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May 8, 2013

Yoga on the 12th St Pier, Maxwell Place, Hoboken Summer 2013

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Get ready for this summer’s installment of Yoga on the Pier….

Yoga on the 12th St Pier, Maxwell Place, Hoboken Summer 2013

Pier 12 Hoboken - Yogativity

Flexible Rhythm Yoga, LLC, announces the Summer Outdoor Yoga series at the Maxwell Place 12th St. Pier. It is presented as a part of the City of Hoboken‘s Summer Fun Program. The 12th St Pier at Maxwell Place is one of Hoboken’s newest waterfront park. Sessions are held under the steel canopy on the pier, providing shade and a beautiful view.

The series begins on Saturday June 1st at 9:30am and are scheduled for Saturday mornings, 9:30am and Weds eves, 7pm, through the end of September.

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your body, increase flexibility & reduce stress. Learn poses, sequences & breathing techniques that enhance overall well-being. Sessions are suitable for beginners, advanced beginners & intermediate levels.
Folks are invited to enjoy one complimentary session offered on June 22nd or Wednesday, July 3rd to honor the Summer Solstice & Independence Day. You must register via www.HobokenNJ.org/register. Fees apply for all other sessions and can be purchased individually or in multiples. All updates regarding online registration status, weather cancellations or any additional comp sessions are posted on www.Facebook.com/Yogativity

Yoga Instruction is provided by Kelly Naughton, RYT-500
Director, Flexible Rhythm Yoga, LLC


  • 15 sessions = $135, which = $9/ session
  • 10 sessions = $100, which = $10/ session
  • 5 sessions = $55, which = $11/ session
  • 3 sessions = $36, which = $12/ session
  • 2 sessions = $28, which = $14/ session
  • Single = $15

Registration will open online in mid-May: www.HobokenNJ.org/register or in person at the Department of Human Services, located on the second floor of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington St.

Contact: Kelly Naughton at Yogativity@Gmail.com

Visit: www.Facebook.com/Yogativity

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May 7, 2013

Free Skin Cancer Screenings by Rite Aid in Hoboken May 14th

Filed under: Healthy Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:06 PM

With the summer approaching it might make sense to put your mind at ease about skin cancer before you lay out on the hot sun. Here is a free screening to see if you might have skin cancer. Early detection is key.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings by Rite Aid in Hoboken May 14th

Rite Aid Skin Cancer Screening Hoboken 5-14-2013

What: The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, presented by Rite Aid, offers FREE, full body skin cancer screenings to the public. Participants may receive skin cancer information, sunscreen samples and other giveaways. Screenings are first come, first served.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12pm-5:45pm

Where: Rite Aid 1300 Willow Ave. Hoboken, NJ 07030

Who: Local volunteer dermatologist Alberto Fernandez-Obregon, MD, will conduct the screenings.

For More Information: Please visit www.SkinCancer.org/ Tour for more details

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April 15, 2013

Noted Nutrition Expert and Health Educator to Talk at the Hudson School April 25th 7-8pm – Open to Public

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Noted Nutrition Expert and Health Educator to Talk at the Hudson School

April 25th 7-8pm – Open to Public

Laura LaganoLaura Lagano, a registered dietitian, nutrition expert and health educator who espouses a holistic approach to healthcare called functional medicine, will speak at the Hudson School. Her talk is scheduled for April 25, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Open to the public – $10 non-Hudson families, $7 Hudson parents, Hudson students may attend free of charge.)
In her lecture, “The Lowdown on Detox: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Detox Diets and Cleanses,” Lagano will discuss the popular detoxification diets that millions of Americans have tried — for good or ill. She’ll clear up the popular misconceptions that many people have about detox diets.

Lagano will precede her talk by giving audience members a short questionnaire to determine their “toxic load” level. She’ll then demonstrate recipes that enhance detoxification and discuss foods and supplements that support it. She’ll also explain why she practices functional medicine, which entails getting to the route of a patient’s problem and treating the underlying causes of his or her dietary problems, rather than simply the symptoms of the problems. Her brand of nutrition counseling, she says, represents a marked departure from conventional dietetics and healthcare. By investigating the antecedents and triggers of a disease or dietary problem, she treats the whole person, not simply a set of symptoms.
“Most people have known someone who is on a detox diet,” says Lagano, whose office is Hoboken. “People who eat only fruit or follow the Master Cleanse or drink green juices all day. Yet these diets make many people ill and, even worse, send some to the hospital.”

