MoshynFor the more than 1.2 million children in Georgia who live in low-income families, activewear is a luxury. Roswell residents Lisa and Mathew Moore founded Moshyn to change that. The one-for-one online athletic apparel company makes eco-friendly tank tops and T-shirts that are manufactured in the U.S. or in international factories that are certified by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, which promotes ethical manufacturing. Any time you buy one of Moshyn’s fun tops, its nonprofit arm, Youth In Moshyn, donates a new gym outfit, including shirt, shorts and socks to a deserving child in the community. So far, more than 100 children in Georgia and more than 1,100 youngsters nationwide have received gear.


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Chef MichaelFour Seasons Hotel Atlanta Executive Chef Michael Patria is back with another easy and healthy recipe. As Chef Patria embarks on a weight loss journey this summer, each month he’s sharing a nutritious recipe that he’s been loving lately.

These Cilantro Lime Chicken Kabobs with Riced Cauliflower and Vegetable Salad are the perfect go-to for a fast fresh meal.

“One of the things I love about this dish is that it’s not only delicious, but it’s very quick to prepare. Working long hours and trying to fit in time to get to the gym or get in some form of exercise does not leave me much time to make healthy meals. Being able to pull something together in under fifteen minutes is key,” says Patria.






Cilantro Lime Chicken Kabobs7 ounces of chicken breast

1/4 zucchini

1/4 squash

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1 lime

1 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon EVOO

1 cup riced cauliflower

1/4 cup peeled zucchini ribbons

1/3 cup peeled squash ribbons

4 grape tomatoes sliced into rings

Salt and pepper to taste


1 tablespoon cilantro or micro cilantro

Dusting of espelette pepper or chili powder to taste


Dice the zucchini, squash and chicken into 1-inch cubes. Thread chicken, squash, and zucchini onto skewers, alternating between vegetables and chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place on grill at 425 degrees. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until chicken reaches 165 degrees internally.

Mix half the juice of the lime with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, parsley, and cilantro. Set aside.

Combine the riced cauliflower, zucchini and squash ribbons, and tomatoes. Mix with the juice of the remaining half of the lime, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Once the kabobs are done, brush lightly with herb mixture.

Place cauliflower salad in the center of the plate and gently rest kabobs against the cauliflower salad.

Garnish with cilantro and chili powder.


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By Wyndi Kappes

The 5th annual Scrubs Party, which was hosted by Emerging Leaders for Children’s, was a roaring success. On March 24, more than 300 attendees came out to raise over $380,000 for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Scrubs PartyThe sweeping views of Atlanta from The Roof at Ponce City Market were rivaled only by the colorful fashions of guests dressed to impress, which can be seen on the Best Self Atlanta Facebook page here. Throughout the evening, precious reminders of the party’s purpose were placed about the venue. Guests grabbed small binocular viewfinders to see the photos of kids who benefit from Children’s legendary work.

Delicious appetizers such as veggie tacos, mini shrimp po’boys, and oysters were the perfect complement to the 360-degree bar that served up creative cocktails. The crowd danced the night away under a white tent beautifully accented with bright lights along with pink, orange and blue decor.

Thanks to the efforts of groups such as Emerging Leaders for Children’s, Children’s can continue to provide quality healthcare.

To learn more about the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, click here.

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ProYoInstead of reaching for protein shakes, grab a bowl of ProYo. The revolutionary “ice cream” packs in 35 grams of protein per 14-ounce container. Each of its nine flavors are also low in fat and made with natural nongenetically modified ingredients. For an afternoon pick-me-up, try blending two scoops of the Blueberry Pomegranate with frozen berries and milk. Top off your berry bowl with nuts and flaxseed for a well-rounded snack. Find ProYo at an Earth Fare, Kroger, Publix, or Fresh Market near you.


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Drift - Heidi GeldhauserSustainable food isn’t only good for the environment, it often tastes better too. With both in mind, Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar has become the first restaurant in Georgia to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. The program’s app allows users to browse over 135 restaurants and grocery stores that only serve sustainable seafood. Businesses must send a list of every fish on the menu and include details about whether it was wild or farm-raised and how it was caught. Kudos to Drift for leading the way.

Details: 4475 Roswell Rd., Marietta;,

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Rhen's nest toy shopDeveloped by a Cabbagetown mom who wanted toys for her daughter that would stimulate growth and self-enrichment, Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop (original location in Glenwood Park) specializes in creative playthings. Stop by its second location in Ponce City Market for interactive art classes and in-store book readings. Little ones are also encouraged to play with the shop’s Brio train tracks and three-foot rocket ship dollhouse while there.

