HEALTH HACK | NEW YEAR, BETTER YOU

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we reflect on what a year 2017 has been--how much we have grown, learned and changed--and take all the positives from the previous year into the new year, it is even more important to establish new goals and ambitions. For many, these new objectives revolve around fitness and a stronger, healthier body. And to that, we say YES YOU CAN! Maintaining and elevating your fitness is a continued process and can't be attained in one day. Sustainable change takes time and if you push yourself little by little each and every day, you will see transformation. In this new year, we challenge you to implement these 5 diet/fitness tips in your routine so that you achieve your best self this 2018:

1) Eat breakfast EVERY DAY. 

2) Carry a healthy snack with you wherever you go! 

3) Drink your recommended daily serving of water (it will depend on each person, but the general recommended daily amount is 64 ounces).

4) Take your time when eating!

5) Start your meal with a soup or salad.
 

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HEALTH HACK | HOLIDAY MOCKTAILS

What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Food, family, love, DRINKS. The last subject is almost it's own food group as the holidays are never complete without a bevy of festive beverages. Now, there are plenty of alcoholic cocktails on the web for the merry drinkers that like to get a buzz on, but where does that leave the more health conscious folk who also like a good toast? Worry not, there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks that are perfect for the holidays! Try one of these 5 mocktails for your next holiday toast: 

1. Grinch Punch. See recipe here.

2. Candy Cane Sparkler. See recipe here.

3. Apple Cider Fake-tini.See recipe here.

4. Sparkling Pomegranate-Chai Mocktail. See recipe here.

5. Sleigh Driver. See recipe here.
 

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HEALTH HACK | DECEMBER DESSERTS

We are in the thick of holiday season folks! That means festive music, twinkling lights, comforting soups and decadent desserts. Don't be afraid that indulging in a bit of dessert this season may derail your fitness regime--you can whip up a number of winter-inspired desserts that are delectable and not detrimental to your diet! Try out these 5 scrumptious recipes this December:

1. Date Sweetened Brownie. See recipe here.

2. Pear and Quinoa Apple Crisp. See recipe here.

3. Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate. See recipe here.

4. Candied Ginger and Orange Icebox Cookies. See recipe here.

5. Caramel-Pear Pudding Cake. See recipe here.
 

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TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Jessica W

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HOW DID YOU FIND LAGREE FITNESS AND WHY DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOU?

I learned about Lagree through my cousin.  She started her first studio in Hollywood and I went to support and tried her class.  I thought it was so amazing and even though I lived in Santa Clarita I would make the drive down twice a week to get my butt kicked.  I saw pretty quickly the difference it made in my body, and I was in love!  I knew this would be life long love of mine but didn’t know at the time I would get the privilege of instructing.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

I would have to say that that I am serious about the effectiveness of my clients' workout but I'm definitely not super serious by nature.  I try to make this already difficult experience a little less with some playful banter to help keep your mind off the burn!

Humbled-  I feel so humbled by the love, dedication and appreciation for each and every one of my clients that come to see me for a great workout. It feels amazing to help others and see their excitement as they progress towards their goals and a healthier lifestyle. These classes are never easy; to help clients push the limits of their bodies and get stronger despite the challenge is beyond rewarding and I am so grateful and humbled that I get to share that with them.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST-WORKOUT NOSH?

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Oh, man this is tough. I love food and am not a very good eat-the-same-thing-everyday type of person.  I love ground turkey and rice or on a bed of spinach.  I also love poached salmon and rice. If I can’t get to one of these meals I will reach for my RX Bars (chocolate sea salt is my fave).  Those are just a couple of my go-to foods post workout (unless it's in the morning, then I love oatmeal with fruit or eggs with hash-browns. :) )

IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE WORKOUT TIP TO YOUR CLIENTS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Never be afraid to try new things and reach new goals.  There is always a way to modify things if its too hard, but give your self the chance to try something new!  You might be surprised as to how strong you are getting.  Last but not least, the slower the better in every move and EMBRACE the SHAKE!

Check out Jessica's schedule here!

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Charlene S

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HOW DID YOU FIND LAGREE FITNESS AND WHY DOES IT RESONATE WITH YOU?