Detoxification is a natural bodily process, says Lagano. Yet the problem is that we live in a world filled with toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the products we use to clean ourselves and our houses and, perhaps most perniciously, in the foods we eat.

“We need to start thinking about how to properly facilitate the active process of detoxification,” says Lagano. “Popular culture would have us believe that detox is a noun. It’s not: It’s a verb.”

Lagano has written for periodicals such as Cooking Light, Environmental Nutrition, and The American Nurse and has been quoted in The New York Times, Child, Glamour, and Food Arts. She is a former New Jersey Dietetic Association media rep and food spokesperson and has appeared on CNN, the Food Network and Fox.

She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from SUNY Oneonta and a Master’s of Science in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is a doctoral candidate in Health Education. She is both a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutritionist/Dietitian (New York State). She has immersed herself in the world of food, nutrition, and healing for over 30 years. (more information can be found at www.lauralagano.com)

The Hudson School, a small, independent school for grades 5-12 accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, was founded in 1978 by Suellen Newman. A community of scholars, it offers academically motivated and creative children a rigorous and broad college preparatory curriculum. The school’s need-blind admissions policy assures that its doors remain open to the families of every qualified child regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For information about the admissions process, please contact Mrs. Newman, founder and director, at 201.659.8335, ext. 107, or visit http://thehudsonschool.org/.Think Thursdays Logo

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September 28, 2012

Muscle Maker Grill Open for Business In Hoboken! Offers Healthy Food Choices

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Exterior #1

Muscle Maker Grill (www.musclemakergrill.com) is now open for business in Hoboken at 217 Washington Street. The healthy food chain opened their doors for the first time yesterday and in amazing case of perfect timing TheBoken.com was their very first customer at their new Hoboken location. Muscle Maker Grill was founded in 1995 and franchised in 2007 by Rod Silva and currently has over 200 chains in the continental US with plans for international expansion.

TheBoken.com met with the franchise owner of this location Chris Acciardi and for him it is sort of a Hoboken homecoming as 3 of his 4 children were all born in Hoboken. The restaurant chain does emphasize healthy food in that they do not use deep fryers, and feature whole wheat bread, brown rice, zero carb signature sauce, low fat cheese and many other advantages over normal fast food options. While other businesses have not been successful long term at this location perhaps the quality of the food and its healthy profile will keep them coming back. Here is wishing Chris the best of luck on his new endeavor.

The company touts their healthy food with the following statement on their website:

Muscle Maker Grill Difference

Unlike many restaurants that make healthy claims, Muscle Maker Grill does not sacrifice taste to serve healthy options. We pride ourselves on creating healthier versions of your favorite foods that taste great, making it easy and enjoyable to eat healthy. In addition, we cater to all different types of healthy eating lifestyles.

Over the past 17 years, we have created a menu that satisfies everyone from vegetarians to the carb-free consumer to people following a gluten-free diet. We have created a friendly, relaxed, and social environment where people can enjoy great-tasting food, learn about healthy eating and engage with other customers.

TheBoken.com tried the Mexicana and a side of their Savory Spinach and found both dishes to be tasty and low in calories. For $3.99 I could have hoped for a little more on the portion for the Savory Spinach but overall the meal was filling. TheBoken.com will be back as the combination of good taste and healthy ingredients makes for a healthier diet.

Free T-shirt!

One lucky winner will get a free t-shirt given to TheBoken.com for a giveaway. The t-shirt size is large and the first 5 entries to theboken@gmail.com will be put in a drawing to have an equal chance to win the free t-shirt.

Muscle Maker Grill of Hoboken

Address: 217 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201.942.9MMG or 201.942.9661
Website: www.musclemakergrill.com
Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-11pm Thurs-Sat 11am-Open Late
Menu: Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Menu 2012

More photos are below:

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Interior #3

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Interior #2

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Mexicana

Muscle Maker Grill Hoboken Spinach

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September 4, 2012

Hoboken Girl’s Guide to Vegetarian Menu Options in Hoboken (Part II)

Previously I had posted about my quasi-veggie eating experiences. I’ve had a lot of fun in Hoboken staking out (no pun intended) great vegetarian dishes, especially in places that it might be kind of tricky to find something healthy, protein-filled, and animal-free. Note: I’m not vegan, so eggs and cheese are allowed!

