Hangover Helper Smoothie

This past weekend I got a request from a good friend for a smoothie to help with hangovers.  We were drinking whisky at the time, so he was probably looking towards his immediate future.  Through my extensive internet research, I surprisingly found that many of the ingredients that helped with hangovers were things I used pretty regularly and usually have in stock.  Bananas are loaded with potassium which helps replenish nutrients.  Berries help the body metabolize any alcohol left in your system after a night (or day) of boozin’ and almonds help keep that awesome nausea in check.  I also threw some spinach in there because you gotta get your greens.  Try this out next time you wake up regretting having those last 2-6 drinks.  And don’t drink and drive.

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1 Cup Baby Spinach

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Cup Mixed Berries

1 Banana

 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

– Spinach: vitamins A, B1,2,3 &6, C, E & K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, fiber, phosphorous, zinc, protein and selenium (SUPER STACKED!!)

– Raw Almonds: magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, copper, niacin and zinc (STACKED!!)

– Strawberries: vitamins C & B5, potassium, folic acid and magnesium 

– Blueberries: vitamins K & C, manganese, fiber and copper

– Raspberries: vitamins C & A, potassium, magnesium and fiber

– Blackberries: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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Back 2 Back Back Routines

The amount of back and neck injuries I’ve sustained is actually quite staggering when I think about it.  Herniated disk in lower back, hit by car crossing street (3X), injured back lifting weights, fractured neck training jiu-jitsu…it’s a wonder I’m allowed to even leave the house.  Due to all these disasters, I’ve tried just about every back strengthening exercise there to try to keep myself right.  These two videos implement some of the better back exercises I’ve come across as well as some I’ve never tried before.  The first, from Tyler McCoy is a straight yoga practice for increasing back strength.  The second, from Ali Kamenova, is a yoga-based bodyweight exercise routine designed for back injury rehab.  Do them back 2 back (pun intended) for a low impact, yet still challenging workout.

Yoga for a Strong Back with Tyler McCoy

Back Injury Rehab Yoga Workout From Ali Kamenova

 

MY NECK, MY BACK…MY NECK & MY BACK

Apple Pineapple Green Smoothie

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2 Small Chopped Apples

1 Cup Chopped Frozen Pineapple

1 Cup Spinach

1 Cup Chopped Celery

1 Cup Coconut Water

Food Key

– Apples: potassium, vitamin C and pectin (helps control cholesterol and blood sugar)

– Pineapples: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid

– Spinach: vitamins A, B1,2,3 &6, C, E & K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, fiber, phosphorous, zinc, protein and selenium (SUPER STACKED!!)

– Celery: potassium, folic acid and vitamins C & B6

– Coconut Water: improves digestion and metabolism, supports immune system

Tour De Dance – A SoulCycle Review

I decided to see what all the fuss was about and try a SoulCycle class.  After reading the reviews and testimonials I found online, I was expecting to walk into a spin class cult meeting.  One review that stood out to me was a woman who professed that she had a loving husband and great life, but SoulCycle was her true “happy place.”  I thought she sounded nuts.

The first thing that struck me when I go to the SoulCycle Studio (The 19th Street location in Manhattan) was how sleek everything looked, from the lockers to the studio itself to even the bathrooms.  The studio reminded me a bit of those dark, dingy nightclubs where I frequently busted moves back in the day.  The bikes and mandatory shoes you had to wear were kinda futuristic looking, and the instructor’s bike was up a candle-lit podium kinda like a Shaman/DJ.

The shoes you wear actually lock you to the pedals, which eliminates the possibility of your feet slipping off the pedals (or sneak out of the class unnoticed if it gets too intense).  That was what I thought was the most obvious difference between SoulCycle and other spin classes I’ve tried.  The instructor for my class was Anthony F (pictured below in black and white), who had more energy than maybe anyone I’ve ever seen.  It was infectious, and really helped me keep going.  The music also played a big part as Anthony played some of the sickest beats you’ll hear anywhere, much less during an afternoon fitness class.  Good Job, Anthony.

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The workout itself is equal parts amazing and brutal.  I was hurting during the early, leg-centric part of the class that was pretty much all pedaling, with your ass on and off the seat during different intervals.  After toughing through that, we got to the arm part of the workout which incorporates dumbbells.  You can choose dumbbells ranging from 1 to 5 lbs.  I was tempted to grab the 5’s since I roll like that, but settled on the 3’s, thinking I should ease into this.  You end up throwing what felt like 1,000 punches with the dumbbells, along with various pressing motions.  When the class finally finished, I was ready for it to end, lol, but I really felt like I got my money’s worth.  SoulCycle is definitely one of the best workouts I’ve tried, as well as one of the most fun.  I suggest going with some friends so you can motivate each other (or abuse/shame one another into not giving up).

Just in case my review hasn’t convinced you to try SoulCycle, know that Schmidt from “New Girl” (funniest show on TV) not only does it, but apparently teaches it as well.  SOLD

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You Can’t Do That To Oatmeal!!

Just for the hell of it I decided to add kale to my oatmeal smoothie today.  While it had pretty much zero effect on the taste, it did manage to turn my oatmeal a shade of green reminiscent of the slime they used to dump on people on Nickelodeon’s “You Can’t Do That On Television.”  The kale may not have effected the taste, but the apples and sunflower seed butter definitely hooked it up.

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1 Cup Kale

1 Sliced Apple

1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

Food Key

– Kale: vitamins, A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)

– Apples: potassium, vitamin C and pectin (helps control cholesterol and blood sugar)

– Sunflower Seed Butter: vitamin E and iron

– Oats: fiber and protein

Aloha Pineapple Smoothie

This smoothie reminds me of one of my favorite places on earth, Hawaii.  Nothing beats actually being there, but drinking this can at least bring your mind and taste buds there.  Aloha.

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(Makes 2 Smoothies)

1 Cup Chooped, Frozen Pineapple

2 Cups Chopped Kale

2 Bananas

1 Handful Raw Almonds

2 Cups Coconut Water

Food Key

– Pineapples: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid

– Kale: vitamins, A, B6 &C, potassium, copper, folic acid, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and zinc (MEGA-STACKED!!)

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Raw Almonds: magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, copper, niacin and zinc (STACKED!!)

– Coconut Water: improves digestion and metabolism, supports immune system

Cashew Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Here’s a delicious smoothie I found on All-Smoothie-Recipes.com.  I hadn’t come across many smoothie recipes with cashews, so I was excited to try this out.  The combo of the cashews, strawberries and banana was pretty awesome.  I used a frozen banana instead of ice.  The honey added some extra sweetness and masked the taste of the maca.  WIN.

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1 Banana (frozen)

1/2 Cup Raw Cashews

1 Tablespoon Honey

1/2 Organic Maca Powder

1 Cup Water

Food Key

– Strawberries: vitamins C & B5, potassium, folic acid and magnesium 

– Cashews: copper, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, zinc and protein

– Bananas: vitamin B6 & potassium

– Honey: less calories than sugar, source of good carbs for strength and energy, good for digestion

– Maca: Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C & E, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids (MEGA- STACKED!!).  Also a libido booster (OH YEAH!!)