The first month of 2013 may be winding down but we’re just gearing up and introducing a week full of our most popular feature, Fridge Files! For those of us who need a little inspiration to keep our resolutions to cook more and be more hands on when it comes to our health, we hope these real-life kitchen heroes will give you the extra boost you need to roll up your sleeves and get cooking on making 2013 your healthiest year yet!

First up, we have Carlota Espinosa. As the former Vice President at online flash sale supersite Haute Look and the co-founder of Styloot, she certainly knows that nothing is as fashionable as living well. She’s an avid entertainer who often hosts some of LA’s top tastemakers and is always able to whip up a delicious spread that delights her eclectic mix of guests. We stopped by to tour her Hollywood Hills bungalow, check out her brand new style site, get an impromptu cooking lesson from her lovely mother, and see first hand how eating well, feeling great and looking good are all in a days work for this LA lady!

What’s you daily diet: Double nonfat espresso, protein shake, kale salad, grilled chicken with fries and spinach salad.

Entertaining go-to: Cheese Plate with plenty of Red Wine

Dinner on a busy night: Protein Shake or Salad with grilled Shrimp

Quick Breakfast: Protein Shake by Dr. BO or Tracy Anderson

Changes in diet if you’re gearing up for a big even or vacation: No change just work out a bit more

Workout: Tracy Anderson Studio in the valley, the hardest and best workout of my life

Necessary Indulgence: Espresso and french fries

Favorite Recipe: My Mother’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Favorite Cookbook: Barefoot Contessa Parties and Lulu Powers Food To Flowers

Kitchen Gadget: Dialing for reservations

Pantry Essential: Nuts, Champagne and Red Wine

Ingredient and that makes everything taste better: Butter

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