HEALTH HACK | HEALTHY COOKIES

Can those two words exist is the same sentence? With this recipe yes they can! Treats are totally ok as long as you have them in moderation! But the nice thing about these cookies is they are much more health-friendly and guilt-free!

1 cup – peanut butter

1 cup – honey

1 large – egg

1 1/2 teaspoon – vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon – salt

1/2 teaspoon – baking soda

2 cup – flour gluten free blend

3/4 cup – chocolate chips, dark

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a cookie pan to prevent sticking. 


Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips and form into small balls and space evenly on cookie pan. Push chocolate chips into the cookie balls once they are all placed and bake for 10-12 minutes. 

Enjoy with one of our other recipes! :) 🍪 

HEALTH HACK | PUMPKIN SPICE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

With fall just around the corner can we have pumpkin spice everything?? The answer is yes, but how do we hold the sugar? Here’s a recipe for a protein filled fall treat you can make in 2 minutes to get your autumn breakfast fix!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain yogurt

1 frozen banana

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

⅓ cup almond or soy milk

1 tbsp maple syrup

½ cup pumpkin puree

1 scoop your choice protein powder - not chocolate though!

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Blend it all up and enjoy!!! 🎃

HEALTH HACK | FALL ENERGY BALL

Some quick pre made snacks can make or break a healthy day! We need something that will bring energy without the quick rise and fall of sugar but also delicious and fast! In honor of fall here is a fall health hack pumpkin energy ball! The recipe below is basic pumpkin spice flavor but you can add a bunch to these snacks to switch up the tastes! The recipe is:

1 cup finely chopped Medjool dates

1/2 cup pecans

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a bowl or food processer until combined. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. 

Remove from fridge and roll into circular small ball shapes. Enjoy!

HEALTH HACK | BREAKFAST BOWLS

3 Hearty healthy bowls full of nutrition and energy to start your day!  Not only will these start your day off right but they are deceivingly easy to make! While being very aesthetically pleasing all you’re really doing is layering ingredients so feel free to improvise!  

Quinoa Egg Bowl: 2 medium boiled eggs (6 mins) 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (1 cup quinoa cooked in 2 cups water) 1/2 cup sprouts 1/2 avocado sliced top with feta cheese.

Strawberry Chia Bowl: 1/2 cup rolled oats non instant, 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds, 1/2 tablespoon coconut flakes, 1/2 tablespoon honey, 1 cup coconut or almond milk, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Bring all ingredients to boil in medium size pot then reduce to simmer until liquids have been almost fully absorbed. remove from heat, pour into bowl and top with strawberries and almonds

Kale Protein Breakfast Bowl: 2 cups uncooked kale, 4 brussel sprouts, 2 slices bacon, half avocado, 1 fried over medium egg, 1/4 cup pine nuts, salt and chili pepper to taste. Set a skillet or flat large pan to medium heat and add bacon slices cut is small strips horizontally, remove when cooked and add brussel sprouts. Cook for 5 minutes and add kale and sauce for 2 mins. Add to a bowl and sprinkle bacon slices over the bowl. Fry egg in same pan and place atop kale and brussel sprouts. Add pine nuts to skillet and saute to light browned color. Add to bowl and enjoy!

Try these and comment how they turned out!

HEALTH HACK | Stretches for the Zzzz’s

One of the key ingredients to fitness, wellness and overall happiness? A good nights sleep!

In this day and age it’s hard to find people who aren’t living what they would consider a fast-paced life or one that encounters stress in the day-to-day. Sometimes unfortunately these things can make it hard to wind down and fully rest to get a good nights sleep that will restore and replenish your energy. It’s helpful, before bed, to get your circulation moving while also making your body relax. Here’s 5 easy stretches to make you calm and ready for a restful night of sleep. 

Child’s pose - 30 seconds

Upward dog - 20 seconds

Knees to chest - 20 seconds

Left side twist - 20 seconds

Right side twist - 20 seconds

HEALTH HACK | CRAVING CURB - GINGER ALE

We all get cravings once in awhile...or more often than that! While moderation is key and allowing yourself treats on top of a well balanced healthy diet is important - it’s nice if you can combat those momentary cravings sometimes to keep up good progress and save it for something you can’t pass up! One of the best things to help fill yourself up with is water! However it admittedly can get a little boring. 
Cue a fun sugar free ginger soda-less “soda” to fill you up, aid digestion and satisfy your craving! 

Healthy Ginger Ale
-1/2 lemon
-ginger root
-sparkling water
-stevia or monkfruit

Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a glass. Grate some of the ginger root into the glass and fill the glass with ice and cold sparkling water. Mix and add a couple drops of stevia or monkfruit and enjoy! 

