You know Fall is right around the corner when Starbucks debuts their Pumpkin Spice Latte (today!). Honestly, I can't resist the combination of coffee, pumpkin and spice, but I try to stay away from the super sugary syrups when I visit my local coffee shop. Here's a delicious homemade recipe combining pumpkin, milk of your choice, fall spices and pure maple syrup. It's delicious, easy to make and healthy. For those of you who are looking for a grab-n-go option, Lithe Foods will soon be offering a Pumpkin Spice version of our much-loved Lithe Latte!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
(makes 2 cups)
1 cup almond, soy or regular milk, 1 cup hot brewed coffee, 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree,
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, a dash of cinnamon, 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or agave)
Combine all of the ingredients in your Vitamix or high-speed blender, and mix until smooth and frothy.
Image of Lauren via Jordan
Despite the chill that's arrived in the air in the morning, and the leaves which are already changing color outside of my window, I refuse to accept that summer is over. We still have a month left, and I need to squeeze every last drop out of it to steel myself against the coats and scarves I'll be wearing before too long. And there's nothing that's more summer on a plate than this simple salad, named after a city in Iran, that's almost more condiment than salad. You can eat it with a hard boiled egg in the morning for a simple, fresh breakfast. Put it on top of a bed of quinoa with chickpeas for a clean, filling lunch, or serve it alongside a cool, greek-style yogurt, basmati rice and chicken kabobs for dinner. Any which way, it will be a reminder that summer is still here and fall can wait.
2 large, ripe juicy tomatoes
4 small (or 3 medium) Persian cucumbers, or 1.5 English/hothouse cucumbers (don't go traditional, waxy cucumber here--it makes a major difference)
1 small-medium onion (any color works)
A generous splash of olive oil (2-3 tablespoons)
The juice of 2 limes
Dried mint (optional, but delish)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Dice the tomato, cucumber, and onion to a 1/2 inch dice. Top with olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and a generous sprinkle of dried mint and toss well. You can eat it straight away, but I find that it's better after some time in the fridge, left to cool, and for the flavors to really marry, and get into the salad.
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Are you an Herbigirl? Eating clean is about to become super easy and really enjoyable in October! You'll love our delicious and healthy superfood seasoning mix - All-purpose, antioxidant-rich and perfect for spicing up smoothies, water, veggies, salads, soups, and protein without all the fat and additives. Available on-line and in-studio.
Image of Lithe mix via Lauren
If you like kale chips give kelp chips a try! I used to buy seaweed snacks, but I found that it's so easy to DIY, or self-kelp at home.
In moderation, kelp is one of the healthiest foods available to us: It's low in calories, carbohydrates and fat, and high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which are important in muscle and bone growth. The sea veggie also provides zinc and selenium, and many other minerals and amino acids. Kelp also contains melatonin which enhances sleep.
Kelp contains Iodine and studies have shown that Iodine is the key to a healthy thyroid and metabolism. Iodine is more abundant in kelp than in almost any other plant or animal. Iodine is critical to thyroid function, protects us against radiation, prevents infection, and helps scavenge free radicals. The correlation between sea veggies and cancer rates are pretty interesting - Breast cancer rates are lower in Japan than in western countries, and this may be due to seaweed consumption.
Ingredients: mild Maine freshwater kelp, olive oil spray and salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, then spray paper with coconut or olive oil (I used foil just for looks). Tear or cut kelp into medium-sized strips, sprinkle with salt(optional) and place in oven for 15 minutes.
Images via Lauren
Need a re-boot right before Labor Day? Join us next weekend for three days of Lithe with Lauren specially designed to inspire confidence, reset eating habits, and transform your body (we're talking visible results!).
*Six hours of unique (new choreography!) Lithe with Lauren: 2 two-hour classes at Lithe Rittenhouse and 1 two-hour Lithe Escape workout on Saturday, August 23rd at 8AM at Lithe Beach (location will be announced):
Friday, August 22nd: RH Studio from 6-8PM
Saturday, August 23rd: Lithe Beach in Avalon, NJ from 8-10AM
Sunday, August 24th: RH Studio from 3-5:30PM
*Lithe Foods Detox Plan: 3 days of lean, local and seasonal meals & fresh, cold-pressed juice and smoothies.
*1 WKND Spirit Circle meeting on Sunday, August 24th at 5-5:30PM
*Lithe WKND Swag Bag with goodies from our sponsors
Pricing: $425 with Lithe Foods Meal Plan or $200 a la carte fitness only. Detox orders must be in by Tuesday, August 19th.
Reservations & Payment: Call 215-545-5144 to reserve your spot.
Transportation: Transportation is not included; Lithers are responsible for their own transportation to and from Avalon (we recommend carpooling!).
Image of Lithe Instructor Meg Grauzlis wearing FP Movement via Dom and food images via Lauren
Jordan and I have spent a lot of time cooking lately; I love that he's been trying to eat healthier. Here's some Eating Lithe inspiration for you: fresh lavender and basil from my friend Jess's urban garden wakes up my water, late summer seasonal fruit instead of chocolate, grilled scallops with leek puree, and my favorite - Dijon salmon with a light herb rub and grilled tomatoes.
Images via Lauren
My Mars is really into lollipops. Like, his love affair rivals my love for chocolate. Lollipops totally make his day but giving him sugar-laden treats everyday gives me anxiety. He's inspired me to create a better, healthier lollipop - Lithe Pops! Our natural, healthy lollipops are delish, made from our Lithe Foods cold-pressed juices, are free of HFCS, contain no artificial coloring, and are less than 75 calories per pop. Great for Lithers, kids, and anyone with a sweet tooth. Available in-studios and on-line in September.
Image of Mars enjoying a Greenie Lithe Pop via Lauren
Organic Girl's Five Happiness blend is delicious, more nutritious than spinach, and perfect for your Lithed Up Salad. Michi's Splice bra/bikini top is racer-back, comfortable, supportive, and moonlights as a regular bra/bikini top. I bought mine at the Bandier trunk show and got to meet the super sweet designer Michelle Watson. Haven't taken it off since. You don't have to choose just one fragrance with Le Labo Discovery Set. Santal 33 and Rose 31 are always in my purse. Miracle Skin Transformer is amazing. I shot for Prevention with just this product on my face (thank you, Dawn)! I'm living in this minimalist, yet big impact Kartell So K sandal. It elongates the leg without a heel and adapts well from shorts to dresses.
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