When Julie Lee sent me her guest list for her For Reals Meals lunch, I knew there would be some cool guests – but I really had no idea just how cool. Suzanne Hall was one of the names on that list. I actually said, “whhhaaaaaat???” out loud when I saw her name. She’s the editorial director behind one of my very favorite sites ever, The Chalkboard.
I couldn’t wait to meet her. But wait…what was she going to be like? The Chalkboard is the go-to for everything wellness. From juicing and yoga to natural beauty advice and plantastic-recipes, it’s got it all and really is the b-e-s-t, best. With all that awesomeness and so much knowledge droppin’, I got a little nervous that Suzanne might be one of those know-it-all types of ladies. Nope, she was just the opposite. She was open and honest and the kindest ever. She listened with her ears and her eyes to what everyone shared and wanted to learn from them. To me, that’s what being a Babe is all about. It made my day to know that the leader of one the best sites, was also one of the best people too. I’m so excited to have Suzanne as a BIPL! Here we go…
Name: Suzanne Hall
Turn ons: Grilled veggies, green juice, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink grain salads, avocados, carrots with the dirt still on, cake.
Turn offs: high-fructose corn syrup, canned drinks, fried chicken.
Best wellness tip you’ve learned at The Chalkboard: That’s tough! I’m constantly fascinated by insights from the wide variety of holistic practitioners, natural beauty leaders and wellness experts we meet. Most recently, I’d have to say that the subject of kidney jing as taught in traditional Chinese medicine is a great area of interest. Our nutrition editor just wrote a book all about it.
Favorite way to eat your greens: Giant salads with homemade miso dressing or green juice with tons of ginger – basically an at-home version of Pressed Juicery Greens 3.
Best cookbook discovery: Jerusalem by Ottolenghi. Healing Foods by Neal’s Yard Remedies, more of a food encyclopedia, but with recipes.
Juice that gets you loose: Pressed Juicery’s Greens 4: clean, strong and with a ton of watercress – one of the most nutrient-dense anti-cancer foods you can put in your body.
Restaurant you want to to planticize (offer more plant-based options): The average espresso bar – from the high-end to the scruffy – could use some major planticizing. I’m definitely not mad at all the pastries, but if there were kale chips and green bars commonly available it would change my life.
Quote that inspires you: Marianne Williamson, a classic: “Your playing small does not serve the world…as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Fill in the blank. Good food makes me…glow.
Now head over to The Chalkboard to see more tips, advice, and recipes from Suzanne and her team and let me know how much you love it over there!