blogs http://www.sweatybetty.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 en hourly 1 http://www.sweatybetty.com Day 22: Get Your 10 a Day /blog/day-22-get-your-10-a-day/ /blog/day-22-get-your-10-a-day/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/day-22-get-your-10-a-day/ The Detox Kitchen challenges you to squeeze in 10 portions of fruit and vegetables today...
 
Experts suggest that we should strive for seven portions or more of fruit and vegetables per day, with ten being the optimum number. Sound like a lot? Fear not, we have put together a day's menu that includes 10 portions and we bet that by the end of it you’ll be surprised how easy it was, amazed by how delicious it was and impressed with your increased energy levels.



 
Getting your juice in

Green Juice
1 portion of veg and 1 portion of fruit
½  broccoli
½ cucumber
1 handful spinach
2 apples
handful mint leaves
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To make: Juice the broccoli, cucumber and apples. Place the juice in a blender with the spinach, mint and ice. Blitz and drink immediately.
 
Tip: Starting off with a juice is a perfect way to pack in some nutrients before the madness of your day begins. Eat with a handful of nuts and seeds to ensure you are also getting some fibre.
 
Supercharge your muesli with some fruit, seeds and nuts

Breakfast: Simple muesli with banana and rice milk
1 portion of fruit 
80g rolled oats
1 tbsp flaked coconut
1 tbsp goji berries or raisins
1 handful hazelnuts
1 banana
175ml rice milk
 
To make: Place the oats on a baking tray and toast in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Leave to cook then mix with some flaked coconut, goji berries or raisins and a handful of hazelnuts.
 
Serve with some sliced banana and rice milk.
 
Tip: Make a batch of muesli for the week and keep it in an airtight container. Handmade muesli means there are no hidden sugars or salts, giving you peace of mind that you are starting you day in the most nutritious way.
 
Snack: A little pot of edamame and sesame seeds
1 portion of veg
100g edamame beans
1 tsp sesame seeds
Juice ½ lime
Pinch salt and pepper
 
To make: Mix the edamame beans with sesame seeds, lime juice, salt and pepper.
 
Tip: You can buy edamame beans frozen in most supermarkets and they do retain 80% of their nutrients. Make the pot before you go to work and take it with you.
 


Lunch: Wild rice with butternut squash, red onion, celery and hazelnuts
 2 portions of veg
100g wild rice
¼ butternut squash, cut into 1cm thick half moons with the skin on
½ red onion, sliced
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 stick celery, finely diced
1 handful coriander, roughly chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt
1 handful hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
 
To make: Place the wild rice in a pan with three times the amount of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes until tender. Meanwhile place the butternut squash on the baking tray with the red onion and drizzle with some rapeseed oil, roast in the oven for 20 minutes until tender. Once the rice is cooked, drain it and place it in a mixing bowl, add in the cooked butternut and onion, then add the celery, coriander, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with crushed toasted hazelnuts to serve.
 
Tip: Make sure to incorporate a good wholegrain into your lunch with a large helping of vegetables, this will keep you feeling fuller for longer and less likely to snack.  
 
 Pudding: Apple with flaked sea salt
 1 portion of fruit
Cut and core the apple then sprinkle with a tiny pinch of sea salt. Sounds strange, but it's delicious, a little like eating a sour-sweet apple.
 
Tip: Apples are the best fruit of flinging in your bag when your in a rush. Stock up on them in your weekly shop and munch throughout the week.
 
 

Dinner: King prawns with Thai vegetable curry
2 portions of veg
For the paste:
½ green chili, deseeded and roughly chopped
1 lemongrass, roughly chopped
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic
2 spring onions, roughly chopped
1 handful coriander, roughly chopped
 
For the curry:
1 stick celery, diced
Handful mangetout, cut in half lengthways
1 courgette, cut into 1cm slices on an angle
1 green pepper, sliced
2 spring onions, sliced on an angle
100ml coconut milk
150g raw king prawns
1 lime to serve
1 handful coriander, finely chopped to serve
 
To make: Place all the ingredients for the paste in a blender and blitz to a rough paste. Transfer the paste to a pan and cook on a medium heat for 2 minutes, add in the vegetables and stir fry for 2 minutes. Then add the coconut milk and prawns and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lime juice and chopped coriander to serve.
 
