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Winter Wellness

The hustle and bustle of the holidays will soon be a distant memory, but the toll that packed calendars, extra calories, and the stress of squeezing in “all the things” is still hanging on like the party guest that overstayed their welcome. Your body, mind, and soul need a reboot that can power you through the chilly winter season. We’ve got you covered with a laundry list of feel-good and stay-well topics to keep you free from the blues and the dreaded flus.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Does it feel like your shoulders have taken permanent residence next to your ears? Smooth out the tension and break up with your tight muscles (they’re too needy!) by booking a well-deserved spa day or treatment at one of our region’s tranquil escapes.

Serenity Spa | Soul Yoga houses healers, teachers, and light workers, providing a sense of community, connection, and transformation with every visit. Take yourself on the ultimate journey with The Universal Ritual, which starts with a lavender hot stone foot bath, followed by a 90-minute stress fix body massage (infused with a steam pack treatment of medicinal herbs like lavender, eucalyptus, orange, lemon, lemongrass, and cinnamon), and ends with a customized 60-minute facial. You also get to leave with a post-treatment treat: a Himalayan pink salt heart. 3984 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 150, Roseville, 916-797-8550; 350 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1975, Folsom, 916-542-7363,

Serenity Spa | Soul Yoga


Asante Spa is a welcome retreat offering hot towels and aromatherapy with every massage. They feature seven private rooms for massages, facials, and body wraps, along with a tranquil patio, private lounge, and retail store. Check out their Body Glow & Nourishing Body Wrap, which also comes inclusive of a relaxing full body massage. 530 Post Court, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-8905,

Asante Spa


At Spavia Day Spa, unwind in a peaceful retreat room, where each guest is provided with a spa robe, sandals, and a warmed aromatherapy neck pillow for the ultimate R&R experience. Whether you desire a soothing massage or a rejuvenating body wrap, their specialists will assist in personalizing something perfect for you. Check out their indulgent Four Hand Massage where you get double the delight with two specialists working to relieve tension and provide deep relaxation. 6688 Lonetree Boulevard, Suite 500, Rocklin, 916-975-2100,

Waterfall Salon & Spa offers haircuts, facials, and massages in a relaxed setting for some well-deserved me time. Book a Customized Facial, catered specifically to your unique skin care needs, and be sure to add on the Aveda Plant Peel for an extra turn-back-the-clock boost or the Oxygen Treatment to unclog pores and reduce breakouts. 2716 Coloma Street, Placerville, 530-626-1571,

Reduce stress, improve sleep, boost your immunity, and enjoy a complimentary aromatherapy treatment with every service at Massage Heights. For people experiencing chronic tension who are looking to reduce pain and relieve muscle spasms, their Deep Tissue Massage may be just what your body (and soul) needs. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1229, Folsom, 916-295-6974,; 761 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Suite 120, Roseville, 916-302-4374,

Keep it Fresh, Clean, & Green

Salads are so much more than leafy greens drenched in dressing—and our region serves up a bounty of delightfully delicious options. Indulge in one of these massively mouthwatering salads topped with all types of clean, green goodies.

Located on Placerville’s quaint Main Street, Heyday Café serves fresh California cuisine with international influences, including an impressive array of creative salads. Fuel up before a day of antiquing and small business strolling by ordering their Chicken Curry Salad, featuring Mary’s free-range chicken breast tossed in a creamy curry dressing alongside Pink Lady apples, golden raisins, and crunchy celery. Served over mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, and toasted almonds, then lightly dressed in balsamic vinaigrette, it's a feast for the eyes and palate. 325 Main Street, Placerville, 530-626-9700,

Chicken Curry Salad at Heyday Café


With a tagline of “wholesome food without the hassle,” you know you’re getting the good stuff at Garden of Eat’n. Pick from a rainbow of salads, wraps, rice bowls, and more—all featuring nutritious, delicious ingredients—like (our go-to) the Garden Beet Salad, featuring arugula, golden and red beets, toasted pistachios, oranges, and dried cranberries. 1228 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 130, Roseville, 916-771-0630; 2000 Blue Oaks Boulevard, Suite 110, Roseville, 916-829-8101; 1850 Grass Valley Highway, Suite 320, Auburn, 530-885-4500,

