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Lithed Up Almond Milk

A few years back I could only find the best almond milk lattes in California. These days, you don't have to travel far to find a coffee shop that serves almond milk. We’ve all read the horror stories of soy (GMO-laden soybeans and highly processed). And while almond milk is surely the cleaner route to go, even the latest brands seem to be pumped up with thickening agents like carrageenan and xanthan gum, on which the jury is still out (there are claims that both are inflammatory). What’s a health conscious chick to do? Play it safe and make your own. I swear it’s not as scary as it seems...

1 cup raw almonds
4 cups filtered water
Sweetener (we like coconut nectar or 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup)
1 cheesecloth or nut milk bag
½ teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch of sea salt, and cinnamon (optional)

Soak almonds in a bowl of water overnight (soaking allows nuts to soften and sprout which is easier on the digestive system). The next day, strain/rinse almonds. Add nuts to your Vitamix or high-powered blender along with water. Blend for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute. Place nut milk bag or cheesecloth in a medium-sized bowl, pour milk into cheesecloth, and squeeze the bag to release the liquid “milk." Once the almond meal inside the bag is dry, pour liquid back into blender and add sweetener of choice plus vanilla, sea salt, and cinnamon, if you wish. Blend for 30 seconds. The milk will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Image via Lauren



We all know Lauren as the brains (and the body) behind everything Lithe. From the constantly evolving classes, to the clean drinks she creates to compliment them, to the stylish, high performance gear she designs for us to wear during them (and out to dinner after we leave), she has carefully crafted an entire lifestyle for her clients. One that is without gimmick and that gains die-hard converts daily, because of one simple fact: it works. But aside from all of that (and that's a lot), one of the things I l love most about Lauren is the genuine joy she still gets when she watches how Lithe changes her clients' bodies and lives.

I'll never forget when I ran into her a couple of months after my initial Lithe Diving commitment. I had lost another 7 or 8 pounds and toned up quite a bit. She saw me, and just seemed overwhelmed by my results. She had this childlike delight and surprise – almost like she couldn't believe that it was she, herself who had created this thing that had worked so completely. It was a glimmer of something underneath that typically unwavering, fierce vision she has when it comes to Lithe – the almost preternatural confidence she has about what it can do for a woman who commits to it, and how much it will continue to grow. It was a brief flash of that side of her that still cries at every love letter and whose jaw still drops at every before and after picture and endless summer hashtag. The side that kind of still can't believe that her dream is coming true. This week, she brings us 25 NEW Things to share as she continues her constantly evolving journey to better herself, life, love, and Lithe. Like me, I'm sure you'll tip your hat at the screen a bit thinking about her skills, business acumen and the general bad-assery she's brought to our lives.

1. Being a mom has inspired me in so many ways. I'm working on two new projects for 2015 (one food and one fitness) that I think all the mom's out there will love! 

2. I can't believe that I'm saying this out loud ... I've been toying with the idea of possibly having another baby at some point. I've gone from never again, to maybe...

3. I'm developing two new incredible in-studio workouts for 2015 and even more content will be debuted online. For the many displaced Lithers who have been dying for VOD for all these years, we've heard your cries : )

4. I'm never idle. When you don't see me on the schedule, I'm where the business needs me: instructor training, working on my book, Lithe Foods, a project, or another aspect of the businessLithe is so much bigger than me and most days I go from 5AM to 12AM, just trying to chase it!

5. I don't have a favorite studio, but Rittenhouse is conveniently located two blocks away from my house, so to make my life easier, I prefer to teach there. Since having Mars, I've realized that my time is so incredibly valuable. I’ve really learned how to work smarter and not harder, as well as choose quality over quantity.

6. Teaching is my happy place. I'd always rather be teaching. 

7. I've been asked to be a ambassador/sponsor for many companies. I'm taking on my first one this year. The most important lesson I’ve learned when it comes to associating yourself with another brand is to be selective and to align yourself with something that you truly believe in. I believe that it's vital to work with companies that are harmonious with Lithe and myself. By being selective, I strengthen the connection with my fans as well as their confidence in me. At the end of the day, it’s really about authenticity and staying true to yourself and your brand.

