An Interview with Kiley DeMarco of Hamptons Wellness Week

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During this month of January, and throughout all of my tastings, recipe creations, and travels, I have had the absolute pleasure in partaking in Hamptons Wellness Week (Month), a full month loaded with complimentary fitness classes (oh yes!), spectacular deals, hotel discounts and events. My favorite three classes were at: Pure Barre, Exhale, and Hamptons Hot Yoga. For this post, being interviewed is the co-founder of this fabulous, one-of-a-kind event and also the founder and editor-in-chief of One Healthy Hamptons, an awesome e-magazine and website that delves into all things healthy in the Hamptons. Kiley discusses cooking (healthy) at home, favorite local food-spotting destinations, and more below.

What are five must-have food items in your fridge and or pantry?

  • greens
  • almond milk
  • apples
  • avocado
  • every kind of nut butter you can imagine

What foods are best for you to refuel post workout?

Although it depends on the workout, when muscle fibers are torn during grueling exercise, a combo of carbs (to restore the muscles) and ample protein (to grow them) are best and a small amount of healthy fat is always good to round out the meal. Personally, I usually work out in the morning and I love breakfast foods, so I’ll typically go for a protein pancake, eggs, oatmeal, Greek yogurt with granola, or an Ezekial English muffin…all of which go great with nut butter!

After an intense cardio workout, like spin or running, coconut water is a great way to restore electrolytes. After yoga, if you are hungry, have something to truly satisfy your soul and sustain your Zen. Whether it’s coffee or a hearty meal, savor your Zen and your food!

Where is your favorite place to dine on the east end? Favorite dish?

Lots of favorites and always changing, but I LOVE Babette’s (what’s better than brunch?! My go-to is the pesto-poached eggs with a side of sweet potato fries – YUM!) Also love Crow’s Nest in Montauk, Yama Q for sushi, and The Living Room at c/o The Maidstone. There’s no shortage of good restaurants out here, that’s for sure!

What is your favorite locally grown product?

Does Buddhaberry count?! Just kidding! Can’t pick just one, I love taking advantage of all of the locally grown produce, (farmers markets are the best, I miss them lots this time of year) locally caught fish, and local wine! The best foods are the in-season farmer’s market picks – you can taste the freshness and they don’t take much prep to taste delicious. Plus, you’re supporting locals, it’s a win-win. Ok, if I had to choose just one right now, Amber Waves Farm‘s sweet potatoes are amazing.

What are your favorite dishes to cook at home?

I switch it up a lot, but incorporate all types of food – I don’t believe in labels or diets. Chicken is a staple, but more than once a week I whip up the speediest, most delicious meat-free meal of sautéed tempeh, veggies, and coconut oil (so simple, a must-try!) While summertime is full of raw salads and cold smoothies, winter calls for warmer meals. I’ve been eating lots of hearty, blanched greens, roasted veggies, quinoa, homemade soups, and stir-fries.

Kiley DeMarco is the founder & editor-in-chief of One Healthy Hamptons e-magazine/website about all things healthy in the Hamptons and the co-founder of Hamptons Wellness Week annual wellness event. She’s a soon-to-be nutritionist with a strong appreciation for fitness, the Hamptons, peanut butter, and life!

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