Mar 25, 2015

Spring Workout Playlist

Hi Babes! There's nothing like some new hot tunes to pump up your workout. Here's my new spring workout playlist...

 And in case you were wondering, here's a little taste ...

Mar 23, 2015

Beach Babe Favorites

1. Quest Nutrition - Quest Bar: my go-to pre-workout fuel or snack between meals... the very best protein bars!

2. Greens First: this fruit and vegetable powder alkalizes the body's PH and is a tasty treat in a shake or glass of water.

3. Unipro Perfect Protein : the best quality and best tasting protein powder ever.

5. Metagenics Ultraflora Balance Probiotic : I take this first thing every morning and last thing before bed to maintain a healthy gut.

6. Metagenics Pregnancy Wellness Essentials : I've taken these throughout my pregnancy and while nursing so that I don't deplete my body of necessary vitamins.

7. Larabar Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar: a tasty snack made of just fruits and nuts...yum.

Mar 12, 2015

The REAL breakfast of champions

Many of you know that I made a new years resolution to start the day with a green drink. I'm no stranger to the wonderful world of juiced greens... kale, romaine, parsley, spinach, broccoli. You name it, the greener the better. If you've divulged into juicing, you know how addicting all those tasty greens can be. It's no wonder juice shops have been popping up on every other corner. However, those drinks were making a pretty hefty dent in my pocket book.

Alas, I gave up my $7+ daily green juice and swapped my normal eggs and turkey bacon breakfast for a delicious green smoothie (aka the real breakfast of champions).  I can't recommend a more nutritious breakfast. It's loaded with raw vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants and healthy fats. A real treat to your fasting body. Here's how I make mine (I gotta say it's amaze)...


Ginger: Boosts immunity, aids in digestion, anti-inflammatory

Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, keeps intestines healthy and functioning properly, relieves arthritis and cystic fibrosis, prevents cancer, helps liver function, lowers cholesterol... the list goes on. 

Dandelion: Digestive aid, kidney, liver & gallbladder support, anti-oxidant, fights cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure

Nut Milk: Low in calories, contains healthy fats including omega fatty acids, good source of calcium & vitamin E

Kale: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and loaded with necessary raw vitamins and minerals

Fit for Life Raw Meal (or your favorite protein powder):  provides energy and satisfies hunger, raw and organic plant based protein, contains live probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion

Almond Butter
Either a Banana or Avocado
Frozen Fruit or Half an Apple

To Make:
In the blender, I start with nut milk (cashew has become my new fave) and a little water. Then I add in two whole kale leaves and three dandelion leaves. I'll do half an inch piece of both ginger and turmeric and one scoop of raw meal. I then choose two or three items from the "optional" list. I always add in some frozen fruit (like berries or a green fig) or half an apple. The banana or avocado makes it extra creamy and almond butter or coconut add some healthy fats. I constantly switch it up so I don't get bored.

 I make this with my Blendtec (Whole Juice button) because it makes it super smooth with no pulp or stringy bits. 

 I'll also throw in any extra veggies I have on hand such as parsley, spinach, broccoli or beets. Anything goes here. I love that I never let any fruits or veggies go to waste and it always tastes different. A good trick is to put any fruits or vegetables into the freezer before they go bad. 

Cheers to the real breakfast of champions!

PS. Always use organic (duh!)

Mar 6, 2015

Nutty For Cashewmilk

Hi Babes! It’s not often that I’m this passionate about a product, but this company is just so on par with what I believe.

If you read my post Goat Milk vs Cow Milk, then you know I’m not a fan of cow milk. So, what’s creamier than skim milk, with fewer calories and no saturated fats? Well babes, I am super excited to introduce you to Silk Cashewmilk.

Silk Cashewmilk is just as yummy as you might guess (ever tried a cashew? Um, yum). It’s rich, irresistibly creamy and absolutely perfect to add to coffee, a protein shake or any recipe requiring milk. I’ve been using it every morning in my daily green drink and it’s really upped my green game.

Not only is Silk Cashewmilk just so delicious but, it’s only 25 calories per serving (1/3 the calories in skim milk) with no saturated fat .... a-ok by me.

Possibly my absolute favorite thing about Silk Cashewmilk is the brand mission statement:

“Changing the world, one sip (or spoonful) at a time. Since the beginning, Silk® has been out to make the world a healthier place. Not just for those who use our products, but for everyone.”

