337 posts categorized " Eating Lithe "



We all know Lauren as the brains (and the body) behind everything Lithe. From the constantly evolving classes, to the clean drinks she creates to compliment them, to the stylish, high performance gear she designs for us to wear during them (and out to dinner after we leave), she has carefully crafted an entire lifestyle for her clients. One that is without gimmick and that gains die-hard converts daily, because of one simple fact: it works. But aside from all of that (and that's a lot), one of the things I l love most about Lauren is the genuine joy she still gets when she watches how Lithe changes her clients' bodies and lives.

I'll never forget when I ran into her a couple of months after my initial Lithe Diving commitment. I had lost another 7 or 8 pounds and toned up quite a bit. She saw me, and just seemed overwhelmed by my results. She had this childlike delight and surprise – almost like she couldn't believe that it was she, herself who had created this thing that had worked so completely. It was a glimmer of something underneath that typically unwavering, fierce vision she has when it comes to Lithe – the almost preternatural confidence she has about what it can do for a woman who commits to it, and how much it will continue to grow. It was a brief flash of that side of her that still cries at every love letter and whose jaw still drops at every before and after picture and endless summer hashtag. The side that kind of still can't believe that her dream is coming true. This week, she brings us 25 NEW Things to share as she continues her constantly evolving journey to better herself, life, love, and Lithe. Like me, I'm sure you'll tip your hat at the screen a bit thinking about her skills, business acumen and the general bad-assery she's brought to our lives.

1. Being a mom has inspired me in so many ways. I'm working on two new projects for 2015 (one food and one fitness) that I think all the mom's out there will love! 

2. I can't believe that I'm saying this out loud ... I've been toying with the idea of possibly having another baby at some point. I've gone from never again, to maybe...

3. I'm developing two new incredible in-studio workouts for 2015 and even more content will be debuted online. For the many displaced Lithers who have been dying for VOD for all these years, we've heard your cries : )

4. I'm never idle. When you don't see me on the schedule, I'm where the business needs me: instructor training, working on my book, Lithe Foods, a project, or another aspect of the businessLithe is so much bigger than me and most days I go from 5AM to 12AM, just trying to chase it!

5. I don't have a favorite studio, but Rittenhouse is conveniently located two blocks away from my house, so to make my life easier, I prefer to teach there. Since having Mars, I've realized that my time is so incredibly valuable. I’ve really learned how to work smarter and not harder, as well as choose quality over quantity.

6. Teaching is my happy place. I'd always rather be teaching. 

7. I've been asked to be a ambassador/sponsor for many companies. I'm taking on my first one this year. The most important lesson I’ve learned when it comes to associating yourself with another brand is to be selective and to align yourself with something that you truly believe in. I believe that it's vital to work with companies that are harmonious with Lithe and myself. By being selective, I strengthen the connection with my fans as well as their confidence in me. At the end of the day, it’s really about authenticity and staying true to yourself and your brand.

8. Lithe is such a small business. We are a team of approximately 50 (and only three studios), but our brand is so much bigger than the business itself. I giggle at some of the things that I hear. Sometimes people assume we have "issues" because it takes us time to install mirrors, for example. It all boils down to being a small business. At our core, we are a workout. We're not a large company (yet!).  

9. At this point in my career, I feel like I have an MBA. I learned it all through experience and that is priceless.

10. When I opened our first studio in 2005, there were no boutique fitness options in Philly. I feel like Lithe (and Lithers!) are the pride of Philadelphia. In my opinion, the rise of the local fitness scene was due to Lithe. We put Philly on the map. The big box fitness brands wouldn't be here if we hadn't built and proved the market. I've enjoyed watching Philly grow and reach its full potential!  

11. Lithe is absolutely amazing. We're working towards a goal and every six months we're stronger and more united. Our current manangement team is phenomenal and I pinch myself every day. I work with such talented, hard-working people.  

12. Pepsi recently asked me what my proudest (business) moment has been so far. Honestly, it has to be having THREE men on the Lithe team. I couldn't be more proud of that and the direction that we're moving in.  

13. I'm striving for Lithe to make it on one of the best places to work list, and someday that will happen. Over the past year and a half we've completely changed our culture. I don't believe in your typical workplace seniority. A very smart business man taught me about the importance of horizontal organization charts.

14. Eventually, I will cut back to only one studio in Philadelphia. I look forward to shifting my focus and scaling the business in a different way.  I'm an entrepreneur at heart. 

15. When it comes to my leadership style, I'm a big believer in hiring great people, and then getting the hell out of their way. 

16. Don't believe everything you think and don't worry about what other people think.

17. Fit.Hip.Healthy turned seven this year! Because I have so many hats to wear, many aspiring bloggers want to know how I continue to blog and support each facet of my business effectively. It all boils down to time management and your team. I changed the type of staff I've had a lot over the past several years. I started with interns during the early days of 2008. Then, I worked with freelance contributors. Then, last year, I decided to go back to blogging by myself and now I only have a few Lithe-specific contributors posting on occasion. I feel like I've found the perfect balance that works best for me. 

18. Progress is impossible without change. So many people are afraid of change and become caught up in failure. Do not worry about failing. Its your failures that inspire you to go out and do something better. Missed opportunities open doors to better opportunities and help you recognize how you can improve in preparation for them.

19. I hate excuses. Our 6AMers have inspired me so much over the years. There's always a way to get your workout in!  When I find myself in a bit of a fitness slump, I realize that the best way to get back on the horse is to stop making excuses. When it comes to working out, we all set our own limitations. The truth of the matter is that if something is a priority, you will make time for it.  

20. Confidence is the key to happiness. Embrace your thighs and measure yourself in strength, not pounds. Allow yourself to be the best version of the person you really are!  

21. Working with 45+ females (and over 1,000 female Lithers) is fascinating. There are so many different personalities to manage and some women tend to be negative and gossip instead of support each other. When I catch wind of something negative that's happening in-studio, it changes the way that I think about that person. This quote has really stuck with me: If those words appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?

22. I still cry over every love letter that I receive.   

23. Yes, send us your before-and-after photos! I never tire of seeing Lithers' progress and results. It totally makes my day and makes me realize why I do what I'm doing. It's a true light bulb moment every time!

24. I'm an eternal cheerleader and I believe that everyone needs one. Whenever I'm overtired or just not feeling 100 percent, I pump myself up by watching this clip of USC's Sandstorm, and then I head out to face the world. Channel your alma mater!  I swear it works. 

25. I highly recommend having a fierce vision when it comes to yourself. There's nothing wrong with being a little egotistical! The best project you'll ever work on is you – the trickle down effect is profound. 

Image of Lauren for Prevention Mag Michi NY, Lithe & Norma Kamali via Dom





At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next up in our 13-week series is The Cheerleader, which is made with Lithe's Pom Pom Punch and AITA's Sage liquor


Lithe's Pom Pom Punch is a cold-pressed juice made from carrot, apple, beets, pineapple, orange, and lime. Our 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 and beta carotene-rich combo energizes, strengthens the heart and lungs, and eliminates soreness post-Lithe. It's punch-y, but not too earthy (the beets just add a subtle sweetness).  

AITA's Sage is a refreshing “garden gin” with an intoxicating aroma and woodsy, herbaceous flavor. Instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and sage, it's delicious in both savory and sweet cocktails. Together, these two make the perfect blend. The club soda cuts the sweetness of the Pom Pom Punch and the lime adds a hint of tartness. 

Yield: 1 serving



2 oz. Sage liquor

4 oz. Pom Pom Punch

1 oz. club soda

1/2 oz. lime juice


Lime wedge to garnish



Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in Pom Pom Punch, Sage, club soda, and lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.



Image via Chaucee





Avocado toast is so simple and SO delicious. My first avocado toast ever was served on freshly baked bread with lime, salt, and a dash of curry in Oracabessa, Jamaica. All avocado toasts since have been delicious, but I've never forgotten my first. This one comes pretty close ...

Lithe Spice Avocado Toast
Serves 1


    •    1 slice of bread of your choice: Ezekiel, whole wheat, sourdough, or rye
    •    1/2 ripe avocado
    •    Flaky salt
    •    Drizzle of olive oil (optional)
    •    Black pepper and Lithe Spice No.1


Toast bread, and then scoop avocado into a bowl. Mix in salt, pepper, and Lithe Spice No.1. Spread onto bread. Enjoy!

Image via Lauren

PICKLING 8 Dec 2014


I love pickles. Especially cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers. Pickling is one of those magical preservation methods that not only extends a food's shelf life, but also takes its flavor profile to delicious places. It's high pickling season right now, so pull out those Ball jars and get to work! 

Main Line Lither, AnneMarie C. and I were talking pickling and she shared her secrets (and this all-purpose pickling recipe!) with me. She said that heartier, denser fall vegetables (think carrots, beets, and cauliflower) really perk up with the acidity, while still maintaining good texture. Give it a try! 

AnneMarie's all-purpose pickling liquid


  • 1 cup vinegar (white vinegar or Bragg's apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbs. coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp. black peppercorns (you can up this to 1 Tbs. or add 1/2 Tbs. red pepper flakes if you like more heat)
  • 1 bay leaf

Note: many good spice purveyors also sell pre-mixed pickling spices.


  • Bring all ingredients to a boil.
  • Place 3 cups prepared vegetables (see below for suggestions) in a heatproof bowl or jar.
  • Pour liquid over vegetables, just enough to cover (you want to choose the smallest container that will fit your veggies, and pack them closely).
  • Let cool to room temperature.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

You can store pickled veggies in the fridge for up to a week.

Vegetable suggestions:

  • 1 large carrot, sliced into coins, 1 cup small cauliflower florets, 1 thinly sliced fennel bulb (use a mandolin on the 2 millimeter setting).
  • 1-1/2 lb. beets, roasted, de-skinned, and cut into wedges, combined with 1 thinly sliced red onion (use a mandolin on the 2 millimeter setting).
  • 1 carrot, sliced into coins, 1 thinly sliced onion, and 2 jalapenos, sliced into rounds (once pickled, this can be chopped into a great salsa)

Image via Lottie & Doof



As we all recover from delicious cream and butter comas, it can feel like a challenge to get back to some semblance of healthy eating between the holiday parties and family celebrations on the horizon. That's why keeping it simple is key! This week, I share the salmon recipe that was my first baby step away from couch surfing and chip-dipping, and got me back into the swing of making good food choices. Whether or not you have your diet game together, this is an easy, yet boldly flavored dish to add to your repertoire.

Baby Steps Salmon

Serves 4


  • Four fresh salmon filets (choose fish that has a vibrant color rather than a milky, muted one and avoid the tail piece, so all filets cook evenly) 
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate molasses (you can use a thick, syrupy balsamic and reduce the amount to a 1/4 cup, although the flavor profile is very different)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (you can adjust this to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (also adjustable)
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • Place salmon filets in a large Ziploc bag with marinade ingredients and refrigerate for at least three hours. (If you do this in the morning, it will be full of flavor by dinnertime).
  • Once you are done marinating, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Gently remove filets from the bag, and place them skin-side down in a baking pan or glass baking dish and cover evenly with the rest of the marinade from the bag.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the fish is opaque.

I served mine atop lightly sauteed French green beans, but it would also be delicious with couscous, a hearty lacinato kale salad, or fluffy brown rice (this is my favorite recipe for preparing it perfectly every time).

Hope you enjoy and see you in class!


BONE BROTH 1 Dec 2014


Ah, chicken feet - gross and disturbing - make for the most delicious stock that is also a great beauty secret. Made of connective tissue: tendons, bone and cartilage, chicken feet create a rich golden broth that’s high in rare nutrients: glucosamine, collagen, trace minerals and calcium. Great for hair, skin, nails, joints, and GI health.

Yesterday morning, I pulled out a bag of cleaned and prepped GMO chicken feet from Reading Terminal Market and as I dumped the feet into my crock pot, I (along with everyone in my house and on my Instagram feed) freaked out a bit.  

Where can you find chicken feet? Ethnic and farmers markets usually carry them. If purchasing your chicken feet at a market, they will usually run you $1 – $2 per pound; however, if you purchase your whole chickens straight from the farm they will often throw the chicken feet in the bag at your request.  

What you will need:

  • Slow Cooker
  • 1 package chicken feet (about 6-8)
  • Filtered water
  • 1 lemon (leaches the minerals out of the bones and veggies into the water)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp Lithe Spice No.1
  • 1 tbsp sea salt


  • Place chicken feet into crock pot
  • Cover with filtered water until feet are submerged
  • Add remaining ingredients
  • Turn crock pot to high until it begins to bubble, then turn down to low and let it cook overnight
  • Allow broth to cook for 24 hours or longer
  • Skim off any scum that forms on top
  • Strain feet and veggies from broth using a metal strainer
  • Place in fridge or freezer

Bone broth image (plates via Anthropologie) via Lauren


You've been asking for a healthy, grab n' go, Lithe-centric "liquid detox" and we're delivering, post-Thanksgiving!  Lithe Foods are, by design, cleansing & detoxifying, especially our cold-pressed juices, smoothies and our raw, whole food Lithe Bar. Combining them together for a day or two is great for resetting eating patterns.  
I've always said that our workout truly demands more than juice. So, while I don't think that cleanses should be an every day part of healthy, Lithe-friendly eating, I have personally benefited from a day of all (or nearly all) liquids - though, the liquids I choose are more nutritionally varied and dense than just juice. 
Want to give it a try? Purchase on-line (please be patient with link loading!) on Monday 12AM - 11:59PM. Your Liquid Lithe will be available for pickup in-studio on Monday morning, December 8th. We can guarantee product freshness until EOD, Wednesday, December 10th.
Liquid Lithe:
 #1 ("breakfast"): Greenest Smoothie
#2 ("morning boost"): Smile Sparkle Shine
#3 ("lunch"): The Vert
#4 ("afternoon boost"): Lithe Spicy Lemonade + Lithe Bar
#5 ("dinner"): Pom Pom Punch
#6 ("dessert"): Cashew Milk
Baseline Nutrition = 1,480 Calories, 34g Fat, 150g Carbs (28g Fiber), 18g Protein







Chlorophyll Water: Get ready to up your glow factor!  High in antioxidants, chlorophyll regenerates the body by restoring and replenishing red blood cells, therefore increasing oxygen in the body. Perfect post-Lithe or first thing in the AM. Price: $3


Cashew Milk: Our super delicious, high protein, healthy fat, and low-glycemic nut milk is packed with soluble dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals. Ingredients: cashew, water, cinnamon, vanilla extract, himalayan sea salt, coconut nectar  Price: $10


Lithe Spicy Lemonade: Our Lithed-Up lemonade is spicy, hydrating, immunity-boosting, and restores your body's healthy alkaline balance.  Ingredients: lemon, coconut nectar, cayenne, filtered water  Price: $8


Greenest Smoothie: It's our Greenie in a smoothie, baby. Sweet, Pineapple-y, rich in vitamin C and packed with bromelain which aids in digestion and also prevents swelling. Ingredients: pineapple, ginger, kale, spinach, apple, lemon  Price: $8


The Vert: It's not green tea... it's a deep, yet light, power-packed raw juice blend that will get you going – and we mean it!  Ingredients: cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger  Price: $8


Winter Recovery Smoothie: Cranberries offer immune support, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits, are rich in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Ingredients: cranberries, orange, pear, shaved coconut This 2013 favorite is based off the much loved Winter Holiday Smoothie  Price: $8


Bikini Kale Salad: The original Lithed-Up Salad! Our delicious, nutty and extremely low calorie & fat dressing provides 18 amino acids, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Nutritional yeast is a popular choice for vegetarians and vegans because it is a perfect alternative to animal-based protein. One ounce of this yeast contains 14 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and is only 79 calories.  Ingredients: kale, cherry tomato, shallots, lemon juice, EVOO, nutritional yeast, tahini, tamari, water, salt & pepper Price: $8.50


Curried Cauliflower Salad: This hearty, low-carb, protein-packed vegan roasted salad is warm, earthy and filling. Some of the best vegetables for detoxifying and rejuvenating the body are cruciferous ones like cauliflower, which is chock full of phytonutrients, minerals, and antioxidants. Curry powder contains turmeric, a spice known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and digestion improving properties. Ingredients:  cauliflower, raisins, cucumber, curry powder, harissa, cashews, EVOO, lemon juice  Price: $6.50


Lithe Bowl - Bibimbap:  Our raw version of the classic Korean dish filled with crisp Asian veggies and spicy dressing. We recommend pouring the dressing on the salad, and shaking it up! Ingredients: brown sushi rice, radish, carrot, cabbage, broccoli, mung bean sprout, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, mirin, nori  Price: $10


Zuc-Quinoa Lasagna:  The cult favorite is back!  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!). Our Lithed Up version is only 254 Calories, 8g Fat, 36g Carbs (5g Fiber), 12g Protein Ingredients:  zucchini, quinoa, tomato, spinach, vegetable stock, ricotta, mozzarella, EVOO, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt & pepper  Price:  $10





Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is debunking common food and nutrition myths by giving you facts about sugar, fat—even comfort food — and more, so you can feel good about diggin' the foods that you love.  Danielle is studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions.  Her favorite class is Micronutrient Metabolism, and she's currently interning at CHOP and at a private practice in Trenton, NJ.  I'm thrilled that she's shedding some fresh and passionate "Eating Lithe" insight here on Fit.Hip.Healthy!  Today she's talking post-holiday self-care...


It’s the time of year all of us look forward to, the holiday season. Finally we get to put our busy B.S. aside for a moment, spend some time with family (hopefully more pros than cons there), see friends from out of town, and relax a bit. For me and many others, most of those special events revolve around one thing … food. A lot of us look forward to holiday traditions centering around meals and there’s no reason not to. Most of our favorite foods evolve from a feeling, a memory, some emotion that brings us to a place of comfort and happiness. More than what we “crave” our minds take us to an emotional place each time we reach for one of our favorite treats. What I hear a lot and what is expected in the field of dietetics, is that most people use these occasions as cheats. I’m all for holiday gluttony, I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t admit to it, but what I’ve learned to manage over the years is the post-gluttony guilt.


I’ve previously written about how we can be so hard on ourselves when we are trying to clean up our lifestyle, that any bump in the road makes us throw our hands in the air and say we “give up.” I hear women that have lost 50 to 100 pounds come into offices where I work and say after the holiday one thing led to another and they gave up. But then they step on the scale and have only gained 5 pounds. We are SO much harder on ourselves than we even realize. We quickly throw away all of the progress we’ve made based on what we view as a couple of hiccups in our path to wellness. As a future dietitian I am required to say that there ARE tips for avoiding total blackout eating at these times, such as not going into meals hungry, focusing on filling your plate with greens, focusing on the protein, putting your fork down between bites, etc. However, as a food lover and enthusiast, I think I’d like to focus more on the food forgiveness in the holiday aftermath. Enjoy yourself, your holidays, your family and friends. When the workweek hits, get back to your fit.hip.healthy. We are human, not robots, sometimes we really need this time, so take it. Just remember to always take care of yourself and your body. We’ve only got one!


Happy holidays to my Lithe family!


Lithe Instructor Danielle Ingerman via Dom





Lithe's Black Friday sale opens tonight at midnight and closes on Monday at 11:59PM!  Our 5 class pack, Monthly (1-A-Day) Unlimited, Annual Membership, & Lithe Foods 3-Day Meal Plan specials make the perfect gift!

5 Class Card  $100  $65 
(that's like, $13/class)
Monthly (1-A-Day) Membership $210  $165
(That's like, $5.50/class if you attend everyday)
Annual Membership  $2,200  $1,999
(That's like, saving $521/year if you're a monthly member)
Lithe Foods 3 Day Meal Plan $225 $203
(Eating Lithe made easy. Kick-off with us on Monday January, 5th!)

To purchase, go to our on-line store and choose Black Friday 5 Class Card, Black Friday Monthly Membership, Black Friday Annual Membership & Lithe Foods 3 Day Detox.

*One per customer. 5 class cards expire on 12/31/14. Limited quantities of the Annual Membership available. May not be combined with any other discount or promotion. All Lithe Foods questions should be directed to lithefoods@lithemethod.com

Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Michi NY via Dom

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