8. Lithe is such a small business. We are a team of approximately 50 (and only three studios), but our brand is so much bigger than the business itself. I giggle at some of the things that I hear. Sometimes people assume we have "issues" because it takes us time to install mirrors, for example. It all boils down to being a small business. At our core, we are a workout. We're not a large company (yet!).  

9. At this point in my career, I feel like I have an MBA. I learned it all through experience and that is priceless.

10. When I opened our first studio in 2005, there were no boutique fitness options in Philly. I feel like Lithe (and Lithers!) are the pride of Philadelphia. In my opinion, the rise of the local fitness scene was due to Lithe. We put Philly on the map. The big box fitness brands wouldn't be here if we hadn't built and proved the market. I've enjoyed watching Philly grow and reach its full potential!  

11. Lithe is absolutely amazing. We're working towards a goal and every six months we're stronger and more united. Our current manangement team is phenomenal and I pinch myself every day. I work with such talented, hard-working people.  

12. Pepsi recently asked me what my proudest (business) moment has been so far. Honestly, it has to be having THREE men on the Lithe team. I couldn't be more proud of that and the direction that we're moving in.  

13. I'm striving for Lithe to make it on one of the best places to work list, and someday that will happen. Over the past year and a half we've completely changed our culture. I don't believe in your typical workplace seniority. A very smart business man taught me about the importance of horizontal organization charts.

14. Eventually, I will cut back to only one studio in Philadelphia. I look forward to shifting my focus and scaling the business in a different way.  I'm an entrepreneur at heart. 

15. When it comes to my leadership style, I'm a big believer in hiring great people, and then getting the hell out of their way. 

16. Don't believe everything you think and don't worry about what other people think.

17. Fit.Hip.Healthy turned seven this year! Because I have so many hats to wear, many aspiring bloggers want to know how I continue to blog and support each facet of my business effectively. It all boils down to time management and your team. I changed the type of staff I've had a lot over the past several years. I started with interns during the early days of 2008. Then, I worked with freelance contributors. Then, last year, I decided to go back to blogging by myself and now I only have a few Lithe-specific contributors posting on occasion. I feel like I've found the perfect balance that works best for me. 

18. Progress is impossible without change. So many people are afraid of change and become caught up in failure. Do not worry about failing. Its your failures that inspire you to go out and do something better. Missed opportunities open doors to better opportunities and help you recognize how you can improve in preparation for them.

19. I hate excuses. Our 6AMers have inspired me so much over the years. There's always a way to get your workout in!  When I find myself in a bit of a fitness slump, I realize that the best way to get back on the horse is to stop making excuses. When it comes to working out, we all set our own limitations. The truth of the matter is that if something is a priority, you will make time for it.  

20. Confidence is the key to happiness. Embrace your thighs and measure yourself in strength, not pounds. Allow yourself to be the best version of the person you really are!  

21. Working with 45+ females (and over 1,000 female Lithers) is fascinating. There are so many different personalities to manage and some women tend to be negative and gossip instead of support each other. When I catch wind of something negative that's happening in-studio, it changes the way that I think about that person. This quote has really stuck with me: If those words appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?

22. I still cry over every love letter that I receive.   

23. Yes, send us your before-and-after photos! I never tire of seeing Lithers' progress and results. It totally makes my day and makes me realize why I do what I'm doing. It's a true light bulb moment every time!

24. I'm an eternal cheerleader and I believe that everyone needs one. Whenever I'm overtired or just not feeling 100 percent, I pump myself up by watching this clip of USC's Sandstorm, and then I head out to face the world. Channel your alma mater!  I swear it works. 

25. I highly recommend having a fierce vision when it comes to yourself. There's nothing wrong with being a little egotistical! The best project you'll ever work on is you – the trickle down effect is profound. 

Image of Lauren for Prevention Mag Michi NY, Lithe & Norma Kamali via Dom



























No way, Lithe didn't re-name child's pose! The Shell Stretch is what the Pilates world (and the rest of the non-yoga world) calls the amazing static resting position that stretches the latissimus dorsi and erector spinae.

