I had the pleasure of recently shooting with Anna Brown, the face behind Nutrition Squeezed, a source to help you squeeze a little more health and wellness into your routine, without breaking the bank. We started the shoot at Anna's beautiful duplex apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and then hit the streets. Read on to learn more about Anna and to see a few of the outtakes from our photo session.
AD: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your typical day?
AB: I am a wellness enthusiast and Registered Dietitian-in-training at NYU. I want to show people that being healthy doesn't have to take over your life or cost an entire paycheck; there are so many simple ways to squeeze a little health and wellness into your day. I love what I do because no two days are the same! Our dog, Bond, usually wakes me up around 6:30am and I meditate on the couch with him before my husband wakes up. Then it's off to a workout class or up to my office to start working or studying for class. If the lighting is good, you'll find me in the kitchen testing and shooting recipes for my blog. Because I have school most evenings, my days are jam-packed, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
AD: Eating healthy can sometimes feel like it's breaking the bank, how do you get around this?
AB: I swear by these three hacks to eat healthy while sticking to my budget: 1) I shop mostly the perimeter of the grocery store, plus the bulk section for grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. If you're filling your grocery cart and plate with mostly fruits, vegetables and plant protein, it's much cheaper than buying the packaged and processed "healthy" foods you'll find in the middle of the grocery store. 2) I've started meal prepping on Sundays (or Mondays depending on the week) and it's been life-changing! Meal prepping not only helps you make and stick to a grocery list, but it ensures that you eat everything you buy. When your food is ready to grab and go, you're more likely to eat it instead of buying that $16 salad. 3) I shop seasonally. Buying produce that's in season not only saves money because there's more of it, but it tastes better and packs a higher nutrient punch. Scope out the sales at Whole Foods or shop your local farmer's market to find these seasonal foods.
AD: What is your favorite recipe right now?
AB: I'm really into grain and veggie bowls right now. They're filling, easy to prep, and have an unlimited amount of combinations! One of my favorite combos right now is brown rice with sautéed red cabbage, broccoli, and edamame, seasoned with ginger and liquid aminos. Top it with avocado and sesame seeds - yum! Or my all-time favorite: sweet potato + black bean power bowl.
AD: As a former PR professional, what are your thoughts on Social Media and Influencers becoming the new/modern PR? Has it been an easy transition for you?
AB: This is such a fascinating topic for me! I loved working in PR and was fortunate enough to work with so many incredible bloggers and influencers as that industry was becoming the new standard in PR. Leaving PR to become a Registered Dietitian was a tough choice, but one I've never regretted. I'm so passionate about sharing my health and wellness message, that I don't even think of myself as an "influencer." I prefer to think I'm just that friend who's always willing to listen to your problems and offer a solution - whether it's tips for an elimination diet or a new meditation app to help you manage your stress. I love having a platform to share my knowledge with anyone that needs it.
AD: Do you have any hacks to avoid spending too much time on Social Media?
AB: I downloaded the Moment app a few months ago, and it helps me monitor and stay accountable for how much time I'm spending on my phone. It also breaks down where you're spending your time - on email vs. social media vs. watching YouTube videos.
AD: Tell us 3 things about yourself that we wouldn't know by looking at your Insta or blog
AB: 1) I've always been self conscious about my skinny arms and never used to wear sleeveless shirts to workout in because I was worried people would question my strength or relationship with food. 2) I played Division 1 lacrosse at Stanford in college and put on 20 pounds of muscle (mostly legs and core) to avoid getting pushed around the field! 3) I'm a very social person, but I need my alone time - at least an hour a day to reflect, plan, and rest.
AD: Anything else you'd like to share?
AB: Health and wellness is a journey, not a destination. I'm far from having everything figured out and that's part of the fun. I love trying new wellness practices and am constantly in a state of self-improvement. It's good to have goals to work toward, but I think it's important that we all learn to enjoy the journey - that's where the real magic happens!
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*All photos in this feature are taken by me, unless otherwise noted*