Archive for ‘Fitness’

February 28, 2013

Banana Ginger Mango Smoothie

Bananas are portable, delicious, and give you an incredible energy boost. I try to eat one everyday. Bananas contain

  • good source of probiotics
  • good source of potassium, which is so good for your cardiovascular system
  • good source of B6, prevents sleeplessness and is also a good source of electrolytes, supplying your body with energy
  • good source of pectin, which keeps your body regular and aids digestion

This smoothie incorporates some of my favorite ingredients for a great breakfast, lunch or after workout snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, diced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, diced
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mango, diced
  • 1 cup almond milk, light coconut milk, or milk of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon raw almond butter

Directions

Blend and serve! Add ice if you want it to be cold and crisp!

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February 9, 2013

Interview with Sadie Nardini from POPSUGAR

I have been following Sadie Nardini for a while. She has a refreshing take on yoga that really challenges you to make it your own practice. You can go to as many classes as you want to but if you are not making the practice your own and just going through the motions, you are not really fooling anyone. Yoga is one of the most unpretentious fitness activities I have ever engaged in, and I have been very lucky in my choice of trying different yoga studios and changing my outlook on the way I approach life. Sadie has made yoga her own and she is a great example that you should follow your own path and stop listening to what others think. I also identify with her on her gluten struggles as I have found out that I am also sensitive to it!

 

Sadie Nardini offers a much-welcomed edge to the yoga scene. This fierce Brooklynite is the founder of Core Strength Yoga and hosts her own show on Veria Living that’s aptly named Rock Your Yoga. I was delighted to chat with Sadie and get real on the biggest mistake she sees with students, how she lost 20 pounds in just one month, and so much more. Bonus: Sadie created a 20-minute detoxing flow exclusively for FitSugar readers that you’ll find at the end of the interview.

FitSugar: What were the toughest poses for you to learn to love?
Sadie Nardini: One is Navasana, the Boat pose. I would just shake and feel like I climbed a mountain every time I tried to do that pose! But over time, it was just a matter of repetition. And I eventually rocked it. I rocked that boat! The other one is Handstand. It was just my nemesis. I refused to even try Handstand for years, assuming I couldn’t do it. But there are ways to chip away at those poses. Now I’m as comfortable on my hands as I am on my feet.

FS: What would you say to someone who’s struggling with arm balances?
SN: First of all I’d say, “Welcome to the club!” Those are not easy poses, and everyone has issues with them, even strong guys. I tell people the most important thing is to remain in your integrity and in your power — and then we’ll see where the pose is. In this moment, you can be fully rocking your alignment, building strength, building flexibility, and building courage. That to me is the value regardless of whether your feet are off the ground inCrow.

FS: What’s the biggest mistake you see with students?
SN: People pointing the front of their pelvis forward and overarching their low back. It happens all the time in so many poses. People power into poses from their low-back body and that causes a ton of back pain, shoulder and neck tension, and joint compression — I call that “Yuckasana.” But you just can’t tuck in your tailbone, that doesn’t fix the problem. You have to build each pose from the ground up, deep from your core muscles. It’s a revolutionary experience to do your poses in the most optimized way.

Keep reading to learn how Sadie lost 20 pounds in one month and get her 20-minute video flow sequence.


FS: What’s your diet like?
SN: Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I was exercising regularly and eating pretty healthy, but I just felt so bloated. Every time I ate my stomach would hurt. Then, I finally I heard about this gluten-free thing. I went to my doctor, and I was off the charts. Without changing the amount of calories I was eating, I lost 20 pounds in one month. My body was just having an inflammatory response . . . going gluten-free really forced me into eating whole foods. When snacking, I always mix a protein with a whole-food carbohydrate and some healthy fat. Those three things really keep me full for longer and stop me from craving crap.

FS: How do you manage to stay so grounded in a busy urban environment like NYC?
SN: Life isn’t going to give you peace. You have to take it. You have to make your peace with your daily routine and create space for yourself. My first priority is my nourishment, and everyone has to fit in around that. A lot of people I see flip that. They always say yes, and do what everyone else needs first. Then they see where they fit in, and you’ll never fit in that scenario. You’ve got to commit to do you every day.

FS: What’s next on your plate?
SN: Right now I’m writing a book called Core Strength. It’s a 21-day program to get fierce, fit, and fabulous. It starts with a whole-spectrum diet program on how to lean towards whole foods . . . then each day you do yoga; each day has its own theme and inspiration, and then you take action steps for that day. It fits into everyone’s daily busy life!

See her awesome workout here!

February 6, 2013

Give compliments.

January 24, 2013

Happy fun day run day

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January 2, 2013

Love this home gym idea

December 27, 2012

A great visual guide to the Glowing Green Smoothie! By Kimberly Snyder

September 22, 2012

Don’t know these sites? You will be addicted

Something for everyone!

September 22, 2012

Join Fitocracy

Join and track your fitness! Keeping track keeps you on track!

September 20, 2012

Pineapple Kale Smoothie

A great combination, I dare you to try it.

Ingredients

1/2 cup kale, chopped and rinsed

2 pineapple rings

1/4 cup vanilla soymilk, soy milk, unsweetened hemp milk, or unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1 teaspoon honey, or more to taste

1/2 banana

Directions

Blend and enjoy, if too think or hard to blend, add filtered water. I usually sneak some chia seeds into the smoothie or an extra dose of awesome.

September 19, 2012

Avocado Chickpea Side Salad

A great side salad pr main salad with lunch. Serve with whole wheat pita if desired!

Ingredients

1/4 avocado

1/2 cup chickpeas, well rinsed

Lemon juice

Pepper

Salt

1/2 cup carrots, shredded

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Directions

Smash avocado with lemon juice, pepper, salt, and garlic. Mix evenly with the chickpeas and carrots. Serve!

 

Enjoy!