Recipe alert: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gone are the days of devouring a box of Entennman’s chocolate chip cookies. Here is our recipe for chewy + chocolatey cookies that are paleo and low carb! Trust us, you you won’t feel guilty for eating these!
*makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (cooled)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4-1 cup chocolate chips/chunks

Directions:

1. Set oven to 350 degrees

2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl (preferably liquids before solids)

3. Mix until well combined

4. Add chocolate chips and gently fold them in

5. Scoop into small sized round balls

6. Place on a sheet pan sprayed with coconut oil spray

7. Bake for about 12-15 minutes

8. Let it cool so that it hardens and takes form


To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

5 SLT inspired moves you could do at home

One of the hardest workouts we have ever done was at SLT. Our go to trainer is Heather Hamilton (check her out at the UWS and UES locations). She broke down 5 of her favorite moves for us to get those muscles burning. We adapted the moves (typically done on a megaformer) so we can do them at home, at the gym, or in our hotel room. All you need is a foam roller, optional set of ankle weights, and a set of gliders (towels work too)!


Heather’s favorites:

  1. Kneeling french twist (The yummiest exercise on the Megaformer!)
  2. Back Lunge
  3. Superman Curl with a twist
  4. Skating
  5. Wheelbarrow (One of the most basic on the Megaformer but, depending on your body placement/facing on the machine, it can quickly become wicked 😉

Here is our version to get that burn at home:

  1. Kneeling french twist suing a foam roller
  2. Back lunge (optional 3 pound ankle weights) on a slider disk (can use towel)
  3. Superman curl with a twist on sliders
  4. Skating using slider disk (can use towel)
  5. Wheelbarrow using sliding disks (can use towel)

 

Check out our video demonstrating the moves 


Our tips:

  • Do each move slowly to feel the burn (aim for four counts back and four counts forward for each move)
  • Keep your abs tight and don’t arch your back
  • Try to do 10 – 15 of each exercises 3x through!
  • Feel free to experiment with isometric holds or pulses while doing the moves.

 

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

 

picture – http://www.sltnyc.com

Recipe alert: Homemade Almond Milk

For the last few months, we’ve been making my own almond milk. We used to buy unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but after doing some research, we found out that in most packaged/processed almond milk, there is a thickening agent called Carrageenan. It can cause stomach pain, inflammation, or bloating. So since we’ve been drinking our homemade almond milk, we’ve been feeling a lot better. Here it is:

Ingredients: 

-1 cup almonds

-water for soaking (about 3  cups)

-4 cups of water -cinnamon

-***date- optional


Directions: 

1. Soak almonds in an air tight pitcher or container overnight with a few cups of water

2. Strain the almonds

3. Combine soaked almonds, 4 cups of water, and cinnamon into a blender.

3. Blend until it turns white (about a minute or two.)

4. Pour mixture into a nut bag or a cheese-cloth to strain the mixture.

5. Push on the almond pulp to release most is its flavor (sometimes we’ll use the pulp and blend it with some more water and start the process again to get more milk out of the almonds)

6. Store your almond milk in an airtight container or pitcher for up to a week.
Enjoy!!

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Recipe Alert: Salmon that packs a punch

We love this dinner because it packs a punch with its fresh taste and health benefits. Bonus points because it looks restaurant worthy! Salmon, asparagus, and jicama are the key ingredients in this dish and are a great source of protein, fiber, and vitamins. Salmon is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, it’s a great source of protein, and it is high in B Vitamins. Asparagus contains vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber. It contains soluble and insoluble fiber, making it a good choice if you’re trying to lose weight.  Jicama is low in calories but high in a few vital nutrients. It provides one-quarter of the suggested daily intake of fiber per serving and 44% of the daily value per serving of vitamin C.


Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces of 6-8 oz salmon (with skin)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 bunches of asparagus
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 jicama
  • 1 mango
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • garlic clove
  • lemon juice
  • rice vinegar
  • coconut aminos
  • dijon mustard
  • balsamic vinegar
  • avocado oil
  • olive oil
  • salt

Directions:

Salmon

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Begin by rubbing the salmon with 2 tablespoon avocado oil and season both sides with salt fresh cracked pepper
  • Bake the salmon for 12 – 15 minutes

Salsa

  • Dice mango, jicama, and avocado
  • Chop cilantro finely
  • Mix 2 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon coconut amino, juice from 1 lemon, salt,  and freshly cracked pepper
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well

Asparagus

  • Place asparagus on greased baking sheet
  • season asparagus with salt, freshly cracked pepper
  • Mix 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 garlic clove minced, and 3 tablespoon olive oil pour over asparagus
  • Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 – 18 minutes

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Give your mom the best gift of all—the gift of good health!

This Mother’s Day, skip the flowers and forget the pancakes in bed. Give your mom the best gift of all—the gift of good health! Here are our favorite gifts that will make your mom feel pampered, refreshed, and healthy.


  • After years of sneaking out of the house, flunking tests, and dating parent unapproved boys, your moms skin needs some TLC.  Vitamin C Rose Oil and Probiotic Gel Moisturizer reduces the effects of daytime stressors leaving skin balanced, bright, and firm.
  • Your mom will be the most fashionable mom at carpool in these APL sneakers (check out the blush color!)
  • There’s nothing more relaxing after a long day than a soak in your tub. The Cocovit bath salts are all- natural and blended to sooth, calm, and detoxify your body. After all she’s done for you, your mom totally deserves some R&R (glass of wine included!!)
  • OUT are the “I ♥Mom” mugs and IN are personalized leggings. Check out style reform performance leggings and get your mom a pair of leggings with a monogram (use promo code : KALE to get 15% off)
  • For the on the go mom – give your mom the gift of a great hair day. This salon believes in blowouts for the busy women, pairing the most convenient locationswith top stylists. Checkout the super cool Glam and Go salons located in NYC and South Beach. They offer membership options your mom will love.  Glam&Go SIGNATURE: $225 Month – Unlimited Signature & Express Blowouts. Glam&Go EXPRESS: $135 Month – Unlimited Express Blowouts. For the girl on the go.                                                                                                                                         Glam&Go FLEX: $79 Month – Our Gateway Drug – Choose between 2 Signature Blowouts or 4 Express Blowouts a month. Pay as you go on any additional services with exclusive member pricing

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Superfood Sunday Spotlight: Flax Seeds

Flax is a crop grown in cooler regions of the world and is used for linen, oil, and food. Flax seeds come in both a brown shade and a golden shade, which are both very similar in nutrition facts. Flax seeds are also pressed to make an oil that is edible and is great for dressings because of its high omega-3 fatty acid content.


Nutrition Facts: 

1 tablespoon of flax contains 55 calories, 4.3 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 2.8 grams of fiber, and 1.9 grams of protein.


Benefits: 

  • High in Omega-3 fatty acids- “good” fat found in fish, leafy vegetables, seeds, vegetable oils, flax seed oil, and nuts. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats for your body to function properly. However, unlike other fats, your body can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids so you must get them from food.
  • Fiber content- Flaxseeds are made up of 29% carbs. Of that 29%, 95% of that amount is fiber. In fact, by consuming 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds a day, you get 6 grams of fiber, which is 25% of the daily recommended fiber intake!
  • Reduces inflammation (bye bye bloat!)
  • Improve digestion- Firstly, flax is one of the highest magnesium foods you could find, and magnesium helps improve digestive health overtime. Additionally, the ALA in flax helps protect the lining of the digestive tract and improve gut health. To help relieve constipation, consume 1-3 tablespoons of flax seeds or flax seed oil.
  • Weight loss- Flax seeds are full of health fats and fiber which will keep you full longer and help you lose weight. Because of its anti-inflamation properties, flax can help your body to lose excess weight.
  • Can help prevent some cancers
  • Can help lower cholesterol
  • Flaxseed oil is extremely beneficial for hair, it creates a natural protective barrier which helps hair and skin retain natural moisture levels.

