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We love Ian Brendle (Green Meadow Farm) and Z Food Farm's produce. So crisp, flavorful, and clean. Each week, these soups and salads change as we bring you summer greens straight from the farm. Here's what's available now:
Peaches & Cream Raw Oatmeal
Organic peaches, steel cut oats, almond milk, and raisins
Our cult favorite made with summer peaches. Enjoy it cold.
One serving ($7)
Organic heirloom tomatoes and onion with balsamic dressing and EVOO
This sweet, rosy superfood soup is your body’s BFF. Heirloom tomatoes have so many health benefits. Did you know that they can also help you lose weight and improve your skin? Tomatoes are filled with fiber and chromium, which helps fill you up faster and keeps you full longer. Tomatoes also make the perfect pre-Lithe snack because they boost energy with their high levels of biotin. They’re filled with lycopene, the anti-aging antioxidant that turns these beauties red. Tomatoes also clear toxins from your hot bod, protect skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays, and keep your gums and teeth healthy. We incorporate the best organic local tomatoes into this soup. Enjoy it cold.
One serving ($8)
Garden Oasis Salad with Quinoa
Organic quinoa, brown rice, pole beans, grilled peaches, parsley, cashews, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil
Think of this salad as a protein-rich oasis on sweltering days. Staying hydrated isn’t all about what you drink, it’s about eating your water, too. The water packed into these farm-fresh veggies is absorbed slowly, meaning it stays in your body longer and can be delivered to where it needs to go. It's paired with protein-packed quinoa and rice (13 grams!) and bursts with all of the amino acids needed to form a complete protein. Apple cider vinegar – nature's cure-all – has an alkalizing effect on the body, lowering the pH to counteract acid. Be sure to eat that organic parsley since it keeps your breath fresh. Enjoy it cold.
One serving ($10)
You Are My Summer
Organic corn, mint, green bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and EVOO
This beautiful salad is delish and captures the flavor of late August. It's chock-full of fresh summer veggies, mint and corn (yes, corn!). It's a myth that corn is full of sugar and is bad for you. An ear of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one fourth of the sugar. So go on and enjoy it. Mint stimulates the digestive enzyme that absorbs nutrients from food and turns it into usable energy, which means it puts fat to use instead of letting it linger on your hips and thighs. Enjoy it cold.
One serving ($10)
Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? Absolutely. After my son was born in the spring of 2013, I started getting back into my pre-baby groove with Litheing again. By the time September rolled around I made the commitment to myself to go for it. My goal was to hit that 250 classes by the following August and I did.
Chasing after a busy 2-year-old takes a lot of stamina. I need to be the best version of myself right now to keep up with him and Lithe helps me have the energy.
I am a faithful Old City 6AMer. Unless someone in my family is sick or I have an early meeting at work, I'm there every weekday.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Lithe is my number one form of stress relief. Taking a class first thing in the morning gives me a sense of accomplishment and sets the tone for the day. I feel like I can take on anything after a 6AM class.
Having that one hour of me time is important since life is busy these days. My husband and I both work full-time jobs. My husband also owns and operates a small batch coffee roasting company with two of his friends in Collingswood NJ called Revolution Coffee Roasters. On most weekends you can find me and my son hanging out at the Collingswood farmers' market where Revolution Coffee has a stand. We love picking up local food and veggies from the vendors. It’s a big part of our lives right now and it's something we look forward to every weekend.
Other forms of stress relief for me are the occasional run a few days a week (if I can find the time to sneak it in). I am proud to say that I just finished my first Broad Street Run. And of course, a good glass of pinot noir helps on those extra stressful days.
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? Well, chair series never get easier even after all these years. And I can only imagine what I look like when trying to do some of the jumps (Hello, herkie!). The most rewarding aspect for me is seeing the results. Lithe changed my body when I started in 2011 and then again after I had my son. It is so true what they say, just trust the process. It really does work.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Twiggy. It was one of the first classes I took when I finished my immersion in 2011. I was hooked after that. I don’t think I could ever tire of Twiggy.
What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? Gossip Girl from beginning to end. And I'm totally not embarrassed. Next on my queue is Mad Men and I’ve been meaning to catch up on Scandal before it starts again this fall.
What was the first concert you went to? I went to see New Kids on the Block in grade school. It was a big deal. (For the record my heart belonged to Joey.)