HEALTH HACK | Healthy Brownie Bites

Moderation is key in exercise, health and lifestyle. But it’s also a big part of diet as a whole so as to nourish your body without depriving yourself. What’s ideal is if you can combine both - nutrients and a treat - especially without the crash feeling a lot of sugary or heavy carb foods provide that we love to indulge in! For a guiltless treat and a metabolism jumping snack try these Brownie Bites:

-1 cup mashed bananas

-1/2 smooth almond butter or preferred nut butter

-1/4 Cup cocoa powder

-1-2 scoops protein powder (casein or vegan)

- 1 mini cupcake pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease mini cupcake pan very  well to prevent brownies getting stuck. 

Mix all ingredients with a blender until smooth. 

Pour mixture into cupcake slots until full. 

Bake 12-15 mins or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Cool and refrigerate any you aren’t eating for later!

HEALTH HACK I DETOX WATER

One of the most important things your body needs to function properly is of course, water. However, its important to keep yourself well hydrated with not only water, but also the natural minerals your body needs as well.

An interesting effect that can occur when you begin drinking a lot of water is over hydration. This is a condition in which you have consumed so much water without replenishing any minerals that you have washed the minerals out and actually dehydrated yourself! While this is easier to do in the summer as you are also naturally sweating out salts, it can also occur in the winter by just consuming more than half your body weight in ounces with no supplement of any kind.

A good way to not only beat the heat, but stay hydrated without washing yourself out is to create a cucumber-infused water! A really simple and delicious twist on water that will help to keep you hydrated and getting some of the amazing vitamins and minerals cucumbers naturally contain.

Ingredients: Half your body weight in ounces of water, 1-2 medium organic cucumbers, 2-3 small lemons, 10-12 organic mint leaves and optional 1 teaspoon salt. Cut the cucumbers and lemons into slices and roll the mint leaves in as tight a roll as possible then cut in fine strips. Combine with water in a cute water container and go!

HEALTH HACK | MORNING KICKSTART

The morning is a great time of the day to input health habits and routines. Your body is rested and refreshed and you can influence your whole morning and well into the evening with a few heathy tricks before getting started on your day. 

A great way to begin and set the tone for healthy digestion as well as kick start your metabolism is with an Apple Cider Vinegar mix! Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with 1 cup of warm water and drink before breakfast. With just this quick mix, you’re regulating your digestion, giving yourself some good probiotics, balancing your ph and blood sugar and setting yourself up right! Not to mention really aiding all your weight loss efforts!

For a treat add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and a dash of cayenne. This is a great heating and healthy winter morning drink! Add ice for the summer ☀️

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | STACY W

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

I found Lagree through my cousin and fellow instructor, Jessica.  She promised me happiness which I had been searching for after 15 years as a restaurant GM.  She was not joking!  After my first class, I was hooked.  Being a former dancer, I found Lagree to be so effective.  My body was on fire, reacting in ways it has not done since high school. I had been struggling to find a workout that kept my body in shape and my mind stimulated. I love the full body workout in only 45 mins too. Lagree makes me happy and happy people are more effective in life!

How would you describe your teaching style?

I strive to be effective as a trainer while offering support and encouragement. I want my clients to leave feeling as though they have accomplished something amazing while feeling great about themselves.

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What's your favorite post-workout nosh?

Lots and lots of water as well as my Arbonne Protein shakes!

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

My one workout tip is to never give up. During class, it can get tough!  It takes that inner strength to power through the workout and achieve the ultimate goal. Ohhh and bring a towel because you're gonna sweat!

Stacy teaches at our Valencia location.  Check out her classes here!

 

TRAINER SPOTLIGHT | Amanda M

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

My friend opened a Lagree studio in Berkeley about a year and a half ago and she asked if I wanted to get certified to teach at her studio. I was skeptical because I’m more of an “outdoorsy workout” kind of person. However, about three minutes into the first class I took, I was hooked! My core was on fire and I knew Lagree was the workout I’d been looking for. I started taking taking classes regularly and loved what it did for my body.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

I strive to make all my classes challenging and unique. I want clients leaving class feeling really good about the workout they just conquered!

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE POST-WORKOUT NOSH?

I usually go for protein after a workout! I am currently hooked on Isagenix shakes.

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

It doesn’t matter what your state of physical fitness is. Lagree is for all levels! Your body is stronger than you think it is. Come to class even on the days you don’t want to and don’t be afraid to ask your instructors questions!

Amanda teaches at our Valencia location.  Check out her schedule here!