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LITHED-UP COBB SALAD 12 Feb 2016

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Cobb salads are a great way to get all your healthy fats, proteins and greens in one bowl.  A restaurant cobb salad may seem healthy, but it's typically a total calorie bomb. Loaded with large portions of bacon, blue cheese and fatty dressing, you can easily eat half your recommended calories for the day in one sitting. All those ingredients are the things that make a cobb salad delicious, so don't worry that this Ultra Lithe recipe that won't taste anything like the original. This healthier version weighs in under 350 calories, and still a classic cobb.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach, chopped

1 egg, hard-boiled

1 strip of turkey bacon

6 grape tomatoes, chopped

1/4 avocado, cubed

4 oz chopped cooked chicken breast

40 calorie Ultra Lithe blue cheese dressing (recipe below)

Directions:  Hard-boil egg and cook bacon according to the package.  Chop all ingredients and toss together over your bed of spinach.  

 

40 Calorie Ultra-Lithe Blue Cheese Dressing

1/2 cup Siggi's plain yogurt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles

Directions:  Mix all ingredients and then allow dressing to sit in fridge for 10 minutes so that the flavors meld together. 

WINTER BEAUTY SOUP 10 Feb 2016

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This winter parsnip and apple soup warms our bones, keeps our bellies flat, and burns fat. Bisque is one of those red flag foods that you should stay away from if you're eating Lithe, right? But not all bisques are created equal. Our raw soup is organic, creamy, healthy, less than 100 calories, and 100 percent plant-based. And with 3 grams of soluble fiber per serving, it's rich, filling, gluten and dairy-free, and fantastic hot or cold. The real star is the parsnip, which provides a high level of vitamin C (vitamin C is a must for building and maintaining collagen) and vitamin A (which is also a vital nutrient for healthy skin and hair). 

One serving ($8)

Parsnip Facts & Benefits:

  • Eating parsnips regularly can treat a variety of health problems and conditions such as asthma, arthritis, pneumonia, ulcers, hay fever, and kidney damage
  • It is recommended that you eat parsnips if you are on a weight loss program or want to reduce cellulite. Parsnips are an amazing fat burning food
  • Parsnips can boost immunity and aid healing and recovery during the convalescence period after an illness
  • Eating parsnips can stimulate growth in children
  • The soluble fiber in parsnips is responsible for regulating blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol
  • Pregnant women are encouraged to eat parsnips due to their high folate content
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of parsnips improve respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma
  • Just a cup of parsnips every day meets 14 percent of your daily recommended intake of potassium. Potassium is essential for preventing stiff joints and swollen muscles as well as boosting energy levels
  • The niacin and vitamin C in parsnips help to improve the digestive and nervous system
  • The antioxidant properties of parsnips can fight cancers by reducing the number of harmful free radicals in the body

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 10 Feb 2016

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I'm Jaime Powers and I recently celebrated the big 4-0. I'm a nurse coordinator in the Department of International Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Lithe instructor. I'm proud of both of those roles, but if you told me 14 years ago that I would be in either of these positions, I would have chuckled in disbelief.

In 2002, I worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I transitioned into the PICU a year earlier and loved everything about the fast-paced, high adrenaline environment. I was approaching the end of my shift on December 23 and my patient was a little girl with AML, a type of leukemia. She was about 4-years-old and having increasing respiratory distress and we called for a stat chest x-ray. The x-ray tech brought the machine into the room and wheeled it up to the bed. I remember doing what I had done hundreds of times before, placing one hand behind the child's back and one hand under her bottom. I needed to lift her enough so the x-ray tech could slide the plate beneath her. The child's father offered to lift her for me, but of course I refused. I was in a rush and proper body mechanics flew out the window. I didn't lift the height of the bed to my level which caused my weight to be unbalanced between my feet. One second after lifting the child, I felt a pop and my back gave out. The pain was so frightening that I dropped to my elbows on the bed. I remember the child's family being as concerned about me as they were about their child at that moment. I had never injured myself before and had no idea what to do. A fellow nurse thought that I pulled a muscle and tried to massage the "kink" out of my lower back. Thankfully, I was at the end of my shift as all I wanted to do was get into bed. I returned the next day on Christmas Eve, but my body got increasingly tight and I couldn't stand up straight. My rib cage was shifted to the left and I was hunched over. I was sent home midday as the pain was unbearable and my body position was a terrible sight. After a quick occupational health exam, I was told it was a musculature injury. I drove home that afternoon and was unable to get out of the car. I cried until I figured out how to get my feet on the ground. The following week was a blur of physical therapy, muscle relaxers, and tears. Eventually the acute phase subsided, the swelling went down and I began to see the sway in my lower back again.  

