304 posts categorized " Eating Lithe "


Monday's Breakfast

Good morning and second week of our Fall Transformation!  Looking for something hearty and filling that will re-set and power you through your Monday?  This is my go-to dish pre-photoshoot or bikini. Protein-packed and nutrient-rich, Lauren's Beauty Breakfast is a nod to our Lithe Escape breakfast (subbing a kale variety for Caribbean callaloo):  1 egg, 2 egg whites, and 2 handfuls of fresh-picked kale sauteed in olive oil and Braggs Liquid Aminos.   

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8 WAYS TO FALL {2013 REPOST}! 16 Sep 2014

Squash Blossoms

Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons.  I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September/October is kind of like the new year.  It’s also just like heading back to school.  Like the ebb & flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives, a time to examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?). 

Come October, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create good, healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. 

Here are 8 ways to start making the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.

1.  Earlier to bed, later to rise.

There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add thirty minutes to your usual wake-up time and crash thirty minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest will go a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.

2. Nutrients in, garbage out.

Break a sweat everyday, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the Neti Pot, utilize aromatherapy and oils, brush your skin and drink more water.

3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton).

We take care of matching your Lithe schedules to the season (I’m currently creating two amazing new Fall Lithe workouts), but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity, length or frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing 2 times a day AND running, or if you’ve been in the studio 7 days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.

4. Breathe, sweat, shake & wrap it up!

The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice.  It not only works the core, but it releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins?  Wrap it up and sweat it out by taking our Wrap Star workouts:  Hot Legs, Cinch & Peeled!

5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet

Eat foods that are local and in season.  Enjoy your local farmers market, cook more, grab lean local and seasonal Lithe Foods, and go apple, pear and pumpkin picking with friends and family.  Try: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash and zucchini.

7. Build your practice

Fall is the perfect time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer?  Are you feeling less than motivated?  Sign up for our Fall Lithe Transformation Challenge (or do your own personal 9 day), focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit and see serious results.  Can't do the challenge or a 9 Day?  Sign up for 3 classes a week, 3 weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstance. 

8. Give thanks.

We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide and challenge us.  Always remember that the grass isn’t always greener, and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes, right now!

Image of Lauren via Jordan



FSTG ShiraziSalad

I love this time of the year.  It's football season AND late-summer produce is abundant and at its peak.  If you're celebrating game day and want to keep it healthy and Lithe, make this classic Israeli Salad.  It's light, refreshing, low in calories, dairy-free, and so delicious.  I've paired it with Food Should Taste Good® Multigrain Tortilla ChipsServes 8-10 people.  

•   1 lb Persian cucumbers, diced

•   1 lb fresh, ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced

•   2 bags of Food Should Taste Good® Multigrain Tortilla Chips

•   1/3 cup minced onion
•   Juice of 1 lemon

•   1/2 cup minced parsley

•   2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

•   Salt to taste

If you love this, check out Sayeh's Salad Shirazi recipe!

Image of Lauren via J. Zoyla

HAPPY WEEKEND! 12 Sep 2014


Hope your weekend is fresh!

Lucky Sorrel from The Chef's Garden via Lauren



Fuel your Lithe with two of your favorite reformulated Lithe Foods brunch items!  And, now that they're raw, they're better (and better for you) than ever!  Grab them this weekend in Philly & NYC.  Price: $6


Fall is almost here and everything will soon be anew – Including YOU!  This time we're kicking it up a notch.  Ready to be transformed with our six-week Fall Challenge?  The #LitheTransformation begins on Monday, September 15th. You're only 6 weeks away from your best you, pre-Halloween!

Sign up today through Sunday, September 14th.  We'll keep you super-motivated with daily emails, our weekly social media hashtag calendar, before and after Lither posts on the blog, recipes, and tips!

The Details:

• Participants must Sign Up. The Lithe Transformation runs for 6 weeks (42 days!): Monday, September 15th through Sunday, October 26th. Not in Philly?  Join in and show us how you're getting Lithe wherever you are! 

• The Fitness: Complete 35 Lithe workouts in 42 days. Two of the workouts must be outdoor (options: Hot-Stepper, Walk-Star, Dutch, & our new outdoor Step-Rally at the Art Museum!).  These outdoor options will appear on the schedule at some point by the end of next week.  One class must be restorative: Rare Form or Melt. 

