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LITHE ESCAPE NICARAGUA 2015! 29 Jul 2015

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We've been dying to go to Nicaragua. Are you coming with? Registration closes on August 1, 2015! 

Nicaragua has become a hot ticket for those of us with an ear to the ground for up-and-coming eco-destinations. You’ll win travel cred for heading to Nicaragua in these early days of its resurgence, but the real rewards are the stunning, secluded beaches, laid-back fishing villages with more pescadores than peddlers, and the sort of bang for your buck that can only last so long in a place as vacation-worthy as this. 

We look forward to: Staying in a treehouse colony, surfing classes at Gigante Bay, spa massages, green season showers, drinks at Mukul, exploring San Juan del Sur, sandboarding down a volcano, jungle walks, Lithe Escape fitness, organic cuisine sourced from Aqua's farm, and meals prepared by chef Ben Slow. In the evening, you're likely to be at Aqua's beachside Retox bar, sipping a cocktail, watching an epic sunset, and giving yourself a reason to do it all over again the next day. 

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LITHE TACOS! 28 Jul 2015

Lithe Tacos

Do you do Taco Tuesday? We do!

It's easy, delicious, and a great way to experiment with different proteins, veggies, and wraps. I always chop extra of everything, so that I have enough left over for salads and quesadillas (Mars' favorites). This recipe is simple and understated with no taco flavored meat.  

Prep time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground bison
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin (or more to taste)
  • 1/2-1 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 head of Boston lettuce
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Cheddar cheese

To Do
Brown meat in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally to break it up. While it's cooking, grind the onion and garlic into a soft mush with a Vitamix or food processor or mince finely with a knife. Add the garlic-onion mixture, cumin, and salt to the saucepan with the meat and stir to combine. Finish browning the meat, stirring occasionally. Adjust cumin and salt to taste. Serve in Boston lettuce with your favorite fixings. 

Image via Lauren

LITHED-UP SALAD (& SOUP)! 28 Jul 2015

Lithed-Up Salad

We love Ian Brendle (Green Meadow Farm) and Z Food Farm's produce. So crisp, flavorful, and clean. Each week, these soups and salads change as we bring you summer greens straight from the farm. This week:

Eggplant Caponata
Organic eggplant, organic squash, garlic, celery, tropea onion, organic brown rice, raisins, organic tomato, local honey, and pinenuts with red wine vinaigrette 
There’s so much to love about this dish and it's just as good as Nonna's without all the oil. We always look for interesting ways to enjoy brown rice and this recipe makes it even more appealing and worthy of main dish status. The spices tantalize the tastebuds and we love how the eggplant's texture plays against the rice. The purple veggie is quite nutritious. It lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol with its chlorogenic compound and prevents colon cancer. Plus, it's anti-carcinogenic due to its antioxidant nasunin content and is a great source of folate, fiber, and vitamins A, B, and C. Enjoy hot or cold. 
One serving ($12) 
Available today

Summer & Spice Soup
Organic squash cashews, and curry (turmeric)

Move over, lunchtime smoothie. This soup does the body really good. It's loaded with flavor, fiber, and protein. Nobody ever guesses that we swap out heavy cream for healthy, raw cashews.
Cashews are filled with healthy fats. Seventy-five percent are unsaturated fatty acids and 75% of that unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid.  Studies show that oleic acid reduces high triglyceride levels, keeping that awesome heart of yours happy and healthy. Squash is a nutritional powerhouse, yet only has approximately 36 calories. Even better? There's 1 gram of protein, 7 grams of carbohydrates, and less than 1 gram of fat. It's also rich in manganese, which helps the body process fats, carbohydrates, and glucose. On top of all that goodness, squash is cholesterol, gluten and dairy-free. Enjoy it hot or cold.  
Two servings ($12)  
Available today

Smart Carb Salad
Organic c
abbage and scallions with peanut sauce 
We love this
light and crunchy protein-packed summer salad. Shredded cabbage (aka the smart carb) is dressed in our Lithed Up peanut sauce for a simple and balanced salad that fills you up (not out). Enjoy it cold. 
One serving ($10)  
Available today

3 DAYS TO FLAT ABS (RE-POST)! 22 Jul 2015

Flat Abs

We're smack in the middle of summer and the best accessory to go along with a bikini are toned, flat abs. Today I share eight tips for slimming your middle in three days, flat. If you're already active and eating Lithe, incorporate these tips into your life and you’ll be confident in that bathing suit in no time. 

