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BOOM CHICA BOOM SKINNY HEATHEN 21 Nov 2014

  Boom Chica Boom Skinny Heathen

 

TGIF! 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 in this 13-week series is Boom Chica Boom, which is made with Lithe's Boom and AITA's Rhubarb liquor. 

 

If you're looking for a healthy, healing cocktail with a kick, this is it! Lithe's Boom is a cold-pressed juice made from lemon, ginger, and cayenne. Lemons are full of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals both inside and outside the cell. Free radicals can cause inflammation and the antioxidants in lemons are helpful for reducing inflammation and easing symptoms of arthritis. Ginger reduces bloating, relieves motion sickness, and also helps promote detoxification. Cayenne also fights inflammation, clears congestion, assists weight loss, and gives your immune system a boost with its high content of beta-carotene.

 

Boom is great straight or as a hot toddyAITA's Rhubarb liquor is made with a botanical bounty of beets, carrots, lemons, petitigrain, cardamom, pure cane sugar, and rhubarb. Married, they make Boom Chica Boom – a refreshing vodka lemonade with a cayenne kick!

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Rhubarb liquor

4 oz. Boom

Ice

Honey to taste (reduce the spice by adding more honey)

Lemon wedge

 

Directions

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour in Boom, Rhubarb, and honey, and then garnish with a lemon wedge.



Yield: 1 serving

Image via Chaucee

LITHE BRIDE 21 Nov 2014

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Alex and I were married on October 4th on Kiawah Island, South Carolina at the Ocean Course. We met during first week of undergrad at Duke where we both lived in Wilson Dorm. After dating on and off throughout college, we parted ways for awhile while he moved home to Georgia for medical school and I worked in fine art in Manhattan. When he matched for residency in Philadelphia, I followed quickly with my dog Sprout in tow! Fast forward about a year, and Alex proposed to me in the middle of Philly's City Hall on bended knee while tourists looked on and a busker jammed on an electric violin. While we love it here in our adopted home (I'm from Wisconsin, go Pack!), we decided to get married in a pseudo-destination wedding off the coast of South Carolina where we celebrated our first anniversary during college.

At our welcome dinner lowcountry boil on Friday, and especially at our wedding reception Saturday night we danced like crazy, toasted about a hundred thousand times to our future together, and just generally had the most magical weekend of our lives. I may have pulled out some Lithe CCS moves on the dance floor without realizing, too...
 
Our wedding day was more wonderful than either of us could have ever imagined, and I felt incredible on the day of in large part due to Lithe! I began working at Lithe in March 2014, and over the months leading up to my wedding the incredible workouts and general vibe of wellness helped me lose over 20 pounds, going from a size 12/14 to a 6/8. Working in the studio has been such a gift this year, as I'm constantly surrounded by healthy, happy influences care of my coworkers and our Lithers. This influence has carried over into my home & family life as well, where I've just been generally happier, more present, and more energetic! I've also taken to using way more exclamation points!!!
 
I have tons of love and gratitude for Lithe for helping me feel amazing on the happiest day of my life! Thanks for transforming me into a Lithe Bride!
 
xoxo
Jill
 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 20 Nov 2014

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Dear Lithe,
 
I love you!

I hate exercise. I mean I really, really, hate it. My guess is that it stems from being “forced” to play sports as a kid. In my house, it was mandatory to play a sport every season – tennis, softball, soccer, etc. Aside from my stubborn nature of generally hating being told what to do, I never really found enjoyment in these sports. As a result, the moment that rule was lifted, I stopped participating in all sports and had no motivation for physical activity. This lasted on and off through college. I would go to the gym on campus once a week and act like I knew what I was doing, normally leaving with shin splints from the treadmill. After a few years, I found yoga, which I enjoyed but never felt committed to. When I moved to Northern Liberties, I noticed the Lithe studio with pictures of these amazing women on the windows. I also noticed, day after day, as I walked past to get my morning coffee, the weirdest noise coming out of the studio. Why do they breathe like that? I was completely intimidated.