As with any chronic pain, you adapt and it becomes your new normal. You're aware of your body position at all times. Don't stand for too long, don't sit for too long, always sleep with a pillow under or between your knees, and forget about sleeping on your stomach. Ice sometimes, heat other times, and lots and lots of Motrin. The bathroom sink becomes a dangerous place. You're always sure to rest your elbow on it as you brush your teeth and if you must wash your face at the sink it has to be one-handed as the other needs to lean on the sink. The one thing that never eased was my inability to have all of my weight on one foot. I was in my late 20s and had to lie on my bed to get dressed every day.

My condition exacerbated whenever Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around. I would stand for too long while baking and end up on bedrest for a few days. This post-holiday slump was particularly bad in 2010. My doctor sent me for an MRI and it revealed three bulging discs and degenerative changes to my spine. It was clear that this injury was not new and the changes had most likely taken place over many years. My neurosurgeon friend reviewed the results and told me it was time to make changes as I couldn't keep living this way as I would end up in a wheelchair. We talked about surgery which I vehemently opposed and thankfully he advised against. The only other option was finding a serious core strengthening program. He explained that if I tightened the muscles around my spine, I would have a chance of relieving the pressure on the discs. A fellow nurse was going to a new exercise studio called Lithe Method. She loved the program and encouraged me to try it. I wasn't into classes and preferred blending into the walls of the gym. Since my usual exercise methods weren't helping, I took her advice and went to an immersion class in April 2010. At first, I was in uncomfortable, but not in pain. Once you experience true pain you always know the difference. I took the classes at my own pace and focused on form. I was petrified of injuring myself and was often behind the rest of the class. I worked up to 4-5 classes a week and focused on the sculpting as it was physically impossible for me to do any jumping. I fell in love with the workout and stuck with it. Over time, I picked up my pace, but I always maintained form as most important. I watched myself gain strength from the inside out and began to understand my body. I can't pinpoint exactly when the chronic pain began to fade away.

After two years of Lithing, one of the instructors suggested that I audition. I was thrilled and proud of the recognition. That was when I reflected on how far I had come and how great I felt. I auditioned and made the Lithe team in March 2012. That same year, the girl who couldn't lift her feet years ago ran the Broad Street 10-miler. All of these accomplishments were new to me since I never considered myself athletic. My pain is mostly resolved with only occasional rainy day aches. Though my injury is still there, I've learned to manage it by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. 

Thank you for the opportunity to encourage others and show them it is possible to achieve relief. Most importantly, we all need to listen to our bodies and take the time to care for ourselves.

EARNED IN WINTER 2016 7 Feb 2016

 
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Ready to kick it into high gear again? The Summer Bodies Are Earned in Winter Challenge is the first of three consecutive challenges to get you bikini-ready (and confident!) by Memorial Day. #EarnedInWinter begins on Monday, February 15, 2016. Sign up today thru Saturday, February 13.

 
The Details:
    
•    The timeline: Mon., Feb. 15 thru Thurs., Mar. 10. 
    
•    The fitness: Complete 20 classes in 25 days.  
    
•    The food: We want you eating clean Mon. thru Fri.
    
•    The recipes: Share your favorite #EatingLithe recipe on Fri., Feb. 29.     
•    The prize: Everyone who completes 20 classes in 25 days and participates in our social media hashtag calendar wins a brand new limited edition tank.

 
Social Media Sharing: Complete the hashtag calendar below. Don't want to use your personal Instagram or Twitter account? No worries, many Lithers create an account just for Lithe challenges. Our social media component is a fantastic way to inspire each other, make friends, hold yourself accountable, and stay motivated.
 
