LITHED-UP SOBA NOODLE SALAD 12 Aug 2015

Lithed-Up Soba

You can throw this dish together in 30 minutes and it's perfect when you crave creamy noodles. Kids love it, too. Sometimes we add a thumb-size piece of a fresh long hot pepper to the dressing for an extra kick. 

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
Sea salt
8 oz. buckwheat soba noodles
Arugula

Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 c. creamy almond or cashew butter
1/4 c. Bragg Liquid Aminos
3 tbs. fresh lime juice
3 tbs. EVOO
2 tbs. sesame oil
1 1/2 tbs. raw honey
2 tsp. wasabi paste (found in the Asian market or Asian section of the grocery)
One 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
2-3 tbs. sesame seeds

Directions:

Noodles
Boil a large pot of salted water over high heat. Cook noodles until tender yet still firm, stirring occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes or follow directions on back of package. Rinse noodles in cold water. Drain and place in a serving bowl.

Dressing
Combine nut butter, Braggs, lime juice, olive oil, sesame oil, honey, wasabi, and ginger in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. P
our dressing over noodles and toss until coated. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve over arugula.

Image via Lauren

WE WEAR: RACHAEL ON SHORTS 12 Aug 2015

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I LOVE shorts, but rarely wear them while Lithing. I never teach in them because I figure no one would appreciate me demonstrating fold-overs in micro shorts! I do however wear them when I take class (as long as I can snag a spot in the back). I especially like shorts for Rock Steady. Wearing them makes me feel like I'm back at cheer camp (oh, the days when I owned a thousand pairs of Soffe shorts in every color with hair bows to match). I also love rocking my shorts for Walk Star with bright Nike sneakers. One of my favorite Walk Star pastimes is guessing what type of sneakers clients will wear, and then being shocked by how right (or wrong!) I am regarding the styles and colors. 
 
Images of Rachael wearing Fabletics & Nike via Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHE WKND: MIAMI 12 Aug 2015

MiamiStay tuned for details.

LITHED-UP CRUDITE & BABA GANOUSH 11 Aug 2015

Baba

Everyone knows that late summer eats such as hot dogs, burgers, and ice cream are delicious, yet totally unhealthy. Skip the chips and dip and take our Lithed-up crudite and baba ganoush to the pool or beach.

Ingredients
    •    1 large organic eggplant

    •    1 garlic clove, minced

    •    2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

    •    3 ½ tsp. EVOO

    •    1 bunch organic celery, rinsed and cut

    •    2-3 organic cucumbers, rinsed and sliced into discs

    •    1 bunch organic asparagus, rinsed
 and cut
    •    2 organic zucchini, rinsed

    •    Fresh parsley for garnish

 
Directions
    1.    Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking pan with foil and cut eggplant in half. Lightly brush ½ tsp. of EVOO on the bottom of eggplant and place it face down in pan.

    2.    Bake for 15 minutes, and then broil for approximately 5 minutes. Poke with a fork to make sure it’s cooked all the way through.

    3.    Take fork and scoop the inside of eggplant into a bowl (in the same way that you'd scoop out spaghetti squash).

    4.    Place roasted eggplant innards, garlic, lemon juice, and EVOO in a blender and blend until smooth. Scoop into a bowl and let cool in the fridge until ready to serve.

    5.    Rinse, slice, and plate cucumber, celery, asparagus, and zucchini. Garnish with parsley and enjoy. 

SHE'S LITHE: ANNEMARIE CLEGG 10 Aug 2015

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This week, we get to know Lither Annemarie Clegg!

Has the Lithe Varsity 250 class requirement served as a motivation to get into the studio when you otherwise may have skipped your workout? Having a goal motivates me to get to the studio. But the biggest motivation and incentive for me is camaraderie and community with fellow Lithers. Knowing that I will see familiar faces and get my daily fix of socializing in the minutes before class keeps me coming back.

When you've had a long day, how do you de-stress? Pour a big glass of wine and plan my next vacation/party/girls night out. At the end of those days, I need to have something to look forward to on the horizon!

What is the most rewarding aspect of Lithe to you? The fact that it never gets easy. And I think it’s a huge positive that no matter how long you’ve been Lithing, there is always room for growth. That’s also the great equalizer. Regardless of experience, fitness level, or strength, there is always some aspect of your Lithe practice that you can improve on. 

If you were a Lithe class, which would you be and why? Armistice. Applying the “mind over matter” approach while keeping your arms up when your muscles are on fire during crazy arms has helped me through many painful situations like long conference calls, the security line at the airport, and when my husband eats the last of the sea salt and almond dark chocolate. 

