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Choco Cherry Smoothie: For When The Chocolate Cravings Just Won’t Stop

Hi! @puresimplewellness here! My name is Elizabeth Girouard and I’m a gluten-free integrative nutrition health coach who is passionate about helping you be more mindful in your food and lifestyle choices to gain energy, lose belly bloat and feel your best. I’m so excited to be here with you! Since Carol is sharing all things sweet this month let’s talk about sugar cravings.

Valentine’s day is over, but your sugar cravings may still be out of control from too much Valentine’s candy. If this sounds like you, add fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi into your diet to help balance your gut microbiome. These foods are filled with good bacteria that help balance your gut bacteria and in turn, reduce cravings. Add one of these fermented foods into your diet this week and replenish the good bacteria in your gut.

If you find you are still craving sugar, specifically chocolate, after Valentine’s day, try a green smoothie instead with raw cacao or 100% cocoa powder for a chocolate treat to quench your desire for something decadent, creamy and sweet. Here is one of my favorites: the Choco Cherry Smoothie (you are going to want to save this one!)

 

INGREDIENTS:

? 1-2 cups of spinach or other leafy green
? 1 cup frozen cherries
? 1-2 cups of filtered water
? 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
? 1 heaping tablespoon of raw cacao powder
? pinch of cinnamon
? few drops of stevia or other healthy sweetener

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender, putting softer items on the bottom. Blend until smooth about 45-60 seconds

If you are ready to give up sugar and all processed foods for 3 days, check out my Effortless 3-Day Reset, which begins on March 2nd. We provide healthy, vegan food and coaching for 3 days to get you back on track. www.PureSimpleWellness.com/reset

Don’t forget to come say hi over on my page @puresimplewellness where you can find more easy recipes and inspiration!

NOTE: The link for the smoothie is: http://puresimplewellness.com/recipes/juicessmoothies/choco-berry-smoothie/ in case you want to use that as the link in your bio instead of embedding it into the post.

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Katie is a passionate mover who was brought to Pilates through dance. After a professional dance career, Katie discovered her love of teaching-connecting the mind and body, and working with students of all ages and levels. Her appreciation and understanding of everyone’s ever changing body and needs only became greater as her own body went through pre and post natal stages, an experience which has helped Katie navigate problem solving, and bring a freshness to each session making them feel personal and specific to each body’s needs. Her sessions are full of flow and aim to challenge clients with a sense of comfort, and often a little humor, all of which she has brought to Pure Pilates since 2016. Katie thinks the gift of movement and self care is one of the best things one can do for overall wellness, and is thrilled to seek and fulfill milestones and goals with each of her clients. When she’s not at the studio, Katie is taking care of her three little humans- another job that also makes her smile, laugh, and challenges her on the daily.
Eighteen years ago I discovered my love for Pilates. After having my two children, I felt the need to move my body again. At the time I was living in North Carolina, and worked through many different exercise and training programs. I discovered Pilates, and instantly knew it was right for me. Forteen years later, and a move to New Jersey, I decided to share my love of Pilates with other people looking for some way to move their bodies. Pilates has also been a way for me to keep me strong and flexible to continue many activities. My family loves to be active, and I often find when we are all together (mostly vacations) our days consist of activity and movement such as hiking, kayaking, or skiing(more on this later). As I have gotten older I find it even more imperative now that I keep my body strong. Recently I was in a skiing accident that left me with many knee injuries and ultimately having to go into surgery. I found being able to do light Pilates a few weeks after surgery kept me sane and ultimately helped with recovery time. Pilates has not only helped me be able to keep up with my children, but has also provided me with a body that is able to function at peak performance. My approach to Pilates can be described in one, simple word: movement. Movement can help you, both physically and mentally. Movement, and Pilates, is ultimately about self care. Having a built in time to focus on your body and movement can help relieve yourself of feeling tired, anxious, and stressed. Movement awakens you. Even after one session you can leave feeling calmer and energized.
Enjoyment of life through movement is a vital part of Kathy’s philosophy. When not in the studio she leads an active lifestyle trail running, cycling, skiing and hiking. She also loves connecting with people while traveling with family and friends. One of her favorite cycling trips was riding along the coast of northern California. Learning new things and sharing knowledge is also important to Kathy. She has a passion for food, likes to cook for her family and experiment with new recipes. She is currently trying to achieve the perfect pizza. She is also an avid reader of historical fiction and biographies. Her latest endeavor is learning to play golf.
Carol M. Crincoli, owner Pure Pilates studio, has been in the fitness industry since 1990, with experience in corporate and commercial fitness, recreational programming and teaching as an adjunct professor. She began practicing Pilates in 2003 and received Pilates training through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York, NY. She holds certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant. She was also accepted into the IDEA-PFT Recognition System as an Elite Level Personal Fitness Trainer. She is the only trainer in the NY-metro area for Trent McEntire’s Arcus equipment. Carol graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. Opening Pure Pilates is the culmination of a lifetime dream, and her mission to "inspire life from the core" is a holistic approach to health and wellness—from exercise and nutrition, to stress management and self-care. Carol is also the inventor of 8th Avenue Rail, an organizing solution for Tower springs.