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5 Creative Ways to Get Your Greens in This St. Patty's Day

Need more green in your life? With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, it's the perfect time of year to add a few shades of green to your diet. Green foods have many amazing health benefits, including: 

  • Powerful antioxidants to help neutralize the body and get rid of toxins. 
  • Rich in chlorophyll, which acts as a detox agent. 
  • A natural deodorizer...for bad breath!
  • Mineral & nutrient dense -- rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamins B, C, E and K. 
  • Good for the immune system -- great to ward off sickness. 
  • Act as alakalizers to keep your body's PH healthy and stable. 

Our trainers shared their favorite ways to go green in their diet... Try these foods and recipes!

Vegetable Sauteé - The P.E. Club - Upper East Side

1.) Simple Green Sauteé

Grab your favorite green veggies and bring out their natural flavors by sautéing them over medium heat with a dash of olive oil and a bit of fresh minced garlic until lightly brown. 

Need veg #inspo? Instructor Morgana loves to sauteé up asparagus, while trainer Allie prefers broccoli rabe. As for Andrew, he's all about the brussels. Go extra green & try them all in one pan! 

Green Smoothie - The P.E. Club - Upper East Side

2.) Dark Leafy Green Smoothie

Are you one with your nutri bullet? Add some shade (green of course!) to your smoothie with a hand full of dark leafy greens -- kale, arugula, spinach, you name it!  While this is an old trick to the smoothie trade, here's a tip to crisp it up: place your smoothie-designated bag of greens in the freezer to keep them fresh throughout the week. This will also add an extra chill to your cup, meaning less ice, which = more flavor!

Feeling lazy? Go ahead.  Take a stop at Juice Generation -- Kayley recommends the Almond Joy Smoothie with added spinach. 

E3Live Blue Algae - The P.E. Club - Upper East Side

3.)  E3 Live (Blue Algae!)

*Nedra's Pick! Whether it's a supplement, powder or beauty product, this blue-green algae acts as an instant mood booster and is excellent for everything from improving your focus to boosting your immune system.

Try these recipes to incorporate E3 Live easily into your diet: http://www.e3live.com/s-2-recipes.aspx

 

Seaweed Salad Recipe - The P.E. Club - Upper East Side

4.) Seaweed Salad

The health benefits of seaweed are incredible. Not only is it high in protein (from 20% green algae / 70% spirulina) and mineral content, but it actually contains more vitamin C than an orange (!!!).  The natural iodine helps maintain healthy thyroid function. Seaweed also has a variety of anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It's no wonder our trainer Leo loves getting in his fix when he can.

Try this easy 10-minute Seaweed Salad recipe.  You may even have some of these ingredients in your pantry already: http://www.food.com/recipe/seaweed-salad-247035

Matcha Green Tea Truffles - Upper East Side Personal Training

5.) Matcha Green Tea Truffles

Looking for something green to appease that sweet tooth? These Matcha Green Tea Truffles are just what you need. Matcha contains natural calming properties, detoxifies the body, improves metabolic function and increases energy levels and endurance. Instructor Katy approves! 

Get the recipe via Good Morning Cali: http://bit.ly/2m2iIH6

 


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6 Meal Prep Tips You Need in Your Life

Two words: MEAL PREP.  Whether you love it or hate it, it's a necessary evil when it comes to staying on track outside The P.E. Club doors. A good meal prep plan will save you money and calories, in addition to time during your busy work week.

Our trainers shared their favorite meal prep tips to help you *spice* up YOUR weekly routine!


Meal Prep Tips You Need In Your LIfe - The P.E. Club

1.) Make sure you have quality tupperware.

When you have the right tupperware and containers to transport your meals, it makes portion sizing and meal coordination more organized - and even fun!  Stores like Marshall's and HomeGoods have a variety of marked down reusable containers in a variety of colors, sizes and styles.  

*Important! Make sure to check that your tupperware is microwave + dishwasher safe to avoid harmful toxins. 

2.) Make meals a few days at a time.

It can be overwhelming to prep a whole week of meals in advance.  Think about your week, how busy you'll be, and plan ahead, then go from there.  You may get tired or repulsed after eating the same meal for five days in a row... So, break up your week of meals into chunks, and schedule yourself smaller periods of time every few days to keep it interesting.

Meal Prep Tips You Need In Your LIfe - The P.E. Club

3.) Make breakfast an easy fix. 

Not a morning person?  This is a meal prep hack for the early risers! Pre-batch frozen berries, bananas, and leafy greens in plastic bags for an easy dump 'n go smoothie!  All you need to do from there is pour the bag of produce into the nutribullet or blender, then add a dash of your favorite milk & nut butter....Voila! Instant breakfast!

 

via @mealprepsociety

via @mealprepsociety

4.)  Keep it simple.

It's hard not to scroll through Instagram and marvel at the meal prep photos of health foodies packing their fridges for the week.  Though it looks intimidating, know that this is JUST meal prep, not serving a table of 12 on Thanksgiving. If you're just starting out, don't stress.  Prep a simple turkey chili or vat of rice just to have on hand for an easy meal option, and build from there. Make sure you have some snack options on hand, too! That leads us to #5....

 

5.) Hit the cutting board ASAP.

5 Meal Prep Tips You Need in Your Life - The P.E. Club

As soon as you go grocery shopping, cut up all your fruits and veggies.  Put them in tupperware for an easy, grabbable snack when hunger strikes. With everything pre-chopped, it's easier to put together a quick salad or add some color to your scrambled eggs. Anything to get in those extra veggies! 

6.) Give yourself incentive.  

If you just completed a week well prepped, go ahead -- grab that salad from Sweetgreen or that smoothie from Juice Press. You deserve it!


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