Tip: Having a carb free dinner is a great excuse to pile your plate high. It doesn’t matter how many vegetables you squeeze onto the plate, so make sure you are feeling full and satisfied after. I tend to get three portions of vegetables into my evening meal.
 
Pudding: Blueberries, flaked coconut and cashew nuts
1 portion of fruit
70g blueberries
1 tsp flaked almonds
30g cashew nuts
 
Tip: Try to have dinner and pudding before 8pm so that you give you body a chance to digest it before you go to bed. This will help to absorb the nutrients and will aid a good night's sleep. Cashew nuts before bedtime are great as they have the sleep-enhancing nutrient magnesium.
 
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The 30 Day Sweat Challenge: Week 4 shopping list /blog/week-4-shopping-list/ /blog/week-4-shopping-list/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/week-4-shopping-list/ This week The Detox Kitchen challenges you to squeeze in 10 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Sound like a lot? Not to worry, there are plenty of recipes to inspire you to get creative in the kitchen. Use this shopping list to get stocked up ready for the week.
 

Green Juice
½  broccoli
½ cucumber
1 handful spinach
2 apples
handful mint leaves

Simple muesli with banana and rice milk 
80g rolled oats
1 tbsp flaked coconut
1 tbsp goji berries or raisins
1 handful hazelnuts
1 banana
175ml rice milk

A little pot of edamame and sesame seeds
100g edamame beans
1 tsp sesame seeds
Juice ½ lime
Pinch salt and pepper

Wild rice with butternut squash, red onion, celery and hazelnuts
100g wild rice
¼ butternut squash
½ red onion
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 stick celery
1 handful coriander
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt
1 handful hazelnuts

King prawns with Thai vegetable curry 
½ green chili
1 lemongrass
1 thumb sized piece of ginger
1 clove garlic
2 spring onions
1 handful coriander
1 stick celery
Handful mangetout
1 courgette
1 green pepper
2 spring onions
100ml coconut milk
150g raw king prawns
1 lime to serve
1 handful coriander
 
Blueberries, flaked coconut and cashew nuts
70g blueberries
1 tsp flaked almonds
30g cashew nuts
 
Red Juice
1 beetroot
3 sticks of celery
1 carrot
2 apples
1 thumb-sized piece ginger

Figs, blueberries and nut granola
5 brazil nuts
5 cashew nuts
5 almonds
3 figs
Handful blueberries
100g soya yogurt

Hummus and cucumber
¼ tin chickpeas
1 tsp sesame seeds
Juice ½ lemon
Pinch salt and pepper
Drizzle rapeseed oil
1 cucumber


Buckwheat and peach salad
70g Buckwheat
1 handful flaked almonds
1 stick celery
1 handful pistachios, shelled
Juice of half lemon
1 tsp rapeseed oil
A few mints leaves
Salt
Pepper
2 doughnut peaches
 
Chicken burger with cucumber and radish salad
For the burger:
1 fillet chicken breast
1 egg
1 tbsp wheat-free flour
2 spring onions
1 handful chives
1 handful coriander
Salt and pepper
½ cucumber, sliced
5 radishes, halved
½ courgette, diced
1 tbsp edamame beans
1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds
Juice ½ lemon
1 tsp rapeseed oil

A handful of raspberries with Coyo yogurt
70g raspberries
1 tbsp Coyo yogurt
1 tsp honey

Spicy green juice
2 courgette
½ cucumber
1 stick celery
2 apples
1 thumbsized piece of ginger
1 handful watercress

Egg and avocado 
1 egg
½ avocado
Juice ½ lemon
1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds
1 handful watercress
Salt


Raw cacao truffle 
5 dates
1 handful hazelnuts
1 tsp raw cacao, extra for dusting
Pinch cinnamon

Sweet potato with spinach and courgette salad and yogurt dressing
1 sweet potato
2 handfuls spinach
2 courgettes
1 handful cashew nuts
1 spring onion
1 tsp rapeseed oil
Juice ½ lemon
2 tbsp soya yogurt
Zest 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

