Fitness
Break a Sweat with Beach Volleyball

AdrianneHo_SolidandStripes_Sweat-3AdrianneHo_SolidandStripes_Sweat-2 AdrianneHo_SolidandStripes_SweatWith the 2016 Olympic games approaching we can all be sure to be amazed by the toned and sculpted bodies of the women players in the Beach Volleyball competition! Playing sports on the beach is always an amazing workout and playing volleyball on the beach is truly one of the best workouts you can get.

AdrianneHo_SolidandStripes_Sweat-4According to Harvard Medical School, beach volleyball burns calories quickly! A 155-pound person will burn 298 calories during a half-hour game of beach volleyball. This sport is also a great way to build and strengthen many muscle groups throughout your body. Beach volleyball uses every part of your body. You use your arms, shoulders and chest to spike and serve the volleyball, your legs running through the sand, and your core to stay balanced as you do each move, truly making it a full body workout! Lastly let’s not forget the best reason to get involved in a game of beach volleyball game, it’s fun!

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Food & Drink
Carnations: Flowers Good Enough To Eat

SweatTheStyle_EdibleFlowers-3Before we eat, we eat with our eyes. What better way to naturally create color and texture to your meal than edible flowers. Even if it seems strange to eat flowers chances are, if you’ve ever had artichokes or cauliflower you’ve already eaten them. These colorful carnations were picked up at the farmers market to ensure that they have not been sprayed with any insecticides or pesticides. Instead of using artificial coloring or sugar-laden sprinkles, separate the petals from the stems of these carnations for a natural way to get your next dish poppin’!

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Beauty
Jergens Natural Glow

AdrianneHo_Jergens-2Summer has arrived but that doesn’t mean your tan has…while we all want that healthy summer glow, sitting out in the sun is damaging to your skin and is time consuming. AdrianneHo_Jergans 2That’s why I love that Jergens Natural Glow offers a full range of products to help me find my perfect summer tan. I have been using their Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse because it’s really easy to apply and it dries instantly. While some self-tanners leave harsh orange streaks after the first use, this airy mousse uniquely works with your skin tone to mimic results from the sun. SweatTheStyle_JergensIllustrationIt’s so easy to customize your color– use it once for natural looking color or repeat the following day if you want to go darker. So it may be time to take that much needed break from the sunburns and streaks while you design your own perfect glow with Jergens Natural Glow.

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Food & Drink
Heirloom Tomato and Stone Fruit Salad

SweatTheStyle_Catty_StoneFruitSaladIngredientsWalking through the Hollywood Farmers Market we noticed that the heirloom tomatoes and stone fruit are perfectly ripe and in season. Chef Catty Boom Batty collaborated with us to make a beautiful fresh and light salad inspired by the season. Since stone fruit reached their peak in taste and juiciness she keeps the salad simple and let the ingredients speak for themselves. For creamy texture along with protein and calcium, she added Organic Greek Yogurt mixed with honey sprinkling roughly chopped Marcona Almonds. For flavor and color she introduced Opal basil and picked flowers off broccoli to add to the mix. You can make a version of this salad easily by going to the farmers market and seeing what’s perfectly fresh and in season wherever you live. When you have the best possible ingredients you don’t have to do much to create something easy, beautiful, and delicious to eat!
Serves 4
Ingredients
2ea Heirloom Tomato, ripe cut into wedges
2ea Ripe Nectarines, cut into 1” wedges
2ea Ripe Peaches, cut into 1” wedges
2ea Ripe Plums, thinly sliced
¼ c Opal Basil, chiffonade or using the buds and smaller leaves
¼ c Marcona Almonds, rough chopped
2 T Honey
1 c Greek yogurt, seasoned with salt and pepper
Fleur de Sal, to taste
Freshly ground pepper
SweatTheStyle_Catty_PeachTomatoSaladDirections:
With a tablespoon, smear 1/4c of yogurt on the rim of each plate. Gently place ½ of ea tomato and fruit onto the plate sporadically. Garnish each plate with a pinch of marcona almonds and basil. Drizzle ½ T of honey onto the ingredients and season with a pinch of fleur de sal and pepper. (Pictured plated two different styles.)
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Recipe by: CattyBoomBatty

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Health
Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant

sweatthestyle_lavanila_deoderant_The time to sweat is upon us! Whether you’re active or enjoying a summer day it’s natural to sweat, and most of us do. It’s important to not only find the right deodorant that keeps you fresh, but one that is safe and healthy for your body. Lavanilla’s healthy deodorant is just that!

Made of all natural ingredients, Lavanilla is freshly scented and provides superior, long-lasting odor protection! It’s also clinically tested, dermatologist recommended and has no trace of aluminum, paraben, propylene or harsh chemicals. The biggest concern with antiperspirants that do include these ingredients is their potential for causing serious health risks, including cancer.

Lavanila’s approach to deodorant is not only making sure you stay fresh, but also that your underarm skin is smooth! Packed with soothing essential oils and powerful anti-oxidants it not only protects but nourishes, strengthens, and keeps your underarm skin as healthy looking and feeling as ever. What more could you ask for from a deodorant!

