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Try the barre3 “barre” recipe!

December 4, 2012

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I do a pretty good job preparing healthy meals for when my family sits down to eat breakfast and dinner together. Where I fall short is healthy fast-food ideas for when I am on the go—which is basically EVERY SINGLE DAY. So, I reached out for some help from Andrea Nakayama, my functional nutritionist guru. I asked her to develop some recipes I can easily make at home to replace packaged bars, baked goods, chips, and processed snacks that are my downfall when crunched for time. After a couple of tests with my kids and husband, we landed on our very own nutrition bar I am pleased to share with you. We even gave it a name. Meet the barre3 barre!

What it does for you:
At barre3 we like to keep a healthy balance with our bodies and with our food intake. We do this by including a combination of our favorite food trio whenever we can: fat, fiber and protein. These bars contain all three! There are healthy fats, fibers and proteins in the nuts, seeds and the coconut. So with one simple bar, you’ve got your bases balanced.

The beauty of consuming our favorite food trio (fat, fiber and protein), is that you will stay fuller longer, recover from your workouts more easily, and avoid those energy and mood dips that can make you a slave to the bakery.  Eating a bar like my barre3 bar, about 30 minutes after your workout, will also help you to burn more fat and build more muscle. It’s in this timeframe (30 minutes after your workout), that your muscles are hungry for the protein that will maximize their strength and endurance.

Why it’s better than store bought:
1. Healthier. Our bars contain none of the ingredients that we try to avoid to stay in our best health, have glowing skin and age with grace. They contain no trans fats. No high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars. No artificial flavors. No preservatives. When we make our bars at home we get to choose the quality of the ingredients.

2. Less Expensive. Homemade treats and snacks are definitely cheaper than the packaged, individually wrapped store-bought variety, especially when you have a stocked pantry full of healthful ingredients.

3. More Variety. You can really adapt these to your taste buds and work with what you have on hand. Note your favorite combination or play with variations each time you whip them up. Have fun experimenting in your kitchen!


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These bars are so easy to make you can whip them up within minutes. They don’t need to bake and all you need is a glass dish and a food processor.Feel free to adapt the recipe to suit your needs. Sample before pressing into the dish and adapt anything to taste.

Ingredients:
6 dates, pitted

2 TBS coconut oil

1⁄4 cup sunflower butter or almond butter

1⁄4 cup goji berries (raisins work too)

1⁄4 cup shredded coconut flakes

1⁄4 cup ground flax

2 tsp ground cinnamona

Couple pinches of sea salt (unless sunflower or almond butter is salted)

1 cup almonds

Handful of cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips (I prefer cacao nibs)

Preparation:

1 . Place the pitted dates and coconut oil in the base of your food processor. Add the seed or nut butter. Whirl these three ingredients until blended.

2. Add the goji berries or raisins, the coconut flakes, the ground flax, the cinnamon and the sea salt and whirl in the food processor again, until the mixture is well incorporated. It’s OK if its a bit more chunky at this point.

3. Add the almonds and the cacao nibs or chocolate chips and pulse your food processor until you have a chunky mass that looks like cookie dough.

4. Scoop dough-like mixture into a 8×8 glass container and press the mixture down with the back of a spoon.5. Store in the fridge for at least one hour to harden. Cut into bars to grab-and-go to your barre3 class and store extras in the refrigerator.

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Why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

November 22, 2012

I love how Thanksgiving pulls together my family and inspires me to be in the moment.   For me it isn’t just about sitting at a table with loved ones to give thanks. It’s about the adventure to get there and the moments in between: pouring over recipes with my husband, visiting our Farmers Market, watching my 7 and 8 year old kids decorate the house. The whole extended family, including the kids, works as a team assembling our feast. I find when I can relax and let go of trying to make everything perfect, I feel balanced and happy. Here are some of the ways I keep my sanity and appreciate every minute of my favorite holiday:

1.)  I have no problem delegating tasks. From ordering our turkey to sweeping the floor, my guests work as a team to make it happen. This year I am hosting my entire extended family (15 people) so I opted for a potluck of course!

2.)  Letting go of my Martha Stewart aspirations. My house may not be the most tidy on the planet and my placemats and napkins will likely not match, but I plan to have a major snuggle fest with my kids instead of spending that time making everything perfect.

3.)  Move all day long. Traditionally I start my morning with a barre3 class—my FAVORITE class to teach or take is on turkey day! I also grab a family member or my dog and take mini walks around our block during breaks from cooking. It’s fun running into neighbors and the fresh air keeps me happy.

These are just a few tips. What do you do to stay balanced? I’d love to hear from you.

Sadie’s Thanksgiving travel challenge!

November 19, 2012

Are you traveling this month? Bring me with you! You can do the 10 to 60 minute barre3 online workouts anywhere, anytime. And, if you can get a photo of yourself working out somewhere creative and post it to my Facebook page  by Nov. 30, you just might win this gift basket.

The gift basket includes:

  •  One month free subscription to barre3 Online
  • barre3 core ball
  • barre3 Tumbler

Winner will be announced Dec. 1. Happy trails!

barre3 Thanksgiving week canned food drive

November 15, 2012

 

One of our guiding principles at barre3 is “Give Generously”.   For me, Thanksgiving celebrates this principle more than any other Holiday.  There are no expectations of fancy gifts or extravagant parties.  Just simple, thoughtful time with those I care for including my community. This year we are collecting canned food in all of our studios nationwide. In exchange for bringing in a few cans of food, we are giving complimentary classes out.  This is a simple way to give back and connect with us.

You can also join us for a festive class on Thanksgiving morning.  These are my absolute favorite classes to teach and take.   My local barre3 studio is part of my extended family and I know all my franchisees and many of our clients feel the same way.  We are truly blessed.  If you can’t fit that in, do a quick barre3 online workout while stirring your Risotto!   And, if you opt for this, please think of my Mom and I sipping our bubbly doing a few barre3 moves of our own!   Cheers to you and your family.

Warm Holiday wishes to all of you!

Sadie Lincoln