Category Archives: Bottoms Up

Tropical Ginger-Pineapple Smoothies + #MaderasLife in Nicaragua!

Tropical Pineapple Smoothie Recipe with Ginger, Mint, Cucumber and Coconut Water | Healthy Smoothies

I first came into contact with this tropical pineapple smoothie in Nicaragua, which, given the strong beach and jungle vibes, is not the craziest place in the world to find a tropical drink in your hand.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall a spell in October in which I posted impressive pictures of myself galloping on horseback, holding a surfboard while standing semi-upright, and attempting to edit my book in a hammock without fully falling prey to that seductive temptress, relaxation.

If these vignettes are any indication, the trip was a mix of work and play.… Continue Reading

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Bottoms Up: Blood Orange White Sangria

Blood Orange Sangria with Pomegranate and Lime | White Sangria Recipe | Blood Orange Drink

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or are one of my childhood friends, you might be alarmed to see the word “orange” in this white sangria recipe.

Some of my fruit phobias are irrational. But the long-standing hatred of oranges runs deep.

My old roommate Caitlyn had a similar pathological resentment towards ketchup. She didn’t know where the fear came from, until a few years ago her older sister told a story about a Halloween haunted house in their basement that included a bowl of ketchup “blood.” Somehow this part of the party didn’t manage to get cleared out, and young Caitlyn discovered the moldy, rotten bowl of ketchup a few months later.… Continue Reading

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Video: Grilled Strawberry Bellinis on Healthination

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Summer is sadly winding down. So I thought I’d lift your spirits a bit by resurrecting one of my favorite seasonal cocktail recipes: the grilled strawberry bellini. Calling this a recipe is generous, as it’s stupid easy. Soak a few skewers, thread your fruit, and char it slightly over a high flame so that all those juices get muddled in your glass. … Continue Reading

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Bottoms Up: Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon

Pimm's Cup Drink Recipe with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon | Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipe

Earlier this summer, Charlie was out in LA for work, and I decided to join him for a little mini vacation. We stayed at a trendy new-ish hotel called The Line in Koreatown, and spent Friday afternoon playing hookey from life and lounging by the pool.

In addition to a café called Pot, which left me confused and slightly disappointed when I flipped to the room service tab by the same name, the hotel housed Roy Choi’s restaurant Commissary. I’m a big fan of the movie Chef (duh), which Choi consulted on. But had never eaten any of his food. … Continue Reading

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Bottoms Up: Hibiscus Tea Arnold Palmers, Spiked or Sober

Hibiscus Tea Arnold Palmer Recipe | An Iced Flower Tea with Tons of Health Benefits!  | Healthy Cocktail Recipes

My cocktail game leaves a lot to be desired.

Part of the problem is that I’m dating a wine guy. And when Charlie isn’t hauling cases of rose back to his apartment (and occasionally splitting his suit pants in the process), he’s casually challenging acquaintances to homemade Old Fashioned throwdowns and brainstorming creative contents for his copper Moscow Mule cups. … Continue Reading

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Toasting Earth Day with Eco-Friendly Wine

The Best Biodynamic and Organic Wines For Under $30 | Eco Wines for Earth Day

I’m taking a little break today from this month’s healthy hydration series to talk about something that’s a little bit more fun and hedonistic than good ole H2O: WINE.

Ever since my long, arduous month of detox, I’ve been paying a lot more attention to the quantity and quality of my vices. And one area of better boozing I’ve been particularly interested in is the new and growing world of organic wines. I’ve not only been trying to drink better wines, but also cleaner wines that are responsibly made.… Continue Reading

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Bottoms Up: Mean Green Kale Margaritas

Mean Green Kale Margaritas with Lime and Cilantro | Healthy Skinny Cocktail Recipe

I discovered the beauty of kale margaritas last year at a little bar in the East Village. I love kale in pretty much anything, but had never actually used it to chase my tequila before. And three glasses in, I was definitely a fan.

The concoction not only had the added benefits of leafy greens, but it was also refreshing, not overly sweet and totally delicious. I’ve been dying to try my hand at these mean green margaritas ever since. But without a juicer to my name, it felt silly to pick up a $10 bottle of green goodness from Juice Press just to use as a mixer.… Continue Reading

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Bottoms Up: Homemade Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Recipe, Spiked or Sober

Homemade Pumpkin Chai Latte Recipe, Dairy-Free, Boozy

Back in March, during my detox, I gave up caffeine for the month. And my relationship with coffee has never been the same.

While I probably drink just as much as I did before going off alcohol, I’ve made a conscious effort to try to only drink coffee during times of intentional hedonism or mornings of extreme desperation, like when my alcohol consumption has exceeded expectations.

Most of the time though, I love not being dependent on coffee to defog my head, even if my local hipster barista looks at me with a hint of an eye roll every time I order herbal tea out on the town.… Continue Reading

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