Back to Cool

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Just because Labor day is a faded memory and we can no longer wear white, doesn’t mean that summer is over. Summer isn’t officially over until September 21st, so embrace the summer vibes for one more week!

 

Enjoy the great outdoors.  Go for nature walk, or if you’re so inclined  a hike. Soak up sun and get your daily dose of vitamin D. Sleep out under the stars. Does it still count as camping if your’e in your back yard- we’ve all agreed it does.

 

Go for a swim. before the next swim you will be able to go for is the polar bear dive, get yourself into the ocean, your pool,  your neighbor’s pool,  rooftop pool hopping- just take the plunge.

 

Savor the fresh fruit that will soon go out of season. Seasonal fruit is more flavorful, more affordable, and filled with more of its natural nutritional content. We believe the most righteous fruit is local, fresh, and organic. Check out localharvest.org to find a farmers’ market near you.

 

Star gaze. The nights are getting a little chillier, so throw on your favorite flannel, grab a blanket or two, find someone to cuddle up with, and admire the beauty of the night sky.

 

Grab some MJF! Just because the season is over doesn’t mean the juices have stopped flowing. Actually the opposite. Our Montauk location is staying open, but we will also be extending our reach. Cleanses and deliveries are available,  pop-ups are popping, and awesome new products and merchandise will be rolling out! So be on the look out.

Natural Beauty Products

Fortunately, natural beauty is real trendy right now. I feel like there are more and more dye free products and fewer flat irons being sold everyday.  It’s a wonderful thing.. especially when you’re kinda lazy like me or if you think you look like a clown when you wear both eyeliner and lipsticks at the same time… also like me.  But now the all natural beauty product pool is absolutely flooded.  Going into a Sephora or even my local drugstore can be overwhelming. I can never tell what’s real and what’s pretending to be.  As a result I rarely try anything new.  Most of my beauty routine involves products that my mother used before I was even born.  She passed these things on to me as a child and I still use them to this day.  I think the test of time is what really proves a product… you know?

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Dr. Bronner Soap

They started making this stuff in 1858.  Yeah, it’s sold at American Apparel right now but this soap is super old school.  It lasts forever and has a million purposes aside from just body wash (I’m pretty sure you can’t wash your dishes or your baby with that bottle of Pantene you’ve got in your bathroom… but with this you totally can).  The peppermint scented is awesome for summer time because it makes your skin super cool and tingly.  The best part is reading the kooky religious propaganda on the label while you shower.  Seriously good read

Tiger Balm
Developed in 1909 it’s the perfect remedy for sore muscles or the day after you sleep funny and can’t move your neck.

Bag Balm
This company opened it’s doors in 1899 making a product that’s perfect for feet, elbows, and knees.  It’s quite the callus aide.  It was originally used by farmers to soften cow utters.  Weird, right?

Aveda Volumizing tonic
Aveda started in 1978.  Okay that’s not the most impressive establishment date… but I’m really into their products.  This volumizing tonic is really great for wavy hair.  Gives it that cool piecey beachy look without being sticky and gross.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Rosebud Perfume Co. started making this all purpose salve in 1892.  Use it as lip balm, moisturizer, or rub a bit behind your ears and on your wrists and wear it as perfume.  It’s smells exactly like a flower.

Coconut Oil
Seems to be everybody’s favorite thing ever these days and for good reason.  I don’t really use lotion.  When my skin needs some serious attention I cover myself head to toe in coconut oil before I get in the shower and wait around for a minute.  I wash it off and it leaves my skin very smooth and glowing.  I also use it after I’ve been in the sun to avoid pealing.  I don’t know anything else that leaves your skin with that particular shiny look… I’m really into it.

Vitamin E Oil
Great for healing scars and treating severely dry skin.  I use it on my lips in the winter when they’re super chapped.

Lemon Juice
I remember when I was younger I’d spray Sun-In in my hair before heading out to the beach or pool and after just a few days of that my hair would look exactly like a bowl of curly cheese doodles.  If you’re like me and want to aide the sun’s process of lightening your hair in the summer but are looking for a color a bit more natural than “Velveeta,” just use lemon juice.  Run the juice of one lemon through your hair with your fingers before a day in the sun and you’ll notice results most likely that evening.  Make sure to hit your hair with a moisturizer/conditioner afterwards because the acidity of citrus tends to dry things out.

I know this is painfully corny but in all honesty, you’re absolutely gorgeous just the way you are.  Beauty products shouldn’t create an illusion.. they should enhance what you were born with.  You were given a beautiful body… use these lovely trusted potions to help you take good care of it.