Garden Beet Salad at Garden of Eat'n


Looking for delicious Thai flavors (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and spicy) with a light, bright, deliciously fresh twist? Head to Thai Paradise for the cuisine’s most popular salad: Som Tom, featuring shredded green papaya, tomatoes, roasted peanuts, and fresh citrus with a spicy house dressing (chilies, palm sugar, garlic, fish sauce, and lime juice). Listed in CNN Travel’s “World’s 50 Best Foods,” there’s a reason this colorful, crunchy salad made the culinary cut. 2770 East Bidwell Street, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-984-8988; 4361 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 110, El Dorado Hills, 916-939-0389,

Som Tum at Thai Paradise


Known for their legendary fresh seafood offerings, Scott’s Seafood Roundhouse has a plethora of picks for health-conscious diners, including ample vegan choices and a variety of salads, like our personal favorite: the Pacific Rim. Featuring your choice of protein (crispy calamari, ahi poke, warm tombo poke, Thai beef, or a shrimp skewer) atop a bed of radicchio, Napa cabbage, carrots, basil, cilantro, green onions, bean sprouts, radishes, cashews, and pickled mango salsa with sesame-ginger vinaigrette, it’s a salad that rises above the rest. 824 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-989-6711,

Pacific Rim at Scott's Seafood Roundhouse


It’s always a fun time at Brickyard Kitchen & Bar, where you can come for the activities (live music, taco Tuesday, wine & whiskey Wednesday, trivia, etc.) and stay for the delicious food. From hearty pub grub to healthy salads, it’s the Chicken Focus Bowl that we’re “focused” on this season. Served with Japanese BBQ grilled chicken, marinated carrots, jalapeños, shaved cucumbers, soft boiled eggs, scallions, and beans (green garbanzo, lima, and edamame) on a bed of quinoa, it's one touchdown-worthy “super bowl.” 1475 Eureka Road, Suite 120, Roseville, 916-836-8406; 4364 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 128, El Dorado Hills, 916-772-9464,

Chicken Focus Bowl at Brickyard Kitchen & Bar


Work it “Out”side

Bundle up and head outdoors for a chilly, invigorating workout alongside picture-perfect scenery. Lucky for us, there are a multitude of snow parks and wintry activities within driving distance to get you working up a sweat in no time.

Sledding & Tubing
Grab your gloves and a sled and head east up Highways 80 or 50 where snow play opportunities abound (i.e., sledding and building snowmen). What looks like a playful activity also gets your heart pumping, as you stomp through powdery snow and pull your sled up hills. If you prefer more organized adventures where you can zoom down groomed runs, our area is also home to snow parks aplenty, like Nyack Snow Park (, Kingvale Resort (, and Adventure Mountain (


Skiing & Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding offer a multitude of health benefits with built-in cardio and resistance training for your legs, arms, and abs. Fire up your muscles and feel the burn as you carve down the mountain. Whether you’re a bunny hill beginner or black diamond pro, our region’s resorts have it all. Check out Soda Springs (, Boreal Mountain (, Sugar Bowl Resort (, and Sierra-at-Tahoe ( for a perfect day of powder.

Boreal Mountain


Ice Skating
The Folsom Historic District Ice Rink ( is a magical opportunity to ice skate outdoors on a pristine rink in the center of Sutter Street. Dance along to music and channel your inner Olympic figure skater as you build strength and flexibility gliding along the ice. Sessions (90 minutes) run through January 14.

Folsom HIstoric District Ice Rink


Work it "In"side

When the weather outside is frightful, and your couch is so delightful, remember there are incredible indoor workout spots to get your heart pumping without having to deal with the elements. Check out these climate-controlled sanctuaries to get moving when it’s cold outside!