So here are a few more of my vegetarian finds throughout the Mile Square:

1. Precious Chinese Cuisine

This is my favorite place for Chinese take out, vegetarian or not. I usually make a tough choice: steamed veggies and tofu, or chicken and broccoli (which can easily be substituted with tofu). Like I said, some days I feel like eating meat…so I do. But other days I’m perfectly satisfied with the steamed vegetable dish. It looks like this:

 This dish comes with an awesome garlic brown sauce. Super healthy and really yummy.

2. Grimaldi’s Pizza

Grimaldi’s is such a delicious restaurant, no matter what you order. I try to go easy on lots of simple carbohydrates when I’m eating vegetarian (too much simple sugar isn’t good!), but I once in a while splurge on this fantastic vegetarian pizza: Eggplant & Ricotta. Note: It’s not on the menu; I made it up! But I will say that during my trip to Grimaldi’s recently, the waiter was pretty jealous of our order of this. Add some Parmesan cheese and garlic, and you’re in business.

3. Karma Kafe Indian Cuisine

This is another place for great take out food. If I’m eating meat, I’ll order the Chicken Tikka Masala (it’s a safe choice for anyone new to eating Indian, FYI!) or something similar. However, when going veggie, my favorite dish at Karma Kafe is the Vegetable Jafrezi. It is a mix of Indian spices, peas, potatoes, carrots, and other delicious vegetables…all mixed together in an almost creamy sauce. It is so so good! Most dishes come with Dahl, a wonderful blend of lentils that form a protein-filled soup. It’s a perfect addition to the Jalfrezi dish!

4. The Turtle Club

I had dinner and drinks at the Turtle Club, and was very impressed with this Vegetable Panini. This bad boy had roasted eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and mozzarella on it. My favorite part was that it had a side of pesto for dipping the sandwich into! The bread was crispy and perfectly toasted, and needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the meal!

5. Re-Juice A Nation

What about dessert, you might ask?

If you’re going vegetarian, you might as well head to Re-Juice A Nation and pick up one of their smoothies. They have lots of great boosts to add to their drinks (protein, energy, greens, etc) that will add some extra benefits to the healthy and sweet treat!

 Are YOU a Hoboken Vegetarian?

Tweet The Hoboken Girl your favorite spots/dishes for meat-free dining.

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March 28, 2012

Hoboken Girl’s Guide to Vegetarian Menu Options in Hoboken

The Hoboken Girl whose website is www.hobokengirl.wordpress.com chimes in on the health benefits of being “quasi-vegetarian” in her latest post below. She also writes about fashion and other Hoboken topics on a a near daily basis. Here is her take on vegetarian options in Hoboken. Additional photos were provided by TheBoken.com…

I recently decided to become a “Weekday Vegetarian.” I say that very casually, as in sometimes I don’t eat meat from Monday thru Friday, but other weeks I eat meat randomly on a Wednesday just because I’m in the mood to eat meat. Really, there are no rules, but it’s fun to label it.

Eating less meat, especially red meat, has a lot of health benefits if you fill up on fruits and veggies and lean proteins such as nuts and legumes. When eating vegetarian, the main concern is to make sure you’re still getting enough protein since you’re not eating meat!

But what if you’re eating out? You might ask. It’s tough to eat vegetarian when you’re dining out. Lucky for you, I have started a compilation of healthy restaurant and menu options when dining out in Hoboken:

Mamoun’s Hummus

1. Mamoun’s Falafel 

Now stuffed grape leaves may not be exactly a “meal,” but if in a pinch- it’s a great option for a quick vegetarian snack on the go. I happen to love stuffed grape leaves and find them very filling, but you’ll definitely need some protein to go along with them. Try some beans or lentil soup to combine with the grains (rice) and you’ll have a full protein.

Mamoun’s Falafel

I ordered mine with a stuffed spinach roll and shared with a friend. It was very yummy.

Other options besides hummus from Mamoun’s include:

  •  Falafel (a chick pea mixture of onions, parsley, garlic, and spices deep fried),
  •  Tabouleh (a bulgur wheat salad with finely chopped mint, parsley, and onions),
  • Baba Ganouj (Roasted eggplant with parsley, garlic, and tahini).