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Health
Sip N’ Soak

AdrianneHo_PoloSportBeachSoaking in the sun at the beach is the perfect way to spend a hot Summer day. However, you can easily become dehydrated. Proper hydration becomes even more important when engaging in physical activity in high temperatures. The more your body sweats under these conditions, the more fluid you will need to replace. When working out in hot temperatures your body can lose up to 2 to 3 liters of water an hour!

Dehydration can not only effect muscle reaction time but you can also experience dizziness, cramping, and loss of mental focus. During dehydration your body tissues will heal slower and your muscles will take longer to recover from a workout. The easiest way to remember to stay hydrated is to invest in a reusable water bottle you can always keep handy! You can refill the bottle as often as you need to and even infuse the water with your favorite fruits and veggies ranging from lemons, to berries to cucumbers! This allows you to enjoy all the delicious flavored water you want all summer long, without the added calories from other sweet drinks! 🙂

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Food & Drink
Cast Iron Chicken Leg with Summer Succotash and Basil Pistou

SweatTheStyle_Catty_ChickenSuckatash_BowlThe perfect summer dish that’s both high in protein and full of nutrients. The fresh crisp consistency of the seasonal succotash, compliments the creamy avocado puree, and the savory tender chicken leg. Tasty and satisfying without weighing you down with empty calories. The best part about cooking with high quality organic free range chicken is that you don’t have to worry about separating the skin while you’re eating, that’s where a ton of flavor from the cast iron and seasoning live. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your plating technique and impress all your friends! Feel free to swap out vegetables for what’s in season at your local farmers market.

Ingredients:
4 Whole Chicken Legs, deboned and seasoned
3T Fennel Thyme spice blend
2 Avocados, seed and stem removed
¼ c Cold water
2 Limes, for juice
1 Lemon, for juice
1 Jalapeno, vein and seeds removed
1tsp Thyme, picked
1tsp Oregano, chopped
3 Corn, kernels removed
¼ lb Shishito Peppers, stems removed
¼ lb Cranberry Beans cooked
¼ lb Baby Summer Squash, cut into ½” pieces
1c Cherry Tomatoes, halved
¼ Red Onion, thinly sliced
½ c Basil leaves, picked
½ c Parsley leaves, picked
2 cloves of garlic
¼ c + 4T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Avocado Puree
Place the avocado, lime juice, water, jalapeno in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Basil Pistou
Put the basil, parsley, garlic, 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil in a food processor or blender, puree until smooth, season with salt and pepper and add a squeeze of ½ a lemon.

Succotash
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Pour 2T of extra virgin olive oil then add shishito peppers and cook until blistered. Add the squash, corn, thyme and oregano. Once the corn and squash are almost tender, add the cranberry beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion and sauté for about 2 minutes or until the tomatoes are lightly cooked. Add a squeeze of ½ a lemon and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Chicken Leg
Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper and the fennel thyme spice mix. Heat a large cast iron over medium-high heat, add the remainder 2T of extra virgin olive oil, then place the chicken skin side down onto the pan. Cook for about 7 minutes or until the skin is golden brown, then flip the chicken and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for about 1-2 minutes.

Recipe By: Catty Boom Batty

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Food & Drink
The Benefits of Plums

SweatTheStyle_PlumsStone Fruit is officially in season and we are super excited about it! From cherries to peaches to plums, some of the sweetest, tastiest tree grown food are stone fruits. Of the three fruits, plums are the most unique. Plums contain a unique antioxidant that is effective at neutralizing a particularly harmful type of free radical. Plums are also a low-calorie fruit with a low glycemic index and contain useful amounts of vitamin C, which fortifies the body’s defenses against infection and increases the amount of energy-giving iron that we absorb from food.

Plums come in various colors ranging from black to purple, red, yellow, and everything in between. Plums are generally in season in the United States from the end of May all the way into October. California is the number one producer of plums in the United States and therefore ship plums all over the country. California plums start to ripen in late May and the season goes until around the start of September, so you have a few more months to enjoy as many plums as you can!

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Food & Drink
Watermelon Strawberry Agua Fresca

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBatty_AquaFresqua-3When it comes to quenching your thirst this Summer it’s always nice to incorporate fresh fruit! An amazing go-to is agua fresca. Spanish for “cool waters” this drink is an amazingly simple refreshing thirst quencher to enjoy all season long. As we enter July, with fresh watermelon and berry crops entering stores and markets, now is the perfect time to use the fresh fruits of summer! On a recent trip to the farmers market we picked up our ingredients and made this super easy Watermelon Strawberry Aqua Fresca!SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBatty_AquaFresqua Check out the recipe below:
Serves 2

1 ½ c Watermelon, diced, remove seeds and rind
6 Strawberries, leaves removed
1 Lemon, juiced
1 Mandarinquat, juiced
6 Drops of stevia
½ c Filtered water
3 Basil leaves

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender, puree until completely smooth. Pour over ice and garnish with additional basil leaves.

Recipe by: Catty Boom Batty

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