Salmon with tomato, sprouts and chickpea salad
1 portion salmon fillet
100g cherry tomatoes
50g sprouts
50g mange tout
1 spring onion
½ tin chickpeas
Juice ½ lemon
1 tsp rapeseed oil
1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds
 
Frozen banana ice cream
1 frozen banana
50ml rice milk
1 pinch cinnamon]]>
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Day 21: Fab Abs Challenge /blog/day-21-ab-challenge/ /blog/day-21-ab-challenge/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/day-21-ab-challenge/ Sweaty Betty ambassador Maria shows how to get fab abs in today's Sweat Challenge.



This exercise works the deepest layer of abs, our transverse abdominals. The transverse abdominals are great for posture and set the groundwork for the other abdominal muscles.

  1. Lie with your back flat on the floor. Relax your head and shoulders and keep a neutral spine so you have a small pocket of air under the back.
  2. Bring your legs into a table top position so your knees are over your hips with toes pointed. Extend your legs out fully, drawing your navel to your spine and breathe out. Then take a breath in and bring the legs back to position, making sure to replace the knees back over the hips and not into the chest. Repeat for one minute.
Up the ante
To increase the difficulty of this position and make it more challenging, you can lift your head and shoulders off the floor and lift the arms at the same time (with your palms facing the ceiling). Another challenge would be to squeeze a towel between your inner thighs at the same time.
 
Modify the move
To modify this position, keep the head and shoulders on the floor at all times and don’t fully extend the legs.
 
This is a great position to get those abs shaking. The lower your legs and the slower your movement, the more challenging it becomes.
 
Other options for this position are:
 
  1. Lower your toes to the floor from the table top position. Pull through the abs and repeat.
  2. Extend your legs fully and make scissor kicks, keeping your hands behind your head.
  3. Extend your legs up above your hips making sure to keep them together. Lower the legs slowly down, keeping them straight and making sure the back doesn’t engage. Draw your navel in towards your spine, and when you get to the point that your abs start to quiver, draw your legs back up to the start point.
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Day 22: Salute the Sun /blog/day-22-salute-the-sun/ /blog/day-22-salute-the-sun/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/day-22-salute-the-sun/ Take 30 minutes for yourself with SB ambassador Jo's empowering series of Sun Salutations - 'Surya Namaskar' in Sanskrit.


Jo wears the Mukha yoga vest.

This is a series of eight basic postures that were designed in India thousands of years ago as a way to start your day by honouring the sun. 

It has huge energetic and physical benefits to the body and is a wonderful way to start or end your day!

Basic postures
The eight basic postures, in order of performance, are:
Salute the sun
To perform the sequence, start in Mountain Pose, with your hands together at your heart. Inhale and lift your arms overhead to Salute Upwards, then exhale while lowering the arms down and fold your torso into a Forward Bend.

Inhale to arch your torso into a slight backbend with the fingertips or palms pressed to the floor or blocks, and exhale while bringing your left foot back into a lunge and step back into Plank.
Exhale to lower yourself into a Low Plank (for beginners or those with shoulder injuries, drop your knees chest and chin). On an inhalation, arch your torso up as you straighten your arms into Upward Dog. Exhale back to Downward Dog; step the left foot forward on an inhalation into Lunge. Swing the right leg forward to Forward Fold on an exhalation, then lift your torso and reach your arms overhead on an inhalation to Upward Salute

Finally, lower your arms on an exhalation and return to your starting point, Mountain Pose.
Remember, this is only a half-round; you'll need to repeat the sequence, switching left to right and right to left to complete a full round. 
 
Benefits
Sun Salutations build strength, power and flexibility and are very grounding and energising. They open the spine, hamstrings, groin and quadricep muscles, as well as building arm and core strength. As with all yoga poses, moving the body with the breath helps us get out of the head and into the body, calming the mind.
 
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Day 20: Power up your breakfast with Danielle Copperman /blog/day20-power-up-your-breakfast-with-danielle-copperman/ /blog/day20-power-up-your-breakfast-with-danielle-copperman/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/day20-power-up-your-breakfast-with-danielle-copperman/ Model Mangetout and founder of Qnola) returns with another deliciously healthy breakfast recipe to help keep you energised and healthy.

