My Visit to the Vegan Chain Restaurant By CHLOE. in NYC

My Visit to the Vegan Chain Restaurant By CHLOE. in NYC

The incredible food, pleasing aesthetic and contemporary atmosphere combine for a fantastic experience!

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This hip food establishment serves VEGAN FOOD. I was extremely excited to try out almost everything on the menu. They do breakfast in some locations and brunch on weekends until 4:00 pm. Chloe's has everything. They have burgers, a meatball sub, salads, fries, pasta, mac & cheese, dips, soup, smoothies, a large array of desserts, vegan treats for your pup, their own gum, tee shirts, aprons, hats, and pins. All cruelty-free and vegan!

As I entered, I was welcomed by a fresh and contemporary atmosphere. A restaurant can be swarmed with the smells of different seasonings and that specific fried potato perfume without having rotting meat slapped on the grill with it. The workers were helpful and kind, it can be a little overwhelming tackling the large menu for the first time and weeding out what my stomach is grumbling for.

My girlfriend decided to get the Pesto Meatball. This delectable sandwich came with Italian meatballs (PORTOBELLO + VEGGIE), marinara, sweet peppers, basil pesto, cashew mozz, almond parm, all on a potato sub roll. We also got the Mac 'N Cheese, Avocado Pesto Pasta, and I had to try out their french fries, given my current addiction to the salty fried potato sticks.

Pesto Meatball with Mac 'N Cheese from by CHLOE. in NYCInstagram - @baileyjeanfit

This meatball sub had my mouth watering as they called my name from the front counter to signify my order was ready. Chloe's pesto meatball looks like an elevated vegan version of the modern classic. The seasonings, sauces, and cheeses take the sandwich to the next level. As I crunched into this pesto meatball for my first bite, the sweet peppers help to balance out the seasonings in the meatballs. They also add a second crunch. The first crunch being the bread this deliciousness is being hugged with. I thought the cashew mozz was cheesy, the almond parm looks very much like parm and adds a nutty component to the dish.

Mac 'N Cheese from by CHLOE. in NYCInstagram - @baileyjeanfit

I have become more and more of a mac 'n cheese enthusiast as the years pass. I have tried pretty much every vegan mac there is, from boxed to made from scratch. My experiences have taught me that toppings make the mac 'n cheese dish stand out. With Chloe's mac, I took a big bite of crisp shitake bacon, almond parm, and their creamy sweet potato - cashew cream sauce. From the first bite to the last, I had a smile on reaching from ear to ear. The pasta was slightly al dente, which I personally believe is the best way to eat pasta, the bacon was crisp and seasoned well, and most importantly, the cheese was gooey and creamy. This mac 'n cheese competes with the best of them. Go give it a try!

Original French Fries and Pesto Avocado Pasta w/ Beet Ketchup and Chipotle Sauce from by CHLOE. in NYC@baileyjeanfit

I will say this for the rest of my days, whoever invented sauces for food is a genius. These fries are not the most gourmet thing I have ever eaten, but paired with Chloe's housemade dipping sauces, I can't get enough of them. The red is a beet ketchup that honestly tastes like ketchup but the beets add a little bit of a sweeter taste. The orange is their chipotle sauce which is the first vegan sauce I have come across that tastes like honey mustard. My eyes lit up as the taste hit my tongue. The chipotle added a level of heat that matched the level of sweetness the beet ketchup had. by CHLOE. balances their foods very well. There isn't too much of one element that isn't matched with a counterpart.

The concept of balance is also evident in the pesto avocado pasta. There are three halves of cherry tomato to top off the pasta. The tomatos were my favorite part of the dish. They added a burst of freshness to even out the creamy avocado sauce. I also enjoyed the shape of the pasta as it varied from the shells that the mac is made from.

My first experience at by CHLOE. will certainly not be my last. The food combined with the decor and the hip atmosphere adds up to an amazing and memorable trip. I love the number of things they have on their menu, the fact that they serve breakfast until 4:00 pm on weekends, and that they have their own gum. If you don't live in New York, don't worry. They have a number of locations sprouting up around the states and Europe. Whether you are in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, or London, make sure you stop in to try something at by CHLOE! All vegan and cruelty-free. Support your local vegan chefs.

Visit their website here: https://eatbychloe.com/

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9 Teas You Can Add To Your Diet Today

Here's the addition to your lifestyle you never knew you needed.

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In the age-old debate between coffee and tea, I'll take a cup of green tea any day. It's both relaxing and energizing, and if that sounds like an oxymoron, then so be it. I've recently started making a cup of Chai Green Tea and honey a regular part of my evening routine.

This small addition to my day has helped me relax, sleep better and wake up easier. Interestingly enough, it's also sped up my weight loss goals, even if by a little.

It's difficult to find anything that's healthy for you and delicious, but this beverage makes enjoyment a realistic goal. Between being rich in antioxidants, aiding in burning fat, increasing metabolism, and improving heart healthiness, it's hard to be steered wrong.

Of course, as with anything, there are ways to make it unhealthy. It can be challenging finding the right tea for you and your health, so I've decided to start you off with a list of teas to kick-start your journey.

