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Let’s face it – most of us have tried to lose weight before a big event at some point in our lives. Between juice cleanses, gluten-free/dairy-free detoxes, and the ‘bone broth only’ diet, things can get pretty chaotic.

Here at Carine’s Bridal Atelier, we believe that in order to look and feel your best, you have to take care of yourself on the inside and out. What you put into your body not only affects how you look, but can also impact things such as your energy levels and metabolism. And while it can be tempting to try a crash diet, the best way to do this is lead a consistently healthy lifestyle.

One of our favorite places to go when we want something healthy – and yummy – is South Block Juice Co. Located on Grace Street in Georgetown, South Block Juice Co. has an amazing selection of healthy foods such as açai bowls, pressed juices, smoothies and snacks.  Need some help deciding? Below are some of our favorite items:


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PB & J Açai Bowl: This smoothie bowl is an incredible blend of açai, peanut butter, bananas, blueberries, and almond milk topped with granola, blueberries and bananas. For extra protein to keep us full, we like to add hemp hearts and a scoop of plant protein powder.


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Super Green Smoothie: On the days where we need to eat some greens but don’t feel like ordering a salad, we usually opt for the super green smoothie. It’s made with pineapple juice, kale, spinach, mangos and bananas. The fruit cuts through the taste of the spinach and kale, so even though it looks green, it tastes just like a tropical drink.

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Avocado Toast: A classic, but one that is exceptionally good at South Block Co. Something we love to do is add bee pollen on top – it might sound weird, but it compliments the avocado and is great for added nutrition.


All photos courtesy of South Block Co. 

In this month’s newsletter we featured Purple Onion Catering as our Vendor of the Month. They make the most delicious food for all kinds of parties and occasions, whether it is a small gathering or large celebration, they work with their clients to create a custom tailored menu to their taste. With all of the holiday celebrations going on, we asked our friends at Purple Onion to share their top five holiday entertaining tips, here’s what they had to say…

Happy Holidays!

1.     This may seem obvious but if your budget allows call a caterer!  Outsourcing allows you to enjoy your event and get to spend time with your loved ones.  If catering is not an option don’t go crazy with your menu!  I recommend mixing some already pre-made items with some homemade items.  Place on festive platters and garnish with rosemary and nutmeg and instantly you have a more high end catered look.  This way you’re not stressing about the whole menu and get to enjoy your party.

2.     Seems obvious but prepare for as much as you can ahead of time.  Have a timeline of what needs to get done that week and spread it out so you don’t become overwhelmed the day of the event.  Make sure everything is set up the night before so that the day of the party your just adding the food and the drinks and still have time to shower!

3.     Serve a signature drink or set up a drinks station for guests to serve themselves.   Both are festive and fun and the last thing you want is to spend your own party fixing drinks!  Have recipes, pre-cut garnishes and all the fixings so guests know exactly how to make the drinks.  Just make sure you have enough ice!  This is one item most clients don’t realize how much they actually need to ice down drinks as well as serve in drinks.

4.     Music sets the tone of the party so don’t rely on Pandora or the radio.  Make sure to assemble a playlist mixing holiday hits with your regular party favorites for a good flow.

5.     There is nothing better then walking into a party with a great scent.  From fresh baked cookies to mulling spices to even a great candle it really does make a difference.

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