Switzerland training and Birthday Celebrations
So this is what happens on your birthday when you are training for a B Inspired B Adventurous trip at Balance. You show up for the training and jump on the skill mill to warm up (more on the skill mill later) and when it is time for your group to appear for training you are diverted to the door to embark on a mystery run throughout Chestnut Hill with friends appearing on every block with balloons spelling INSPIRE.
“Inspire” is a word to describe how I feel when I train with the B Adventurous groups at Balance. My first trip to Utah was an adventure of a lifetime. Training in the Wissahickon trails at all hours of the morning and night to prepare for a 24-hour relay run in Zion National Park was exhilarating to say the least, but the camaraderie and friendships born out of the training experience were even more rewarding.
The smaller group training, Spartans race and trip to Palm Beach were nothing short of fabulous. Our training consisted of running trails, climbing ropes, moving heavy objects from one place to another, lifting weights and practicing on the monkey bars. The trip was like going on the most hilarious sober bachelorette party imaginable. We rode bikes with baskets, visited Amy in the ER after an allergic reaction to buckwheat (yes, buckwheat), ran alongside the ocean, meditated by the pool at the colony, spent hours talking over breakfast, lunch and dinner and laughed and laughed and laughed for four days.
I’m training for my third trip and this one will be a biking challenge from Switzerland into Germany and then back to Switzerland. We are a group of 15 with an age range of 25-71 (my mother is the 71 year old and she is every bit as fierce as the rest of the group!). Our training is intense and incredibly fulfilling. Let’s just say that Amy’s additional skill mill training from her winter weekend at Technogym in NYC is being put to use! We are building our strength and endurance in the gym, cycling outdoors and integrating meditation at last once a week. The group dynamics are amazing and I’m spending time with women I would not ordinarily see on a daily basis and I love every minute of it!
Training for a B Adventurous trip has been like a birthday celebration every week. There is always a surprise and you are surrounded by team and friends every step of the way.
Vlog from our LA Festival featured speaker, Kimberley Snyder.
“Welcome to spring! We made it! Depending where you live, we got out of the harsh, cold winter and now this amazing exciting time of year where there’s more growing. You see it in nature. You see more variety and more leafy-ness happening at the farmer’s market — which is of course very exciting.
Whether it’s the farmer’s market or your local market where you conveniently shop, I want to talk today to you about five beauty boosting veggies to look out for.
First I’ll say that rotation is really great to do to make sure you’re getting a variety of nutrients in your diet; it’s a great way to just get a full range of what we need for our beauty, our health, our vitality in general, and I do encourage rotating our greens in your Glowing Green Smoothie®.
Rotating the greens that you use in your salads, and the veggies that you cook with overall. So, now is the a great time to focus on the five, or weave them into five I’m gonna talk about today into your rotation at the moment.
The first one is cabbage. So easy to source and inexpensive. I’m a huge cabbage lover, you guys. I’ve talked about it quite a bit. I have different recipes with cabbage from our Probiotic & Enzyme Salad to our Mushroom & Napa Cabbage Lime Stir-fry.
I just think you’re getting huge bang for your buck with cabbage. It’s full of fiber, which isn’t just about cleansing. It actually nourishes your gut lining to help your gut produce the right short chain fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation and just keep your skin glowing. Just keep you nice and healthy and having all that energy and vitality.
Cabbage is also really high in vitamin C. It has different minerals. Don’t leave cabbage out of your cart when you’re going to the market. Use it in creative ways. I throw it in my soup. I use it in stir fry. I love having a head of cabbage in my fridge, and I do use it in different ways.
Number two is kale. And of course, kale got really trendy, especially a few years ago, but I still think kale, which is available even through the winter but now, especially in early Spring into late Spring and beyond. Kale is amazing!
If you can get baby kale at the farmer’s market, that’s a great way to get variety. There’s different kinds of kale. It’s so high in amino acids, minerals; it’s gonna make you strong; it’s going to help strengthen your hair and give you nice healthy skin.
What you wanna do with kale is throw some in your GGS in the rotation, and you can also make my Dharma’s Kale Salad, which is just mashing some avocado in there and lemon juice, a little bit of sea salt, some nutritional yeast. You can check out the recipe for the Dharma’s kale salad as well, here on kimberlysnyder.com.
It’s a wonderful way to get kale in, and I actually did a post where I planted my veggie garden, and I have a lot of kale. I have two different kinds of kale, so I’ll share that with you guys. I’m gonna eat a lot of kale salad this Spring especially.
The third veggie I wanna bring up is green beans. And green beans you’ll see at the markets as well now. It’s the time when you start to see them a lot. Other times of year too, but it’s just a great reminder that beans are high in vitamin K — you’re gonna get lots of different minerals from them and they’re a great veggie to rotate in.
I love to pair green beans particularly with quinoa, like in my Green Bean and Quinoa Casserole. You can do a nice little stir fry with cooking the quinoa then mixing them in with the beans, nice pop of green.
You’re gonna get all the protein from the quinoa. It’s a nice lunch. You could top it with, or toss it with some fresh greens like salad greens or romaine or arugula, and you’ll have a nice little meal. So, use those green beans right now especially.
The fourth is weeds, which sounds so funny because we think oh, we pluck up the weeds and we throw them away. But, weeds are really hearty resistant greens. You can see them in the farmer’s market. Personally, purslane it’s one of my favorites.
I started eating it when I was living in New York. I would go to the Union Square farmer’s market all the time and get it. Personally, it’s delicious. So, lamb’s quarter, dandelion greens — they’re very high in antioxidants. Throw some into your GGS. Throw them into your salad. Some are more bitter than others like the dandelion greens, so be careful. But wonderful to look out for.
The fifth veggie is okra. Yes, okra is a great one to look for this time of year. It’s high in folate and different minerals like manganese, vitamin K, and B vitamins, which are great for your hair and your skin.
We don’t always see it year round so this is a great time particularly to look out for it depending where you live, depending on what your local farmers are growing. You can use it in different veggie dishes. It just adds great variety and you can work it in.”
Please Save the Date!
B Inspired Wellness Festival
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
10am – 2pm at Balance/ Kismet
We have an incredible lineup for the day including workout sessions and presentations from the following:
Dr. Shari Elman / Intuitive Life Coach/ https://sharielman.com
Endurance Athlete, Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur
Dr. Kulvinder Kaur
Dr. Michael Baime
The founder and Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness
Delectable You Recipes for Life
Author of “Accidental Paleo”
Author of “Shout from the Rooftop in your Stilettos”
Owner/ Aesthetician at CURE de Repos
Melissa Magee/ Festival Emcee/ Channel 6ABC
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There’s a new super veggie out there for you to explore and now they can be found at Weaver’s Way (it is currently pre-packaged in an easy to identify bag by the other packaged greens)! Kalettes are what happens when you introduce kale to brussels sprouts and they hit it off! This veggie is a fusion of sweet and nutty and highly versatile. You can enjoy it grilled, roasted, sautéed or raw. For the health factor, it packs 120% of your daily vitamin K and 40% of your daily vitamin C per 1 1/2 cups, not bad! Here’s a roasting recipe to get you in the groove!
Preheat oven to 475 degrees, in a bowl toss 6 C. Kalettes with 2 Tbs. olive oil, a few pinches of sea salt and 1/4 tsp. ground pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast in the lower 1/3 of the oven until tender and browned, stiffing occasionally. Enjoy!
HAIL TO KALE!!
Tahini Kale Salad with Dates and Almonds
With the start of summer travel season here, we want to encourage our clients to stay on track with this list of healthy snacks! So whether you travel by train, plane or automoboile… you can be sure to make a healthy choice! Most of these healthy choices can be found in the local market, but below are links to order online!
3. Oats To Go
Scoop a serving of rolled oats in a container …whether you are in a hotel room or in the airport (mix dried fruit or cinnamon) and BAM… with just a little bit of hot water & a spoon … you have a healthy meal.
4. Travel Pack Nut Butter
Super easy to travel with & mess free! Whether eating it as a dip with your veggies, condiment with your oats, or simply by itself, nut butters are a great way to consume healthy fats and protein.
As a great way to consume antioxidants and fiber, apples oranges and bananas are the easiest fruits for travel. Just aim to consume them before you cross any borders!
6. Navitas Naturals Organic Blueberry Hemp Superfood Power Snack
100% certified organic, kosher, non-GMO, certified gluten-free, vegan and raw! Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks are a nutrition “all-star team” that includes many of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world including chia, hemp, maca, camu and maqui! The special combination of superfoods in these bites provide a well-balanced supply of antioxidants, fiber, protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.