 

In 2011, I saw a deal online for five discounted classes and decided to give it a shot. I had a pretty rough start. I do believe that Lithe truly is for anyone, at any level of physical fitness – but it was hard to figure out where I fit in at first. I was in bad shape. Jumping jacks? Push-ups? Abs? Once I started to get the hang of it I bought a couple packages and Lithed semi-regularly for 5-6 months. Then I stopped. I blamed it on money, or knee pain maybe, but really it was laziness. Not only did I stop exercising completely, but I was out of control with my bad eating habits. Shocking result – I gained weight! 

 

By the time February 2012 rolled around, I was really unhappy with my body, and the external stressors in my life (work, relationship, etc.) were starting to close in on me. I needed something that would get me up off the couch. I signed up for Immersion and never looked back.  For me, Immersion was the right choice. I was able to slowly build up my strength over three weeks before jumping into classes. This time, I didn’t feel discouraged, I felt determined. I figured out that I needed to accept my limitations and do my best. I struggle with knee pain, tight hip flexors, and a lingering shoulder injury. I modify. I have good days and bad days. I made the decision for myself that quality was better than quantity. I would rather do 15 awesome lunges, than 30 sloppy ones. I admire the strong women around me who nail 30 lunges in stiletto – and I accept that might never be me. The hardest part is holding myself accountable to stop or modify only when it hurts, but not when I’m tired and want to give up. 

 

One year ago, the day after Labor Day, my relationship with my live-in boyfriend of 6 years came to an end. The following day I was in class with Kim in the small studio in Old City and I was barely making it through the barre work. I wanted to sit down. I wanted to walk out. At that moment, Kim, in her infinite and unknowing wisdom, started in on one of her mid-class motivational pep talks. “This is your hour! Forget everything else that is going on in your life and outside of the studio and focus on this!” Well, that hit pretty close to home. Staring in the mirror doing sumos and trying not to cry was one of the most humbling experiences I’ve had in the studio. 

 

Kim was dead-on, and I took it to heart. When you come to the studio for an hour, you are going to work hard and it’s not going to be easy, but literally nothing else matters. You have a full hour out of the day to commit to yourself – an hour that is not impacted by your job, your dating life, your kids, your friends. Outside of the studio, this year has been tumultuous. Single for the first time since I was 20? Unemployed? Broke? With all these things going on around me, I was committed to getting to the studio. I knew I could walk in with the weight of the world on my shoulders, sweat it out, and walk out an hour later with a new outlook on life. 
 
Making the commitment to Lithing 5-6 times a week paid off in the studio as well. Push-ups on my toes for the first time in my life! Mastering the Pom CCS, only to wonder why it ever took so long to figure out! Realizing that CCS might mean deadly cardio, but it’s SO MUCH FUN! Actually feeling what the instructors mean by “the space between your stomach and the floor” in a Superman hover! My results are measured in these terms. I don’t own a scale and I don’t know my weight (or care what the number is). In 2012, I wore size 12 pants, now it’s a 6 or an 8 (sometimes a 10 to fit the Lithe Booty). I used to hate wearing sleeveless shirts, now tank tops are my friends. Shorts? Bathing suits? These things don’t scare me!

 

The month of August was extremely challenging for me, both inside and outside the studio. I realized I was very close to making Varsity but I would need to make some extra efforts to make it happen. With the help of some awesome women, staff, instructors, and other fabulous Lithers, I was actually able to achieve this goal. This brings me to my final point…

 

Lithe is a place where you can get what you want from the experience. Some women want to walk in, work out for an hour, and get out. Other women want camaraderie to help them with their fitness or weight loss goals. For some, it’s a social venue. For me, it’s a place full of awesome women who I want to know. Some days I’m the get-in and get-out type, but mostly I stop to talk to everyone – front desk, instructors, other Lithers. And if you’ve met me, you know I lay it all out there (no filter here!). Lithe has been a fundamental part of my life, especially over this past year while so many other things have been in flux. I know that when I walk in, I am surrounded by other women who have also made it a priority in their lives to come to this place and who love it just as much as I do.  

