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May 2015

Clean Eats

Celebrating Summer & Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Memorial Day marks the official start of all things summer in NYC ( summer fridays, the official end of a semester, beach days, weekend getaways and summer picnics). AKA I’m excited! I’m headed to a rooftop party in Brooklyn today actually so I thought I’d share this plant-based veggie “lasagna” I’m bringing as my guest.

This plant-based goodness is amazing because it has a ton of healthy fiber (that’s good for your digestion and waistline) along with healthy fats and plenty of vegetables! For more plant-based good-tasting recipes by Cynthia Sass  check out her latest book Slim Down Now ( where I got this recipe.) I love this recipe because it tastes amazing, is simple to make and can also be made ahead, frozen and reheated! Perfect for any summer party! Enjoy! xx SS

 

 

Cannellini Bean and Vegetable “Lasagna”

Makes 1 Serving of Lasagna ( recipe taken from Slim Down Now)

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cooked cannellini beans

1 roma tomato, cut into thin rounds

1 medium zucchini sliced in 1/4 inch rounds

1 large portobello mushroom cap

2 tablespoons of minced red onion

1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3-4 chopped fresh basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt-free italian seasoning

1//8 teaspoon black pepper

1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Place the tomato and zucchini slices and the mushroom on a baking sheet and brush or rub them with half of the olive oil. Roast them for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, puree the beans with the remaining olive oil, garlic and 1 tablespoon of water. Transfer the bean puree to a bow and fold in the onion, basil, Italian seasoning, black pepper and cayenne. Remove the vegetables from the oven, and on a second baking sheet, layer the vegetables with the beans: with the mushrooms as the base, layer beans, then zucchini, then more beans then tomatoes. Return the “lasagna” to the oven for 15 minutes.

** All Photography by McKenzie Hall

Fit Babes

Eating Clean with Lauren Gleisberg

This week for Motivation Monday we’ve teamed up with none other than fitness expert Lauren Gleisberg! Lauren is an amazing fitness guru and a well- known expert on all things health and fitness on her blog. She was also just featured on The Doctors show a few days ago! She shared with us her go-to healthy 5 min breakfast and favorite “lady gun” sculpting workout routine.

As taken from Lauren Gleisberg’s blog

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5 Minute Breakfast Scramble 

(Original recipe from Laurengleisberg.com)

Ingredients:
-2 eggs
-1 handful of spinach
-1/4 red bell pepper
-1/4 cup mushrooms
-1/4 cup tomato
-1/2 avocado
-1 tbsp feta cheese (optional)
-seasoning: sea salt & pepper to taste
Prep:
-Heat a medium sized skillet on low-medium heat (1 minute)
-Add a spray of olive oil/coconut oil non stick cooking spray to the pan
-Chop/dice all vegetables (1 minute)
-Simmer vegetables (1 minute)
-Add in eggs & scramble (2 minutes)
Lauren Gleisberg’s “Lady Guns” Workout
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(workout from Laurengleisberg.com)

 

Lauren Gleisberg is a health and fitness blogger that is inspiring others to look and feel their best through workout guides and science based nutrition advice. She has 6 years experience in the health and fitness industry and holds a BS in Biology.

 

 

 

Dessert

Happy Mother’s Day: Green Goddess Smoothie

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Don’t forget to give your Moms some extra love today! This year, although I couldn’t physically spend Mother’s day with my mom, I sent her a very special gift, Slim Down Now, a cookbook and wellness book by the amazing Cynthia Sass.

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I finally got around to trying out some recipes from the book, Slim Down Now and since my mom and I are very big Green Smoothie fans, thought I’d share this very special Cherry Chocolate Green Goddess Smoothie with everyone! This is just one of the many amazing recipes that are in the new wellness book by Cynthia Sass. There’s also tons of amazing healthy, balanced and even vegan versions of some delicious dinners and desserts along with helpful, proven tips to stay slim and glow from the inside out.sEkwDlErY66VB7bgdJc72qw5LBw_jirrJowIWydIIT0

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One of the best things I did was get my mom hooked on Green Smoothies! (I’m the healthy influence and whenever I come visit I make her try something new.) I even got her hooked on Kombucha ( she was scared at first) and juicing but I’ll save that for a later post.. Yay for healthy moms! Green Smoothies are an excellent breakfast option because they provide so much nutrition (healthy fats, protein, fruit and carbs) all which provide a great start to your day! The other awesome benefit of Green Smoothies is that they don’t take too much time to prepare and considering all the healthy benefits they’re definitely my go-to breakfast.

