Add a savory punch to chicken, fish or your morning toast with Banner Butter. An Atlanta-made spread, it’s made by using cream from hormone-free, pasture grazing cows and locally sourced ingredients like basil, cinnamon, and ginger.

Banner Butter is the idea of Andrew McBath, who wanted to create an all-natural food item made with high-quality ingredients that everyone could enjoy. He partnered with a local Atlanta chef to help him develop the different recipes, and the rest is history. Choose from balsamic fig and caramelized onion, chili lime cilantro, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, roasted garlic, basil and parsley, and strawberry mint. Banner Butter is available at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market and The Mercantile.


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A Garnish & Gather meal kit makes it easy to have a healthy meal at home. These kits come complete with meat, chicken, seafood, spices, and veggies from local farms and chefs as well as easy-to-follow instructions on how to make a delicious meal. Garnish & Gather gives you everything you need — simply choose from their many recipes, and get the meal delivered right to your door. A portion of all sales goes to benefit Open Hand. One meal for two people is $35.


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Kaiser Permanente’s annual corporate run/walk is a great place for team building, of course, since you’re doing the fitness program with your coworkers and your bosses. But don’t forget that you’re an integral cog in the workplace machine and you should focus on yourself a little, too.

In addition to the goals you and your team may have set as a company, push yourself a little further toward personal goals–want to lose an extra five pounds? Want to carve out twenty more minutes in your morning routine for an extra walk? Go for it!

The Kaiser Permanente Run/Walk fitness program doesn’t have to be the end. In fact, the event on September 12 just the beginning. So, after trekking across Turner Field, keep on stepping your way toward better health, both to meet your company’s fitness goals and to achieve your personal ones.

A great way to do that is to start at our Healthy Living Expo tent. We’ll have 40 exhibitors there to provide you with the resources to be your best self, not to mention fun, interactive fitness demos and other presentations and giveaways on our new Expo stage! We’ll see you there!


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Starting this Sunday July 14 on the WET Deck of the W Atlanta – Buckhead, Whiskey Blue Atlanta is hosting Sundaze. From noon to sunset at this weekly pool party, you can cool off after a long week of activities with deep-end cocktail service, cooled towels, DJs, gourmet food and more. If you show up early, you’ll also get pool party perks including champagne and boozy popsicles. Purchase tickets online at Sundaze continues until August 18, but that’s only six Sundays, so get your tickets now!

Details: WET Deck at W Atlanta – Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (678) 500-3190.

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Learn more about the latest in migraine treatment and migraine prevention at a special class held at Emory-Adventist Hospital next Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. If you’re a migraine-sufferer, you know how debilitating migraine pain can be, so come hear this free informative talk, led by board-certified neurologist Dr. Jawaid Ahsan. Call (770) 319-2025 to reserve your space and get your migraines under control.

Details: 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA,


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The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens is a perfect summer destination, and it’s so much closer than trekking all the way to the beach. The Lodge and Spa is in Pine Mountain, GA and is bursting with traditional summer activities, shows, exhibits and other fun attractions.

Take a step back in time when you visit the Callaway Memorial Chapel and the Pioneer Log Cabin, learn about Georgia’s stunning wildlife at the Day Butterfly Center or the Birds of Prey Show, and embrace your adventurous side at the FSU Flying High Circus and the Treetop Adventure obstacle course.

If you’re craving an outdoor adventure try biking, fishing, golfing, horseback riding and hiking in the beautiful woodsy scenery. Guests can return from a fun-filled day and choose from one of the two dining options, or retreat to their suites that are come complete with a romantic, private balcony. Prices vary and specials are available. Head over to their website and book your Southern summer getaway at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens today!

By Iman Naim

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The Fox Theatre will host the first ever “Sing-A-Long” Grease Movie on Saturday, July 27th, so dust off your leather jacket, brush up on those dance moves, and get ready to sing along to your favorite tunes! This interactive show comes complete with on-screen lyrics (in case you need some extra help remembering the words), a costume competition, and more. Get out your poodle skirts, saddle shoes, powder-pink jackets and chiffon scarves, and get ready to hand jive at The Fox Theatre, baby! Tickets for the “Sing-A-Long” Grease Movie are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.

Details: (855) ATL-TIXX,

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Thai Papaya Salad

Papaya packs quite a nutritional punch. This tropical fruit is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can help protect skin against free radical damage. Sporting high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, this colorful fruit may help improve your eyesight, digestion and cholesterol levels. Although normally seen in fruit salads, try this fun and different way to incorporate papaya into your diet.

Ingredients & Tools
1 mortar and pestle and one spoon
¼ cup peeled, shredded carrots
¾ cup peeled unripe papaya shreds
¼ fresh lime
1 tbsp. roasted unsalted peanuts
4 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
2 garlic cloves

Dressing: Yields 6 oz

1 tbsp. raw sugar or 2 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. fish sauce
4 oz. fresh lime juice


Wash and peel the carrots and unripe papaya and set aside ready for use. For the dressing, combine all the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice together in a cup or small bowl – you may not need to use all the dressing. Next, place the garlic cloves in the mortar and crush them with the pestle, throw in the lime wedge and continue crushing until the lime looks nicely beat up, then remove the lime wedge. Add the peanuts and lightly crush them, then add the shredded carrots, papaya and tomatoes. Add 1 oz. of the dressing and lightly pound the salad in the mortar using the spoon to help turn the salad as you go. Do this for about 20 to 30 seconds, then plate and enjoy.

~Courtesy of Fuji Hana Thai Peppers,

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Atlanta’s food trucks are coming to Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Street Food Festival! The weekend of July 13th will see more than 25 food trucks in Piedmont Park, making it the Atlanta Street Food Festival the largest food truck festival in the southeast. Tickets are $10.50, and if you buy them in advance you get discounts on your food and drink purchases from the trucks. Get your tickets now so you can dig into amazing food from the Happy Belly Truck, Mix’d Up, Masala Fresh, King of Pops, Honeysuckle Gelato, and more.

Awesome food and drinks aren’t the only things this festival offers, though. There’s plenty of local bands for entertainment, and all the proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. So whatever your interest–food, music, or charitable giving–come on out to the Atlanta Street Food Festival next weekend! See you there!









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International makeup artist Michael Hanz is here to give you his best advice on how to look 10 years younger.

What is a common mistake you see people make that ages them?

First is not taking good care of their skin. Second is wearing too much makeup. The majority of women wear the same makeup they’ve been wearing since their early 20s, and heavy foundation can age you. I’d suggest getting a makeup update every year or so to stay current.

What is a simple way someone can look 10 years younger?

Antioxidant-rich skincare. Also, stay away from hard lines on the face, such as heavy eyeliner, strong blush application, overdrawn lipliners, or the wrong color of concealer. All of theses things will draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. Muted color and softer application will make the face look smoother.

What is your favorite quote about staying young?

“It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” -Dolly Parton

What do you think is the secret for looking great at any age?
Age is just a number and your state of mind is key. If you are truly happy with who you are as a person, that youthful spirit will shine through.

What are three activities people can do to stay young?

(1) Live a healthy lifestyle (2)  Do something you love to do (3) Be present in your life, stop stressing and appreciate everything you have.

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