The wellness and health empire Juice Generation has come 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.
Second up after chef Nate Appleman is DJ Chelsea Leyland, the impossibly cool Brit who spends her nights creating the vibe at parties, both National and International (only the very best ones of course). Leyland manages to wine and dine while also maintaining a fabulously healthy lifestyle, so again, we ask ourselves: how does she do it? It seems to be about everything in moderation, as well as a boxing match at Gotham Gym every now and again (or, three times a week for that matter). Okay, we feel unproductive.
What’s your idea of an ideal healthy food day?
I would start my day with hot water, lemon and goji berries, followed by a cup of green tea. I would then have a healthy granola for breakfast accompanied by almond milk with ground flax seeds on top. I would then make myself a smoothie with banana, blueberries, acai, kale, maca powder, and almond milk. For lunch, I would have quinoa and a green juice. And then finally, for dinner, I would try to include protein in my day and either have chicken, fish or steak with steamed vegetables on the side. A healthy day is never complete without some dark chocolate in the evening.
What’s your personal definition of good health?
My personal definition of good health – most importantly – is to be well-rested, which for me is something that is hard to achieve. Secondly, a healthy diet with everything in moderation and regular exercise. When I manage to achieve all of the above, I normally feel healthy and happy.
As someone who likes to eat out, how do you balance being healthy and enjoying that aspect of your lifestyle?
I am still trying to achieve this level of balance.
What’s your personal fitness regime?
When I am not traveling, I try to work out at least three times a week with my boxing trainer, Rob Piela, at Gotham Gym. When I’m extra healthy, I often try to go on one or two runs a week, along with the boxing. Because I travel so much, I often go weeks without exercise.
How do you motivate yourself to work out consistently?
When I work out consistently I feel happy and I sleep far better; this is my motivation.
After an unhealthy stretch, how do you cleanse?
I am not one to go on a cleanse, but I just try to get back into a healthy routine as soon as I can.
What healthy ingredient can’t you live without?
A daily green juice.
What is in your perfect homemade smoothie and your perfect juice?
My perfect homemade smoothie is listed above in question one (banana, blueberries, acai, kale, maca powder, and almond milk). My perfect juice to make at home would be kale, celery, cucumber, broccoli, lemon, and Swiss chard.
A healthy go-to recipe you couldn’t live without…
A healthy recipe I couldn’t live without is root vegetables roasted with good quality olive oil, lots of rosemary and garlic, and most importantly, lots of shallots roasted in the pan with the vegetables. This is a great, healthy wintry dish that also fills you up. It is also bright and colorful.
The key to a healthy, balanced lifestyle is: I am still working on this myself, but I believe the key is everything in moderation.
*Chelsea Leyland, photographed at Gotham Gym by Danielle Kosann
*Part 2 of a sponsored series celebrating the publication of Juice Generation’s new book, 100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies