358 posts categorized " Eating Lithe "

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 28 Jan 2015

Fridge

Our sprout salad is a meal!  Protein-packed, filling, and good for your beauty and your booty. Alfalfa slows down the aging process which enables you to maintain your youthful looks longer, and stay energetic and healthy as you mature over time.

NEW SITE! 27 Jan 2015

New Lithe Site

Here's a little corner peek at our new site that is about to go live in the next few days! 

ANNETTE'S LITHE INSIDE CHALLENGE (1/2 WAY POINT)! 27 Jan 2015

Annette's Lithe Inside Challenge!

So, I just passed the halfway point in my challenge to my 40th birthday.  I'm 22 days in.  Since January 1st, I have taken 25 classes, taught 25 classes, and trained to teach three more. My body is a bit fatigued, but overall I feel great. 

I'm amazed by the reserve of untapped strength we all possess. I see it in class when in the last 10 minutes, I challenge Lithers to give it their all, and they dig deep and do. That has been something I hold onto when I am taking class and thinking, "I probably could do 10 more plyos, I just don't want to."
 
I'm doing my best to pick sculpting classes that target different body parts to allow some recovery time, and since I have been teaching a lot of cardio this month, I've been lightening up on those in my own schedule. If you've ever taken one of my classes then you know it's really hard for me to stay on the platform and just watch. I love being down on the floor, sharing the energy and spirit. I definitely bounce around and get my heart rate going. So all of this has been a great lesson in listening to my body, feeling what it's telling me, and trying to adapt as needed.  
 
I've been surprised by how my body is physically responding to all of the training. It was exciting when we got down on our side in Endvy to do clams and I felt the strength in my back as I lifted up through my shoulders and ribcage. It was enlightening when I thought I was going to have an easy time in Floored, and then my muscles started to shake like crazy with every leg lift. It was humbling when I got to the end of Skinny Jeans and my thighs and glutes were burning so bad from the fold-over work that I had to come up for a break. But, it's also rewarding on the days when I make it through one class and realize I just might have enough reserve to push to take another that day. Each day is very different, with its own successes and challenges, and I am muddling through the best I can, looking for the little victories in each.  
 
I am the first to admit that my numbers might be a bit excessive. It just worked out for me that the beginning of the year is a quiet time for me in regards to acting work. I also suffer from the cold weather blues and don't do too well with excessive down-time. I have been focusing my energy on keeping my endorphins pumping.  
 
As for food, it hasn't been nearly as bad as I imagined. Yes, I miss my wine. That is a given. :)  But I'm not too much of a carb craver, so cutting back on the refined carbs wasn't too hard. I have however been eating A LOT, and I mean A LOT, of fruit to satisfy my sweets craving, which has been the toughest for me.
 
I've had two cheat days since I began. The first was New Year's Day as it was the first day of the challenge and I was out of town staying at a friend's house. I didn't plan far enough ahead. I did bring ingredients to make Lithe breakfast quinoa. But, as morning slipped into a lazy afternoon, and then into early evening, my host made us a lovely dinner. It was pretty healthy, but I can't say it satisfied all of the restrictions of the challenge. My other cheat came this weekend while I was at a funeral. Sitting around the table with loved ones, sharing stories and laughs, I realized life is too short not to partake in some of its sweetness (and the four cakes people had baked) every once in a while.
 
It has been easier than I thought to go out to dinner. Most places have a grilled fish or salad which is genuinely tasty with just a little cold-pressed olive oil and lemon.
 
My weight hasn't changed at all which wasn't a goal one way or another. I notice my arms becoming more cut, but my abs aren't necessarily responding the way I anticipated, making me think it's time to reevaluate a little bit and kick it up just a notch for the second half. Maybe subbing a yellow pepper for a mango or snow peas for pears.
 
I realize at this point that it's the little steps and the small changes that are going translate into maintained behavior. I have a 21-year-old California cabernet sitting in my basement waiting for midnight on the 9th. And I am dying for a slice of pizza from anywhere at this point. These things will definitely come back into my life. But I also can see moderation is easier than I thought, and allowing yourself that little bit of grace on the days you need it will do your heart and soul a world of good.  
 
I learned to appreciate modifications! Don't be afraid to modify in class. Right now, you might see me flat-footed at the barre or on my quads for push-ups. But also, find the day you're feeling strong to try and start that ab work on the mat with 5 lbs. You can always drop down to 3 lbs. after the first set if you need to, but at least you got that one set in. And trust me, next time you just might make it through the second set.
 
So much for keeping this short, but I have to say, the best part of the entire challenge has been the Lithe community. Everyone has been so supportive which really means so much. That encouragement has pushed me through the shake and burn to finish each class. I LOVE hearing about everyone's personal challenges that they have taken up in the new year as well. Some of my favorites have been, "I stopped after just one Girl Scout Cookie!" (Seriously WHO can do that with Thin Mints?) Or, "This is only my second class since the new year, but I'm here!" It's everyone's determination and passion that keeps me going strong. Thank you all for your inspiration! It is a gift!!!!
 
As you hear me say in class, "We're already halfway there. It's just a little muscle fatigue. You are SO MUCH stronger then you realize! Keep going!"
 
Annette's "before" image via Lauren

POST-BLIZZARD LIQUID LITHE! 26 Jan 2015

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Snow day fun day? Order our cold-pressed juice ahead of time and beat the rush! We're banding together with a group Liquid Lithe with two pick-up options: Order by Tuesday, 1/27 @12PM for Thursday, 1.29 pickup, or order by Saturday, 1.31 @12PM for Tuesday, 2.3 pickup.  

Lithe Foods are cleansing and detoxifying by design. Especially our cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and raw whole food Lithe Bar. Combine them for a day or two to re-set eating patterns.  
 
I always say that our workout truly demands more than juice. So, while I don't think that cleanses should be an everyday 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 online (please be patient with link loading!)
 
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"): Bunny Detox
#6 ("dessert"): Cashew Milk
 
Baseline Nutrition = 1,480 Calories, 34g Fat, 150g Carbs (28g Fiber), 18g Protein

 

MARKET QUINOA SALAD 26 Jan 2015

Quinoa

This is a re-post from 2012, but it's a great Lithe Inside staple.  Right now I love it with roasted veggies.

My sister-in-law, Laurie G is the queen of quinoa.  She inspired me to make this lean, local and seasonal dish above.  It's my latest, "Make a big batch recipe on a Sunday and it lasts until Wednesday" dish.  Mars loves it too. 

Cook and cool your quinoa and chicken.  Then, mix in whatever you have in your CSA that particular week or what you can find in-season at your local farmers market.  Right now I'm loving (above):  quinoa, boiled chicken (I boil mine in low sodium, organic chicken broth), tomato, artichoke, avocado and cilantro.  Top with a little salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil.  Satisfying, filling, lean and so good! 

Images via Lauren

HEAVEN & EARTHY SKINNY HEATHEN 23 Jan 2015

Heaven

 

TGIF! At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Next up in our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits is the super decadent Heaven & Earthy, which is made with Lithe's Cashew Milk and AITA's Root Liquor.

ATIA has recreated a organic, pre-temperance, alcoholic Root Tea. An herbal remedy made with sassafras, sarsaparilla, birch bark and other wild roots and herbs.  It's interesting and earthy, but it's not Root Beer flavored vodka or a sickly sweet liqueur. 

Lithe's Cashew milk is our delicious, high in protein & healthy fat, low-glycemic nut milk packed with soluble dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals. With the perfect amount of sweetness and spice from cinnamon, vanilla, himalayan sea salt and coconut nectar, it pairs perfectly with Root!  I like to think of it as a healthy, low sugar, protein-packed White Russian!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Root liquor
  • 4 oz. Cashew Milk
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg
  • Ice

 

Directions

  • Add ROOT to a large tumbler or hurricane glass filled with ice. Fill almost to the top with Cashew Milk. Top with freshly shaved nutmeg or cinnamon.



Yield: 1 serving

Image via Chaucee

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 16 Jan 2015

 

Matcha

Ready to power your practice?  We're thrilled to introduce our matcha latte!  It's so good, and so green.  Unlike steeped tea, matcha is made by grinding the entire tea leaf into a powder. Because you consume the whole leaf, it has approximately 10x more nutrients than regular green tea and a high concentration antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber.We, of course, love it because it's so delicious (and filling) blended with cashew milk and chlorophyll.

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 12 Jan 2015

Fridge

LITHE MUSELI & GOJI BERRY MILK 11 Jan 2015

Museli

I've been traveling a lot, so my challenge has become how to create a super-healthy breakfast that can be easily packed into a carry-on and eaten on the road (in the car, on a plane, in the airport, or even in a hotel room) that is both delicious and nutrient-packed, so that I feel energized for the long day ahead.

You guys already know how to make the original, so give this decadent superfoods recipe a shot. It contains a ton of nutrients and fits perfectly in a Ziploc bag or your travel cooler bag. And, now that you're comfortable making almond milk, you can easily learn how to make goji berry milk! 

  • Lithe Museli Ingredients
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. cacao nibs
  • 1/2 c. raw cashews
  • 1/4 c. goji berries
  • 1-2 tbsp. raw honey

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  • Spread oats onto a large baking sheet.
  • Once oven is warm, place oats in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until slightly toasted. 
  • While oats are toasting, chop the raisins into small bite-sized pieces. 
  • Once oats are toasted, place them in a large bowl, and then add all other ingredients except honey.
  • Mix thoroughly and store in a container. 
  • When you are ready to eat it, add muesli to goji berry milk, and drizzle with raw honey.

Goji Berry Milk Ingredients  

  • 4 c. filtered water
  • 1 c. raw almonds
  • 1/2 c. goji berries
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cheesecloth or nut milk bag

Directions  

  • Soak almonds in a bowl of water overnight (soaking allows nuts to soften and sprout which is easier on the digestive system).
  • The next day, strain/rinse almonds.
  • Add nuts and goji berries to your Vitamix or high-powered blender along with water. Blend for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Place nut milk bag or cheesecloth in a medium-sized bowl, pour milk into cheesecloth, and squeeze the bag to release the liquid “milk."
  • Once the almond meal inside the bag is dry, pour the liquid back into blender and add the sweetener of your choice. Blend for 30 seconds. The milk will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Goji berries (lycium barbarum) are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They are a member of the nightshade family (solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well. Although they have only been introduced in Western countries in recent years, gojis have been used for thousands of years both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.

Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the goji is a nutritional powerhouse.

This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal compounds. Its powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.

Image via Lauren

BANANA MAPLE CINNAMON OATS 11 Jan 2015

Oats

Lithe inside? Here's a perfect weekend breakfast recipe! This is a warm, filling, wholesome breakfast featuring maple syrup, banana, and cinnamon. It’s easy to make ahead of time and reheat on busy mornings. I know some of you are thinking ... rolled oats!?  Sure, you can always soak and make the healthier steel cut variety, but for those of you who are looking for an "instant" healthy (and minimally processed) breakfast, it doesn't get any easier than this and it only takes 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Bob's Red Mill rolled oats 
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup

 

Directions

  • Prepare oatmeal as directed. Add salt. 
  • Slice banana, sprinkle on cinnamon and maple syrup, and then divide among two bowls. 
  • Serve with almond milk and more cinnamon if desired.

 Enjoy!  

Image via Lauren

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