 

xoxo,

Molly

7 FIT HIP HEALTHY FRIDGE MAKEOVER TIPS! 19 Nov 2014

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Many of us are in the midst of Thanksgiving prep, which is always a crazy time of the year. During the holidays my fridge gets out of control really quickly. And when it does, I totally lose track of what I have in there. I also lose a little inspiration to Eat Lithe (Lithed Up salads, smoothies, spa water, etc.) which makes me feel great and keeps my energy levels high. This week is the perfect time to tackle your refrigerator and give it a good makeover pre-holiday. You'll feel better, and it will inspire you to eat healthier too.

1. Clean House. Get rid of limp veggies and check expiration dates on all of your condiments.

2. Prep! Take fruit and veggies out of plastic bags and cut them up so that they are ready. Arrange salads and vegetables so you can clearly identify what you have on-hand.

3. Invest in clear containers
. I like to cut up melon, pineapple, and berries and store them in these. Because glass containers are expensive, I hesitated for years but most of my vegetables and salad greens are neatly displayed in them now. In addition to being freezer, microwave and dishwasher-safe, the thick tempered glass makes them quite durable and chip-resistant, and I love the fact that you can clearly see the container's contents.

When not in use, the containers and lids nest perfectly inside each other, and when they are in use, the square containers fit neatly side by side, maximizing precious fridge/freezer space.

4. Be an Herbigirl! Fresh herbs add so much flavor to salads, soups, smoothies, and are believed to be more beneficial when enjoyed fresh rather than dry. Every week, I try to invest in a few different varieties and store them in pretty glasses in my fridge. Right now, I’m enjoying lemon balm and mint. 

5. Leftovers up front. In the past, leftovers quickly got lost in the back of my refrigerator. Now, I make an effort to keep them in the front (in my glass containers) where my family can see them. I really get creative with my leftovers - I like to double the recipe for quinoa salad with carrots, parsley, and basil and toss it with a baby spinach, make a quinoa frittata, or tuck it into a wrap. 

6. Spa Water. 
Water keeps your body hydrated, your skin glowing, and revs up your metabolism.

7. Organize your condiments. All the different varieties of dressing, mustard, tamari, vitamins and hot sauce were exploding out of my fridge. So, I took a hard look at what I had and considered whether I really used it and enjoyed it. If not, I tossed it.

Image via Lauren

MAMA SAYS 18 Nov 2014

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While many Lithe mamas are still in the midst of sleep training and toddler temper tantrums, Lauren Leahy has been through it. Though you'd never guess it by looking at her, she has a 14-year-old son. A single mother for years (she just got hitched!), she's figured out a formula to fit in me-time. Read on to hear her wisdom.  

Children: Liam, 14

Day job: Expense analyst

Tell us your Lithe story: For awhile I would buy class cards here and there to supplement gym memberships. Only in the last couple years have I been able to go 5-6 times per week. Now that Liam is old enough to be at home for a little while by himself, I sneak out of the house for 6AM classes while he's sleeping. I'm actually not a morning person at all, but I have a just do it attitude when it comes to exercise. Making the financial commitment also encourages me stick with it every month. 

Your attendance is pretty impressive, but surely you miss class here and there. What was your last family-related reason for late cancelling? That would be when my husband broke his foot. 

As a single mom, how did you make it work? Because I feel calmer when I exercise, I always set aside time for it. In the past, I'd go for a 20-minute run or do an hour-long yoga DVD. For awhile, Liam would tag along with me to a morning yoga class and eat Cheerios and read comic books in the back of the studio. 

Does all your healthy living rub off on Liam? Well, I definitely have to choose my battles when it comes to food. I recently made a stir-fry with vegetables from our CSA and he picked out everything green. Luckily, he's more enthusiastic about exercise. We used to take kung fu together and I convinced him to run a 5K with me. 

