February 2018

Energizing Heart Healthy Valentine’s Smoothie Recipe

Energizing Heart Healthy Valentine’s Smoothie

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our Energizing Heart Healthy Valentine’s Smoothie.

This smoothie is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, protein and fiber.  PLUS, it has the added bonus of guilt-free, organic, caffeinated bliss to help you energize and give you the perfect pick-me-up.

Why is this important for heart health?

Magnesium and potassium are effective in lowering high blood pressure.  Fiber and antioxidants effectively reduce cholesterol in the arteries and vessels and lead to healthy cardiac health!

Here’s what each of the ingredients provide.

Coffee So Good Cashew Mocha

Juice So Good packs it all in with their Coffee So Good Cashew Mocha aka Caffeinated Bliss.  This delicious organic, dairy free, non-GMO drink includes Cashews, Cold-Press Peace Coffee, RAW Cacao, Agave Nectar, Filtered Water, Sea Salt and, most importantly, love. Did we mention, that’s all it contains?  No artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners found here.

Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in antioxidants as well as many other nutrients, vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall health.  These include folate, potassium, fiber, and magnesium. Strawberries are also extremely high in vitamin C!

Chia Powder

Chia is the Mayan word for strength and signifies the power and significance of the plant among ancient civilizations.  Chia powder can keep you feeling energized and full longer as it contains easily digestible protein and is an excellent source of fiber and omega fatty acids.

Collagen Peptides

Collagen peptides supply amino acids that are needed to build new collagen. Collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, is part of the connective tissue for bones, muscles, blood cells, cartilage, arteries and organs. As you age, the production of collagen decreases.  This can lead to a variety of potential side effects.  Collagen supports healthy skin, hair and nails.  It also plays an important role in the building and support of joints.

Cacao

Cacao is a top source of antioxidants, and it contains an abundance of magnesium and iron.

 

Energizing Heart Healthy Valentine’s Smoothie
Makes 1 serving

1-8oz bottle Coffee So Good Cashew Mocha*

1c strawberries

1 TBSP chia powder

1 scoop Collagen Peptides, optional

1 tsp cacao powder

Blend everything except the cacao powder together in a Vitamix or high-speed blender until smooth.

Finish with a sprinkle of cacao powder. Enjoy!

 

* Available nationwide in Whole Foods, select Targets, local Lunds & Byerlys and co-ops. If you can’t find Coffee So Good in your area, you can substitute a dairy-free mocha coffee beverage.

Cheers to a heart healthy you!

xo,

Amber + The Haute Barre Family

 

 

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Love Your Community: Toiletry Drive

Imagine not being able to shower when you wanted, brush your teeth when you wanted, or having basic necessities for personal hygiene.  These things are small but essential to our daily lives.  Without them, our appearances degenerate and our confidence, self-respect, and initiative suffer.  For youth already struggling with challenging circumstances, feeling bad about the way they look exacerbates an already difficult situation.

Join us this month in supporting our community and collecting toiletry items for Teaming Up For Teens, a local non-profit whose mission is to supply basic hygiene needs and link together the services for our homeless and at-risk teens in the west metro suburbs so they can protect themselves from the elements and actively participate in school.

February 1st through the 15th we will be collecting toiletry items for donation to Teaming Up For Teens.

Bring any of the items listed below to the studio and help us support the confidence and self-respect of local homeless and at-risk teens.  Together we can make a positive impact on youth in our community who, at a crucial time in their lives, could use extra help and encouragement.

Toiletry Items:

Please note: All items should be full size, new and sealed.

  • Shampoo + Hair Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Toothpaste + Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Comb + Hair Accessories
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Appreciated Extras: Detergent + Socks + Underwear

xo,

Amber + The Haute Barre Family

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Top 10 Benefits of Haute Barre Classes

Regular Haute Barre classes can provide many long-term benefits.  Here are our top 10 reasons you should incorporate Haute Barre classes into your life to lead a sustainable healthy and active lifestyle!

