8 posts categorized " Fit Hip Healthy Kids "

LITHE POPS 12 Aug 2014

Mars eating a Greenie Pop

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

MAMA SAYS 29 Jul 2014

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Our next Lithe Mama is Simone Nadav. What makes her awesome? For starters, not even midnight nursing sessions can deter her from getting to classes first thing in the morning. 

Children: Bayla, 3.5 and Lev, 16 months

Tell us your Lithe story:  I was looking around for early morning classes for awhile and knew I didn't want to go to a gym. I Lithed here and there before I got pregnant with Bayla. About 7 months after she was born, I started going 4-5 times a week and continued up until I was 35 weeks pregnant with Lev. 

How do you fit it into your schedule? I always go to 6AM classes. Usually, I can sneak out while my children and husband are sleeping (unless I step on a creaky floorboard). And if I'm really lucky, they're still snoozing when I get back. Plus, I don't have to pay for a sitter. 

Sounds like you're hooked: Definitely. I've considered moving to the suburbs, but I think I would miss Lithe too much. And the 6AM students at Old City are a tight knit group. Many of us have been going for years. 

Anything that you did to really get your body in gear post-baby? The challenge this past October helped me lose that last five pounds. The sculpting classes helped build all the muscles I need to pick my babies up out of their cribs. I'm also a big believer in eating clean and I juice every day. 

So, chicken fingers aren't in the rotation at your house? Luckily, my kids eat whatever I eat. I cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for them. But ... I don't hesitate to eat sweets every now and again. 

Thanks, Simone!

MAMA SAYS 16 Jul 2014

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Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5 AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our new column, we'll shine a little light on the mamas that make it happen.

First up is Nicole Andreola, the South Philly mother of two.  

Kids: Nicholas, 2 and Rocco, 11 months
 
Tell us your Lithe story:  After having Nicholas, I needed someone to kick my butt. I heard about Lithe from my friend Colleen McNally - who is now an instructor - and decided to check it out when he was almost 1. Since then, I've been going strong for more than 2 years. I Lithed 5-6 times a week up until my second son's due date (with a 9 pound baby in my belly, no less).  I took a short break when he was born and was back in class about 5 weeks later. I watched my body snap into shape much more quickly after that pregnancy and attribute it to consistently Litheing. I was also much more accepting of my post-pregnancy shape this time around. 
 
How do you fit it into your schedule? The 7 and 8 PM classes are most convenient because my husband can take over after he gets home from work. When I first became a mom, I felt guilty about leaving my baby in order to exercise. Nowadays, I figure that my family has my attention 23 hours out of the day and Lithe is that one hour I have just to myself.  
 
Which Lithe workout has given you the stamina to run after two little boys all day? Well, it's probably a combination of all of them, but if I can get through Hipster after being on the go since 6 AM, I'm pretty proud of myself. 
 
How do you fit it into the budget? Though we're a one income family - I'm a stay-at-home mom - we figure out a way to make it work. Luckily, my husband realizes that I'm happiest when Lithe is in my life. And I always make the most out of my monthly pass. 
 
Clearly, you have a healthy diet, but which of your kids' foods can you not resist? I have a major sweet tooth, so the cupcakes and graham crackers are always tempting. Also, the cookie bar at Whole Foods is hard to pass up.
 
Lithe is where you go to blow off steam. Can you share any local spots where your children love to play? Herron Park sprayground, Seger Park, and the Please Touch Museum
 
Image of Nicole and family via Nicole

ME ON MONDAY (CHASING BUBBLES) 26 Mar 2014

  Bubbles

I think that some of the best activities to do with your kids are the simplest ones.  Mars and I love chasing bubbles.  It holds his interest, keeps him active and I adore blowing bubbles and watching him chase the big "bouncy balls" around the house for hours.  What about you guys?  What are some of your favorite simple indoor/outdoor activities that you do with your kids?

Images of Mars via Lauren 

ME ON MONDAY (MY APPLE). 27 Jun 2013

Mars Goldenberg

I'm currently planning Mars's 2nd birthday party (July 30th), and I can't believe that I've been a mom for almost two years.  Two years!  Mars is a full-blown TODDLER!  These past two years have been the fastest, most challenging, and satisfying years of my life.  Actually, I feel like I'm just now getting the hang of being a mom; I'm no longer on edge, nervously second guessing myself, or trying to get the hang of my role.  It finally feels really good.  I can honestly say that I truly love it now.

Up until about two months ago, I could visibly see that Mars resembled me, but I would always wonder what kind of person he would be.  Would he be a thinker?  Funny like Jordan?  A creative?  Intellectual?  An athlete?  Would he be like me?  Would all that movement (Lithe) in utero effect him and shape him at all? 

Now that Mars is quickly turning into a little boy with a BIG personality, I have to say that I know for sure that he is happiest when he is active.  He dances whenever he hears a beat (even a Harley Davidson's cadence when idling), he stretches whenever he has the opportunity, and he loves music.  Jordan recently captured this impromptu photo of him in front of Athleta on Walnut Street.  Mid-walk he stopped to check out the mannequins and went right into Downward Dog.  This picture really warms my heart.  I guess the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree...

Image of Mars via Jordan via Instagram

IN A PINCH! 17 Apr 2013

Pinch

Too busy to cook?  There's always time for a little something!  Try some of my "in a pinch" meals and sides that Jordan and Mars have been loving, too:  Lauren's Breakfast Melt (leftover turkey, Dayia cheese (or regular cheese), avocado and tomato on your choice of bread), Hasselback Baked Potato topped with parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese (or Dayia) and broccoli, and Pink grapefruit topped with coconut sugar. 

Images via LBG

ME ON MONDAY (CLOSE CALL!). 8 Apr 2013

 

On Sunday, Jordan, Mars and I spent hours walking all around Philly. I loved experiencing our city through the eyes of our 20 month old; everything felt so new and fresh.  Mars loved watching the skateboarders at Love Park (Philly, can we please just obtain a sponsor and make that a real skateboard park?), and he adored running through the water fountains and climbing the "mountain" in the Children's Discovery Garden at Sister Cities Park

Check out this video of Mars and watch him come *this close* to getting drenched.  He's so cute right now; he makes my heart melt!  Have you guys explored our city recently?  Do you remember what your favorite Philly spots were as a child?  If you haven't checked out our city lately you should; there are so many great places to explore.  

MARS'S WATERMELON BASIL SLUSHY. 25 Feb 2013

Watermelon

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

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