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Gluten Free in the Workplace

With the amazing (and recent) advancements in the food industry, eating gluten-free is becoming more and more manageable for the everyday working woman.  That’s not to say it’s without challenges, particularly in the workplace, where a full kitchen is not always accessible or sanitary for those with celiac or severe gluten-intolerance.


Photo from Cooking Classy – Does that fruit salad look delish or what?

Gluten-Free, Office-Friendly Morning Snacks

Fresh Fruit Bowl

The night before work, cut and wash your favorite fruits.  In the morning, toss them in some Tupperware and store them in a freezer-safe lunchbox.  It’s a perfect morning snack that is healthy, yummy, and most importantly, gluten-free!  If you don’t have time to cut and wash, try leaving some fruits (that do not require refrigeration) in a bowl at work, pre-washed, for you to reach for any time.  My favorites are apples, bananas, pears, peaches, plums, oranges, and nectarines.


KIND bars are a delicious treat for anyone who is gluten-free.  They come in many different flavors and are an easy, on-the-go option for the busy working woman!

Perfect Bars

One of my new favorite gluten-free breakfast options is Perfect Bar.  Non-GMO, organic, gluten-free, and delicious, Perfect Bars are the newest, yummiest food trends for those on the go.  Try the peanut butter flavor – it almost tastes like dessert!   Note: These bars DO need to be refrigerated (to protect the all-natural ingredients), so be sure to keep them in a chilled lunch box or have a refrigerator available to you at the office!

Snacks for the Office

Corn Chips

One of my go-to snacks at the office is all-natural corn chips.  It’s a great snack when you are craving salt and need something yummy and crunchy to munch on.

Pre-Packaged Apple Sauce Cups

When you are craving something sweet, this is a great, easy snack choice that doesn’t require refrigeration.


If you have a microwave available to you, fresh-popped popcorn is one of the best work day snacks I can think of!  Healthy (within reason), delicious, and easy to make, popcorn is one of my go-to’s.  If you don’t have a microwave handy, there are some great pre-popped options such as Boom Chicka Pop that will do the trick.


Grilled Chicken and Vegetables

Grilled chicken and veggies are a great make-ahead, healthy lunch option that only requires a quick re-heat in the microwave!  It’s a balanced meal, and the protein will give you the energy you need to power through the rest of the work day after lunch.  No mid-afternoon snacks here!

Tuna Salad

Of course, tuna salad needs to be refrigerated once made – but canned tuna can be a great option for the workplace to get some protein with little advance work.  Add it to some leafy greens and you’ve got yourself a very balanced meal and yummy treat!

Berry Salad

My favorite salad consists of spinach, walnuts, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and light vinaigrette.  To avoid sogginess, keep all parts separate until you are ready to eat.

If you do have to eat out for lunch (with a client or a colleague at work), try to pick the restaurant in advance.  Come up with a list of restaurants nearby your office that has gluten-free options, and make sure to keep to that list when you eat out!


Healthy Smoothie Recipes for the Office

When you’re on the go and trying to juggle hair, make-up, breakfast, and getting out the door on time, a make-ahead smoothie is a great morning option that is both healthy and delicious!

A few of my favorites are:

All Fruit & Vitamins Galore

Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

Healthy Smoothie #1

Puree 2 oranges (peeled), 1 cup of frozen raspberries, and 1 cup of frozen blueberries.  For some extra sweetness, add in two tangerines and 1 cup of frozen strawberries.

All Red Smoothie: Raspberry, Pomegranate, and Acai

Courtesy of FoodieCrush

Healthy Smoothie #2

Puree 1 cup of acai juice, 1 cup of pomegranate juice, and 3 cups of frozen strawberries.

Strawberries Wild CopyCat

Courtesy of

Healthy Smoothie #3

Puree 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 banana, 1 cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt, and ½ cup of ice.

Mango Madness

Courtesy of

Healthy Smoothie #4

Puree 1 cup of frozen mangos, 1 cup of passion-fruit mango juice, 1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks, and 1 cup of ice.


daphne oz’s guide to healthy living

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Everyone knows of Dr. Oz – but how many people know that his daughter, Daphne, is following in his footsteps as a health leader for the younger generation?

Daphne, age 27, is a published author, host of a food-related talk show, journalist, Princeton graduate, and wife… and did I mention she is also Dr. Oz’s daughter?