  • Do planks, crunches, and standing ab-work 
    Lithe is core-based, total-body, and all ab work. All. The. Time. Why is it so effective? Our Higher Power band system brings resistance to your core, while our CCS technique burns the fat off the muscle. While you're Lithing it up, th
    ere are a few things to remember about toning those muscles. Crunches define your abdominal muscles and planks and standing abs flatten them. Stay tuned for Lithe's upcoming workout High Top (I promise that you've never felt anything like it)! As with all things Lithe, mix it up. Alternate between regular crunches, oblique work, standing abs, and planks to keep your stomach toned and flat.
  • Ditch the processed, refined carbs
    Everything is okay in moderation (remember the 80/20 rule), but try to steer clear of white bread, Goldfish crackers, and other foods that have bleached flour. I try to avoid anything that is packaged. A recent study showed that people who incorporate whole grain foods into their diet slimmed their middle much faster than those who ate refined, processed carbs. Substitute quinoa, oatmeal, and brown rice for the white stuff. 
  • Be Picky
    Choosing the right foods can really fuel short-term weight loss. When I prep for a photo shoot or event, I strip my diet of all things unhealthy (except for dark chocolate) and eat very clean. My coffee is black, my water has lemon, and my smoothies are green. I load up on on cold-pressed juices, dark leafy greens, and lean proteins like fish. 
  • Sautee those greens
    Remember how everyone was eating during our Earned in Winter Challenge? Our menus included so many servings of sauteed kale. Kale is a natural anti-inflammatory. It reduces bloat and revs the metabolism because it is a flavonoid. Also, cooking them in olive oil or lightly steaming them makes them easier to digest. 
  • Say yes to bananas, watermelon, avocado, lemon, grapefruit, papaya and pineapple  
    Potassium banishes bloating by balancing body fluids.To de-bloat, eat potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocados, watermelon, and pineapple. Bonus: Eating these foods replaces the potassium and nutrients you lost while sweating it out at Lithe. 
  • Make it a LitheStyle
    You can do endless crunches and still not get the results you want if you’re not living a healthy, active lifestyle. Cardio and weight training increase lean muscle and burn calories, which is important if you’re trying to make those muscles visible. Our sculpting workouts build your muscles and create that Lithe body and muscular structure, while cardio and a clean diet help show them off by burning the fat off the muscle. 
  • Sub still water for bubbles
    Believe it or not, both soda and sparkling water can bloat you. Drinking a sufficient amount of still water each day keeps you from retaining water. Since water removes waste from the body, staying hydrated is key in beating the bloat. Add a lemon to jazz it up a bit. 
  • Start your day with Lithe Spring Clean tea 
    It's our little secret and it works. Find it on our menus. 

Lithe instructor Elizabeth Tomkins wearing Motherhood Maternity and Lululemon via Dom

EATING LITHE: PRINCIPALS (BREAKFAST) 21 Jul 2015

Rach

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day...  And guys, we really try (hard) to get a full, balanced meal to start off our day, but somehow, alarms don't go off in time for us to shower, dry our hair, and throw on our gear with coffee in hand - without breaking the Lithe 5 minute late rule. 

Many people ask me what they should eat in the morning, pre-Lithe. My quick answer is carbs. They're a great source of energy and are easy to digest. When you have time, you'll want to eat a mini meal like a half of a banana and a cup of cold-pressed juice, or half a cup of oats with half a cup of berries or yogurt, or a smoothie to get you through Lithe.  The trick is that you want to eat at least 20 minutes prior to your workout. This will give your blood enough time to flow away from your stomach and back to your muscle tissue.  Problem is that we don't always have 20 minutes to spare.

So, in an attempt to actually eat something good for us before our lunch break (coffee can only take us so far), I've timed and tried two super quick (and satisfying) breakfast options for those mornings when things don’t really go the way we planned. Or, you know, just so we can squeeze in some extra sleep, pre-Lithe.  

 
Lithe Overnight Oats

YOU NEED:

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup Lithe Foods cashew milk
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Pinch of sea salt
Top with: Shredded coconut, chia seeds, toasted almond slices

MAKE IT HAPPEN:

Place oats, cashew milk (or any non-dairy option), yogurt and other ingredients into a glass jar, stir and leave in the fridge overnight. In the morning, add your favorite toppings just as you’re walking out the door.

