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The Quintessential Summer Salad: Guest Blogger

We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site AnnieDean.com. Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultra chic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous. 

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There’s no better summer mal than a light, fresh, and healthy salad. Get your gal pals together and serve one up on mismatching vintage china with pressed linen napkins to keep things casual-chic. Lately I’ve been serving wine Italian-style in these juice glasses from Fishs Eddy, $1.49 each. And even if you’re dining for one, don’t forget the red lipstick. Read on to get my recipe for mango avocado salad with shredded chicken and goat cheese:

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How to Bake Gourgères: Guest Blogger

Have you ever wondered what you would eat for your last meal? Melanie Dunea has. When she’s not interviewing people for her blog My Last Supper, she spends her time as a freelance portrait photographer and casual instagramer. And this week, Melanie is sharing her favorite beauty, food, and photography tips on the Birchbox blog. 

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J’aime Paris. No, really. I love, love, love Paris. My first impressions of the city came from Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline books. I was enamored of that cheeky little girl, scared of Ms. Clavel, the teacher, and had a mad crush on Pepito, the Spanish Ambassador’s son who lived next door. But, mostly, I lingered over the drawings of Paris and dreamed of sitting in a café eating, drinking, and just being Parisian.

Fast forward to the late 1970’s. I found myself in a restaurant in Paris sitting in an overstuffed chair, perusing an oversize menu and feeling très Madeline-esque when the waiter came over and served us a plate of Gougères. I was surprised, as we hadn’t ordered anything yet. I looked at my parents who encouraged me to try the cheesy puffs and explained that they were compliments of the house. Free food? Paris was getting better by the minute. I popped one in my mouth and savored the warm gem as its flavor exploded on my tastebuds. I have never forgotten my first Gougères.

Many years and many Gougères later, I began baking my own. I’m always ready to slap on my apron to make a triple batch. I love to have them on hand for when visitors drop in unexpectedly. I have experimented with many recipes over the years and I think this one is the best. Pop open a bottle of cold champagne, cue up some Serge Gainsbourg, close your eyes. The taste of a warm Gougères will transport you.

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Super Dad (and Fitness Pro) David Kirsch on Family-Friendly Wellness

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David Kirsch and his daughters Francesca and Emilia.

A few weeks ago, a few members of our team had a chance to work out one-on-one with celebrity trainer David Kirsch. (Check out their awesome form!) Naturally I was way jealous. Kirsch is known for whipping stars like Heidi Klum and Ellen Barkin into shape, as well as helping regular people overhaul their diet and exercise routines. As the father of two girls, he’s also a pro at creating a healthy family life—I asked him how he does it.

1. I know you started out as a corporate lawyer. What advice do you have for people who are trying to stay balanced in the workplace?

Whether you find yourself in the corporate world, the fashion world, or the fitness world, making health and exercise a ritual is important. Find time for mini workouts—planks or crunches in the morning before you get in the shower—and put alerts in your calendar to remind you to get up and walk around hourly. I also recommend starting each day with a healthy breakfast and brown bagging your lunch. 

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3 Spring Detox Foods: Guest Blogger

Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.

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Along with open-toe shoes, daylight savings, and pastel nails, a light detox is one of my favorite signs of spring. I don’t mean the drastic, liquid-only measures that leave you hangry (hungry + angry) and dead tired. Those diets can often have a rebound effect (i.e. the inevitable post-detox “I deserve it!” bender) that negates the whole effort.

Instead, I recommend embracing more naturally detoxifying whole foods that support your liver, kidneys, and colon (the detox organs) in doing what they’re meant to do. This spring, hit the reset button, increase your energy and improve digestion by eating more of these in-season detox foods.

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Healthy Food Upgrades, A Moroccan Packing List, Birchbox Man’s Birthday, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend.