Sexier in Six: We're challenging you to band together and do your own personal (or team) 25-30-minute Walk-Star 6 days a week.  We recommend walking early in the morning or during your lunch break. Ankle weights are not mandatory.

Eating Lithe: You'll receive a week 1 kick-off menu on Saturday which will inspire you to eat Lithe! We want you eating clean Monday-Friday. Eating Lithe Event: #EatingLithe BYO Picnic in the park: Rittenhouse Square October 11th @ 12PM!

Everyone Wins: Everyone who completes 35 classes in 42 days, and participates in 19 of the 19 hashtags (our hashtag calendar debuts on Monday) will win a ticket to Lithe Tour Philly!

• The Ultra Lithe Grand Prize:  We want to see your progress! Lithers who complete the calendar and share their before and after #LitheResults on social media using  #LitheResults on 10.26 will be entered into the Ultra Lithe bonus drawing: One free monthly unlimited membership!

Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Michi via Dom



I'm on a nine-day challenge, which means my diet is ultra clean and I'm kicking up the intensity in-studio and also taking my workout outside for an extra hour a day.  I've also been testing our Lithe Spice and came up with a fantastic breakfast lassi that also moonlights as a dessert. 

Indian thandai, literally translated as "something that cools," is a sweet, creamy milk drink flavored with nuts and mixed with rose petals, poppy seeds, and spices such as cardamom and fennel. On Holi, the Indian festival of colors, the refreshment is traditionally served with the addition of bhang (a derivative of marijuana). Here we've gone dairy, bhang, AND alcohol-free and used our Lithe Spice, which accentuates the nutty, warmly-spiced, floral flavors in the lassi perfectly.  

Ingredients: 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 can coconut milk, 1 large handful of cashews and 2-3 tablespoons Lithe Spice (sub in a pinch of cardamom, pinch of sea salt, fennel, poppy seeds, and edible rose petals or rose water).

To Do: Mix everything in high-speed blender until smooth.

Image of Lauren via Jordan



Best way to start your day!



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 we're talking maintenance:  

I’ll admit. Deep inside, I have definitely fallen victim to it. The crunch-time mentality. When you’ve eaten like a preteen for weeks and realize your friend's wedding, your vacation, your son’s bar mitzvah (had to throw that in there) is lurking around the corner and it's time to hit the gym and diet track HARD. Ya know - we all do it. Heck, in the diet and exercise world we analyze behavioral patterns and trends all day long. It tells us peaks and lulls in business. Here’s the thing though- it’s a slippery slope, this mentality and I’ll tell you why.

One of the biggest things we preach as (future) dietitians is maintenance. When a client comes in and says “I want to lose x pounds for x event,” heads always shake left to right. Setting a goal is great and encouraged, but the goal of that goal is to stretch it out as far as possible. Did you know that in most cases of successful weight loss the goal is 1 pound or less per week? Gradual weight reduction has been found to improve weight loss outcomes solely because the weight stays off. Think about it: the more time you take, the more you expose yourself to improvements in diet and exercise - the stronger you get. New changes turn into better habits and the easier it all becomes.  Once you lose the weight, shed the inches, and change the diet (the hardest part), remember the secret to success is ... maintenance.

While you pack away your swimsuits as fall approaches and start thinking that sweaters will blanket our bodies and we can "let go" - stop. Because it’s not about one short-term goal. It’s the long haul we’re worried about. So what happens if work gets crazy, the kids' schedules pick up, it's cold, it's raining, and on and on? What if you only get to 2-3 classes one week, or cook dinner once, or friends come in from out of town and you decide to take them to every one of your favorite spots to eat? IT'S OK! Some weeks are better than others. Our goal is to not let the bad ones derail us. We steer this train, Lithers!  Too overwhelmed to cook? Keep a tighter watch on takeout orders and portion sizes. Feel like an hour of a class is more than you can commit to today? Go for a walk, do some crunches and push-ups in your living room. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. WE define what throws our train off the tracks. The goal is to never give up on your health- it’s YOUR decision. Maintain, maintain. That’s the name of the game.

Image of Danielle Ingerman wearing Lithe via Dom



Happy Friday (and pre-fall), everyone!  Get excited. Our Fit Hip Friday giveaways are back post-summer! 

This week, we're giving away a variety of my favorite Food Should Taste Good® products and a $100 Visa gift card to one lucky reader!  For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what you're going to make!  One winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, so you have four days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

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