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LITHE-C! 29 Feb 2012

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Our newest smoothie is a gentle blend of delicate clementine, lime and warming cardamom.  I love it for breakfast and it's fantastic way to get your vitamin C without all the added sugar.  We added in flax seed for Omega 3, fiber and antioxidants.  Ingredients: clementine, lime, tofu, flax seed, cardamom  184 Calories, 5g Fat, 31g Carbs (6g Fiber), 9g Protein  Price:  $7.00

25 THINGS {BY SAYEH!} 29 Feb 2012


New-ish instructor Elizabeth Howe has bust onto the Lithe scene with the ease and confidence of a veteran instructor. Her cues keep our booties tucked and squeezed, our shoulders down, and our cores engaged. But what are some things we may not know about the natural Lither? Find out what Elizabeth is like when she is not motivating us everyday in the studio.
  1. I have a deep and abiding love for chocolate milk – which is somewhat problematic because I am lactose intolerant.
  2. I’m allergic to penicillin and all cephalosporins.  A doctor gave me too much when I was 9 and I almost died in Children’s’ Hospital (becoming lactose intolerant was a side effect).
  3. I majored in English and Fine Arts at Georgetown University.
  4. I have one brother, Michael, who is almost 12 years older than I am. He lives with his wife, Gina, and their daughter, Lola, in Los Angeles. I miss them all the time.
  5. Recently, my fiancé introduced me to pho, which is a Vietnamese soup, and now I want it all day, every day.
  6. Frequently, I have vividly realistic (and wonderful) dreams about endless shopping.
  7. Poor grammar, especially in writing, drives me nuts. I’ve been known to put down a book if it isn’t well written, and not feel “badly” (ugh!!!) at all.
  8. While British humor is my favorite, at times I can become a bit of a 5th grade boy, and giggle uncontrollably at very juvenile things.
  9. Although I’ve been to a few amazing places, I want to travel almost everywhere.
  10. I started swimming when I was 2 and a half and I still find myself pretending I’m a mermaid from time to time when I’m in the water…
  11. I love black and white photo booths. Some may find them corny, but print me out that quad of pics, baby! One frame has to be the requisite goofy shot.
  12. Frequently (when not in workout clothes for Lithe) people tell me I look like Whitney Port from the Hills and some other MTV shows. I used to work at a boutique, and one woman refused to come out of the dressing room to let me help fix her dress until I showed her my ID because she was convinced she would be filmed.
  13. I’m the only person on both sides of my immediate and extended family who doesn’t have to wear glasses. Somehow I escaped with utterly perfect vision.
  14. I cannot watch movies or shows in which animals are hurt. This includes animated films. I start crying uncontrollably.
  15. I always hate the way I look in photographs.
  16. If someone needs something, I usually have it in my bag. It’s a Mary Poppins type situation. Which leads me into...
  17. “Mary Poppins” was my favorite movie for years when I was little. I thought the lyrics to the song “Step in Time” were “steppy-dive” until my brother couldn’t take it anymore and corrected me.
  18. I love roller coasters - the faster, higher and loopier the better. I also want to go skydiving.
  19. I used to fall asleep in my brother’s bass drum.
  20. I am technologically impaired. Just recently, I learned what a # “hash tag” was…
  21. I find wrapping presents incredibly fun; there is a permanent “wrapping station” in our house- and I’m really into cloth ribbon.
  22. I got a perfect score on the verbal section of my SATs, and also on the SAT II in both English and Writing. The math section was a different story…
  23. The only perfume I ever wear is Hanae Mori. Once, during college, Sephora ran out of my old perfume and this one came in, so I got it and never looked back.
  24. When I was 10, we got a Soft Coated Wheaten and I was allowed to name him-- bad move! I chose the wonderful "Woody" after Woody Allen because my bro and his friends thought he was funny. I had no idea of the double entendre (or why my brother thought that name was hysterical)...
  25. Here it comes – I LOVE LITHE! I love it even more than I thought I could or would. I can’t imagine anything else like it, and I’m so lucky to be a part of something so unique and special.

