my favorite green juice
as you might already know, my motto/tagline/mantra here at bananas + bellinis is “because it’s okay to chase that shot with green juice”. and I wholeheartedely believe this.
it’s all about finding the balance that works for you. balance is never going to look the same for two people because everyone’s bodies react differently to different types of food, exercise and lifestyle habits.
my tagline was born for a simple reason: i love being healthy and taking care of myself. many healthy foods are also delicious, i’m a yoga junkie and i’m really into natural, holistic wellness and beauty sh*t. but, it’s so important to remember that being healthy and eating a “perfect” diet 100% of the time isn’t exactly reasonable [or very fun] and for me, eating pizza every once in a while, celebrating a special occasion with some cupcakes and going out and drinking [sometimes a little more than i should] with my friends are things i’m just not willing to give up. it works for me, and that’s really all that matters.
so, today, in honor of my personal mantra, i’m sharing my favorite green jucie recipe. it’s packed with leafy greens, but still as delicious as a fruit juice. i always recommend using organic fruits and veggies for any juice or smoothie recipe, and this one is no different!
for one glass you will need:
- 2 handfuls of kale
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 green apple
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 lemon
- 1″ of fresh ginger
first, you will need to prep the fruits and veggies:
- cucumber: leave the skin on, but chop into large chunks.
- apple: leave the skin on, but slice so that seeds and core are removed. [i don’t have an apple corer, but if you do – use it!]
- lemon: peel, slice and remove seeds.
- kale, spinach + ginger: no prep necessary!
next, run all ingredients through the juicer according to the appropriate settings [these should be listed in your juicer’s instruction manual and can vary from juicer to juicer].
don’t own a juicer? make it a smoothie! using all of the same ingredients, throw them into a blender with 3/4 c. of your favorite nut or seed milk, blend and enjoy!
photo courtesy of steph brescia photography
motivation mondays: week 38
wow, what a morning! today, i taught my very first yoga class at a studio here in erie, so i apologize for the delay in getting today’s post up! i spent most of yesterday prepping for that [i was a little nervous!] so i’m appreciative of your understanding. also, if you’re an erie resident, i definitely recommend checking out plasha yoga if you ever have the chance. the studio even holds beach classes out on presque isle in the summer… and beach yoga of any kind is as close to paradise as it gets!
since i’m spending some time at home before moving to l.a., i’m getting to know places in the area that i’ve never had a chance to check out before, which has actually been fun, even though there isn’t a whole lot to do in this neck of the woods. yesterday, i went to the southern tier brewery in lakewood, new york. they have a really nice outdoor area where you can sit and enjoy a beer [or two or three] as well as a pretty decent food menu. the veggie tacos were on point.
as much as i enjoy talking about yoga and tacos [i do really love both of those things like, a lot] it’s time to get the week started on a positive note with a little motivation mondays [in case you didn’t know that’s where i was going with all of this already].
this concept has come up in a few of the yoga classes i’ve taken over the past several weeks, and after teaching this morning, i thought sticking with the natural themes of life would be perfect a good way to kick off the week. this whole concept can be a hard thing to wrap your head around [it definitely was for me at first… and still is], but i really love the idea and want to share it here, but i’ll do my best to keep it simple!
everything you experience in the world, everything you see, hear, feel, do, etc., is an expression of you. and in turn, you, just as you are, are an expression of the universe. it goes both ways. not quite following? here’s how i like to look at it:
because you are an expression of the universe, you have everything you need within you to be who and what you want to be.
you don’t need to seek approval from others because they too are an expression of the universe, whether they realize and act like it or not. when we seek our happiness, our inner peace, from outside sources it doesn’t usually end well or last very long, and the reason for this is because we can’t find these things anywhere except within.
ponder that this week and let me know what you think.
1. yea, i was a big fan of the hills and this “where are they now?” article kinda made me really happy [team l.c. for lyfe]. i’m also still holding out hope that brody and l.c. will end up together. i mean, stranger things have happened…
2. because dogs. obviously.
3. wanderlusting hard for Zanzibar after discovering this place the other day. i mean come on.
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have an amazing, peaceful [both outer and inner!] week… see you on wednesday with a recipe post!
photo courtesy of caged canary
oz recap part 2: broome
time for another australia recap! i love doing these posts and honestly, if i had more time and money and less responsibilities, i would definitely be a travel blogger. so, any chance i have to share some pictures from a trip… whether it’s a big one or just a small weekend getaway, i jump at… hope that’s okay with all of you!
i posted a mini-recap of the 15 hours i spent in perth a few weeks ago, which was my accidental first stop on the trip due to flight delays. today, we’re talking about broome, a small coastal town in western australia where i was headed to see my friend get married!
i arrived at the broome airport [one gate, one baggage carousel, etc.] to find my friend, désirée [and the bride!] waiting for me right inside the gate… such a surprise to see her right there. air travel in australia is so much more relaxed than it is in the u.s. and europe… not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing… but, anyways. it had been seven years since we had last seen each other [seven!]… what a reunion, right?! definitely cried a little. whatever.
we headed straight to the house that a bunch of the girls who were in town for the wedding were renting, which was being referred to as the hen’s mansion and wow, was this place was amazing. not only was it a gorgeous, open space with literally everything we needed, but we also had an amazing pool in the backyard that the sun hit all. day. long. it’s safe to say we spent a large amount of our time lounging poolside, drinking champagne and behaving exactly the way you would expect ten girls on vacation in australia for a friend’s wedding to behave. look at this pool… our own private paradise!
after getting settled in house, we drove to gantheaume point, a coastal area of broome known for its sandstone cliffs and scenic views. guys… this place was just un.real. i have never seen sand this red or water this blue. i’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
[a few of the ladies at gantheaume point]
the other thing that is really noteworthy about broome is the sunsets. my friend’s hen’s night [what they call bachelorette parties in oz] was held at a beach bar, zander’s, where we sat outside and had a perfect view of the beach as the sun went down. and obviously we had the best time ever at the hen’s night. again… is this real life?
