DIJON CAULIFLOWER 2 Apr 2015

Dijon
 
A few months ago Jordan surprised me by making this incredible roasted cauliflower recipe that he found it on Pinterest it has quickly become one of our favorite meals. Made with only a handful of ingredients, this super-filling, fiber-rich "side dish" is as striking to look at as it is easy to prepare. I've Lithed it up a by adding Lithe Spice No. 1 and reducing the cheese. It's so easy!  Just brush the cauliflower with mustard, then roast the cauliflower until it’s tender and finish with a topping of nutty parmesan and fresh herbs.
 
Ingredients
1 large head of cauliflower
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard (I prefer Maille)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 - 1 teaspoon of Lithe Spice No. 1
Handful of fresh parsley & rosemary, roughly chopped
1/4 (or less) cup grated parmesan

Directions
Position an oven rack in the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.  Then remove the leaves from the cauliflower, then trim the bottom of the head so the cauliflower sits flat on the baking sheet. Next, whisk together the oil, 2 tablespoons mustard, Lithe Spice, salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a small bowl.

Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and brush the entire outside and inside with the mustard-spice-oil mixture. Roast the cauliflower until nicely charred and tender (a long skewer inserted in the center of the cauliflower should pass through easily), 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let rest for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, combine the parsley + rosemary and parmesan in a small bowl. Brush the roasted cauliflower head all over the outside with the remaining 1 tablespoon mustard and sprinkle with the parmesan-herb mixture.  Cut the cauliflower and serve with a sprinkle of salt and any extra parmesan-herb mixture. Enjoy! 
 
Images via Lauren

RUN THE BEACH! 1 Apr 2015

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Happy April! I don't know about you guys, but I'm feeling summer + sunshine + Lithe Escape. I'm ready to run the beach! Spring has sprung, so it’s time to soak up the sunshine, get prepped to rock that Earned In Winter body, and spend time with friends and family. I miss the concept of having a true spring break in my life — taking a week long break from work to reset and refresh (and lay on the beach with margarita in hand). So this year I’m giving myself a personal spring break in the form of a staycation in Philly.

In honor of my much-anticipated break (and our upcoming Lithe Escape), I'm sharing some bikini tips with you.  A fantastic bikini is always the first item I pack when I’m traveling somewhere warm. These Triangl bikinis are my swimwear picks for the season. I love the supportive neoprene fabric, bright neon colors, and fantastic fit. 

If you choose to wear a bikini, you should show off your Lithe-earned body in a suit that you feel comfortable and confident in. Any Jane can wear a bikini, but to feel confident in a bikini is another story. Here are some tips so that you can run the beach: 

Try EVERYTHING on. Suits look completely different on your body than on the hanger. Untie first – you need to adjust the straps to your body (not the girl’s who tried it on before you) or you won’t get the right look or fit. 

Stringin' it? If you have a top with strings, tie it in the back first, and then stretch the cups over your breasts before tying behind your neck. Got a bottom with strings? Tie it so it sits on your hip bone. Don't go too low or even worse, too high. (Hello, David Lee Roth circa "California Girls.")

When a suit fits, you don’t get any “overspill.” Remember that everything has a place — inside your suit.  Watch out for super-skinny straps ... Narrow straps are rarely flattering and create back bulge if you have even a little meat on your bones.

Lithe it up! I highly recommend our Essential Workouts. Skinny Jeans and High Mini classes are our blueprint. Both tone your body and build your Lithe muscular structure with a quickness. 

Eat Lithe whenever possible. Eating Lithe (eating clean) will not only get you into your bikini, but it also makes you feel Lithe inside. Keep whole food (preferably raw) snacks on-hand at all times to keep energy levels up and hunger at bay. 

Lastly, check yourself before you wreck yourself – in a three-way mirror, that is. You want to be sure you look great from all angles. Once you find a perfect fit, take note of the brand. Companies rarely change their fit from year to year. It’ll make next year’s shopping that much easier!

Image of Triangl Swimwear and Lithe Bar via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

MAMA SAYS: MYRIAH LIPKE 31 Mar 2015

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Myriah Lipke knew she would get help with navigating the world of early motherhood when she attended a breastfeeding support group. But the unexpected bonus? She found out about Lithe, too. Two fellow moms happily revealed that the classes were the reason for their admirably tight (and strong) bodies. Now a frequent Lither herself, she tells us the secrets behind effective ab work, raising adventurous eaters, and maintaining a chicken nugget-free household. 

Children: Arabelle will be 4-years-old and Scarlett will be 2-years-old in May.

What's your day job? My primary job is to care for my amazing and insane children. I also work part-time at Temple University as an academic advisor.

How do you fit Lithe into your schedule? Having my schedule planned in advance is the key to going to class regularly. My husband is a musician and is usually gone for 3-4 weekends a month. I try to go to class at 6AM on the three days that I work. Then I try to squeeze in two more times later in the week or on the weekend. I spend my whole life giving to others and it's completely draining. When I committed to Lithe, I became a better mother and person. 

