. The cruelty-free festival allows attendees to explore 100+ vendors that have made a commitment to being vegan. Unlike other events we welcome vegans and vegan wannabes to come explore the delicious and nutritionally dense entrees that are being served up!

Wellness Patterns: What about for families?

Kyle Michaud: We encourage families to attend, and we offer FREE admission to children under 12. In addition to food and education, the festival features booths promising to engage and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds.

Wellness Patterns: How did you get into wellness?

Kyle Michaud: I started a cold-pressed juice company in 2014 and soon discovered that reaching ‘green consumers’ was more difficult then I had anticipated! I become motivated to connect eco-conscious consumers with green products and services. The festival was born!

Wellness Patterns: What are your goals for the Tri-State VegFest?

Kyle Michaud: My goal in 2017 is to become the largest event of it’s kind, promoting a plant-based lifestyle to as many people as possible. We are aiming to attract over 12,000 attendees to come explore what everyone is talking about!

Tri-State VegFest Info

Saturday, June 7, 2017
12:00PM – 6:00PM
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave,
Edison, NJ 00837

Tickets are $15 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at http://vegfestexpos.com/


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Garjana: A New Immersive Dance Workout and Fundraiser in NYC

Garjana: A New Immersive Dance Workout and Fundraiser in NYC

Looking for a new way to get moving this year? Then you’ve got to check out the new immersive dance workout called Garjana at their upcoming event in NYC that will raise money for Food Tank, a nonprofit focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.

Garjana: A New Immersive Dance Workout and Fundraiser in NYC

Held on April 26th, this fun event will include a one-hour completely immersive and interactive dance workout experience featuring original music, visuals, props, choreography, and lighting followed by a pop-up farmers’ market with free tastings.

At Garjana, five dancers, all Broadway performers, will lead attendees in easy-to-pick-up and fresh-looking synchronized dance moves, all set to original music and fully immersed in visuals specially created for the event. In addition to the class, participants will see short dance performances by Broadway Bodies, PMT Dance Studio, Liberated Movement and Fit4Dance along with a musical performance from Jambalaya Brass Band.

Garjana: A New Immersive Dance Workout and Fundraiser in NYC

Event partners include: the New York City Food Policy Center, the James Beard Foundation, Edible Manhattan, Edible East End, Edible Brooklyn, GrowNYC, WhyHunger, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Bronx Green Machine, Glynwood, Global Green, Change Food, Food-X, Food Future, NYC Bollywood Funk, Body Conceptions, Broadway Bodies, Dance Cardio Plus, PMT Dance Studio, Banana Skirt Productions, Liberated Movement, Fit4Dance, Jambalaya Brass Band, Where NYC, Stumptown Coffee, Beanitos, Go Raw, GT’s Kombucha, Gluten-Free Bites, Purely Elizabeth, Gotham Greens, Stonyfield, Icelandic Glacial, KIND Snacks, 88 Acres, and Harmless Harvest.

Following the event, participants can nosh and hydrate with a tasting of some of the hottest local brands in the New York City food scene. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine will be doing all food recovery for the event.


Garjana: A New Dance Workout Happy-Hour Movement

WHAT: One hour of interactive dancing (cardio-fitness) led by performers
WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:00PM (SHARP) to 7:30PM
WHERE: Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011)
Participants are encouraged to “dress to sweat” and can purchase tickets ($40 requested donation, $29 early bird pricing till April 20) at Garjana.com. Doors open at 5:30PM. The event begins promptly at 6:00PM and will run roughly for one and a half hours.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garjana-a-new-dance-party-happy-hour-workout-movement-tickets-32140689668

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