  1. Hard on muscles, kind on joints. The small, super-controlled movements that take place in Haute Barre classes reduce pressure on your joints, tendons, ligaments and spine. The classes are designed to help you hone in on the muscles that help your joints function, to strengthen your joints, the small muscles that surround them and the larger muscles as well. This will improve athletic performance and lead to a sustainable active lifestyle.
  2. Focus on core strength. By doing Haute Barre regularly, you’ll also notice a remarkable improvement in your core strength and posture. While a tight core will give you a taller appearance, it will also keep you safe from injuries.
  3. No experience required. Everyone has different starting points, strengths and challenges, and instructors recognize that. If you are worried about not having any dance training or fear you won’t be able to ‘get it’ or keep up, rest assured that our instructors will guide you through the movements and offer helpful feedback without singling you out. And, remember, each person can be challenged at their own level in class without affecting anyone else’s workout. Always measure progress against yourself; not the person next to you!
  4. Be worked from head to toe.After each satisfyingly exhausting class, your entire body will truly feel WORKED. You’ll feel stretched, strengthened and invigorated. It truly does foster its own ‘Haute Barre high’.
  5. Work muscles to failure.Haute Barre’s tiny motions, many reps, intentional squeezes and pulses (otherwise known as isometric moves) are designed to fatigue muscles to failure. Embrace the shaking as it’s totally natural for your muscles to quiver uncontrollably – it means you are exhausting that muscle and forcing it to tone.
  6. Modifications for every age and level. The beauty of Haute Barre classes is that everyone works with small movements and can limit or expand their range of motion to suit their specific needs. Exercises can always be modified whether you’re a beginner, pregnant or have an injury, but can also be amplified if you’re advanced and looking for more of a challenge.
  7. Increased flexibility. Through focused stretching, an improved range-of-motion is one of the greatest benefits of Haute Barre exercise. Sometimes people are flexible but not strong, or strong and not flexible, so whether you can sit comfortably in a pretzel position or you’re stiffer than a board, Haute Barre classes actually teach your body to be both. Having flexibility and strength allows you to enjoy a longer, active life free of injuries.
  8. Lost weight and inches.Many of the Haute Barre classes target the largest muscle groups in the body, like the thighs and glutes. The larger the muscle, the more calories burned! As you continue to attend class, you will build more lean muscle mass and raise your resting metabolic rate, which can help you to produce more energy and expend calories. Perhaps more important than actual weight loss, Haute Barre classes will help you drop a size by redistributing inches on your body – making you appear (and feel) longer and leaner. If you pair Haute Barre workouts with a healthy diet, you will achieve even better results.
  9. Greater range of motion and endurance for all other activities and sports. Haute Barre classes target the core muscle groups that are neglected in conventional strength training, in a variety of interesting ways. For example, skiers and snowboarders may notice enhanced knee alignment, improved balance and greater quad and hamstring recruitment. If you’re a golfer or tennis player, you just may experience greater hip openness and movement allowing for a better swing. Runners can attain increased endurance, faster PR times and reduced impact on joints.
  10.  Rapid results. Yes, you will be sore after the first few classes, but you’ll also see some major results in little time – so stick with it! If you perform a Haute Barre workout 2-4 times weekly, you will typically notice changes in as little as one month. Changes may include an improved posture, thinner thighs, chiseled arms, a sculpted back, flat abs and a lifted seat. Haute Barre classes are incredibly effective at transforming so-called ‘problem’ areas, especially for women. Haute Barre classes also work all the smaller stabilizing muscles that can help you become a healthier, stronger runner, tennis player, skier and golfer just to name a few.

Don’t wait to look and feel your best!  We offer a variety of membership and class package options to fit any schedule.  Check out our class schedule and hit the barre with us now!

xo,

Amber + The Haute Barre Family

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