Dolmati (Stuffed Grape Leaves) from Mamoun’s Falafel

All of these dishes can come as a sandwich, salad plate, or combo. I definitely recommend trying each dish at some point, vegetarian or not – you can’t go wrong!

2. Maoz Vegetarian

While I have never eaten at the Hoboken location, I have heard very good things. After all, any place that serves sweet potato fries is okay in my book. This is a small chain, and it prides itself in serving the vegetarian population.

Some menu highlights include:

  • Egg & Eggplant Sandwich,
  • Maoz Salad Box,
  • Falafel,
  • Maoz Sweet Potato Fries.

Even better – Maoz lists all of the nutritional values on its website (including calories) so you can know the facts before you eat. Check out the stats here.

You can add these vegetarian toppings at Maoz to any sandwich you purchase for some healthy add-ons

3.  The Pita Grill

This Hoboken gem is also a chain, but delicious at that. Their cilantro hummus is exquisite (rivals Trader Joe’s!), and I also love their Greek Salad (with or without chicken). There are tons of vegetarian options, which can be made into non-vegetarian options by just adding chicken or steak.

If going veggie, I’d recommend:

  • Grilled Vegetables and Goat Cheese Panini
  • Grilled Vegetable Athena: (grilled herb marinated zucchini, red and green peppers, sweet onions and eggplant with mesclun greens, feta cheese and dried cranberries – topped with a lite roasted red pepper vinaigrette).


My Regular Sushi Order from Robongi (Yes, it's not totally vegetarian, but it's delicious).

4. Robongi

Craving sushi but want to go animal-free? Robongi is one of my favorite sushi joints in Hoboken for delicious rolls. I usually opt for my regular order of salmon avocado and a sweet potato roll (plus a house salad with ginger dressing), but the salmon can easily be substituted with cucumber or another vegetable (or fruit!) that you want to include. I always opt for brown rice. Also, peanuts or cream cheese can also be added for protein if you’re skipping out on the fish part.

Regardless of where you eat, there are usually at least a few vegetarian options. Some places are more veggie-friendly than others, however. As I delve more into vegetarian eating, I’ll be sure to update you on great spots to get your veggie fill!

Now my question for you - are YOU a Hoboken Vegetarian?

Tweet me your favorite spots/dishes for meat-free dining.




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February 27, 2012

Hoboken Girl’s Guide to Healthy Hoboken Eating

With spring fast approaching, it’s time to come out of Hoboken hibernation and get fit and ready for the warmer weather. There are a large variety of eateries and bars, and it can sometimes be tough to stay healthy while galivanting in Hoboken. So in an effort to help you stay healthy and prep for bathing suit season, I’ve compiled an abbreviated list of places and food menu options for when you’re out and about but still trying to go light…

1. Trinity Bar and Grill:

Portabello Mushroom Wrap – I recently ordered this, it was delicious! The chickpeas (versus a side of fries) are a healthy and lean boost of protein as well.

Blackened Salmon and Avocado Wrap – a yummy and healthy option for a wrap.

*FYI: Avocado contains great nutrients such as vitamin K, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and is a wonderful source of antioxidants, lending itself well to the promotion of a healthier cardiovascular system and a skinny waistline. When in doubt- go with avocado! Not to mention it’s delicious.

2. Wicked Wolf:

Grilled Veggie Wrap on Whole Wheat – similar to the popular turkey wrap, but the veggie option. I just can’t get enough sauteed veggies! Yum.

Harvest Pear Salad: Mixed greens topped with grilled chicken breast, blue cheese, dried cranberries and pecans served with balsamic vinaigrette - take my word for it, it’s delicious.

    • FYI: Wicked Wolf’s salads are available with grilled chicken breast, grilled thick sliced steak, grilled shrimp or sauteed shrimp for an additional charge…I’d recommend grilled shrimp or chicken if you’re trying to stay lean.

3. Clinton Social:

Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper: This bad boy contains some delicious flavors (plaintains, red peppers, red pepper coulis, basmati rice), and after taking your first bite, you won’t be able to put it down.

Yellowfin Tuna: Pepper-dusted, wasabi-whipped potatoes, julienned vegetables with a soy-ginger glaze.

*FYI: Tuna is a truly a nutrient-dense food. It’s an excellent source of protein, and it’s rich in minerals like selenium, magnesium, and potassium; vitamin B, and omega-3.