Can you share some advice for all the new mothers out there? Acceptance of your body is key. I'm finally at a place where I appreciate my curves. Also, no matter how busy you are, you can fit in a workout if you really try. 

LITHE SPICED BREAKFAST QUINOA 17 Nov 2014

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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
Yields 2 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 used 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.

Instructions
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. Let the mix 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.
 
 

LITHE INSIDER 17 Nov 2014

  
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FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 14 Nov 2014

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Happy Friday Lithers! This week we are giving away a Complete Wellness Package from The Wellnest (a $560 value)! 

Mother-daughter team (and Lithers) Dr. Maureen Kelly and Alyssa Kelly Boente founded The Wellnest in April 2014 to create a much-needed resource for people seeking improvements in their health and wellbeing.

The Wellnest is a unique integrative health and wellness center offering massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, yoga, meditation, professional counseling and support groups. I love that they are driven by the belief that the individual should be nurtured on both physical and mental levels. Spaces like The Wellnest aren't widely available within the health care system as it exists today and I'm thrilled that they are in Philadelphia!

 What's Included:

  • Consultation with physician: Devise your personal plan to achieve wellness with a physician who specializes in holistic approaches. Together you will determine the most beneficial things you can do to improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Acupuncture: An initial consultation and treatment with an acupuncturist
  • Massage: A 60-minute massage and bodywork session to promote relaxation as well as resolve any specific muscular tension you may have
  • Nutrition counseling: A 60-minute meeting with a dietitian to review your diet and determine the most important changes you can make for your health
  • Private yoga and meditation: A 60-minute private lesson in Vinyasa yoga and meditation tailored to your goals and level of past experience

For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you want/need to win! One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you, and good luck!

 

 

 


 

SPIRIT SKINNY HEATHEN 13 Nov 2014

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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 in this 13-week series is Spirit, which is made with Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine and AITA's Rhubarb liquor. 

 

If you love champagne and Smile Sparkle Shine, you'll love this! Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine is a cold-pressed juice made with grapefruit, pear, and apple. Our refreshing combo is healthy, tasty and low in calories. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, lycopene (pink and red only!), and has salicylic acid which dissolves inorganic calcium formed deposits that may build up in the cartilage of joints and cause arthritis. Pear is a good source of insoluble fiber and reduces grapefruit's tartness, yet really enhances its tastiness. AITA's Rhubarb liquor is made with a botanical bounty of beets, carrots, lemons, petitigrain, cardamom, pure cane sugar, and rhubarb (of course!). Together they're refreshing and light and perfect for Bellini-esque brunch cocktail.

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Rhubarb liquor

4 oz. Smile Sparkle Shine

1 oz. club soda

Lemon twist for garnish

 

Directions

Pour ingredients into a champagne flute. Place lemon twist on the rim or in the glass. 



Yield: 1 serving

Image via Chaucee

 

 

 

 

GREEN & BLACK TAPENADE 12 Nov 2014

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I love hosting dinner parties and creating fresh whole food snacks for my friends and family.  This Green & Black Tapenade recipe is perfect for a small get together and the recipe can be doubled and tripled to accommodate a group. I love to enjoy this with a handful of crunchy carrots, scooped onto Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips, or on top of a simple green salad.

Black & Green Olive Tapenade
Servings: Makes approx 2 cups

 

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups pitted green olives
• 1 1/2 cups pitted black olives
• 1 bag of Guacamole Food Should Taste Good chips
• 1 bag of Multigrain Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips
• 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
• 2 flat anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed with a garlic press or finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
• 1 black radish, sliced
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

 

Directions
In a food processor, finely chop olives; transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in lemon zest. Using flat side of a large knife, mash anchovies with garlic to form a paste. Add anchovy mixture, parsley, oil, and pepper to olives; stir until blended. Thinly slice black radish. Spread on Food Should Taste good avocado chips, and top with black radish slice.

 

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