1. Chai Green Tea

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Not only is this tea delicious, but it also tastes a bit like Christmas. A perfect blend of black tea, herbs and spices, its origins can be traced back to India. It has amazing antioxidants, improves digestion and your immune system, and fights inflammation. What does antioxidants even mean, you may ask? In a nutshell—it has anti-cancer properties, fighting to keep your body as healthy as possible.

Add a couple spoonfuls of honey, and you're all set.

2. Matcha Green Tea

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I'm sure you're sensing a theme by now. Green tea is arguably the healthiest tea you can drink. Add Matcha powder to the mix (pun intended), and you've just created a dynamic duo for yourself. It's important to note that best results occur with a healthy diet and exercise.

3. Chamomile Tea

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Having trouble sleeping? Are you stressed or experiencing uncomfortable premenstrual symptoms? Chamomile can help with this, particularly those with Type II diabetes.

4. Ginger Tea

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The tea that gives you the kick you need, but in a nice way.

5. Peppermint Tea

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Peppermint in general is a fantastic beverage for digestion, but it also contains a load of antioxidants and nausea-fighting properties. It's perfect if your stomach is upset or you're suffering from anxiety.

6. White Tea

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This is another tea that I'm personally adding to my list of things to try. It's light, and you can drink it at any time of the day. It has a higher antioxidant count and lower calories and caffeine—perfect if you're looking for a non-caffeinated pick-me-up. Benefits include reducing the risk of tooth decay, increased heart healthiness, cancer-fighting properties, skin protection, and it aids in weight loss.

7. Black Tea

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Black tea is great for your digestive track and bone density. This drink enhances energy by increasing blood flow to the brain. Choosing a specific tea for yourself is more a matter of taste than anything else since they all contain roughly the same benefits. More benefits include decreasing chances of a stroke and arthritis, as well as relieving stress. Anyone can benefit from drinking it.

8. Rooibos Tea

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Rooibos is a new name for me, but it's another I'm adding to my "try" list. It helps with skin conditions such as eczema, alleviates muscle soreness and insomnia, and aids in hypertension.

9. Oolong Tea

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This delicious looking tea is great for cancer prevention, weight management and your health overall. It's also a great way to boost your metabolism and help make your skin look healthier!

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I'm A Recovering Anorexic And I Hate Your Quick-Fix 'Diets'

These diets may help you look better on the scale, but trust me when I say that three months in, you will look in the mirror and be obsessing over what you see.

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When I was younger, I was overweight. (The person above the header, that would be me) Anyone who knows me well knows my story. If you don't or you didn't know, you will now.

The summer before I went into high school, I lost almost 30 pounds. I ran on the treadmill for an hour and a half every day, and I went vegan, simultaneously limiting myself to 1,500 calories a day. Obviously, it worked. The weight I struggled so hard to lose disappeared in three months and I was unbelievably thrilled. But here is the issue. The way I lost the weight created so many longer lasting mental battles that I never would have expected.

I became obsessed with my diet. I counted my calories down to the decimal point. I used to wake up at 4 a.m. before school to make sure I worked out for the day and burned 800 calories. I used to make sure I was eating no more than my daily allotted calories, sometimes eating only close to 600. Then, of course, I would gorge. After starving myself for a week, I would be unbelievably hungry. I would sit down with a jar of peanut butter and a bag of pretzels and I would eat half of each. After that I figured, I'm already eating so why not eat that ice cream I've been avoiding? Or those cookies?

Then came the guilt. I would feel so guilty for destroying my diet, I would workout immediately after, hoping to burn a thousand calories more than the 800 I already burned that morning. I did this in hopes of canceling out my caloric feast. So think about it, how many calories was I really consuming? 200? 300? Maybe less? All in hopes that I would never in my life be as fat or as ugly as I once felt I was.

My junior year of college, almost seven years later, I'm finally not counting my calories. If I don't work out for a week? No biggie, I'll get back to it when I'm ready. I eat my meals out of serving bowls, and if I want ice cream every day, I eat it. Now don't let me fool you, my diet is vegan and gluten-free, so my food is all plant-based, even more so now than it was back then. But the major difference is that now, I'm full after every one of my meals. I no longer gorge, and I eat what I please. But it took me seven years to get to where I am today. Seven years to figure out a successful workout plan and diet that didn't leave me feeling lightheaded, guilty, or self-conscious. I now live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, but because of what I have dealt with, I will never support quick diets.

Do not look at me and tell me your "dietician" gave you a quick way to lose weight in three months. I will fight your dietician. Weight should not be lost quickly on a fad diet. I watch my friends starve themselves day after day because they're doing what they think is healthy for their body. I watch them obsess over their calories and their exercise because in the week they have been working out, they have lost 10 pounds. This mindset, these juice cleanses and the 300 calorie meals are all obsessive and unnecessary. Losing weight and being healthy isn't about the next three months, it's about the next 70 years. It's about finding a lifestyle that is fun, and sustainable and works for YOU. So instead of eating a whole pizza, eat a few slices and some fruit or veggies. Know you are a whole pint of ice cream kind of person like I am? Switch over to a healthy alternative like Halo Top.

These diets may help you look better on the scale, but trust me when I say that three months in, you will look in the mirror and be obsessing over what you see. Every bit of fat, every unwanted curve. You will hate and terrorize and hide under baggy sweatshirts and sweatpants. Losing weight is a lifestyle change, not a temporary juice fix.

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