03 Jul Healthy Weekend In LA
As a yoga instructor, I like to keep it as healthy as possible. If you are lucky enough to live in LA, living healthily can come pretty easily. If it’s a great hike, an organic juice store or a delicious vegan restaurant, on any given day we are given an abundance of numerous healthy options. I was asked to take one weekend and go anywhere I wanted – healthy spots only, of course. Here is my guide to your perfect healthy weekend in Los Angeles, CA.
Wake up and take a yoga class at Maha Yoga in Brentwood. I love making time for my own practice when not teaching. All the teachers are great, but I especially love Kaleigh’s classes! 13050 San Vicente Blvd #202, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Stop at home to shower and let my Pug and Boxer pups out. Woof!
Lunch at Cafe Gratitude. I order one of my favorite salads, the “I AM PURE” – Kale, avocado, sea palm, nori, cucumbers, carrots, teriyaki almonds and garlic-tahini dressing. Yum, this salad is so good! $13. 512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Solstice Canyon hike. If you want a different scene from Runyon Canyon and want less people, more nature, check out this beautiful hike, conveniently located near the beach. Also, be ready to see remnants from one of the oldest homes in Malibu. The house was unfortunately burned down in 2007 in The Corral Canyon Fire.
Head to The Malibu Country Mart for a little shopping. If you want a relaxing day with some of the best stores in town, head here. If in the mood to shop, be sure to stop at Madison, Ron Herman and Room At The Beach for some great finds. For a bite to eat, be sure not to miss Cafe Habana for best fish tacos in town, Malibu Kitchen (great sandwiches) and Taverna Tony to get your Greek food fix! The Country Mart also has a movie theater so you could absolutely take a whole day to relax and soak in the Malibu beach life..!
A stroll on The Malibu Pier to watch the sunset.
Pick up food from Fala Bar. I love this place for their Sweet Potato Falafel Wraps. OH MY YUM…and healthy! 7751 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Grab the picnic basket, a bottle of wine, HOMEMADE popcorn (Recipe below) and a blanket to hit the next showing by CINESPIA At The Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Outdoor movies all summer long. And yes, I said cemetery! This is one of my favorite activities in LA.
Sleep! Because I just had the longest, BEST day ever. 🙂
Head to the Melrose Farmer’s Market. Eating organic fruits and vegetables makes a huge difference!
Head to Swerve Studio for a fun cardio workout! Swerve is one of my favorite studios in LA for dance cardio and/or yoga! Their signature class, YOGA BOOTY BALLET, is such a great workout. 8250 W 3rd St #205, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Teach my weekend Yoga class. I love this studio not only because I teach group classes here, but the studio is such a sweet getaway from LA. Everyone is super nice, the teachers are pretty awesome and Yoga Booty Ballet is one of the greatest classes ever created! Nothing like a Savasana on a Sunday..!
Erewhon Market for groceries. Whatever we can’t find at the Farmer’s Market that morning we will get from our local organic market. Erewhon is heaven to anyone who loves healthy food! 7660 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Salad from Greens Up. Some of the best salads in LA. I always get the Sawtelle Salad! 703 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Meditation Class at Insight LA. Being a busy yoga teacher and going from client to client without a break, sometimes can be difficult. I make sure to find my “me time” and this place does exactly that. Learn how to meditate with a great group of people who are along the journey with you. 1430 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404
Homemade Popcorn (because it’s so much healthier than microwave popcorn!)
1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
1/2 cup of Popcorn Kernels
Directions: Stove top. Take off heat once popping stops 2 Ingredient
Directions: Mix together one ripe banana and 1 egg. Make round pancake shapes on nonstick stove top square pan. Flip! And Enjoy!
For more recipes, health tips and LA favorites, check out Danielle Cuccio’s blog, TheBeautyBlender
About the author: Danielle Cuccio is a Private Yoga Instructor in LA and also teaches Yoga and Yoga Booty Ballet at Swerve Studio in West Hollywood. To learn more healthy habits to add to your life, take Private Yoga Lessons with Danielle at your home or in her private Beverly Hills studio visit CuccioSomatology.com
Danielle’s Group classes: Swerve Studio 8250 W 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90048. Instagram: @daniellecuccio