Suggested use: 

  • It is highly recommended to consume ground flax seeds over whole flaxseeds because the ground form is easier to digest. Also try flax seed oil.
  • In smoothies, soups, and granola
  • Ground flax seeds- In yogurt, baked goods, oatmeal, dips, pancakes, waffles, and salads (we add 1 tablespoon on top of our salads for extra fiber)
  • Flax seed oil- Substitute other oils with flax seed oil in dressings
  • As an egg substitute- if you’re looking to make your cakes or cookies vegan, replace 1 egg with 1 tablespoon ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water).
  • Before using a blow dryer or iron on your hair.

Check it out: 

  1. Strawberry-Banana + Superseed Smoothie
  2. Try Was a Crackers with organic hummus
  3. Try Mary’s Gone Crackers single packs for on the go snacking. Enjoy with a packet of dry tuna fish with 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  4. Oatmeal + flax packets
  5. Raw Crunch Bars– these are great for on the go or for that 3pm pick me up. We love the dark chocolate and gogi berry (extra superfood!) flavors
  6. Juice Press flax crackers– Spread with almond butter for a creamy + crunchy treat
  7. Naturally More All Natural Almond Butter-Probiotic Infused+ Flaxseeds on the go squeeze packs (sneak these into your kids’ lunch bags so they get enough fiber,  healthy fats, and protein in their diets)
  8.  SheaMoisture 100% Flax seed oil for hair

 

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

 Recipe alert: Baked Summer Fruits

With summer fast approaching, grocery stores will be stocked with ripe, fresh, and delicious peaches, nectarines, and plums. This is one of our favorite deserts because it’s healthy, sweet, tangy, and warm!


Health benefits:

Peaches have many minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper. Plums and prunes help increase the absorption of iron into the body, and are a good source of vitamin C.


Ingredients:

  • 6 peaches, pitted and cut into quarters or eighths
  • 6 plums or Italian prune plums, pitted and quartered or halved
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (try freshly squeezed)
  • *Recipe calls for 1/2 cup organic cane sugar (we omit)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Place the peaches and plums in a single layer, cut side up, in 2 glass or porcelain oven-proof baking dishes
  3. Top with the raspberries
  4. Distribute orange juice evenly
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until tender
  6. Serve warm

 

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Courtesy of @InaGarten

 

 

5 Go-To Breakfast Ideas: quick and easy

Since most of us are in a rush in the mornings, we put together 5 breakfast ideas that you could complete in 10 minutes or less! Say goodbye to mornings where you run out the door empty handed because the omelet took too long!!

Our top five picks:

1. Overnight oats – Overnight oats consist of oats that are typically soaked in milk. Overnight, the oats soften and gain a creamy texture and consistency. Store in a container or mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Here’s our go to overnight oats recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats (We recommend these go-to packs)
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberies
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (try out homemade almond milk!)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • **optional: sliced banana
  • **optional: drizzle honey

Directions: 

Mix all the ingredients together in a container, mason jar, or cup and place in refrigerator overnight (or for 8-10 hours). Then, top with sliced banana, blueberries, or a drizzle of honey.


2. Protein Smoothie: Checkout our 5 favorite smoothie recipes!


3. Sweet Potato Toast – Take a raw sweet potato and cut it into 1 inch slices. Place the slices in the toaster for about 10 minutes until softened and lightly browned.

Directions :

  • Spread unsweetened
    almond butter on the sweet potato toast and top with banana slices. Top it with a teaspoon hemp seeds for extra protein! For extra sweetness, drizzle some maple syrup on top.
  • Take arugula, a poached egg, some crushed dried herbs, place them on the slice of sweet potato. Drizzle with spicy mayo (1/2 cup avocado mayonnaise & 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce)
  • Slice avocado and lay them onto the sweet potato slice. Sprinkle hot pepper flakes for an extra kick!

4. Avocado Toast-  Take Ezekiel bread and toast it. Mash 1/2 an avocado
and place it on the toast. Add sea salt and pepper to taste

Topping ideas: 

  • Grape tomatoes + balsamic viniger
  • Beets (cooked) + raw, unsalted pistachios
  • Grapefruit slices + shredded mint
  • Arugula + red pepper flakes + drizzle of olive oil

5. Healthy Pancakes- When you have a few minutes to prepare breakfast, make these delicious healthy pancakes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Mash banana
  2. Add eggs
  3. Add cinnamon & vanilla extract
  4. Mix until thoroughly combined
  5. Place a skillet over medium-heat and spray with coconut oil spray
  6. Add ¼ cup of the mixture on the pan for each pancake
  7. Flip when batter begins to bubble
  8. Cook until the bottom of the pancake is lightly browned
  9. Top with sliced bananas, maple syrup, fresh berries, or our superseed almond butter

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella

Switch Playground – “New York’s First Playground”

First thought when we arrived…. um did we get off the wrong subway and end up at a dance party??? We were a little nervous when we walked into a light blue fog of techno lights, greeted by high fives, blaring EDM music, and dancing trainers. End result: our minds were blown (in the best way possible!). Lets break it down – we are talking about a non-stop mix of cardio machines, boxing bags, TRX, spin bikes, stair masters, rowers, dumbbells, body weight exercises, and resistance bands. We walked out of this class with jello legs, crying abs, and arms that couldn’t even hail a cab. If you are bored of your usual running, bootcamp class, or spinning routine get out of your comfort zone and check this place out. Your muscles will thank you later!


 The studio:

  • Location – 130 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
  • The room – It is a dark room lit by colored lights and lasers, complete with a fog machine, multiple trainers, and a live DJ
  • Locker room – Men and Women locker rooms including showers, towels, and lockers

The class:

  • The class is one hour – it begins with a 7 minute yoga warmup, then you and a partner travel between 20 stations. Each station last two minutes, during which you complete two exercises in 30 second intervals then you switch to the next.
  • There were 8 trainers in the room assisting and demonstrating exercises at the various stations. They came around and motivated us while also making sure we had the correct form.
  • There is a live dj in the room. The musics was very technoc- and EDM-heavy. The DJ gave us that extra push we needed to finish the workout. (if you thought soul cycle was loud…)
  • The class ended with a quick 2 minute stretch.

Why we love it:

  • We love a class where beginners and athletes can join forces, this workout can be done at whichever intensity you prefer.
  • The class goes by super quickly – there are so many different stimulating things going on that you don’t focus on your burning thighs.
  • The 8+ instructors in the room carefully explained, demonstrated, and corrected us at every station. We found that we pushed harder and took less breaks in order to impress the instructors at each station.
  • The class is designed with 2 people per station so its a great place to go with a friend or partner.
  • First timers – 2 classes for the price of 1 click HERE

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella 

images – http://www.switchplayground.com

Recipe Alert : Top 5 Smoothie Recipes

*Top any of these smoothies with flax seed meal, chia seeds, gogi berries, or cocoa nibs for an extra kick + extra nutrients to keep your body fueled!

1. Jess’s Chocolate Dreamy Chocolate Blend:

Ingredients: 

Instructions: Blend until smooth and combined.


2. Kourtney Kardashian’s Banana Smoothie: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk- checkout our recipe HERE
  • 1 banana (frozen is best)
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • *Add ice cubes for extra thickness

Instructions: Blend all ingredients together until smooth.


3.  Glowing Green Smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup  coconut water
  • ½ avocado, pitted, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 cup  frozen mango
  • 2 Tablespoons blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions: Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.


4. Strawberry-Banana + Superseed Smoothie: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk- checkout our recipe HERE
  • 1 scoop Aloha Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 T flax seeds
  • *Add ice cubes for thickness

Instructions: Blend together until well-combined


5. Apple Pie Smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, seeded, cored, quartered
  • 1 banana
  • ¾ cups low fat vanilla yogurt (Siggi’s) OR 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients into the blender
  2. Blend until desired consistency is reached

 

To clean living,

Jessica, Rachel, & Ariella