By Lee Kalpakis
Lee Kalpakis is a New York City based lifestyle blogger. Born and raised in the lush farmland of the Hudson Valley, she learned the basics of growing and preparing the food that came from the earth beneath her. It was then that her love affair with whole foods began. As a self taught cook, Lee specializes in recipes that follow a plant based diet. With a passion for raw and vegan cuisine and family roots deep in traditional Greek and Polish comfort cooking, she works to marry the best ideas of new and old world meals with upstate and urban New York style. When she isn’t playing a show with her band or petting dogs, she’s daydreaming about fruits and vegetables and isn’t afraid to admit it.

MJF Inspiration

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“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sign of the shore.”
– Anonymous

Don’t be afraid to take risks- no matter how scary they may be. Follow your dreams and don’t let anything or anyone prevent them from becoming a reality. Let go of all the negativity in your life and always keep going forward.

Beach Break

At MJF we don’t have work breaks, we have beach breaks- and we aren’t just referring to our delicious and refreshing watermelon, mint, and hibiscus juice (although that is a fan favorite). When we need some time to unwind, we take to the beach. Not only is a walk along the beach awesome for clearing the mind and relaxing but it also has added health benefits!

 

Walking in the sand requires about 2.5 times more energy than walking on hard surfaces. This causes you to burn 20- 50% more calories, without being too hard on your joints and feet due to the natural cushion the sand provides for you.

 

Not only does the sand feel amazing as it massages your soles but it also activates venous and lymphatic circulation. Sand also serves as mother nature’s exfoliant, peeling away dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother and rejuvenated.

 

If you let the waves come up and splash your legs while you’re strolling along the coast, you will be getting the added benefit of soaking up all the minerals that are in salt water that cleanse and  heal the skin.

 

Walking barefoot is thought to ground us and reconnect us with nature, allowing us to de-stress and fill us with good vibes.

 

By Colleen Kelly

 

 

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 Photo Cred: @laurenrmarks

 

 

 

 

Honey Cinnamon Face Mask

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Honey Cinnamon Face Mask

 

The honey cinnamon face mask is a quick, easy, all natural mask to help exfoliat your beautiful skin! This mask softens and tightens skin, as well as reduces redness.

 

  1. In a bowl add 1 tablespoon honey

  2. Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  3. Add 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  4. Mix all together

  5. Apply to skin and let it sit for 20 minutes

 

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Sleepyhead Breakfast

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Sleepyhead Breakfast

 

Breakfast is good. It’s 90% of the reason I get out of bed in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, my daily grind rules, I just like sleep more than most living things probably should and the promise of putting something in my belly that makes me feel awesome and is totally delicious is what stops me from hitting the snooze button that 18th time. While breakfast should be delicious, I believe it should also be easy. It’s the first meal of the day… we’re too groggy to show off any serious culinary skills. Family’s in town and coming over for an AM gathering at your place?  Someone spent the night whom you want to impress with your domestic side?  Fine, but in my book that’s brunch. Brunch is special and is done after a weekend’s night sleep which is significantly longer than a weekday one. When I have to wake up early with a full day ahead of me I need something nourishing and satisfying and I need it on the go. But just because it happens quickly doesn’t mean it can’t be fantastic. Here are a couple of my favorites:

 

Vanilla Spice Chia Pudding

 

Oh man.  This one’s serious. Honestly, it’s like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.. without the crunch.  Great for breakfast.  Also great for dessert.

In a blender combine
one cup coconut milk
half a vanilla bean*
a few dashes of pumpkin pie or apple pie spice blend
(which is mostly made up of cinnamon and nutmeg)
a pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup

blend for a few seconds and pour the mixture into a bowl with 1/4 cup chia seeds.  mix, cover, and refrigerate overnight.  It will be perfect and ready for consumption by morning.

*I know real vanilla bean is expensive but it’s really worth it. You can use extract if you’re on a seriously tight budget… but slicing that bean open and scraping out the good stuff… oh man, there’s nothing quite like it.

 

Savory Oatmeal

 

Yeah I said it.  Everyone loves oatmeal.  It’s good for you and it fills you up real fast. perfect breakfast food.  Cool.  But I’ve always preferred savory over sweet, so here’s my alternative to the traditional oatmeal bowl.
After you’ve made your oats (stove top, slow cooker, instant, overnight, whatever) mix in some nutritional yeast, put it in a bowl, and make a little nest out of it.  Then, fill that nest with whatever your crazy little heart desires.  Think omelete ingredients:  peppers, onions, tomatoes, squash, broccoli, spinach, garlic, tofu.  Here’s a good one to start out with:

 

1 cup of:
Shiitake mushrooms, baby portabello mushrooms, crimini mushrooms
2 sprigs of thyme
2 chopped shallots
olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste

 

Sautee and serve inside adorable little oatmeal nest.

