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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s to Healthy Hops!

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Another great guest blog by Melissa Mathes, RDN, MPH, CSSD Xanthohumol (XN) an anti-oxidant compound found in hops an ingredient in many beers, (spotlighting Guinness this month in honor of St. Patrick’s day), has shown to be a protectant against Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Other researchers at the University of Oregon found that XN can boost cognitive function. XN has also shown in studies to have heart protective properties, anti-clotting, and because it is an anti-oxidant helps reduce risk of cancer. Another study from the Journal of Agriculture and Food and…
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Go Green in 2017

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Guest Blog by our friend, fellow-kettlebeller, & Registered Dietitian Melissa Mathes   Eat More Plant Foods for your Health Your parents were right... “Eat Your Vegetables!”. It's no surprise that eating more plant-derived foods in your diet like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried beans and grains are healthy for you.   Consuming a predominately plant based diet, or being a vegetarian (consumes plant derived foods, dairy and eggs and avoids animal flesh. Vegan is strict avoidance of any animal derived products), can improve your health substantially. Benefits: Springmann et al, found that eating fewer animal products could result in 5…
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Recovery Done RIGHT!

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Guest post by Melissa Mathes, RD. Melissa is a registered dietition who is an expert in sports nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy. She has counseled athletes and patients with medical nutrition therapy needs for the last 15 years. We're so glad we found her and feel really fortunate that she's willing to share her knowledge with our community! Please enjoy her post on Recovery Done RIGHT!: Recovery Timing: With in 15 minutes of workout immediate recovery drink With in the first hour of workout you need 24oz. of fluid total. This includes your recovery drink! After the first 2 hours of…
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Summer Challenge 2016

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Swing, Squat, & Press your way to a healthier summer! Set a fitness goal (not a weight-centered goal) and see results faster! Join the Swing, Squat, & Press Summer Challenge: $179 Initial Measurements: Weight, Circumferences, Body Fat, + Swing, Squat, & Press Evaluation (Value $50) Goal Setting (Value $50) FMS (Value $50) Personalized 8-week Plan (Value $200) You will receive a plan that you will do in class & on your own when you're not in class. It is important that you communicate how many days you're willing to train over the summer & that you stick to the plan as closely as possible. We…
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Easy Butternut Squash Soup

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It's That Time of Year again… It's getting cold and it's time to cozy in on the couch (after you've swung your kettlebell for the day, of course) and have some nice hot soup! Easy Butternut Squash Soup Easy Butternut Squash Soup 2 bags Trader Joe's Pre-cubed Butternut Squash 4 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock 1/2 Cup of 1/2 and 1/2 or Heavy Cream 1 tbsp. Butter Salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon to taste In a stockpot combine 2 bags of Trader Joe's pre-cubed Butternut Squash with enough chicken or vegetable stock to completely cover the squash. I used 3 cups chicken…
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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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What happens when we get a much needed rainy day in sunny SoCal? I pull out the crockpot and make a pot of soup. Here is the recipe for one of my favorite comfort soups. 1 lb of dried green split peas Olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 organic celery stalks, chopped 2 organic carrots, peeled and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 5-6 slices of cooked bacon 6 cups of water 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, minced 2 teaspoons fresh sage, minced salt pepper In a large skillet, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a medium-high heat.…
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