Details: Ponce City Market, Ste. N. 212;

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By Eugene Hurwitz, MD

Blooming flowers aren’t the only things that accompany the arrival of spring, so do the billions of tiny pollen particles that trigger seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever.

Hay fever can not only affect your quality of life, it can also lead to sinus infections, disrupt your sleep and affect your ability to be productive at school or work.

Dr. Eugene HurwitzYou may suffer from hay fever if you have the following symptoms:

  • Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose (congestion)
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes

If you suspect you suffer from hay fever, consult with an allergist or immunologist who can diagnose you. A specialist can also perform simple tests to determine your specific allergy triggers.

Hay FeverIf you do have hay fever, use these four strategies to reduce symptoms:

  • Keep track of pollen counts in your area by subscribing to the National Allergy Bureau’s email alerts.
  • Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.
  • Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollen out.
  • If you suspect you suffer from hay fever, consult with an allergist or immunologist who can diagnose you. A specialist can also perform simple tests to determine your specific allergy triggers.
  • Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night.
  • For long-term allergy relief, consider allergy shots (immunotherapy) for relief from allergic rhinitis symptoms.


Did you know?

  • Depending on where you live, there are generally three pollen seasons. The start and end dates of these seasons, as well as the specific plants, vary based on the climate.
  • Trees generally pollinate in the spring. Birch, cedar, cottonwood and pine are big allergy triggers.
  • Grass releases its pollen in the summer. Timothy, Johnson, and Rye grasses are examples of allergens in this category.
  • Weeds cause hay fever in the fall. Ragweed is the biggest offender as it can grow in nearly every environment.

Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia • Eugene Hurwitz, M.D. • 770-459-0620 • 

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Perfect Day PhotosMinimally invasive surgery pioneer, Scott D. Miller, MD, has joined WellStar Medical Group and been named medical director of robotic surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. The doctor, who performs over 250 robotic and laparoscopic procedures a year, is also the president and founder of the nonprofit, ProstAware, a prostate cancer awareness organization.


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Registered dietitian and nutritionist, Carolyn O’Neil, who is also a blogger and author of “The Slim Down South Cookbook,” shares how to get the flavor of a shrimp boil without the mess—or the calories!


  • 24 wooden skewers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup Old Bay seasoning
  • 24 baby red potatoes
  • ½ pound smoked sausage, cut into 24 slices
  • 24 peeled and deveined extra-large
  • raw shrimp (about 1¼ pounds)


Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper, chopped sweet onion, and garlic. Sauté 4 minutes. Stir in corn and Creole seasoning and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in parsley and vinegar.

Bring Old Bay seasoning and 5 quarts water to a boil, covered, in a large stockpot. Add potatoes and cook 10 minutes. Add sausage and shrimp. Cook 3 minutes until shrimp turn pink and potatoes are tender.

Thread 1 potato, 1 shrimp, and 1 sausage piece onto each skewer. Arrange on platter. Spoon corn mix over skewers.


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Sarah Diller's PhotographsFrom makeup transformations to the ups and downs of being a mother, the 2018 April/May issue is a celebration of womanhood. On Feb. 21, we hosted our second “Amazing One-Hour Makeovers” event. This year, professional wardrobe and accessory stylists were on hand to add an extra layer of sparkle to the makeovers. And although each of the 13 lucky reader attendees walked into the Best Self Atlanta Studio already beautiful, after 60 minutes with the artists and stylists, they walked out even more radiant. It’s inspiring to see how a new look can truly reflect what’s on the inside.  Meet this year’s professionals and see how they worked their magic on p.27. 

Although being a mother in no way equates to fulfilling your female potential, for many, it is a role they cherish. In honor of Mother’s Day, we gathered insight and advice from Atlanta moms on how they handle the tougher aspects of parenting. Wading through child-rearing tips from well-meaning friends and family to brushing off mom shaming are just a few of the topics we tackle in “The Messiness of Motherhood” (p.53).

We also chatted with another mom, Jennifer Webb, about her book “Mom’s Soul Café.” The author and meditation leader takes a hilarious and raw look at having what some call the toughest job in the world. In her “My Best Self” Q&A, Webb shares how mindfulness saved her sanity and how it can help you too.

Finally, we’re taking a fresh approach to our yearly breast cancer coverage. We’re breaking out of the October (and pink) mold with Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. On p.39, learn more about why the organization has renamed its popular Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for the Cure and where it’s focusing its efforts in the fight against breast cancer.

I hope this issue encourages you to lift up the women around you and take time for yourself.

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