March 6th, 2018

Nourish Your Body! It’s National Nutrition Month in Marina del Rey

Most of us know that nutritious foods on a regular basis helps us stay happy, healthy and fit. But we’re not super humans—we all have our nutrition kryptonite (like Girls Scout Cookies or Cadbury Eggs for instance). But this month—National Nutrition Month—is the time to overlook the temptations, get back on the nutrition track, and find your best nourishment options around Marina del Rey. And as always, we’re here to help with suggestions and ideas that will have you leaping into the spring season healthier than ever.



Getting your daily vitamins and antioxidants is as easy as hitting up one of the great juiceries around Marina del Rey. Some of the most beneficial ingredients to look for in your concoction are kale, spinach, blueberries, lemon, and ginger (to name a few!). Juice Infusion (103 Washington Blvd) has some awesome organic fresh press juices like their Oxygen Drink with green apple, kale, aloe vera, spinach, parsley, romaine, celery, cucumber, lime and ginger. If you have a sweet craving, try their Ruby Liquid with beets, pineapple, strawberry, red apple and ginger. Another Marina del Rey option is Juice Crafters (4260 Lincoln Blvd) where you can purchase a single wellness shot like their Flu Off mix of lemon, ginger and cayenne or go for one of their green cold press juices like the Greenest #3 (a blend of spinach, kale, romaine, cucumber, parsley, celery, apple, lemon and ginger). Of course, we can’t write about juicing favorites without mentioning Jamba Juice (4375 Glencoe Ave. Ste. D-4)…those smoothies are always calling our names but remember, vast amounts of sugar don’t exactly scream nutritious. So, stick to something with a lower sugar count like their Great Greens™ with cucumber, apple juice, spinach, kale, lemon and chia seeds (only 110 calories in 12 oz., 1.5 grams of fat and 17 grams of sugar—just a fraction of the sugar found in most smoothies).



Plant-based living is totally mainstream now and whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or a carnie-veggie dabbler, you’ve definitely heard how many health benefits are attached to plant-derived food (such as lowered risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes). To put it into perspective—take a look at powerhouse athletes like Serena Williams, Tom Brady, and Olympic bodybuilder Kendrick Farris! They all eat plant-based diets and when it comes to nutrition, fitness and energy, you’ve got to admit, these three have it going on. So where can you score some healthy, plant-based food a couple times a week? Just about anywhere in and around Marina del Rey. Café del Rey (4451 Admiralty Way) for instance has a delicious Chopped Kale Salad and Cheesecake Factory (4142 Via Marina) offers a huge Vegan Cobb Salad or a delectable Super Antioxidant Salad (with spinach, kale, broccoli, grapes, avocado, blueberries, almonds and more!). You can order up a yummy Stir Fry Teriyaki Bowl with 10 different vegetables, peanuts, brown rice and tofu at Tony Ps (4445 Admiralty Way)—or for a seemingly endless dish selection, go to Venice’s Café Gratitude (512 Rose Ave.) and dig into something fabulous, like the Raw Pad Thai Kelp Noodles or the “Whole” macrobiotic bowl (with yams, adzuki beans, sea veggies, kim chee, sautéed greens, garlic tahini, toasted almonds, and more).



The smartest way to stay on top of your nutrition is to cook for yourself. That way you’re in control and can avoid processed food traps like added sugar, refined wheat and trans fats. Ready for some ideas? Here you go: If you’re looking for the Omega 3s, try this Salmon Noodle Bowl with Soba buckwheat noodles and avocado—so yummy! Or for a great, filling, nutrition-filled lunch, make an Asian-style chopped kale salad with carrots, avocado and edamame. Another super good, protein-rich meal idea is Black Bean-Quinoa Burgers—to save some calories—forego the bun and serve on lettuce (and if you want lower sodium, just use salt-free seasoning in the recipe).

Aside from fresh pressed juices, adding more veggie meals and cooking more—make sure you don’t skip your yearly physical examination. That’s the best way to find out what your body needs—like more protein, Vitamin D or iron.

Now get out there and nourish yourself—National Nutrition Month is the time to do it right!

What are your favorite healthy menu items at Marina del Rey restaurants? Do you go to any of the juiceries around town? Let us know!