FIT in a different CITY

Hi all!

I just got back from sunny Los Angeles and couldn’t wait to share information about the fabulous breakfast/lunch place I went to in Silver Lake: Sqirl!

Resolutely market driven, the menu focuses on healthy, innovative twists on comfort food. Sqirl began on the northeast corner of Virgil Avenue and Marathon Street as a preserves company in 2011.

And trust me…they have not given up on perfecting those preserves (which you can order online and I encourage you to do).

The best, most interesting thing I had though was called the Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl. It features:

Kokuko Rose Brown Rice, Sorrel Pesto (nut free), Preserved Meyer Lemon, Lacto-Fermented, Hot Sauce, Radish, French Sheep Feta, Poached Egg (v/gf)

Thanks to the wonderful internet, you don’t need to fly all the way to LA to eat this yummy bowl of goodness.  Follow this recipe  by owner Jessica Koslow from Bon Appetit and let me know how it goes!

 

Ingredients

SERVINGS: 4

  • 2 cups short-grain brown rice
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup (lightly packed) sorrel or kale leaves (ribs removed, if using kale)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 large watermelon radish or 2 red radishes, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • ½ preserved lemon, flesh removed, peel finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus more for serving
  • 2 oz. feta, preferably sheep’s milk, crumbled
  • Hot sauce
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)

Preparation

  • Cook rice in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, 45–50 minutes. Drain rice, return to pot, cover, and let sit 10 minutes. Spread out on a baking sheet and let cool completely.
  • Purée sorrel, oil, and 1 Tbsp. water in a food processor until smooth; season with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, bring 2” water to a boil in a large saucepan; reduce heat so water is at a gentle simmer and add vinegar. Crack an egg into a small bowl, then gently slide egg into water. Repeat with remaining eggs, waiting until whites are opaque before adding the next (about 30 seconds apart). Poach until whites are set and yolks are still runny, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to paper towels as they are done.
  • Toss radish with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice in a small bowl; season with kosher salt.
  • Toss rice, preserved lemon, 1 Tbsp. dill, remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and ⅓ cup sorrel purée in a medium bowl; season with kosher salt and pepper and mix in more sorrel purée, if desired.
  • Serve sorrel rice topped with poached eggs, radish, feta, hot sauce, more dill, and sea salt.
  • Do Ahead: Rice can be cooked 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Sorrel purée can be made 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Bring rice and purée to room temperature before serving.

* If using kale, you may want to add more lemon juice to mimic sorrel’s tart sharpness.

ENJOY!

FITintheCITY

3 Ways to Boost your Endurance

With Spring in full bloom, it’s time to rejuevenate your fitness routine!!  The FITgals love to spice up our workouts and add elements to increase strength and endurance.  Here are 3 simple ways to boost your endurance and SPRING INTO ACTION!

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  • Don’t Be Boring!! Switching up your workout routine is key.  Try combining your cardio and strength days into a total body workout.  You always want to keep your mind and body guessing so that you fully engage all your muscles.  Try jumping rope for one minute followed by walking lunges (20x), squats (15x), and then holding plank (1 min) and repeat 2-3 sets.
  • Bang for your Buck.  The more muscles you can work in one movement or exercise the more it will improve your stamina.  Adding compound exercises vs. isolation exercises will stimulate more muscle groups and therefore give you a greater caloric burn.  Instead of isolated bicep curls, try alternating lunges (20x) with a bicep curl (5-8lbs) to an overhead press and repeat 2-3 sets.
  • BURST! Adding an explosive or dynamic movement to an exercise will dramatically increase your endurance.  Explosive movements challenge your balance, strength, and endurance all in a split second!  Try adding 15 burpees, tuck jumps, or jumping lunges into your workout after each circuit!

 

Enjoy!! Xx

FITgals

5 Best Bodyweight Exercises

Bodyweight exercises are the best because you can do them anywhere, you don’t need any equipment, and they really help achieve the look most clients are after: LONG and LEAN!

Check out this list assembled by our friends at FITsugar of 25 awesome Bodyweight Exercises! 

Our Top 5 Favorites:

1. For Whole Body: Plank

2. For Upper Body: Diamond Push-up

  • Start in plank position with your hands under your shoulders and your body in one straight line.
  • If your knees aren’t on the floor, separate your feet so they’re about shoulder-width apart to help you stay balanced throughout the exercise.
  • Place your hands together, directly under your sternum, with the tips of your index fingers and thumbs touching. Your fingers and thumbs should form a diamond or triangle shape.
  • Bend your elbows out to the sides, and lower your chest toward the floor. Then exhale to straighten your arms. This counts as one rep.
  • Too hard? Keep hands wider (shoulder distance apart) and turn fingers towards each other. Elbows still go out to target Triceps!

3. For low-impact Leg Work: Wall-Sit

  • Stand with your back against a wall, placing your feet about two feet in front of you. Feet should be hip-distance apart.
  • Bending your knees, slide your back down the wall until your knees are at 90-degree angles. Your knee joints should be over your ankle joints, so you may need to inch your feet farther from the wall to create proper alignment. Don’t let your knees fall into the midline of your body or sway outward.

4. For Balance (Core): Single-Leg Balance Touch

  • Begin standing with arms overhead with all your weight on your left foot.
  • Keeping your spine long, reach forward, bending your left knee, and touch both hands to the ground. Keep your abs engaged to keep your torso stable.
  • Lower your right leg down while lifting your torso, bringing your arms overhead to complete one rep.

5. For Cardio: BURPEES!

  • Lower into a crouching squat with your hands on the floor.
  • Do a squat thrust by jumping your feet back into a plank position.
  • Do one basic push-up, bending the elbows and then straightening back to plank.
  • Jump the feet forward to the hands, and come into a squat.
  • Do an explosive jump straight up, getting as much height as you can.