Her book, Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun, is currently in my Amazon shopping cart. Her first book (and national bestseller), The Dorm Room Diet, should be a staple for all incoming freshman hoping to implement healthy habits after they leave the nest. I lived at home during college – so I was fortunate enough to have at least a few healthy, home-cooked meals every week (thank you mom!) – but I knew many students who spent their college years loading up on pizza, burritos, and red bull. And should I mention that her Pinterest boards are amazing?

She’s an example of a girl that comes from a very well-known, well-respected, and wealthy family – but has made a name for herself on her own by capitalizing on her strengths. Yes, she has the last name “Oz.” But she’s had to work extremely hard to get to where she is today regardless. Her last name didn’t guarantee her success; if anything, it put extra pressure on her to succeed and live up to her parents’ success.

I love that she’s passionate about healthy living in all aspects of life – fitness, nutrition, relationships, stress, and overall happiness. And while her passion for food may have been in part due to her upbringing (I can relate, but with commercial real estate), it takes hard work, drive, and determination to add a twist to your family’s business and make it your own. I’m still working on that every day. I grew up in a commercial real estate family… and not surprisingly, after years and years of dinner table talk about Class A versus Class B buildings, my dad’s negotiations, the amazing clients he’s gotten to know over the years, and seeing how an office can transform a company’s culture, it became my passion too. And my mom’s. And one of my two brothers’. Somehow my youngest brother missed the real estate trend and wants to go in a completely different direction!

I grew up immersed in something that my dad is extremely passionate about… and passion is contagious. Now that passion is my own passion too. I haven’t written a book about it like Daphne has – and I definitely don’t star in a reality show like she does – but I can’t help but admire her for her accomplishments, poise, and truly positive impact on the world in helping young people develop better eating habits and build sustainable, healthy lifestyles.

A few fun facts…

A book review on Relish to come soon! Just as soon as I finish Lean In…

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good clean living

Something that is pretty unique about me is that I don’t drink. At all. In fact, I’ve never had a sip of alcohol in my life. Growing up, I was asked often why I don’t drink – and I think it’s important for other young people to feel confident enough to make the same decision. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – and one of the qualities that I am most proud of.

1. it’s not healthy

I’m a chocolate girl. Not that chocolate is all that healthy (I LOVE the recent studies that show dark chocolate is in fact healthy though!), but it doesn’t cause car accidents, impact the chemical make-up of your brain, or impair your judgment. It’s all about substitution – and if there are other drinks that you enjoy, that are healthy, then it’s a simple substitution. Going to happy hour with clients? Try a hot chocolate. It’s my go-to. Going dancing with friends? Order an Arnold Palmer. It’s better for your body, and you won’t wake up the next day hurting (or doing something that you might regret).

2. stay in control

I’ve always been a bit of a control freak, and I like knowing that my future is 100% in my own hands. To act without fully understanding the consequences, due to an impairment of judgment, is one of the scariest things in the world to me. Your reputation is everything – and to act irresponsibly, unknowingly, could damage your reputation for life.

3. focus on the good stuff

What is “the good stuff?” I think it’s different to every person – but to me, it’s my family, my dogs, and my job. These are what make me truly happy – and I want to spend all of my free time either with those that I love or at a job that I love. There’s no room in my life for alcohol, and there would be no benefit in my life by the presence of alcohol. If anything, each of these aspects of my life – the MOST important things to me – would be harmed by drinking. Life is short – and flies by so quickly. I can’t imagine wasting my time on something that doesn’t enhance who I really am.

4. confidence comes from within

Growing up, when my peers would ask why I chose not to drink, I would ask them what their reasoning was FOR drinking. The general consensus was that alcohol is a social lubricant. It gives people a false sense of confidence that makes them act differently than they would normally (when they are thinking clearly). I used to care what others thought of me (and I still do when it comes to my reputation) – but I’ve slowly become more and more comfortable sharing my very nerdy, very quirky side with others. It’s who I am – and I’ve embraced it. Confidence in oneself is everything – and once you are confident in your quirks and embrace yourself, you will have no need for a social lubricant.

It’s not to say that I’m right in my views – and that those who enjoy alcohol are wrong. That is not my intention at all. It’s a decision that I am very proud of – and I can only hope that other young people who feel the same know they are not alone. Hooray for good clean living!

XO Star


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