I love Blood Oranges. They're petite, sweet and high in Vitamin C. Unlike other citrus fruits, blood oranges contain anthocyanins, which is the same red flavonoid pigments that give blueberries their intense color and amazing antioxidant properties. This smoothie is so fresh and it tastes like spring to me. If you use 1/2 of a Lithe Foods cold pressed mojito, you'll also get the benefits (and the flavor) of coconut water, green tea, pineapple, mint, lime and ginger. Enjoy!
Lauren's Red is the New Orange Smoothie
makes 2 servings
1 blood orange, peeled
1/2 Lithe Foods Mojito (or 1 cup pineapple + 2 cups coconut water)
1 cup kale, chopped
Sweeten with a little bit of agave, honey, or coconut sugar simple syrup if you wish. Then, mix all of the above + ice in a high speed blender (Vitamix), until smooth.
Images via Lauren
Lauren's goal this week reminded me of something I'm trying to forget on this new journey to wedding dress wow time--the eating part matters. A lot. Like 80% matters as she always says. I've been doing pretty well at the going to classes part, but not so much on my diet. Last night, for instance, I ate a grilled chicken sandwich...smothered in ranch dressing and topped with bacon...and a side of fries. (What is it with fries? Why are they so good? Why is it impossible to be sick of French fries? Think of how many times in your life you've had french fries...and yet still ALWAYS want fries. What IS IT?)
Every week I tell myself I'm going to grocery shop and cook, and while I do that to an extent...I end up making pasta and breading chicken--less than healthy meals even if they are homecooked. They say that if you build the right pantry, then you can buy fresh ingredients throughout the week and whip up easy, delicious meals. What are the ingredients in this elusive pantry?? Why am I always feeling like I have NOTHING I need to cook any of the recipes I want to tackle?
And then the grocery store? HELP! Most people in the know say...go to the market and see what produce looks the most fresh and buy that. Don't go to the store telling yourself you'll buy salmon for some recipe you've predetermined you will cook. Instead, see what fish looks the most vibrant, and buy that. HELP! I have a mom that can sniff and squeeze her way through a store and get nothing but the best in her basket. She can look at a fish's eye (should be clear and shiny, not dull and dark) and tell how fresh it is. She can look at the color of meat in the butcher case and determine if it's at its best. Pas moi. I will wander around the produce section looking at things like fennel and celery root and think...should I buy that? And if you do this buy what's fresh thing...what do you do with all the random things you brought home? Somehow whip them all together into a delicious, healthy, nutritionally balanced meal? HELP!
Of course, I've decided that a Vita-Mix is the answer to all my problems. I imagine that I'll bring home all the things I never buy like chard and kale and beets (they're bulky and take a lot of prep) and put them into the Vita Mix and make delicious smoothies, soups and sauces and...other liquid forms of fruits and veggies for my consumption. But at 600+ bucks, that's a future investment and also clearly doesn't solve all my shopping and cooking woes.
But when I think about the time I looked and felt my best, it was when I was going to 5 classes a week and eating tons of Lithe foods. I was doing all my push ups on my toes and feeling strong and energetic from beginning to end of class. With my diet now, I can tell I'm dragging in class even though I'm over the hump of just getting back into the workout. No more denying it. It's time to clean up my act!
In addition to reading the blog and getting great ideas from Lauren's recipes, I'd love to know any tips, advice and tricks of the trade to shop and gather ingredients for making easy, tasty and healthy foods. Tall order, I know. There's a multi billion dollar business based on this very thing. But it can't really be this hard can it? I'm all ears.
In the meantime...see you in class! That much I can figure out.
Ready to learn how to Lithe this March? We have a brand new, early evening, 5:15PM Immersion beginning at Old City, and a few spots open in our Rittenhouse and Main Line Immersion courses!
Mondays & Wednesdays 8:15pm-9:15pm, beginning March 4th
Tuesday & Thursday 5:15pm, beginning March 5th
Tuesday & Thursday 8pm-9pm, beginning March 5th
If our three week Immersion course doesn't work for you, you can opt to take Lithe 101 classes. Call 215-545-5144 (Rittenhouse) or 215-625-4919 (Old City) or 484-416-3323 (Main Line)
Image of Lithe Instructor, Catherine Kiernan via Lauren
For all of you Fit Hip Healthy moms out there...
Mars loves watermelon. Like, he's totally head-over-heels in love with watermelon. It's way out of season, but I bend my "rules" and go to great lengths to find the most deliciously ripe melon for him. It's not always an easy find during the dead of winter here in Philly, so I started thinking of new ways for him to eat the less than favorable versions of his favorite warm-weather fruit. Bring on the Watermelon Basil Slushy!
Mars's Watermelon Basil Slushy Recipe
Ingredients: 2-3 cups of watermelon, 6-8 cubes of ice
, 2-3 tablespoons agave, honey or coconut simple sugar
, 3 basil leaves
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender (Vitamix) until smooth. Freeze in an ice tray for a more frozen, icy consistency and eat with the spoon, (or your hands) like Mars does in the images above.
Images of Mars at 19 months via Lauren
We all know that if you really want your body to work for you when you're Lithing, you need to feed it right-whether that's making the most of 2 classes a week, or building up to a marathon mileage of 4 to 7 classes per week.
This week, I challenge you to lighten up your breakfast or lunch and brown bag it a minimum of three times. Packing it up at home, or only eating truly healthy, non-processed grab-and-go foods will control your unhealthy fat and caloric intake. For instance, a "typical" takeout sandwich has about 200 calories worth of mayonnaise alone! Making that same sandwich at home with light mayo or no mayo will save 150 calories, at least. Let us know how it's going!
Image of healthy "takeout" Lithe Foods Delicata Detox Bowl via Lauren
This red beauty energizes and makes those High V's even sharper! Whether you're tired, hungover, jet-lagged, or under the weather, this vitamin C & beta carotene rich combo energizes, strengthens the heart, lungs and eliminates soreness post-Lithe. She's punch-y, but not too earthy (the beets just add a subtle sweetness).
Did you know that the month of February is National Hot Breakfast month? No matter what my schedule looks like, I never start my day without breakfast. Breakfast tells your body to stop the fast and get your motor running; gives you energy and gets your brain functioning. I usually down a green smoothie in the AM, but my top five heated breakfasts are protein pancakes (I'll share my recipe next week!), scrambled eggs, Irish oats, quinoa and millet. What's your favorite hot breakfast?
Image of Lithe's Morning Glory Millet via Lauren
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