Choose a weight that is challenging, yet allows you to complete each set with proper form.
Make sure to perform a 5 minute warm up before starting this workout.
It’s no secret that I love green smoothies, and I often get asked about what to put in them without gagging or breaking a budget.
I cant help but laugh at my client’s faces when I suggest adding green smoothies to their day,and I love their surprised faces even more once they realize that they do not taste anything like the once thought.
Many skeptics feel that you have to spend a ton of money in order to get a ton of nutrients, or sacrifice taste, which is not truly not the case.
Here are my five favorite green smoothie recipes made with five simple ingredients.
All you need is a blender and a little enthusiasm! Time to energize!
The Banana Split
Almond Butter and Jelly
The Antioxidant Powerhouse
Simple and affordable!
Try adding one of these smoothies into your diet everyday over the next five days, and feel your energy skyrocket while providing your body with a ton of nutrients.
Cheers to a healthier YOU!
A new cycling studio has arrived in Boston’s Financial District on 101 Federal street, and it is described as a “unique, high-technology indoor cycling and lifestyle studio with a holistic approach”.
B/SPOKE Studios’mission is to cater to riders’ mind, body and spirit through their personalized, lifestyle-focused studio. By employing B/SPOKE’s approach, the studio welcomes riders to find a sustainable path to better health and personal growth while enjoying a revitalizing workout. B/SPOKE has 35 Schwinn AC Performance Plus bikes and every ride comes with complimentary bottled water, heart rate monitors, towels, indoor cycling shoes, foam ear plugs, hair elastics and changing areas complete with six showers (four female, two male) equipped with products from Aesop, blow-dryer and hair straighteners
B/SPOKE does not officially open to the public until July 16th, but from July 9th -15th, ANYONE can sign up for over 30 complimentary classes by registering at http://www.bspokestudios.com. Upon check out, select the “$0.00 – Launch Week Free Class” option. (limit of one per person) Classes will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis.
During this launch week, B/SPOKE will be open Monday-Friday from 5:00am-8:00pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 8:30am-11:30am.
As of July 16th, single classes and bulk packages ranging from $20-27 per class will be available, along with corporate and student discount programs.
With a packed schedule of six classes each weekday and four on the weekends, B/SPOKE makes it easy for any rider to find the time to fit in their workout. Bikes can be reserved online up to seven days in advance by visiting www.bspokestudios.com, and walk-ins are also welcome!
For more information, please call 617.951.9900 or head over to www.bspokestudios.com.
Happy cycling, Boston!
I am on a SERIOUS watermelon kick this summer.
Breakfast, snack, lunch, in my salads, in a cocktail, or simply blended into a deliciously hydrating juice, watermelon has been my go-to fruit since the hot temps have arrived here in Boston.
As for Matt, he has always been a watermelon lover, and last week while battling a case strep throat, he enjoyed endless amounts to stay energized and hydrated.
his cutting skills are off the charts..look at those perfect pieces.
SO, why is watermelon such a beneficial fruit? Let me break down for you.
Watermelon is high in Lycopene, which aids in cardiovascular health and bone health. It is the perfect pre or post workout meal because of its anti-inflammatory elements, high doses of antioxidants and electrolytes, as well as it’s ability to improve blood flow due to the amino acid “citrulline”, which is found mostly in the rind, the WHITE SECTION of the melon.
In our body, L-Citrulline is changed into another amino acid called L-Arginine. Arginine improves the balance of nitrogen (nitric oxide), which causes our blood vessels to relax, expand, and improve blood flow. This aids in the prevention of muscle fatigue, which then allows us to exercise longer and recover more quickly!
Watermelon is extremely high in vitamins and minerals, while low in calories due to its water content. It also helps reduce high blood pressure and blood sugar levels, which makes it the perfect diabetic friendly snack.
As a natural diuretic and cleanser, watermelon is our kidney’s best friend. It helps increases the flow of urine, while helping the liver process anomia, which is a waste product from digesting protein. This gives the kidneys a nice break by easily flushing excess fluids without any strain from high amounts of caffeine and alcohol, something that our society struggles with daily.
Along with many other fruits and vegetables (citrus, leafy greens ,avocados,cucumbers) watermelon is also very alkalizing when RIPE. This is crucial for keeping diseases from forming in our body, especially if you are used to eating HIGH ACID foods such as eggs, dairy, and meats. These foods can lead to excess body fat, calcium deficiency (due to draining calcium from our bones, which causes us to shrink as we age), tooth decay, and a breeding ground for diseases to grow.
When it comes to eye health, carrots aren’t the only food that help protect us. Watermelon is high in beta-carotene, which gives it that beautifully rich color that can brighten any kitchen or mood. It will help also your skin stay plush and glowing.
One of the main reasons I overdosed Matt on watermelon while he battled strep throat was not only due to hydration, but because of it’s high content of Vitamin C, which helps improves the immune system and prevents cell damage.
Not to mention it’s a cold, refreshing snack that would feel great to any sore throat sufferer.
When choosing a watermelon, you want to make sure that it is ripe.
There are FOUR cues to look for when picking out a watermelon
1. Think HEAVY. Whether big or small, the watermelon should feel heavy when lifted.This also applies to all produce. It means that it is full of water, which is what you want.
2. Find the YELLOW spot. Lift your melon up and look underneath to where it was resting. If that spot is yellow, your good to go! In this case, your looking for a duller hue, rather than a bright green.
3. HOLLOW headed. Along with feeling heavy, the melon should also have a hollow sound. If it feels soft when you knock on it, that means it is under ripe. The watermelon should have a hollowness to it when knocked on.
4. What’s it’s SHAPE? The watermelon should have an even shape to it, which means that is got accurate amounts of sunlight and water
So the next time you have a bbq to go to, bring a watermelon as the perfect appetizer for all guests. It is best eaten alone, before consuming other foods, as it is quick digesting and will be easier on the stomach.
No matter how you slice it, you can guarantee it will be a hit.
A lot has happened since my last blog post on April 28th, and to be honest, it felt good to take a little break from the blogging world and focus on my life and the exciting changes that were taking place.
I married Matt on May 17th at the State Room in Boston.
It was a picture perfect day, and a spectacular night to remember.
My dress is by Monique Lhuillier, and I knew that it was the one from the moment I slipped it on.
We honeymooned in Grand Cayman, where we stayed at the WESTIN on Seven Mile Beach.
To call this island is “gorgeous” would be an understatement.
The food was delicious, the island was safe, clean and everything that we had expected.
Besides Matt’s luggage coming late, his inner infection and a few other minor bumps along the way, we have an amazing time and couldn’t wait to come home and see Madi; who is growing bigger by the day!
this is her “What?”, face.
On the work front, I am at a new studio very close to my home and I am in love with it.
We are an Organic and Green Fitness Studio and Spa, offering everything from P90X and Piloxing, to Hot Yoga and Aveda massages, facials and waxing.
Our concept is “Your body is your machine” and you can check us out HERE
Speaking of Piloxing, I am now a certified Piloxing Instructor!
Gotta keep adding to the list of certifications to keep myself, and my clients from getting bored!
Other than that, I am enjoying my time as a newlywed and settling to the summer with plenty of green smoothies, colorful fruits, new workouts and fun nights on the town.
It’s GOOD to be back!
Take some time today to go for a walk, a hike, or a run along the beach for those of you lucky enough to do so.
Make a Green Smoothie or Juice and envelop your insides with Earth’s pure gift of nutrition.
Look around and notice the beauty that is right outside your door.
Put on sunscreen and feel that sunshine on your face.
Drink the wild air <3
Happy Earth Day!