Today, she shares her recipe for a delicious Green Superfood Smoothie and an energising Quinoa Bowl, plus provides more tips on how to power up your breakfast and tells all on the benefits of different superfoods.

Don't forget that it's Hiitgirl day today too; how about doing your workout as soon as you get up and then rewarding yourself with a power breakfast.?...



DANIELLE’S TIPS ON HOW TO POWER UP YOUR BREAKFAST:

The first drink of the day. “I always, always, always start my day with a mug of hot water, lemon and ginger. This not only cleanses your body on an empty stomach but also regulates your appetite. Some mornings, I find I’m not as hungry as I thought I was. And on days where nothing appeals to me I feel I have more of an appetite after my drink.”
 
What to include. “Always get a superfood in there. I love maca on breakfasts, or spirulina in smoothies or juices. Bee pollen is also incredible, as is raw cacao. Only raw chocolate in the morning is allowed!”
 
Preparation is key. “Prepare your breakfast the night before so you can grab-and-go if you are rushing out of the door, or enjoy it while you’re getting ready. Soak some nuts, oats, grain-free flakes or seeds in water or nut milk overnight. This activates them; making them easier to digest and removing the phytic acid. It also makes them easier to incorporate into smoothies. I make chia seed pudding by soaking the seeds in cashew cream overnight, then in the morning I simply add a handful of nuts and berries."

WHICH SUPERFOODS & WHY:

All superfoods are naturally high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants. They are all natural too, which is so important.

Maca is great for boosting energy levels. It helps to balance hormones (especially in women) and regulates natural appetite.

Spirulina is a naturally cleansing and anti-inflammatory ingredient that is high in protein, calcium and essential amino acids. It is also high in chlorophyll, which removes toxins from the body.

Raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate that provides energy and is proven to reduce depression and elevate mood. Eating it will also improve digestion and circulation.

Include wheatgrass in your diet to cleanse and detoxify the body. It supports healthy metabolism and aids weight loss.

TODAY’S BREAKFAST…

GREEN SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE
Ingredients:  fennel, spinach, cucumber, celery, spirulina, 1/2 green apple or 1/2 butternut squash, mint and avocado with baobab and maca if possible.

Directions: Juice the fennel, spinach, cucumber, apple/squash and celery. If you don’t have a juicer, blend them in ½ cup water and then strain them through a sieve, saving the liquid and discarding the chunks of vegetables. Add the liquid to a blender (or juicer) and add the spirulina, mint and avocado. For a sweeter option, add chunks of mango. If you have baobab or maca, add these to the blender in the last stage.

QUINOA BOWL
Ingredients: quinoa, ripe avocado, parsley, spinach or kale, chia seeds, basil, flaked or chopped almonds, olive oil, lemon juice and 1 egg.

Directions: Rinse quinoa and boil 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups water. When cooked, drain and rinse under cold water. Rinse under hot water if you want it warm, but I prefer it cold. Take your ripe avocado and gently scrape the flesh onto the quinoa in a bowl. Mash with a fork, add salt and a little coconut or olive oil. Add the parsley, diced or wilted spinach or kale, chia seeds, chopped basil, lemon juice and nuts or seeds of choice. Fry or scramble an egg in coconut oil or poach one if you have time. Place the egg on top, burst open and enjoy.
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Tamara's Scrapbook: Sweaty Betty for Richard Nicoll at LFW /blog/tamaras-scrapbook-sweaty-betty-for-richard-nicoll-at-lfw/ /blog/tamaras-scrapbook-sweaty-betty-for-richard-nicoll-at-lfw/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Tamara /blog/tamaras-scrapbook-sweaty-betty-for-richard-nicoll-at-lfw/ Fresh from London Fashion Week, Sweaty Betty's Creative Director Tamara talks about the launch of the exclusive Sweaty Betty for Richard Nicoll collection which launched on the runway last Sunday. 


