Published on : Thursday, December 26, 2013
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) will celebrate Santa Monica’s healthy lifestyle with its 2nd annual Eat Well Week from Jan. 5 – 12, 2014, in conjunction with California Restaurant Month. During Eat Well Week, more than a dozen of Santa Monica’s top restaurants will offer discounted pre-fixe menus and healthy new menu options to kick-off a healthier 2014.
Several Santa Monica newcomers will join some of the city’s established favorites to participate in the campaign with specially crafted Eat Well Week menus. At the Santa Monica Pier’s brand-new Al Mare, diners can enjoy a pulled chicken breast salad, grilled jumbo shrimp over vegetable cous cous, and pineapple tar-tar with strawberry yogurt sorbet for dessert. The Viceroy’s rebranded Cast restaurant will be serving up Tuscan kale salad, roasted beats and miso-glazed salmon, amongst other nutritious options. Locando del Lago’s Chef Gianfranco’s Eat Well Week menu features a roasted dorade fillet, aromatic herbs, parsnip puree and sautéed spinach, all created with the freshest organic produce, purchased locally from the Santa Monica farmers’ market.
“Santa Monica chefs take great pride in creating fresh farm-to-table dishes for an audience that has come to expect nothing but California cuisine at its finest,” said SMCVB CEO/President, Misti Kerns. “We invite you experience the healthy culinary creations that our local chefs have created for Santa Monica Eat Well Week and join us in celebrating a healthier new year!”
Santa Monica has been attracting fitness gurus to its shores for decades, and today remains an international leader at the forefront of health trends and the most innovative fitness experiences available. Here are a few healthy tips from Santa Monica’s wellness businesses, guaranteed to help make 2014 your healthiest year yet:
Need some extra fitness motivation? Let a new workout wardrobe inspire you! Lorna Jane at Santa Monica Place lets you make a sporty statement in bright hues and vibrant prints made from intelligent performance fabrics that are perfect to go from the juice bar to the gym in ultimate style. Receive 20% off your purchase during Eat Well Week with proof of receipt from a participating restaurant.
GET A HEALTHY GLOW
No sun, but still want the glow? Get a healthy and natural faux glow at Santa Monica’s Chocolate Sun, which offers organic and antioxidant-infused airbrush tanning. As the pioneer and creator of the first organic sunless tanning solution chocked full of anti aging antioxidants, Chocolate Sun was recognized by Allure Magazine in their 2013 “Best of Beauty Awards”.
SPEND MORE TIME UPSIDE DOWN
Studies have show that performing inversions lead to increased energy, spine lengthening, increased strength and flexibility and better digestion. Gain all of this and more with Jill Franklin’s Aerial Physique, offered at M7 Fitness on Montana Avenue. Aerial Physique uses an apparatus called “aerial silk” to give you the strength of a Cirque du Soleil performer, the beautiful lines of a ballet dancer and the ease of movement like a Pilates pro.
START WITH HEALTHY INGREDIENTS
A clean healthy diet begins with fresh simple ingredients. Start 2013 off right by visiting one of the acclaimed Santa Monica Farmers Markets. Choose from four weekly markets, each with their own unique personality and experience, to discover the seasonal ingredients that will inspire your new lifestyle.
ENHANCE YOUR COOKING SKILLS
Learn how to make your own delicious meals from locally sourced Santa Monica Farmers Market produce at the Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories in The Market at Santa Monica Place. One great option for beginners is the Follow That Chef series, where students have the opportunity to meet a chef or book author, tour the Santa Monica Farmers Market and head back to the school for a cooking demonstration. Learn more and sign up for classes here.
Turning fitness into fun is a key component for long-term weight loss. Whether you prefer surfing, volleyball or beach yoga, O’Neill’s flagship store in Santa Monica has everything you need for a fun and active day at the beach including: towels, wax, surfboards, board shorts, bikinis and wetsuits and O’Neill 365, a new fitness line rooted in the same technology and innovation that first invented the wetsuit in 1952.
You make an investment in the local economy, save time, and reduce your carbon footprint with each purchase made close to home or work. Support Santa Monica businesses by buying locally!
RESHAPE. RECHARGE. RENEW.
Get inspired to reshape, recharge and renew in the new year with a radically different fitness and body-shaping experience that European and South American women have been benefitting from for decades. Iobella’s cutting edge technology will help you achieve your body’s ideal shape and leave you feeling radiant and renewed. Call 310-579-2078 or visit www.iobella.com to arrange a complimentary consultation and body measurement analysis.
PLAN YOUR WORKOUT
People who work out daily are healthier, happier and more productive than their less active counterparts. The students at Revolution Fitness who pre-plan their exercise for the week by signing up for a variety of classes are 85% more likely to stay committed to an exercise program and their fitness goals. Whether you want to try spinning, core barre, strength, yoga, Pilates, TRX or Indo-Row classes, Revolution Fitness offers it all!
Doing yoga in the heat increases metabolism, flushes toxins, increases flexibility and strengthens the immune system. Enjoy all of these benefits while breaking a sweat at Hot 8 Yoga, and then grab a fresh pressed juice on your way out after class.
GET HEALTHY SKIN
Keep skin healthy by getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water to keep skin hydrated. For a truly radiant complexion, swing by Skin Laundry’s new Montana Avenue location for an innovative laser treatment that will vaporize bacteria, minimize pore size, reduce pigmentation and encourage collagen stimulation.
EASY HAIR CARE
Sechoir+ believes in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through positive thinking. To look as good you feel, visit Sechoir+, Montana Avenue’s new eco-friendly Aveda salon, to experience its full blow dry bar with an extensive menu selection including: modern braiding, elaborate blow dries, updos, cut, color, extensions and hair and scalp treatments.
DISCOVER SANTA MONICA ON BIKE
Regularly increasing your heart rate with exercise has been linked to lowering cholesterol, improving cardiovascular health, weight loss, reduced levels of stress and improved sleep habits. Feel the spike by renting a bike at one of Perry’s on the Beach’s four Santa Monica locations and exploring beautiful Santa Monica on two wheels.
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