  • Small Healthy Food Upgrades That Make a Big Difference: At Birchbox we really love food, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be healthy too. To help us make small tweaks to our diet, we recruited author and nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot, who offers five tips to make your diet healthier.
  • Packing List: Moroccan Marvels: Our editorial director Bene is currently on holiday in Morocco (jealous!), but before she jetted off, she showed us what she was taking along with her on her ten-day adventure.
  • Sneak Peek: Birchbox Man May 2013: It’s Birchbox Man’s 1st birthday! To celebrate, our editors Martin and Kyle hit the couch in their finest duds to talk about May’s assortment and what it means to be all grown up.
  • 5 Blush Rules to Break: It can be easy to play it safe when it comes to blush, but maybe it’s time to rethink this oft-overlooked part of our beauty collections and try something new.

Lipstick isn’t only for your lips. Check out these tips from Ops Associate Melanie on how to get three different looks with just one lipstick pencil.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Seasonal Ingredients

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As much as we love cooking up a storm, we know that sometimes the hardest part of putting a recipe together—aka picking out the star ingredients—starts before you’ve even made it to the kitchen.

If you’re still learning how to find and make the most of the season’s freshest veggies, we’ve got five easy-to-follow tips that will help you navigate the food stands like a pro.

From how to find the best local farmer’s market to the spring crops you have to get your hands on, here are five ways to make the most of seasonal ingredients.

For even more tips on how to become a veritable kitchen goddess, check out this month’s issue of Birchbox Magazine.

Overcoming Mindless Eating: Guest Blogger

Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.

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One of the biggest roadblocks to managing your weight has zero to do with what you eat and everything to do with how you eat. If you’ve ever sat down with a giant bowl of pita chips only to “come to” minutes later reaching into a pile of crumbs (you know what I’m talking about), then this applies to you. 

Mindless eating is when we eat while distracted, hurried, or in a state of stress or high emotion. It’s also when we overeat without realizing it. Let’s look at what’s really going on in three situations that commonly lead to mindless eating and five techniques you can begin practicing today to become a more attentive eater.

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3 Foods Unworthy of Their Healthy Halo: Guest Blogger

Multi-talented health coach, cookbook writer, wellness speaker, and founder of Walker Well-Being, Tammy Walker is all about making long-term healthy choices. It can be incredibly difficult to make positive food choices all day long (our sweet tooth tends to go into overdrive come 3P.M.), so this week Tammy is lending a hand and sharing her favorite healthy lifestyle tips on our blog.

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While some foods totally deserve the health hype (three cheers for chia seeds!), there’s a surprising group of others whose wholesome reputation is iffy at best. These everyday foods may seem like the right choice for slim and clean eating, but as The Beastie Boys warned, “Listen all ya’ll, it’s a sabotage!” Here are a few secret saboteurs and my favorite healthy alternatives.

Multi-Grain & 7-Grain Breads

The halo: The more grains, the more fiber, the better!

Reality: Many multi-grain, 7-grain, and wheat breads are made with refined grains that have been chemically bleached, stripped of their fiber and minerals then pumped with synthetic versions of the real nutrients. If you see “enriched” or “bleached” in the ingredient list, keep it moving. It’s white bread with a tan.

Better choices: Anything with “whole grain” as the first ingredient. Even better, go with a sprouted grain bread like Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9, which has more protein, B vitamins and folate than regular whole-grain breads.

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4 Easy Natural Ingredients to Add to Your Diet ASAP: Guest Blogger

At first glance, you might think that Kathy Ong’s Beauty Palette blog is just your average beauty blogbut you’d be wrong. The underlying theme behind everything that she covers is this: what you put on your face is just as important as what you put into your body. In her own words, “a defining aspect of beauty is nutrition.” Hear hear! This week, she’s sharing her best beauty tips—for both inside and out—on the Birchbox blog.

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1. Mulberries: Mulberries have become my latest snacking obsession. Filled with vitamins A and C, I noticed that my hair looks shinier and my nails are so much stronger after adding them into my snack repertoire. Mulberries are also a great source of resveratrol, which is known for fighting free radicals (amazing for anyone who wants added anti-aging benefits).

2. Hemp Protein Powder: I’m lactose and soy intolerant, so having whey or soy protein is a no-no for me. Luckily, hemp powder is a great plant-based protein alternative since it contains all nine essential amino acids. I usually add a scoop into my smoothies to turn them into an easy filling meal that keeps me energized for hours on end.

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