We're updating our band system at all the studios during the month of September (Rittenhouse is just about complete). With our cushiony and comfy new Twiggy/Thinny attachments, sweatbands will be mandatory for hygienic purposes. We know that some of you don't like to use them, but we must keep our shared props sanitary so that you have a healthy, happy and safe experience with us. We go to great lengths to keep things clean at Lithe, but we need your help.
There are several things that you can contract from shared sweaty props made of fabric including E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph, which is a bacteria that causes skin infections. Sweatbands prevent the spread of these icky diseases. Rest assured that these common germs are easily avoidable and much less frightening than they sound. So please remember to change out of your sweaty threads (and sweatbands) post-Lithe and wash your hands before you leave the studio, so you don't have to worry about these microscopic critters. It's also good to get into the handwashing habit since cold and flu season are around the corner.
There are a few loaner pairs at each studio if you forget yours, but we do recommend purchasing your own. You'll find them at Lithe, City Sports, Target, and many other places. And if you're new to Lithe, check out what you need to get started.
Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography
Our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse is developed for Lithers, it's filling, farm-fresh, and organic whenever possible. Enjoy!
1. Coco-Rose Water: Thai coconut meat, rose, alkaline water
2. Lauren's Skin Saver: aloe, kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger
3. Watershed Cocktail: pineapple, cucumber, jalapeño
4. Ultra Lithe Green Soup: cucumber, avocado, spinach, garlic, ginger, dill, cilantro, pink Himalayan sea salt, evoo
5. Spirit Lemonade: kale, activated charcoal (coconut), lemon, maple syrup, pink Himalayan sea salt
6. La Ensalada: kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger, green tomato
7. Ultra Lithe Milk: ashwaghanda, cashew, filtered water, cinnamon, vanilla bean, pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut nectar
1-2 days • 1400 calories/day • 100% plant-based and raw
Clean up post-Labor Day with our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse on Monday, Sept 14th! Our greenest, Lithest cleanse is rich in fiber, healthy fats, low in sugar, alkaline, and nutrient-dense. If you're looking to go deeper, greener, and 100% liquid, our ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE is the right choice for you.
Ultra Lithe Cleanse Menu
Go to our online store > products > choose your pickup studio. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, September 9 @ 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds.
Days 1 and 2 on Monday, September 14th from 6AM-8PM. Due to the nature of the product, we cannot guarantee freshness beyond Wednesday, July 16th.
Happy Friday! This week we're giving away a three-month Rocksbox membership. Not familiar with Rocksbox? It's the premiere destination for borrowing jewelry before you buy it. For a monthly fee, Rocksbox members receive a curated box of designer jewelry with the option to borrow, buy, or swap at any time. It features 30+ amazing designers including Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, Gorjana, and Loren Hope, and every box includes a return label and bag reseals so when you want to send it back you have everything you need!
For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us your favorite gemstone. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!
Image via Rocksbox
It’s been two years since we separated and I still often think about how you made me feel and how I felt when I had you in my life. You’ve given me confidence and physical and emotional strength. I see that you’re spreading your wings and I can’t help but be happy knowing that more people can share in my love for you. Please keep doing what you’re doing. And if you ever feel like coming to where I am, I would love that.
I promise to visit when I’m in town.
I’ve been meaning to write this love letter ever since I left Philly but it was a little painful. I realize how ridiculous that sounds. I guess I felt that if I wrote this love letter, then the good-bye would be official. And I just wasn’t (and still am not!) ready to say good-bye. I know a lot of people write in to tell you how Lithe has changed their lives and how much healthier they are. I am writing to express the same and more.
Lithe has changed a part of me that I wasn’t expecting. It changed me mentally. It was the first time that I witnessed myself doing the impossible. (Tight-end? That’s like at least 100 reps on one leg alone, right?? ) The physical and mental training that we had in Lithe has carried over to other parts in my life. So often in class, I would see an instructor demo a move that I was sure was physically impossible. Though I never got through those reps un-interrupted, I attempted it. That’s more than I would’ve done, pre-lithe. That’s the mental toughness Lithe gave me. I don’t know that I would’ve gotten this on my own. For that, I am forever grateful.
