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25 NEW THINGS! {BY SAYEH} LITHE EDITION! 19 Dec 2014

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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

 

GIN & JUICE SKINNY HEATHEN 19 Dec 2014

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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

Ingredients

2 oz. Sage liquor

4 oz. Smile Sparkle Shine

1/2 lime, squeezed

Ice

Lime wedge for garnish

 

Directions

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

 

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THE CHEERLEADER SKINNY HEATHEN 11 Dec 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 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

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Sage liquor

4 oz. Pom Pom Punch

1 oz. club soda

1/2 oz. lime juice

Ice

Lime wedge to garnish

 

Directions

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

 

 

OH SNAP! SKINNY HEATHEN 5 Dec 2014

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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 up in our 13-week series is Oh Snap!, which is made with Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine and AITA's Snap liquor

 

If you're looking for a warming yet refreshing Pennsylvania Dutch-style holiday cocktail, this is it! ATIA took a traditional German “Lebkuchen” and distilled the ingredients into an organic spirit.  What is a lebkuchen? A ginger snap! But not the mass-market, high-fructose type from the supermarket. We’re talking a real Pennsylvania Dutch (which actually means Pennsylvania German) ginger snap made with hearty blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger.

 

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!

 

Ingredients

2 oz. Snap liquor

4 oz. Smile Sparkle Shine

Ice

Honey (optional)

Lemon wedge

 

Directions

Fill a rocks glass with ice, pour in SSS, Snap, add honey to sweeten, and garnish with a lemon wedge.



Yield: 1 serving

Image via Chaucee

 

 

 

 

CYBER MONDAY LIQUID LITHE SALE ($45)! 30 Nov 2014

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You've been asking for a healthy, grab n' go, Lithe-centric "liquid detox" and we're delivering, post-Thanksgiving!  Lithe Foods are, by design, cleansing & detoxifying, especially our cold-pressed juices, smoothies and our raw, whole food Lithe Bar. Combining them together for a day or two is great for resetting eating patterns.  
 
I've always said that our workout truly demands more than juice. So, while I don't think that cleanses should be an every day part of healthy, Lithe-friendly eating, I have personally benefited from a day of all (or nearly all) liquids - though, the liquids I choose are more nutritionally varied and dense than just juice. 
 
Want to give it a try? Purchase on-line (please be patient with link loading!) on Monday 12AM - 11:59PM. Your Liquid Lithe will be available for pickup in-studio on Monday morning, December 8th. We can guarantee product freshness until EOD, Wednesday, December 10th.
 
Liquid Lithe:
 #1 ("breakfast"): Greenest Smoothie
#2 ("morning boost"): Smile Sparkle Shine
#3 ("lunch"): The Vert
#4 ("afternoon boost"): Lithe Spicy Lemonade + Lithe Bar
#5 ("dinner"): Pom Pom Punch
#6 ("dessert"): Cashew Milk
 
Baseline Nutrition = 1,480 Calories, 34g Fat, 150g Carbs (28g Fiber), 18g Protein

 

 

 

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 30 Nov 2014

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Chlorophyll Water: Get ready to up your glow factor!  High in antioxidants, chlorophyll regenerates the body by restoring and replenishing red blood cells, therefore increasing oxygen in the body. Perfect post-Lithe or first thing in the AM. Price: $3

 

Cashew Milk: Our super delicious, high protein, healthy fat, and low-glycemic nut milk is packed with soluble dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals. Ingredients: cashew, water, cinnamon, vanilla extract, himalayan sea salt, coconut nectar  Price: $10

 

Lithe Spicy Lemonade: Our Lithed-Up lemonade is spicy, hydrating, immunity-boosting, and restores your body's healthy alkaline balance.  Ingredients: lemon, coconut nectar, cayenne, filtered water  Price: $8

 

Greenest Smoothie: It's our Greenie in a smoothie, baby. Sweet, Pineapple-y, rich in vitamin C and packed with bromelain which aids in digestion and also prevents swelling. Ingredients: pineapple, ginger, kale, spinach, apple, lemon  Price: $8

 

The Vert: It's not green tea... it's a deep, yet light, power-packed raw juice blend that will get you going – and we mean it!  Ingredients: cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger  Price: $8

 

Winter Recovery Smoothie: Cranberries offer immune support, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits, are rich in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Ingredients: cranberries, orange, pear, shaved coconut This 2013 favorite is based off the much loved Winter Holiday Smoothie  Price: $8

 

Bikini Kale Salad: The original Lithed-Up Salad! Our delicious, nutty and extremely low calorie & fat dressing provides 18 amino acids, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Nutritional yeast is a popular choice for vegetarians and vegans because it is a perfect alternative to animal-based protein. One ounce of this yeast contains 14 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and is only 79 calories.  Ingredients: kale, cherry tomato, shallots, lemon juice, EVOO, nutritional yeast, tahini, tamari, water, salt & pepper Price: $8.50

 

Curried Cauliflower Salad: This hearty, low-carb, protein-packed vegan roasted salad is warm, earthy and filling. Some of the best vegetables for detoxifying and rejuvenating the body are cruciferous ones like cauliflower, which is chock full of phytonutrients, minerals, and antioxidants. Curry powder contains turmeric, a spice known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and digestion improving properties. Ingredients:  cauliflower, raisins, cucumber, curry powder, harissa, cashews, EVOO, lemon juice  Price: $6.50

 

Lithe Bowl - Bibimbap:  Our raw version of the classic Korean dish filled with crisp Asian veggies and spicy dressing. We recommend pouring the dressing on the salad, and shaking it up! Ingredients: brown sushi rice, radish, carrot, cabbage, broccoli, mung bean sprout, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, mirin, nori  Price: $10

 

Zuc-Quinoa Lasagna:  The cult favorite is back!  A little slice of heaven for your heart and your hips!  If you're a lasagna lover, you'll adore our healthy "cheat" version of the rich, calorie-laden original (usually around 1,000-2000 calories per slice!). Our Lithed Up version is only 254 Calories, 8g Fat, 36g Carbs (5g Fiber), 12g Protein Ingredients:  zucchini, quinoa, tomato, spinach, vegetable stock, ricotta, mozzarella, EVOO, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt & pepper  Price:  $10

BLACK FRIDAY SALE! 27 Nov 2014

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Lithe's Black Friday sale opens tonight at midnight and closes on Monday at 11:59PM!  Our 5 class pack, Monthly (1-A-Day) Unlimited, Annual Membership, & Lithe Foods 3-Day Meal Plan specials make the perfect gift!

5 Class Card  $100  $65 
(that's like, $13/class)
Monthly (1-A-Day) Membership $210  $165
(That's like, $5.50/class if you attend everyday)
Annual Membership  $2,200  $1,999
(That's like, saving $521/year if you're a monthly member)
Lithe Foods 3 Day Meal Plan $225 $203
(Eating Lithe made easy. Kick-off with us on Monday January, 5th!)

To purchase, go to our on-line store and choose Black Friday 5 Class Card, Black Friday Monthly Membership, Black Friday Annual Membership & Lithe Foods 3 Day Detox.

*One per customer. 5 class cards expire on 12/31/14. Limited quantities of the Annual Membership available. May not be combined with any other discount or promotion. All Lithe Foods questions should be directed to lithefoods@lithemethod.com

Image of Lithe Instructor Sophie Oh wearing Michi NY via Dom

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 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.
 
 

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