Refreshing Watermelon Banana Strawberry Smoothie & Deep House Yoga Review

Today I decided to add watermelon to my smoothie arsenal of ingredients.  Watermelon is super refreshing and perfect for these warm, humid days that are upon us.  I mixed the melon some frozen bananas and strawberries plus some baby kale for some green lovin’.  I suggest having this smoothie before your morning workout as it will help reduce muscle soreness the next day.  Enjoy.

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2 Cups Pitted Watermelon

1 Sliced Banana (frozen)

1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries

2 Cups Baby Kale

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

FOOD KEY

– Watermelon: vitamins A, B6 & C, lycopene, antioxidants & amino acids

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

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

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

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

Deep House Yoga Review

New York City’s sickest nightclub is Verboten in Williamsburg, BK.  A few times a month, Verboten is also the dopest yoga studio you’ve ever seen.  Willkommen Deep House Yoga lets you bring your ohm to the dance floor.  I finally got the chance to take a class this week and it was as awesome as you’d expect.  Making the experience that much better was that one friend of mine was the instructor, while another actually provided the beats for the class.  The class was equal parts relaxing and challenging (WHOA), and the music was perfect for the setting.  The class is about an hour and is conveniently scheduled after work (7PM and 8:30 PM).  I highly recommend checking it out.

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Cold Pressed Juice Head

While I was in Boston a couple weeks ago, I was feenin’ for a smoothie.  You’d think with all the runners and cyclists all over that city, there would be smoothie or juice bars everywhere.  Well, there isn’t.  I even tracked down this coffee shop that according to Yelp, served smoothies only to get there and find out the closest thing they had to fruit smoothies was bottled orange juice.  I had pretty much given up when I came across Pure Cocobeet Organic Juice Bar a couple blocks from Faneuil Hall.  I had never had cold pressed juice before, but I was hooked after my first time.  I went with the Battle Axe, which consisted of Pear, Cabbage, Kale, Cucumber, Garlic & Turmeric.  It was one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever had.  On top of a great variety of cold press juices, Pure Cocobeet also sells some delicious desserts.  I grabbed a vanilla berry chia pudding that blew me a way.

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My Cold Pressed Juice experience was still fresh on my mind a week later when I visited a friend who just happen to have a Cold Press Juicer.  He made me a straight wheatgrass shot, and while I wasn’t expecting much flavor, I was really surprised at how good the shot was.  He also broke down for me how the cold press or slow juicer worked and how it differed from a conventional or centrifugal juicer.  The thing that stood out most was that cold pressing retains more of the nutrients.

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I found a more detailed comparison on Huffington Post:

The Breakdown

Centrifugal Juicer Slow Juicer
Nutrient Retention Not so great. The high-speed spinning creates some heat, which can break down nutrients. High. This process produces no heat, thus maintaining more of the ingredients’ nutrients.
Ability To Process Leafy Greens? Less efficient. Far less of the juice is able to be extracted from greens. Quite efficient. Great for fans of green juice.
Ability To Process Nuts? No Yes — great for making your favorite almond or cashew milks
Noise Level As loud as a blender Very, very quiet (you can hear the television while you’re juicing)
Speed No advantage — the two juicers, run side by side, juice at the same speed No advantage
Pulp Some A lot
Price Lower Higher

The gist:

Buy a centrifugal juicer if:
— You use the juice mostly for cooking, baking or other processes where heat will eventually be applied
— You’re not picky about getting maximum nutrients
— You’re trying to save cash

Buy a slow press juicer if:
— You’re into cleansing, making nut milks and green juices, and you like fresh juice
— You want to pack the most nutrients into your body as possible
— You don’t mind spending a few extra bucks

Happy juicing!

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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