Silk is committed to non-GMO project verified products, which meets my numero uno criteria when consuming food and drink.  They are even big supporters of Just Label It, “a national initiative encouraging the clear and accurate labeling of foods containing GMOs.” Yes, please!

I love finding brands I know I can trust.  Cheers to Silk® for providing us with wholesome (and delicious) Silk Cashewmilk!

*Silk Original Cashewmilk: 60 cal/serv; skim dairy milk: 80 cal/serv. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 27. Data consistent with typical skim dairy milk.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Silk through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about Silk, all opinions are my own.

Feb 23, 2015

Beach Babe : Katie Osumi

I am oh so very excited to introduce you to mega beach babe, Katie Osumi. If you workout in Orange County, chances are you've taken one of Katie's amazing classes. Before I started teaching,  I regularly took her spin class and I remember thinking.. wow, this girl is so fun! To call her a peer now is truly a dream come true. 

Katie writes a clever blog called Goodnite Irene and is taking a short hiatus from teaching to have her first baby. Due in April, I'm sure her clients miss her very much. Here's just a taste of the very talented and very charming Katie Osumi... What a babe! xx 

Introduce Yourself:
hello! my name is katie osumi. i am a so-cal native, ucla-grad, living in newport beach with my hunky husband {aka hunkiest,} and our two beasts: jones + priscilla. i am an instructor of indoor cycling as well as the creator of coreplay®, my signature mind-body class incorporating pilates, yoga, barre + functional training. i am also 7 months pregnant with our first baby, a sweet girl.

Why did you start teaching fitness classes?
i kind of fell into teaching fitness. i was a binge-spinner in the 90’s, and the manager of the gym i belonged to {now equinox Irvine} asked me to fill in—once i put that microphone on, i haven’t been able to take it off.

What’s your favorite part about teaching?
my favorite part of teaching is seeing the results {both immediate + long-term} -i love how someone can come into a 6am class, dog-tired, irritable, and unsure why they’re even there---and not even 10 minutes later, their moods are transformed; they’re “woo-hoo’ing” and ready to light the day up.
i’m also inspired the physical, mental and emotional changes in my students over time: anything from weight loss, strength, stress-relief, and even depression relief.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without exercising?
ugh, the longest i’ve gone without exercising was last doctor mandated a 4-week bedrest…i lasted just over two weeks before i snuck into a much needed, brain-clearing spin class.  

How has pregnancy affected your exercise habits?
pregnancy has rocked my world! every day i’m speechless {aka out of breath} at how much harder everything is---spin class, pilates, walking up the stairs, sleeping etc.}
i’ve had hyperemesis gravidarum {severe nausea} for the whole pregnancy, and for the most part, the only time i’m not nauseated, though, is when i incorporate some sort of exercise; my fitness regime has been my saving grace during this pregnancy.

Any suggestions for other mama’s - to - be out there?
for other mama’s-to-be i would, of course, say listen to your doctor first and foremost. my ob-gyn green-lighted any and all exercise i was doing prior to pregnancy. pregnancy isn’t the time to set new records on your 1-mile run, but
if you’re feeling up to it, exercise is so beneficial during pregnancy---both for the baby and you.
secondly, trust your intuition, listen to your body—you know your body best and if something feels off, you should stop.

What are you most excited about becoming a mom?
other than not being pregnant anymore, i’m most excited to have this little person to adore. i can’t think of a bigger adventure {both scary and wonderful} than parenthood.

Guilty Pleasures?
oh my gosh!? where do i start?
coffee, multiples naps throughout the day, vanderpump rules, swearing, online shopping, turning my phone and computer off.

Favorite healthy snack or recipe?
my smoothie: kale, banana, almond milk, blueberries, pineapple, baobab powder, and a ton of cinnamon. i pretty much have this every day.

If you weren’t a fitness instructor, you would be… a professional nap-taker.

How do you motivate your clients/students?
they’re all so unique and respond to different stimulus: some like personal attention, others want to be more anonymous and left alone. my ritual before every class is to remember and re-affirm that this time is never be about me; this is the student’s experience, their hour, their money and i need to leave my crap out of it. it needs to always be about THEM. i hope that’s what they feel.

You can follow Katie on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to check out my interview now live on Goodnite Irene. 
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