How has Lithe helped your post-baby body most? It has been essential in healing my diastasis recti, the abdominal split that many women have after pregnancy. Lauren suggested that I wear an abdominal compression band for all of my ab work and I'm very conscious about not letting my belly pop. 

What's their favorite thing about Lithe's babysitting service? The girls love going to Mommy's exercise class! On Monday Arabelle got so excited to hold the Pom bands and jump around like me. 

Do your kids eat healthy or do they turn their nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? I have pretty amazing eaters. I've given them regular table food since the time they could pick up a bean between two fingers. I think the reason they both eat so well is that I almost always cook dinner and we eat as a family. I make food from different ethnicities, so it's all normal to them. I also don't keep chicken nuggets in the house, so that's never an option. That said, yesterday I made granola bars with kale hidden inside. The girls looked at me like I was nuts, but then proceeded to eat big bowls of sauteed kale for dinner.

Which of your children's foods can you not resist munching on? The entire family goes gaga for Little Baby's Ice Cream. At least we get some exercise by walking six blocks there and it's made from natural ingredients, so I don't feel too guilty. 

Photo via Myriah Lipke

WHAT'S (NEW) IN THE FRIDGE? 30 Mar 2015

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a healthier alternative to donut holes. Obviously I had to make them even more nutritional with a cacao magic superfood boost!! But when you make something healthy you still want it to taste great right? Well these won't disappoint. They are yummy!! - See more at: http://www.thephilosophie.com/blogs/recipes/8260925-raw-healthy-er-donut-holes#sthash.xQ2zYHPy.dpuf

 

a healthier alternative to donut holes. Obviously I had to make them even more nutritional with a cacao magic superfood boost!! But when you make something healthy you still want it to taste great right? Well these won't disappoint. They are yummy!! - See more at: http://www.thephilosophie.com/blogs/recipes/8260925-raw-healthy-er-donut-holes#sthash.xQ2zYHPy.dpuf

Here is your healthy alternative to donut holes! Our donut holes are low cal and rich in fiber and healthy fats. They come in two flavors, are a perfect pre/post-Lithe, and taste SO good!    

EARNED IN WINTER TANKS! 27 Mar 2015

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Guys, the tanks are in! Pick up your #EarnedInWinter Duke & Winston tanks this weekend and wear with pride.  Congrats and keep up the hard work! 

Image of Lauren via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 27 Mar 2015

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Happy Friday, Lithers! This week's giveaway is from my new favorite place to pick up a gift for Mars, Momo's Tree HouseMomo’s Tree House is Old City’s new toy boutique. It carries high-quality toys for curious kids of all ages and has a craft table, spacious play area, and a great personal shopping service. Plus, it has an awesome storytime every Wednesday at 3:30PM!

We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to FOUR lucky winners! For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us what your favorite toy is! One winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, so you have four days to enter. One entry per person. Thank you and good luck!

Momo's Tree House
205 Arch Street
Tues.-Fri., 11AM-6PM, Sat., 10:30AM-6:30PM, Sun., noon-5PM

DOING IT ALL IS SO OVERRATED 24 Mar 2015

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A few nights ago around 9PM Jordan snapped this photo of me finally sitting down (my glass of wine was just outside the shot) right after we got Mars to finally go to bed. He said, "Laur, stay right there, the lighting is so good on your face." I actually don't love this photo – I had taught three classes, was half asleep, and my smile was not genuine. I wanted to just stick my tongue out at him and scream. 

At the risk of oversharing, I have had a few very difficult weeks. I like to think of myself as a pretty positive, even-keeled person, but the last month has thrown me into total overwhelm mode. I would love to tell you that I have been riding it out gracefully, but I really haven’t. I have not been myself. I’ve been cranky, pessimistic, aloof, and questioning every part of my life.


I put off writing this post because I didn’t want to spread my Negative Nelly vibes across the Internet and into the studios, so I internalized it (I’m really good at that), and then I decided to just do it because I think there is something to be said for sharing my current struggle with you. I would be upset if, from reading the blog or what you read about me, you gathered that I am an invulnerable health and fitness guru who always has it together. Don’t get me wrong, I have a wonderful life and I can usually juggle a zillion balls in the air, but I am having a messy moment.

I'm struggling with running a company and caring for a child. And I have to tell you that doing it all is totally overrated. I'll be honest, guys, I'm spent. I feel like I need to go to rehab for exhaustion. My life — both work and personal — has changed so much over the past year and the juggle has become more difficult. I've since taken on more staff (salaries to pay), I'm expanding Lithe, and have a few large projects in the future (greater expectations on myself), and I have a child who needs and wants me, but also makes me feel torn.

We currently have a part-time nanny and Mars is in school part-time, so I'm basically a very part-time stay-at-home mom with two full-time businesses. I love having the ability to work from home and be with Mars when he's home but it doesn't really work out, so for the past three-and-a-half years, I worked around the clock, all day, in the evenings while Mars was in bed, on the weekends, and whenever he napped. And now he no longer naps, so things (and stress) started to pile up in every area of my life. 