To do:
Kneel on the mat and rest your sitz bones on your heels. As you keep your glutes on your heels, roll forwards and reach your arms forward, letting the shoulders rise up to your ears.

Image of retired Lithe Instructor Kelly W. wearing Lithe and Lululemon via Dom



LITHE +AITA Gin & Juice


Happy Friday!  At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next up in our 13-week series is Gin & Juice, which is made with Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine and AITA's Sage liquor


Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine is a cold-pressed juice made from grapefruit, pear and grapes. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, lycopene (pink and red only!), and has salicylic acid known to dissolve inorganic calcium formed deposits that may build up in the cartilage of the joints, causing arthritis. Pear is a great source of insoluble fiber and reduces the grapefruit's tartness, yet really enhances its tastiness. Although grapefruit is available throughout the year, it is currently in season, and at it's most delish from winter through early spring. Drink up!

AITA's Sage is a refreshing “garden gin” with an intoxicating aroma and woodsy, herbaceous flavor. Instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and sage, it's delicious in both savory and sweet cocktails. Together, this is just like a vodka and grapefruit, but it's sweeter and gin forward. The flavors of this drink — sage, grapefruit, and gin — balance bright and energetic with smooth and herbal.

Yield: 1 serving


2 oz. Sage liquor

4 oz. Smile Sparkle Shine

1/2 lime, squeezed


Lime wedge for garnish



Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in Smile Sparkle Shine, Sage, and lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.


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Baby, it’s cold outside! As the temps cool down outside, we challenge you to heat things up inside ... We mean in the bedroom, of course. Are you up to it? If so, you and your man will be in good company. Did you know that winter is the season to get it on? A 2008 study found that men are most attracted to women’s bodies in the months of December, January, and February. In particular, December is the most popular month for couples to slide between the sheets.

Before you get it on, come get it on with us first! Why? Because working out actually primes your body for sex. Besides the physiology of increased blood flow (everywhere!), the female body is more responsive to pleasure and physical sensations are experienced more intensely. The take home message: Fooling around isn’t so foolish and your big “O” is even bigger.

Need motivation to step straight from mat to bedroom? Think about this: First, you are putting yourself in the position (pun absolutely intended) to enhance your after-burn: keep busy for at least 30 minutes and you can conservatively add an extra 85-100 calories to your total count (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Second, there is no greater time for a gal to feel better about her body than right after she has just killed it in the studio! Women who feel physically fit think more highly of themselves on levels of sexual attractiveness and performance. When we feel good about ourselves, we’re more confident and less inhibited. This paves the way for spontaneity and creativity …

Third, you already look the part! You know that natural flush in your cheeks after a perfectly satisfying sweat session? This peaks male interest and promotes interpersonal closeness. Lastly, your still-warm muscles and joints allow for increased flexibility and generous range-of-motion. Amen.  

Hurry home, though! Your period of increased sensuality only lasts for about 15-20 minutes post-exercise. On that note, don’t bother showering: your natural sheen gives you a dewy complexion, highlights all the right places, and sends pheromones into the atmosphere that will draw your man to you like a moth to a flame.

Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka in Target via Dom




At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next up in our 13-week series is The Cheerleader, which is made with Lithe's Pom Pom Punch and AITA's Sage liquor


Lithe's Pom Pom Punch is a cold-pressed juice made from carrot, apple, beets, pineapple, orange, and lime. Our red beauty energizes and makes those High V's even sharper. Whether you're tired, hungover, jet-lagged, or under the weather, this vitamin C and beta carotene-rich combo energizes, strengthens the heart and lungs, and eliminates soreness post-Lithe. It's punch-y, but not too earthy (the beets just add a subtle sweetness).  

AITA's Sage is a refreshing “garden gin” with an intoxicating aroma and woodsy, herbaceous flavor. Instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and sage, it's delicious in both savory and sweet cocktails. Together, these two make the perfect blend. The club soda cuts the sweetness of the Pom Pom Punch and the lime adds a hint of tartness. 

Yield: 1 serving



2 oz. Sage liquor

4 oz. Pom Pom Punch

1 oz. club soda

1/2 oz. lime juice


Lime wedge to garnish



Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in Pom Pom Punch, Sage, club soda, and lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.