I found Lagree after trying many other types of workouts, everything from barre classes to CrossFit.  I gained a lot of endurance and strength with CrossFit but my body just couldn't handle the heavy weightlifting after a while.  I came across Motivate in doing some research and figured it couldn't be any harder than CrossFit so I gave it a try.  Man, was I wrong!  After that very first session I discovered new muscles that I never knew I had and didn't have to throw heavy weights above my head in order to find them!  I loved every minute of being pushed to my max, not only by the trainer, but mentally for myself. With each class I found myself pushing harder, holding longer and embracing that shake.  I love how much stronger I am now as a result and also enjoy being able to work out more efficiently and much more safely at Motivate.  I always leave with a sense of accomplishment!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

 Intense and Pushing Limits.  I know within each of us, we have the ability to go harder and push farther than we even realize or allow ourselves to do.  We often stop right at that moment where we think it's too hard, not knowing that change is just over the precipice if we can fight to get through the discomfort.  As a trainer, I want to be able to bring that out in my clients while being safe and encouraging.

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST-WORKOUT NOSH?

Protein banana pancakes!  Super simple- 2 (or 3!) eggs and 1 banana, mashed and whisked all together, fry it in a pan.  I'll follow that up with a tuna, kale and broccoli slaw with quinoa and sunflower seeds, drizzled with a red wine/olive oil vinaigrette.

IF YOU WERE TO GIVE ONE WORKOUT TIP TO YOUR CLIENTS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Embrace the shake!  Endure and fight through because there’s strength on the other side.

Check out Charlene's schedule here!

HEALTH HACK | HOLIDAY EATS

This holiday season, our wish list consists of a... a guilt free diet! While Thanksgiving is behind us, that just means even more holiday cheer and eats are approaching this December. But just because you are conscious about eating healthy for the holidays doesn't mean you have to be a Grinch about it! There is definitely a wonderful medium you can attain when it comes to eating healthy and eating happy. Try out these holiday-themed recipes this month: 

1. Butter-Glazed Rainbow Carrots. See article here.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts. See article here.

3. Winter Fruit Salad. See article here.

4. Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs. See article here.

5. Butternut Squash Cranberry Maple Tempeh with Cinnamon. See article here.

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HEALTH HACK | T-DAY DETOX

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the food coma has lifted, let's get back into the fitness grind and treat our bodies to some much needed detox! An effective and easy way of doing so is drinking detox water --which is water infused with nutritious ingredients that helps flush your system of toxins, among many other good health benefits. Water is one of your most powerful allies when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet and when combined with the right ingredients, can work to kick-start your metabolism, assist your liver, and provide your body with a considerable amount of nutrients. Post-Thanksgiving, that sounds like exactly what our bodies need. Try out these 5 easy detox water recipes:

1. Lemon Ginger Detox Drink. See recipe here.

2. Slim Down Detox Water. See recipe here.

3. Cucumber Lemon Water. See recipe here.

4. Orange Mint Coconut Water. See recipe here.

5. Apple Cinnamon Detox Water. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | SIDE DISH STARS

It's T-minus 2 days until Thanksgiving! As we all get ready for one the best meals of the year with our loved ones, why not make it even better with some last minute additions? Thanksgiving dinner is nothing without a bevy of side dishes, a bountiful selection of delicious sorts. You can contribute some holiday love this Thursday by bringing one of these mouth-watering and healthy side dishes to the table:  

1. Broccoli, Shiitake and Red Onion Roast. See recipe here.
2. Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs. See recipe here.
3. Sweet Potato Casserole. See recipe here.
4. Quinoa and Mushroom-Stuffed Butternut Squash. See recipe here.
5. Dirty Farro Stuffing. See recipe here.

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HEALTH HACK | THANKFUL FOR DESSERT

You may be watching your carb and calorie intake this holiday season, but that does not mean you have to skip out on dessert...ESPECIALLY Thanksgiving dessert (possibly one of the best parts of the night). Indulge in lighter versions of dessert that are lower in calories but not low on flavor. Yes, that's right--delicious and healthier options exist in copious amounts. Here are 5 recipes to try out this Thanksgiving that would give anyone an extra reason to be thankful:

1. Apple Coconut Crumble Pie. See recipe here.

2. Caramel Apples. See recipe here.

3. Pumpkin Cheesecake. See recipe here.

4. Pumpkin Donuts with Pecan Frosting. See recipe here.

5. Pumpkin Pie Parfait with Coconut Whipped Cream. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | STUFFING 2.0

Thanksgiving is a special day for family, friends, and food. While this day is usually filled with much love, appreciation, and laughs, there is a small downside--fattening foods that are catastrophic to your diet. One traditional dish that is packed with carbs and calories but so very hard to avoid when its delectable scent wafts your way is... stuffing. Luckily, there are ways to transform this Turkey Day staple into a healthier dish that is tasty, will deliver the same amount of comforting satisfaction and won't leave you feeling guilty. Here are 5 recipes for you try out this Thanksgiving: 