I’m such an amazing fan of Cynthia Sass and her advice and have been a client of hers for years now. If I didn’t truly believe in these recipes and her educated advice I wouldn’t share this awesome recipe, but this is hands-down my favorite Green Smoothie (it combines my favorite fruit AND did I mention real dark chocolate?!)- I’m sure you’ll love it too!

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Cherry Chocolate Green Goddess Recipe

Makes 4-5 cups  (recipe taken from Slim Down Now)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup vanilla-flavored pea protein powder ( I used NuZest brand in Smooth Vanilla)
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 oz. dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao), chopped into tiny pieces
1 cup of frozen cherries
*optional: 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Directions:

In a high-speed blender, combine the protein powder, spinach, chocolate, cherries with 3/4 cup of water and a handful of ice if desired and blend until smooth; serve. ( I personally omit the ginger and lime because I feel it tastes too strong for my taste preference but feel free to experiment and play around with it!)

 

* FYI-All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own- I do NOT get compensated for any links or products included in this post. These are things I use myself and am simply sharing them to my readers. I promise I don’t post on anything I don’t genuinely stand behind and personally love! Everything in this recipe has been personally taste-tested including the protein powder mentioned and recipe in this post. Enjoy! xx SS

Fit Babes

Motivation Monday: Featuring Model Vilma Putriute

 

This week for Motivation Monday I interviewed one of the healthiest people I know, model Vilma Putriute. She counts healthy living and food as some of her biggest passions and talks why she’s obsessed with juicing, her favorite healthy spots to lunch with friends and her weekly workout routine. Check out the interview below and follow her healthy travels on instagram!
Why did you choose to be vegan?
I started the vegan lifestyle not long ago, before that I was vegetarian, but as usual you always wanna go further 🙂 So I started with little steps gradually eliminating milk and replacing with dairy free nut milks, that actually taste much batter. Instead of cheese, I use tofu, soya, seitan fillets and mixing these in almost all my salads.I really like how creative vegan cooking is, but more importantly I feel good and look better than ever, which is very important for my job as a model.
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 Where are your favorite healthy places to eat in london and NYC?
 
These days there are more and more new vegan and raw places opening up, which makes me really excited. whenever a new place opens I’m the first one to try it out!  I’m based in London and love how the city has lots of healthy, vegan, raw and juice places to eat in and take away. Also my favorite is whole foods market in London and Nyc. I think the most variety of healthy eating and life style are those two cities. In London I always go to Tanya’s cafe, Good Life Eatery, Roots & Bulbs and Le pain Quotidien. All of those places have a great cold press and smoothie selection as well great lunch menus to grab a bite with your friends.
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I noticed you like to juice cleanse a lot which is awesome! Why do you think it’s important to juice?
I do cold press juicing one-two days a week (and have been doing this for a year already, didn’t miss these days even once!) I’m addicted to juicing! Once you feel and see the difference in your body and appearance after the juicing, you’re hooked for good! I think your body needs a break at least one day a week, either is juicing or water fast, or eating only fruit or some kind of vegetables. It cleanses all the toxins out, gives your metabolism a break so it could work with the double power afterwards. And it’s also gives you psychological will power and makes you less addicted to food and more aware of what kind of food you’re eating and what kind of food your body needs.
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What’s your favorite kind of workout / workout class?
 I like to mix up my work out- cardio 3 times a week, love running outdoors or cycling.  At least once a week Bikram or Vinyasa yoga for a good stretch. Love Pilates reformer and ballet/ barre classes to keep the tone.
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What are some of your favorite workout spots ?
 ‘So hot ‘ Bikram studio in London or ‘yoga to the people ‘ in Williamsburg in Nyc, now you can find bikram yoga almost in every city, so I just like to pop in whenever I’m in Berlin, Barcelona or Milan. My favorite gym is’ Kx ‘ in Chelsea in London, with great spa and classes. My favorite running tracks are: Hyde park in London, Central Park in Nyc and beach side in Barcelona.
Which is your favorite healthy city that you have lived in?
My favorite healthy city is Barcelona. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetable markets. It’s still quite new for juicing and vegan lifestyle scene, but it’s getting there. I think the beach and sunshine gives a big plus in one of the favorite cities category.