Image via Chaucee





Avocado toast is so simple and SO delicious. My first avocado toast ever was served on freshly baked bread with lime, salt, and a dash of curry in Oracabessa, Jamaica. All avocado toasts since have been delicious, but I've never forgotten my first. This one comes pretty close ...

Lithe Spice Avocado Toast
Serves 1


    •    1 slice of bread of your choice: Ezekiel, whole wheat, sourdough, or rye
    •    1/2 ripe avocado
    •    Flaky salt
    •    Drizzle of olive oil (optional)
    •    Black pepper and Lithe Spice No.1


Toast bread, and then scoop avocado into a bowl. Mix in salt, pepper, and Lithe Spice No.1. Spread onto bread. Enjoy!

Image via Lauren

PICKLING 8 Dec 2014


I love pickles. Especially cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers. Pickling is one of those magical preservation methods that not only extends a food's shelf life, but also takes its flavor profile to delicious places. It's high pickling season right now, so pull out those Ball jars and get to work! 

Main Line Lither, AnneMarie C. and I were talking pickling and she shared her secrets (and this all-purpose pickling recipe!) with me. She said that heartier, denser fall vegetables (think carrots, beets, and cauliflower) really perk up with the acidity, while still maintaining good texture. Give it a try! 

AnneMarie's all-purpose pickling liquid


  • 1 cup vinegar (white vinegar or Bragg's apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbs. coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp. black peppercorns (you can up this to 1 Tbs. or add 1/2 Tbs. red pepper flakes if you like more heat)
  • 1 bay leaf

Note: many good spice purveyors also sell pre-mixed pickling spices.


  • Bring all ingredients to a boil.
  • Place 3 cups prepared vegetables (see below for suggestions) in a heatproof bowl or jar.
  • Pour liquid over vegetables, just enough to cover (you want to choose the smallest container that will fit your veggies, and pack them closely).
  • Let cool to room temperature.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

You can store pickled veggies in the fridge for up to a week.

Vegetable suggestions:

  • 1 large carrot, sliced into coins, 1 cup small cauliflower florets, 1 thinly sliced fennel bulb (use a mandolin on the 2 millimeter setting).
  • 1-1/2 lb. beets, roasted, de-skinned, and cut into wedges, combined with 1 thinly sliced red onion (use a mandolin on the 2 millimeter setting).
  • 1 carrot, sliced into coins, 1 thinly sliced onion, and 2 jalapenos, sliced into rounds (once pickled, this can be chopped into a great salsa)

Image via Lottie & Doof

RIGHT NOW... 3 Dec 2014


1. New frames! Warby Parker's Ghostly is back! In celebration of Ghostly International’s 15th anniversary, they're reissuing the Curtis — the smooth-lined pair of sunglasses introduced in last year’s collaboration with the endlessly inventive music and art label. This time around they're offering the head-turning frame in three new colors: aubergine fade, moss, and bourbon tortoise. The frame will also be back in their previously sold-out revolver black! 2. I love how Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath warms the skin and relieves post-Lithe achy muscles. 3.  Butter Elixr softens lips and smells delicious (also available at Cap Beauty and Anthropoogie). 4. Lisa Marie Fernandez's sports bra is great off and on the mat. 5. Converse All Star Chuck '70 Oxford sneaks go with everything. 6. Clare V.'s Moor print flat clutch is perfect for the holiday season and beyond.

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The warmth of the Mustard assists in opening the pores of your skin helping you to sweat out impurities.  - See more at: http://www.bigelowchemists.com/dr-singha-s-mustard-bath-8-oz.html#sthash.QM9fRpUd.dpuf
The warmth of the Mustard assists in opening the pores of your skin helping you to sweat out impurities.  - See more at: http://www.bigelowchemists.com/dr-singha-s-mustard-bath-8-oz.html#sthash.QM9fRpUd.dpu3. Butter lip elixr  4. Lisa Hernandez Jasmine microfiber sports bra  5. Converse All Star '70 Oxford Sneaks go with everything  6. Clare V's moor print flat clutch is 

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