Hashtag Calendar:

Mon., Feb. 15 #LitheResults  #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your starting point "before")

Mon., Feb. 22: #EatingLithe #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your current favorite recipe)

Mon., Feb. 29: #LitheLove or #LitheBestie #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat
Mon., Mar. 7: #LitheBurn #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat
Thurs., Mar. 10: #LitheResults #EarnedInWinter #RootedInSweat (Your results "after")
On Deck:
Lithe Spring Clean Challenge: Mar. 21 thru Apr. 14 (20 classes in 25 days)
T-30 Challenge: Apr. 25 thru May 24 (25 classes in 30 days)
 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 5 Feb 2016

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TGIF! This week we're giving away two $50 gift cards and two Beets Don't Kale My Vibe sweatshirts from sweetgreen.  

Founded in 2007, sweetgreen is a destination for simple, seasonal healthy food. The folks at sweetgreen believe that the choices we make about our food and where it comes from have a lasting impact on our communities. Their vision is to change the way people live their lives, starting with how they think about food. (Need proof? They meet with farmers before meeting with landlords). 

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us your favorite sweetgreen salad order. Two winners will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Also, sweetgreen just launched their new app for IOS. You can seamlessly order online directly through the app (Yes, that's right. No waiting in that line) and earn rewards all at the same time. Click here to download.

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LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2016 ROOMS/PRICING/GETTING THERE 3 Feb 2016

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Accommodations at Jake's are double or single occupancy, and almost all double occupancy rooms mean sharing a bed with another Lither. We are happy to help pair you up with a buddy if you'd like to share a double occupancy room. 

 

Ocean View Single, $3,260

Ocean View Double, $2,060

Garden View Single, $2,720

Garden View Double, $1,790

2 Bedroom Cottage Single $2,630 (Reserved)

2 Bedroom Cottage Double: $1,740 (Reserved)

 

The prices include your room accommodations, three daily meals, two Lithe Escape workouts per day, and transportation to and from Montego Bay Airport. Airfare, spa treatments, alcohol, and additional optional excursions and food are not included. 

Want to learn more? Download Jake's Escape 2015 (this is last year's brochure...prices are the same, but please note that the dates are different for this year). Also, check out @lithe_escape on Instagram. 

Ready to book your spot? Email escape@lithemethod.com. Jill, our friendly Lithe Escape concierge, will assist you with flight info and roommate details. If you would like to reserve your spot, we are only taking deposits via check for this trip. The $1,000 non-refundable deposit check can be made out to Lithe Method and dropped off at any studio in an envelope to Jill's attention. We'll collect final payment a month before the trip.

 

Flight Info: Here is the flight info for 5/12 & 5/17 to book in order to take advantage of the complimentary airport transportation: http://goo.gl/flights/kXWe If you arrive later than the group or depart earlier, a private ride to the resort is $135 one way and holds 1-3 people. Treasure Beach is a 3 hour drive from Montego Bay airport so Thursday & Tuesday are very travel heavy generally with one workout late Thursday and an optional bright and early one Tuesday!

Image of F/W 2015 Lithe Escape Nicaragua crew

LITHE SPICED BREAKFAST QUINOA (RE-POST) 3 Feb 2016

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As soon as the weather turns cold I make breakfast quinoa. Not only is it healthy and full of protein and super-foods, it really hits the spot post-Lithe. I prepare my quinoa ahead of time on Sunday and store it in the fridge. It's great not having to worry about cooking healthy on Monday and Tuesday mornings. 

This recipe is anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. Cacao, mesquite, and maca support recovery and the immune system and provide an energizing, caffeine-free boost. This recipe is especially delicious – coconut and banana meet cacao, cinnamon, and spice.  Seriously, it's everything nice.

Lithe Spiced Breakfast Quinoa
Two servings

Ingredients
1 cup coconut milk (I prefer Thai Kitchen. If you don't have it on hand, any milk will do)
1/2 cup quinoa (I use regular)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon (I love La Boite's Smoked Cinnamon N.18)
Pinch of Lithe Spice No.1
1-2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2-3 dates, sliced 
1 banana, sliced
1/2 teaspoon each of cacao powder, mesquite, and maca (optional)

The secret to this super-fast and delish morning breakfast is to cook the quinoa ahead of time. To do this, simply take 1 cup of uncooked quinoa, rinse it, and then place it in a sauce pan with 2 cups of water (maintain that 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water). Bring it to a boil, cover and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the quinoa has turned into spirals and becomes a bit translucent (don't let it get mushy). You can store cooked quinoa in the fridge for about 4 days.