Waiting for the show to start: Tamara with friend Calgary Avansino, contributing editor at UK Vogue

The inspiration behind the Sweaty Betty for Richard Nicoll collection was an active girl who wants to achieve a calm meditative state through running; it's very calm and tranquil but highly technical at the same time. The music at the show on Sunday reflected this and it was so beautiful –  a little quirky but very gentle. All the invitations were holographic too so there was a shimmering iridescence everywhere you looked. Then of course the Tinkerbell dress floated out from the dark like a lit jellyfish and it set such a beautiful scene.



The collection is a different take for Sweaty Betty. We’ve used our most technical premium Italian fabrics and cutting edge new technologies in terms of bonding, reflectivity and laser cutting, but the use of the beautiful soft lilac colour was a totally different direction for us. Combining this technicality and soft colour palette with a traditional Shibori Japanese print was the perfect combination for a new look for both brands. 

The collection is a really gorgeous mix of lo fi, hi fi, which is exactly the type of juxtaposition that Richard and Sweaty Betty were wanting to achieve. I’m really pleased with how strongly it represents both our brands – I think it’s an absolutely perfect collaboration; a meeting in the middle. It was very exciting to be sitting in the front row at Sunday's show close to Jessie Ware and Sophie Ellis Bextor and next to my friend Calgary from Vogue. With my daughters in the audience, it was a very proud moment.


The dress on the runway at Sunday's show

For both Richard and I, the killer piece in the collection is the dress. It’s not ever something we’d really think about designing, but actually it’s very practical with little built-in shorts, a zip up the front and fully reflective, stretchy fabric. You could run in it and equally you could go to a party and look amazing in it. It pushes the boundaries for us – it’s something we wouldn’t typically do at Sweaty Betty and Richard wouldn’t normally design something so technical. It’s a key piece in the collection. 

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Day 19: Thigh Burner /blog/day-19-thigh-burner/ /blog/day-19-thigh-burner/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/day-19-thigh-burner/

Lunges & Lycra's Charlotte wears the Chandrasana 3/4 Yoga LeggingsCoupe Layered Dance Vest and Training Over Tee

Lunge benefits
Lunges are one of the best lower-body exercises, right up there with squats and step-ups. They work your glutes (the muscles in your butt), your quads (the muscles at the front of your thighs) and also work your hamstrings (the muscles at the back of your thighs) .

When you do a lunge, you force your hip flexors to stretch too, the muscles you use to bend or flex your legs at your hips. Tight hip flexors are often to blame for lower back pain, especially if you sit at a desk all day. You can get a good hip stretch if you place your back knee on the floor and lean forward slowly from your hips.

The Basic Lunge
Before you do your jumping lunges challenge, make sure you've mastered the correct technique for the move.
  1. Stand upright and engage your core muscles.
  2. Take a long step forward and lower your body until your back knee almost touches the floor. 
  3. Step back so that your feet are together. 
  4. Repeat with the other leg. 
Tackle your technique
Make sure your front knee doesn't extend over your front toes as you go into the lunge position and keep your hips square. If the move is too difficult, start with a shorter step and avoid going too deep into the move.
 
The Jumping Lunge

1. Begin in a lunge position
2. Jump up and quickly swap leg positions in mid-air, keeping your core tight and torso straight.
3. Raise your hands to gain height.
4. Land in the lunge position and bend your knees to absorb the impact.
5. Launch straight into the next jump switching your feet again and landing in the original lunge position.
 


1 Power up


2. Right leg forward


3. In the air


4. Jump


5. Land left leg forward

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Day 18: Behind The Scenes of The Hiitgirl Video - Meet The Models /blog/behind-the-scenes-of-the-hiitgirl-video-meet-the-models/ /blog/behind-the-scenes-of-the-hiitgirl-video-meet-the-models/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/behind-the-scenes-of-the-hiitgirl-video-meet-the-models/ One very sweaty day in July, the founder of Hiitgirl Susan Dyson came together with three extremely fit women to film the Get Fit 4 Free video for Autumn 2014. It took 3 film crew members, 1 studio manager, 1 Sweaty Betty stylist, 1 behind-the-scenes photographer, 1 blog writer and 1 Sweaty Betty content & events manager (as well as the 4 being filmed!) to capture this workout on video. 