4. Mikie Squared:

Cindy is ALWAYS on a Diet SaladThis delicious salad is a little embarrassing to ask for by name, but it’s worth it. Grilled chicken with grilled vegetables & avocado with a side of honey balsamic vinaigrette…low carb and delicious. It really doesn’t get better. The sauteed veggies are delicious and go perfectly with the honey basalmic.

Grilled Salmon – Says the menu, “Drizzled in a delectable dill creme sauce with rice & grilled vegetables.” Can’t go wrong with fish and veggies (and a glass of pinot).

5. Marty O’Brien’s Social Club had three options you might want to try:

Grilled Eggplant with fresh mozzarella, grilled roasted red peppers, tomato, balsamic glaze.

Seared Tuna Salad – Mixed greens with mandarian oranges, red peppers, snow peas, goat cheese, balsamic dressing. Did I mention I love basalmic dressing?

Vegetable Stir Fry- Fresh seasonal vegetables, teriyaki sauce, and rice – add chicken or shrimp for some extra protein (but hold the steak if you want to keep it light)!
Regardless of where you choose to wine and dine in Hoboken, make your options healthy when possible. A few simple rules to follow to stay lean: order your food grilled not fried, hold the cheese when you can, and fill up on veggies before diving into the salty appetizers and other indulgences.
Happy (almost) spring!
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November 7, 2011

Rush Cycling Winter Schedule and Free Classes This Weekend!

Filed under: fitness,Healthy Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 9:13 AM



Here’s an update from Rush Cycling, a new fitness place that opened uptown in late September.

We wanted to let you know we just put out our new winter schedule. Classes are now offered at 6:15am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Please check for other changes as well.  Also… we having FREE classes on Saturday, Nov. 12th and Sunday, Nov. 13th at 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:00pm.  Please join us for a free work out, water and towels… and bring some friends.  Thanks and see you on the bikes!

Rush Cycling

Address: 1422 Grand Street Loft #D Hoboken NJ (upstairs from the Pilsner Haus Biergarten)
Phone: 201-483-9700
Website: www.rushcycling.com

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September 27, 2011

Dragon’s Way Program at Seasonal Health and Wellness Center in Hoboken October and November Schedule 2011

Filed under: fitness,Healthy Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 12:00 PM

Qi for Wellness Dragon's Way Program HobokenThe Dragon’s Way Course is a weight loss and stress management program founded in the principals of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

You will learn:

  • 10 Qigong Movements for improved digestion
  • Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Learn to eat foods with healing purpose
  • Make simple lifestyle changes to reduce stress

The goal of the program is to loose inches and re-balance your body for a healthier happier you. The people of Qi for Wellness are offering two series of classes:

Friday  October 7th @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Schedule:  10/7, 10/14, 10/21 NO CLASS, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 11/18

Sunday October 9th @ 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Schedule:  10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13

The location is at the  Seasonal Health Wellness Center, 117 Washington Street 2nd Floor

“Hoboken’s  Holistic Wellness Center and Apothecary for your alternative health and wellness needs”

Program cost is $199 cash or check. Includes book, CD of guided qigong movements, and class material.

For all returnees the registration fee is $50 ONLY.

To Register email: janine@qiforwellness.com  or visit www.qiforwellness.com

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September 6, 2011

Rush Cycling Coming To Hoboken Uptown – Sneak Preview September 24th

Filed under: fitness,Healthy Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 2:35 PM

Rush Cycling is coming to Hoboken in the uptown area right above the Pilsener Haus Bier Garten, Their sneak preview is September 24th and their Grand Opening is slated for October 1st. What a great idea for Hobokenites. Go to the Pilsener Haus for beer and bratwurst and work it off upstairs! Just kidding. This establishment looks like it is for those serious about getting into shape.  Below is their contact information and info on pricing…

Rush Cycling

Address: 1422 Grand Street Loft #D Hoboken NJ (upstairs from the Pilsner Haus Biergarten)
Phone: 201-483-9700
Website: www.rushcycling.com


  • Single RealRyder Class: $20
  • 5-Pack of Classes: $80
  • 10-Pack of Classes: $140
  • One month of unlimited classes: $160

Another Possible Boken Scoop: Also in the works for this location is the possibility of a wedding hall. That makes sense in a way since a wedding party can have their reception upstairs and then go downstairs for a community beer hall after party. Nothing finalized on that front as of yet. Just a possibility. Zoning variances might be required so that type of business could be a ways off. Stay tuned.


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