Directions
1. Place sliced dates and bananas into a medium sauce pan and pour in coconut milk.

2. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered.

3. Once the bananas and dates have softened (approximately 5-10 minutes), stir in cooked quinoa, cinnamon, Lithe Spice No.1, cacao, mesquite, maca, and shredded coconut.

4. Simmer until the liquid is absorbed by the quinoa or until it reaches the consistency you like (approx. 3-5 minutes).

5. Serve immediately or let cool and refrigerate.

GREEN DETOX BOWL 17 Jan 2016

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There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with Lithing and getting in two servings of fruit and vegetables before 10AM. Our superfood Green Detox Bowl is a nutritional powerhouse. With a combination of fresh spinach, bananas, local honey, hemp seeds, goji berries, and coconut, this smoothie bowl is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It's fresh and creamy and perfect for breakfast or lunch. 
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Having such a nutrient packed meal so early on in the day, honestly sets you up for the best day possible. For those of you who are new to these delicious breakfast bowls, what they are is a condensed smoothie; Basically you use less liquid to blend the smoothie, making it far thicker and creamier blending it into almost a yoghurt consistency. This makes for a really hearty breakfast, that’s bursting with nutrients, and gives you the most amazing amount of energy. - See more at: http://www.naturallysassy.co.uk/recipes/green-smoothie-bowl#sthash.aFedNoEM.dpuf
Having such a nutrient packed meal so early on in the day, honestly sets you up for the best day possible. For those of you who are new to these delicious breakfast bowls, what they are is a condensed smoothie; Basically you use less liquid to blend the smoothie, making it far thicker and creamier blending it into almost a yoghurt consistency. This makes for a really hearty breakfast, that’s bursting with nutrients, and gives you the most amazing amount of energy. - See more at: http://www.naturallysassy.co.uk/recipes/green-smoothie-bowl#sthash.aFedNoEM.dpuf

ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE 13 Jan 2016

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ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE - $75/day

1-2 days  • 1400 calories/day • 100% plant-based and raw

Lighten up post-Christmas with our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse on Monday, Feb 1! Our greenest, Lithest cleanse is low in sugar, rich in fiber and healthy fats, alkaline, and nutrient-dense. If you're looking to go deeper, greener, and 100% liquid, this is the right choice for you.

Ultra Lithe Cleanse Menu

  • Lithe Coco-Rose Water
  • Lauren's Skin Saver
  • Watershed Cocktail
  • Ultra Lithe Green Soup (there's an entire avocado in there!)
  • Spirit Lemonade
  • La Ensalada
  • Ultra Lithe Milk

Ordering
Order here.  Orders must be placed by Wednesday, Jan. 27th at 3PM. Payment must be received to reserve a plan. No cancellations or refunds. 

Pickup
Days One and Two on Monday, Feb 1st. from 6AM-8PM. Due to the nature of the product, we cannot guarantee freshness beyond Wednesday, Feb 3rd. 

ULTRA LITHE CLEANSE MENU 13 Jan 2016

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Our Lithe Foods Ultra Lithe Cleanse is developed for Lithers and it's filling, farm-fresh, and organic. Enjoy!

1. Coco-Rose Water: Thai coconut meat, rose, alkaline water

2. Lauren's Skin Saver: aloe, kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger

3. Watershed Cocktail: pineapple, cucumber, jalapeño 

4. Ultra Lithe Green Soup: cucumber, avocado, spinach, garlic, ginger, dill, cilantro, pink Himalayan sea salt, EVOO

5. Spirit Lemonade: kale, activated charcoal (coconut), lemon, maple syrup, pink Himalayan sea salt

6. La Ensalada: kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger, green tomato

7. Ultra Lithe Milk: ashwaghanda, cashew, filtered water, cinnamon, vanilla bean, pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut nectar 

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