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three products you'd need to survive? Coffee, wine, and chocolate. What's the point of living if you’re not living well?

TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS 9 Aug 2015

Before images

Our Endless Summer Challenge starts tomorrow. That means it's time to post your before #LitheResults #LitheEndlessSummer photos.

Wear the same activewear or swimwear for your before and after (Sept. 3) shots. Have someone take photos of you from the front, side, and back, and then share! Over the years we've received images of coffee cups, flowers, and food, but we (and you) need to see your body to really give this your all. Don't want to blow up your personal Instagram feed with pictures of your hard work? We recommend creating a private account specifically for Lithe challenges. We can't wait to watch you get stronger. 

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 7 Aug 2015

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Happy Friday Lithers!  Looking for natural products that are really effective (including the sunscreen...it does work.)?  Today we're giving away a few of our favorite products from The Honest Company. The Honest Company, a healthy lifestyle brand founded by Jessica Alba, creates products that are safe, effective, responsible, delightful and accessible.  The Honest Company body care line is hypoallergenic, plant-based and safe for the whole family, and their cleaning products are ultra-versatile, effective, and safe for your family and home and perfect for all of life's unexpected messes. 

Today we're giving away a Honest Essentials Bundle perfect for Lithers: fruit and veggie wash, 4-in-1 laundry packs, dryer cloths, 3-in-1 facial towelettes, natural deodorant, and hand sanitizer sprayFor a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us why you want to try these items!  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you, and good luck!

Image via Antrim & Spruce Photography

HEIRLOOM 76 6 Aug 2015

Heirloom 76

Heirloom 76 is our limited edition, organic, cold-pressed taste of summer. It's alive, fruity, savory, garden-fresh, and celebrates the freedom of the season. This blend is low-cal, cooling, hydrating, and mood-boosting. Plus, it lowers blood pressure, fights free radicals, and gives your Lithed-Up hot bod a shot of potassium and lycopene. Potassium acts as an electrolyte along with sodium and conducts electricity through the body. Lypocene, a pigment in tomatoes, acts as an antioxidant and protects against damage from the free radicals formed when cells burn oxygen for energy. Pour up (drank).
$8 

LIZ GALBALLY: MASTER LITHE INSTRUCTOR 5 Aug 2015

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We're excited to announce that Lithe instructor Liz Galbally is now a Master Lithe Instructor! Congrats, Liz! She has taught since 2010 and joins Master Instructors Tiffany Nork (teaching since 2006), Krista DeNofa (teaching since 2008), and Bari Rosenthal (teaching since 2009).

 

What makes an instructor a Master? They must teach for a least four years and have 1,000+ classes under their belts. The status is something that is earned, not simply given. The Lithe Master Instructor embodies a commitment to Lithe, instructs with confidence and selflessness, and continues to study the method. Other elements that define this title include maturity and understanding of instructor injury prevention, utilization of voice (instead of body) for energy, total command of a large studio of 25-30 people, and involvement in instructor training. 

 

We all know that Lithe is different and teaching it is the ultimate multi-task. Many assume that teaching Lithe is like teaching a grounded workout that rarely changes such as yoga, spinning, barre, or Pilates. They couldn't be more wrong. Lithe instructors are triple threats and it takes years to become a well-oiled teaching machine. Our instructors are forever in training and constantly learning new workouts.   

Image of Liz wearing Lululemon via Dom

LITHE ENDLESS SUMMER CHALLENGE 2015! 4 Aug 2015

SUMMER

Ready for a #WholeLifeWholeBody challenge during the second most indulgent time of the year? Get into the best shape of your life and savor the last few weeks of summer with our annual Lithe Endless Summer Challenge. We keep you inspired with Lithe community involvement, photos, recipes, Lithe TV videos, and weekly emails.

The Requirements:

  • Sign Up today through Saturday, August 8. 
  • The Fitness: Lithers must complete 20 classes in 25 days.
  • The Food: We're Eating Lithe (clean) Monday-Friday. 
  • Share & Inspire: Complete our weekly hashtag calendar.
  • Win: Everyone who takes 20 classes in 25 days and completes the hashtag calendar wins a limited edition Lithe tank!

Lithe TV: Get sexier In six! We want you to take your Lithe practice to the next level and achieve your best results. Each week we will send you a short complimentary workout to begin each morning with, six days a week.  This helps jump start your metabolism and keep it burning all day until you get to the studio. Early morning Lithers should complete this workout during their lunch break or during the early evening. Each video expires after one week. These videos are a sneak peak into our VOD service that will be available for purchase this fall. 

Poolside image via Helena Wurzel

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