When it’s too wet and slippery to cycle outside, move the party indoors. Cyclebar offers a variety of classes and levels to get you spinning into a trance as you feel the strength in community during every workout. What’s more, the instructors will motivate and inspire you as you climb to new heights while feeling the beat of heart-pumping music. 360 Palladio Parkway, Suite 405, Folsom, 916-273-4942; 701 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Suite 190, Rocklin, 916-672-0572,



Arthur Murray Dance Center in Folsom takes the anxiety out of dance and gives you the confidence and tools to unlock your inner Fred Astaire; not to mention, dancing is good for your heart and soul—and fun! Move and groove the day away while learning a variety of styles to get you on your feet while moving and grooving. 220 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-895-5600,

Authur Murray Dance Center


Providing dance lessons to all ages, levels of fitness, and experience levels, Jammin’ Dance & Fitness offers Zumba, creative dance, belly dance, tap dance, modern dance, and Scottish country dance classes. They believe everyone should have a chance to dance and even offer all-inclusive combo classes open to toddlers and seniors. 6090 Enterprise Drive, Suite A, Diamond Springs,

With seven different locations, each featuring an exclusive combination of indoor sport courts, fitness classes, social programs, and more, Spare Time Sports Clubs has something for everyone to get fit and stay healthy; in addition, they offer youth activities, a Kids’ Club (ages seven and up), and play centers (ages six weeks through six years), so the whole family can join in on the fun. Local locations in Roseville, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and Gold River,

Spare Time Sports Clubs


Booze Without the Buzz

If you’re out with friends and want to enjoy fancy drinks sans the side effects of alcohol, mocktails are where it’s at! Many bars and restaurants offer gorgeous and unique zero-proof beverages that feel like the real deal, minus the hangover. Check out what some of our favorite mixologists are blending up to keep you hydrated and healthy.

Offering a full menu of non-alc offerings, Iron Horse Tavern has some delectable treats for your taste buds. One must-try is the Mock-jito, featuring muddled strawberries, cucumbers, and mint with lime juice, lemon-lime soda, simple syrup, and sparkling soda. It’s a good thing the alcohol is absent, because one sip leads to many more! 460 Palladio Parkway, Folsom, 916-618-4322; 1800 15th Street, Suite B, Sacramento, 916-448-4488,

Mock-jito at Iron Horse Tavern


You don’t need to be preggo to enjoy the cleverly titled Bun in the Oven at Milestone. The botanical, booze-free beverage features non-alcoholic gin—so you’ll still get the spirit’s fresh, piney flavors with hints of citrus and spice—plus house-made blueberry jam and freshly squeezed lemon juice for a delicious, fruity zing. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 116, El Dorado Hills, 916-934-0790,

Bun in the Oven at Milestone


Serving up several tasty mocktails, Plank Craft Kitchen + Bar has their spirit-free sips on lock. Sit back and imagine you’re on the beach with their Sunset Punch, a colorful creation featuring real grenadine from Liquid Alchemist, pineapple and lime juice, and Fever Tree Sparkling Lemon Tonic—umbrella optional. We’ll take another round…and a vacation, please! 608 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-260 5333,

Sunset Punch at Plank Craft Kitchen + Bar


With martini in the name, you know the drinks (both boozy and non) are going to be good at Pink Martini. For something zero-proof but 100% delicious, try the Everything Nice, crafted with house-made apple spiced syrup, lemon, cardamom, and soda water. To really get the sober party started, ask for it in a coupe glass. Bottoms up! 6700 Lonetree Boulevard, Suite 100, Rocklin, 916-773-7465,

Everything Nice at Pink Martini


Give Your Immune System a Boost

The winter months can bring a host of unwanted viruses. Check out these health tips from local experts to help you avoid illnesses and keep both your mental and physical health in check.

“Your immune system is fueled by the food you eat, so the most important thing you can do to support it is to eat a real-food diet. In addition to nutrient-dense foods, a few of my favorite herbs and supplements for boosting your immune system, keeping it strong, and helping it fight off unfriendly bugs are astragalus (an antiviral that supports the body's natural defenses and enhances immune response; works best if taken daily with occasional breaks throughout the year; available in both liquid and capsule form), garlic (contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory [compounds] and has been proven to shorten the duration of symptoms; works best if taken regularly), and vitamin C (one of the most powerful antioxidants and immune-supporting vitamins available; best to buy one with bioflavonoids and take daily or at the onset of symptoms).”—Pamela Connor, Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Connor Wellness Clinic,

HealthAid Fermented Black Garlic, $21.49 at Sunrise Natural Foods


FIND ALL THESE SUPPLEMENTS (AND MANY MORE!) AT SUNRISE NATURAL FOODS: 1950 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, 916-789-8591; 2160 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, 530-888-8973,