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Another thought: I think juice is vital for the morning.  Especially a green one.  It’s not that I never drink coffee… It’s just that, I don’t know… maybe I’m a wuss, but a caffeine buzz sometimes gets me too anxious for my liking.  Juice on the other hand gives you a real energy burst instead of an artificial one, and it fills you with the essentials you need to wake up and stay focused.  I recommend experimenting with kale, bok choy, spinach, apple, pear, ginger, and absolutely any citrus fruit for a perfect morning juice.  I also recommend making it the night before so it’s ready to go when you wake up.  And first and foremost, before you ingest anything in the morning, start with a giant glass of water.  I’ve found that hydration wakes me up more than anything.  I hope these ideas help to better your morning ritual.

 

Sincerely,

 

The girl who would prefer to stay in bed till noon

 

 

Lee Kalpakis is a New York City based lifestyle blogger. Born and raised in the lush farmland of the Hudson Valley, she learned the basics of growing and preparing the food that came from the earth beneath her. It was then that her love affair with whole foods began. As a self taught cook, Lee specializes in recipes that follow a plant based diet. With a passion for raw and vegan cuisine and family roots deep in traditional Greek and Polish comfort cooking, she works to marry the best ideas of new and old world meals with upstate and urban New York style. When she isn’t playing a show with her band or petting dogs, she’s daydreaming about fruits and vegetables and isn’t afraid to admit it.

Delicious Raw Zucchini Noodles

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Raw Noodles

I just bought a spiralizer and holy hell is it awesome.  It’s so fun to use that all I want to do lately is crank out veggie noodles all day every day.  I think it may be turning into an issue.  I just keep making noodles out of zucchini and carrots and cucumber instead of doing important things like calling my mom and socializing and paying my bills. But I mean, c’mon… raw pasta is a really cool way to switch up how you consume your vegetables.  Like Homer Simpson said, “you don’t win friends with salad,” and let me tell you, all my friends who have tried these raw noodles think they’re way cool and super delicious.  So if you wanna eat well and you want all your friends to think you’re totally hip you gotta make these.  And you know what?  If you don’t want to dish out the $25-$45 on a spiralizer that’s okay!  You can always slice your vegetables with a very sharp knife or peeler instead.  I’ve been playing around with zucchini noodles in particular this week so here are two stellar recipes you should try out.

 

Zucchini Puttanesca

For those of you who don’t know, “spaghetti alla puttanesca” actually means, “spaghetti a la whore”… so there’s that… Basically it’s a traditional Italian pasta dish that’s pretty salty and bold and I’m totally in love with it, so here’s my raw spin on it:
 

One large zucchini
Two medium sized tomatoes
A handful of basil
1/4 cup of olive oil
one clove of garlic
1/2 cup yellow cherry tomatoes
A handful of kalamata olives
1/2 a handful capers
Black pepper to taste
 

Send your zucchini through the spiralizer or carefully cut it into thin strips and set aside in a large bowl.  Combine medium tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic and pepper in the food processor and pulse until it’s at marinara sauce consistency.  Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in olives and capers.
 

Assembly
I know my measurements are far from exact but this recipe makes enough Puttanesca for about two (whoa super romantic!) so divide noodles into two portions and pour sauce onto both.  slice cherry tomatoes and throw them on top for garnish. That’s it.
 

Creamy Artichoke Walnut Noodles

Calm down, there’s no dairy.  But the walnuts in this one make it lovely and rich like a cream sauce.
You’ll need:
 

One large zucchini
A half cup artichoke hearts in oil
A half cup walnuts
The juice of one lemon
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
 

Make your zucchini noodles and set them aside.
 

Throw the rest of the ingredients in your food processor or blender until smooth.  Pour onto and mix with noodles until they are coated, plate, and serve.
 

Zucchini is a great vegetable to use for raw noodles because it easily absorbed whatever you dress it in, but I’ve been toying around with some others and I’m really excited to share more of my raw noodle experiment.  I’ll keep you all posted for sure.
 

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Lee Kalpakis is a New York City based lifestyle blogger. Born and raised in the lush farmland of the Hudson Valley, she learned the basics of growing and preparing the food that came from the earth beneath her. It was then that her love affair with whole foods began. As a self taught cook, Lee specializes in recipes that follow a plant based diet. With a passion for raw and vegan cuisine and family roots deep in traditional Greek and Polish comfort cooking, she works to marry the best ideas of new and old world meals with upstate and urban New York style. When she isn’t playing a show with her band or petting dogs, she’s daydreaming about fruits and vegetables and isn’t afraid to admit it.

MJF Field Trip: Camp Hero

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Looking for a cool spot to explore in Montauk? Camp Hero is legit. “Undetermined” bluffs, cliffs that make you feel like you’re on another planet, a killer view of the lighthouse- it is a beautiful spot to slow down, enjoy the moment and connect with the earth. Just BYO pineapple.

Oh, just contemplating life.

Oh, just contemplating life.

Just please watch where you’re going. No ‘gramming near the edge, please.

Camp Hero lighthouse

Camp Hero White Caps

Whitecaps for days.

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Just bluffin with you.   Mah whole crew is loungin.

A reclining Oat spotted in his natural habitat.