Physically- well, you already know. I now scoff at other workouts (cocky, I know). I push myself more. I test my limitations. I don’t quit. I’ve found the coveted muscle-shake. I walk into other workout classes with an inflated sense of confidence knowing that I have the best form and breathing technique. All this, I’ve learned from Lithe and the instructors.
I’m learning how to get to the next physical level because I’ve had the physical training from Lithe to push me there, no matter what I’m doing.
I know you hear it all the time, but, we love Lithe. We know you pour your heart into it. We feel it with every 2.0 class, with every new Lithe drink, and seasonal Lithe challenge.
If you ever need a moment of clarity, just remember that you’re changing lives in so many ways other than in the physical sense. You’ve transcended a mere “workout” into something that permeates into all other aspects of our lives. THIS is why we can’t live without it.
Sneakers are the perfect accessory for an active summer. They support us to and from the studio, when we're on the run, and look great with Michi leggings, Splendid tank dresses, and Mother denim. Nike, Adidas, Converse, New Balance, Mizuno — you name it, we've been wearing it.
Everyone has their favorite brand depending on personal fit and style. Lauren Boggi loves New Balance's 711 Mesh Trainer because it's cush and great for running (and Lithing) with its flexible forefoot. Master Lithe instructor and avid runner Tiffany Nork prefers the Mizuno running shoe because it feels like clouds.
Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens is obsessed with Nike's colorful and lightweight sneaks. She's worn Nike forever and loves how colorful and lightweight they are. She ran Broad Street for the first time in May and after a lot of knee and foot pain accepted that she needed to get a pair of sneakers with supportive soles. She now owns (and loves) New Balance, but it took her awhile to get used to the chunky sole. She blames it on barefoot training at Lithe since she likes to feel her feet touch the ground. For shorter runs or cross-training, she's in lightweight Nikes all day, every day.
Rachael also loves the Nike Dunk Sky Hi because it's a blend of casual and cool and the ultimate studio-to-street accessory. She says, "When I wear it I feel like such a bad-ass, but a laid-back, approachable bad-ass. I can also actually run in it and this pair is perfect for catching the train or making a flight. I like bright, funky things and feel like I am constantly walking the line between Katy Perry and a 3-year-old. Hi-tops give me a legitimate excuse to go crazy with prints and colors. They make me feel like an off-duty Victoria's Secret supermodel. Add aviators and a faux leather ball cap and I'm channeling Alessandra Ambrosio casually dropping by La Colombe."
Images via via @rachelle_pinksole, @nbwoman, adidaswomen & Lithe instructor Rachael Bridgens wearing Nike via Antrim & Spruce Photography
Labor Day weekend is almost here, so you may want to keep this recipe in your back pocket. This Lithed-up dish is our anti-inflammatory secret weapon for counteracting your late summer wild ways (think: too much wine and sugar). The Indian equivalent of Jewish chicken soup, mung dahl is food for the soul. It's an easy-to-digest Ayurvedic stew that satisfies a body screaming for nutrition.
2 c. mung beans
3 large onions, sliced
5 cloves of garlic, diced
1 thumb size piece of ginger, diced
4 large carrots, finely diced
7 large handfuls of spinach
3 large handfuls of coriander, finely chop the stems and roughly chop the leaves
2 limes (juice one and cut the other into wedges for garnish)
6 cups of hot water
1 tbs organic coconut oil
1 tbs Bragg Liquid Aminos
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbs cumin
1 tbs turmeric
6 cardamom pods, smashed
Image via Pinterest
Our highly effective summer beach workout based on Lithe Escape's fitness is coming to a close! Join instructors, Meg (above) and Jess for the last three Lithe Beach classes. All are welcome, so bring your friends!
When: Saturday, August 22 from 8:30-9:45AM in Margate & Avalon
Where: Margate: Exeter Ave & the beach. Avalon: 61 St & the beach
With: Lithe instructors Meghan Grauzlis and Jess Ender
Wear: A supportive bathing suit and sunscreen.
What's it like?: Surprising, challenging, empowering, rock-your-world amazing, and fun!
Bring: Water, yoga mat (or towel), and a towel for drying off.
We supply: Enthusiasm, inspiration, and a$$-kicking moves.
Cost: Single class ($27); five-class card ($125).