“During the winter season, it’s advisable to exercise; eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats; keep up to date with immunizations; stay hydrated; and get outdoors during the daytime, ensuring you [dress appropriately for the weather].”—Gerardo Galang, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, Marshall Medical Center,

“In Chinese medicine, yang qi is considered the life force. In the winter, yang qi in the human body decreases with lower temperatures. When your body's yang qi is low, blood circulation is also weakened, which brings your immune system down. Acupuncture can stimulate selected specific acupoints, which can increase the body’s yang qi flow and levels, increasing blood circulation and enhancing your immunity.”—Karen Pan, LAc, PhD, Folsom Chinese Acupuncture Center,



Winter Skin Survival

Cold weather can create an imbalance in your skin, leaving it feeling—and looking—dry, dull, and dehydrated. Keep it glowing and moisturized with these top tips from skin care experts.

“Pat your skin dry after bathing or showering, and then apply moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp to help seal in the moisture. Also, use lukewarm water and limit your bathing time. My favorite products to use for dry skin are Tanya Martin’s Skin Recovery Serum, which is full of powerful ceramides—a superior form of vitamin E—and 13 exotic, non-pore-clogging oils that help to sooth and restore dry skin; and Rejuvenating Moisturizer, a luxurious, silky cream with three peptides and five exotic oils that provide rich, long-lasting moisture and help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” Tanya Martin, Tanya Martin Skincare, 199 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 190, Folsom, 916-467-9004,

“Winter is the prime time to deeply exfoliate the skin and turn back time. Following the removal of your dead cells, a must-have for your skin care repertoire is Pure Holistic Skin Care’s Rose & Lavender Moisturizer for dry, aging skin; or non-comedogenic Tea Tree & Frankincense Oil Treatment for oily, acne-prone skin. Both are incredibly nourishing with active ingredients that target your specific skin issues.”—Amanda Reinhard, Pure Holistic Skincare, 451 Main Street, Suite 7, Placerville, 530-290-6650,

AGELESS Microderm Exfoliator


“Enhance your winter skin care routine with a weekly anti-aging sheet mask, packed with nourishing ingredients to combat pesky signs of aging, like the I MASK by IMAGE Skincare. Cooling and soothing, it refreshes and revives thirsty skin with mineral-rich waters and hyaluronic acid; while a blend of amino acids, aloe vera, and antioxidant extracts leave skin radiant and glowing. Exfoliation is also key. Our favorite way to do this is with the AGELESS Microderm Exfoliator, also from IMAGE Skincare, which gently polishes away pesky dead skin cells, revealing a radiant, youthful complexion. Powered by fruit enzymes, hydroxy acids, rose quartz microcrystals, and bamboo powder, it offers the most advanced and thorough exfoliation to remove dead skin.”—Marcie Burke, ReBelle Beauty, 508 Gibson Drive, Suite 190A, Roseville, 916-759-9910,



“Some of the beneficial minerals in clay include magnesium, calcium, and iron, all of which help with the production of collagen. As skin is exfoliated with clay, impurities from the skin’s surface are removed, pores shrink, and dead cells become finer. The Native American Exfoliating Clay from Tiger’s Eye Skincare is versatile and can be used on almost all skin types.”—Myriam Liberman, Tiger’s Eye Skincare, 8016 Folsom-Auburn Road, Folsom, 916-988-4973,

Native American Exfoliating Clay


by Melissa Strand
Photos by Taylor Allred ©stylemediagroup. Food photos by Taylor Allred ©stylemediagroup. Sledding photo by Rachid Dahnoun, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. Boreal Mountain photo by Mike Dawson. Sugar Bowl photo by Sky Emerson. Folsom Ice Rink photo by Jacob Cantu of Voyage Creative. Cyclebar photo courtesy of Cyclebar. Iron Hors Tavern photo by Taylor Allred ©stylemediagroup. Other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations. Photos by Taylor Allred ©stylemediagroup. Top food photo © marilyn barbone - Acupuncture photo © blackday - Tiger's Eye Skincare photo by Taylor Allred ©stylemediagroup. Other photos courtesy or their respective companies or organizations.