TNP x Juice Generation

This week, the wellness and health empire Juice Generation, comes out with a book, 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies, to bring all the secrets of health and juicing into your homes. To celebrate, we collaborated  to feature a few of our favorite tastemakers who manage to balance a love for food and a healthy lifestyle. How do they manage to do it? We’re about to find out.

First up, Nate Appleman, who makes kale smoothies with his son every morning, while also cooking up addictive burrito recipes for Chipotle. Sounds like a good road map to us.

What is your idea of an ideal, healthy food day?

I like to start the day off right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for how the day is going to play out. If I have a bad breakfast, I end up having a bad day. I start the day with a green smoothie and either avocado toast or oatmeal with nuts and yogurt.

Lunch would consist of one of my favorite places in New York City – Ootoya. I get the grilled mackerel set with brown rice and grains, pickles, chawan mushi and miso soup.

Dinner would be roasted chicken with broccoli, lemon, extra virgin olive oil, and roasted potatoes with garlic. Perfection!

What’s your personal definition of good health?

Good health is all about balance – a good combination of exercise and eating good food. You can’t be healthy without the combination of the two. And I don’t mean “health food,”  I mean whole foods – as in foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Like dairy for instance; whole milk and whole fat yogurt are better for you than skim, low fat or any variation. The process to take the good stuff out is not good.

As someone who likes to eat out, how do you balance being healthy and enjoying that aspect of your lifestyle?

Everything in moderation. Eating out is crucial for me, as is excerise and diet.

What’s your personal fitness regimen?

I work out four to five times a week. I mostly do long distance running – usually around forty miles a week – but I also bike everywhere and try to squeeze in yoga whenever I can, to keep my muscles stretched. It is also good for my mind; yoga teaches you to live in the moment and not worry about what is to come next. It is very meditative.

How do you motivate yourself to work out consistently?

I used to weigh 250 pounds. Usually looking at old pictures does the trick.

After an unhealthy stretch, how do you cleanse?

By never hitting an unhealthy stretch.

What healthy ingredient can’t you live without?

Avocado and kale. Especially kale for those people hating on kale these days; I will be eating it until the end of time.

What is in your perfect homemade smoothie? 

A kale, romaine, ginger, fresh turmeric, mango, banana, apple and honey smoothie.

The healthy go-to recipe you couldn’t live without…

Oatmeal with maple, dried fruit and whole fat yogurt.

The key to a healthy, balanced lifestyle is: Happiness

*Nate Appleman, photographed in New York City by Danielle Kosann

*Part 1 of a sponsored series celebrating the publication of Juice Generation’s new book, 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies