Spring IS Here

[Vlog #18] 5 Beauty Boosting Spring Veggies!

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 Coachhttps://sharielman.com

Ted McDonald
Endurance Athlete, Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur

Dr. Kulvinder Kaur
Genome Scientist

Dr. Michael Baime
The founder and Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness

Lauren Lobley
Delectable You Recipes for Life
Author of “Accidental Paleo”

Julie Hunt
Meditation Instructor
Author of “Shout from the Rooftop in your Stilettos”

Chrissy Dress
Owner/ Aesthetician at CURE de Repos

Melissa Magee/ Festival Emcee/ Channel 6ABC

Be sure to check the web site for B Inspired information:
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Weaver’s Way Welcomes Kalettes!!

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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!

Roasted Kalettes

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!

B Nourished



Tahini Kale Salad with Dates and Almonds

Serves 2

  • 1 bunch kale, chard, or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 to 3 medjool dates, pitted, sliced
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper
  1. Remove stems from greens, lay in a flat pile, and roll up tightly. Slice crosswise into very thin strips.
  2. Whisk tahini, honey, juice, sriracha, and oils until smooth. It will be quite thick. Add water a bit at a time until it is smooth and creamy, but not too runny. Toss greens, almonds, dates, and green onions with dressing. Season with a pinch of salt and some cracked pepper.

Bio Approved Travel Fuel


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!


1. Sliced Veggies
Carrots, cucumbers, celery, and peppers travel well and paired with hummus are a great travel option! To keep these foods cooler longer (if you don’t want to eat them right away), throw some ice cubes in a plastic bag to use as a portable ice pack!Also, depending on where you’re traveling, there may be strict rules about what you are allowed to travel with!
2. Cacao Goji Snacks (organic, gluten and dairy free)
AWESOME superfood snack! For tasting so amazing, they are all organic, gluten and dairy-free, and have zero refined sugar. They’re also easily portable and resealable.



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.





5. Fruit

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.



Kick Off “Super Bowl” Sunday

SUPER BOWL:  Kickin’ off Super Bowl Sunday 
KICK OFF  your day tomorrow with this “Super Bowl” ! Packed with essential nutrients and delicious toppings, it’s bound to become your go-to morning treat! 
What’s a  Super Bowl? Basically it’s acai puree blended with either bananas/yogurt/coconut milk, poured into a bowl, and topped with delicious ingredients like hemp seeds, granola, cacao nibs, fresh fruit, and more! It’s an energizing way to start your day, specially when you’re using your favorite toppings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes/ Yield: 2 medium-sized servings


To make acai puree:
    • 1 pouch frozen acai puree
    • 1 medium frozen banana
    • 5 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut chips (or shredded coconut)
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons granola (or toasted rolled oats)
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs


  1. Using your blender or food processor, blend the acai puree, banana, and Greek yogurt until smooth. Pour into two small bowls.
  2. Finish by topping bowls with desired toppings. Enjoy immediately!

It Can Be Done. #realfood + #realwork = #realresults

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A goal without a plan is simply a wish.

An Exciting New Path to Wellness will get you one step closer to your fitness goals!  Seriously, what could be a better gift this holiday season than the a plan for a better you!

  • BIO (Balanced from the Inside out) sessions include nutritional coaching to help you slim down safely. In addition to creating customized meal plans, you’ll set goals and track your progress to ensure results.
  • You’ll leave feeling empowered to maintain a lifestyle of optimal health long after your first BIO session is complete.
  • Balance Coaches are committed to the latest fitness techniques, using their knowledge of how the body works to help you avoid plateaus.

BIO provides clients with wellness plans touching on every aspect of personal fitness using a unique and exciting personalized approach. Grounded in the knowledge that wellness plans cannot last if not comfortably integrated into individual lifestyles, BIO rejects One Size Fits All.

BIO lifestyle coaching propels clients into a lifetime of wellness. The BIO team provides everything from motivational goal coaching to meal and workout plans.  Each client is empowered to become an active participant in a lifestyle of optimal health, one that they can actually enjoy.  Once the path is set, BIO support continues with regular follow-ups to overcome the inevitable challenges encountered along the way.

Clients’ personal preferences are central to the BIO approach. Nutritional counseling and tailored meal plans are developed with a focus on each client’s personal mission. Weight loss or maintenance goals are set and pursued without the broad and often arbitrary restrictions associated with ‘diets’.

At the helm of BIO is athlete, trainer and Balance founder Amy Carolla. Over years spent training clients to reach their strength and conditioning goals, Amy identified a trend. Clients driven to become healthier were too often expressing frustration about things they perceived as holding them back from personal wellness.  BIO is the result of Amy’s vision: A team of coaches working together to not only provide meal and exercise plans, but to also set goals, provide motivation, establish accountability, and defeat challenges.

BIO’s Nutritional Advisor, Tema Esberg is a local mother of two children with Celiac Disease. Maintaining a strictly gluten-free diet for her family gives Tema a superior understanding of the importance of healthy, clean nutrition. After resisting exercise as a child, Tema embraces an active and healthy lifestyle both personally and professionally as a personal trainer in her quest “to be a vibrant and healthy role model for others who have struggled to stay fit.”

Goal Coach Katey Dyck also comes to BIO after fighting her way to personal wellness. Katey was recently featured on the cover of People Magazine for losing 107 lbs. – a success she credits to a full-scale lifestyle makeover. Intimately familiar with the struggles involved when establishing a healthy lifestyle, Katey is dedicated to the pursuit of individually tailored wellness. “I tried every fad diet and short-cut claiming to be the solution to all of my troubles. But I wasn’t able to succeed until I found a way to make fitness a fully integrated part of an enjoyable lifestyle.”

BIO is now accepting clients at Balance Chestnut Hill. 12 W. Willow Grove Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19118. 267-335-2271. www.BalanceCH.com



Check out one of our BIO Goal Coaches Katey Dyck on the Cover of People Magazine.

Food For Thought

Just in… FitBooks!  Balance Peeps, it’s time to lose the excuses & GET REAL, GET DEEP, GET INSPIRED, & GET GOING!!!!  Learning how to eat for life and gain control over so many aspects of your life can begin with keeping a journal. Change is not always easy and new healthy habits have to be created that take determination and work. An essential part of embarking on this journey is record keeping. Study after study shows that keeping a journal is one of the most consistent ingredients for a successful outcome.  
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Journaling serves many purposes.  Here are just a few:1. Identifying Where Your Calories are Coming From

It may surprise you. You need to realize and identify the problem before you can fix it. For many of us, mealtime is not always where the majority of calories are coming from. It could be that frozen latte at the coffee shop.

2. Accountability

Especially accountability to yourself. It makes you think first before you eat and question if you’re really hungry. Sometimes drinking water when those little hunger pangs start can make them subside.

3. Keeps You on Track with Your Program

Keeping track of calories and timing of meals is important. Journaling helps you match your goals so a record of each day is critical.

4. Feedback

We’re all different and our metabolism responds differently to changes in our eating. If something isn’t working for you, then you may want to consult with a Balance Nutrition Coach for suggestions or other options. A record of what you’ve been eating will help your coach give you proper feedback.

5. Portion Control

It’s important to record accurate portions sizes for each food. If weighing each food is not possible, then estimate the size. For example, one slice of bread is one ounce and a piece of fish the size of your palm is approximately three to four ounces.

Got Goals?  Lose your excuses & aim high using this helpful link!     http://www.getfitbook.com/v/vspfiles/downloadables/fitlosophyzeyourgoals.pdf