In one very short break in between takes, Sweaty Betty managed to sit down with each of the ladies on-screen to find out all on their go-to exercises, ultimate cheat foods and favourite places in London.

 

Susan Dyson – Founder of Hiitgirl
Favourite health food: Nak’d bars
Can’t-live-without cheat food: Lemon tart
Most loved place in the world: Italy
Favourite place in London: Hampstead Heath


Hiitgirl Founder Susan Dyson

Meet the models - Hollie and Anya are Sweaty Betty Ambasadors for the Islington boutique. Hollie is a keen pilates enthusiast and is Head Trainer at PilatesHQ, while cardio queen Anya is a trainer at the formidable Barry's Bootcamp. Georgie is Sweaty Betty's Area Manager and a qualified personal trainer who is also a fan of Barry's.


Left to right: Hollie wears the Athlete Workout Vest, Anya the Training Over Tee GF4F and Georgie the Mukha Yoga Vest.

Favourite health food: 
Georgie – Edamame beans
Hollie – Eggs
Anya – Avocado

Can’t-live-without cheat food: 
Georgie – Butterscotch ice cream
Hollie – Chocolate
Anya – Chips

Most loved place in the world: 
Georgie – Ibiza
Hollie – South of France
Anya – LA

Favourite place in London: 
Georgie – Primrose Hill
Hollie – Richmond Park
Anya – Hampstead Heath

With both Anya and Hollie being fitness instructors themselves, we were keen to hear how it felt to do someone else’s routine…

Hollie – “It was fun! Nice to have someone else telling me what to do, and trying out a different routine.”
Anya – “I really enjoyed it! I found it challenging, and it was nice to get a different perspective on training.”

Now see the team in action - watch the Hiitgirl workout video below:
 
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Refuel: Post workout eateries in New York and London /blog/refuel-post-workout-eateries-in-new-york-and-london/ /blog/refuel-post-workout-eateries-in-new-york-and-london/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/refuel-post-workout-eateries-in-new-york-and-london/

The Butcher's Daughter in New York 

New York

New Yorkers who subscribe to the idea that food should be delicious as well as unprocessed and good for you, head to Hu Kitchen where you can follow a Primal Kale Salad with Carrot Cream Whoopie Pie (it’s all about balance you see…). What’s more, Hu Kitchen is located directly next to City Row making it perfect for when you stumble out of a class, disorientated and barely able to stand.

78 5th Avenue New York New York; +1 212 510 8919

Juicy Lucy
When it comes to hydration this ultra low-key juice and smoothie shack, with locations in East Village and Lower East Side, is one of the city’s best healthy hidden gems. From JR’s Skin Fixer, a blend of Pineapple, Cucumber with a hint of Granny Smith, to a Cleansing Tonic, a blend of beets, red apple and ginger downing one of Lucy’s juices will leave you feeling fab on the inside. Juicy Lucy also serves the best Acai bowl north of Brazil.

Corner 1st Ave & 1st Street  and  85 Ave A (Btwn 5th & 6th Street) East Village, New York, New York; +1 212-777-5829

The Butcher’s Daughter
New Yorkers love brunch and this juice bar and vegan café eatery, with indoor and outdoor street seating, has some of the healthiest mid-afternoon meal options out. If mashed avocado toast benedict and green lemonade popsicle (basil, pineapple, lemon) take your fancy then the Butcher’s Daughter is the place for you. You’ll also find biodynamic wines and craft beers on the menu. If you go OTT try the Hangover Killer, made with young Thai Coconut, pineapple, yuzu, chili, evening primrose oil and cilantro.

Melvin’s Juice Box
For juices and salads with a distinctly Caribbean feel be sure to stop in at Melvin’s Juice Box. Coconut is a favourite here – the Rootsman a juice of coconut, kale and banana is super popular. Booster shots and supplements are also on the menu (Spirulina ($1) which alongside the $11 Immunity Booster (Apple, beets, ginger, carrots, vitamin c, echinacea, b-complex, banana) should keep you on point.