Elizabeth, I may actually need ID too. I recently saw Whitney Port on something and took a double take, when I realized how much you two look alike. If your fiance looks anything like the dude she was dating when she first moved to the City, you’re in business lady! And ohhh the old mermaid swim--lock your legs together at the ankles, and flail around in the water like a dolphin? I know it too well. Thankfully, with your help, that’s where the flailing ends. You keep us all on point in the studio!

See you in class!

2011 Image of Lithe Instructor, Elizabeth Howe wearing Lithe's lithe's leather leggings via Dom



This past weekend was a dream.  Every other weekend, I have Saturday AND Sunday off which means no Lithe (well, kinda), no meetings, and no driving.  Just a lot of R & R and family time. On Saturday, Jordan and I made brunch, roasted root vegetables and drank St-Germain Mimosas.  Mars started to crawl and I must have taken a million photos.  I read magazines, caught up with some friends over email and then researched a bit for Lithe LA while it snowed. On Sunday, we headed down to Penn Treaty Park and then over to Yards for a beer and a bite.  

I seem so balanced, right?  Wrong!  I think that balance is so important yet such a struggle to achieve.  I don't always have weekends that are this relaxing and my weekdays can be absolutely insane.  Like, non-stop on the go, beat-me-up overwhelming at times.  After work I get home, relieve my sitter, feed, bathe and put Mars to bed and then eat dinner, work a bit and then collapse into bed.  I know so many of us are in the same boat.  How do some of you try to find your balance?  

Images of Lauren at home, Mars and food via Lauren's Canon EOS Rebel




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Image of Lithe Instructor Bari Rosenthal via Dominic Episcopo


ME ON MONDAY'S. 27 Feb 2012


So many of you ask me to blog more about myself.  Every Monday from this day forward I'll give you just that. Mommy-hood, Mars, dinners, travel and a peek into my crazy life.  First post will be next Monday!  

Image of Lauren Boggi Goldenberg via Dom



You’ve been requesting this one for a while and after much development I think that we got it right!  Lithe’s apple crumble tastes just like the all American classic, from the scrumptious filling to the flaky “crust.”  Don't be afraid of the fat - it's all healthy via almonds, chia seeds, coconut and coconut oil which will fill you up without weighing you down.  Great served hot but good cold, as well, this dish is fabulous as a snack, dessert or breakfast (add Greek yogurt for extra protein!). 

 Ingredients: apples, almonds, chia seeds, coconut, apricots, coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, arrowroot, lemon juice, salt  289 Calories, 17g Fat, 32g Carbs (9g Fiber), 7g Protein  Price:  $5.00




A little slice of heaven for your heart and your hips!  If you're a lasagna lover, you'll adore our healthy "cheat" version of the rich, calorie-laden original (usually around 1,000-2000 calories per slice!). 
Ingredients: zucchini, quinoa, vegetable broth, tomato sauce, spinach, marinara sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt  254 Calories, 8g Fat, 36g Carbs (5g Fiber), 12g Protein Price:  $9.00


Spaghetti and meatballs

Craving Spaghetti and Meatballs?  Try our super tasty low-cal vegan alternative to the good old Italian classic.  Our meat-free recipe is all veggie and really yummy! 

Ingredients: brown rice noodles, lentils, vegetable stock, corn meal, flax seeds, onion, tomato, basil, thyme, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt  486 Calories, 13g Fat, 73g Carbs (14g Fiber), 23g Protein  Price:  $8.00



Quinoa Quiche

Our newest quiche with greens and a quinoa crust for extra protein.   Ingredients: quinoa, eggs, broccoli, spinach, zucchini, scallions, feta cheese, vegan margarine, flaxseed meal, whole wheat flour, almond milk, nutritional yeast, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, pepper  219 Calories, 12g Fat, 18g Carbs (4g Fiber), 12g Protein  Price:  $6.00



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