My days are crazy. I teach, train teachers, blog, shoot content for Lithe, FHH, and Lithe Foods, and cook meals for my family. I take Mars to school, soccer, art, and to the playground while checking in with my teams, managing projects and people, developing product, planning, programming, streamlining Lithe, and responding to a gazillion emails (and feeling guilty for being on the phone around him and also feeling guilty for not being there for my staff as much as I should/could).  

Sometimes I feel like I may explode over this constant battle of being pulled in a zillion different directions. And I hate the constant combination of being stretched so thin while feeling guilty. I feel guilty that I have to leave work to pick up Mars, I feel guilty when I can't put more time into something at work, I feel guilty when I have to leave Mars, and I feel guilty when I get snippy (or go completely internal) with Jordan because I'm taking my stress out on him. I love my job, I know myself well, and I know that I need (and want) to work, and that my creative brain really thrives when doing so many things. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.  I also know that my son will only be little for so long and I want to spend more time with him.

Why am I telling you this? Because people ask me all. the. time how I do it all. I say that I have a stellar team, I try my best, and I pick my battles. There are so many moving parts and I've had incredible success and some amazing failures, but mostly I am a work in progress. I'm still figuring it all out. Oftentimes I find myself pushing and working so hard that I forget to be present. This whole working while parenting experience has made me reevaluate my life. I know that it's okay not to always be okay and right now it feels really good to slow down, be mindful, appreciate idleness, and live in the moment. I hope that my struggle with the juggle helps some of you working (and non-working) moms (and non-moms) out there. We're all in this together! 

While writing this I was inspired (via my friend January) by the Hopewell quilts article in Mother Mag.

Image of Lauren via Jordan

CHARCOAL LEMONADE! 21 Mar 2015

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The new juice that everyone is going gaga for is our Charcoal Lemonade! You all went crazy for it after trying it in our four-day Eating Lithe detox, so we'll be keeping it in stock on a semi-regular basis. 

Activated charcoal is made by burning a source of carbon (we use coconut shells) at a high temperature, which removes oxygen. Many claim that activated charcoal essentially becomes a natural magnet for toxins (pesticides, dioxins on fish from contaminated waters, and even neurotoxins from mold) in your digestive tract. Activated charcoal is nothing new. Your Brita water is filled with it and hospitals use it for patients who have been exposed to toxins or who have overdosed on drugs.

There's many benefits to consuming it (in moderation, of course). It helps the body detox from processed food and environmental pollution, relieves digestive issues like gas and bloating, and gets rid of bad breath and body odor. Plenty of people also swear that activated charcoal is a hangover cure and love its anti-aging and beautifying effects. 

Ingredients: Activated coconut charcoal, lemon, alkaline water, local maple syrup, pink Himalayan sea salt  Price: $10

DAILY DETOX SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE {DAY 1} 17 Mar 2015

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Are you detoxing with us? Have you tried your Lithe Foods Day 1 Rose + Goji Superfood Smoothie? I make this smoothie regularly and I'm so happy that we were able to include it in our detox plan. Rose and goji berries create a powerful balancing elixir for the heart that has the potential to open you to the vibe of happiness and love. Enjoy and read up on the benefits.

Rose is considered a heart tonic in the ancient system of Ayurveda. It soothes the heart and emotions and bestows balance. Rose also has a beautifying effect, soothing inflammation of the skin and increasing its glow. When buying rose water for culinary use, make sure that it's high quality and preferably organic. Most roses are heavily sprayed with pesticides. 

Goji berries belong to a class of Chinese herbs that are known as “superior tonics.” This means that they can be taken regularly over long periods of time to preserve health and youthfulness. Goji is known as the “happy berry” and reportedly gives a sense of well-being and calm. Goji’s list of benefits are astounding. Heart health and beautiful, radiant skin are among them. Goji berries are also nutritional power houses that have more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges, and more beta carotene than carrots. They contain a host of trace minerals, B vitamins, and antioxidants. And they are a complete protein (yes!). 

Image via Lauren

LITHE SPRING CLEAN #LITHERESULTS! 16 Mar 2015

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Happy spring, everyone!  Our Lithe Spring Clean challenge is my absolute favorite one. It kicks my health, metabolism, weight loss, and practice into high gear. I always say that diet is 85 percent. Eating Lithe (eating clean) is truly a challenge for most of us and incorporating the food part of the equation is what makes this month-long process really effective. 

I always find it interesting that not as many people sign up (there are only 104 of you!) because there is no "prize," yet it's the most critical of the three EIW challenges for achieving the results that everyone works SO hard for. This challenge is for you and you should do it for your health (that's the prize!). Anyone can take 20 classes in 25 days, but nobody can out-Lithe a poor diet. 

I'm in on this one too and I'll post my #LitheResults and how I'm #EatingLithe on my (now public) personal Instagram feed. Join me! 

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