130 W. Houston St, New York New York;+1 646-588-5375


London's Detox Deli

London

Rawpress
London’s Dover Street plays host to one of the capital’s warmest, cosiest and coolest juice bars. Founded by cousins Jack and Toby, Rawpress serves daily-squeezed organic juices, coffees and super food salads.  Coffee & Mylk (almonds, coconut water, dates, Himalayan salt, vanilla bean, cold brew coffee) is a must-try as are the dishes by Deliciously Ella - think quinoa and hazelnut salad, zucchini noodles with brazil nut pesto, mini banoffee pies and Ella's signature sweet potato brownies.

32 Dover Street, London W1S 4NE; +44 (0) 20 3627 3190

The Good Life Eatery
At this healthy-eats and cold-pressed juice bar on Sloane Square the day starts with an "all day breakfast" style granola bowl, which comes with a glass of almond milk on the side. Café goers to the Good Life Eatery can expect innovative salads, featuring kale, seaweed, almonds, walnuts and quinoa and gluten free and dairy free treats.

59 Sloane Avenue, London, SW3 3DH; +44 (0) 7025 9388

Wild Food Café
One of London’s original raw vegan restaurants, Wild Food Café has been serving honest, nutritious food for several decades. Menu highlights are the Ayurvedic salad, slow-baked sprouted wheatbreads and raw chocolate deserts. For breakfast we’ll mostly be indulging in the Super Simple Chia Raw Cacao and Banana Breakfast Pudding.
 
1st Floor 14 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP; +44 (0) 20 7419 2014

The Detox Kitchen Deli
‘Where healthy meets delicious’ says The Detox Kitchen, and with its delicious range of fresh seasonal salads, lean meat and fish, fresh smoothies and juices, you can see why. Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between - or take away some healthy deliciousness when you’re in a rush.

Harvey Nichols, 5th Floor, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ also at 10 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PJ
 
 
 
 
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Day 17: Tamara's yoga challenge /blog/day-17-tamaras-yoga-challenge/ /blog/day-17-tamaras-yoga-challenge/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sweaty Betty /blog/day-17-tamaras-yoga-challenge/ Sweaty Betty Founder and Creative Director Tamara tells how she fell in love with yoga and challenges you to flow from Crow to Tripod Headstand to Crow.



I started yoga 15 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. At the time I was told couldn’t do cardio exercise because my heart rate was getting too high, so yoga helped to keep me fit. The breathing methods I learnt from practising yoga helped me in child birth, and now I still use the breathing techniques in stressful situations, to help in my swimming technique, and during times when I struggle to sleep.

I was already quite flexible before I started yoga, but yoga practice has definitely helped me to develop strength, which helps a lot in the other sports I do, such as triathlon. One of the aspects I love about yoga is that you can practice it wherever you go and you can only keep improving.

Crow - Tripod Headstead - Crow
The Crow - Tripod Headstead - Crow is a series of poses I often do with my kids – it’s fun to play around with and get the kids involved in yoga. The Crow is a great pose to build strength in the core and upper body, particularly the arm and shoulder muscles. Adding in the Tripod Headstand increases the difficulty and helps to boost circulation and blood flow. It takes strength to flow into the headstand and then back into the Crow, but the beauty of this 3-step series is that you can take it as far as you can and keep developing. As your strength builds you’ll see real progress.

1. The Crow
Start in a wide squat and place your palms on the floor. Bend your elbows back and rest the inside of your bent knees on the back of your upper arms. Bring your knees high up towards your triceps - imagine that you’re trying to get your knees into your armpits! Looking forward to ensure you stay balanced, slowly shift your weight gradually towards your hands and lift your feet slowly off the floor. Try to straighten your arms as much as possible and draw your abdominal muscles inwards and upwards.

2. Crow to Tripod Headstand
To flow into a Tripod Headstand, tuck your chin into your chest and lean forward slowly until the top of your head lightly touches the mat. Form a triangle position, with your head at the top of a triangle and your hands at the bottom. Pushing through the abdominals, slowly lift your legs straight up towards the ceiling, pointing your toes.

3. Tripod Headstand back into Crow
To flow back into the Crow, soften your knees and remember where they were by your triceps. Using your abdominals, slowly curl your knees into your upper arms, shifting the weight back slowly back to your hands and lifting your head into a forward gaze to assume the Crow pose once again.]]>
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