LA – this is the place to go for an injection of wellness.
With a new yoga studio and healthy café popping up on every corner now, it is hard to keep up. For me as a nutritionist and self-confessed health nut, it is an absolute thrill to be in LA right now.
Health has become a religion for many Californians, not just a trend – this is really becoming their way of life. Of course there is the other side of LA (and America!) that is all about the fast food, parties and sugar addiction… Beware! However, if you are seeking health inspiration – look no further. LA is your place.
Best smoothie bar?
Life House Tonic Bar: This place has my nutritionist tick of approval. The smoothies are carefully formulated to contain various herbs and nutritious superfoods that will make you feel AMAZING. They also contain low to moderate amounts of natural sugar unlike most store bought smoothies – they actually taste delicious! You have to try their Chaga Choc Chip smoothie made from reishi mushroom, almond butter, cinnamon, cacao nibs, maca, sea salt and a natural sweetener. Totally tastes like choc chip!
Erewhon – try the Green Choc Chip smoothie bowl. You will thank me later.
Beaming Smoothie Bar – their green smoothies are divine! Love the ‘Knocked Up’ smoothie which contains greens, banana, plant protein, chia, avocado, almond milk and cinnamon. Delicious. You may not believe it is even healthy… It is that delicious. Their acai bowl is divine too.
Earth Bar – love their Muscle Up smoothie and Flaxs Master smoothie. Great vibe – it is SO LA!
Best Workout Class?
Y7 Yoga – imagine doing yoga to Jay Z and Beyoncé in a candle lit room surrounded by an infrared sauna. Imagine no more! This place is for real. This place has a serious vibe. Find yoga boring and ‘still’ – this will change your mind. I suspect this will become the hottest yoga trend in LA. I love how they take the mirrors out of the room to avoid self-judgement during the practice.
Equinox – Sexy and Sceney. It can be pricey to get a membership – but well worth it. The classes are the best in the city. It’s easily the best gym in LA. I love the yoga classes taught by Carolina Goldberg. I love the ‘Rockin Model’ Workout too – the name says it all. It is a dance class created by a former model. This one will make you feel like you have been working out in a dance club! So much fun.
Best Health Retreat?
Rancho La Puerta: This is the GO TO health retreat in California – located just outside of California (San Diego) – a 2-3-hour drive from LA.
It has become an institution. It has been around for nearly 70 years. Your day includes hiking, a morning of holistic activities, delicious cleansing meals, spa treatments and rest time by the pool. To read my full review, click here!
Best café for a healthy breakfast?
Harvest Café in Santa Monica: For a proper Aussie breakfast! Order the Rad Bowl or the quinoa breakfast bowl!
Paramount Coffee Project: DELICIOUS Avo Smash! Order the ‘AVOCADO ON TOAST’ with cucumber, hazelnut, chervil, lime, aleppo pepper, seeded toast. Great coffee too!
Blue Bottle: My personal favourite. It is quite strong. I order a cortado which is similar to a piccolo.
Comoncy in Beverly Hills: best coffee in Beverly Hills.
Alfred’s Melrose Place: a serious scene and vibe. Love taking my laptop there to do my morning emails with a coffee and chia pudding.
Best place for a healthy lunch?
Zinque café: DELICIOUS AND TRENDY. Love the ambiance there. I love the: Le Bowl / brown rice, avocado, tom, arugula, comte, cilantro, sriracha.
Sweetgreens Salad Bar: the freshest salad bar around. Easy and quick. I make up a salad as I go.
Café Gratitude: if you are after cleansing plant based food – this is your place. I loved the ‘Welcome Bowl’, Brussels sprouts side and turmeric latte for dessert.
La Scala: the BEST chopped salads – pricey but delicious! This is a Hollywood scene – old school and consistent. I love the turkey chopped salad without the cheese and I add extra veggies.
Erewhon: Amazing salad bar and pre-made warm foods to enjoy.
Best healthy sushi?
Shojin: Just get the Dynamite rolls and you will thank me later. This place is all vegetarian/vegan and HEALTHY! They use brown rice and all gluten free sauces. You will be blown away.
Best place for healthy snacks?
I adore the Beauty Bars from Erewhon.
I always pick up kale chips and almonds from Kreation for on the go.
Stay tuned for Part 2 – my fave healthy dinner spots, hotel recommendations and more! x
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
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