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Oatmega Protein Bar

SweatTheStyle_oatmegaOatmega Bars are a great post workout treat as well as an amazing way to pack in antioxidants! These bars have 3 cups worth of decaf Green Tea antioxidants as well as 300 mg of EPA and DHA (important omega 3 fatty acids). They’re only made of organic ingredients and are non-GMO.

Unlike many other bars Oatmega uses whey protein from grass-fed cattle. These bars are also low in fat with only 190 calories, 5 grams of sugar and no fake sweeteners!  You will for sure stay on track with your fitness goals! Now let’s get to the taste… Organic Cane Sugar, Organic White Chocolate, and Organic Cocoa Butter are among some of the amazing organic ingredients in these bars. The packaging is even catchy with each flavor being the secondary color. Brown for brownie. Orange for chocolate peanut butter. Pink for white chocolate raspberry. Yellow for lemon chia. Beige for vanilla almond. Blue for blueberry. A yummy experience all around!

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Sun Cups by Free2B Foods

SweatTheStyle_suncupsResearchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. Some suffer from these allergies from birth while others develop them over time. These Dark Chocolate Sun Cups  by Free2B Foods are the leading chocolate cup for anyone dealing with food allergies.

Made with premium dark chocolate and a creamy sunflower butter filling, Dark Chocolate Sun Cups are the perfect healthy alternative to traditional peanut butter cups! All of their products are free of seven of the top eight allergens: peanuts, wheat/gluten, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, soy, and fish. They also plan on making their facility and products dairy free very soon! The texture of the sunflower butter is so smooth while the dark chocolate is very rich in flavor making the perfect combination for the ultimate healthy sweet.

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Good Clean Energy!

SweatTheStyle_runa_teaKeeping your energy up during the day can sometimes be a challenge. While studies show exercise is a great way to fight fatigue and gain energy sometimes we need a quick fix. Runa tea to the rescue! Runa was created using a leaf called Guayusa, which is an Amazonian super-leaf naturally packed with caffeine, polyphenols, and 15 essential amino acids which provides clean, focused energy. With the same caffeine content as coffee, and double the antioxidants as green tea, Runa tea contains no tannins and therefore lacks the bitter taste sometimes associated with green and black teas. Instead, it tastes smooth and naturally sweet.

Runa Tea is a great way to start your morning or to use as an afternoon pick me up! Compounds in Guayusa give you sustained and focused energy without using harsh chemicals that cause you to burn out later. Runa Tea is a great clean and organic way to add some pep to your step.

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YES Strawberry Coconut Snack Bar

SweatTheStyle_yesbarLet’s face it, the easiest way to stay on your health kick is to have yummy healthy snacks at your fingertips at all times. Health bars are a great option as they often contain dried fruit and nuts, which is a good source of fiber. The new YES bars are grain free and have no preservatives or fillers of any kind.

To make them even better every single ingredient in the YES bar is REAL FOOD. The ingredients include real bites of California strawberries mixed with cream coconut flakes and nuts creating an amazing flavor! These bars are also low in sugar yet still sweet, chewy, and flavorful. They currently come in 4 different flavors: Macadamia Chocolate, Mocha Cayenne, Black Sesame Sea Salt, and Strawberry Coconut.

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Italian Summer Bucatini Pasta

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBattyItalian Summer Bucatini Pasta-2A light vegetarian pasta is the perfect way to end a long summer day. We turned to Chef Catty Boom Batty to create a seasonal summer dish that is as nutrient rich as it is tasty. After visiting the local farmers market and picking up fresh bucatini pasta from McCall’s she created this Italian Summer Bucatini Pasta. Zucchini adds a soft crunch to the pasta while the combination of onions, tomatoes, capers, garlic, and basil naturally creates a light, classic Italian flavored juicy sauce. With plenty of healthy veggies that offset the fresh pasta, you will feel happy and satisfied from just one plate.

When using fresh organic ingredients with simple cooking methods you’ll see that the foods we often consider “fattening” or “unhealthy” are actually the opposite. You just need to get back to the basics of clean, organic, natural, food.
SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBattyItalian Summer Bucatini PastaIngredients:
Serves 3
12 oz Fresh Bucatini Pasta
1/3 c Medium Diced Onion
1/2 Zucchini
1/4 c Chopped Basil
1 ea Medium Diced Heirloom Tomato
1/2 Lemon for Juicing
3 Cloves Garlic Minced
1/4 c Chopped and Pitted Ligurian Olives
1/4 c Chopped Capers
1t Red Pepper Flaked
4T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3T French Unsalted Butter
Kosher Salt to Taste

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBattyItalian Summer Bucatini Pasta-3Directions:
In a large pot bring water to a boil, season with salt so it tastes like the sea. Add about 2T oil and then add the fresh pasta. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, drain and set aside.

In a large saute pan add 2T oil over medium heat. Then add the zucchini, try to get a little golden brown color then add the onion and garlic, stir until the onion is translucent. Add the tomato and cook for about 1 minute, then add the butter, capers, olives, red pepper flakes, and squeeze of lemon juice. When the butter has fully melted, add the bucatini pasta and mix together, then garnish with basil. Season with salt to taste.

Recipe by: Catty Boom Batty

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Fig, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Tartine

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBatty_FigTartineA seasonal sweet and savory tartine makes a great snack or side for a salad. This one in particular has a combination of flavors and textures that will automatically question whether you should feel guilty about eating this. Chef Catty Boom Batty specializes in tartines and after a trip to the farmers market she decided to make some with figs, which are in season. Figs are part of the mulberry family and have a wealth of nutrition like fiber, magnesium, vitamin B, potassium, and more. They’re sweet, have a soft consistency, and lots of seeds that provide a little crunch. Then of course there’s bread and cheese used to make this tartine, but if you source the best quality of both it will only be delicious, nutritious, and satisfying.

All the ingredients, besides the cheese, are from the farmers market. The more you expose yourself to the best quality ingredients, the less you will crave the artificial stuff, which will eventually lead you to making healthier choices for taste rather than for a diet. This is an easy to assemble dish that will impress even the most sophisticated foodie!

Ingredients:
1ea Country Loaf, sliced ½”- ¾” sliced, 6 pieces cut in half on a bias
1ea Humboldt Fog Cheese, mini cut into 12 1oz pieces
12 ea Mission Figs, ripe cut into ½
½ T Thyme, picked
24 Walnuts halves, toasted
2T Italian Parsley Leaves, chopped
¼ c + 1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt or Fleur de Sal
Freshly Ground Pepper

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBatty_FigTartine-3Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the sliced bread onto a baking tray. Drizzle or brush the oil onto each piece. Toast in the oven for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool.

Season the halved figs with salt, pepper and thyme. Place a medium cast iron over medium-high heat and coat with 1T oil. Put the figs cut side down onto the cast iron. Sear for about 30 seconds or until golden brown. Remove and cool, then cut in half.

On each piece of toasted bread, place the cheese, 4 pieces of figs, and 2 walnut halves on top. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and garnish with chopped parsley.

SweatTheStyle_CattyBoomBatty_FigTartine-4 Recipe by: Catty Boom Batty

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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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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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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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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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