 

 

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Fitness Friday: Waking Yoga Sequence

I definitely don’t consider myself a morning person but on those rare occasions I wake up with bundles of energy its likely because I engaged in some awakening yoga and stretches to start off my day. (That’s how I’m guessing all those 6am yoga teachers out there can teach so early!) I know it sounds crazy but getting your body up and moving even when its the most tired is such an efficient way to wake up sans coffee and tea.

Having practiced Bikram yoga for a long time  (over 5 years) and studying yoga for one semester I pretty much love anything having to do with yoga including Vinyasa/ Flow yoga to wake me up. This week for Fitness Friday I wanted to bring a waking yoga sequence to the blog to inspire others to wake up and shine! (See the sequence here)

 

Wake Up & Shine Yoga Sequence:

 

CAT- starting in neutral table top position slowly move into cat hollowing out your spine and your belly.waking up your spin slowly this pose moves your spin from a rounded position to a flexed one.

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COW- while inhaling lift your sitting bones and chest upward allowing your belly to relax to the floor.

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FORWARD BEND- cradle opposite elbows and swing back and forth to release shoulder tension

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DOWN DOG:

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DOWN DOG SPLIT: kick your right leg back and loosen up your hip joint

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          step through to warrior 1

WARRIOR 2 (RIGHT SIDE):

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REVERSE WARRIOR: move your arms from traditional warrior 1 and instead reach your right arm grazing your right calf and left arm reaching up framing your face

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TRIANGLE POSE (Bikram style):

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Make sure you have your ankle over your knee all in a perfect line to prevent injury and having your knee stick out over your ankle, sit down into the pose until your knee is at 90 degrees. Reach down and graze your ankle while simultaneously reaching up and profile your face towards the light

 

DOWN DOG (SEQUENCE ON THE LEFT SIDE):

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PLANK and FLOW INTO UPDOG

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DOWN DOG

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DOWN DOG SPLIT ( Left side)- * ignore the fact I’m actually lifting my right leg haha

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WARRIOR 2( Left side

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REVERSE WARRIOR ( Left side)

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cartwheel hands down into down dog

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move to up dog and flow

 

ENDING POSES:

SHOULDER STAND: set up is important 

Lay your arms on the floor next to your torso then bend your knees and set your feet against the floor with heels close to the sitting bones. Pressing your arms firmly against the floor and exhale and push your feet away from the floor and lift your thighs up. Next curl your lower torso away from the floor bringing your knees close to your face and pointing your toes towards the ceiling. Bend your elbows towards each other. Keep your upper arms on the floor and bring your legs perpendicular to the floor

Only stay in this pose for about 30 seconds for safety.

To come out of the pose: Exhale slowly and bend your knees towards your torso rolling slowly back onto the floor keeping your head and neck on the floor to avoid injury.

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FULL WHEEL OR MODIFIED BRIDGE POSE:

for full wheel-> Bend your knees and set your feet on the floor with your heels as close to your sits bones as possible. Bend your elbows and with spread palms on the floor on both sides of your head and keeping your arms perpendicular to the floor and point your fingers towards your shoulders.

 

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*for modified bridge pose ( not pictured) : bend your knees and set your feet firmly on the floor keeping your heels as close to your sit bones as possible. Then press your inner feet and arms into the floor pushing your tailbone up towards and lifting your hips off the floor. Press your palms together below your pelvis and extend your arms to remain supported

 

Breath & Meditation  for 2-5 minutes

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