[a selfie just for good measure, because DUH]
finally, the day before the wedding, we decided to partake in some tourist sh*t and take a morning camel ride down cable beach. when in rome, right? while this wasn’t the most exciting thing i’ve ever done, it was super relaxing and you can really tell that the company we went through, red sun camels, loves and cares for the animals, which always makes me feel good. our camel, juan, was hilarious and had so much personality… i mean how cute are they?!
[juan the camel… so cute]
[me + anna, enjoying the view!]
[again, when in rome.]
while broome is a place i would say most people haven’t heard of before [i definitely hadn’t!], in my opinion, it’s one of australia’s hidden gems and was certainly the highlight of my trip based on the landscape and scenery alone. also, keep in mind that i was here during australia’s winter and it was still 90-95° every day… so to everyone who questioned why i was going to australia in winter… well, haters gonna hate.
class review: bfx studio burn + flow
guys. okay. i’m really excited about today’s class reviews for a few reasons. first, i can’t say that i ever thought i would find myself actually enjoying the type of class that i’m about to rave about, but i’ve become obsessed. seriously, i’m going to miss not having this as an option now that i’m no longer living in new york! second [and most importantly] my good friend melissa is the instructor and she’s pretty much the sh*t [i promise i’ll try to be as unbiased as possible].
so, bfx studio is a fairly new studio in new york with a location in chelsea and an even newer location in thefinancial district. it’s a luxury gym with options for personal training sessions and a variety of group classes, but today, we’re specifically going to talk about their new burn + flow class, exclusively taught by my friend melissa!
i can best describe this class as a boot camp style class with a twist. you start off with a little warm up and then get right to it, performing eight sets of different exercises for 50 minutes, getting a full body workout and sweating like crazy. within the eight sets, the exercises range anywhere from tabatas to plyometrics… a lot of plyometrics…. to simple toning and weight training. i’m talking squats, push-ups, ab bikes, tuck jumps, bicep curls… you should probably just show up to class prepared for anything. melissa bumps the music, which i personally love during a fitness class, because it keeps me going when things start getting difficult.
for the last 10 minutes of class, you cool down with a little yoga flow to stretch, relax and let your body settle after a really intense workout. [this is definitely my favorite part of class.]
i have to mention that melissa is an amazing instructor. she knows what she’s talking about and gets you working hard right away. most importantly, she keeps you motivated without being annoying about it. she’s energetic, positive, friendly, super approachable and obviously loves what she does… and she’s like… really pretty [sorry, i just can’t resist the opportunity to reference mean girls when it’s presented to me].
it’s also worth noting that bfx’s fi.di location is brand new and gorgeous, which i’m not ashamed to admit really helps to keep me motivated during an intense workout.
so, if you haven’t already guessed which way this was going…
5/5 bananas for bfx burn + flow!
like I mentioned before, melissa is currently the only instructor teaching the burn + flow class, but their signature class, bfx burn, is also worth checking out if you can’t fit burn + flow into your schedule. they are also currently on classpass, so if that’s your kinda thing, definitely look into it!
motivation mondays: week 37
good morning! how is everyone?! i hope you all had an amazing 4th of july weekend [you know, if you celebrate that kinda thing!] and are feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to go after a day of r+r yesterday. i know i wish i had an extra day, but what can you do?
after a crazy couple of weeks, i will be using this week to get back into my routine, reset and do some much needed detoxing. cleaning my diet back up, hitting the gym and making time for more yoga are my main priorities… no excuses!
i want to get right down to it today, but before we talk about motivation mondays this week, let’s just pause for a minute here to let whatever sh*t we’re dealing with go. close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose and then let it all out through your mouth. imagine that thing that’s bugging you leave with your breath out and know that…
here’s the thing [and i’m pretty sure we’ve talked about this before]: what you believe becomes your reality. so you have to believe that good things are going to happen if you want them to. you can’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself, hating the situation you’re in and expect things to just change. it does. not. work like that.
let today, this moment, be the day that you change the way you think. get rid of the negative thoughts and start thinking about what you want and how it will happen. all you need is the right attitude, the willpower and a plan. they often say that getting in the right mindset is half the battle… which makes sense, as this can sometimes be the hardest thing to change about ourselves… they way we think. negative thought patterns are pesky little things, which is why so many people have trouble shaking them off.
so how can we change our mindset? i have a little method that has worked pretty well for me and it’s not hard to start doing right now. first, you begin by acknowledging every. single. negative thought you have… write it down or just take notice of it. then, simply just ask it to leave. once you’ve sent it it on it’s way, turn it around and make it a positive thought. finally, believe it. say it again, write it down on a post-it note and stick it somewhere that you can see it every day. a daily reminder can be pretty powerful. and that’s it! pretty easy, right? i encourage you to give it a try and see how you feel.
do you have any tips for staying positive? i would love to hear them, so share in the comments section below… or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
a few links for today…
1. i mean OKAY. i just really need to know why I’m not beyoncé. could someone help me with this?
2. believe it or not, the struggle of straight hair is REAL. so happy someone is finally acknowledging this and bringing awareness to the issue.
3. i found this list of america’s 20 best ice cream shoppes and it’s stirring up some serious summer-inspired wanderlust! LOOK AT SOME OF THESE PLACES!
have an amazing week everyone! it’s back to the regular post schedule this week since I’m a little less busy with the big move. wednesday, i’ve got another class review for you and friday I’ll be posting another recap from my australia trip!
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