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Food & Drink
The KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender: Berry Protein Smoothie

adrianneho_kitchenaid-8Blenders are one of the most important things to have in your kitchen, especially if your goal is to live a healthy lifestyle. Blending food assists in pre-digestion so your body does not have to spend extra energy absorbing the nutrients in your food. The new KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender is a favorite of mine! I use the blender to make smoothies several times a week so I need something that can stand frequent use.adrianneho_kitchenaid-7After my morning workouts a protein smoothie is the first thing on my mind. The blender quickly blends everything from frozen fruits and vegetables and crushes ice! Easy to use, it creates the perfectly blended smoothie with no chunks in sight. Check out one of my favorite recipes below…adrianneho_kitchenaid-9Power Berry Smoothie
Serves 3
Greek yogurt is high in protein and contains probiotics that aid in digestion, which is especially important in the morning. Almond butter contains healthy fats that improve hair, skin, and provide energy, as well as fiber to keep you full longer. Frozen berries contain antioxidants that allow your body to fight off illness. Finally Hemp protein is an easy to digest source of protein that wont affect the taste of your smoothie. Add honey as a natural sweetener that won’t jolt your blood sugar and you’re good to go!

adrianneho_kitchenaid-10Ingredients:
12 oz Frozen Berries
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Almond Butter
1/2 cup Hemp Powder
2 cups Almond Milk
1 cup Ice
2 tbs Honey

adrianneho_kitchenaidDirections:
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds or until completely smooth. Enjoy!

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To Thalassaki

AdrianneHo_thalassakiTucked away on a remote beach located on the Cycladic island of Tinos, To Thalassaki is nothing short of spectacular! The food is helmed by the highly creative mind and hand of female chef/owner Antonia Zarpa. Antonia artistically flips traditional Greek sea fare on its head, met by her Michelin worthy skill and technique. This is Mediterranean food at its finest; tradition meets innovation and heart…
AdrianneHo_thalassaki-3Bee pollen feta
AdrianneHo_thalassaki-4Vlita with tomato and feta
AdrianneHo_thalassaki-5Fried calamari
AdrianneHo_thalassaki-6Razor clams and saffron
AdrianneHo_thalassaki-7There’s nothing like eating linguine with clams (linguine alle vongole) barefoot seaside at sunset. Especially when it’s prepared to perfection at To Thalassaki. You know when eating can be a religious experience? Yeah… This is one of those times. Aided by the organic garden in the back and incredible vista in the front… Docking your boat on the bay for lunch at this tavern is one of the most incredible dining experiences I’ve ever had.

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Grass Green Superfood Whole Food Nutrition Bars

sweatthestyle_amazinggrass_nutritionbarHave you ever felt like your were enjoying your health bar so much that it isn’t actually healthy? Well this for sure isn’t the case when it comes to Amazing Grass bars. You get the yummy taste and all of the healthy goodness!

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Whole Food Nutrition Bars are an amazing blend of some of the best superfoods around! These bars combine their SuperFood with antioxidant along with rich fruits and vegetables creating a bar that will satisfy your cravings and deliver powerful, raw nutrition to your body. Treat your body to some added antioxidant-rich Goji and Acai berries, which are loaded with phytonutrients.

The flavors include Chocolate, Original, Berry, Sweet & Savory Almond, and Chocolate Coconut Chip. If you’re looking for additional protein try their Chocolate Peanut Butter, Café Mocha, and Chocolate Cherry Almond protein bars! From greens, fruits and veggies to plant-based protein, these organic superfood bars are a convenient way to get the whole food nutrition your body needs to feel amazing every day!

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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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