Sign up: Lithe Beach classes are available to purchase. When purchasing on Mindbody, select "Lithe Beach" instead of classes, and then book your class on the Rittenhouse scheduler.
Please note: No public facilities are available before 10AM. Please use the restroom before class.
End of Summer Schedule:
August 22: Margate, Jess
August 22: Avalon, Meg
August 29: Margate, Jess
August 29: Avalon, Meg
September 4: Avalon, Meg
Image of Lithe Instructor Meghan Grauzlis
Stay tuned for info on our post-Labor Day Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse.
Illin' is a word that describes something that is "sick" (amazing) and is synonymous with "epic" and "legendary." Illin' is a total-body, high cardio, booty-poppin', seat droppin' hour of fun. This Lithe workout with Twiggy-like phasing serves up a veritable 'buff'-et of CCS that gets your heart rate up and burns calories. Standing and grounded sculpting tones your not-so-hard 'core' areas. It's user-friendly, loved by all, and classically Lithe.
This week, we learn more about Varsity Lither Selina Zapata Bur.
Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement motivated you to get to the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? In January 2014, when I found out I was going to be a mama in October, I saw Lithe as the best way to have a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy. I also knew that once the baby arrived, it would be more challenging to get to the studio and to juggle an often demanding work schedule, so making Varsity became an important goal for me. Before Lithe, I had never tried exercise classes and wasn't one to hit the gym or wake up early in the morning to work out. I wanted to challenge myself. Because Lithe is so much fun, it was easier than I thought it would be.
When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? I love to cook. A glass of wine or beer while I'm cooking doesn't hurt either. I love making simple (and often one-pot) recipes that use fresh ingredients. My husband Andres grows fresh veggies on our roof deck, so we often incorporate those. Now that our son is almost 10-months-old, I can usually take whatever we're having and chop it up for him, too. It's a win-win!
What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? That the one hour is "me" time and I allow myself to stop worrying over my to-do list or the stress of the day. Then when I leave, I am better prepared – physically and mentally – to face those things.
If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Rock Steady is my favorite class. I love the CCS (especially floor explosions), sculpting, and shouting. It was the class that intimidated me the most when I first read the descriptions, but it turned out to be rewarding and fun.
When you were in high school, what would you have been "Most Likely to..." in the yearbook superlatives? It was so long ago that honestly I don't remember. I was the biggest nerd and choir geek, so it was probably something conventional like "Most Likely to Succeed."
What TV series are you embarrassed to say you've binge watched on Netflix? I will preface my response by saying that I've hardly watched any TV in the last few months. Pre-baby, you could pretty much guarantee I was binge watching something. I did I binge watch The Mindy Project right after my son was born to keep myself awake during middle-of-the night feedings.
TGIF! Today's giveaway is from Philadelphia photographer (and Lither) Lauren Harel.
Do you have genuine in-the-moment pictures of your family that you adore? When you look at the photographs hanging in your home, do you feel your child's personality shining through? Lauren Harel has a talent for capturing the smiles and interactions that reveal our true selves. You don't even have to say cheese.
Today we're giving away a 1-1.5 hour photography session (a $250 value) at the location of your choice. The majority of time will be spent on capturing your family interacting naturally together, though she can throw in a few posed pictures, too. Don't have kiddos? She'll happily shoot engagement photos or head shots for this giveaway.
For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you want to win. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!
Image via Lauren Harel Photography
You can throw this dish together in 30 minutes and it's perfect when you crave creamy noodles. Kids love it, too. Sometimes we add a thumb-size piece of a fresh long hot pepper to the dressing for an extra kick.
8 oz. buckwheat soba noodles
1/3 c. creamy almond or cashew butter
1/4 c. Bragg Liquid Aminos
3 tbs. fresh lime juice
3 tbs. EVOO
2 tbs. sesame oil
1 1/2 tbs. raw honey
2 tsp. wasabi paste (found in the Asian market or Asian section of the grocery)
One 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
2-3 tbs. sesame seeds
Boil a large pot of salted water over high heat. Cook noodles until tender yet still firm, stirring occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes or follow directions on back of package. Rinse noodles in cold water. Drain and place in a serving bowl.
Combine nut butter, Braggs, lime juice, olive oil, sesame oil, honey, wasabi, and ginger in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour dressing over noodles and toss until coated. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve over arugula.
Image via Lauren
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