c21’s Summer Clean-up

It’s summertime!

The weather is hot and it’s time for patio lunches, seasonal cocktails and—gulp—sliding into those bathing suits. So we c21ers have been trying a few different things to stay on track, motivate each other and achieve our fitness goals!*

Lucky for us, we’ve got the inside scoop on many of our clients’ fitness classes and promotions.

If you didn’t know, barre-style fitness has been taking the world by storm. These classes use small, isolated, movements that are great for toning, improving posture and creating long, lean muscles. Our very own Sharon attends Pure Barre and has seen (and felt) the results! Interested in trying it out? Check out Pure Barre at The Collection at Forsyth, The Shoppes at Webb Gin, The Avenue at Peachtree City, or barre3—coming soon to The Avenue at East Cobb, and check out Pink Barre at Emory Point.

barre3
Photo credit: barre3
barre3 is coming soon to The Avenue at East Cobb!

But even if you can’t get out to a fitness class, there are workouts you can do right at your desk! Lauren and Natalie teamed up to create mini-exercises for us to do around the office when doing different tasks:

5 squats when waiting printer
10 lunges when going to the kitchen
20 jumping jacks when exiting the office
Minute plank holds every 30 minutes

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Use our list or come up with your own exercises for your “office obstacle course”!

But of course, no fitness regimen would be complete without proper eating.

Juicing has become a very popular (and fashionable) way of staying healthy. It’s great for ridding your body of toxins and replacing it with good-for-you nutrients and vitamins. I recently did an Arden’s Garden two-day detox and, though it took a great deal of discipline, I felt better, thought clearer and used the detox as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle!

2 day detox
This two-day detox is available at Whole Foods, in various Arden’s Garden retail locations (if you’re in the Atlanta area), or to order online.

You can make your own juice or stop by a local place and pick some up. Our Inman Park neighbors at Kale Me Crazy have lots of great packages that you can personalize for your juicing needs!

But I know you weren’t just thinking about juicing when I said proper eating – so let’s move to delicious foods! Here are some great recipes from our office chefs and foodie connoisseurs, Natalie and Telleen:

Loaded Spinach Salad
Ingredients:
1 pound of baby spinach
1 Golden Delicious Apple, chopped
8 oz of sliced, black olives
4 oz of feta cheese

 

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing
TastyKitchen
Photo Credit: Tasty Kitchen

Ingredients:
(For salad)
1-½ cup Water
¾ cups Uncooked Quinoa
1  Red Bell Pepper, Stem And Seeds Removed, Then Diced
½  Red Onion, Diced
1 cup Shredded Red Cabbage
1 cup Shredded Carrots
½ cups Chopped Cilantro
½ cups Cashew Halves Or Peanuts, (honey Roasted Is Good)
¼ cups Diced Green Onions
Fresh Lime, For A Bit Of Tang

(For dressing)
¼ cups All Natural Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Honey (use Agave If Vegan)
2 teaspoons Freshly Grated Ginger
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce, Gluten-free If Desired
1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
Water To Thin, If Necessary

Instructions:
To cook quinoa: Rinse quinoa with cold water in a mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add in quinoa and bring mixture to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water.

Remove pan from heat and fluff quinoa with fork. Place in a large bowl and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. You should have a little over 2 cups of quinoa.

To make dressing: Add peanut butter and honey or agave into a medium-sized microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds. Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and both sesame and olive oil and stir until mixture is smooth and creamy. If you want a thinner dressing, simply stir in a teaspoon or two of water or olive oil.

Add as much or as little dressing as you’d like to the quinoa. I always start out with a little bit of dressing and usually add more to suit my taste preferences. Alternatively you can save the dressing for later and add when you are ready to eat; however the flavors of the dressing usually soak into the salad so I love adding it to the quinoa first.

Next fold the red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro into the quinoa. Garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges if desired.

PB and Peppers
Photo credit: PeanutButterandPeppers.com

Need a place to get fresh ingredients for your meals? Check out Sprouts Farmers Market at The Shoppes at Webb Gin. And coming soon to Atlanta, Earth Fare.

A great way to start cleaning up those eating habits is by drinking more water. Craving a beverage with some flavor? Try fruit-infused water! It allows you to get your recommended intake of water while helping curb your appetite, detoxifying your system, boosting energy and improving overall health.

You can make fruit-infused water by the pitcher or by the glass. Simply add your favorite fruit to a large pitcher of water and let sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking. Need some help getting started? Check out this website for some tips!

Trying a new workout? Got a healthy recipe you’d like to share? Post about it in our comments!
*Please remember to check with your doctor or physician before embarking in any new workout or diet.

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