 

Lithed-Up Avocado Toast 

YOU'LL NEED:

1 slice of Ezekiel toast
1 avocado
1 hard-boiled egg
pinch of chilli flakes

MAKE IT HAPPEN:

This one is a classic and great for when you're going straight to work from Lithe and have to be sharp for that presentation.  This is brain food.  Lightly toast a slice of Ezikiel bread (do this only if you happen to have more than a minute to spare). Mash the avocado with a fork and spread on the bread. I make a batch of hard-boiled eggs every Sunday.  Slice one up the night before and then place on top of toast.  Sprinkle with chilli flakes and a pinch of sea salt.

Rachael Bridgens via Antrim & Spruce Photography

EATING LITHE: PRINCIPALS 20 Jul 2015

  Eatinglithe

Lithe's eating philosophy starts with loving your body and taking care of yourself inside and out. The healthiest and simplest thing you can do for yourself is to eat seasonal, whole foods. But that doesn’t mean we always follow that mantra. There are many crazy days when we chug coffee, scarf down Chinese takeout for lunch, and then have pizza for dinner. As inconsistent as some of us are, there are people who make eating well (and creating food that is healthy, yet never boring or bland) look ridiculously easy.

Take Lithe Founder Lauren Boggi, the Philly-based foodie is a pro at seasonal nutrient-dense cooking that also tastes fantastic. Every Tuesday, Lauren (and guests) will post new, easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for al fresco summer dinners and packed lunches. We’re hereby limiting our pizza dinners to once a month, max.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

SUPERFOOD SWEET POTATO BOWL 19 Jul 2015

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Start your morning off right with our Superfood Sweet Potato Bowl. This breakfast of champions is made with organic sweet potatoes and topped with buckwheat groats, walnuts, chia seeds, raisins, and maple syrup.  Did you know that the humble Sweet Potato ranks #1 as the most nutritious veggie?

Image via Lauren

OLD CITY 6AM LITHERS! 16 Jul 2015

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Most of you have heard stories over the years about the 6AMers at our Old City studio. The group above is one of the toughest, most dedicated group of Lithers across all three studios. They're in the studio every day regardless of what life (or Mother Nature) throws at them. Celia dropped by on a rainy Wednesday Sculpt workout to snap a few shots of this badass crew with master Lithe instructor Bari Rosenthal.  

Images via Antrim & Spruce Photography

AGUA DE MELON! 15 Jul 2015

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Agua de Melon

Man, is it hot (and wet) inside and outside the studios. Agua fresca (which means fresh water in Spanish) is a great way to cool down. Agua de melon is my absolute favorite fresca (I like it better than watermelon!). There’s so much to love about cold-pressed cantaloupe. It's gorgeously hued and mildly flavored and doesn't have any of the syrupy sweetness of bottled fruit juices. A great agua fresca tastes like you liquefied a piece of melon without altering it one bit. It also makes you forget exactly how hot you are post-Lithe. 

Cantaloupes are considered the most nutritious fruit. One average-sized cantaloupe has approximately 100 calories (there's one cantaloupe in each bottle of agua de melon) and is dense in nutrients and beta-carotene. Cantaloupe is packed with vitamins A and C and is great for your skin. Per pound, this fruit has 15,000 I.U. of vitamin A and three times the vitamin C content of apples. And it's also a good source of potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B3 (niacin), folate, and fiber when eaten. Our local organic melon is my current favorite and the pretty color and mellow, musky flavor is incredible. It couldn’t be more perfect for a day like today when it feels too hot to eat anything that must be lifted with a fork.

LITHE FOODS ON INSTAGRAM! 14 Jul 2015

Lithe Foods

Lithe Foods provides portable, organic nutrition for people on the go. Our products are formulated to optimize your in-studio results. We believe in eating Lithe (clean) and insist on an organic (whenever possible) locally sourced, plant-rich diet that is fun, fresh, nutritious, and delicious. 

Follow us on Instagram (@Lithe_Foods) to see our organic farm-fresh juices, smoothies, wraps, salads, cleanses, and products up close. And order Lithe Foods on Caviar for delivery right to your door!  

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