Monday, August 17, 2015

Foodtrainers: September Squeeze Details & Video

Ready for some squeezing?

Summer is fun and now summer is almost done. If you're returning with any summer “souvenirs”, over rose’-ed or just need a nudge, let’s take action. We're talking one week to post- summer sanity. Snag a spot for our September Squeeze TODAY!

We have 2 sessions of Squeezing: 
Week 1 September 8-14th
Week 2 September 16-22nd
*Note Rosh starts 9/13.

Email us ASAP at both and for details, spots are quickly filling up! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

This secret weapon is my favorite

I discovered this magic green concoction during the winter. I had purchased a few things from Anima Mundi but hadn't cracked the waxy seal on this one. Then it was December in Vermont and I needed a healthy boost and figured I'd try it. It was just what I needed and a POTENT debloater. I'm really excited to have this "magic elixir" as it's called in the Foodtrainers store.

A client also said "so you're not blogging over the summer?" It wasn't intentional but just so you know I wasn't entirely unproductive (even though I sort of was and need a break) here is a fun Summer Secret Weapon video Carolyn and I shot. We have a new format, please let us know what you think. We're always honest so feel free to be...but I think you'll like it. This one is a little long but we didn't want to sell you short on any of our Quick Fixes.
As the summer winds to an end (not just yet but you know) how are you feeling? Do you think it's more difficult to eat well in the summer or winter? Which secret weapon are you most excited about?
What do you think of the video?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The truth about smoothie bowls

Smoothie bowls have been popping up everywhere. And while Carolyn and I are happy to test-drive any (ok most) trends we hesitated with these big bowls. We explained our "cold feet" in this month's Monthy Morsels newsletter  along with what to do and skip when it comes to these creations. 

Here's our featured recipe (pictured above)
Cocomint Smoothie Bowl
Handful ice
Handful fresh mint
Banana or frozen banana
1 tbs each of philosophie green dream, gelatin and coconut oil
splash harmless harvest
dash Pantea matcha
pinch Himalayan salt
Nustevia drops (I like lemon nustevia with this)
 Choose your toppings- cocochia, gojis shown here    
Add ingredients to Vitamix (yup we declared ourselves blender bitches but need a strong gizmo), blend and pour into ramekin or small bowl.
Do you make smoothie bowls? Favorite ingredients? What are you having or did you have for breakfast today? Are you a blender bitch (or blender snob)?

Monday, July 13, 2015

#AKTSummer Healthy Lunch with Anna Kaiser

Another fun segment with Anna Kaiser of AKT #AKTsummer, here is one of our Foodtrainers favorite salads that you can make in 5 minutes or less.

What's your favorite summer salad?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Kale is sort of a cliche', 5 other greens that compete

pretty micros via Good Water Farms
Fitbit asked me for 5 greens for kale-ed out folks. I actually love to eat kale (shocker) but I am sick of hearing about it. There are other attention-worthy greens. I love micrograms from Good Water Farms and throw them on everything, they're so delicate I find my kids dig them too. I also love flavor and arugula never disappoints. Bare Burger's collard wrap option sort of changed my life. For some reason this is infinitely more exciting than a burger on a salad. With the collard wrap you are in the handheld, utensil free party.

 And when I say omega 3, you think...salmon? Most people do (if they think about omegas) how about bok choy? Now maybe BC will get a little "green-spect. Anyway you'll find the full post here.
I'm curious- are you sick of kale? What are you fave greens? 

Monday, June 8, 2015

I play for team butter

Byrdie asked for my 2 cents on butter. The writer said, “I know you’re team butter” but will you answer these questions? “Team butter”, could there be a better team-ever? The full butter article can be found here but thought I’d add a few factoids Byrdie didn’t focus on.

So it’s outdated thinking that saturated fat in butter leads to heart disease.
The butter tide is turning or should I say “churning” (ha). There’s a hierarchy in every food group and hallelujah butter is a good guy. Please skip butter alternatives or alternatives/substitutes for any whole food. Do you want to see the understudy or the lead? I hadn’t even contemplated margarine in eons until I was asked about it.

But butter isn’t only better than “alternatives” it’s good for you. Grass fed butter contains omega 3’s but also a vitamin called K2 you might recall K2 from my brie post. K2 and vit D in butter make it a key pregnancy food too, should you be expecting. Grass-fed butter also contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). I will be honest some studies show CLA helps metabolism, some do not. Regardless, CLA has strong anti cancer properties. Grass fed butter is also higher in certain vitamins than basic butter. Grass-fed is key not just because grass feeding is good but corn and soy and GMO ingredients in conventional dairy are not so good. I can’t green light all butter; I have high standards. So organic/grass-fed butter and ghee are A+ choices, I adore Kerrygold which is grass-fed but not certified organic.

In terms of how much? The article said “everything in moderation” which isn’t a phrase I favor, what’s moderation? We work with 1 Tbs added fat per meal and suggest mix of butter, ghee (butter with lactose removed, OMGhee amazing brand, swoon) coconut oil and we’re also not in the anti olive oil camp.
Thankfully we’re distancing ourselves from calorie counting and looking at foods that leave us feeling satiated, whole foods that taste good. And even a little good-quality butter tastes so freakin’ good.

Are you on team butter? What butter do you use? Or are you still fat phobic? How can I recruit you to the other (better) side?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

12 Swimsuit Diet Secrets

Fun slideshow via Health Magazine for some summer inspo. Yes, I voted for our beloved green tea (extra cred for matcha, try unsweetened almond milk matcha latte at Fika if you haven't). And of course because Foodtrainers help you be booze trainers and "lose while you booze" a fun "healthy' cocktail idea utilizing the superpowered Wakaya ginger.
I'm not sure I agree with the intro that summer best time to lose, summer has its own challenges.
See what you think.
What do you do to keep it healthy when it's summer (even though technically isn't)?