1. Farro, Caramelized Onion, and Wild Mushroom Stuffing. See recipe here.

2. Sausage Stuffing. See recipe here.

3. Herbed Cornbread Stuffing. See recipe here,

4. Quinoa Stuffing. See recipe here.

5. Cauliflower Rice Stuffing. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | SLOW COOK FOR ME

Want an easy, low-maintainence meal full of bold flavors and a warm sense of comfort? Time to bust out your handy-dandy slow cooker! The slow cooker is the perfect versatile instrument to concoct hearty, fall-inspired meals without devoting long hours in the kitchen. You only need to pop the ingredients in the pot, forget about it, and then reap the fruits of your (minimal) labor after you've enjoyed your day. Cook in big quantities and you can meal-prep for the week or effectively serve big dinner parties (where you will be lauded for your cooking prowess). Either way, you will relish in the victory of a delicious, healthy meal with almost no effort. Check out these 5 scrumptious fall recipes to try with your slow cooker:


1. Slow Cooker Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Stew. See recipe here.

2.Cider Pork Stew. See recipe here

3. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken. See recipe here

4. Vegan Lentil Chili. See recipe here.

5. Slow Cooker Minestrone. See recipe here

HEALTH HACK | HEY PUMPKIN

We are in the thick of October and Halloween is almost upon us! So before another month sweeps by, let us ramp up the appreciation for Orange October by giving a nod to this month's iconic image--the pumpkin. Besides being the perfect festive Halloween decoration, pumpkins are a great source of energy, fiber and iron. Check out these 5 pumpkin-inspired recipes that will have you running to the kitchen:

1. Pumpkin Spice Waffles. See recipe here.

2. Pumpkin Chai Latte. See recipe here.

3. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Muffins. See recipe here.

4. Pumpkin Chili. See recipe here.

5. Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo. See recipe here.

HEALTH HACK | DIET WITH PIZZA-ZZ

Eating healthy means you are cutting calories and maximizing nutrition--It does not mean you are cutting out one of life's savory and comforting staples: pizza! All diets should include pizza and we have discovered some of the tastiest and healthier pizza recipes to please your palette. Next time you crave a cheesy slice, try one of these 5 recipes that won't leave you feeling guilty for cheating your diet (talk about a personal victory): 

1. Margherita Pizza. See recipe here.

2. Turkey Pizza. See recipe here.

3. Mushroom and Arugula Pizza. See recipe here.

4. Roasted Pepper and Olive Pizza. See recipe here.

5. Tomato Ricotta Pizza. See recipe here.

 

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Eva s

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How did you find Lagree Fitness and why does it resonate with you?

Freshman year of college I went to a tiny university in Salem, Oregon.  I learned very quickly that I am not a small-town girl.  Every weekend I would drive an hour north to explore Portland.  I have always loved group fitness classes, and a Lagree studio happened to be in the vicinity of my stomping grounds.  I tried it out, and I was instantly hooked.  The most appealing part was the combination of high intensity and low impact.  I have a bad knee from years of tennis, so low impact is crucial for me.  It is so satisfying to get my heart rate pumping and muscles shaking with the comfort of knowing that this workout is sustainable on my joints.  For the rest of my year in Oregon, I would drive an hour each way just to take Lagree classes.  Then I transferred to Occidental and found that wonderful feeling once again with Motivate.

How would you describe your teaching style?

SERIOUS.  Though I love to joke around, I really want my classes to be effective and efficient.  Workout smarter, not harder!

GRATEFUL.  First, I am so inspired by each of my students for taking the time out of their busy lives to focus on their physical and mental health, and I want my students to know how proud I am.  Second, I am thankful to be part of each of my students' lives, even if for a short moment.

INTROSPECTIVE.  I want to help my students get lost in their sensations--the deep breathing, muscle fatigue, and mental challenges.  Once you embrace these feelings, you can more effectively (and safely) challenge yourself.

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What's your favorite post workout nosh?

Rice, beans, and a leafy green!  I could eat rice and beans, pretty much, for every meal, every day for the rest of my life.  I usually go for brown rice, lentils, and kale with a splash of lime juice and olive oil.

If you were to give one workout tip to your clients, what would it be?

Don't beat yourself up!  We can't be on our A-game every workout.  If you're having an off-day, it just means you're human. ;)

Check out Eva's classes on Saturday afternoons at 4:00 and 5:00 pm!